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Child Sleeper Bassinet Recall

The Federal Government issued a consumer safety warning to parents about Simplicity bassinets after two more infants were killed when they became trapped. Two young children died after getting trapped in previously recalled Simplicity close-sleeper/bedside sleeper bassinets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released.

Hispanic Bar Association of Houston

The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston's (HisBA) goals are, in part, to provide legal services to the Hispanic community, to enrich and ensure the success of its members in the legal profession in Houston and to become involved in legal issues affecting the Hispanic community.

"When a Celebrity is Involved the Rules Change"

We recently filed a lawsuit against a famous rapper. When the lawsuit was filed, we made all attempts not to attract media attention. We wanted this to be low key so we could have the lawsuit served on the defendant. However, along the way the word got out. I can only assume that someone in the court system saw the lawsuit and posted the information on a blog on the internet. Once that happened, the news spread like a wild fire. I was shocked at the amount of national and world wide media attention that soon followed. For nearly a week my office was bombarded by calls from Los Angeles, New York and even London. I guess I should not have been surprised by the public's need for information when the event involved a celebrity. Bottom line is be prepared for anything when the issue involves a celebrity.

Follow Your Doctor's Advice

I am often asked from a legal medical perspective what is the first thing a client should do following an accident. The answer is fairly simple: Follow your doctor's advice and concentrate on your recovery. Although straight forward, this advice is sometimes difficult to follow.

Texas Supreme Court Protects Defendant

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a jury cannot award damages to the family of a man killed by an employee leaving work after his employer had worked him to exhaustion. A trial court jury had awarded damages to the Escoto family after an employee leaving Nabors Drilling, U.S.A. veered across the centerline and killed Roberto Escoto.

"Understanding Juries"

I have just attended a State Bar of Texas seminar on "Understanding Juries." At the program, there was a mock trial presented to a mock jury to help us (the attendees) better understand how juries think and analyze cases. The case presented dealt with a manufacturing business (the plaintiff) that was having financial difficulties when it suddenly burned -- with one of the contractors killed at the origin scene of the fire. The defendant insurance company had denied the claim for the loss submitted by the plaintiff/business, contending the building burned as a result of arson, and the decedent was the actual arsonist hired by the business owner. The insurance carrier contended the decedent was paid not for consulting work, but was paid to burn the building down, and unfortunately got caught up in the fire he started. Both sides were ably represented by Texas lawyers and each made comprehensive, compelling presentations for their respective sides. The real interesting and educational portion of the program occurred when the mock jury retired for deliberations. The deliberations were broadcasted back into the seminar room, and the jurors' focus on the emphasized points and the subtle points reminded all of the attendees at the seminar of the value of performing a focus group/mock trial in cases that justify the study. In this mock trial, the jurors vigorously argued the strengths and weaknesses of each presentation. They combed through and frequently referenced the evidence given to them to consider. More importantly, they speculated on issues not addressed (and no doubt never thought of by the advocates), but these issues became extremely important in reaching their conclusions. These issues would certainly be addressed in the next presentation (presumably the real trial).

Appellate Court Affirms Judgment Rendered in Favor of Injured Constable

[email protected], Jr., Chelsie King Garza and Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend undertook the representation of Eluid Cesar Hinojosa, a Sergeant with the Harris County Constable's Office, when he challenged a decision of the Texas Department of Insurance - Workers' Compensation Division regarding compensability of benefits in Harris County District Court. The injured worker was victorious at trial and the Texas 1st Court of Appeals has recently affirmed the trial Court's decision.

Retailer Brings Foreign Component Manufacturers Into Lawsuit

Last December the firm was retained on case involving the throttle malfunction on a Kawasaki dirt bike that had been retrofitted with addition aftermarket parts. The malfunction occurred while our client was operating the bike and was thrown of the bike, suffering catastrophic injuries that rendered him paraplegic.

Recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Regarding Failure to Administer t-PA

The 5th Circuit recently decided a case dealing with the failure to administer t-PA to a stroke patient, Young v. Memorial Hermann Hospital System. The plaintiffs alleged that Randall Young should have been given t-PA and that the failure to receive proper treatment, t-PA is now the standard of care in most stroke patients, caused Mr. Young harm. The Court decided that the Youngs did not meet their burden of proof on the issue of causation.

Insurance Companies & Advertising: Shouldn't your word be your bond?

I think we have all seen the commercials and read the magazine advertisements created by the insurance companies. Some insurance companies take a cost approach to their marketing and stress the savings that can be had by the average consumer. For example, Geico markets to the public by representing that you can save lots of money by switching to one of their policies. Other insurance companies, often the ones that charge higher premiums and have been around much longer, market to the public with a message like "you're in good hands" or "like a good neighbor, we will be there." Seemingly, these companies are seeking to differentiate themselves by advertising their insurance as superior, albeit for a higher premium.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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