If you have been injured on someone else’s property in a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering who is liable for providing you with compensation. In order to understand whether or not you have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, however, you must first understand the scope of the premises liability laws in the state. In Texas, all property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment, both in and around the building, for any visitors that will be stepping foot on the premises. This means that all hazardous conditions must be remedied in a timely manner once they have been noticed by a property owner, manager and/or employee. Should the responsible party knowingly fail to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation, they may be held accountable for providing any subsequent victims with compensation.
At the Lenahan Law Firm, we speak to clients on a daily basis about the injuries that they have suffered. Whether they have been involved in a car accident at the hands of an intoxicated driver or they have become the victim of a sexual assault, many do not know what to do next. Being involved in an accident of any kind can be an overwhelming experience, and no one understands that better than the legal team at our firm. For this reason, we thought that it was important to touch on a few important steps that everyone should take after being injured in a negligently caused accident. Keeping these tips in mind may help you to protect your right to recover compensation in the future, so we encourage you to read on.
Lenahan Law Firm’s Marc Lenahan is Chosen as President-Elect 2013 for the Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association
As a successful personal injury attorney, Super Lawyer, and one of Texas' Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Marc Lenahan takes pride in representing and defending the rights of accident and personal injury victims in and around the Dallas area. Marc Lehahan is a highly respected member of the community and works diligently to see that all Lenahan Law Firm clients receive the aggressive representation they deserve. He is currently a board member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the Texas Brain Injury Alliance, and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He is the Vice-President for the Texas Brain Injury Alliance and has just been elected as the President-Elect for 2013, for the Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.
On the evening of July 21, 2012, a 22-year-old woman, Kayla Breann Lilley, was killed in an ATV accident in Cameron, West Virginia. The accident happened while she was riding on the back of an all-terrain vehicle that was being driven by 23-year old Casey Hill, near the community of Adaline. 911 dispatchers received a call around 6:30 p.m., and were told that a serious accident involving a male and female rider had taken place. Upon arrival, Chief Deputy Kevin Cecil found that the “ATV had rolled over several times, going about 30 feet over an embankment,” and had subsequently pinned the female victim underneath the heavy vehicle.
Funerals have begun for the Aurora, Colorado victims of the Century 16, midnight Batman showing massacre. When 24 year-old gunman James Holmes opened fire on moviegoers this past week, 12 were killed and 58 were injured. According to news sources, the number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Thirty people remain hospitalized since the accident, 11 of which are in critical condition. While ten individuals died in the theater, two have since passed away at nearby hospitals. Furthermore, as the coroner identifies the dead, several have been reported missing.
We recently took a deposition in a motorcycle injury case where our client suffered a badly broken leg. A deposition, just like a trial, is when a witness testifies under oath and is required to tell the truth. And just like at trial, witnesses often lie. Since this defendant’s testimony was shockingly inconsistent with the facts, I have not been able to stop wondering if the defendant lied, or had somebody suggest to it a false excuse, or really just remembered the facts all wrong, or what.
We began the deposition believing that the defendant entered the intersection with the intent of shooting all the way across six lanes of traffic with a median in the middle in one reckless motion, and that this plan caused the defendant to be too busy looking at the traffic on the far side of the median to notice that there was a motorcycle approaching in the center lane on the near side of the median.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz probably surprised and offended a great many people when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee in 1998: "I believe that no felony is committed more frequently in this country than the genre of perjury and false statements. Perjury during civil depositions and trials is so endemic that a respected appellate judge once observed that 'experienced lawyers say that, in large cities, scarcely a trial occurs in which some witness does not lie.' He quoted a wag to the effect that cases often are decided 'according to the preponderance of perjury.'" (http://www.constitution.org/lrev/dershowitz_test_981201.htm)
But he didn't surprise attorneys.
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