Personal Injury

Data Shows Texas Leads the Nation in Fatal Dog Attacks

Texas is not the place to be when you talk about dog ownership. Which dogs cause the attacks? What can you do?
Unfortunately, our fine state leads the nation in some not-so-good ways.

We’re actually one of the more dangerous states, and frequently the most dangerous state (depending on the year), when it comes to serious dog bite injuries and fatalities.

DogsBite.org gathers and reports data on dog bites and the serious injuries and fatalities that result from them.

We led the nation in 2015, with a total of 5 deaths, and we also led the nation in total deaths from 2005 – 2013, with 34.

And we’re among the leaders again this year.

In recent years, states like California, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina have taken the lead. But Texas always competes for the leading position.

So far in 2019, we have 4 confirmed dog attack deaths, and one under investigation. This year also includes the […]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

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||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||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||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||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||0 Comments

A Negligent Texting Driver Turned Makynsie Bancroft’s Life Upside Down

Young Woman Who Lost Mother in Car Accident and Endured Multiple Surgeries Fights Back to Win the $2,500 2019 Regis L. Mullen Scholarship and Get Accepted to Indiana University
A single negligent decision by another person turned Makynsie Bancroft’s life upside down. But that driver’s decision hasn’t kept her down. After losing her mom and suffering severe physical injuries of her own, Makynsie Bancroft has fought through extreme adversity to become the 2019 Regis L. Mullen Scholarship winner.

“When I see what other people go through in their lives, especially at such a young age like Makynsie, I’m amazed and impressed,” said the firm’s managing attorney Shane Mullen. “Not only does she not let a tragic situation hold her down, but she even uses it to achieve, excel, and serve others to a degree most others can’t match. I’m more than pleased to make Makynsie our 2019 winner,” he added.

Makynsie’s story contains […]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

2019 Accident & Injury Scholarship Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner for our 2019 Regis L. Mullen Accident & Injury Scholarship: Makynsie Bancroft. Below is her compelling story and winning essay.
It was my mom’s birthday, September 20, 2009, when we were on our way home from visiting my dad for the weekend. I was sick that night, throwing up into an orange plastic cup. At about 8:45, as “Party in the USA” played on the radio, a sixteen year old girl who was texting and driving crossed the defined yellow lines and hit our car head on.

As I try to comprehend what just took place, I looked down to see the orange plastic cup shattered in my hand, with the pieces all over the floorboard. I then looked to my right to see my three year old brother screaming, and although the left side of my body was broken in four places, I used […]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

African-American Children 4-7 Account for a Massive 47% of Pedestrian Fatalities

Why do all racial minorities’ children, including African-Americans, account for a disproportionately larger share of car-pedestrian fatalities? Find out what the research says and what you can do about it.
A study published at the National Institute of Mental Health found that in the 4-7 age group, 47% of all car-pedestrian fatalities happened to African-American children.

They also accounted for 37% of pedestrian fatalities in the 8-15 year-old group.

Out of all races, that’s by far the highest rate.

And that same study found children of all non-Caucasian races are more likely to be involved in fatal car-pedestrian accidents than Caucasian children.
Why Do Racial Minorities Get Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents More Frequently?
So, the first question that comes to mind is, “Why does this happen?”

Because when you understand the why, then you can work on what to do about it.

Unfortunately, the study humble acknowledged it did not know exactly why. But it did come […]

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

Shane V. Mullen Named a Top Three Personal Injury Lawyer in Dallas by Three Best Rated®

Three Best Rated®, an online service with more than 1.7 million monthly customers, named Shane V. Mullen one of its three best personal injury lawyers in Dallas, TX for 2019. He also received this award for 2018. The distinction came following his passing of a rigorous 50-point analysis.
“I always aim to get personal injury clients the biggest settlement possible, while also providing compassionate service. And it’s a formula, apparently, they love,” said Shane. “At Mullen & Mullen we have business practices other law firms don’t. For example, we employ a private investigator rather than contracting one. This saves client’s money on top of the reduced contingency fee we offer which is below the industry average. We also have relationships with medical professionals and institutions who delay billing until completion of their claim, which saves them a ton of stress. We intentionally keep our firm small, so each case gets attention, […]

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