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Can Wearing a Seatbelt Increase Risk of Injury or Death in a Car Accident?

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on August 19, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 54 in the United States. In 2012, there were more than 2.2 million adults treated in American emergency departments due to car accidents. And yet, despite the obvious danger of our roadways, many drivers refuse to wear their seatbelts, some even saying that it can increase your risk of injury or death in a collision by trapping you in the vehicle. Is this even true?

On the CDC’s fact sheet, the information says no. Collision reports and collected medical data, time and time again, show no indication that seatbelts will actually increase injuries during a car accident. In fact, the CDC estimates that seatbelts reduce serious crash-related injuries and fatalities by about 50%. So, why do people believe that a lifesaving device is actually a death trap?

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Workers’ Compensation, Third-Party Claims, & Construction Accidents

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on February 27, 2015

Not only are construction sites notoriously hazardous, but the industry itself has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous of all occupations. By their nature, construction sites are filled with risks and hazards, and these dangers only compound when you have multiple contractors working, and even worse, poorly trained workers who do not work safely or responsibly.

Construction sites tend to involve heavy machinery, power tools, and workers are often performing their duties on top of roofs and at significant heights, which contributes to the high risk of falls. It’s not uncommon for some projects to involve the risks of electrocutions, explosions, or even trench collapse. Even when workers use the appropriate safety equipment, they can still be seriously injured.

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Proving Emotional Distress & Recovering Damages

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on February 13, 2015

When people are injured, it’s human nature to experience emotional distress. In many cases, emotional distress damages can account for a portion of one’s personal injury recovery. If you are injured in an accident, you may receive compensation for economic damages such as medical bills, and lost income, but you may also receive compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress.

The amount of non-economic damages such as emotional distress damages, varies from case to case depending on the nature of the injuries; even if you don’t file a lawsuit for your injuries, your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that will include damages for any emotional distress you may have suffered.

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Dealing With the Insurance Adjuster in a Personal Injury Case

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on February 2, 2015

After an accident, you will likely be contacted by one or more insurance companies. These initial conversations occur shortly after the accident, and at a time that you may be in the hospital, in pain, or feeling distraught over what happened. By following a few common-sense principles, you can prevent yourself from saying or doing something that could adversely affect your settlement or verdict.

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The Importance of an Immediate Investigation in a Personal Injury Case

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on January 19, 2015

If you were injured in an accident, it is important that you know that the immediate investigation of a personal injury case cannot be overemphasized. The investigation aspect of a case is the foundation for which the case results are built, and trying to settle a case without the proper investigation and preparation would be foolhardy.

One of the most common mistakes made by personal injury attorneys is to wait until the last minute to prepare a case for settlement, or worse, for trial. Whenever you are injured in an accident, not only do you want to hire an attorney right away, but your attorney must begin the investigation immediately after accepting your case.

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Warning: Massive Beef Recall in Texas

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on February 6, 2014

A Fort Worth, Texas beef processor is recalling nearly 16,000 pounds of beef because the products may be contaminated by E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that there was a high health risk for products that were provided by PFP Enterprises, though there are no reports of consumers being sickened. The products were produced on December 5, 2013 and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in several states. The products that have been recalled have an establishment number of Est. 34715 inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.

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What Sets the Lenahan Law Firm Apart from the Rest?

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on December 10, 2013

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.

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What to Do After a Hit & Run Accident in Texas

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on November 19, 2013

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.

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How to Prove Fault in a Case of Premises Liability

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on November 7, 2013

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:

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Should I Let an Attorney Deal with the Insurance Company?

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on September 9, 2013

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.

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