Wheels vs. Heels: Who Has Right of Way?

In 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report stating that on average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.6 hours and injured every 7.5 minutes in traffic accidents in the United States. It also reported that after California and Florida, Texas had the third highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country. The question of who has the right of way in Texas—pedestrians or Read More

After an Auto Accident, Make Sure You Preserve Your Claim

Texas roads can be dangerous. According to the state Department of Transportation, in 2016 one reportable crash took place every 57 seconds. Of these collisions, one person was injured every one minute 59 seconds. Although you never hope for such an eventuality, one day it could happen to you, and it is important to know how to protect your right to compensation. Do you know what to do? After you’ve been in a Read More

The 5 Elements of a Successful Wrongful Death Claim in Texas

If your child, spouse, or parent was killed by someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or deliberate malice, your life changed forever. Although recovering monetary damages can never compensate you completely for their death, it can help you cope financially with the unexpected tragedy by addressing losses such as: Pain and suffering Mental and emotional anguish Loss of earnings that the deceased brought Read More

Understanding Texas Nonsubscriber Coverage

Imagine a scenario where you are a wind turbine technician working at a wind-energy generation site outside Houston. The pay is great and the benefits are excellent, but when company negligence causes a piece of machinery to fall off its fittings and hits you on the head, you quickly realize that the safety standards leave a lot to be desired. The injury leaves you with a broken shoulder and a potential lifetime of Read More

Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Imagine that you are leaving your office late at night after spending several hours finishing up a project. Suddenly, as you are crossing the company parking lot, a coworker distracted by their cell phone hits you with their vehicle. After a trip to the hospital, you are discharged with bruises, abrasions, and a sore knee. Although the emergency room staff assures you that all you need is rest and plenty of ice, Read More

The 5 Common Causes of Texas Truck Accidents

In May 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation published truck accident data for 2012. The numbers were alarming: that year, there were 333,000 accidents involving commercial trucks across the nation—3,921 of which resulted in fatalities. When the U.S. DoT broke the accident totals down by state, Texas topped the list with 543 commercial trucks involved in fatal crashes. Although there are both state and Read More

Know Everything You’re Signing Up For: Understanding Medical Informed Consent

Medical malpractice covers a broad range of actions that have one common denominator, and that is a doctor inappropriately or negligently practicing their trade. Although it may not attract major headlines like botched surgeries and medication overdoses, failure to obtain informed consent is a serious (and common) example of medical malpractice. The Texas informed consent law requires a physician to disclose to Read More

What You Need to Know If Your Passenger Was Injured in an Accident

Drivers are not the only ones who risk injury on the road. Other people in the vehicle can also be hurt. If you are out riding with a friend and a collision occurs due to your negligence or that of the other driver, can your friend sue the party at fault for compensation? Absolutely. Just because your friend wasn’t driving the car at the time of the crash doesn’t mean that his or her injuries are any less Read More

Texas Personal Injury Law: What Exactly Is “Pain and Suffering”?

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you are allowed to seek general damages for pain and suffering. This is a broad term that deals with the monetary value of being in physical, mental, and/or emotional pain after your injury.   Some jurisdictions do not allow you to recover damages for mental or emotional distress unless a physical injury was involved, but in Texas, you are Read More

4 Tips for Getting the Best Possible Settlement Offer from an Insurance Adjuster

Texas is an ‘at fault’ state when it comes to car accidents, meaning that the insurance company of the driver who caused your injuries will be responsible for covering your losses and damages. Therefore, you can expect to hear from a company representative not long after the accident. Although you may be tempted to jump at the first offer, especially if your medical bills are mounting and you are unable to work, Read More