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It's Time to Check Your Tires

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more people are killed in motor vehicle accidents due to faulty tires than in accidents caused by distracted driving. The NHTSA reports that 738 people died in 2017 from accidents caused by tire-related issues. Compare that to deaths caused by cellphone-related accidents, which has never exceeded 500 people for any year the NHTSA has collected such data. The NHTSA recommends having your tires checked annually. Clearly, ensuring that the tires on our vehicles are in good condition is something we should all take the time to do.

Texas Court Allows Sutherland Springs Victims to Sue Store that Sold Shooter Guns and Ammo

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Just over a year ago on November 5, 2017, one of the deadliest mass shootings ever to occur on American soil took place in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The carnage was brought on by a gunman by the name of Devin Patrick Kelly of nearby New Braunfels. In total, 26 lives were lost that day along with 20 others who were injured.

Lawsuits Filed Against Mental Health Facilities for Holding Patients Against Their Will

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Several lawsuits have been filed against various mental health facilities across the State of Texas by former patients who claim they were held against their will without cause. According to one lawsuit filed in federal court, nine individuals were held against their will after voluntarily agreeing to seek treatment at various mental health facilities including Mayhill Behavioral Health, Millwood Hospital, DeSoto at Hickory Trail, and Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire. The plaintiffs have alleged that the defendants held them against their will through a series of fraudulent and illegal acts, including falsifying documents to secure detention orders from a judge. The lawsuits also allege that the defendants use intimidation, manipulation, and fear to keep voluntary and involuntary patients from leaving the facilities.

Red Light Running Costs Lives

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Every day, millions of drivers nationwide pass through intersections with stop lights, but how often do those drivers consider the possible danger posed by drivers running red lights? In 2016 alone, 811 people were killed in crashes that involved red-light running. Other reports show deaths from running a red light increased 17% nationwide between 2012 and 2016. From 2011 to 2015, an average of 719 people died each year in red-light running crashes, averaging to about 60 fatalities per month in red-light running crashes, or about 2 people per day dying from red-light running. Additional to the human costs are the financial costs of red-light running, which totaled $390 million last year alone due to red-light running fatalities.

Products Liability Lawsuit Sets Its Sights on Gun Retailer

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A Missouri federal judge recently held that the retailer and the importer of a vintage rifle could not escape a products liability lawsuit filed by an experienced hunter, who sustained serious injuries, when a vintage rifle that he purchased exploded in his face after firing two rounds through it.

Was 3M Aware Of Earplug Defects?

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Earplugs are essential for those serving in the military, as they are exposed to loud noises such as gunfire, explosions, and machinery on a routine basis.

Noise-induced hearing damage and tinnitus is a possibility for those serving in the military without protective earplugs. Unfortunately, the earplugs used by the military for over a decade are now known to be defective, and countless veterans and servicemembers suffer from hearing damage and tinnitus as a result.

Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

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A $10 million lawsuit was filed against the city of Tempe, Arizona after a woman was killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle. The suit states that the Arizona suburb created a dangerous situation by installing a brick pathway across the median where people were not allowed to cross the road. Essentially, city officials paved a walkway for jaywalkers. The suit seeks $5 million in damages each for the surviving husband and daughter of the 49-year-old woman killed in the collision. While the city's spokesperson could not comment directly on the case, she has stated that the suburb has since landscaped the median in place of the walkway.

$41 Million Awarded to Woman Injured by Vaginal Mesh

On February 1, 2019, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $41 million to a Pennsylvania couple after the woman was injured by vaginal mesh. The woman, Suzanne Emmett, was implanted with the mesh in early 2007. Not long after, Emmett began experiencing complications with the mesh, when it began eroding through her soft tissues. She experienced discomfort, bleeding, infections, painful sex, and other symptoms. Despite having nine surgeries, in an attempt to correct the problems, Emmett continues to suffer from scarring and other permanent problems to this day.

Pedestrian Deaths Account for 16% of U.S. Fatal Crashes

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In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes involving motor vehicles according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. This number is included in the recorded fatal crashes for our entire country, which was a total of 37,133 fatal traffic crashes.

$123 Million Verdict Against Ride the Ducks Manufacturer

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A Seattle, Washington jury awarded $123 million to victims and their families of a 2015 Ride the Ducks crash which resulted in the death of five people and injured more than 60 people. The trial lasted approximately four months against the manufacturer of a popular Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle and the company responsible for operating the vehicles.

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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