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Volkswagen Recalls Vehicles that Could Roll Away

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In its latest set of vehicle recalls, Volkswagen is recalling approximately 679,000 cars in the United States to address a product defect that could let the cars roll away unexpectedly. The recall is expected to begin October 11, 2019.

Workers Suffer Second- and Third- Degree Burns After Santa Fe, Texas Gas Line Explosion

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On June 6, 2019, a natural gas line exploded in Santa Fe, Texas. The explosion, which occurred in the middle of a densely populated residential area, sent a wall of fire several feet high into the air.

Roofer's Family Says Unsafe Working Conditions Caused Death

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Hot weather can be fatal when companies don't provide their employees enough training, supervision, or equipment for the conditions.

Roller Coaster Death - Parents of Deceased 12-Year-Old File Suit

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On June 27, 2019, a 12-year old boy died while riding a roller coaster called the "Hoosier Hurricane" in Indiana Beach, Indiana. The young boy was attended to by medical personnel on the ride but died later that afternoon. The actual cause of death is still unknown as the young boy's autopsy revealed "no trauma, injury, congenital abnormalities, or toxins." The White County Sherriff, Bill Brooks, stated that young boy's medical history is unremarkable, and the only illness or injury of any significance was a recent upper respiratory infection. However, others who have ridden the same roller coaster reported having been shocked when getting off the ride, giving authorities a lead as to a possible cause of death. The parents of the young boy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Hazardous Employment: Construction

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Elevated risk of injury, or even death, is expected in certain industries. However, at what point do you say, "Enough is enough." According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 971 construction deaths occurred in 2017. The majority of fatalities resulted from a worker falling during the course and scope of his employment.

TXDOT To Commit $600 Million To Reducing Roadway Deaths

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Texas typically has around 3,900 roadway fatalities annually and the Houston region leads the nation's major metro areas in avoidable roadway deaths. In 2019, there were 1,857 roadway fatalities in the first six months of the year, which is about 50 less than last year. However, the Texas Transportation Commission recently ordered officials from the Texas Department of Transportation to identify strategies to cut the state's roadway fatalities in half by 2035.

Shopper Injured After Slip and Fall Accident in HEB Store

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On July 3, 2019, a Galveston County resident filed a complaint against HEB Grocery Company, LP ("HEB") in a Galveston County district court, alleging injuries sustained as a result of slip and fall on the supermarket's premises.

Know The Risks: Top Four Construction Site Hazards


Construction workers face dangers on the job every day. While many work activities can prove dangerous, four have risen to the top in terms of workplace injuries and deaths.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top four construction hazards are:

$6.34 Million Verdict for Family of Girl Murdered in Houston Apartment Complex

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A jury awarded a family $6.34 million in a premises liability lawsuit against an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. Testimony revealed that two men, tortured, raped, murdered, and discarded the body of a 15-year-old girl in an abandoned Clear Lake apartment complex. The men were convicted of capital murder and a successful lawsuit was brought by the girl's family and her attorneys against the apartment complex.

Victims of 18-Wheeler Wreck Awarded Over $44 Million in Lawsuit Against Stallion Production Services

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On March 30, 2017, a Stallion Production Services 18-wheeler caused a rollover accident, severely injuring Lloyd Kulik and Atreyu Muniz. On the evening in question, Kulik and Muniz were attempting to legally pass the Stallion 18-wheeler on F.M. Road 108. While Kulik was in the passing lane, the 18-wheeler driver began to pull into the passing lane as well in an attempt to make a left turn. Kulik and the 18-wheeler collided in the passing lane, causing Kulik's vehicle to flip. Kulik suffered a burst fracture in his cervical spine, which rendered him a quadriplegic, and Muniz suffered a traumatic brain injury. Both of the victims will endure the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives.

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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