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Construction Injuries

One of the most challenging and dangerous occupations out there is construction work. Working with heavy equipment and from great heights, construction workers are constantly being put at risk. Most construction workers are properly trained and extremely safety conscious. Unfortunately, even though most workers are careful, tragic accidents still occur due to the carelessness of someone else such as the site owner or another contractor on the job. Sometimes, injuries occur because of time pressure to meet deadlines or pressure to maximize profits by saving money on the maintenance or quality of the equipment being used.

Common types of construction accidents include:

Electrocutions
Falls
Scaffolding Accidents
Unsafe Ladders
Equipment Failure
Falling Objects
Burns
Explosions

In 2018, there were 5,250 reported work injury fatalities in the United States. In Texas, there were 488 work injury fatalities. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a construction-related accident that resulted from the negligence of another, contact our construction accident lawyers.

When they are not fatal, construction accidents can result in bone fractures, head injury, spinal cord injury, and other devastating, lifelong disabilities and problems. Your construction accident may be covered by Workers’ Compensation but that usually does not properly compensate a worker for the full extent of their injuries. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible so that the circumstances of your construction-related injury may be promptly investigated and the evidence preserved.

Have you or a loved one been injured in the workplace? A lawyer can help! Contact our Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.

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Railroad Injuries

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”) was first enacted by our United States Congress in 1908 to protect railroad workers. The FELA governs the right to compensation for damages and injuries suffered by railroad employees injured on the job. Unlike state workers’ compensation statutes, this Federal law requires proof of negligence or certain statutory violations by the railroad employer before an employee will be compensated for the loss of earnings and other damages. Also, unlike workers’ compensation laws the FELA grants the parties a right to a jury trial. Under certain circumstances, depending on the facts of the case, the railroad can be held absolutely liable which means that the injured worker need not show negligence on the part of the railroad. If absolute liability applies, then the worker’s damages cannot be reduced by any comparative negligence on his or her part. The FELA is a unique law and may involve complex issues. The railroad industry is one with its own “jargon” and customs. As an injured employee or the dependent of a deceased worker who died as the result of a work-related injury or illness, we believe it is essential that you consult with an experienced and caring FELA lawyer. In fact, it is not uncommon for FELA lawyers to be consulted by attorneys from other jurisdictions who are faced with a railroad employee injury.

Have you or a loved one been injured as an employee of a railroad company? Our lawyers can help! Contact our Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

WHO IS PROTECTED BY THE FELA?

Employees of railroads engaged in interstate commerce are protected by the FELA. Interstate commerce is very broadly interpreted with the result that most railroad employees are covered under this law. Generally, workers will be covered while actively working such as operating a locomotive or maintaining track. Workers can also be covered while being transported in company-provided vans or while staying at company-provided lodging.

In general, the injured employee must be able to show injury as a result of the railroad’s, or its agent’s negligence. Recovery can also be based on the railroad’s failure to comply with certain safety laws or regulations such as the Federal Safety Appliance Act or the Federal Locomotive Inspection Act. Under some circumstances, even if the railroad was negligent, the worker’s recovery for loss of earnings and other damages may be reduced in proportion to the worker’s comparative negligence (see glossary). If a railroad worker is injured while being transported in a company-provided vehicle or staying at a hotel for work, the “Limo” company or hotel may also be considered agents of the railroad. If these agents are negligent, then the railroad is responsible to its employees for any injury occurring as a result of such negligence.

Railroad corporations have had 100 years (since 1908) to refine their legal techniques through their claims departments to avoid, deter, and often unfairly limit financial responsibility for injuries to their hard-working railroad employees. It is essential that you work with an experienced FELA injury lawyer to identify issues that may otherwise be overlooked. Most experienced FELA attorneys will not recover any fees or expenses unless your claim is successful and you recover compensation for damages. This is known as a “contingency fee.”

Railroads employ highly-trained “claim agents” that usually work under the Law Departments to investigate on-duty work injuries, gather evidence to protect the company assets, and defend the railroad from work injuries to its employees. Generally, railroad claim agents will attempt to obtain statements from the injured worker and may try to convince the employee or the employee’s family, they do not need to discuss their injury with an experienced FELA lawyer. This pressure, and imbalance of knowledge, limits the protection of legal interests and, more importantly, prevents the worker, and their family, from learning all of his or her legal rights and remedies.

A railroad worker, (or his/her family), faced with injury will be outmatched by the extensive training and negotiation techniques that are provided to railroad claims agents through schools and programs tailored by the railroads and taught through the industry lobbying group, the American Association of Railroads (“AAR”). Unless the railroad worker is a former claim agent of the railroad, he or she, and their families, will not have the knowledge, experience, or resources of the railroad and its claims department. A discussion with an experienced FELA injury attorney will answer questions and may help resolve the uncertainties faced by injured railroaders. An experienced and competent FELA injury attorney should be respectful of your concerns, should not pressure you into decisions, and should work for YOU in the best interests of you and your family.

Have you or a loved one been injured as an employee of a railroad company? Our lawyers can help! Contact our Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff usually provide competent, correct medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, there are times when the care provided falls below the standard of care and a patient suffers devastating injury or death as a result. The injury may leave the patient unable to return to work and facing further medical treatment and bills or their death may leave their family without an important wage earner.

Unfortunately, given the powerful lobbying and media efforts of the insurance industry and medical providers many people have been led to believe that medical malpractice cases simply benefit “greedy trial lawyers”. They forget that the primary beneficiary is the injured person or their family. If the insurance industry had its way, good people who undergo tragic consequences to them or a loved one due to medical errors would be left without an adequate remedy. That is why, despite the efforts of the insurance companies and medical interests, the law provides that victims of medical malpractice are entitled to bring their case to a jury to seek full and fair compensation from those responsible for their injuries. The alternative is to leave permanently injured or disabled people to become a burden on the state and its taxpayers. Medical malpractice cases not only provide critically needed compensation but also serve to encourage hospitals and other providers to improve their treatment and avoid future mistakes.

When we put our trust in a medical professional, clinic, or hospital, we expect them to provide the appropriate level of care required by our medical condition. We certainly do not expect them to allow or make the problem worse or for a new problem to be caused by the medical provider.

Examples of Medical Malpractice include:

Giving a Patient the Wrong Drug and other Medication Errors
Failure to Diagnose a Medical Disease or Condition
Birth Injury
Surgical Errors
Failing to Conduct Necessary Tests
Studies have shown that as many as 100,000 people a year die from medication errors made by medical providers. Deaths from surgical and other negligence add even further to that total. If you feel your condition or that of a family member was created or worsened due to the actions of a medical professional, it is important to speak with our medical malpractice lawyers in Cleveland.

Have you been injured or has a loved one suffered injury or death as the result of medical malpractice? Our lawyers can help! Call our office to schedule a free consultation.

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Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse

When loved ones get older, they may need someone to take care of them. While they may not need hospital care, home care may be unaffordable. Moreover, with the pressures and obligations that come with everyday life, it may be difficult for their family to personally give them the care they need. Because of this, a nursing home is often the only option. When a family member is entrusted to a nursing home, the family is putting their faith in the nursing home and the professionals working there. They assume that the home will take good care of their loved ones. While most of the time this is the case, it is not always so, and sometimes elderly individuals in nursing homes are neglected or abused.

Nursing Home Negligence or Other Abuse Can Lead to:

Bedsores
Failure To Diagnose Medical Conditions
Prescription Drug Errors
Dehydration
Falls or Other Injuries
Eating Complications
Poor Hygiene

Unfortunately, nursing home patients may be subjected to negligent care. While this may not be intentional abuse, it is careless, below the standard of care for what is required of the nursing home, and can result in injury or death to the patient. However, other forms of nursing home abuse exist as well and can include physical abuse, mental abuse, and financial abuse. If you feel your loved one has suffered from any type of nursing home abuse, contact a lawyer for advice.

Are you unsure if your loved one is being abused in their nursing home? In many cases, an abused patient may be too afraid to say anything to their family due to threats from staff or just due to the fact they have experienced a great amount of trauma. There are signs to look for. If unexplained rashes, abrasions, bruises, cuts, or other marks start to appear on their body, personal belongings are missing, or there is a sudden change in their emotions, there may be a reason to investigate further. Contact a nursing home negligence lawyer if you suspect your loved one is being abused in a nursing home.

Do you believe your loved one is being abused or suffering due to staff negligence in a nursing home? A lawyer can help! Contact our Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

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Pedestrian Accidents

People walk for many different reasons. Some people walk to work. Others walk for recreational purposes or to get exercise. Others take young children out for walks or walk their dogs. Unfortunately, a simple walk outside can result in serious injury or death when a negligent driver makes a wrong decision and strikes a pedestrian. Contact a lawyer if you or a loved one were injured by a negligent driver as a pedestrian.

A pedestrian accident can result in:

Disability
Bone Fractures
Disfigurement
Brain Injury
Death

Every year in the United States, motor vehicles kill approximately 6,000 pedestrians. This means that every day 16 people are killed in a pedestrian accident. The number of pedestrian injuries is even more alarming. There are approximately 110,000 pedestrian injuries each year in the United States!

Due to the fact that pedestrians are more vulnerable compared to those in a car, bus, or truck, the results are much more devastating for the pedestrian. Drivers must be aware of pedestrians while they are driving and avoid negligently injuring them. A pedestrian accident lawyer can help if someone close to you was struck by a vehicle and injured or killed.

Have you or a loved one been injured as a pedestrian? A lawyer can help! Contact our Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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Premises Accidents

Whether you are at work, on vacation, or just running everyday errands, property owners have certain duties that vary according to the factual circumstances to make sure that your visit is safe and you leave uninjured. When the property owner fails to meet their duty and a serious injury occurs, the property owner may be held accountable and the injured person obtain fair and just compensation for their injuries. It is imperative to contact our premises liability lawyers if you feel a property owner’s negligence was the cause of your injury.

The following are situations that may give rise to a premises liability case:

Lack of Security
Dangerous Property Conditions
Lack of Maintenance
Negligent Staff
Most business owners know about their legal duties and responsible owners take out adequate liability insurance to cover any such injury. Damages may include medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and permanent injury.

Unfortunately, to try and protect their profits, insurance companies often deny responsibility that the company they insure is responsible for these damages. Sophisticated insurance adjusters try to minimize the amount of compensation a seriously injured person may be lawfully entitled to receive. Contact our Premises Liability Lawyers if you feel your injury should have been prevented by the property owner.

Have you or a loved one been injured on someone else’s property or business premises? Our lawyers can help you determine if you have a claim and then pursue that claim on your behalf! Contact our Premises Liability Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

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Railroad Accidents

Railroad accidents happen more frequently than people think. These types of accidents can be catastrophic and produce deadly results. railroad accidents can occur for a number of different reasons. Many times, however, it is the fault of someone other than the injured person. If you feel your railroad accident was the fault of another, contact our lawyers.

Throughout the country, including Texas, the most common types of railroad accidents are:

Lack of Security
Dangerous Property Conditions
Lack of Maintenance
Lack of Adequate Inspections

According to 2020 statistical data, Texas ranks as number 1 for railroad collisions in the United States with 186 collisions, 11 deaths, and 67 injuries. Unfortunately, many railroad workers are hurt and killed every year in Texas due to the carelessness of others.

The cause of a railroad accident can be the result of numerous things. In some cases, the railroad company may be at fault. For example, lack of training, failing to properly maintain the train and/or the tracks can result in accidents such as derailments. Finally, failing to have properly working lights, gates, and other warnings at railroad crossings can result in a terrible railroad accident.

Have you been injured or a loved one been injured or killed in a railroad accident? Our lawyers can help! Contact our Railroad Accident Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

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Train Accident Attorneys

Did you know that a train accident occurs in the United States every 90 minutes? It is a true and alarming fact. Many of these train accidents are the fault of the railroad and not the motorist.

However, a railroad claims representative will attempt to persuade you into believing a motorist is always at fault without providing the underlying facts such as the train black box which shows the speed of the train and whether the horn was being blown, the employee time reports, and daily track inspection reports. Even if you were provided with this information, you must seek INDEPENDENT legal advice to evaluate the information in a fair and unbiased form. Some of these train accidents result in injuries that range from mild to severe, while others result in severe brain damage or other catastrophic injuries, or death. Letting the railroad get off the hook by not taking them to task when they are at fault will allow the railroad to continue to operate unsafely and lead to other injuries and deaths.

It is well-established law that railroad companies owe a duty of reasonable care to provide for the safety of the public and its employees. Railroads must also comply with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations concerning employee and public safety. Contrary to what the railroad would have you believe (for example, “train accidents are always caused by the motorist” or “the motorist failed to yield” or “the railroad employee caused their own injury”), courts and juries have many times found railroads responsible for causing injuries and death to the public and their employees.

Some of the factors that lead to injuries and deaths at railroad crossings are solely under the railroad’s control. These factors that place the public in danger include failing to install lights and gates at the crossing, failing to remove vegetation and trees that block the view of an oncoming train, overworking train crews, faulty railroad crossing signals, and insufficient employees to properly maintain the track and equipment.

Most crossings in the United States are not protected with flashing lights and gates. Instead, these railroad crossings are protected only by signs and are known as “passive” railroad crossings. Proper warning devices such as lights and gates are readily available and can be easily installed by railroads. Hazardous conditions such as multiple high-speed tracks, view obstructions, a history of multiple accidents, heavy school bus traffic, and hump or high profile crossings exist throughout the country. We believe railroads should be protecting these crossings with lights and gates in order to meet their duty to protect the public and their employees.

Railroads that choose to turn a blind eye to unsafe conditions must be held accountable for the sometimes tragic consequences of their choice. Otherwise, they will continue to disregard their duty to protect the public and their employees.

Train accident statistics reported by the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) include the following:
HIGHWAY RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS

In one year there were approximately 1,381 reported deaths and injuries at highway-rail railroad crossings;
On average a total of 4 people per day are either killed or injured at highway-rail railroad crossings in this country ;
In one year there were approximately 150,000 public highway-rail railroad crossings in the United States;
In one year only about one out of four (26%) of the 150,000 public highway railroad crossings in the United States were protected by gates.
In one year about 54% of the 150,000 public highway railroad crossings in the United States were protected only with a sign.
A driver is 30 times more likely to die in an accident that involves a railroad train rather than another motor vehicle.

Whether you or a loved one was injured in a railroad crossing injury, derailment, or another type of train accident, or if you lost someone close to you in a railroad accident due to the negligence of another, call our train accident attorneys. We are here to help and answer your questions.

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Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Every year throughout the United States, many individuals are involved in accidents that result in a spinal cord injury. In fact, annual statistics show that there are approximately 11,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. A spinal cord injury is a severe, life-altering injury that can leave someone physically unable to do things they were once able to do. In many cases, the spinal cord injury results from the negligence of another individual.

The most common cause of spinal cord injury is car accidents. Aside from car accidents, spinal cord injury can also result from:

Slip and Fall
Acts of Violence
Disease
Recreational Activities

Loss of movement (paralysis) over some part of the lower and/or upper body and permanent disability is the usual result of a severe spinal cord injury. Our attorneys are here to help if you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident due to the negligence of another. Even when the spinal cord injury does not result in paralysis, other severe results such as cracked, damaged vertebrae, separated discs, and pinched nerves, can accompany such an injury.

In some cases, a spinal cord injury may seem somewhat trivial, only causing mild pain. However, it is still important to get the necessary medical attention because more severe repercussions may surface later on, resulting in more pain, greater injury, and more costly medical bills. Medical care, nursing costs, tests, equipment, and medications are all some of the things our attorneys can help you get compensation for, as well as pain and suffering. Speak with our attorneys today if a careless person or company caused your spinal cord injury.

Have you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of someone else’s negligence? Our lawyers can help evaluate your claim and obtain critically needed compensation for your injury. Contact our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys to schedule a free consultation.

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Work Injury Lawyer

Although some jobs are more dangerous than others, you can get injured no matter what your occupation, even when it doesn’t appear threatening. If you are injured on the job and the injury results from certain wrongful conduct on the part of the employer or its employees, or you believe on the part of an equipment manufacturer or some outside company that serviced the equipment, you may be entitled to recover fair and just compensation for your injuries beyond what may be offered under your state’s worker compensation laws. The requirements for compensation vary between states and depend greatly upon the specific facts of your injury.

Examples of Work-Related Injury Include And Can Be Due To:

Safety Guards Being Removed From Machinery and Equipment
Increased Speed of Production Beyond What Is Safe
Defective Machinery
Falls
Toxic Chemicals
Construction Accidents
Defective Products

OSHA reported that 5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day. About 20% (1,061) of worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2019 were in construction – accounting for one in five worker deaths for the year. No matter how mild your work injury was, you may be entitled to monetary compensation if your employer or another company or manufacturer failed to meet its duties. Contact a lawyer today!

Depending on the specifics of your case, it may be possible to receive some monetary compensation through Workers’ Compensation. However, in many situations, Workers’ Compensation is very inadequate and does not come close to compensating you for your injuries. Our employee work injury attorneys are here to help you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to receive.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a work accident? A lawyer can help! Contact our Work Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation.

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Traffic Tickets – 8/10/21 – gtg

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Date : 14-Aug-2021
Requirement : “10 articles for traffic ticket attorneys” received on 07-Aug-2021

Table of Contents

Why Is It Necessary To Defend A Traffic Ticket?
Is It Against The Law To Driver Slower Than The Speed Limit?
How Can Lawyers Help In Dismissing Traffic Tickets?
Speeding Tickets- Everything You Need To Know
Things You Need to Know About Driver’s License Points
Got Your First Traffic Ticket? Here’s How You Can Handle It
What Is Meant By A Driver Responsibility System (Points System)?
Getting A Driving License In Texas Made Easy
A Detailed Guide To Traffic Tickets And Violations Associated With It
Searching For A Traffic Lawyer Made Easy With 6 Quick Pointers

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Is It Against The Law To Drive Slower Than The Speed Limit?

Most people know that driving above the speed limit increases your chance of being in an accident and puts lives at risk. It also makes the roads less safe. But did you know that driving slow can also be risky? Yes! Slow driving can cause other drivers to swerve or slam their brakes too hard. This could lead to a chain reaction and a rear-end collision with the vehicle in front. It can further lead to congestion and road rage.

How Slow Can You Drive Safely?

It all depends on the situation. This is because there is no federal speed limit law. Each state can set its own speed limit. Also, the type of road, the traffic flow, and even the weather conditions are factors that determine the safe speed limit. Highway patrol officers may pull you over if you drive at an excessively slow or fast speed if you are obstructing traffic flow or putting other drivers at risk.

It may not matter if you are driving ten mph slower than the posted speed limit on a highway that is uncrowded, as there is a low chance of you causing congestion on the road. But driving ten miles under the speed limit in a city during rush hours can create issues. Most state laws don’t specify how low you can go below the posted speed limit. They leave it up to the judgment of the highway patrol officer. However, it is illegal for a driver to drive at a rate that causes traffic flow to slow down.

Driving slowly on the highway can increase your chances of getting into an accident. If we see a slower vehicle, we need to adjust quickly. This could lead to an accident if it is not done properly.

Is it illegal to drive slower than the posted speed limit? If you have compelling reasons to, it is not against the law. Most state laws regarding this topic allow for common sense exceptions such as driving under the speed limit because of hazardous road conditions, slowing down in an accident, or driving slower due to traffic congestion.

If you feel safe, don’t let other drivers pressure you into speeding. You can drive 30 miles an hour in ice storms, even though it is illegal to exceed 70 mph.

These are some rules that you should follow – and some that you should use to drive safely.

➤ When driving on a 2-lane highway, you should stay in the right lane except when passing other vehicles or trying to exit through the left lane.
➤ When driving on a motorway with three or more lanes, you should stay in the right and middle lanes. Use the left lane to exit alone.
➤ If you are in the passing lane and see that a faster vehicle is approaching, you should move to the right as soon as possible.
➤ No matter whatever the speed at which you drive, do not obstruct the traffic flow.
➤ Get to know about the speed restrictions in your state.

To Summarize:

Driving below the speed limit has not been as controversial as speeding, but this is beginning to change. People are increasingly asking how slowly you can go below the speed limit. A majority of states have minimum speed limits. However, it is up to the highway patrols to decide on a case-by-case basis. Driving at a high or below the speed limit can be dangerous, but it always depends on the road conditions at that particular time.

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Speeding Tickets- Everything You Need To Know

Most people would have been charged a speeding ticket, especially when you are hurrying to reach your destination. Speeding tickets are one of the most frequent traffic infractions in the United States. According to USA Today, one out of every six Americans gets a speeding ticket every year. This works out to around 41 million tickets each year, or 100,000 tickets per day.

Points To Keep In Mind If You Get A Speeding Ticket

1.A speeding ticket will appear on your driving record

Although the amount of time a speeding ticket stays on your record varies by state, the national average for all states except Alaska is three years. Convictions of traffic tickets, for example, are retained on your criminal record for three years from the date of conviction in Texas.

2. A speeding ticket results in higher insurance rates

The amount of your insurance coverage that will be raised because of a speeding ticket will be determined by your insurance provider. Your insurance company may increase your rates by hundreds of dollars, while some firms may not raise them at all. If you get a speeding ticket, it is a good idea to check around for insurance prices.

3. The cost of a speeding ticket can vary by state

Although speeding ticket costs vary by state, you will usually be charged higher depending on how fast you were driving when compared to the legal speed limit. Depending on where you live, they may cost anything from $20 to $1,000.

4. There are ways possible for a driver to escape from a speeding ticket

Depending on where you reside, you have a variety of alternatives for avoiding a speeding ticket.
You can take a driving safety course. A driving safety course may be needed in certain states to get the speeding ticket dismissed. Please contact your local judicial system for additional information.

Also, you have the option of pleading not guilty. After getting a speeding ticket, you may opt to plead not guilty. You will have to go before a jury or court to justify your choice. There’s a possibility that the officer who gave you the ticket won’t show up, and you might be freed of the charges.

You can apply for a deferred disposition. A deferred disposition may be given to drivers in a number of states. This is essentially a suspended sentence with specific restrictions. If the motorist can show that they can meet these requirements, the case may be dismissed.

5. Speeding ticket is considered as a moving violation

A speeding ticket is a moving offense. It occurs when a motorist breaks the laws of the road while riding a motor vehicle.

Hit-and-run, leaving an accident scene, reckless driving, distracted driving (while using a mobile phone), driving without a valid driver’s license, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and skipping a red light are only a few examples of common moving offenses.

Non-moving violations, on the other hand, occur when a vehicle is not moving. A broken taillight and a parking infraction are two instances of non-moving offenses.

6. Parking tickets will not go on your records like speeding tickets

Each state has its own method for classifying parking violations. Moving offenses, on the other hand, are more likely than others to result in property damage or severe injury. Hence, these offenses have harsher punishments than those that do not include moving violations. A parking ticket, on the other hand, will not be put to your permanent driving record and will not affect your driving privileges or insurance rates.

But, remember to pay for all parking tickets as soon as possible. Failing to pay your parking fines on time may result in a bad credit rating, which may have an indirect effect on insurance rates. Parking tickets have different penalties in different countries.

Final Thoughts:

Even the most cautious drivers may commit minor traffic violations from time to time. A small traffic violation may have a serious impact on your driving record or reputation. You should be aware that repeated infractions may rapidly add up, increasing your insurance premiums and license suspension. Drive cautiously and follow traffic regulations to prevent such incidents.

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Things You Need to Know About Driver’s License Points

You might completely forget about your driver’s license points if you haven’t been given a traffic ticket recently. You may not be aware that they exist if you’re a novice driver. But, it is vital to understand driver’s license points, particularly considering the potential consequences of accumulating too many.

What are driver’s license points?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), as a punishment, adds driver’s license points to a driver’s record. A driver convicted of a moving traffic offense will usually receive between 2 to 4 points on their license. However, it is important to keep in mind that driving license codes can vary between states. It is therefore vital that you research the points system for your state’s driver’s license.

Only movement violations result in the assignation of license points. This means that the DMV doesn’t impose them for non-moving offenses. The number of points awarded to an offender will vary depending on the type of offense. Example: The difference in license points for speeding or making an illegal lane change in the wrong directions.

A maximum of 12 points can be considered as okay for a driver’s license. If it exceeds 12, the DMV may take appropriate action. A driver who accumulates 12 points within 12 months could lose their driving privileges for as long as six months. Drivers with 3 to 11 points on their driver’s license may be eligible for a diversion program in some jurisdictions. This is usually possible by taking a DMV traffic safety class. After you complete the training, a point removal process will be initiated for your driving license.

Driving violations can be a permanent black mark on your record.

Even if you move out of the state, your driving violation points will be reflected. The DMV will revoke points earned by a driver if they do not earn any driver’s license points within 12 months. It is important to understand that some violations accumulate points faster than others. Careless driving is one example of a more serious offense that can lead to eight points.

Additional consequences also come along with it.

Losing your driving privilege isn’t the only risk associated with being charged with too many driver license points. Your job and other privileges could also be lost. If you accumulate a lot of points, your vehicle insurance premium could rise. Your relationship with your service provider can also end. But, in most cases, points on a driver’s license will not directly impact insurance premiums.

An individual’s conviction or confession to multiple moving violations will be a permanent mark on both their driving record and on their insurance record. This means that insurance companies cannot guarantee that they will cover you when you renew your policy or transfer insurance providers.

Removal of points from the driving license

The DMV will reduce the number of points that a driver has earned if they do not receive any additional license points within 12 months. You can contact drivers who provide defensive driving classes to discuss ways to get your points reduced or erased. It is important to remember that driving license points can vary from one state to the next.

Another option is to hire an attorney who specializes in the removal of points from your driving license. This option can be quite expensive. But, sometimes, legal representation can be worth the risk as it can help to remove all the points and get you a clean driving record.

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Got Your First Traffic Ticket? Here’s How You Can Handle It

The first traffic ticket can be one of the most frightening experiences you may experience. You might be charged a speeding ticket, most probably. Speeding is speeding regardless of whether or not you are aware of the speed limit. But, remember- you need not freak out just because you have been charged a traffic ticket.

Most people do not take any action after receiving a ticket. Either they forgot all about it, or they just put it in the glove box and assume that it would disappear on its own. But, the fact is that a seemingly small traffic ticket can quickly become a major headache.

You should take proactive steps after receiving a traffic ticket.

Make payment

Be aware that you may be assigned points on your driver’s license, and your insurance premiums could rise if you don’t pay it all.

Recognize your options

After receiving a traffic ticket, there are many options. There are three options available to you after receiving a traffic ticket: You can plead as guilty, not guilty, or no contest (nolo contender). You can plead guilty or not guilty to admit that you drove too fast for the conditions. You have two choices in this situation: pay the fine and any applicable fees to the court, and allow the citation (as well as the points) to remain on your driving record. Another option is to request that the ticket be dismissed by taking a state-approved driver safety class. You must contact the court following the instructions on the ticket to let them know your intentions before the deadline.
You can fight the traffic ticket in court if you wish to plead not guilty. Texas law gives you the right to present your case to the court, with or without legal counsel, to show why the ticket was incorrectly issued. Based on the information provided, the court will decide whether to dismiss or affirm the ticket.

Is it possible to get the ticket dismissed?

Before you plead not guilty to a traffic violation, there are some things that you need to be aware of. Many factors can either increase or decrease the chance of your ticket being dismissed.

Take a look at your ticket to see what violations were listed. Did you get a speeding ticket or other violations? These are some of the most common traffic violations that can be combined with speeding tickets:

Driving without a driving license
Driving when your license is suspended or revoked
There is no evidence that you have automobile insurance.
Vehicle registration expired
The license plate has been changed

How To Defend Your Traffic Ticket

By choosing not to fight your ticket, you are effectively putting it “layaway.” You will not have to pay your ticket until your trial ends. If your case is dismissed, then you won’t be required to pay a fine.

Learn defensive driving.

Select a traffic school. Traffic schools expect you to spend at most four hours each day in the classroom.

As part of the ticket remission process for speeding offenses (and other moving violations), successful completion of the Driver Safety Course (defensive driving course) will be required. Most often, a driver safety class will be required to get your ticket dismissed. This will prevent future violations (and the points) from showing up on your driving record.

To avoid any future fees such as insurance increases, DPS surcharges, and so forth, it is essential to complete a driver safety course. Even if your ticket is dismissed through this process, you will still need to pay a court/dismissal charge. This will be in addition to the fine. To avoid any further punishment or disciplinary action, you will have 90 days from the time you submit your request to dismiss the ticket. Failure to appear at court on the scheduled date will result in the ticket being recorded in your name. In certain cases, a warrant could be issued. A defensive driving course is a smart and easy way to maintain a clean driving record. It can also help you to refresh your driving skills while you work.

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What Is Meant By A Driver Responsibility System (Points System)?

Drivers in each state have their own set of rules. Texas uses the Driver Responsibility Program (also known as The Points System) to keep track of driver records and instill safe driving habits among its citizens. You can find a description of the system here, along with its impact on Texas drivers and how it works.

Getting To Know The Driver Responsibility System

Drivers who get fined in Texas for driving fast/slow will earn points on their driving record. In certain circles, this program is also known as the Points System. Points are earned for each citation a motorist receives. Points are also given to motorists who are found at fault for an accident. Different types of citations earn different amounts of points. The points given for an accident depend on its severity.

Exploring The Causes

Because of technological advancements, distracted driving is now one of the leading causes of car accidents. We rely on other drivers and ourselves to keep us safe when we’re behind the wheel. All drivers are responsible for driving safely and in the best interest of others. People who are distracted by mobile phones are more likely than others to cause an accident.

Driving without attention can lead to injuries in many situations. These are some of the possible causes:

Spine injuries

Bone fractures

Trauma to the brain

There are two options: death or disability.

What can be the legal implications of driving carelessly?

You will be penalized for two moving violations and three points if you are involved in a crash. This conviction will remain on your driving record for three years, which could impact your future insurance premiums.

Your license could be suspended if you accumulate an excessive amount of points. Your license could also be suspended if convicted of more than four moving offenses in one calendar year. If you have seven or more moving offenses in two years, a similar outcome will happen. You may also be subject to suspension for driving under the influence or driving without insurance.

What are surcharges? How do they work?

The surcharge is an additional penalty that you pay besides the normal penalties and court costs. The amounts are updated each year. Surcharges will be applied to Texas drivers who have more than six points on their driving records or have been arrested for driving under the influence. The severity of the offense determines the amount you will have to pay. If you fail to make payment arrangements or pay all surcharges within 105 days after being notified about your impending suspension, you will lose your driving privileges. Each of these surcharges is sent to the Texas Controller of Public Accounts. He then distributes 99 percent to both the Texas General Revenue Fund and the trauma center. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) receives the remaining 1%.

Two programs can help with surcharges: the Incentive Program and the Indigency Program. The Indigency Program will waive any surcharges if an income exceeds or falls below 125 percent of federal poverty standards. The Incentive Program reduces surcharges for people earning between 125 and 300% of federal poverty standards.

The Takeaway Thoughts:

It is important to understand the laws and the possible consequences if you find yourself in such a situation. A Texas attorney can help you. You may be able to take a Texas Defensive Driving Course, and the charges against you will be dropped.

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Getting A Driving License In Texas Made Easy

Before you may obtain your Texas driver’s license, you must first complete a few stages. Applicants must satisfy few criteria before their applications are considered by the state of Texas. Find all you need to know about getting your Texas driver’s license, passing your road test, and receiving your permit. Read on below to know everything you need:

How to Obtain a Driver’s License in Texas (with instructions)

1. An application for a driver’s license or identity card must be filed (Form. DL-14A).

2. Evidence of identification, proof of Social Security number, proof of lawful residence in the United States, and proof of Texas residency will be required (Full Accepted Documents List)

3. You’ll need to provide evidence of Texas automobile registration, insurance, and a written declaration stating that you don’t own a car. An out-of-state driver’s license can be submitted if applicable.

4. If you are under the age of 18 or have just obtained your driver’s license and wish to practice driving before passing the road test, you will need a Permission to Learn (Learner’s Permit).

5. If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, you must provide evidence of completion of a qualifying driver’s education course as well as proof of achievement in the Impact Texas Young Drivers program.

6. To acquire a Class C driver’s license, you must pay $25.

Procedures to be completed to get your Texas driver’s license

1. The Texas Driver Manual can be accessed online. You can take written practice tests too.

2. You may obtain your Learner’s Permit by taking a test at the DMV. Bring all of the necessary documents and identification with you. Pass the vision and writing exams. Once you pay the charges, your permission will be issued.

3. In order to pass your road test, you must practice driving. As soon as you’re ready, you may schedule your road test online or via Skip. If you need a car or a driver for your road test, you may schedule an appointment with a road tester concierge.

4. Study The Texas DMV Road Test Guide before taking your road test. It has additional information regarding the Arizona driving exam too.

5. You must go to your local DMV office to get your driver’s license. You can relinquish your Learner Permit and pay the required payments. You will be given a temporary driver’s license receipt in exchange.

Within three weeks of completing the above procedures, you will get your Texas Class C driver’s license by mail.

The most significant exclusions from a Texas driver’s license :

➤ Do you already have a driver’s license from another state? Both the written exam and the driving test will be waived.

➤ Are you under the age of eighteen? Before you may take the Learner’s Permit written test, you must first finish a Texas-approved driver’s education program. You will also have to learn more about the criteria for provisional licenses in Texas.

➤ Do you have a valid driver’s license and are above the age of 18? If this is the case, you do not need a Learner’s Permit.

➤ Are you a failed written or road test candidate? In the next 90 days, you’ll have two more opportunities to pass the test. After that, you’ll have to start the driver’s license application procedure all over again.

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A Detailed Guide To Traffic Tickets And Violations Associated With It

Millions of traffic fines are handed out every year in America. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the average penalty is $150. However, depending on where the violation occurred, motorists can be fined up to $2000 in some states. In the US, there are driving responsibility programs in Michigan, New Jersey, and New York. These programs establish systems that assign points for moving violations and apply penalties to offenders according to the type of violation. Drivers who are convicted of an offense under certain laws could be charged separately. The high fines each state imposes on drivers have made the traffic ticket system a multi-billion-dollar business that generates billions each year.

What is Traffic Violation? How does this happen?

A traffic violation is different from a traffic law infraction. Infractions are not crimes and often come with a fine. Infractions are generally non-moving violations or non-dangerous violations. These constitute the majority of traffic citations. Even though each state has a different definition, a traffic violation is considered more serious. This is usually considered a crime. More severe violations can be classified as misdemeanors or felony traffic violations, depending on their severity. These offenses include driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, hazardous driving, driving without insurance, and failing to stop at an accident scene.

Individuals are entitled to receive legal protection when charged with a misdemeanor, felony violation, or any other crime. Individuals charged with a misdemeanor or felony violation will be subject to a booking and bail procedure, as well as the right to a trial in front of a judge or jury. A serious violation is when an offender causes or threatens to cause damage to property or people.

A minor offense under the law may include driving even after seeing a stop sign. A pedestrian may be struck by a vehicle if the driver ignores a stop sign. This offense could be a misdemeanor or even a crime depending on how serious the accident was. A driving ticket will be issued to anyone who has been involved in a hit-and-run accident or committed multiple DUI offenses.

Here is a list of all the information included in traffic tickets.

A charge that you violated traffic laws, including the part that is being alleged as infringed.
Name of the traffic law or the reason for which the ticket was issued, if applicable.
Details of the event of that specific hour and in that particular place on that particular day.
Name and address of the person to whom the citation will be sent.
Identification information about the vehicle, including make, model, and license plate
Information about how to contest or dispute the accusation. This includes the name and address where the location is located.

Each state has its own traffic laws. It is important that you are familiar with the traffic laws in the state where you reside or were cited for the crime.

The Most Common Moving Violations

A moving violation is when a vehicle in motion violates traffic law. These are the most common moving violations:

Driving at speeds higher than the allowed speed
Speeding through stop signs or red lights
Failure to stop for a school bus or on approaching a pedestrian
Taking a u-turn in the wrong direction.
Unlawful taking over of another vehicle
Driving in a carpool lane without permission
Neglecting to give the right-of-way

A driver’s license may be suspended or revoked depending on the severity and frequency of the violation. License suspensions can be applied for a range of periods, from a few weeks to several years. Here are some examples of serious violations in moving:

Driving a vehicle even after your license has been suspended
Driving recklessly or in dangerous ways
DUI (driving under the influence of vehicle)
Highway intimidation
Racing on the street.
Motor vehicle murder

The penalties could include imprisonment and a significant fine, depending on whether the driving offense is a misdemeanor or a felony. The person could be charged additional insurance premiums that can reach hundreds of dollars.

The Non – Moving Violations :

A non-moving violation is, in most cases, illegally parking your car, getting a “fix-it” ticket to repair defective equipment, or making illegal modifications to your vehicle. They are not on your driving record and are assessed at a lower rate than a moving violation.

The most common offenses in non-moving violations are:

Parking in front of a fire hydrant.
Parking in a prohibited zone
Parking in front of a meter that is not functional
Parking and blocking the walkway.
Parking on two levels
Parking in an accessible spot without a placard or disability plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles

A parking ticket is issued to the vehicle and not the driver. This is different from a moving violation. If you fail to respond to a parking ticket within a specified time, a notification will go to the registered owner of your vehicle asking for payment.

Your vehicle could be towed and then seized if you fail to pay your parking fines. Drivers with six or more outstanding fines may not be eligible to renew their licenses in certain states. Your driver’s license and your vehicle registration may both show a non-renewable status.

Each state and city has its own laws regarding the correction of a non-moving offense. Some states will require proof of correction. Others may allow you to send your signed ticket and correction proof along with your dismissal fee to avoid appearing in court. You should consult the local laws to determine the corrective actions to take. The directions are usually written on the reverse side of the ticket.

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Searching For A Traffic Lawyer Made Easy With 6 Quick Pointers

In the past five years, one in five Americans received traffic tickets. Are you, by any chance facing a traffic violation that could result in a fine or a more serious offense? If yes, it is better you consider hiring a traffic ticket lawyer. Contrary to other offenses, you don’t have the right to retain the services of a traffic ticket attorney. You will have to pay out of your pocket to hire a traffic ticket lawyer.

This blog article will discuss some of the things you should consider before hiring a traffic ticket lawyer. So stay tuned!

1. The Cost Of The Ticket

Depending on the severity of your offense, the ticket cost may be lower than the amount you would need to pay to have a lawyer defend it at trial. This may be enough motivation for some people to pay the ticket instead of contesting it in court.

But, the downside is that it will be added to your criminal record for up seven years, depending on the severity of the offense and where you live. If you feel it is worth it, you can opt to hire a lawyer. This is especially important if you face multiple violations and additional penalties like the suspension or loss of your driver’s license.

2.The Experience & Expertise Of Your Lawyer

You should ensure that your lawyer has experience with traffic fines before you hire them. You should ask specific questions to determine if a lawyer or firm is right for you. A lawyer who is experienced and has managed a considerable number of similar cases will be the right choice for you. The number of cases they have fought, especially those that were successful, is often a deciding factor in choosing a lawyer.

3. The Cost

Although attorneys will not usually give you an exact figure of how much you will have to spend on your case, it is important to understand what they think the cost will be so you can plan accordingly. Some lawyers will give you a precise amount right away. This amount can be more than the cost of the ticket. However, it is sometimes justified, especially when the traffic ticket is for criminal offenses.

4. The Type Of The Ticket

You will definitely need a lawyer to assist you in getting your traffic ticket dismissed. A person who isn’t a lawyer can’t effectively defend themselves in court and argue for the dismissal of a traffic ticket. An attorney can increase your chances of success.

Your lawyer might be able to help you reduce the penalty for a traffic ticket. They can also help you lower the points on your record and reduce your fine. They may be able to assist you in negotiating other arrangements, such as the completion of a diversion program for your points or the penalty to be removed from your record.

You will have to plead guilty and go to a traffic school if you are found guilty. This could also lead to a monetary penalty in certain cases. After you complete this task, all points you earned will be deleted from your record. You won’t have to worry about losing your license or having other problems in the future.

5. Online Reviews

Reading reviews online can be beneficial in determining if a lawyer is right for you. To see what others have to say about the lawyer, you might want to check out some reviews on Google and other websites that review lawyers. A lawyer’s track record of having positive reviews is a good indicator of their quality.

6. Attending Court Hearings

Consider whether you would like your lawyer to represent you in court without you being present. You may not be required to attend hearings in many cases. Your lawyer will negotiate with court officials in your absence. If you wish, however, you can choose to attend. In some cases, attorneys may be able to contract with other lawyers to represent them at traffic court. It is important to find out who will represent you in court and what information they have about your case.

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Personal Injury – 8/5/21 – gtg

How Bicycle accident lawyers can help

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Our Law Firm is one of the oldest and most respected plaintiff’s personal injury firms in Texas. For over 20 years, our bicycle accident lawyers have dealt with cases involving serious injury and fatalities involving bicycles, and have secured judgments for their clients that have enabled them to live with security and dignity. Some of these individuals had suffered serious physical injuries including brain damage and spinal cord injury. Other clients have been families in which a loved one suffered a wrongful death in a bicycle crash.

Bicycle accident by the roadside
Our accident lawyers have successfully represented persons who have suffered bicycle injuries and families who have lost loved ones in bicycle crashes throughout Texas.

As bicycle accident lawyers, we seek to relieve clients of anxiety and uncertainty about their cases. We work closely with each client to make sure we understand their needs and concerns, and to see that those issues are addressed so that the client can be completely focused on his recovery and his family. Because we have handled so many bicycle injury cases, we are able to lay out a course of action that will take a client to the conclusion of their case with minimal anxiety and stress. The most helpful service our accident lawyers can render their clients is to prosecute their case aggressively, helping them achieve the fairest monetary result we can obtain. At the same time, we try to help our clients return to the life they enjoyed before the collision.

When our Law Firm takes on a bicycle injury case, a senior bicycle injury attorney assumes responsibility for the case and assembles a legal team of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and other staff to investigate and research the case. We strive to understand all that occurred in the crash, to carefully assess the evidence, the site of the crash and surrounding area, and all relevant circumstances. We evaluate the quality and functioning of the bicycle and of safety equipment, especially helmets. We review medical records to determine the full extent of the injury. We will look first at your medical needs, to assure that you are getting the appropriate medical care and the rehabilitation you need.

Competitive bike rider
Our bicycle accident lawyers are committed to a thorough and accurate investigation for any client on whose behalf we undertake representation. Unlike most personal injury firms, we have a full-time investigative staff that we can deploy to thoroughly investigate every reasonable claim. In cases involving bicycle injury, gathering the facts and evidence as soon as possible can be critical to the success of a case. We offer prospective clients unparalleled resources to accomplish the necessary investigation.

We recommend these important actions after a bicycle crash to protect your rights:

Get the information you need whether or not police are present, you’ll need to get names and contact information for any witnesses, and secure driver’s license and insurance information with all drivers involved.
Notify your insurance carrier. As soon as you can, contact your insurance carrier and tell them about the collision. Be sure to cooperate fully with your insurance company.
Know the Statutes of Limitation These laws limit the time by when one must file a claim or a lawsuit. It is important to know which statutes apply to your particular circumstance. It is wise to contact a bicycle accident lawyer very soon after the crash in order to make sure that your rights are not forfeited, and that you can pursue your civil remedies.

Start the Investigation. It is crucially important for the investigation of the crash to begin while memories are fresh, and before critical evidence at the collision scene has been removed, washed away, or otherwise eliminated.
Our bicycle accident lawyers employ three full-time accident investigators who will travel throughout Texas to help find vital evidence for our lawyers and secure it for your case. While you are receiving medical care and recovering, you may not feel ready to have your case resolved, yet evidence collection needs to be underway. Our investigative staff can obtain factual statements, scene photographs, accurate measurements, and collision photographs, leaving you to focus on your recovery and return to the quality of life you enjoyed before your injuries.

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DOG BITE ATTORNEYS

Welcome to our Dog Bite Law website. Created by the dog bite attorneys of our Law Firm, this information is especially for people who have been attacked by dogs or suffered serious dog bite injuries, and for their loved ones.

Being attacked and bitten by a dog can be a traumatic and life-altering event. Dog bite attacks may cause serious wounds and physical scarring and disfigurement. A dog attack on a small child can cause major injuries, or even be fatal. Anyone who has suffered a dog bite or has been attacked by a dog knows how frightening an experience it can be.

Many people seeking the help of a dog attack lawyer have suffered dog bite attacks that have left them with permanent scarring. Skillful plastic surgery can often reduce the scars, but even with the best surgical care, many people will suffer permanent residuals, scars that they will live with for the rest of their lives.

Dog bites may also leave the victim with persistent fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, whose symptoms may include sleep disturbance, hypervigilance, increased anxiety and irritability, flashbacks and painful memories of the attack, inability to concentrate, and persistent fear of dogs. Dog bite attacks may also leave other kinds of emotional scarring, including persistent depression. Our dog bite attorneys understand that visible, disfiguring scars can profoundly affect a person’s sense of self. In representing our clients we always consider the effect of the injuries and scarring on the person’s self-esteem and ability to function.

Dog attacks are a significant public health problem. The US Center for Disease Control reports that every year more than 4.7 million Americans suffer a dog bite injury. Of these, nearly 800,000 require medical attention, and about 6,000 dog attack victims require hospitalization for the care of their wounds.

In 2020 46 people died of dog bite attacks. Data from 2020 shows that 33% (15) of dog bite fatality victims were children ages 9-years old and younger, 7% (3) were aged 10 to 18-years, an infrequent age group for dog bite fatality victims, and 61% (28) were adults, ages 19-years and older. Of the 15 children killed by dogs, infants (<1 year old) accounted for over half of these victims, 53% (8 of 15). Of the 28 adults killed by dogs, including males ages 25, 26, and 27, nearly 80% (22) were killed by pit bulls.22 of them, young children. Dog bite injuries are the third leading cause of emergency admission of children to hospitals. The elderly are also disproportionately represented among dog bite victims. Mail carriers, other delivery personnel, and service workers who make house calls have greater exposure to dogs and are bitten at higher rates. The Insurance Information Institute reported that insurance companies paid $853.7 million for 16,991 dog bite and injury claims in 2020, an increase of 7.1% in cost from 2019. Under Texas law, dog owners are liable when their dog bites someone; the victim does not have to prove fault or negligence. Dog owners have also been held responsible when the dog did not bite its victim, but the victim was otherwise injured by the dog or injured while trying to escape the dog’s attack. Many Texas counties have leash laws that require dogs to be restrained by a leash six feet or shorter. Violation of leash law provides another basis for holding the dog owner responsible. If you or a loved one has recently suffered serious injuries from a dog attack, or if a loved one has died as a result of a dog attack, you will want to learn more about your rights. After a serious dog bite injury: should you consider legal action? We can help you think about your options. Our Frequently Asked Questions page offers quick answers to some of your most immediate questions. Many dog bites and dog attacks are the results of negligence by a dog owner or a landlord. A dog owner who keeps a dog/s he knows to be dangerous may be found negligent. Landlords or property owners may be held financially responsible for injuries caused by someone else’s dog if the owners knew or should have known about the dog’s aggressive propensities and failed to take action to make sure their property was safe. If you believe that your or your loved one’s dog bite and dog attack injuries or death resulted from a dog owner’s or a property owner’s negligence, you should contact an experienced dog bite attorney immediately for review of a potential claim. There are deadlines set by law that regulate the filing of lawsuits. These are called statutes of limitation, and they vary from state to state. If the statute of limitations expires, your right to pursue a claim against the negligent party may be forever barred. ======================gtg F.A.Q. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOG BITE AND DOG ATTACK INJURIES HOW FREQUENT ARE DOG BITE AND DOG ATTACK INJURIES? The US Center for Disease Control reports that every year more than 4.7 million Americans suffer a dog bite injury. Of these, nearly 800,000 require medical attention, and about one percent of dog attack victims require hospitalization for their care. WHAT IS THE RISK OF DOG BITES FOR CHILDREN? About half of all children in the US will be bitten by a dog before they are 18. Seventy percent of the victims of serious dog bites and dog attack injuries who require hospitalization are children, and about 70 percent of those who die from dog bites are children. ARE CERTAIN GROUPS AT HIGHER RISK FOR DOG BITES AND DOG ATTACKS? The elderly have a higher rate of dog attacks, as do service workers such as mail carriers, other delivery persons, meter readers, home health aides, and others who make house calls, and are therefore more exposed to dogs. IS THE FREQUENCY OF DOG BITES INCREASING IN THE US? Dog bites are increasing faster than dog ownership. Between 1986 and the present, dog ownership increased 2 percent, and dog bites requiring medical treatment increased 36 percent. ARE SOME DOG BREEDS’ BITES MORE DANGEROUS? More than half of all documented serious dog attacks in the US involve Rottweilers or pit bulls. HOW CAN I REDUCE MY RISK OF A DOG ATTACK? Do not approach dogs you don’t know well, nor those unaccompanied by an owner. Avoid packs of dogs. Do not provoke or tease any dog, whether you know it well or not. WHAT AGE GROUPS ARE MOST ARE MOST AT RISK FOR DOG ATTACKS? Children 14 and under are the most frequent victims of dog attacks. Seventy percent of fatal dog attacks and more than half of bite wounds requiring medical attention involve children. Among children, the group suffering the highest incidence of dog attacks is 5 to 9-year-old boys. Dog bite injuries are the third leading cause of emergency admission of children to hospitals. ARE THERE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS FROM DOG ATTACKS? The emotional trauma resulting from being attacked by a dog is a central element in many dog bite cases. People often suffer from post-traumatic distress disorder, with symptoms of sleep disturbance, flashbacks of the attack, severe anxiety and irritability, impaired concentration, and persistent fear of dogs. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN A DOG ATTACKS AND INJURES A PERSON? Under Texas law, dog owners are liable when their dog bites someone, and the attack victim does not have to prove fault or negligence. This law does not apply to a person who is bitten while trespassing. DO HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS INSURANCE COVER DOG ATTACKS? The Insurance Information Institute, an insurance industry group, states that homeowners' and renters' insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability. Most policies provide $100,000 to $300,000 in liability coverage. If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount, including legal expenses. However, some carriers are now excluding certain breeds from coverage. ARE SUPPORT GROUPS HELPFUL FOR DOG ATTACK SURVIVORS? A support group of other dog attack survivors can be invaluable. People who have experienced what the new survivor is experiencing can help a dog attack survivor deal with persistent psychological symptoms. Other survivors can help a new dog attack victim find a way to live with scarring and come to believe that that the future is worth working towards. Many dog bite and dog attack survivors also make use of psychotherapy to help them deal with the challenges of this period. ==========================gtg DOG BITE ATTORNEYS Our Law Firm is one of the oldest and most respected plaintiff’s personal injury firms in Texas. Our dog bite lawyers have worked over several decades with people who have suffered injuries from dog bites and other dog attacks. How our Law Firm can help describes our experience in dog bite and dog attack cases and our record in securing fair and just compensation for victims of dog bite attacks. Our dog bite attorneys believe that after a serious dog bite attack your first priority must be your physical and psychological recovery. While you are receiving medical care and working towards your physical and psychological rehabilitation, you may not feel ready to have your dog attack case resolved. During this time an experienced dog bite attorney can be working towards a resolution of your claim that can yield the compensation you need and deserve. Our dog bite lawyers commit to a thorough and accurate investigation for every client we represent. Unlike most personal injury firms, our Law Firm maintains a full-time investigative staff that we can deploy to thoroughly investigate every reasonable claim. In cases involving dog attacks, especially if there is a question of owner or landlord negligence, gathering the facts and evidence as soon as possible can be critical to the success of a case. We offer prospective clients unparalleled resources to accomplish the necessary investigation. We hope the information offered will be of use to you. If you have further questions or would like to discuss your situation with an experienced dog bite attorney, please contact our office for a free consultation. ======================gtg =====================gtg =====================gtg =========================gtg Wrong-Way Auto Accidents When you or a loved one has been injured killed in an auto accident, your first thoughts are not likely to be about finding an attorney. It is our Law Firm's job to protect your rights and your interests, so, please take our first piece of advice. Don’t delay contacting an attorney. The sooner you obtain legal advice, the better you can protect your rights. The experienced personal injury and auto accident attorneys at our Law Firm know what type of assistance you will need immediately after your accident and are known for bringing that assistance to you when you can’t come to their office. We will help you take care of your immediate needs, such as obtaining a rental car, so that you can concentrate on your medical care or other personal matters. We arrange for an expert investigation of all the evidence. We advise you about what to say and how to say it, and what not to say so that your rights are protected while meeting legal obligations for reporting the accident to the police and your insurance company. Wrong-Way Accident Causes Wrong way accidents are accidents that occur on one-way roadways, such as divided highways, on and off ramps, and one-way streets. Wrong-way accidents may be entirely the fault of the driver or might involve outside factors. Improper or poorly visible signage, ineffective highway lighting, construction zone markings, or other highway factors often cause drivers to become confused about where they are supposed to drive. Factors that can cause wrong way driving decisions include distractions like cell phones, programming GPS and other devices, changing CDs, multitasking, trying to figure out directions to a destination, eating or drinking and other activities. The driver might have been intoxicated with drugs, alcohol, or even prescription medications. The driver might have had a medical condition that caused him to become confused, blurred his vision, or made him dizzy or faint. He might have been fatigued. Occasionally a driver will make the choice to go the wrong way. Maybe they were looking for a shortcut because they took a wrong turn or were in a hurry. Maybe they wanted to avoid heavy traffic on the correct route. Maybe they were thrill-seeking or even suicidal. Our job is to find out how and why your accident occurred and to get you a settlement that compensates you for your injuries and losses. We will investigate all possible causes and contributors to your accident and develop the most thorough estimate of present and future expenses, and fight diligently to obtain this award for you. If you want the most personalized and compassionate legal representation for your Texas wrong way accident claim, please contact the experienced Texas auto accident attorneys at our Law Firm. =======================gtg Serious Car Accidents: A Major Cause of Back Injuries While many people are skeptical of accident victims who say they received a back injury, the truth is those back injuries are among the most common auto accident injuries. When you sustain a back injury, no matter how minor, it may prove to be an injury that causes you pain and problems all your life. Back injuries from serious car accidents are far more likely to cause lifelong problems. Please don’t underestimate how severely they can impact your life and the lives of your family, friends, and employer. No one plans to have an auto accident, to suffer a back injury, or especially to live with partial or full paralysis. But many people who planned only to go to the store, to work, or on vacation end up in an auto accident and some of those with a back injury. When you or a family member is the one so injured, the shock and sudden disruption of your life, hopes, dreams, and goals is devastating. It is no less disruptive to your family, either. They, too, will be preoccupied with your care and any consequences of the accident for many months. This is compounded if they were also injured in the same accident. More Than Legal Representation Were you, having experienced a back injury from a serious car accident, able to handle everything that came up immediately afterward with no confusion, uncertainty, or forgetfulness? The attorneys at our Law Firm have built their practice around the needs of clients in your situation. And those needs go beyond impeccable legal representation. During the time we are preparing your case, your needs might include financial support to pay your medical bills, rent a vehicle until your insurance company settles, or for transportation to and from medical care and rehabilitation. We will make sure you get the care and help you need. Our attorneys see you as more than a client, but an injured person, a family member, a displaced employee who is without an income due to back injuries resulting from a serious auto accident. Our practice was designed to assist our clients with all of their needs along with excellent representation and our reputation for winning high award settlements. When you need an experienced, compassionate, and diligent personal injury attorney for your back injury case, please contact our highly respected Texas auto accident attorneys. The driver in a left turn auto accident has some unique legal positions to overcome. Clients who come to our Law Firm are often surprised to learn that the driver in a left-turn accident is presumed to be negligent in most cases unless the fault is clearly that of the other driver. Even then, there are complications that blur the lines of liability. Left Turn Accident Issues Because left turns are considered one of the most dangerous maneuvers drivers make on a regular basis, the laws designed to prevent them are precise and clear, requiring compliance with rules such as: Texas drivers must clearly indicate their intent to turn left and for a sufficient amount of time and distance. Texas requires you to signal your intent to turn for at least 100 feet using either your left turn blinker or your arm signal. Both your front and back turn lights must be in working condition. If you are turning with a green arrow, you must be able to clear the intersection before the light turns red. Comparative Negligence Some oncoming drivers, however, contribute to left turn accidents by their own negligent driving. Comparative negligence is also known as contributory negligence. This is the degree to which every party to an accident is at fault. In Texas, our laws are based upon “proportional comparative fault at 51%.” This legislation states that if a driver is more than 51% liable for the cause of an accident, then that driver is not eligible for any damages. For this reason, our steps to take after an accident advises saying as little as possible after an accident and never admit or even suggest you might have been at fault. =====================gtg How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney When choosing a personal injury attorney, there are several points to keep in mind. Your lawyer must always have your best interests at heart and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. At our Law Firm, the personal injury lawyers work hard to provide you with a feeling of comfort and family surroundings, while offering you the security of representation with the skill and aggressive style to win both large and small awards. No case is too large; no case is too small. We understand how important the health and well-being of your family are, and we will work very hard to see that you and your family are seen by medical specialists and that your condition and/or injuries are well-documented throughout the process. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you at your doctor’s office, the hospital, or your home. You Are the Reason We are in Business You must be able to trust your attorneys completely. If you are worried about how much you will be charged for their representation, or how well they will handle the circumstances of your case, then they are not the right attorneys for you. We are proud of our level of commitment and the community support we receive. We work hard to get fair settlements from which we never take excessive and unfair commissions. You need a personal injury attorney who genuinely cares about your welfare and will do anything possible to help you maintain order in your life during your difficult time. We represent each of our clients equally whether they are from a poor background or are used to the finer things in life. We treat each client like a member of our own family. We want you to know that regardless of whether or not you are a legal United States citizen and employed, you are entitled to be heard in a court of law if you have been injured in an accident. We also insist on maintaining a realistic client load at all times so that we can give each client the individual attention and care that they deserve. When you call us, you will always speak with or receive a return call back from one of the attorneys. What You Should Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney When choosing the right personal injury attorney. You should expect the following: A good referral from the American Bar Association Good references from your family and friends Professional referrals Experience in dealing with your situation and good results from those cases Details of legal fees and how and when they are charged A good relationship between you and your lawyer Be patient, but expect regular case updates Establish the option of finding another lawyer if you are dissatisfied Choosing the right personal injury attorney should be the most important initial factor in your case. The wrong lawyer will not represent you well and will cheat you out of the money you deserve. Please contact our personal injury lawyers today to find out how we can meet your needs. ====================gtg Personal Injury Lawyer When a person has been injured due to the carelessness of another, they have the right to file a case against that person and to be reimbursed for medical expenses, loss of wages, and other damages that result from that injury. We are a personal injury Law Firm that devotes the majority of our law practice to representing clients who have suffered a personal injury caused by someone else's negligence. Many of their cases are motor vehicle accidents that have resulted in serious injury. They have successfully represented clients in cases that range in settlement value from a few hundred dollars to a few million dollars, with equal dedication and commitment. No case is too small or too large for them to devote their time and resources. Causes of Personal Injury A personal injury, depending on the severity of the victim's injuries, can result in ongoing rehabilitation, permanent disability and much unnecessary suffering. The most common types of personal injury cases result from: Car accidents Drunk driving accidents Truck accidents Motorcycle accidents Pedestrian accidents Construction accidents Dog bite injuries Evidence and Witnesses In order for a personal injury lawyer to effectively represent your case, they must be able to obtain and present valid evidence of the cause and result of your injuries. This material is discovered by the exceptional, professional, and exhaustive resources that our Law Firm employs for the investigation of each of their cases. They also locate and interview any witnesses who can testify to the events leading up to and including the client's injuries. Expert witnesses are also called to testify as to the validity of the circumstances and evidence presented in each case. Accurate Records Our Law Firm will also employ the use of professionals to review and clarify the accuracy of any records relating to a personal injury case. These may involve victim records, medical records, eye witness accounts, and any other relevant material that will aid in building a successful case representing their client. If you are the victim of a personal injury, it is very important that you record daily events, thoughts, feelings, and conversations relating to your injury so that you can supply this information to your personal injury lawyer. These items document how your injury has affected you physically and mentally. They will also aid your lawyer in representing you accurately, even if the case lasts for several months or longer. We are well known in the community for providing exceptional and aggressive representation to all clients, no matter what their financial, employment, or citizenship status may be. If you have been injured in the United States as a result of someone else's carelessness, you are entitled to legal representation and compensation. Please contact our dedicated and caring personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will arrange a meeting in a place convenient to you if you are unable to come to us. =======================gtg Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Motor vehicle accidents account for more personal injury claims than any other type of accident. Our Law Firm of auto accident lawyers dedicates the majority of their legal practice to representing victims who have been involved in some type of motor vehicle accident. We know and appreciate how important the health and happiness of your family are, and we will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve following a serious injury. We want you to know that regardless of whether or not you are a legal United States citizen and employed, you are entitled to be heard in a court of law if you have been injured in an accident. We are passionate about working exhaustively to get you doctors’ appointments, to keep everything related to your injury documented, and to ensure you get a fair settlement for your injuries. We are known in the community and have a network of professionals who work with us to make sure you get timely medical appointments and are well taken care of following the trauma of being injured in a vehicle accident. Let our family help your family during this time. No case is too large; no case is too small. Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents The three major types of motor vehicle accidents include: Auto accidents Truck accidents Motorcycle accidents The cause, severity, and legal liability of a motor vehicle accident can all vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances surrounding each accident. While most accidents are the result of another person's negligence, the severity of that negligence must be determined in a court of law in order to obtain a fair settlement for the injured party. It is in your best interests to retain legal representation as soon as you are able to do so. Motor Vehicle Accident Expenses Mounting medical bills combined with the loss of income, legal fees, and the cost of renting a temporary vehicle can grow into a massive burden that we make sure you do not face alone. Our cases are taken on a contingency basis, which means you don't owe us a penny until we have won your case for you. In the meantime, we will help you obtain a rental car if needed, pay your medical expenses and meet you at your convenience if you cannot come to our office. Our focus is on your health and healing and we will work tirelessly to obtain the justice and settlement you are entitled to. Your Rights Following a Motor Vehicle Accident It is very important that you file your accident report and any claims with the proper authorities and insurance carriers as soon as possible. Most states have a short deadline, after which you cannot file your claim. If you are being contacted by an insurance adjuster representing the person at fault, please do not, under any circumstances, agree to any settlement or sign any papers before speaking with your attorney. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is your legal right to seek justice and to be compensated for your injuries. We understand the difficulties you face as a result of your accident, and we will make sure that the responsible party or parties are held accountable. Please contact the auto accident attorneys at our Law Firm today to schedule a consultation. ===================gtg Bicycle Accident Lawyers Many people own a bicycle. While some people bicycle for recreational purposes or for exercise, others depend on their bicycles as a form of transportation. Others cycle on a regular basis for competition. Additionally, many children enjoy bike riding. Most bicyclists understand the rules of the road and ride safely. Unfortunately, even when cyclists are safe and careful, drivers around them may not be. If a driver is negligent and hits a cyclist the resulting injuries can be devastating. If this happened to you or someone you know, contact our Bicycle Accident lawyers today. As with many accidents, it is important for the evidence, witness statements, photographs, and other investigative information to be obtained as soon as possible after the accident. Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident? Our lawyers can help! A bicycle accident can result in death or a number of different injuries, including but not limited to: Bone Fractures Paralysis Spinal Cord Injury Brain Injury Concussion Bicycling should be a fun, enjoyable activity with no worries. Sadly, because other people may make poor choices while driving, a deadly bicycle accident may result. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2019 there were 2,554 bicycle accidents in Texas. Our lawyers are here to help if you feel your bicycle accident resulted from the actions of a negligent or reckless driver. Many times, when a bicycle accident occurs, it is the fault of the driver in the vehicle. When drivers fail to properly yield, run red lights or stop signs, drive while intoxicated or drowsy, speed, or simply drive in a careless manner and don't properly follow the rules of the road, it can lead to a devastating accident. If this type of driving caused you injury or led to the injury or death of a loved one you should obtain appropriate legal advice before entering into any discussions or giving any statements to the driver's insurance adjusters. No matter what they say, the insurance adjuster for the driver has no duty to represent your interests and is probably trying to paint a picture that minimizes the carelessness of the insured driver. Our attorneys can assist you through this challenging and stressful process. Having a lawyer allows you to concentrate on other important matters such as obtaining the proper medical care or supporting others directly impacted by the serious injury or death. Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident? Our lawyers can help! Contact our Texas Bicycle Accident Lawyers today for a free consultation. ========================gtg Frequently Asked Questions Q: How much does an attorney charge in a personal injury case? A: Although this depends on the attorney, in most cases, personal injury cases are charged on a contingency fee basis, which means that the attorney does not receive any fee unless a recovery is obtained. It is important to know up front whether you will be responsible for any of the direct costs of investigating and pursuing your claim if the claim is not successful for some reason. Our Law Firm does not charge the client for any of the costs of the case unless the case is successful. Q: Why don't I just deal directly with the other party's insurance agent and not hire a lawyer? A: In general, insurance companies do not work for you. A negligent party's insurance company is motivated by profit concerns and, therefore, wants to pay you as little as possible. The other party's insurance adjusters are trained to minimize your recovery and have no duty to represent you. For example, they may have no duty to inform you of the applicable time limits for your particular claim. If your claim is not filed in a timely manner you can lose your rights forever. If you retain an attorney to represent you that attorney owes you a duty to represent your interest zealously and often can recover a much higher amount than the insurance company would offer to otherwise pay. Q: Either myself or a loved one has been seriously hurt, or worse, and now I am being directed to a specific attorney to represent my legal interests. What should I do? A: The decision to retain a particular attorney is an extremely important one. If you are the family member of a loved one that has been lost, there may be many legal issues to handle including setting up a probate estate so that a claim can be pursued. Regardless of what you are told, the choice of an attorney is YOURS AND YOURS ALONE. You should not allow others to pressure you into choosing a particular law firm to represent you. If you do feel undue pressure it may be worth asking why the person feels so strongly about the law firm he is recommending. Is he or she recommending a particular firm because they have had a favorable and real first-hand experience with that firms' representation or is it because he plays golf with a particular lawyer? You should feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose to represent you. It is always reasonable to ask questions of prospective attorneys. Good attorneys will not be offended by this and in fact, should welcome the opportunity to discuss their previous experience and successes. Some questions worth asking are: If I hire you, will you be the lawyer personally handling my case from start to finish or will you assign my case to someone else? When was the last time you personally tried a case before a jury? What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case? (You should question lawyers making promises of guaranteed outcomes). Will you provide me with your personal cell phone number so that I can contact you outside of your office hours? Will you have enough time to dedicate the necessary personal attention to my case? (You want to have a lawyer with a balanced caseload that allows him or her the necessary time to fully prepare for your case). What is your experience with your firms' advertising such as television, back of phonebooks, and/or billboards being used by opposing counsel to influence jurors at trial? Q: How do I know if I have a potential lawsuit? A: The best way to figure this out is by contacting a lawyer. Even if you think you may not have a case, it is very possible that you actually do. Q: How is the value of my injury determined? A: This depends on a variety of factors such as lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, emotional trauma, property damage, and more. Ultimately, if the parties cannot reach a fair settlement then a jury may decide what is required to fairly compensate you for your injuries. Q: When should I file a lawsuit? A: You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine this! There is a time limit on these types of cases, so you do not want to lose your legal right to recover damages. Q: What is the procedure during a standard personal injury lawsuit? A: In most cases, your participation is minimal. Pre-trial court appearances are usually not necessary. Often cases will settle without the need for a trial. Our lawyers explain what to expect to all of our clients and pride ourselves on our availability and keeping our clients fully informed. ===========================gtg Injury Attorneys Having a baby is usually one of the most exciting and joyous occasions that someone can experience. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes fail to do something they should have, or they do something wrong and things don't go the way they should have. When this happens, a birth injury may occur. A birth injury can result in numerous problems for the baby, including life-altering disabilities, and even death. A lawyer can help if your baby was injured during the birthing process because of a negligent doctor or nurse. Has your baby suffered from a birth injury or birth defect due to the negligence of a medical professional in Texas? A lawyer can help! Contact the Injury Attorneys at our Law Firm today for a free consultation. A birth injury can result from: Disease misdiagnosis Inducing labor too late Failing to perform a necessary c-section Mishandling the infant, causing shoulder dystocia Failing to properly recognize fetal distress Although many birth injury cases involve the baby being physically injured during the birthing process, other cases involve babies being born with birth defects. How can a baby's birth defect be the fault of a medical professional? In many ways. While some birth defects are out of a doctor's hands, others could have been prevented or may have never occurred if it wasn't for a doctor's actions. For example, certain prescription drugs can result in birth defects. It is the doctor's obligation to make sure that any drugs they are prescribing to their patient won't complicate the pregnancy or put the baby at risk. Two of the most common birth injuries are Erb's Palsy and Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral palsy is often caused by brain damage and can result in learning problems, speech difficulties, and poor coordination. Erb's palsy is a condition that affects any or all of the primary nerves in the arm and affects arm movement and results in partial or complete paralysis. Has your baby suffered from a birth injury or birth defect due to the negligence of a medical professional? A lawyer can help! Contact the Injury Attorneys at our Law Firm today for a free consultation. ======================gtg Brain Injury Lawyers We all know that a brain injury is a serious injury that may result in lifelong complications or death. There are many different types of brain injuries that can result from a wide variety of accidents. A brain injury can occur without an accident involving a high rate of speed or any direct contact with the head. In some cases, brain injuries result from an accident that was caused by the negligence of another. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury because of someone else's negligence, and you would like to have a no-cost, no-obligation discussion with lawyers who will listen to your concerns and treat you with respect, the brain injury lawyers at our Law Firm are available to talk with you. Have you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of the negligence of someone? Our lawyers can help! Contact the Brain Injury Lawyers at our Law Firm. Examples of different brain injuries include: Cerebral Palsy Traumatic Brain Injury Concussion Anoxic Brain Injury Acquired Brain Injury Diffuse Axonal Injury Brain Swelling Injury Depending on the level of severity of the brain injury, a number of different consequences can result, such as: Seizures Dementia Psychosis Communication difficulties Motor difficulties Muscle paralysis Memory lapses Verbal difficulties Mood swings Anger Management difficulty Depression Personality change In the most severe cases of brain injury, death can result. Unfortunately, a brain injury can truly affect the victim's entire family and can require a huge adjustment, not only for the injured person but their loved ones also. In addition to the obvious strain of the direct consequences of the injury, there is the added stress of financial uncertainty due to the inability to work and perhaps the need for future long-term care. A brain injury that results from the negligence of another can occur through many different mechanisms. Some examples include car accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, fall injuries, sports injuries, playground accidents, and acts of violence. Have you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of the negligence of someone? Our lawyers can help! Contact the Brain Injury Lawyers at our Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. ============================gtg Burn Injury Attorneys An explosion, fire, or another incident can make someone a victim of a burn injury. Burn injuries can result in relentless, unbearable pain and permanent reminders of the event. In very severe cases, burn injuries can result in death. Even when the person does not die immediately from a burn injury, serious complications such as infection can develop and cause their death. If you suffered a burn injury or lost a loved one as the result of someone else's negligence, contact our burn injury attorneys for help with your claim. We can handle your burn injury claim and promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury. Have you or a loved one sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another? The attorneys of our Law Firm can help! Types of Burn Injuries Include: Chemical Burns Scalding Burns Electrical Burns Thermal Burns A burn injury can occur in a number of different situations. Explosions, work-related accidents, building fires, and electrocution are some of the many incidents in which a burn injury may result. A negligent individual may cause an explosion or fire that can wind up causing harm to another person. What is even more alarming is the fact that children are fire victims 2-3 times more often than other age groups, according to statistics. If someone else was careless and it caused your child to suffer from a burn injury, contact our Law Firm. Any type of burn can be painful. The main three types of burns are first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. First-degree burns only affect the skin's outer layer. Second-degree burns, on the other hand, affect both the first layer and the layer under it. The most severe type of burns are third-degree burns. This affects all underlying tissues in the skin. Permanent disfigurement and scars are usually the results of third-degree burns, and skin grafting is often necessary. Have you or a loved one sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another? The attorneys of our Law Firm can help! ==========================gtg Bus Accident Lawyers Many people rely on buses for transportation. Whether it's for school, work, or just running everyday errands, buses help get people from one place to another. While most bus drivers are properly trained and are skilled in their bus driving abilities, sometimes a driver is negligent and an accident occurs. Not only can passengers on the bus become victims of this type of accident, but passengers and drivers in other vehicles, as well as pedestrians, may also fall victim to a bus accident. Have you or a loved one been injured in a bus accident? Our lawyers can help! Common causes of bus accidents include but are not limited to: Lack of bus driving experience/improper training Impaired driving Reckless driving Speeding Fatigue Time pressure, leading to rushing Bus accidents can have tragic consequences, particularly when children are involved. If your child was injured or killed in a school bus accident, a lawyer at our Law Firm can help. Depending on the severity of the accident, a number of different injuries can result. From minor cuts to more severe injuries such as brain injury and bone fractures, a bus accident can have life-altering effects, including the emotional distress that can arise from experiencing such a traumatic event. In some cases, the injuries are fatal. If you have been hurt in a bus accident, you may have a legal right to compensation to cover any wage losses, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Have you or a loved one been injured in a bus accident? Our lawyers can help! ============================gtg OUR FIRM PHILOSOPHY As attorneys concentrating on serious injury cases we see firsthand the devastating effect that disabling injuries and the resulting financial hardships can have on an individual or family. Although we hear a lot in the media about greedy trial lawyers - this is often an image portrayed by insurance companies and other large corporate interests who would prefer to have sole control over the rights of those injured by their negligence. The work we do provides important corporate accountability for unsafe practices and helps provide some degree of financial security to families whose quality of life has been robbed by an avoidable serious injury. The power to decide whether someone should be compensated lies with our citizen jurors and should not be entrusted to the profit concerns of insurance companies or other corporate entities. People who are injured by the carelessness of others should not be abandoned. We are proud to be advocates for injured individuals in our American civil justice system. ====================gtg