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Precautions to Prevent Being Sued for a Slip and Fall Injury

Check out these tips to see how businesses can take simple steps to prevent slip and fall injuries and lawsuits from happening.
You hear about slips and falls all the time. But how common are they really?

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips-and-falls account for 1 million emergency room visits, or 12% of total falls.

So yes, they are a common problem.

For senior citizens, they’re also a leading cause of injury-related death. You don’t want to find yourself facing a wrongful death lawsuit because of a simple, and preventable slip-and-fall accident.
How can you protect yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits?
Here’s what to do:

Identify, Fix and Warn About Dangerous Conditions

According to the NFSI, most slip-and-falls happen on hazardous surfaces, both indoors and outdoors – 55%, in fact.

So if you’re a business, when you clean floors, make sure you put up appropriate warning signage. Fill in those potholes and cracks. Look for and repair/improve […]

By |October 11th, 2017|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

How Common Are Commercial Truck Accidents? Get the Statistics

How common are commercial truck accidents? How can you drive to keep yourself safe? Find out in this post from our personal injury lawyers.
You probably don’t really care about commercial truck accidents until one happens to you, a friend, loved one, or a co-worker – although most drivers can agree that driving beside or around a commercial truck can be terrifying.

But what you don’t know can hurt you. Some of these stats give you useful background information, while others can save your life.

Keep reading to see what we mean:
Overall, It Is Safer to Drive with Large Trucks Than in Past Decades
Data from the US Department of Transportation shows 2,485 passenger vehicle occupants died in “large truck accidents” in 2014. The most deaths happened in 1979, when 4,226 people in passenger vehicles died in large truck accidents.

That’s a 41.1% drop from 1979, which represents good progress.

However, this number is up slightly […]

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How Long Do You Have to Bring Forth a Slip and Fall Claim?

You slip, fall, get hurt, and think it’s someone else’s fault. How long do you have to file your injury claim? It depends on where you got hurt. Find out more in this post.
You slip. You fall. You’re injured.

How long do you have to take action on that if you want to file an injury claim?

It depends on where you fell.
Lesson #1: Procrastination Jeopardizes Your Settlement Amount and Possibly If You Can Recover Anything
Regardless of where you fall in Texas, it’s not something you want to procrastinate on. You don’t want to wait to pile up all your medical bills first. You can successfully negotiate a settlement for all future damages via a settlement now.

It’s a scary process too. But, you’re only going to harm your slip and fall case if you wait. Judges and juries think that honest premises liability injury victims act quickly. If you delay, that harms […]

By |September 25th, 2017|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

Hurt in a Truck Accident? Who’s Liable? The Driver or Company?

Hurt in a truck accident? The resulting legal battle can be quite complex. Learn who might be liable for your injuries in this post.
You’re in a car accident. The other driver ran a red light. It’s pretty clear they have fault.

Now, change that car to a semi-truck. Is the driver responsible?

The answer is still yes but it’s important to remember that his or her employer may also be liable for your injuries.

Let’s get right into the details:

When Does the Company Have Liability?

If the semi-truck driver was an employee of a trucking company and operating the vehicle in the course and scope of his or her employment, the trucking company would also be liable for the injuries you sustained, as long as the driver’s conduct was negligent or reckless.

The employer should be financially responsible if its employee injures someone while in the course and scope of employment. Employers usually […]

By |September 15th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

The Top Reason Slip-and-Fall Cases Are Not Successful

What’s the main reason slip-and-fall cases fail? Find out in this post so you don’t have to worry about losing your injury claim.
What would be worse than slipping, falling, missing time from work, racking up a pile of medical bills, and then finding out you’re not able to win your injury claim, even though it’s 100% someone else’s fault?

It can happen in slip-and-fall cases. And it’s more likely when you have an inexperienced personal injury lawyer.
What Is the Top Reason Slip-and-Fall Claims Get Denied?
In one sentence: proof of notice of a dangerous condition.

Most Defendants argue they didn’t have actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition that caused the injuries. Defendants simply say, ”I did not know about the dangerous condition. And it’s not my fault that I didn’t know. There is no way I could have known. I don’t know how long the dangerous condition was present.”
How Do You Show […]

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

3 Tactics Used to Prove a Truck Driver’s Negligence in an Accident

Let’s say you experience injuries as a result of a truck driver’s negligence. What do think the trucking company is going to try and do?
They know the injured victim is going to demand compensation – likely significant compensation from them – in damages. Their insurance company is likely going to tell them that they’re going to have to pay much higher premiums as a result.

Trucking companies certainly don’t want to see money disappear from their bottom line. The natural response – obviously – is to figure out how to delay, deny or outright shift liability for the loss.

Of course, this leaves all ethical questions and concerns aside. If their truck driver was negligent, they should have to pay the victim’s damages right?

Unfortunately, companies look at it as a logistical issue more often than one of integrity. That’s just what you’re up against.

So, what do our personal injury lawyers typically do […]

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorneys Settle Disc Injury Auto Accident in Dallas, TX for $625,000

$625,000 gross recovery by attorneys for commercial auto accident in Dallas, TX involving a lumbar disc injury.
Our client was traveling northbound on IH-35 in Dallas, TX in the right center lane north of Crown Road. The at-fault driver, operating a commercial vehicle in the course and scope of his employment, attempted to move into the same lane when it was unsafe and hit our client’s car.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client was forced to go to the hospital the day after the wreck and had initial complaints of neck and back pain. Low back tenderness was noted on physical examination at the ER. When his pain continued to persist he began therapy and rehabilitation efforts under the direction of a UT Southwestern physician who also documented positive findings on physical examination.

Remember: Physical examination findings can greatly impact cases as objective evidence typically has more probative value than subjective complaints […]

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Drunk Driving Injury Accident in Denton, TX for $52,500

$52,500 gross recovery for right shoulder injury caused by a drunk driving accident in Denton, TX. Outstanding settlement for client injured by a negligent driver.
Our client was traveling northbound on S. Bonnie Brae in Denton, Texas. A drunk driver, not paying attention, failed to control his speed and timely apply his brakes. The drunk driver caused his vehicle to collide with the rear of our client’s automobile and subsequently fled the scene, before he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Since the at-fault motorist was  drunk, our client was entitled to punitive damages based on his reckless conduct. Drinking, driving, and injuring someone is bad enough. Fleeing the scene after doing so is just flat deplorable. I let the adjuster know, during our very first phone call, that Denton jurors would not take kindly to that sort of conduct.

Our client sustained injuries to her neck, back, […]

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Soft Tissue Injury Car Wreck in Mesquite, TX for $21,500

$21,500 gross recovery for soft tissue injury car wreck in Mesquite, TX. Great settlement by attorney for client with sprain/strain injuries.
Our client was operating a motor vehicle traveling westbound on HWY 80 in Mesquite, Texas.  Traffic came to a crawl due to congestion. A negligent motorist rear-ended a vehicle which subsequently rear-ended our client’s automobile. The police were not called to the scene and our client did not have to seek emergency medical treatment.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our attorneys routinely encounter the situation where a client does not have to go to the hospital right after a car accident but wakes up the next day with significant pain and discomfort. Many times people will try to manage the pain for a few days to see if it resolves as this particular client did. She reached out to our personal injury law firm when her neck and back pain persisted. She […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Foot Work Injury in Dallas, TX for $123,500

$123,500 gross recovery for right foot work injury in Dallas, TX. Great settlement by attorney on case where the client’s medical bills were under $15,000.
Our client, a truck driver, went to pick up a load at a warehouse in Dallas, Texas. He was waiting by his truck while a warehouse employee picked up pallets with a forklift to load them. As the warehouse employee picked up the last pallet with the forklift he cut the wheel too sharp and caused the back end of the forklift to run over our client’s right foot. Our client’s manager took him to a health clinic when he returned to his place of business. Since our client was hurt on the job he filed a Workers’ Compensation claim.

Remember: Often times you can simultaneously pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim and a personal injury claim. This particular client was able to pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim […]

By |August 5th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments