Archive for August 2007

Austin Drunk Driving News

It’s not directly related to personal injury litigation, but a little history was made yesterday when a Travis County jury convicted a drunk driver of murder for killing someone in a car wreck.  This was the first murder conviction in Travis County for a drunk driver.  The story from the Austin American Statesman is here. For additional information…

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A New Threat to Austin: More Trucking Accidents?

We’ve written extensively about the dangers posed by the trucking industry.  We have prior posts on truckers admitting rules violations, two national reports about the dangers of trucking accidents, and a series from the Dallas Morning News about Texas trucking accidents. But now, there are new concerns about trucking safety.  Under the North American Free…

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Progressive Spies on Personal Injury Victims

How far is too far? Personal injury lawyers have always known that insurance companies might hire investigators to follow their clients. But a new story shows just how far some companies are willing to go. Last week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution broke a story that started: When a new couple arrived at Southside Christian Fellowship…

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Sports and Athletes at the Courthouse

Until September 1 and the start of the UT football season rolls around, there just isn’t much going on here in Austin sports-wise. So when we saw that Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post had written an article about athletes and their civil litigation and criminal prosecution woes (the latter of which hit a little close…

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Austin Personal Injury Topics in the News

For some reason, Austin news stations have run several stories this week that should be of interest to Austin personal injury lawyers and our clients.  First, the city of Austin is installing its first red light cameras.  Right now, the cameras are only at a couple of intersections around town, but if they catch on,…

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Straight From The Horse's Mouth Part 2

The Baylor Law Review has generously given us permission to reprint their article, Straight From the Horse’s Mouth:  Judicial Observations of Jury Behavior and the Need for Tort Reform.  Click here to read the entire article. You can read our previous post, which summarized the article, here. To contact Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, Austin Personal…

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Personal Injury Lawyer Blogs

We’re not aware of any other Austin personal injury lawyers or attorneys that maintain blogs, but there are some good personal injury blogs from lawyers in Texas and around the country. In Texas, we routinely read the Texas Injury Law Blog and the P.I.S.S.D. blog (which always has interesting links of the day). Around the…

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Wrong Site Surgery

We’ve both been practicing personal injury law here in Austin for several years, and we’ve seen a lot of different types of personal injury claims.  And of all the claims we see or hear about, the claims that make the least sense are those where doctors have either operated on the wrong part of their…

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Doctors Waking Up to Problems in Insurance Industry

Dealing with doctors and health care providers (particularly those located outside of Austin) is one of the most frustrating things about being a personal injury lawyer. We have difficulties getting medical records and bills, and many doctors refuse to participate more than they’re legally required to help prove our client’s cases. In fact, a year…

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Federal Preemption As Tort Reform

An increasingly popular tactic of tort reformers is to seek protection from federal preemption. Regulators, backed by tort reform groups, continue to propose and institute measures that seek to preempt state laws and eliminate the rights of those injured. For example, the Food and Drug Administration proposed last year that their regulations should preempt state…

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