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Themes In Lawsuits

I attended the January13, 2009 meeting of the Houston Chapter of the American Inns of Courts. The topic of this meeting focused on themes and their roles in trials. Panelists included Judge Randy Wilson, Judge Reece Rondon, Judge Dion Ramos, Judge Jaclanel McFarland, Ellen Finley (with Jury Focus), Jeff Nobles (an appellate specialist) and myself. How themes affected the outcomes of trials and appeals was the major topic discussed throughout the night. In the end, the various perspectives (from the judges' view, the practitioners' view and the jury consultant view) of the panelists were consistent on the impact of the themes. Themes are a must if a lawyer hopes to succeed on behalf of his or her client.

Supreme Court Alters Statute Against Patients

On January 9, 2009, the Texas Supreme Court altered a statute to the disadvantage of patients seeking justice from doctors who have committed malpractice. In the case of Badiga v. Lopez, the Court ruled that a doctor can appeal a certain pre-trial ruling even though the medical malpractice statute says that no such appeal can be taken.

Can Texas employers get away with gross negligence?

The 81st session of the Texas Legislature is upon us. One area of law that needs to be revisited is the area of Workers' Compensation law as it regards to fatalities on the job. The Texas Workers' Compensation law of 1991 bars any employee from suing his/her employer if they are injured on the job if the employer is a Workers' Compensation subscriber. However, if the employee is killed on the job, the family of the killed worker can sue the employer for acts constituting gross negligence; thus, the suit is for gross negligence only. Or can they? Under the Texas Workers' Compensation law, suits for gross negligence against the employer can be brought by the spouse and/or children of the killed worker and no one else. The parents of the worker cannot sue under the Workers' Compensation statute. So what happens if the killed worker has no spouse nor children? Therein lies the problem. If a worker in Texas is killed on the job and he/she does not have a spouse and/or children, the case is over...no one can sue. It doesn't matter how grossly negligent the employer was in its actions, no one can sue.

A Simple Thank You Makes This Job Rewarding

Last week, [email protected] and I resolved a case where a loving wife lost her husband of 19 years and two beautiful children lost their father. On August 30, 2006, my client's life was forever changed when she received a phone call stating, "Something has happened to your husband; he died today."

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Litigation

In 1995 Mercedes Benz starting offering electronic stability control as a standard feature in some of their models. As early as 2000 some Lexus models started carrying ESC as a standard option. Some automakers have waited for much longer to provide ESC as a standard safety feature. The question is how does ESC make a vehicle safer?

Surviving the Holiday Season

With two small children who were both very sick these past two weeks, this holiday season has been a very difficult one to navigate. As with any other illness that my children have had to bear, the worst of it is always at night. That means that I do not sleep much and when I do sleep, it is the best quality sleep I can muster with little feet kicking me and little arms around my neck. I am happy to report that even in spite of being sick, the kids enjoyed Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed my being home so much. Between sick days with the kids and office closings, my hours at the office have been less than regular.

Bankruptcy Stay Partially Lifted in Hurricane Rita Evacuation Bus Fire Multidistrict Litigation

On September 23, 2005 a bus carrying elderly passengers from a nursing home in Bellaire, Texas headed to Dallas, Texas caught fire on IH - 45. As a result of the fire, 23 passengers died and several others were injured. Suits were filed in several counties by families of the deceased and the injured passengers. All the cases were transferred to 206th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas. The Law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels and Friend represents several plaintiffs and is on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage to Good Samaritan

One week before Christmas, the Texas Supreme Court denied a severely injured "good Samaritan" the benefits of his underinsured motorist (um/uim) coverage. In the decision of United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company v. Goudeau, issued on December 19, 2008, the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals and held that Louis Goudeau was not allowed to go to trial in his suit against usf&g.

  • $50+ Million Fire & 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 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 Plant Fire & 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 Worksite 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 18-Wheeler Collision

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

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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