Joellyn Swope works as a home health services provider in the Houston area. One of her patients was in a semi-comatose state, and “lacked conscious control over her physical movement,” according to Swope. She was assisting this immobile patient by herself, with no other coworkers in the home.
We recently discussed the dangers e-scooters have been posing to riders and pedestrians across the country, but there is a new lawsuit coming out of Florida that may pave the way for safer regulations across the country.
The upper midwest and eastern states are experiencing the coldest winter storm they’ve seen in years. Not only are these subzero temperatures astounding, but they are incredibly deadly.
At least eight fatalities have been reported as a direct result of the polar vortex. An elderly Illinois man was discovered several hours after he had fallen trying to get into his home. A University of Iowa student was also found dead just hours before dawn behind an academic building.
We are excited to announce that our firm has a new home!
Just one block away, our new offices are located at One Preston Centre:
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not every personal injury law firm is the same. Some aim for the easiest and fastest route to a settlement check, regardless of their client’s needs. More often than not, these kinds of firms prefer to write settlement letters instead of actually preparing each case for court. These types of law firms are called personal injury settlement mills (or factories), and insurance companies love them.
How to Spot a Personal Injury Settlement Mill
There are several traits that make these kinds of law firms stand out. Because they focus more on making a quick buck instead of client satisfaction, advertising is the lifeblood of the typical settlement mill law firm. The louder and more obnoxious the TV ads, the more likely you are looking at a settlement mill law firm.
However, their most telling characteristic is the limited interaction between client and attorney. Settlement mills typically have a large legal assistant staff which handle the vast majority of their case work. If a settlement mill law firm takes your case, there is a slim chance you will have correspondence with an actual attorney.
By mass producing settlements instead of working personal injury claims up to their full value, these firms are doing their clients a major disservice. Ironically enough, they will often take much longer to resolve claims as opposed to merit-based firms. This can be caused by several reasons, such as lack of attention to individual files from attorneys, pushing cases to legal assistants, and the sheer quantity of cases they take on at once.
Instead of treating each case individually, they tend to fall back on previous settlements of similar nature and let that dictate the outcome. To put it simply, they “get what they’ve always gotten.” They churn out so many cases that their negotiations with insurance companies become routine settlements with little variation between individual clients. Even worse, the insurance companies know how to “deal” with a settlement mill based on previous negotiations, vs. a law firm which is prepared to take each case to court.
The Reyes Browne Reilley Advantage
The Law Firm of Reyes Browne & Reilley is proud to stand out in Dallas as a litigation-based personal injury firm. The typical settlement mill law firm will do almost anything to avoid filing a lawsuit for their clients. For more than 25 years, Reyes Browne Reilley has filed suit on the majority of its cases. Here at Reyes Browne Reilley, we want to ensure our clients get everything they are owed — regardless of risk (or amount of work) required. We fight for justice for our clients, even if it means longer hours and more hard work on our end.
But don’t just listen to us, listen to our clients. We have hundreds of Google reviews and real client testimonial videos. We pride ourselves in fighting the good fight for our clients. Next time you see a personal injury attorney TV commercial or a radio ad, don’t be so quick to believe everything they claim. There’s more to personal injury litigation than a catchy slogan – Listen to the stories of real clients, and base your judgment on real results.
After more than 25 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.
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.
Winter is coming. The Lone Star State is known for its erratic weather changes, and this week was no exception. Texans got a taste of winter this week with a northern storm that brought snow to the panhandle and freeze warnings to the DFW. As you crank up the thermostat inside your home, it’s important to be aware of the hazardous effects taking toll on your vehicle as well. Help keep you and your loved ones safe by following these winter driving safety tips.
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