Auto Accidents

Swoop and Settle – Insurance Companies Strike Again

I have frequently written about the awful insurance company tactic of swoop and settle.  Far too often, insurance companies contact a car wreck or trucking wreck victim before the victim is represented by an attorney to try and settle the case immediately.  This typically results in a victim giving up the claim before the victim…

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Deposition Preparation: Your memory

When I’m getting clients prepared for their deposition, I typically have a meeting with them where I describe the deposition process, answer their questions about depositions, and then go over some deposition rules to help them get through the deposition. The first rule is always “Tell the truth”.  And I explain that for the vast…

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Personal Injury Law: A Nightmare Fight Over Hospital Bills

A recent NPR story uses a local teacher to tell of a hospital bill situation that we hear often. Drew Calvert, a teacher at Austin High School (where my son goes to school), had a heart attack while at home.  Fortunately, a neighbor was able to get Mr. Calvert to St. David’s Hospital, where Mr.…

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Austin and Texas Brain Injury Claims

We have had the pleasure of representing a number of clients who have sustained brain injuries.  We have represented professionals (including at least one lawyer and one nurse) whose lives were completely thrown upside by their injury and inability to perform their jobs.  And at the other end of the spectrum, we’ve represented retired persons…

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I’ve Been In A Wreck. Why Am I Getting Letters From Lawyers About A Lien?

I’ve heard from a number of clients recently who were in car wrecks and received scary letters from lawyers about various hospitals filing liens on the clients’ property.  Sometimes the lawyers’ letters tell the clients that the clients’ bills have gone to collections or that the hospital will be included on a settlement check.  Naturally,…

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Austin and Texas Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

One focus of my practice has become representing victims in uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.  I literally speak to groups of lawyers throughout Texas trying to educate lawyers about the nuances of these claims.  They are much more complicated than many people think. Most of my speeches are in bigger cities.  I’ve spoken in Houston,…

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Uber Self-Driving Car Fatality – A Follow Up

Last week, I had a post outlining the potential legal claims arising from the Uber self-driving car fatality in Arizona. I wanted to update it, because there have been several new articles that have come out that back up my analysis about those who might have potential responsibility. First, I noted that a potential defendant…

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Uber Self-Driving Car Death — A Potential Law School Exam Question

By now, you’ve probably heard about the death that resulted from a car wreck involving an Uber self-driving car.  The tragic facts surrounding the wreck would make a great law school exam question. What do I mean by that?  In law school, exam questions were designed to present as many complicating issues in a case…

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