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Woman Takes Stranger Off Life Support

Shirell Powell was told her brother, Frederick Williams, had suffered brain damage after he overdosed. She then made the difficult decision to allow doctors to end life support for her brother. However, the staff at St. Barnabas Hospital had confused the man for Mr. Williams, which resulted in a stranger being taken off life support.

Lawsuit Filed Against Carnival Cruise After Ship Tilt

A federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Cruise after the ship tilted, or listed, for around a minute on October 28, 2018. The incident occurred just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, for a five-day Caribbean cruise. The tilt caused glasses, dishes, and furniture on the ship to fall to the floor. In a letter to the passengers the next day, the incident was blamed on a malfunction with an electrical switchboard that impacted the ship's use of stabilizers.

Parents Reach Settlement with Hotel Over Toddler's Death

In July of 2015 3-year-old Stephanie Martinez fell approximately five stories to her death at an Embassy Suites in Anaheim, California. Stephanie and her family were visiting California on a trip to Disneyland. Stephanie's parents, Jesus Martinez Avila and Alejandra Sandoval Duran, brought a lawsuit against the hotel's owners and the property management company that controlled the premises on the date of the fatality. The lawsuit alleged negligence against the defendants which resulted in the death of the toddler.

Harris County Files Lawsuit After Deputy Injured by Exploding Glock

Deputy Herman Sanders was injured on the morning of March 1, 2017 when his handgun exploded. On December 31, 2018, Harris County filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and sellers of the gun, Glock Inc., and also against the manufacturers and sellers of the ammunition, Olin Corporation, for negligence, and breach of warranty, among other causes of action.

Lawsuit Filed to Determine Division of $1,000,000 Settlement

The Norman, Oklahoma Public School District filed a lawsuit this week suing families of teachers and students that were injured in a rollover bus accident that occurred in September 2018. The district is not seeking any damages from the families. Rather, the district is asking the court to appoint a special master to determine how the $1,000,000 settlement should be divided up amongst the approximately twenty-four (24) families.

Woman Sues After Suffering Serious and Mutilating Injuries to Her Genitals From Ride on a Sea-Doo

A lawsuit was filed in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas on December 10, 2018 by a woman complaining of painful injuries sustained while riding a 2008 Sea-Doo Model RXT.

Injuries Caused by State or Local Governments

In our complex modern society, with many and varied governmental activities, employees working for governmental units often injure citizens through their negligence. A common example occurs when a government employee causes a motor vehicle collision.

Woman Filmed in the Shower at Hotel Files $100 Million Dollar Lawsuit

An unnamed woman in Chicago is suing Hilton Worldwide claiming that a hotel employee in Albany, New York, filmed her naked in the shower, posted the video online, and tried to extort her. The recording was allegedly taken by a hidden camera in a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in July 2015. The woman found out about it in September 2015 when she received an email from an unidentified sender that contained a link to a pornographic website where the video had been uploaded. She claims her full name appeared as the title of the video.

Tesla Resolves Majority of Claims Over Sudden Acceleration Issues

Tesla Inc. has resolved the claims of six plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed against the company in California. The lawsuit was initially filed in December 2016 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. According to the complaint, the Tesla Model X owner slowly pulled into his driveway and waited for his garage door to open when his vehicle suddenly sped forward and crashed through the interior wall of his garage before coming to rest in his living room. Both the driver and his passenger sustained injuries. The complaint asserts numerous causes of action against the manufacturer, including products liability claims, breach of warranty claims, negligence, and violations of several consumer protection laws. The lead plaintiff also sought class action status citing several other instances of sudden acceleration in Tesla's vehicles.

NHL Reaches Settlement with Former Players in Concussion Lawsuit

The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.

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  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • 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.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    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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