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The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution Is Here. But Are We Ready?

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A rising tide lifts all boats. But will the autonomous vehicle revolution lift everyone in our transportation system? It depends, according to a recent report published by The Greenlining Institute, an Oakland based public policy advocacy organization. The report, titled "Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating A Transportation Revolution that Benefits All" provides an in-depth analysis of the benefits, costs, policy issues, and solutions for the self-driving industry becoming a mainstay in our rapidly changing society. In the last decade, the rapid development of self-driving technology and autonomous vehicles has introduced a new set of rules for the road.

Woman Takes Stranger Off Life Support

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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.

Settlement Reached For Injured Painter Who Lost Both Hands After Electrocution

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Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. has reached a confidential settlement on behalf of Jose Gomez for the life-altering injuries Mr. Gomez sustained after he was electrocuted while painting an exterior portion of an apartment complex owned by Milestone Apartment Holdings, LLC. While in the process of painting the apartment complex, in order to fully paint the apartments, Mr. Gomez had to move and position a ladder. As he moved the ladder, it came into contact with a live electrical line adjacent to the building and as a result, Mr. Gomez sustained a severe electrical shock, causing him severe and disabling injuries, including the loss of one of his toes and both of his hands.

Shortcomings of Autonomous Driving Technology

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For decades Detroit, Michigan, has been dubbed the epicenter of automotive innovation. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. automotive R&D occurs in Michigan. Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead the industry in autonomous technology innovation. Consequently, it is no surprise that Detroit hosts the annual North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), which serves as the global stage for companies to debut new vehicles and innovations in automotive technology.

Fossil-Fuel Boom Brings Soaring Oilfield Deaths and Injuries

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Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous job, with a fatality rate nearly five times that of all industries in the United States combined. As the oil and gas industry continues rising, the number of people employed increase-along with production pressures and the temptation to cut corners. In Texas, oil and gas firms employ over 2,400 more people than they did a year ago, putting more people in the path of explosive gases, dangerous machinery, and cancer-causing chemicals.

Regional Task Force Formed to Target Unsafe Drivers in Houston

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Recently, a local task force was formed in response to a 2017 article in the Houston Chronicle which found that Houston is home to the nation's most dangerous roads. According to the article, more than 600 motorists, passengers, and pedestrians are killed every year in traffic collisions. The majority of these fatal accidents involved driver inattention, driving while intoxicated, and speeding. The Chronicle's investigation found that a lack of a comprehensive strategy to address the issue may be partly to blame. In response, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez called for the formation of a regional task force to better patrol roads. The task force was designed to crack down on traffic violations and unsafe driving practices, with the goal of promoting safe driving and reducing the number of serious motor vehicle accidents that occur on Houston area roads each year.

Defective Earplugs And Hearing Damage

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For members of military, the use of earplugs during service or deployment is critical.

Aearo Technologies, which was acquired by 3M, manufactured the dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs that were issued to U.S. military members between the years of 2003 and 2015.

$13 Million Verdict for Man Injured by Train

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A jury awarded a South Carolina man $13 million. The man suffered severe injuries, including broken bones and brain damage, when his vehicle was struck by a train. Lawyers for the plaintiff argued BNSF Railway was negligent by failing to cut down trees on its right of way.

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.

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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