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$962,500 Settlement for 18-Wheeler Accident Injury Requiring Surgery

Settlement for this 18-wheeler injury accident was $962,500. Client required surgery to recover from a pre-existing condition made symptomatic by the wreck.
Our client was a passenger in an automobile traveling west on US 287. A negligent 18-Wheeler driver wasn’t paying attention and made an unsafe lane change that caused his commercial truck to clip our client’s car. She was taken to the hospital via ambulance, due in part to her medical history, which included a prior major spine surgery.

Comments from Attorney Shane Mullen: I have always understood and passionately argued that someone with a pre-existing condition is more susceptible to injury when involved in a collision. In this case the client had undergone major spine surgery a few years prior to the accident. I knew her pre-existing condition would be a real battleground.

Remember: Texas recognizes the “Eggshell Plaintiff” doctrine. A healthy 25 year-old male involved in a moderate property damage […]

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

How to Handle Another Driver’s Road Rage

What do you do if another driver gets way too upset and aggressive on the road? Follow this brief guide from Mullen & Mullen to help keep yourself safe.
You make a mistake when driving – a minor one. Perhaps you didn’t see another driver and cut in front of them. Or, you’re driving on the highway slower than they would like.

Most drivers either don’t care or get a little annoyed and move on. Then, every once in a while, you get a driver who thinks you’ve committed a heinous crime.

And they decide to retaliate in a dramatic way because of a small error on your part.

Here’s what to do if the other driver decides they need to get revenge and escalate the situation:
Take a Deep Breath And Avoid Doing Anything They Can Observe
You’ll likely feel at least slightly annoyed, or possibly quite angry with the other driver’s response. That’s fine. […]

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Manage Serious Pain Following a Car Accident

Hurt in a car accident? What should you do afterwards to manage your pain?
US healthcare spending hit about $3.65 trillion in 2018. This is greater than the GDP of all but 4 countries in the entire world!

The point is that managing pain is complex. And we certainly can’t create a complete guide for you.

However, we can give you some of the basics as they relate to car accidents.

Here’s what to do:
Call 911 ASAP
You may or may not need an ambulance or medical attention immediately after a car accident. But you should at least get the police involved. They can create a report to record all the facts surrounding the situation, which you may need later if you opt to file a lawsuit.

If you have noticeable pain after your car accident, ask for an ambulance and medical professionals to come to the scene. If you don’t think you feel any pain, […]

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

$300,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Car Accident Injury

Broken ankle injury resulting in surgery settles for $300,000 after a negligent driver hit a pedestrian.

Our client was at a convenience store in Forney, walking towards the entrance, when she was struck by a distracted driver and knocked to the ground. It was apparent she had sustained serious injuries to the left leg and an ambulance was called to transport her to the Emergency Room.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Imaging was immediately ordered due to the obvious deformity to our client’s left ankle. The results demonstrated a medial dislocation of the talus and a lateral dislocation of the remaining hind-foot. There was also a fracture fragment posterior to the ankle mortise. Our client was hospitalized for several days and had to undergo surgery. The doctor performed an excisional debridement and irrigation of her left ankle subtalar and talonavicular joints and an open reduction of the left ankle subtalar and talonavicular […]

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

Determining Fault in 3 Different Types of Car Accidents

When a car accident happens, fingers point in opposite directions. But who’s responsible? Learn some of the facts which can affect fault.
In law, there’s the way things look to your common-sense mind, and then there’s the way things actually are in the eyes of the law.

Fortunately for you, you can focus on your recovery from the accident. Police officers determine fault. And sometimes, accident injury lawyers have to battle with insurers and the courts to get a fair legal outcome for you.

Of course, we can’t determine who’s at fault without knowing all the specific facts of a certain auto accident.

However, you can learn some factors and who’s typically at fault in the common car accident types discussed below:
Head-On Collisions
If you’re involved in a head-on collision, the driver on the wrong side of the road will be at fault.

Head-on accidents happen when drivers pass but misjudge the amount of distance needed […]

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

What Factors Show a Dog Owner Knows Their Dog is Vicious?

To win a dog attack lawsuit, you must show the owner knew or should have known their dog was dangerous. What facts can show that?
One of the top legal standards for proving liability for a dog bite in Texas includes showing the owner knew, or should have known, they own a vicious dog, but failed to take ordinary care to protect others.

Read another way, a dog can attack and maul you, but if the owner had no reason to expect that, they may not be legally liable for your injuries.

How do you show an owner should have known they have a vicious dog?

Here’s a list of things which may show just that:
The Owner Frequently Confines or Restrains Their Dog
Any type of frequent confinement may show the dog is known to be dangerous. This can include keeping the dog outside, on a chain, or in a kennel.

It can also include simply […]

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

36% of Survey Takers Drove While “Blackout Drunk” in 2019 Study

How do drunk drivers justify their behavior? And what can you do to protect yourself?
Have you ever been blackout drunk?

A lot of us have been at some point in our lives.

But most of us did this back in our younger years with friends and avoided getting behind the wheel.

The American Addiction Centers performed a recent survey of 600 Americans, and 36% admitted to driving while “blackout drunk.”

In other words, they had absolutely no capacity whatsoever to take in their surroundings while driving. They more than likely couldn’t even remember driving. And at best, they might remember bits and pieces the following day.

Another surprising finding was that 10% of those surveyed who had been convicted of a DUI in the past believed it was fine for them to drink and drive!

Here are the leading reasons people tell themselves they can drink and drive:

How Can You Protect Yourself from Drunk Drivers?
The problem […]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

What Responsibilities Do Property Owners Have to Keep You Safe?

What does a property owner have to do to keep you safe? It depends. They may have a lot of responsibility, or not at all. Learn more in this article.
Despite how the media makes slip-and-fall cases sound, the law regarding them is actually quite reasonable.

It’s not like you can go from store-to-store all day long, looking for a dangerous condition, slip, fall, and collect a big payday.

The media presents stories that way and leaves out important facts to get you angry so you watch their story (and so they can then charge higher prices to companies who want to advertise on their station).

Texas’ premises liability law says both you and the property owner have responsibilities.

A property owner’s responsibility toward you depends on your status (licensee, invitee, trespasser) when you’re on their property.

Take a closer look at how this works practically:
Responsibility Toward Invitees
“Invitee” is the most common status when slip-and-fall cases […]

By |October 29th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

What Should You Do If Attacked by a Dog?

While rare, vicious dog attacks happen. How can you prepare for one, or stop one if it’s happening to you? Learn exactly what to do.
Texas leads the nation in fatal dog attacks. While single dog bites happen commonly, full-out dog mauling doesn’t happen frequently.

So, what should you do if you do find yourself amid a dog attack?

Here’s how to handle that:
First, How Do You Know a Dog Will Attack?
You never truly know until they do. You know the obvious signs:

Backing up and baring teeth

But not all dogs do that before they attack. Some will freeze their entire body for a brief second.

It can be quite easy to miss the more subtle signs.
What Can You Do If a Dog Shows Aggressive Behavior?
You do have a chance to prevent an attack if you encounter an aggressive dog.

Here’s what to do and not do:

Don’t look a dog in […]

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

6 Common Texas Work Injury FAQs

Injured on the job? Avoid big mistakes and protect your rights by understanding these six questions and answers about work injuries in Texas.
The way Texas works with medical issues, you’d think it’s practically illegal to get hurt on the job.

While experiencing a serious injury at work certainly leads to a lot more stress than just your injury itself, you can alleviate some of the difficulty by knowing what to do.

So here’s some answers to common questions:
What Should I Do When Injured?
Report your injury to the designated person at your workplace immediately. Don’t wait one second.

If you have to go to the emergency room, call from the ER the moment you can.

If your employer won’t accept your report, but they do have workers’ comp, fax form 41 to the Texas Department of Insurance.

If you experience a minor injury that could turn into something big down the road, but you can work […]

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments