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Wrongful Death

We frequently get contacted by injured persons wanting to know if they can fire their personal injury lawyer. The short answer is “yes, you can fire your personal injury lawyer even if you’re paying a contingent fee”, but you still may end up paying the first lawyer.  Let me explain. Texas contingent fees are governed…

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The family of a drug overdose victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an archdiocese of the Catholic Church. Wrongful death lawsuit legislation differs from state to state, but the basis of that legislation is the same no matter where the suit is filed. While the details of this case are particularly relevant to…

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For whatever reason, people get intimidated when going to doctor’s offices and they forget to tell their doctors about all of their issues, they’re unwilling to ask follow-up questions, or they’re flustered and forget what the doctor says.  This is a threat to your health, but if you’re a personal injury victim, it also has…

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Nursing home abuse may escalate into a wrongful death scenario. This case did. “It’s difficult to read and hear about senior citizens being mistreated so badly that they die as a result of someone’s abuse. In this case, an 85-year-old woman was viciously throttled, then thrown on the ground. She was further neglected by assisted-living…

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Late last week, Austin American Statesman writer Ben Wear had a great story on auto accident fatalities. The good news: a Texas Department of Transportation report found that traffic fatalities in Texas have decreased by almost 15 percent since 2006. The bad news: Texas is still significantly more dangerous than the United States as a whole.…

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One of the most frustrating issues for our personal injury clients is dealing with hospitals and hospital charges that don’t seem to make any sense. Yesterday, Austin American Statesman writer Mary Ann Roser had a great story that looks at the mysterious world of emergency room and hospital charges.  She took the time to research…

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Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board urged a complete ban on the use of cell phones while driving.  The Board has recommended that all states adopt a complete ban on the use of cell phones while driving — including texting and emailing — except in emergency situations.  It would include a ban on using phones even with hands-free…

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Stage collapses resulting in deaths have dominated the news lately, and are prompting the filing of wrongful death lawsuits. This reported case was filed by the family of a woman killed by a stage collapsing on her while she was attending a concert. The 42-year-old woman was treated to front row seats for the event…

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I’m spending a little time today preparing for a jury trial in a couple of weeks, and due to some circumstances, it got me thinking about the things about a case that a jury doesn’t get to know.  These issues sometimes come up when talking to new clients. One of the common comments I hear is, “If the…

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