Roundup™ Lawsuit Verdict Costs Bayer $2 Billion

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Roundup™ Lawsuit Verdict Costs Bayer $2 Billion - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm

Roundup™ Weedkiller is Killing Bayer

Monday’s jury verdict was the third strike against Bayer since their 2018 acquisition of Monsanto, the makers of the cancer-causing Roundup™ weedkiller.

$2.055 billion was awarded to a California couple who blame Roundup™ for the cause of their cancer. This verdict was the largest sum that Bayer has faced to-date in relation to the backlash from their Roundup™ product.

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Dangerous Toys: How to Keep Your Children Safe this Christmas

Angel Reyes III Defects, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Products, Uncategorized

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Before you buy your children’s Christmas gifts this year, it is important that you do your research.

According to World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), one child is treated in U.S emergency rooms every three minutes for a toy-related injury. In 2017, thirteen of these cases resulted in death with the victims all being under the age of twelve.

To ensure you are keeping your children and family safe this Christmas, be sure to do the following:

Understanding Guidelines:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors and regulates all toys on the market to ensure that products made-or imported into the United States before 1995- follow their standards.

Some of these guidelines include:

  • Painted toys must use lead-free paint.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Stuffed toys should be washable.

Avoid purchasing older toys as they may not meet current safety standards.

Monitoring Recalls

Between January 2017 and October 2018, an estimated 3.5 million units toys were recalled in the United States and Canada. While the CSPC provides up to date information regarding product recalls, many consumers are never notified of these updates so its imperative that you monitor these sites regularly.

W.A.T.C.H also releases a list of safety alerts and lists of the most dangerous children’s toys on the market.

Shopping Defensively

Remain cautious when purchasing new toys. Defects and poor design are red flags that there is a safety concern. Carefully read any and all warning labels and look out for the letters “ASTM“. This is to let you know that the toy meets the national safety standard created by the American Society for Testing Materials.

You should also ensure that the toy you are giving your child is age appropriate. For example, toys with small parts can present an increased chocking risk for toddlers and young children.

Being Proactive

If you believe that a toy you have purchased is unsafe or does not meet CPSC guidelines, you can call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC.

If injured by a dangerous consumer product, you may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Reyes, Browne & Reilley can help you get started today. Contact us now for legal help at 214-526-7900.

Nerve Damage After a Car Crash

Nerve Damage After A Car Crash Personal Injury Lawyer

The human nervous system is incredibly sensitive, and sustaining head or neck injuries after an auto or truck accident is fairly common. Even a minor fender bender can leave you with Neuropathy, or nerve damage. After being injured in a car accident, no matter how severe, it is extremely important to contact a professional personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case. Insurance companies will try their hardest to save money on payouts, often at the victim’s expense. The road to recovery can be costly, especially with nerve damage — Combining the costs of medical bills on top of time away from work can severely hurt your bank account. It’s our job to ensure these companies pay what is owed in full.

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Audrey T – Dallas, TX Car Wreck Lawyer Review

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Testimonials

Audrey T. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck involving the Dallas DART.

“Hi, I’m Audrey and I’m here to talk about Reyes, Reilley, and Browne. I was in a car accident on DART back in November 2015. Um, where a young lady hit dart and um, made us slam on brakes and I fell forward and got hurt. I contacted Reyes, Browne, and Reilley and they took my case. And they worked really really hard and really really good on my case. Uh, it took a little minute because, you know, the people was, was giving us a little hard time. Tim Reyes was awesome. (laughing) He did a good job. And I am very happy with my results. Thank you Reyes, Browne, and Reilley.”

Do what Audrey did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas Texas. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900 for your FREE consultation – we will get you on the road to recovery.

Can You Sue A Self-Driving Car With No Driver?

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Products

https://www.reyeslaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/https_2F2Fblogs-images.forbes.com2Fjimmcpherson2Ffiles2F20182F032FAP_18078661760690.jpgOn Sunday night, a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, on North Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. It appears to be the first time a self-driving car has killed a human being by force of impact. The car was traveling at 38 miles per hour.

An initial investigation by Tempe police indicated that the pedestrian might have been at fault. According to that report, Herzberg appears to have come “from the shadows,” stepping off the median into the roadway, and ending up in the path of the car while jaywalking across the street. The National Transportation Safety Board has also opened an investigation.

Likewise, it’s difficult to evaluate what this accident means for the future of autonomous cars. Crashes, injuries, and fatalities were a certainty as driverless vehicles began moving from experiment to reality.

Advocates of autonomy tend to cite overall improvements to road safety in a future of self-driving cars. Ninety-four percent of car crashes are caused by driver error, and both fully and partially autonomous cars could improve that number substantially.

Even so, crashes, injuries, and fatalities will hardly disappear when and if self-driving cars are ubiquitous. Robocars will crash into one another occasionally and, as the incident in Tempe illustrates, they will collide with pedestrians and bicyclists, too. Overall, eventually, those figures will likely number far fewer than the 37,461 people who were killed in car crashes in America in 2016.

When people get into car crashes with one another, vehicular negligence is typically the cause. Determining which party is negligent, and therefore at fault, is central to the common understanding of automotive risk. Negligence means liability, and liability translates the human failing of a vehicle operator into financial compensation—or, in some cases, criminal consequence.

Overall, there’s recognition that self-driving cars implicate the manufacturer of the vehicle more than its driver or operator. That has different implications for a company like GM, which manufactures and sells cars, than Google, which has indicated that it doesn’t have plans to make cars, only the technology that runs them. The legal scholar Bryant Walker Smith has argued that autonomous vehicles represent a shift from vehicular negligence to product liability.

On today’s roads, product liability claims arise in cases like the failure of Bridgestone/Firestone tires in the late 1990s, and the recent violent rupture of Takata airbags.

These situations represent fairly traditional examples of product liability: A company designed, manufactured, or marketed a product that didn’t do what it promised, and harmed people as a result.

The pedestrian killed by a self-driving Uber in Tempe shows that the legal implications of autonomous cars are as important, if not more so, than the technology. Read more about the possible legal action that can be taken in The Atlantic article, “Can You Sue a Robocar?”

 

“Car Was Totaled. Was Life-Flighted From the Scene. Couldn’t Feel From the Waist Down.”

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Insurance, Personal Injury Lawsuits

Misty P. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from severe damages stemming from a car wreck in Dallas.

“I was in a car accident January 17th, 2014.

Car was totaled. Was life-flighted from the scene. Couldn’t feel from the waist down. Was a very traumatic car wreck.

I was in and out of consciousness. I had a major, major concussion. And did regain my mobility from the waist down. Developed seizures from this accident.

Spencer Browne is my attorney. He’s an awesome attorney. I highly recommend him. He took care of everything for me.

When I was unable to think straight because of the brain injury, he was able to get with doctors and have me taken care of.

Best law firm. Highly recommend y’all.

And things were handled in the best way I possibly could have asked for. In fact, it turned out better than what I anticipated.”

Do what Misty did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm in Dallas Texas – call 214-526-7900 so we can get you on the road to recovery.

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5 Ways to Win Your Personal Injury Case

Angel Reyes III Personal Injury, Personal Injury Lawsuits

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If you suffered serious injuries and sustained a lot of damages in an accident such as a car wreck, winning your personal injury claim can make or break your future. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to take care when pursuing your claim. Get professional legal advice and follow all legal procedures carefully to avoid wrecking your case.

Below are five ways you can benefit your personal injury case and increase your chances of winning and getting the settlement you need.

#1: Collect Every Shred of Evidence

Without evidence, you have no case. You will need two basic types of evidence — evidence to prove the other party’s fault and evidence to prove the extent and effects of your damages. To make the most of your claim, collect any and all information that may help substantiate your claim. Below are just a few examples.

  • Medical, rehabilitation and prescription bills
  • Doctors’ notes and prognoses
  • Photos and videos of the damages and the accident scene
  • Eyewitness contact info
  • Injury journal
  • Proof of lost wages and lost benefits
  • Receipts for every injury-related expense

 

#2: Follow Your Doctor’s Orders to a T

It’s important to get medical attention, attend all medical appointments and stick to the doctor’s orders. If you fail to do so, the defendant or insurer can use your behavior to prove that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. If the doctor says you can only do light activities and you post pictures on Facebook of you working out, your case could crumble. Stick to your treatment plan.

#3: Be Very Detailed with Your Losses

The more detailed you can be about your injuries and damages, the more likely you are to obtain a full and fair settlement. For example, the degree of pain you deal with on a daily basis, how your family has suffered as result of your injury and your emotional damages are all important (and compensable). Your lawyer can assist in creating a detailed, itemized list of the ways your accident has impacted your life.

#4: Exercise Patience – Don’t Rush to Settle

If you are seriously injured and unable to work, it’s easy to panic about your finances. Insurers know this, and some may try to prey on your financial instability. They might offer you a quick settlement that’s far lower than what your case is worth, hoping you will settle and reduce the payout. It’s ill-advised to sign the first offer that comes your way. Speak to your lawyer about what would be a fair offer and allow your lawyer to negotiate.

#5: Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

As already mentioned, secure legal representation before pursuing a serious personal injury case. Having a credentialed attorney with a successful track record working on your behalf can protect your rights and allow you to exercise them.

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Dallas, Texas, you are welcome to call Reyes, Browne & Reilley. Contact us today at (877) 977-2286 for a free consultation.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Lawyer

Angel Reyes III Personal Injury, Personal Injury Lawsuits

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When you are injured, your choice of a personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference in your financial recovery. Many lawyers handle personal injuries, but choosing the right one can be difficult. When you are trying to decide who to hire, ask these five questions first.

  1. What Kind of Personal Injury Experience Do You Have?

Some lawyers may bill themselves as personal injury lawyers, but their practice may also handle family law, estate law, and a handful of other types. If they handle more cases of family or estate law than they handle personal injuries, they might not have enough experience.

Another concern is whether they handle your specific kind of personal injury. For example, a car accident is very different from a slip and fall in a store, for example, and you should be aware of the particular types of personal injury cases they handle and their success rates.

  1. How Much Are My Injuries Worth?

This is something of a trick question. You should get an answer, but the answer you get should tell you whether to keep the lawyer in the running or cross them off your list immediately.

Any qualified lawyer should be able to give you a ballpark figure for how much you might be able to expect. The key, however, is that it is an estimate and the use of the word “might” or some variation of it. They may also be able to give specific examples of similar cases they have handled and the amounts received.

If they give you a precise figure with a guarantee that you will win that much, you should cross them off your list immediately. No lawyer should make any guarantee about the outcome of your case, and if they do, you do not want to work with them.

  1. Who Will Be Handling My Case?

Unless the attorney is a one-man operation, with nothing more than a paralegal and a receptionist, chances are there are other attorneys in the firm that handle the same kinds of cases. That means that the person you are meeting with may or may not be the one who handles your case.

If you are comfortable with the person you are meeting, that will likely play a significant role in your decision to hire them. If there is a chance they will not be handling your case, you need to know that before you make the decision. You should also ask to meet whoever would be handling your case so that you can see how you feel about them. If it does not feel right with that person, you may decide not to hire that firm.

  1. How Much Do You Expect Me to Participate?

You are hiring a lawyer because you are not qualified or equipped to handle your case yourself, so you should expect that your lawyer will take the lead and do most of the work. But they should expect some involvement from you.

What they expect from you can vary, depending on the attorney, of course, but if they tell you that they do not need any input from you, that is a huge red flag. As the client, you are the boss, and your attorney works for you. Your input and involvement are required for a successful outcome.

  1. Is Going to Trial an Option?

Many personal injury cases are settled out of court. If you and the other party, with the assistance of your attorney, can reach a fair settlement, there is no reason to go to court, but many settlement offers are far too low. Additionally, insurance companies often know which lawyers will settle and which ones will go to trial, and if they know your lawyer will settle, they are much more likely to offer you less.

A good lawyer will prepare for trial in every case. If you are told that preparing for trial is not necessary, or that the lawyer never or almost never goes to trial, you should probably cross them off your list. Having a lawyer that you know will go to trial, if necessary, will make a huge difference in your case’s outcome.

You should also ask any other questions that come to your mind. Hiring a lawyer is an important and complicated decision that requires a lot of information. When you know more information, you can make an educated decision on which lawyer to represent your personal injury case.

Alex is a contributing writer for Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with his family.

After the Wreck: Making an Injury Claim for Whiplash

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Lawsuits

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Whiplash injuries are some of the most common injuries suffered after a car accident, and also one of the most ignored.

The vehicle wrecks to cause these types of injuries are not grisly. Seventy-five percent of rear-end accidents happen at speeds less than 10 mph, but still fast enough to produce injuries.

We’re all aware of the term whiplash, but what exactly does it mean? And if it happens to you, how should you handle a personal injury claim?

Whiplash can be extremely frustrating for car accident victims, as the stiffness and soreness that often accompany can last for days, weeks, or even months. While a sore neck may not seem like that big of a deal, anyone that has ever experienced whiplash would likely attest to the fact that it can have a major impact on a person’s ability to work and enjoy life.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often skeptical of whiplash injuries, as it is often faked. If left untreated, whiplash can lead to far more serious problems and injuries, some of which can last a lifetime.

As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to visit a doctor or the hospital if you are experiencing any neck pain after a car accident. Even if you think the type of pain or soreness you are experiencing is minor, seek medical attention right away.

Whiplash, also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), typically occurs when someone experiences a sudden jolt of the neck and shoulders. This is most commonly associated with accidents in which a person’s vehicle is rear-ended by another, however, it is important to note it can happen in almost any type of collision or accident.

In rear-end accidents, specifically, the force of impact suddenly propels your body forward in an unnatural manner. As the body is thrown forward, the head follows just a second behind, whipping up to meet the rest of the body. In many cases, inertia from the impact forces the head to keep moving forward, while the body is restrained by the seat belt.

Whiplash is a non-medical term, thus many attorneys and insurers don’t use it in claim documents and/or court proceedings. The legally correct term is soft tissue injuries to the neck, neck strain, or neck sprain.

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

Before moving forward with a whiplash case, it is important that you understand what some of the most common symptoms of this type of injury are:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Some people also experience:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

It is important to note that these symptoms may take several hours or even days to show up. According to WebMD, symptoms of whiplash typically show up within 24 hours of the incident that caused the injury.

If you have been injured it is important to seek medical attention before contacting the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm. A crucial, and perhaps most important aspect of making a whiplash claim, is to do so in a timely manner.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in these types of cases is delaying medical treatment.

If the accident occurred two months ago and you’ve been “living with the pain,” the insurer may argue that the injury wasn’t severe, provide less compensation, or deny your claim completely.

There are several aspects insurers consider when you file a bodily injury claim:

  • Legal liability: The insurance company is going to use crash diagrams and witness testimonies to figure out who was legally liable. Many times, in rear end accidents, the second driver is at fault, but sometimes the issue of fault can be cloudier than others.
  • Treatment: How soon you sought treatment and to what extent it was provided is important to insurance companies. If you only went to the emergency room right after the accident, your injuries may not be deemed severe. On the other hand, needing several visits to physical therapy under the advice of a doctor is going to affect your compensation as it shows your injury necessitated more intense treatment..
  • Injuries: The more severe your injuries are, the higher your chances of receiving more and/or adequate compensation. Be sure to document all injuries that occur in addition to whiplash.
  • Recovery Time: If your injuries take much longer to heal, it’s obvious that they are more severe. Sometimes, neck strain can cause permanent damage, and while your insurance company can handle the initial claim, you may want to seek damages from the other party and look into disability.
  • Daily Life: Cases are examined on an individual basis. Your insurance company wants to know how severely your daily life was impacted by the crash. If you can go about your normal day-to-day activities or job, you may not receive much compensation — but you have your health.

You can expect to speak to insurers multiple times when making a claim. An adjustor will likely come see your car, and medical records will be requested, so document everything. Keep all receipts, and if you’ve missed work, keep track of the income you’ve lost. Keep a daily injury diary tracking pain, doctor visits, prescription drug usage, and treatment; such as if you receive multiple weekly massages or chiropractic care.

Since whiplash is a soft tissue injury and can’t be seen on an x-ray like a broken bone, insurers will try to argue this “phantom” injury and paint it as something that’s not real, so documentation from you, your doctors, and following through with treatment is crucial.

In order to convince a claims adjuster of the seriousness of your whiplash injury, you need the opinion of a medical provider to back you up, and ask for a signed note or diagnosis from the doctor detailing your whiplash injuries and the expected recovery time. If you underwent an MRI, CT scan, blood tests, or any other exams or treatment, make sure you have it documented.

Although it sounds very involved, the attorneys at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm are very experienced in dealing with whiplash cases and willing to go to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.