In a rare 5-4 decision issued without hearing oral argument, the Texas Supreme Court dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against the City of San Antonio by the widow of a motorcyclist who was killed in a high speed chase with the San Antonio Police Department. The widow had not provided the City with notice required under San Antonio's City Charter and under the Texas Tort Claims Act, and while there is a statutory exception for "actual notice," the Supreme Court held that San Antonio did not have actual notice under the existing case law even though there was a policy crash report detailing the accident and listing "Fleeing or Evading Police" as a contributing factor. The case, City of San Antonio v. Tenorio, and the dissents offered by four of the justices, are informative for anyone interested in the rights of Texans to seek compensation when they are injured by the government.
A woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in court records, has obtained a $6.45 million judgment in federal court against a former boyfriend, David K. Elam II, for accusations that Elam posted intimate photos of her as "revenge porn" online. Revenge porn is online harassment that occurs when former lovers or hackers post sexually explicit images of people online without their permission. In this case, the court found that Elam was liable for the injuries caused by his "systematic revenge porn campaign" and ordered him to pay damages to Doe.
Nearly two-thirds of American adults use social media. However, when it comes to a lawsuit, defense lawyers and insurance companies are using social media more and more frequently as a tactic to diminish or devalue one's case. Here are some tips:
The family of a 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer's is suing Charter Communications and DCOMM Inc. after the woman, who is not named in the lawsuit, was raped last year while having communications services set up in her home.
A business owner in Bridgeton and a homeowner in St. Ann have filed lawsuits pursuing compensation for damages they say were caused by the negligent handling of radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill and at storage sites along Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County.
On June 20, 2015 a 20-year-old college student, Charneshia Corley, was pulled over by Harris County Sheriff Deputies for allegedly running a stop sign and failing to use a turn signal. While the Deputies interviewed her, they claimed to smell marijuana emanating from her car. After thoroughly searching Ms. Corley's, they found nothing. The Deputies then decided to conduct a visual strip search and a manual body cavity search of Ms. Corley. The entire 11 minute search was caught on tape by the car cam.
If you have been impacted by a personal injury, besides dealing with the medical bills, time lost at work, and general inconveniences, such injuries usually involve a substantial amount of pain and suffering.
The value of your case is ultimately determined by what a jury is willing to award, but a jury can only award damages if you ask for them. That's why it is important to have an experienced attorney who can help you identify and articulate the various types of damages you are entitled to.
About 100 local governments have filed suits related to the increasingly-recognized opioid crisis. Now, Harris County is one of them.
According to studies conducted by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, traumatic events experienced by children, including injuries, can have long-term effects on a child's physical and behavioral development. The old axiom is that trauma to young children has no lasting effects because they are too young to remember the event. However, recent studies demonstrate that young children, including infants, are even more at risk than older children and adults because of their developing brain.