Personal Injury Lawyers

Guardian ad litem in Texas personal injury claims

Sometimes in Texas a child suffers injury in a car accident that results in medical bills, injuries and other losses. Like other personal injury claims it may be prudent to seek settlement of the child’s claims rather than file a lawsuit. In most cases the insurance company will insist upon court approval of the settlement …

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Super lawyers, rising stars, best lawyers and other attorney advertising in Texas

Super Lawyers is a division of Thompson Reuters, a private mass media and information business. People searching for lawyers or attorneys almost certainly will see law firms advertising Super Lawyers designations. These include Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars. People searching for lawyers may be impressed by this designation although they don’t really know …

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Seven Ways Legal TV Shows Are Not Like Real Life Trials (and three they are)

Courtroom and legal television is nearly as old as television itself, dating back to classic shows like Perry Mason–but how real are they? Not very real at all. The range of courtroom comedies, drama and “reality” shows over seventy years of television cover the entire range from editorializing real events to completely ridiculous fictionalized worlds. Some …

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Can you sue your financial adviser under the DTPA in Texas?

Disputes with financial advisers are common, particularly in periods of economic decline and volatility. When things are good most people do not carefully watch what their financial adviser or broker is doing. When things turn south people look to their financial advisers to help them out and problems are uncovered. Sometimes the complaints about financial …

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What is negligent hiring under Texas law?

Negligent hiring is a claim against a business for an injury caused by the company’s failure to properly investigate its employees for fitness to perform the employee’s job duties and that failure resulted in the employee causing the plaintiff harm in the course of the employee performing his or her job duties. There is a …

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Grapevine, Texas Target Slip and Fall Case Dismissed for Lack of Knowledge of Condition

Last week the United States District Court Northern District of Texas granted Target summary judgment in Sandoval v. Target Corporation in a slip and fall case arising from the Target store in Grapevine, Texas. This case demonstrates an important element of premises liability cases that the property owner has actual or constructive knowledge of the …

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What is an assault in a civil trial in Texas?

Most people think of assault as a criminal offense in which a person physically attacks another person. Although assault is a crime in Texas, it is also a civil injury. By historical definition, what we call assault today was two types of claims: assault and battery. Battery is the actual offensive contact. Assault is an apprehension …

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March 2015 Dallas and Fort Worth Legal News Roundup in Texas (updated 2021)

As an employment attorney and divorce lawyer in Texas it is important to stay on top of developing legal issues in our area. Here is some north Texas legal news from the past couple weeks: Texas Attorney General bleats “legal chaos” if same-sex marriage is not deemed void. Last month an Austin state judge declared the …

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Liability for over-serving alcohol to a guest in Texas?

With Christmas, New Years Eve and bowl games it’s the season where people throw parties and serve alcohol. Sometimes that means people will drink too much and get behind the wheel to drive home intoxicated. These intoxicated drivers are not only a risk to themselves but also a risk to passengers in other vehicles. In some states …

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What is personal injury protection coverage in Texas?

Personal injury protection coverage (often known as PIP coverage) is an optional piece of your automobile liability insurance. It provides no-fault coverage for bodily injury-related losses. In Texas, PIP is mandatory unless the covered individual (the insured) signs a waiver to waive PIP coverage. Personal Injury Protection coverage can be an effective tool in recovering …

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Valuing pain and suffering losses in Texas lawsuits

When I speak with potential clients for personal injury or employment law claims, such as wrongful termination or discharge, in Dallas and Fort Worth I often notice some uneasiness during the conversation when discussing making the client whole for non-physical losses like pain and suffering. Decades of insurance industry advertising has been very effective in …

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10 Things to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury in Texas

Injuries in grocery stores, department stores, restaurants and other public places have been a source of personal injury claims for over a century. These slip and fall type injury claims have encouraged restaurants and stores to improve the safety featuresbut injuries still happen due to poor upkeep and negligence to ensure the public areas are …

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East Loop 820 Wreck in Fort Worth involving truck carrying modular home

Wednesday on east loop 820 in Fort Worth, Texas near Lancaster Avenue, a highway car wreck occurred in which a truck carrying part of a modular home crashed into the Lancaster Avenue bridge causing damage to the modular home and another vehicle on the Fort Worth freeway. A passenger in the other vehicle was airlifted …

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When the insurance company low balls your diminished value claim: Texas employment attorneys

Insurance companies have responded to the growing number of claims for diminished value by low balling rather than outright rejecting the claims. Although there is still a lot of outright rejection going on. A lot of people tell me that regardless of the appraisal reflects they receive a flat $500 settlement offer. It’s curious that multiple insurance …

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Thinking about settling a car accident claim?

In a car accident you often have two kinds of injuries: (1) bodily injury and (2) property damage. Property damage is often straightforward: your car suffered damage and needs repairs. The other driver’s insurance company typically will take care of repairs to the physical damage (but not always); although they may be aggressive in denying diminished value …

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Tort Reform Garbage: “Judicial Hellholes”–Texas employment lawyer discusses

As a plaintiff’s lawyer I hear a lot of the support “tort reform” nonsense that goes around. Tort reform sounds nice. It sounds like an honest effort to eliminate abuse of the legal system. Who can’t get on board with that? I’d like to rid abuse of the legal system. The problem is tort reform …

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