Personal Injury

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||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||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:

Growling
Lunging
Snarling
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||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||0 Comments

Know Your Rights When Injured at Work in Texas

If you’re injured on the job in Texas, what are your rights? It’s not so clear. Texas doesn’t require workers’ comp.
You get injured at work. A simple thing.

…But not if it involves your employer paying you for time off or medical bills!

Not all employers are bad that way. But many are. And Texas law doesn’t necessarily work in favor of workers like you.

In fact, we’re the only state in the nation who doesn’t require employers of a certain size to carry workers’ comp.

And the insurance companies who pay for workers’ injuries actually design their services to not pay for your injuries.

For example, Andrew Ellis, who was unloading a delivery of PVC pipes from his truck, felt a pop in his knee. It was a serious injury.

He told his employer’s insurer his knee “gave out,” and they said that didn’t meet the definition of an accident or injury. His employer fired […]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

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