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5 Common Misunderstandings about Dog Bite Law in Texas

How does Texas’ dog bite law work? Can you win money just because a dog bites you? Not so fast. Learn how to protect your rights.
If a dog bites you, is the owner responsible?

Well, that depends on the facts surrounding your case.

Learn more about dog bite law in Texas and understand some of the basics of how it works so you protect your own rights and can get the compensation you deserve:
If a strange dog bites me, is the owner responsible?
That really depends. Many Texans believe they’re automatically entitled to compensation by the dog’s owner or their insurance company.

That’s not the case.

Texas’ dog bite law requires you show the dog acted aggressively in the past and that the dog’s owner acted negligently in some way.

Make sure you take pictures of any wounds you receive and gather witness information as soon as you can.

One exception is if the dog’s breed is […]

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How Car Accidents Get Classified (And Why You Should Care)

What’s the big deal about classifications related to your car accident? Quite a bit. And this should greatly affect the personal injury lawyer you choose.
The State of Texas maintains an entire guide that defines every last aspect of a motor vehicle crash.

Yes. It’s boring reading. But it can greatly affect fault and how much you may or may not be able to win in an auto accident injury case.

You can check out the 2017 classification guide here if you want to see what it looks like.

For example, the guide defines a “school bus.” That doesn’t seem all that tricky at first. But the definition notes a “school-chartered bus” or a “mass transit authority” bus does not qualify as a “school bus.”

So, that can impact your injury claim, the final outcome, and how much compensation you may or may not get.

More on why this matters in a second. But first, take […]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Avoid a Serious Pedestrian Car Accident Injury

How do pedestrians end up with serious injuries, or even lose their lives, in accidents with automobiles? The truth is amazingly simple. Learn what to do to keep yourself, and your family safe.
In light of the data discussed in one of our recent blog posts, which revealed that around half of the world’s annual 70,000 car accident and pedestrian fatalities happen in the US, it’s important to strategize your own safety.

With Texas’ population growth at 1.80%, the third fastest in the country, that means more dangerous drivers on our roads and greater risk to your safety. And then combine this with the DFW Metroplex being the fastest growing metro area in the US, and you have a real recipe for trouble!

While you can’t control what drivers do, you can absolutely control what you do so you nearly eliminate your risk of a serious injury (or even fatality) while you’re a […]

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

We Use State-of-the Art Case Management Software for Injury Clients

We are committed to constant evolution and making use of cutting edge case management software to better represent our injured clients.
Staying ahead of the curve and a commitment to evolution are an essential element to any successful law practice. At Mullen & Mullen we utilize powerful cloud-based software with bank grade encryption to protect our clients’ data. The software has been highly customized by the attorneys themselves to make sure best practices are utilized. The result is a powerful and robust solution that gives us a competitive edge.
Custom Workflows
Often times a case event will trigger multiple other events and tasks. Our injury law firm has created numerous custom workflows to ensure nothing falls between the cracks and that injury cases are given the individual attention they deserve.  For example, a workflow is triggered when claims are set-up/reported to verify we receive prompt responses from insurance carriers. Another workflow is utilized […]

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Distracted Driving Fatalities Don’t Always Result from Cell Phone Use

Believe it or not, cell phones may not be the leading cause of accidents and fatalities resulting from distracted driving. In fact, it could be these other things.
You’ve heard about the dangers of using your phone while driving.

But while it’s the leading cause of accidents and fatalities as far as driving distracted goes, it’s far from the only cause.

Here’s some other driving distractions that also present a serious risk of causing an accident or fatality:
Having a Conversation or Listening to Music
No joke here. This seems so routine that you don’t even think about it when driving.

But technically, having conversations and listening to music does take your focus off the road.

Your focus on driving falls around 40%.

While you think you can multitask, no person’s brain is designed to do so.

“People can’t multitask very well, and when people say they can, they’re deluding themselves,” said neuroscientist Earl Miller regarding his study discussed […]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How We Are Different At Handling Your Personal Injury Case

Learn Why We Are Different From Most Other Personal Injury Law Firms in How We Handle Your Injury Case

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has been blessed to assist injured Texans for almost four decades. Our goal is the same today as it was when Regis L. Mullen founded it 36 years ago, which is to handle your personal injury case the same way we would want our own handled.

We are not a volume injury law firm that rushes clients through an assembly line while “case handlers” do the heavy lifting. We are a family owned and run business that gives each and every client the individual attention they deserve. Our experienced attorneys oversee the management and development of each and every personal injury claim.

How else are we different?
Our Injury Lawyers Aggressively Utilize Pre-Suit Experts to Give You the Best Opportunity to Resolve Your Case Without the Increased Attorney Fees and […]

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How Our Attorneys Can Assist You with Your Personal Injury Claim

Learn Why You Should Not Go It Alone. Here’s How a Mullen & Mullen Attorney Can Assist You with Your Personal Injury Claim.
Don’t Go It Alone
We previously discussed the importance of not providing a recorded statement to insurance companies without the assistance of legal counsel. An injury attorney can help make sure you are asked fair questions, prepare you for the questions you are likely to face, and instruct you not to answer “gotcha” questions designed to allow the adjuster to delay, deny, or devalue your claim.

We are sometimes asked to assist someone after they have already attempted to negotiate a settlement on their own. These are good people who are usually absolutely shocked when the insurance adjuster – who had been acting like a trusted friend – suddenly offers them pennies on the dollar. In fact, adjusters routinely offer unrepresented injured victims less than their incurred medical bills alone… […]

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case

Here are four ways to avoid damaging your personal injury case brought to you by the attorneys at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.

1. Don’t Provide a Recorded Statement Without Counsel
We previously discussed the importance of minimizing gaps in treatment to avoid damaging your case. A lengthy delay in seeking medical care and/or sporadic treatment can lead to a significant decline in case value.

Often clients retain us after they have already provided a recorded statement of the accident to the insurance company and that’s okay. We should still be able to assist with the case. Sometimes accidents are straight forward – as in a rear-end collision. Sometimes an independent witness is available to provide an unbiased account. Sometimes you get a fair adjuster who asks fair questions. Here’s the thing – sometimes you don’t.

So here’s some straight talk: Insurance adjusters often try to deny as many claims as they can. After […]

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Keep Your Teens Safe While Driving

How do you get a teen to acknowledge that they too can end up seriously injured, or even lose their life in a car accident, when they don’t drive responsibly?
An old joke goes,”I was surprised how little my dad knew when I was 14 and how much he learned when I turned 21.”

That about sums it up for teens, right?

In 2017, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds was nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Facts startle and convince concerned parents of teens.

And teens certainly hear about these stats and certainly have awareness of the dangers of driving. Their high schools and driver’s education courses tell them multiple times.

But…their serious and fatal accident rates still remain disproportionately high.

So how do you get through to teens, who might already know everything, including that there’s absolutely no possible […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Overcome Your Teen’s Objections to Wearing a Seatbelt

Those stubborn teens… they know so much more than you, don’t they? Well, here’s what to do about that. And yes, you can get through.
Remember what you were like when you were a teen?

Did you smile and say “yes” and do exactly what your parents said every single time, realizing that they’ve walked your path before and might know a little more than you?

…If only teenage minds worked that way, right?

Or, did you smile and say “yes,” immediately discard what your parents said, and then go and do precisely whatever you wanted?

Maybe you were openly defiant and started arguments with your parents, trying to prove your case to them and why they’re wrong.

Truthfully, your brain doesn’t fully develop until around the age of 25. So, you, and your teenage son or daughter, simply can’t fully comprehend reality until that age.

Well then what do you do when you have a teen […]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments