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New Efforts to Reverse the Decline of the Jury Trial

A new project at New York University Law School is studying and promoting public discussion of the continuing decline in the number of civil jury trials in American courtrooms. The school is giving voice to the sentiment of countless lawyers who view the phenomenon of "the vanishing jury trial" with dismay, believing it disserves clients and the broader citizenry, whose right to a jury trial was codified in the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Nine Common Mistakes in Personal Injury Lawsuits

The scenarios described below are common mistakes made by victims or lawyers in personal injury lawsuits. Avoiding mistakes like these can improve your chances of receiving maximum compensation.

Hospitals Cheat Uninsured Patients

Forty-six million Americans are at risk daily. Not members of the military or police, but people who do not have health insurance. According to the Health Affairs Journal, uninsured patients are charged up to 10 times more than insured or government assisted patients for care. In a recent article, Health Affairs listed the top 50 hospitals that engage in the excessive charging practice. Of the 50 hospitals on the list, 5 are right here in Texas. Lake Grandbury Medical Center, South Texas Health System, Dallas Regional Medical Center, Laredo Medical Center, and Texas General Hospital all made the list of hospitals that bill the maximum prices to patients who can afford it least. In some instances, uninsured patients have been charged nearly $20,000 for X-ray images that would only cost insured or government assisted patients $500.00. The term given to this unfair practice is "price gouging".

What Makes a Personal Injury Case

Countless personal injury cases are brought to lawyers every year, but many are turned down. Whether or not a case is accepted is defined on 6 points, according to John Day, a personal injury attorney from Nashville, TN.

Settlement in Case Involving Defective Golf Cart

The Houston law firm of law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend announced the undisclosed settlement of a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman grievously injured when she was thrown from a golf cart. Bonnie Herndon and her husband were taking advantage of a golf cart to return to their parked car after the Toby Keith concert held on opening night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in early 2013. When the driver of the cart made a quick left turn, Ms. Herndon was thrown from the cart, landing on her head on the pavement of Reliant Stadium. She has been in a coma ever since.

The Grand Jury System in Texas

The role of the grand jury in legal proceedings has been under much scrutiny from the media in the past few months. In the United States the grand jury is given a very important task - deciding whether or not to indict those persons who are arrested for a felony or suspected of committing a crime.

Attack by Pit Bulls Severely Injures Man

As most families are going shopping for Christmas gifts, and planning for holiday events, one man and his loved ones hope that he does not have to endure an amputation of his leg. The 59-year-old man was attacked on Wednesday by two pit bulls. He was rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital, and later listed in stable condition. Animal control authorities took the dogs into custody.

Five Year Old Injured by an Allegedly Defective T-Ball Bat

Daniel, five years old, and his older brother were swinging a telescopic plastic T-ball bat inside their home when the toy came apart and a jagged piece of plastic gashed his face. Daniel required more than 300 stitches to repair the U-shaped gash between his eyebrow and down his nose.

Parents Sue Houston Second Baptist Church Over Youth Pastor Rape Conviction

According to the Houston Chronicle, the parents of a teenage girl have filed suit against two well-known Houston churches, Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church. Both parents are claiming that the religious organizations were negligent by employing and failing to properly supervise a youth pastor, Chad Foster, who was previously convicted of sexually soliciting their underage daughter while working there. In 2013, Foster pleaded guilty and was also convicted of sexual assault of a completely different minor, receiving five years in prison.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and 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 Personal Injury Large 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 Personal Injury Plant Fire and 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 Personal Injury Work Site 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 Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

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

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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