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Being a Pedestrian is More Dangerous Than Ever

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Over the last decade, the number of Americans killed while walking increased by 35%, and 2016 was the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1990. According to the "Pedestrian Danger Index," created by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, Texas is ranked as the eighth most dangerous state for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 619 pedestrian fatalities in Texas during 2018.

Study Finds Fisher-Price "Rock 'N Play" Design Led to Deaths

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On the morning of January 2, 2019, Amanda Butler awoke to discover her newborn baby girl Arya lying dead in her inclined sleeper bed. Only hours earlier, Mrs. Butler had put Arya to sleep in their "Rock n' Play Sleeper" right next to their own bed. By the morning, Mrs. Butler woke up to find her 11-month-old's body limp in the sleeper, head tilted forward, and skin turned blue.

Survey on Same-Day Surgery Centers Finds Serious Safety Concerns

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Results of a recent survey raises safety concerns regarding same-day surgery centers. One-third of doctors at these types of medical facilities are found to not be board-certified according to the Leapfrog Group survey. The number includes anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other similar specialized providers at these facilities.

What Is Nursing Home Neglect, And How Is It Different From Abuse?

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According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, 95% of nursing home residents reported neglect in 2018. It's a shocking statistic.

As a concerned loved one with a senior living in a nursing home, you will want to know: What are some warning signs of nursing home neglect? And when does neglect turn into abuse?

4 types of nursing home neglect

America's Biggest Auto Retailer Sells Defective Used Cars

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AutoNation sells used vehicles with unrepaired defects, according to a new report from the US PIRG Education Fund and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation. AutoNation operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide and is the largest car retailer in the United States.

Texas Family Sues Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago After Woman Who Contracted Legionnaires' Disease Died

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Gibran Ruiz, the husband of a 35-year-old Carol Ruiz, who contracted Legionnaire's disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in November 2017, has filed suit against the hospital.

Harris County Resident Suffers Injuries After a Slip and Fall on Katy Dealership Premises

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On August 29, 2019, a Harris County resident filed a complaint against Autonation Ford Katy also known as Texan Ford Inc. in a Harris County district court, alleging injuries sustained as a result of a slip and fall incident on the dealership's premises.

Fisher Price Recalls Dangerous Chair Due to Multiple Infant Deaths

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Fisher Price, the company well known for making toys and other products targeted toward babies and small children, recently recalled its Rock 'n Play baby sleeper.

Top 5 Safe Driving Apps

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With cell phones increasingly becoming a tempting enemy to safe driving, many states-Texas included-have adopted hands-free laws banning their use behind the wheel.

While distracted driving should be avoided at all costs, in some cases, cell phone apps can actually help keep drivers safe and focused on the road. Today, we are going to explore 5 of those apps.

Johnson & Johnson Liable for $8 Billion in Damages

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A Philadelphia jury sent a strong message to Johnson & Johnson regarding the company's marketing of its prescription drug Risperdal. A Maryland man filed a lawsuit alleging that the company failed to properly acknowledge known risks that the prescription medication could lead to breast growth in boys.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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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