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Car Wreck Concussion — A Real Life Story

One of my favorite groups to follow on Facebook is the always brilliant Humans of New York.  Recently, I saw a post that describes the heartbreaking story of a woman who suffered a brain injury in a car crash  (the story didn’t specify that she had a brain injury, but those of who do this…

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David Hamilton, Texas Baseball, and Scooter Injuries

Today I learned that my “real life” and my law life intersected in a not so fun way. I’m a huge Texas sports fan, and in particular, Texas baseball fan.  My dad played baseball at UT, and while I was at UT, some of my best memories involved sitting in the sun and doing a…

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Brain Injuries: The Invisible Rain Cloud Video

We’ve always lamented that when you have a brain injury it’s hard to explain to others how the injury is affecting you. I belong to a nationwide group of lawyers who represent victims of brain injuries.  Recently, my colleagues at De Caro and Kaplen in New York created a video that helps describe what you’re…

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Scooter Injuries and Lawsuits On The Rise

It seems like you can’t go anywhere around Austin or any big city anymore without encountering something dangerous involving an electric scooter.  And if you read a paper or other publication, then you probably see articles about scooters as well. This weekend, my family went out to Los Angeles to see my daughter, and I…

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Dog Attack Trial — What Does A Jury Get To Hear?

Last week, I had a trial that received a little press because the defendant, Cedric Benson, is a former University of Texas and NFL running back. As a result, I’ve had a number of people read the articles from the local newspaper and then ask me questions about the case.  There have been a number…

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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 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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