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What Does “Should Have Known” about a Dangerous Condition Mean?

Sometimes a property owner should have discovered a dangerous condition before someone was injured. If not compensation can likely be recovered. What does “constructive notice” mean?
You slip and fall on a slick spot in a store. You break your ankle. You have to miss a few weeks of work.

Can you file a successful claim against the store?

Notice we didn’t say the situation happened because of an employee who mopped a spot and forgot to put a sign or warning cone up.

Should the store owner have discovered the dangerous condition before your fall? Should they have warned you of the dangerous condition or eliminated same prior to your fall?
To win a claim or case like this, you will need to demonstrate the store knew about the dangerous condition (actual knowledge) or that they should have known about the dangerous condition (constructive knowledge).
Contrast these two examples: If the situation happened as described […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

The Surprising Truth Behind Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries can still be a medical mystery. Find out why and what to do if you’ve experience one in this post.
“Whiplash” is sometimes viewed negatively these days. Some people have the perception that it’s something a car accident injury victim makes up to get money.

But it’s definitely a legitimate injury. So even though some people have a negative perception of whiplash injuries, don’t let that make you feel ashamed or guilty if you’ve truly experienced whiplash from a car accident.
What is “Whiplash” Anyway?
“Whiplash” technically isn’t a medical term. It’s a layperson’s term. Medical and legal literature calls whiplash an “acceleration/deceleration” or “hyper-flexion/hyper-extension” injury. About three million whiplash injuries happen each year, with about 50% of those causing chronic pain issues.

Typically, whiplash involves one or more of these symptoms:

Neck pain
Upper back pain
Shoulder pain
Difficulty thinking clearly
Numbness
Tingling
Weakness in your hands
Dizziness

While car accidents are the […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Herniated Disc Car Wreck in Arlington, TX for $81,000

$81,000 recovery for herniated disc injury car accident in Arlington, TX. Outstanding settlement for client who was rear-ended.
Our client was traveling northbound in the outside lane of SH 360 in Arlington, Texas. An inattentive motorist failed to control the speed of her vehicle, followed too closely, and failed to timely apply her brakes. The at-fault motorist caused the front of her vehicle to collide with the rear of our client’s vehicle. Our client was forced to seek emergency medical treatment due to the nature of the injuries he sustained.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: We were retained when the client’s significant pain and discomfort continued. He was really concerned that the low back pain he was experiencing was shooting down into his left leg. Numbness, tingling, and shooting pain can often result from a herniated disc. We assisted our client in locating a clinic that agreed to delay billing him until […]

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

Attorney Settles Rotator Cuff Tear Car Wreck in Gainesville, TX for $127,500

$127,500 gross recovery for partial rotator cuff tear car wreck in Gainesville, TX. Great settlement by attorney for client injured when at-fault motorist backed out of a parking lot in an unsafe manner.
Our client was traveling west on California Street in Gainesville, TX when an inattentive driver reversed out of a parking lot in front of her. The at-fault motorist crossed into our client’s lane of travel and a major collision occurred.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: The Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (Police Report) arising from the loss also attributed fault to our client for failing to take evasive action. I successfully argued to the adjuster, however, that no reasonable motorist would assume that someone would cross into the opposite lane of travel while reversing out of a parking lot, despite what was indicated in the Police Report. Getting the adjuster to accept 100% liability at the onset of the […]

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

What Compensation Can Be Recovered for a Parent’s Wrongful Death?

If your parent dies due to negligence, you may be able to recover financial damages for their wrongful death. Learn how it works.
Money won’t replace the void in your life if you lose a parent because of someone else’s carelessness.

Ancient societies, especially the Babylonians, would often handle wrongful death cases by executing the perpetrator of the careless act.

That’s not how we handle these situations anymore.

Monetary damages and jail time are the way we hold people accountable for their negligent actions in modern society.

What money does though, is help you take care of the financial problems that often result without your loved one’s income.

How Much Compensation Can Children Recover for Their Parent’s Wrongful Death?

First, it depends on the status of you as a child. Were you dependent on your parent financially?

If you’re not, you probably won’t be able to recover too much in damages. The point of a wrongful death claim […]

By |June 24th, 2017|Categories: Wrongful Death|Tags: |0 Comments

How Do Personal Injury Claims Work If You’re on Public Transportation?

Hurt on public transportation? We’re sorry it happened. And unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier recovering money for your injuries.
Let’s say you get in an accident while riding on a city owned bus and it was the bus driver’s fault. Now, with most government-operated institutions or services, things get much more complicated. You usually have to file a Notice of Claim with the city, government, or entity within a specified time frame that varies based on the respective city and/or government and/or entity. Sometimes you have as little as 30 days to file a claim!

What happens in the case of public transportation? It turns out something called “common carrier” law may apply.

What is “Common Carrier” Law and What’s it Got to do with Public Transportation?

“Common carrier” is simply an antiquated legal term for a person or business that provides public transportation services. The thing with common carriers is that they […]

By |June 17th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Texas Motorcycle Accident FAQ: Part 2

In a motorcycle accident? You’ll have a number of questions swirling around in your head. Get simple, plain-English answers from Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
In part 1 of this motorcycle accident FAQ series, you learned the basics. Check out some more answers to common questions motorcycle accident victims often have:
How much money can I get?
It’s a tough question that depends on the specific facts of your case. The final answer depends on the:

Skill and experience of the personal injury lawyer you hire
Severity of your injuries (which impacts damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment)
Amount of your paid vs. incurred medical bills
Whether you had any responsibility for your injuries
Whether you have lost wages or a loss of earning capacity in the future
Whether you will have future medical expenses as a result of your injuries
Punitive damages (in rare cases)

You may be able […]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Texas Motorcycle Accident FAQ: Part 1

Legally, what could happen if you’re in a motorcycle accident? Find out in this post.
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Tough stuff happens in life. But, we’re here to help you when it does.

Take a look at these plain-English answers to some of the most common (and challenging) questions motorcycle accident victims ask:
Will I have to go to court?
Not usually. Litigation is expensive and time-consuming. In the vast majority of cases a compromise settlement is reached before the necessity of a trial.

A large part of this depends on the skill of the lawyer you hire. More experienced and skilled personal injury lawyers are far more likely to resolve your claim outside of court than inexperienced ones.
What happens if a poorly maintained road caused my injuries?
Yes, sometimes the road, not a person, is responsible for your injuries. For example, you’re driving at the speed limit when you hit a deep pothole.

While it’s […]

By |May 26th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How Texas Law Works When You Slip-and-Fall At Your Job

You don’t want to slip-and-fall at your job. Texas law gets complicated when you do, and it isn’t on your side.
When you slip and fall at your work in Texas, law gets complicated. If you thought law was already confusing, it gets even more so.

This is because Texas doesn’t require companies to carry workers’ compensation. We’re the only state to do so, and about a third of our companies don’t have workers’ comp. That amounts to millions of employees being without workers’ compensation coverage.

When you fall on the job, it’s not automatically a workers’ comp case.
When a Slip-and-Fall at Work Becomes a Personal Injury Claim
You may have a personal injury claim in Texas, even if you were hurt on the job, if:

Your employer was negligent and isn’t a subscriber to Texas Workers’ Compensation
Your loved one was killed at work because of the gross negligence of his or her […]

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Spine Injury Car Wreck in Sanger TX for $650,000

$650,000 settlement for cervical spine injury requiring surgery after car wreck in Sanger, TX. Fantastic result for client with disc herniation.
Our client was driving south in the left lane on I35. A motorist in the course and scope of his employment was pulling a trailer and was in the right lane traveling in the same direction. He failed to properly secure and monitor the trailer and was also speeding. As a result the trailer swayed into our client’s lane and collided with her car.

Comments from Attorney Shane Mullen: Our client was already on disability for low back injuries that required her to undergo lumbar spine surgery. The wreck at issue aggravated her low back condition and injured her neck. In fact, she first complained of neck pain at the emergency room. Our injury law firm assisted her in obtaining the services of a well-respected doctor and was able to convince the physician to delay billing […]

By |May 9th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments