The Fyre Festival Fiasco

Angel Reyes III In The News, Personal Injury

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Flying to the Bahamas for what was advertised as an “experience of a lifetime” quickly became a disastrous and potentially dangerous situation — one that would be known as one of the greatest scams of the decade. The biggest takeaway from this PR nightmare? Things are not always as they seem.

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Who Is Liable – Scooter Companies or Rental Riders?

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Several weeks after the e-scooters made their debut in Dallas, Uptown resident Kelley Mitchum underestimated the speed at which she was traveling and ended up in a severe crash. Upon turning a corner too quickly, she was launched headfirst into McKinney Avenue’s trolley tracks. The $1.38 rental resulted in a hefty emergency room bill, treating her two black eyes, scraped arms and knees, and a laceration in her forehead which required stitches.

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Holding Schools Accountable for Student Accidents

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For most counties in Texas, students went back to school in August. Teachers, parents, and kids of all ages likely geared up for the summer to fall transition for weeks.

Returning to school not only means getting back in the classroom, but also the return to playgrounds, gymnasiums, forms of travel, and sports. While recess and extracurricular activities are often referred to as the “fun” part of school for many, they are also the setting for the potential of numerous accidents and injuries.

According to research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign (NSKC), an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and younger sustain school related injuries each year.

Many of these unintentional injuries are often caused by negligence, such as lack of adequate teacher supervision or poorly maintained facilities. In fact, lack of supervision is associated with 40 percent of playground injuries.

Among elementary school students, playgrounds are associated with the majority of injuries, and for secondary school students, athletics — including both physical education classes and organized sports — account for most injuries.

School bus-related accidents, often involving child pedestrians, also account for many injuries.

Common causes of these accidents and injuries include:

  • Failure to regularly maintain school equipment and facilities
  • Failure to properly train school staff to supervise children and administer emergency first aid and CPR when necessary
  • Asphalt, concrete, grass, and soil surfaces under playground equipment, as opposed to loose-fill materials such as shredded rubber, mulch, and fine sand
  • Failure to ensure children play on age-appropriate playground equipment
  • Failure to use appropriate safety equipment for sports activities
  • Failure to group children according to skill level, size, and physical maturity, especially for contact sports
  • A school bus driver’s failure to see children attempting to enter or exit the bus
  • Other drivers’ failure to obey school bus stop signs

Too often, parents and teachers blame children’s injuries on children’s behavior rather than their surroundings; however, budget cuts and overcrowding in Texas schools may not only diminish the quality of education received by students, but also may affect the safety and integrity of the environment in which they learn and interact.

By holding schools accountable for student accidents, concerned parents can help ensure schools take proper measures to protect children from injuries in the future.

7 Unlikely Consumer Products That Have Caused Injury or Death

Angel Reyes III Defects, Personal Injury, Products

Manufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

2. Maytag Dishwashers

While it sounds unlikely that a dishwasher could cause any significant harm, Maytag recalled 1.7 million of its dishwashers in 2010. The machines may contain faulty wiring, responsible for causing multiple fires.

Other brands also fell under the recall.

  • Amana
  • Jenn-Air
  • Admiral
  • Magic Chef
  • Performa by Maytag
  • Crosley

3. Dehumidifiers

Another product linked to causing fires is dehumidifiers. LG dehumidifiers were subject to a recall in 2009 following 11 incidents; then LG received 16 additional reports of house fires related to the dehumidifiers. There were no injuries, but significant property damage exceeding $1 million.

4. Bathrobes

Most bathrobes aren’t dangerous, but in the fall of 2009, the company Blair LLC recalled an additional 138,000 robes after 162,000 were already subject to a recall from the spring. The recall was because of the robes’ risk of flammability; nine people wearing the robes died as a result of catching fire, according to the October 2009 recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

5. Freezer Gel Pack

Anyone who frequently packs to-go lunches is probably familiar with the bright blue freezer gel pack. While the packs can be great at keeping items cold, they can also be dangerous. Some of the packs contain diethylene glycol, which can be poisonous if ingested. If the freezer pack tears and starts to leak, both children and adults may be at risk of poisoning.

6. Minivans

Many families chose a minivan as their vehicle of choice. In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave poor safety ratings in the small overlap front crash test to these models.

  • Nissan Quest
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Grand Caravan

7. Easy Bake Ovens

Most parents are familiar with the popular childhood toy, Easy Bake Ovens. The ovens allow little ones to test their skills in the kitchen, resulting in big smiles and yummy treats. However, at least 77 children have suffered burn injuries from certain models of the ovens, reports DailyFinance.com. There was a recall for the ovens in 2007.

Contact a Product Liability Attorney Today

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.

How Your Medical History Factors into Your Personal Injury Claim

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

medical_exam-300x199If you are filing a personal injury claim, be aware that your medical history may have an impact on the outcome of your claim. Having a prior injury similar to the injury for which you are filing a claim might give the defense an opportunity to try to discredit or reduce your settlement. Speak to a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to start gathering the medical evidence necessary to prove your accident-related injuries.

Having a Prior Injury Doesn’t Automatically Nullify Your Case

Having a prior injury does not mean you cannot win your claim. You will just need to prove that your injury is related to your accident, or that your accident aggravated a previous injury. Your lawyer can help you accomplish this by gathering medical evidence to support your case and speaking with medical experts.

For instance, let’s say you had a slipped disc in your upper back (cervical spine) years ago. You then are in an auto accident and seriously injure your lower back (lumbar spine.) When you file a personal injury claim, the other driver’s insurance company or their attorney may scour your medical history looking for anything that can be used to pin your current injuries on your prior injuries; they might try to correlate your slipped disc to your new back injury.

When you first consult your attorney about your personal injury claim, provide him or her information about any prior injuries you’ve had. This way, your lawyer will be prepared for the defense and will be able to use prepared expert testimonies to support your case.

Don’t Try to Hide Your History

Some injured victims are afraid to share their medical history when they file a claim, fearful that they won’t qualify for compensation anymore. It’s important to be honest with your medical past for several reasons. Should the insurer or courts find out about your prior injury (and they most likely will) you may lose credibility, which might negatively affect your claim. But before disclosing your medical history, speak with your lawyer.

And along these same lines, don’t try to hide your history or prior injuries from your doctor either. Your doctors take your history into consideration when they are treating you.

Ways to Help Your Case

If you are filing a personal injury case, there are several things you can do that can benefit your case. Start collecting all your medical bills, doctor’s notes, prognoses, etc. and keep it in a folder for safekeeping. Also, you can start an injury journal to document the progression of your injury, your pain levels, and how well your treatments are working.

Another way you can benefit your claim is by making sure you attend all your medical appointments and adhere to your doctor’s orders. If you skip appointments or engage in physical activities that your doctor has prohibited, the insurance company or courts might discredit your claim.

Free Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Texas

For a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Texas, call the Reyes Browne Reilley law firm. We can review your case, give you counsel about the direction to take your claim, and answer any questions you may have. Text or call us today at (214) 526-7900.

Trucking Company Involved in Deadly New Mexico Collision Has History of Crashes

Angel Reyes III In The News, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

new-mexico-bus-sedmi-crash-august-30-2018-300x225A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers are being accused of negligence after eight people were killed in a crash. The collision happened Thursday on a busy New Mexico highway. Two surviving passengers are suing.

Lawsuits show the trucking company has a history of crashes.

Federal investigators worked for a second day at the scene of the deadly New Mexico crash. They’re trying to determine what led to the violent collision between a Greyhound bus and a tractor trailer Thursday.

State police believe a tire failure caused the truck and trailer to jack-knife on I-40, cross over the median and slam head-on into a Greyhound bus.

Now law suits are accusing the driver and trucking company of negligence.

In a pair of lawsuits, filed one day after the crash, attorneys are citing federal safety data showing three crashes in the last two years involving Jag Transportation Inc, a California-based trucking company.

The complaint raises concerns about proper maintenance and inspection of the truck’s tires.

“It just happened like that — it was just out of nowhere, you have no control over it,” said Elisara Taito, driver of the 18-wheeler involved in the crash.

“One minute, I’m driving normal and then split second it just goes to hell,” Taito said.

The lawsuits claim the truck driver was negligent. At last check, 15 people are still being treated.

We are here to provide help to the families of those effected by tragic accidents. Reyes Browne Reilley has experience in matters such as these, one being the Cardinal Coach Line / Choctaw Casino fatal bus crash back in 2013. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm attorney Spencer Browne represented the family of Paula Hahn in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the casino charter bus wreck on the George Bush Turnpike, which a Dallas County jury later ordered Choctaw Nation to pay Ms. Hahn’s family $6M.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a bus accident, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Just complete the contact form on this page, or call us at 214-612-7577.

Personal Injury on Airplanes is a Thing, and You Need to Know Your Rights

Angel Reyes III Aside, Personal Injury

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Summer is almost at an end, and school has started back up, leaving many of us trying to get in one last trip by ground and air.

Typically, personal injuries involving transportation accidents are focused on those that involve pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, or automobiles; however, despite the relative safety of air flights, accidents while aboard a plane do occur.

The most serious injuries during flights are due to

  • collision
  • rapid deceleration brought on by pilot error
  • faulty equipment
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulation violations
  • structural or design problems of the aircraft
  • negligence of flight service station employees
  • negligence of federal air traffic controllers
  • negligence of other personal aboard or preparing the plane for flight such as ground controllers or flight attendants.

Any of these causes entitle the injured party compensation to recover for any losses sustained while on the commercial airline, which is recognized as a common carrier or public transportation service.

The cause of the accident is important as it helps direct which way an attorney will proceed, such as negligence or product liability.

Some of the most common liable parties include the owners or operators, pilot, manufacturers, maintenance suppliers, and in some instances the federal government entities that failed to meet their regulatory responsibilities can be held accountable as well.

Damages against any party found liable for the accident, or injury, are similar to that of any other personal injury lawsuit. As with any personal injury service, there can be both punitive and compensatory damages which include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Should I Speak with an Attorney if I have Been Injured In-Flight?

Yes! If you have sustained any injuries during a flight, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. An attorney at Reyes Browne Reilly will be able to explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complex laws that govern airlines and aviation accidents.

Dallas Man Left for Dead by Lime Scooter Lunatic

Angel Reyes III Insurance Law, Personal Injury

DALLAS—A local Dallas musician was recently the victim of a hit and run while he was walking on a Downtown Dallas sidewalk, leaving him a trip to the emergency room, injuries to the face and the financial burden of paying for injuries caused by no fault of his own.

The vehicle was a rental scooter traveling at full speed.

Cody Daniels, 31, is likely the city’s first hit-and-run victim via rental scooter.

Daniels was leaving his job in Downtown Dallas near the aquarium when he said he was blindsided by a man riding a Lime rental scooter.

“I Stepped onto the sidewalk and then he hit me from this side, straight to the ground,” Daniels said. “He hit me faster than I could turn my head really to look.”

Daniels said his co-workers treated him with first aid before he left to visit an urgent care. There, he received 7 stitches over his right eye.

Worst of it all, Daniels said that the rider who hit him just fled the scene.

Because the rider took off, Daniels will be paying off his urgent care bill on his own, which he said will probably cost upwards around $400.

Daniels said he has health insurance but isn’t sure if the amount meets his deductible. Plus, Daniels said the rider was on the sidewalk. A big no-no in downtown Dallas.

This unfortunate incident raises some very important questions:

    • Does the victim have the option to file a claim with his motor vehicle insurance?
    • Is the rental scooter recognized as a motor vehicle?
    • In this case, can the victim seek compensation from the rider?
    • Can the person who fled the seen be faced with criminal charges?
    • Can the person be fined for riding on the sidewalk after the fact?

According to Lime`s website, riders are responsible for accidents and injuries, and each scooter company encourages driving safely.

Late last month, the city agreed to a 6-month trial run with electric rental scooters. They travel up to 15 mph after the rider pays a fee.

You can’t ride on sidewalks in the Central Business District (which includes Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas), and you can’t ride in a street where the speed limit is over 35 mph.

Failure to do so could get you a fine up to $500 – enforced by…who, exactly?

In light of these details, Mr. Daniels may indeed have a case.

With more and more patrons taking to the Dallas rental scooters, it is important for pedestrians to know their rights, and options, if they find themselves in a similar situation. Call the pedestrian accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley today for a free consultation.

How to Manage Chronic Pain After an Auto Crash

Angel Reyes III Personal Injury

The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is an amazing to explore, but if someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident things can be very different. While accidents caused by negligence can lead to any number of injuries, chronic pain can be especially difficult to manage. If you’re suffering from chronic pain that was caused by another person’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines chronic pain as any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. While acute pain serves the important role of alerting sufferers to a physical problem that needs medical attention, chronic pain is a different story. Chronic pain is simply just pain – and often lasts for a prolonged time. Chronic pain often results from a precipitating injury, and is frequently accompanied by other health problems such as:

    • Fatigue
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Decreased appetite
    • Changes in mood

Because chronic pain can limit a victim’s ability to move freely, it can lead to decreased flexibility, strength, and overall stamina. In turn, this can cause the victim to have problems carrying out the tasks and pleasures of daily living, which can culminate in depression and anxiety.

If someone else’s negligence has left you suffering from chronic pain, you know how difficult that can be. Chronic pain can negatively affect your life in a variety of ways that continue to compound upon each other. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley in Dallas, Texas, understand how bad these injuries can be, and we’re committed to helping you recover on your losses.

It’s Personal

Chronic pain follows no set pattern. Every occurrence of chronic pain is as unique as the individual who suffers from it. NIH relays that pain is a very subjective experience and that there are no tests with which to measure or locate pain with real accuracy. Instead, your own assessment is critical. Your pain history, which will define your pain on the continuum from sharp to dull, from constant to on-and-off, and from burning to aching, is likely the best indicator of the source and degree of your chronic pain. You and your doctor need to work together closely to devise a treatment plan for your unique pain experience.

Treatment of Chronic Pain

When it comes to chronic pain, treatment focuses on reducing your pain level and improving your function level so that you’re able to resume your daily activities and move forward with your life. Often, chronic pain can’t be cured but, instead, is managed. There are a variety of methods that can be employed to help manage chronic pain:

    • Medications
    • Nerve blocks
    • Surgery
    • Acupuncture
    • Electrical stimulation

There are also some less invasive treatment options that can be effective tools for some people. Such treatments can include psychotherapy, biofeedback, behavior modification, and relaxation therapy.

Chronic Pain and Self-Management

When it comes to managing chronic pain, NIH finds that self-management holds great promise. Self-management programs focus on helping individuals to become active participants in managing their own pain. The approach can include learning and incorporating problem-solving skills, learning to pace oneself, taking on new decision-making strategies, and actively engaging in pain management. The idea behind these programs is that the sufferer of chronic pain needs to learn how to think, feel, and manage better while living with chronic pain. Improving communication between you and your medical provider can empower you in your efforts.

The Brunt of the Work Is on You

If you are experiencing chronic pain after a motor vehicle crash, you’re left with a lot of work to do in the effort to manage that pain. Chronic pain is a journey, and you’re saddled with the job of navigating it. As such, chronic pain is often accompanied by a significant emotional component. It negatively impacts the way you move through your world and life from minute to minute, and you are left having to find mechanisms for dealing with the pain you’ve endured because of another person’s negligence. Many victims of chronic pain experience increased levels of depression and anxiety, which tend to exacerbate the chronic pain itself.

Your Damages

Chronic pain is not a symptom of something, but rather a condition on its own. There are medical expenses involved in the treatment of chronic pain that can include care and treatment from your doctor, specialists, and physical therapists, prescription medications, pain therapy, and psychological therapy.

There are also, however, a variety of other damages associated with chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, you are likely to suffer a loss of wages. Chronic pain can even cause you to experience a diminished earning potential into your future. Further, it can decrease your level of enjoyment in your career and your motivation to seek advancement. All told, chronic pain can cause you to experience serious employment damages.

The emotional damages associated with chronic pain may, however, be the most difficult component of the condition. Chronic pain, after all, is with you all day, every day. This means that everything you do – for as long as the chronic pain is with you – is through the lens of this pain. Because chronic pain can also negatively affect your ability to move freely, it can stop you from enjoying the very things that have the potential to help alleviate your chronic pain. Chronic pain is serious, and its attendant damages should never be discounted.

If Someone Else’s Negligence Has Left You in Chronic Pain, Reyes Browne Reilley is Here to Help

Chronic pain is extremely difficult to manage, and coping with it takes serious work. If another person’s negligence has left you with chronic pain, you need experienced legal counsel to help you recover just compensation. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley in Dallas, Texas, have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to advocate for your right to recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.

“I Was Involved in a Car Wreck Where I Got Hit From Behind”

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Testimonials

Benny S. of Dallas, Texas, shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping him recover from damages stemming from a car wreck in Dallas.

“Yes. My name is Benny S. I was involved in a car wreck where I got hit from behind from another driver. And the other driver was their fault. And that same night, I call the lawyer [Reyes Browne Reilley]. My case worker was Brittany. And she took over and put me in therapy, and everything came out to be real nice. And the money-wise, the settlement was very nice. So I’m very satisfied. Thank you.”

Do what Benny 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 his team of DFW car accident attorneys at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm. Call or text 214-526-7900 – we will get you on the road to recovery.