Here at the Lenahan Law Firm, we are committed to giving back in any way that we can. For this reason, we are proud to announce that we recently donated to a holiday fundraiser that was organized to raise money for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Established in 1986, this non-profit food pantry was created with the goal of alleviating hunger throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and ensuring self-sufficiency through active partnerships with other organizations throughout the community. In 2012 alone, this California-based food pantry was able to distribute more than one million pounds of food to those less fortunate, so our firm could not be more excited that we had the chance to get involved. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, you can visit their official website here.
If you have been injured by someone else’s reckless, careless or otherwise negligent actions, you may be searching for the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case – which is, by no means, an easy task. While most firms will claim provide one-on-one attention, what they may fail to tell you is that each attorney could be handling hundreds of cases at any given time. When you turn to the Lenahan Law Firm for help, however, you can trust that each of our Dallas personal injury attorneys will be managing no more than 10 cases at a time. In doing so, we have found that we are able to provide our clients with the personalized representation that they actually deserve.
No one is ever prepared for an accident, let alone one where the other driver flees the scene. While it is a crime to knowingly leave the scene of an accident before exchanging information with the other driver, hit and run accidents continue to occur at an astounding rate throughout the country—which may be, in part, due to the fact that nearly 14% of all drivers in the United States are currently operating without automobile insurance. In other cases, an intoxicated driver may flee in the hope that they can avoid criminal charges. Whatever the case may be, however, the unfortunate reality is that the victim will be left with the daunting responsibility of securing compensation with no help from the at-fault driver.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, be it a retail store or a private residence, you may be wondering what steps you can take to recover compensation. While it may seem clear to you that the property owner was negligent in upholding their responsibilities, you must be able to support your case with evidence in order to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you reach out to a Dallas personal injury lawyer at the Lenahan Law Firm as soon as you have been injured. In doing so, you can ensure that the right steps will be taken to collect evidence, speak to witness, conduct an investigation and build an effective legal strategy.
In order to prove that the property owner breached their duty of care, you will need to show that:
After suffering a serious injury, whether in an auto accident or a slip and fall, the last thing that you want to do is deal with the insurance company. While they may claim to have your best interests in mind, most insurance adjusters are only interested in one thing: keeping costs low. For this reason, it can be particularly difficult to work out a fair settlement without the guidance of a Dallas personal injury lawyer. Unless you are aware of your rights as a victim, it is far too easy for the insurance company to get away with offering you the minimum. In many cases, accident victims are left with nothing after they have paid off their medical bills—especially if they have missed work in the time of their recovery.
In Texas, modified comparative fault laws are used to dictate who can recover damages in a personal injury case, and to what extent. Since this system utilizes a 51% rule, the plaintiff would be allowed to recover compensation as long as they were not mostly at fault for causing the accident. If a judge or jury decides that they were 52% responsible for causing their own injuries, for example, they would be barred from recovering any level of compensation. If their determined level of fault does not exceed this limit, however, the damages would simply be diminished by their own percentage of fault. This means that a wrongfully injured victim could still pursue a civil claim even if they had negligently contributed to their own harm. For example, a plaintiff would take away $60,000 of a $100,000 award if a jury decided that they were 40% at fault for causing the accident.
If your loved one was fatally injured under questionable circumstances, you may be wondering whether or not you have a legitimate reason to pursue a Dallas wrongful death lawsuit. Under the law, you would be entitled to damages if you are the statutory beneficiary or someone who was killed by the negligent, reckless or careless actions of another person. In order to be considered a “statutory beneficiary,” you must be the deceased’s spouse, child or parent. It is also important to understand that a wrongful death lawsuit differs from a survival claim, as the Texas Survival Statute states that this type of claim can only be brought by the deceased’s heir or estate representative. They would be able to assert a personal injury claim that the deceased would have been able to assert, had they survived the accident—which could be for damages that include lost wages, medical bills and property damage.
Whether you work in the construction industry or you are expected to sit behind a desk, it is your employer's responsibility to ensure that you are provided with a reasonably safe environment. This means that they must comply with all applicable safety regulations, which generally include those that have been enacted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). According to the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, employers must "keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards."
Should they fail to do so, it would be their responsibility to compensate any of the workers that are subsequently injured. Typically, this would be done through a workers' compensation claim, but since this system is elective in the state of Texas, the employer may be personally liable for providing damages.
Motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular; however, riding a motorcycle is a very dangerous way to travel. Motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to be killed in an accident than drivers in a car or truck. Also, 40% of all motorcycle accidents happen when the motorcyclist is riding straight on the road and another vehicle turns into them.
The devastating statistics continue; between 1966 and 2000, more than 100,000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents on the road. The protection that motorcyclists have is minimal, and they are very susceptible to the environment around them. It is extremely important to take safety precautions in order to prevent accidents.
Some suggestions to keep in mind before riding your motorcycle are:
Sexual assault is an involuntary sexual act where the victim is forced or coerced into engaging in sexual activity against their will. It is serious crime with harsh penalties. Some examples of sexual assault are rape, inappropriate touching, non-consensual kissing, torture in a sexual manner, or child sexual abuse. Victims of sexual assault often experience emotional trauma, as well as short and long-term side effects. They deserve compensation for this personal injury and for the long path of recovery ahead of them. Some of the immediate effects of sexual assault include: