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What If I Slip and Fall in the Home of a Friend or Relative?

Many people are hesitant to bring legal action against a friend or a relative, however, risks that may cause slip-and-fall accidents are everywhere. You may be injured at the home of a beloved family member, just as you might slip and fall in a shop, on a sidewalk, or anywhere else. If you were injured…
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Texas Law & Texting While Driving

More than 420,000 people are injured every year in crashes involving distracted drivers. More than 330,000 of those crashes are caused by texting while driving, leading to severe injuries. Do the math: that means that the large majority—more than 78 percent of all distracted drivers—are distracted because they have been texting while driving.  A 2018 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in January 2018…
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What Types of Damages Can I Claim for Car Crash Injuries?

You have been injured in a vehicle crash, and your injuries are costing you money, whether for medical expenses, lost wages, or cancelled trips and other paid-in-advance plans that your injuries prevent you from enjoying. The law acknowledges that you have a right to financial “compensatory damages” to recoup all or part of your expenses.…
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Do I Have a Claim if an Act of God Caused My Injury?

At a time when extreme weather events such as floods, tornadoes, and wildfires are becoming more severe and more frequent, it’s important to understand the legal implications of damages or injuries you suffer due to an “act of God.” The legal terms act of God or “force majeure” refer to an event caused by natural…
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Self-Driving Cars Are Not Ready for Prime Time

As the automotive industry appears to be staking its future on developing and producing autonomous vehicles, many American consumers are not thrilled with the idea of owning or operating a self-driving car. We enjoy driving, with the powerful feeling of freedom, of being at the wheel and controlling our own steering and speed. Some adventurous…
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Dog Bites and the Law in Texas

There’s no actual dog census, but in 2016 the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that Texas has about 7.2 million dogs, more than any other state. Unfortunately, not every one of the millions is a good dog. Some of them are biters. What are your rights if you are injured by a bite from man’s…
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What Does the Legal Term “Negligence” Mean?

“Negligence” is a key term in state laws. Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute defines negligence as “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.  The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act (e.g., a duty to help victims of one’s…
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How Safe Are Electric Scooters?

Electric scooters are appearing by the thousands on city streets and sidewalks. Some people advocate for the toy-like EVs as fun, convenient, cheap, and great for reducing pollution. Others, including many pedestrians, aren’t so sure. In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented the results of research on public health challenges, including…
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Slip & Fall Accidents and Major Injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents are sudden and seem to be unavoidable: we are never prepared for the nasty surprise of slipping, stumbling, falling, and hitting the floor with enough impact to break a bone. Usually, slips and falls are caused by unexpected obstacles in our environments, such as water or oil on the floor, unseen low obstacles,…
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Will I Pay Taxes on My Personal Injury Settlement?

According to the IRS (Publication 4345), “If you receive a settlement for personal physical injuries or physical sickness and did not take an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to the injury or sickness in prior years, the full amount is non-taxable. Do not include the settlement proceeds…” when you prepare your income tax returns.…
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