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$4.69 Billion Verdict Upheld Against Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson & Johnson lost a motion seeking to overturn a jury verdict in excess of $4 billion. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson was to blame for ovarian cancer of 22 women who sued the company. The cases centered around talc powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuits allege that the company's baby powder and other talc powder products were contaminated with asbestos particles that can cause cancer.

Harris County Files Lawsuit After Deputy Injured by Exploding Glock

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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.

Why Driving With A Hangover Isn't A Safe Option

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Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Because of the known dangers, most responsible people will make an effort to avoid driving after having several drinks.

When a designated driver is unavailable, these individuals may choose to stay at a friend's house or take an Uber ride home-only to return the next day to pick up their vehicle and drive it home.

$800,000 Settlement from Fatal Drug Mix-Up at VA Hospital

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A woman representing the estate of her veteran husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the United States after her husband died from treatment at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Ralph Keogh, who had previously been treated for acute myelogenous leukemia, went to the VA hospital on January 22, 2017 for nausea and vomiting. The lawsuit alleges that the Dorm VA medical staff administered multiple doses of a medication called Pegfilgrastim, instead of the medication that was actually prescribed to him with a similar name-Filgrastim.

Psych Hospital Loses Federal Funds

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According to federal officials, Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, a DeSoto psychiatric hospital, will lose Medicare funding for putting its patients in "immediate jeopardy" of harm. The decision was made based on inspection reports which detailed allegations such as a staff member who did not know how to deal with potential sexual predators, patients being left untreated for hours, and a 12-year-old boy who was injected with an anti-psychotic drug for "agitation" even though video footage showed he was watching cartoons.

Teenager Over-served by Bar Causes Fatal Collision

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Two minutes after leaving a bar that served him over a dozen drinks, an intoxicated 19-year-old driving a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic colliding with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was killed. The driver's mother and 1-year-old child were injured.

$4.7 Billion Talc Verdict Upheld

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A Missouri judge has recently upheld the award of 4.7 billion dollars in damages to twenty-two victims of ovarian cancer against Johnson & Johnson. This case stems from Johnson & Johnson having produced talc powder for decades, encouraging its use in women and children, all the while knowing of its contamination with asbestos. Company communications reveal both Johnson & Johnson's knowledge of the contamination, and of the health threats posed by asbestos. Citing the "reprehensible conduct" of the manufacturer, the judge upheld the judgment as being supported by the evidence adduced at trial.

The True Cost Of Motor Vehicle Accidents

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The Houston Chronicle recently ran a news series titled "Out Of Control," which explored the many facets of Houston's reputation as America's most deadly metro area. Part six of the series covered one aspect of motor vehicle accidents - the cost.

The costs associated with a car accident can be extremely high. In cases where serious, life-changing injuries result - such as spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, for example - the economic costs are especially high.

Widow's Lawsuit Seeks Answers for Husband's Failed Heart Transplant at Baylor St. Luke's

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On November 28, 2018, the family of David Kveton filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Harris County, Texas against Baylor St. Luke's Hospital and its affiliates for a failed heart transplant that occurred in January 2017. After the surgery, Mr. Kveton's wife, Judy Kveton, was told her husband's heart wasn't acting right. She decided to take him off life support. Two months later, Mrs. Kveton received an anonymous letter in the mail which sparked her investigation into the accountability for her husband's death. The letter accused Mr. Kveton's surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, of performing "mishap, after mishap with patients over the years," and even went as far as to say he "should not have been allowed to operate on Patients."

Spinal-Cord Stimulators Injury Rates Among Highest of All Medical Devices

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Spinal-cord stimulators may be far more dangerous than previously understood, according to recent research. As part of a joint investigation into the medical device industry that involved more than 250 journalists and more than 50 news organizations, Associated Press research revealed that over 80,000 injuries involving the implantable devices had been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2008-the third-highest number for any type of medical device.

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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