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February 2014 Archives

Loved Stephanie Michelle of Bell County lost in hit-and-run accident.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Stephanie Michelle Donovan, 38, of Bell County. The woman of the Little-River Academy area died this past Friday night after a hit-and-run accident. The burial will follow at Reeds Lake Cemetery.

Cop injured, retired officer dies in Galveston motorcycle accident.

A 61-year-old retired Houston police officer died this Saturday night in Galveston, Texas when a drunken teenager crashed a motorcycle on Seawall Boulevard on the island, according to police.

Less popular, but important personal injury settlement clauses.

When preparing or signing a personal injury settlement agreement, consider including an "inurement" section. The section may contain the following statement: "It is understood and agreed that this Settlement Agreement shall inure to the benefit of Plaintiffs and/or the representatives of Plaintiffs and to Defendants and/or the representatives of Defendants." It may also include the following information: "No other person or entity is intended to benefit by or be deemed a third-party beneficiary of this Settlement Agreement."

Should a settlement agreement have a confidentiality clause?

What do confidentiality & mutual non-disparagement agreements look like in a settlement agreement? When there is a dispute and a claim for damages in a personal injury case or a real estate case, these matters often resolve with settlement agreements. Settlement agreements often have confidentiality agreements for the benefit of both parties. In these situations, the Plaintiff may be an injured person hurt from a work injury or a family member suing for wrongful death. Other cases may involve suits for failure to disclose problems with real estate. Settlement agreements in such cases may include confidentiality and mutual non-disparagement clauses like those identified in numbers 1-4 below.

What do I do after being injured on the job in Texas or offshore?

Travelers insurance company reported that strains accounted for more workplace injuries than the next two largest causes combined. The second and third most popular of workplace injury complaints are sprains and fractures. They were often related to sudden injuries and also the result of accidents. An injured employee may ask, "What do I do after I am injured on the job?" The first answer is: 1) know your resources, 2) know your rights, and 3) call an experienced lawyer.

What do business and car accident settlement agreements look like?

There is no one form for a settlement agreement. There may be a drastic difference between personal injury settlement agreements and business litigation settlement agreements. A person injury settlement document may be short and simple while the commercial case may be long, detailed and complex.

What to do when someone files an invalid contractor's lien on Texas property.

What do you do when someone or some company places an invalid or unenforceable lien on your Texas property? This is a situation where a person is not entitled to maintain a lien on the Property. This is a situation where the Texas property owner did not engage the person or company to make repairs or improvements to the property. This is the type of case where there was never an agreement between the parties that the landowner would reimburse the person for repairs or improvements made. Just because a person suffers a personal injury on someone else's land, that does not give them the right to file a lien. Just because a tenant believes that the landowner breached a residential sales contract, does not give the tenant the right to file a lien.  

Houston Whole Foods employee dies after bicycle hit and run accident.

Authorities believe a drinking and driving incident lead to the death of a young Houston woman. The Houston police arrested a Houston woman Wednesday on a charge of hit and run. The woman that died in the accident, Chelsea Norman, was riding her bike home from work at Whole Foods. Norman's serious injuries caused her to die several days later at a local hospital. This incident most likely opens up a wrongful death case.

Texas Association of Realtors' report shows boom in Houston, TX real estate.

The Texas real estate market finished 2013 with one if its best years. There was a steady increase in sales volume and prices for single-family homes. We attribute the information to the Texas Association of Realtors' Texas Quarterly Housing Report that was recently released.

Texas rancher tries to save illegal immigrants with water stations.

In an area near Falfurrias, Texas in Brooks County, a rancher tries to help save lives on the real property. He hopes that his efforts will help save illegal immigrants who get lost in the brush. The rancher, Lavoyger Durham, said he is tired of the loss of life on his ranch. He knows that countless illegal immigrants travel through the ranch on foot. They do so in the Texas hot weather.

What to do after a cruise ship slip and fall accident.

You may ask: what do I do after I have been hurt in a slip and fall accident? We understand that while you intended your vacation plans to include rest, relaxation, and fun, injuries can happen. Sometimes the slip and fall incidents happen on cruise ships and other times, grocery stores.  When a slip and fall interrupts your cruise vacation, your first thought may be to return to the comfort and security of your Texas home. Keep in mind that while life may be easier in at home, there are a few things that you should do first. Taking these steps after a cruise ship vacation accident will help protect your injury claim:

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