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Mentally Disabled Son Dies as a Result of Excessive Use of Force by Port Arthur Police Department

On the morning of August 1, 2016, Manuel Delacruz tragically died as a result of excessive use of force by officers of the Port Arthur Police Department. Manuel was 26-years-old and suffered from severe schizophrenia. On the morning of his death, he went to Medical Center Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas for treatment of his mental disorder. Manuel's parents contacted the Port Arthur Police Department to get a mental health warrant in order for Manuel to be treated at the medical center. The law enforcement officers of Port Arthur Police Department engaged in multiple acts of improper and excessive use of force in trying to detain Manuel, including tasing and striking him, which ultimately ended up killing Manuel.

Mother Killed and Two Children Left Injured in Ski Lift Malfunction

A Texas family has filed suit against a Colorado ski resort after a mother and her two children were thrown from a ski lift due to a ski lift malfunction.

Boy Scouts of America Violation of Policy Leads to Untimely Death of Teen

A family has recently filed a lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America, alleging negligence on behalf of the organization for the death of their teenage son. Last June, Reid Comita enrolled in a backpacking course in order to fulfill his final requirement to accomplish Eagle Scout. According to his father, his family specifically signed Reid up for the introductory backpacking class because their son was not very athletic and because that specific course requires that at least two adults accompany the hiking troop. Accordingly, the Comitas felt the introductory course was the safest option for their son.

Teenage Woman Dies from Electrical Current Piping Submerged in River

In 2014, an 18-year-old woman, Madeline Roskie, died when she was electrocuted while inner-tubing on the Puyallup River in Washington State. The family of the deceased woman has sued Puget Sound Energy ("PSE") for wrongful death.

Brown Family Settles with the City of Ferguson

The family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a settlement with the City of Ferguson after more than two years of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The judge agreed to keep the settlement sealed in order to keep the individuals involved in the case safe.

$23.5-Million Settlement for Family Whose Teenager Died from a Heat Stroke in Sweltering Hot Bus

The dangers of leaving children alone in the car during the summer months are well known to us in society. Unfortunately, despite the numerous public service announcements reminding us of these dangers, it seems that every year we hear about another heat stroke death as a result of a child being left alone in the car. However, children are not the only ones susceptible to heat stroke.

Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Nursing Home

The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Toddler's Death at Dentist Was Part of Medicaid Scheme

The family of a 14-month-old girl who died while under anesthesia at the dentist has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the toddler's death was part of a Medicaid scheme. The lawsuit was filed against Dr. Michael Melanson, Austin Children's Dentistry, Dr. David Williams, and Texas Anesthesiology Association. In March of 2016, the Torres family brought Daisy Lynn to Austin Children's Dentistry to have two cavities filled. While Daisy Lynn was under anesthesia, the family was told that their daughter had a total of six cavities that needed to be filled. The dentist reportedly told the family that the procedure was normal and necessary. At some point during the procedure, the toddler stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.

Family Sues for Wrongful Death of 96-Year-Old

George Springer and Janet Springer are suing Visiting Angels and Visiting Angels employee Aimi Ariel Salazar for the wrongful death of their mother, then 96-year-old Emily Springer. Ms. Springer, a retired teacher, died as a result of an auto accident in 2014. The suit claims Ms. Springer suffered multiple injuries after she was thrown from her wheelchair in a van that was driven by Ms. Salazar. Four months later, Ms. Springer died from her injuries.

Wrongful Death at Schlitterbahn Water Park

Each summer, thousands of children attempt to fully utilize their break from school as a time to have fun and to enjoy the outdoors. Of course, that line of reasoning sends families across the country to water parks to enjoy the various rides that parks offer and spend family time together. Unfortunately, though, there are numerous dangers that water parks pose to visitors, one of which became all too real for a Kansas family on August 8, 2016.

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  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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