Archive for July 2014

How Do I Settle A Claim With An Insurance Company Amicably?

This is another question I recently received. A person was injured in a car wreck, they submitted a demand letter, and tried to negotiate, but the insurance company was stonewalling them.  What are they supposed to do? There isn’t a good answer for someone in this situation.  Insurance companies may engage in stonewalling tactics that…

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Will Austin Ban Use of Cell Phones While Driving?

A lot of momentum seems to be developing for the idea that Austin will ban drivers from using hand-held devices while driving.  In February, the Austin City Council appointed a Distracted Driving Study Group to look at the problem of distracted driving.  On Monday, the study group released a memo recommending that the city council…

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I Waited Two Months To Go To The Doctor. Do I Still Have A Case?

I received this question the other day, and I thought others might be interested in the answer as well. The short answer is “yes.”  Just because you didn’t immediately go to the doctor does not mean that you were not hurt and that you don’t have a case. But those types of delay do make…

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How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

This is a common question we hear, and it’s hard to give a great answer because the potential span is so large depending on a number of factors.  For instance, we might resolve some cases within a few months of opening the case, and we might resolve some several years after opening the case.  But…

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I fell in a parking lot because of broken pavement/sidewalk. Can I sue?

This question was posed to me recently, and the short answer is “yes.” This is called a premises liability case.  In Texas, a customer can prevail in a premises liability case against a business if the customer can prove several things: (1) that the condition (here the broken pavement or sidewalk) posed an unreasonable risk…

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Is Your Insurance Company Paying Fairly?

Last week, local news station KXAN ran a great story on the problems that consumers encounter trying to get insurance companies to pay their claims.  Unfortunately, I see this on a daily basis.  When you’re hurt or injured, insurance companies seem to employ the old deny, defend and delay tactics to try and minimize what…

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Amusement Park Safety

Earlier this week, several people were injured in a roller coaster accident at Six Flags in Valencia, California.  Apparently, a tree fell on the track, injuring two people and causing a number of others to be stranded for hours. That’s tragic.  Amusement park injuries occur more than we think, and they are often severe. But…

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Get Ready To File Your Chrysler Ignition Switch Claims

As you probably know, Chrysler admitted earlier this year that just over 2.5 million of its vehicles had defective ignition switches.  The switches were faulted in at least 165 deaths and countless more serious injuries. In an effort to control litigation costs, Chrysler has set up a claim process that will serve as an alternative…

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