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Person Not Party – Voting for Judges

Person Not Party – Voting for Judges

Every few years we have the opportunity to elect the person who may at some point decide our future either due to a civil dispute or a criminal matter.   I believe in our judicial system and know that there is not a better way in existence to resolve disputes than...

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25 Years Young and Transitioning to a New Normal

25 Years Young and Transitioning to a New Normal

Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C. was 25 years old as of May 1st.  In conjunction with our 25th anniversary we have updated our website. Please take a look at it when you have a chance and let us know what you think. When we started our firm Kathy and I knew that we...

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I’ve got a friend who had a case just like this.

I’ve got a friend who had a case just like this.

As I was driving and listening to the sports radio about how a certain sports superstar turned down a deal for tens of millions I realized that could have easily been me had I only been taller, stronger, faster, etc., etc. I was just as good a player as them if you factor in those […]

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Election is over!! New Judges 2019

Election is over!! New Judges 2019

The Election is over and as with every sweep we have new judges who will take the bench in January.  Here is a list of the new Judges in Fort Bend and Harris County who will hear civil cases.  Congratulations to all the new Judges. Thank you to all the candidates who ran for office.  […]

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Judicial Election Recommendations

Judicial Election Recommendations

Early Voting Period: October 22 – November 2, 2018 Election | November 6, 2018 Supreme Court:                                                                                  Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2                              Steven Kirkland                                 D.              Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4                              R.K. Sandill                                         D.              Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6                              Jeff Brown                                          R.                                            Court of Appeals:   Justice, 1st Court […]

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Fort Bend County Primary Recommendations

Fort Bend County Primary Recommendations

Last Day for Early Voting – Friday, March 2, 2018 Fort Bend County Judicial Election Recommendations Republican Primary District Attorney – 268th Judicial District             Cliff Vacek Fort Bend County District Courts:  District Judge – 240th Judicial District                  Chad Bridges District Judge – 268th Judicial District                  John “Hawk” Hawkins District Judge – 328th Judicial District                  Walter […]

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Storm Insurance Claims

Storm Insurance Claims

  Today, August 31, 2017, is the deadline to submit a storm insurance claim to be processed before a new law takes effect that impacts claim repayment. The information below addresses who is affected and what action is needed. Do I need to do something today, August 31, 2017? If your property has incurred storm […]

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3 Things that Define March in Texas

Our blog generally focuses on legal issues which impact our clients, but sometimes it is good to take a break and step back and reflect on other topics, like why we love living in Texas. It is March in Texas which, for me, means: Bluebonnets – “Bluebonnets of Texas they bloom in the spring…” do […]

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Judicial Election Recommendations – Part 4

Judicial Election Recommendations – Part 4

Early Voting Period: October 24 – November 4, 2016 Election | November 8, 2016   Judicial Election Recommendations   Supreme Court:                                                                                Recommendation (if any):   Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3                                                Debra Lehrmann                              R.              Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5                                                Paul Green                                         R.              Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9                                                Eva Guzman                                       R.            […]

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Who are you voting for?  Part 2

Who are you voting for? Part 2

 R or D – Why you shouldn’t pull the straight ticket for Judicial Races. We as Texans have the right and responsibility to elect our judges. So how are you supposed to know which judge should get your vote? Maybe you should just vote straight ticket if you don’t know because that person “must think […]

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Who are you voting for? Part 1

Who are you voting for? Part 1

No one if you are not registered to vote.  In Texas, the deadline to register is October 11, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 elections. If you know you are not registered to vote you can go to this link – https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp and get registered.  To confirm you are registered go to this link – […]

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We are 21!

We are 21!

On May 1st 1995 the law firm of Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C. began with Brent, Kathy and our paralegal in one small office with two desks and one phone and a plan to represent a select group of clients in their legal matters.  Twenty one years later our practice still represents a select group of […]

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21 YEARS OLD AND LEGAL!

Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C. turned 21 years old on May 1, 2016.  Our firm was formed in 1995 in Sugar Land, TX approximately five years after Brent and I moved to Sugar Land.  We have been a proud part of the Sugar Land community for many years.  We have raised our four daughters here, spent […]

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Primary Judicial Recommendations (R & D) – Because it’s the only option at this point

Primary Judicial Recommendations (R & D) – Because it’s the only option at this point

 Primary Election  March 1, 2016 Early Voting Period: February 16 – 26, 2016 Republican Judicial Election Recommendations– Supreme Court: Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3 Debra Lehrmann Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5 Paul Green Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9 Eva Guzman Court of Appeals: Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals Sherry Radack Justice, 14th Court of […]

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Do you want your Case Decided by Politics or Law?

R or D – Why you shouldn’t pull the straight ticket for Judicial Races. Every few years we have the opportunity to elect our people who will represent us and in Texas those who may at some point decide our future either due to a civil dispute or a criminal matter. I believe in our […]

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10 Litigation Rules (or your parents were right)

The rules come from things my parents told me while growing up and the picture is of a tree which on Hwy 71 on the way to Austin.  No matter how many times I drive that road seeing it always makes me smile. 1.  Close your mouth and open your ears a. Listen to your […]

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Auto Insurance Primer

Will it protect me if I am in a wreck?                             What should my coverage do and what do I need? You are involved in a crash. There are several steps you need to take immediately depending upon whether you caused the wreck or it was caused by someone else (see prior blogs). Once you get […]

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What is with these Bicycle Riders?!

You are driving along in your car minding your own business going the speed limit (or close) when there in front of you is a bicycle rider – right in the lane – causing you to slow down to a near crawl. What is with them? If this sounds like something you have heard yourself […]

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Thumbs-up to No Texting

As you probably noticed I have not posted a new blog in a while.  The reason is in part not enough time the other part is I have a real problem on deciding on what to write about.  This morning while I was stopped at a red light the topic became clear.   As I sat […]

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“Who are ‘those people’ doing all the suing?”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that and it is usually followed by “but my case is different” or “but my case is not frivolous like those other cases”.  The truth is every case is different and there are very few frivolous cases. The people who sue are your friends, your […]

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3 Things that Define Texas in March

Our blog generally focuses on legal issues which impact our clients, but sometimes it is good to take a break and step back and reflect on other topics, like why we love living in Texas. It is March in Texas which, for me, means: Bluebonnets – “Bluebonnets of Texas they bloom in the spring…” do […]

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Rules – When they change retroactively, justice can get fuzzy

Decisions from the Texas Supreme Court can be confusing. Too often we Texans brush over or ignore these decisions that could impact individuals who seek justice through our court systems. When I try to explain these decisions and convey their importance, I am occasionally met with a response of “well, of course you’re concerned, but you […]

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7 Things you must do if you caused a wreck

Let’s face it. You will probably be involved in a wreck at some point in your driving life.  My last blog covered what to do if you are involved in a wreck that is not your fault.  Today I’m covering it from the other side, what to do when you are at fault. The general assumption […]

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7 Things you must do with your phone after a wreck

7 Things you must do with your phone after a wreck

If you, someone in your family, or a friend is in a wreck there is usually a lot going on after the wreck. Other cars are trying to get around you, you are scared and hurt, trying to get and give information and just generally adjust to the shock of the wreck. You can put […]

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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

I love living in Texas – there is nothing like shopping for Christmas presents while wearing shorts and short sleeves. However you should be aware that while you are out Christmas shopping, picking up packages, going out to lunch and dinner with friends and family, there are others who are out looking to steal from […]

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Impact A Hero

Impact A Hero

By Kathy Carpenter  This past weekend I was privileged to run in the Impact a Hero race which took place right here in Sugar Land, Texas. The Impact a Hero organization has been active for ten years, and in 2005, Sugar Land was one of the first cities to host a partnership event. Due to […]

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Early Voting Ends on Halloween – Don’t be scared to vote

Early Voting Ends on Halloween – Don’t be scared to vote

Early voting ends this Friday.  I hear people complain about this elected official or that one, but then they don’t take the time to vote.  Early voting is quick and easy and saves you time on election day. Take advantage of the opportunity.  Another voting related issue I hear often is both parties complaining that […]

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Traffic Court in Maryland

Disclaimer:  The following is my personal rant, not that of my firm, partner, family or anyone else. As many of you know the person who hit and killed my sister in law while she was riding her bike is contesting the traffic tickets she received. last Thursday we along with about 100 people showed up […]

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E-Filing in Fort Bend County

I know some of you are like me who have trouble e-filing. Whether it be do to the technology, costs or otherwise it is here and we will have to deal with it. Fort Bend District Clerk, Annie Rebecca Elliott is doing everything she can to make the transition smooth. The new eFiling portal is […]

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War on Women (WOW)

A war on women seems to be the preferred catch phrase for any limitations whatsoever on abortion. The cry of it’s a choice and the woman’s body so she should decide is compelling, but for the fact it leaves out the fact that her choice could take the life of a child who is not […]

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You have a right to die, but the choice may not be yours or your family.

Texas Senate Bill 303 – allows hospitals to impose “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) orders against patients without their consent and even without their knowledge, passed the Texas Senate today despite opposition by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) and by virtually every other leading pro-patient group. Our Senator Glenn Hegar opposed this […]

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New Texas Supreme Court Rules – Put into an order I like

New Rules from Texas Supreme Court             As of March 1st we will have a few new rules impacting civil cases in Texas, but in an on-going practice the Supreme Court has decided to make the rules and decisions retroactive by adding the language under paragraph #3:             “Rule of Civil Procedure 91a and Rule […]

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Houston Rodeo

I love the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. My favorite event is bull riding and saddle bronc. If you are a fan (or want to be) just subscribe to this blog and make a comment. We will be giving away 4 lower level seats to the Rodeo for Gary Allen tonight Feb. 26th. Only requirement […]

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Texas Supreme Court Rules for Dismissals and Expedited Actions

New Rules from Texas Supreme Court             As of March 1st we will have a few new rules impacting civil cases in Texas, but in an the Supreme Court has decided to make the rules and decisions retroactive by adding the language under paragraph #3: “Rule of Civil Procedure 91a and Rule of Evidence 902(10)(c) […]

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Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

The information for this blog is in part from the article written by John Tomasic, the link to the article is at the bottom of the post. Lori Stodghill 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short […]

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Carpenter Sisters

Carpenter sisters voted to 2012 All-SCAC Women’s Soccer ‘Second Team’ Former Fort Bend Austin High School players Melissa (Sugar Land, Texas), a senior forward, netted three goals in 2012 which tied for 15th in the SCAC. 27 shots tied for 16th, while two assists were 18th.  Michelle (Sugar Land, Texas), a sophomore midfielder, ended the 2012 […]

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15 Passenger Vans and Scams

Here is the Van: 15 Passenger vans are one of the most used type of transportation for colleges, church and community groups.  What a great concept one vehicle which allows a small group to all travel together, but there is one small problem they are extremely unstable and have a tendency to roll over.  NHTSA […]

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Health Care – It’s a taxing issue

Now that the Supreme Court has spoken everyone know exactly what the Health Care Act does, does not do and how it will work right??  HAHAHA!  I have a special insight as I took a Constitutional Law class in Law School, have never argued a case before the Supreme Court and haven’t read the Act […]

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CEO vs. Plaintiff Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

CEO vs. Plaintiff Personal Injury Trial Lawyer A CEO’s job duties include the following: a. Determining strategy of how the company will progress; b. Making sure that strategy is understood throughout the company; c. Hiring and firing a group of personnel which can bring the strategy to life; d. Creating a path for the company […]

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PETA — Are you serious???

What to blog about?  The requirement of the government to require companies to pay for insurance which is in direct conflict with their religious and moral beliefs, and how it conflicts with the separation of church and state?  Planned Parenthood v. Susan G. Komen and change of their policy relating to funding of PP due […]

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Planned Parenthood v. Susan G. Komen for the Cure– Really???

I have seen facebook posts, blogs, etc. etc, both condemning and praising Susan G. Komen for deciding to stop their funding of planned parenthood.  The stated reason is because Planned Parenthood is under investigation.  Planned parenthood claims it is because of pro-life advocates.  The question I have is why Planned Parenthood was ever getting money […]

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MY Party

It’s my party and I’ll blog if I want to.  Since I can’t seem to find a party I like, I decided to create my own.  I actually had some other names for the party, but the cool ones were already taken, so I decided it is My Party.  If you wish to join – […]

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Pro-Choice – Really???

As I have not blogged lately I decided to start 2012 off with a low controversy issue.  Let’s start off with a few definitions: Pro-Choice is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as those advocating legalized abortion. Pro-life is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as those opposing abortion. Abortion is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as […]

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Tort Reform — Texas Style

Wal-Mart announces reduction in medical coverage due to continuing rise of cost of coverage. Premiums continue to climb while benefits drop. Auto, Home and Business insurance premiums continue to rise. It must be those lawsuits right? What about those trial lawyers they must be the cause. All those frivolous lawsuits keep driving up the cost […]

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Ipad Apps

As you no doubt noticed, I have not blogged in a while. The reasons aren’t really important, but they include work and general indecision on what to blog about. I could have written about Escobedo, Loser Pays, Mandatory arbitration, or a host of other legal issues which have generally sickened me as to the state […]

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McDonald’s Burn Case, Fort Bend Courthouse, TWIA

Tonight HBO films will air Hot Coffee at 8:00pm central time.  I wrote a blog about personal responsibility on March 23 which included my view of the McDonald’s case.  I had a number of people who commented that they did not realize how bad she was burned, etc.   I urge everyone to watch the show, […]

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We all pay and lose under “Loser Pays”

First I apologize for the length of this blog, but I do not speak in sound bites or catchy phrases which are designed to hide the true nature of the discussion. What happens when you do such a good of a job that you are no longer needed?  You create an emergency which justifies your […]

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TWIA – House Bill 272

Galveston, Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, and most residents near the coast have first hand experience with wind and flood damage caused by high winds and hurricanes. For that last few years a large number of residents in these counties and others have been trying to get their homes repaired and/or get reimbursed by their insurance […]

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Loser Pays – We all lose.

The Texas legislature is debating another law at curbing lawsuit abuse.  We need to protect those insurance companies and corporations from being sued by people they injured, either in a personal injury case or a business dispute and what better way to do that than having the loser pay all the legal fees and costs […]

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Facebook-MySpace – I thought you were my friend!!

As a trial attorney I am used to having to find things out about people who don’t want the information discovered. The “substitute teacher” according to her information in discovery and on the crash report is actually a “bisexual escort” according to her MySpace page. Which explains why she was where she was when the […]

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I know where you have been

Technology is great.  It allows you to find old friends, keep in touch and keep updated on what is going on.  It also allows you to be tracked.   An article in the guardian yesterday (link at bottom) revealed that your I phone tracks your movements and stores them for up to a year.   The data […]

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Personal Responsibility

I have just finished reading a book where one of the tag lines is “no excuses”.  It is about taking responsibility for your own actions and not blaming others.  Good idea, but it seems the author of the book has fallen into the same twisted logic that I hear on the radio, from insurance companies, […]

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Jury Duty

When I was kicking around blog topics with different people, I was provided with several great topics. The one which gets today’s effort is jury duty. Why you ask, did jury duty rise to the top of all the other topics? That is easy. A Judge suggested I should write about jury duty. Judge wins. […]

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Death and Taxes

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:  If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.  ~Ronald Reagan Two things people claim are a certainty –death and taxes.   Let me start with a disclaimer — I am not […]

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Vote – Today is the Day

Voting is your right and duty, so get out there and do it!  Take action on who will be in charge of your community, state and country.   The Democrats and Republicans parties are out doing what they should which is pushing for their candidates and a straight ticket vote.  I don’t vote straight ticket because […]

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Voting – Parties – Judges

You still have a few days left for early voting.  The lines are small and the weather is great so no excuse.  Voting early is easy.  Voting is your right and duty, so get out there and do it!  Take action on who will be in charge of your community, state and country.   The Democrats […]

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Free Speech is Never Free

As I was preparing to write this weeks’ blog I had intended to write about how much is a life worth and methods courts, juries and attorneys can use to try and explain how to calculate compensation for a family who has lost their loved one.   Then last night, I learned of a young navy […]

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Premiums vs. Payouts

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is in court in Galveston attempting to convince the Judge to order the Plaintiffs attorneys to turn over the total amount of fees they have made in representing people who had their hurricane claims denied or underpaid.  The TWIA has already tried to set the stage against the “greedy” plaintiffs […]

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News and Football

I was going through all the topics I could write about and Kathy came up with a great idea for this week. Skip the law and heavy stuff this week. So….. News: I was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer again this year. It is a great honor having been selected by my fellow lawyers […]

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Responsibility

Toyota admits that its black-box recorder readers have a software error that can cause wrong speed readings. SUV’s have warnings that state avoid sudden turns, but don’t define what that is or how you are to avoid them if someone pulls out in front of you, or if a child runs out in front of […]

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Facebook, Myspace, etc.

I love Facebook and Myspace, but maybe not for the reasons you think.  Yes I do have a facebook account and probably spend too much time reading about what is going on and checking out the photos, but the real reason I love them is because they provide great information for cross examination in lawsuits […]

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Trial Lawyer!!!

I am a trial lawyer. I try cases. Not a hard concept to grasp, but apparently it is beyond the comprehension of some who try to use the term as some type of attack. Case in point. Houston Chronicle article today by Peggy Fikac which discusses the $2,000,000.00 judgment against the Republican Governors Association (RGA)for […]

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DUI driver kills Marine

Ultimate Fort Bend reports today about a marine who survived two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan to be killed by a drunk driver. He was home to help his father recover from injuries he suffered due to a drunk driver three months ago.    It seems that every week there is a story about […]

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Dollars and Sense

Why would a business owner ever hire a personal injury trial lawyer as their legal counsel? We are after all the source of all evil and downfall of the American way of life (at least that appears to be the mantra spouted by the media, chamber of commerce, etc.), but the real question is why […]

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Drunk Driving & Texting Driving

Last week a 14 year old girl was killed and her brother and sister severely injured when a 23 year old college student ran into the rear of their stopped car. He was drunk. Also last week a jury returned a $21.8 million dollar verdict against a A&M senior for killing a 21 year old […]

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Health Care Subrogation

Subrogation (in an injury claim) is where your group health coverage can recover the money they paid out for your medical care caused by the actions of someone else (the other driver in a car wreck). Sounds fair doesn’t it. Why should your insurance have to pay for the bills caused by the person that […]

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$3,250,000.00 Judgment in Drunk Driver case

The drunk driver had prior DUI’s and one DUI after he hit our client.  He was excluded from the insurance on the truck according to the insurance company,  so no coverage. It is clear that jail does not seem to change his attitude; hopefully a multimillion dollar judgment against him will convince him to stop […]

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Arbitration vs. Mediation

Arbitration is evil.  Mediation is good.  Is that clear enough.   In arbitration you are putting your legal issues before a person(s) who charge a bunch of money and make a decision which you can not appeal, which may be wrong, and may not even follow the law.  While it may be the only time you […]

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Nicole Lalime 13 year old killed by drunk driver

A year ago today, December 16, 2008, a drunk driver, Mr. John Winne hit and killed a 13 year Nicole Lalime as she got off her school bus in front of her home. After hitting her he left her in the street and fled the scene.  The world is a sadder place because of someone […]

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Drunk Driving

Fort Bend County– drunk driver rolls over truck severely injuring the passenger; Fort Bend County — drunk driver rear-ends car, injuring other driver and then flees scene; Harris County — drunk driver hits and kills a young girl getting off a school bus; Harris County — drunk driver runs down a family walking in a […]

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Texting Teen arrested in Sugar Land

A sixteen year old girl was apparently texting when she rear-ended another vehicle stopped at a red light. She then fled the scene, but was caught. The other driver was taken to the hospital. Thanks to Jamie Mock at FortBendNow.com for the story. http://fortbendnow.com/2009/11/09/42031

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Health Care

The debate over health care rages on. What exactly is being proposed, how will it work, who will implement and supervise it, how much will it cost? Has anyone been able to answer these basic questions? After spending over an hour on the phone trying to get an answer from Medicare on how much they […]

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Medical Authorization – Don’t sign it.

When you are involved in a car crash the insurance company for the other driver will normally ask you to sign a medical authorization to allow them to gather all your medical bills and records to help evaluate the case for settlement. DO NOT SIGN IT. They do need to get the records and bills […]

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Allstate Insurance — Good hands drop insured in the Grease

Allstate spends millions and millions of dollars in advertising to convince people that they are there for them when they are needed. The good hands people. My experience is that Allstate continually denies or undervalues valid claims which results in their insured being sued. If that is not bad enough, many times they file answers […]

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