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When a manufacturer or a designer creates a product that is unsafe, and a user of the product is harmed as a result, the injured party can hold the manufacturer or designer legally responsible for those injuries. If you have been injured in Richardson because of a defective product, it’s important that you speak with a Texas product liability attorney as soon as possible after your injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 30 million people are injured as a result of dangerous products every year. Some of the most common consumer products that cause injuries include automobiles, pharmaceuticals, toys and children’s products, tools, and home products.

In most product liability cases, there are there are three types of defects that can lead to a claim against a manufacturer or a retailer. The first is a design defect. If a product has a design defect, all of the products have the same type of issue. An example is if a high chair was designed with a tray that easily came off, allowing the child to fall out. The second type of defect is a manufacturing defect. If a product has a manufacturing defect, it was designed correctly but had safety issues due to manufacturing errors. An example is an automobile manufacturer failing to properly attach the tires to the vehicle. The third type of defect is a failure to warn. If a product is not accompanied by adequate warnings about its use, the manufacturer or retailer may be held liable. An example is a medication that has dangerous side effects if not combined with food that has no warnings given.

If you have been harmed by a defective consumer product, call the Richardson product liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys can help. We provide free consultations, and you pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you. Call today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

 



You may be able to sue for damages if you are harmed in a hotel. It is a property owner’s legal responsibility to keep the property safe for visitors, such as guests in a hotel. This responsibility includes making repairs, such as keeping elevators in safe working condition, ensuring that the building’s structure is up to code, keeping the pool and other amenities safe, and alerting guests to potential dangers like wet floors. If a hotel owner fails to keep the property safe, he can be held legally responsible for damages.

In order to sue for premises liability, which is a set of laws that govern the responsibilities of property owners to visitors, the visitor must actually be injured. A minor injury would not justify a personal injury lawsuit. Also, in order to be held liable for an injury to a guest, the accident must be foreseeable to the property owner. If the hotel’s janitor left a large spill of water on the floor and failed to warn about it, the property owner could be held liable if someone slipped and fell in it. However, if another guest fell getting into the pool despite the presence of handrails and nonslip mats, the hotel probably would not be considered liable.

If you are injured as a hotel guest, the first thing you need to do is to notify the hotel and obtain medical treatment. Be sure to explain how the accident happened and make sure to get a copy of the report. You should also contact the corporate headquarters for the hotel. After obtaining medical treatment, document everything related to your accident, including obtaining eyewitness information and pictures and videos from the scene. Do not sign or agree to anything without speaking to an attorney.

Call the Dallas-Fort Worth premises liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 to learn more about your legal options. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.



If your loved one has been killed in Lewisville because of another individual’s negligent or intentional actions, you may be able to sue the wrongdoer for wrongful death in Texas. Under Texas law, a wrongful death case can be pursued if the wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default of one party causes the death of another. Some common situations in which a wrongful death case could be pursued include automobile accidents, medical malpractice cases, and accidental death cases.

There are very strict rules that govern wrongful death cases. Only certain parties can pursue a wrongful death claim in Texas. In order to be able to sue for wrongful death, the plaintiff must be a surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased. Any of those individuals can sue individually, or they can sue jointly. If the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased do not file a claim within three months, the estate can file a claim unless the surviving family members specifically request that the lawsuit not be filed. Siblings are not allowed to file wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. Wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of the death.

There are a number of damages that are available in a wrongful death case. Wrongful death cases are intended to compensate for losses related to the death of the decedent, so the damages that are available include compensation for funeral expenses, lost inheritance, lost earning capacity, lost care the decedent would have provided to family members, the medical expenses of the decedent, and the pain and suffering of the decedent. In some cases, punitive damages may be available, if the defendant’s actions were willful or grossly negligent. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant. Any damages that are awarded are divided among the surviving family members in proportion to the injury they suffered as a result of the death.

If your family member has been killed in an accident in Lewisville because of the wrongful actions of another party, call the Lewisville wrongful death attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



A 24 year old woman who took an Uber ride after a night out with friends in Dallas and ended up a paraplegic, sued both Uber and Honda for her injuries. The woman was on a break from college and was out with friends and called for an Uber ride. She and her friends got in a Honda Odyssey minivan. On the drive, the Uber driver ran a red light. The van was hit by a Ford F-150, which then fled the crash scene. The van flipped and the woman broke her spinal column in the accident.

The woman is now a paraplegic and is paralyzed from mid-chest down. She lives with her parents and they provide her with medical care. Police did not charge the Uber driver but did charge the driver of the Ford F-150 for causing an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.

The woman and her parents recently sued Uber, Honda, the Uber driver, and the owner of the van the Uber driver drove. The lawsuit alleges that Honda and Uber failed to provide the woman with the safety she expected, and as a result, she faces a lifetime of disability. The lawsuit also alleges that the Uber van owner was uninsured.

According to Uber, they require background checks on their drivers and will not hire drivers who have had any convictions in the last seven years for felonies, driving-related offenses, and other offenses. The Uber driver and the van’s owner were arrested on misdemeanor charges involving gambling and drug possession in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Uber should have excluded the driver based on those arrests.

This accident illustrates what can happen when employers fail to perform proper background checks on potential employees or independent contractors. If you have been in an accident in the Dallas area because of the negligence of a company, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. They can help. Call them today at 972-231-5800 to schedule a free consultation.



If you have been injured in an accident with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian, you should speak with a Euless pedestrian accident injury attorney. It’s likely that you have significant injuries. You are also not alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes in an accident with an automobile. Almost 5,000 pedestrians a year are killed in accidents with automobiles.

Accidents involving a pedestrian and a vehicle can produce some of the most serious injuries, because of the lack of protection for the pedestrian and the size and speed of most automobiles. Some of the most common injuries incurred by pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries, and death.

There are a number of causes of accidents between pedestrians and motor vehicles. Many of the accidents occur because the drivers are speeding and cannot stop in time for a pedestrian. About half of all pedestrian accidents are attributable to drivers failing to yield. Over half of pedestrian accidents involve a vehicle that is turning – in most cases, turning left. Surprisingly, about a third of pedestrian accidents are hit and runs.

Under Texas law, drivers who hit pedestrians in Euless due to negligent driving can be held legally liable for all damages caused in the accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are a number of steps that must be taken in order to be able to recover from the driver who may have caused the accident. You must prove that the driver’s negligent behavior resulted in the collision, and that may involve talking to witnesses, hiring accident reconstruction experts, photographing the scene, securing video footage of the accident, and communication with medical insurance companies and doctors.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Euless, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Euless pedestrian accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our team can help. Call today to schedule a free consultation or to learn more.



Injured construction workers understand the stress that occurs after a construction accident. If you have been injured on a construction site in Allen, every day that you are unable to return to work compounds your stress. If you have been injured on a construction site, you should speak with a qualified construction accident attorney. While you are focusing on your recovery, your attorney can find ways to obtain the compensation you will need to cover your expenses.

As a construction worker, you are no doubt aware of the many dangers that construction workers face on a daily basis. Even the safest and most well-managed construction sites can pose a number of dangers. Minor errors can have drastic consequences and can result in workers being unable to return to their duties for months, or possibly may render a worker disabled for life. Some of the most common construction accidents include slips and falls, accidents involving ladders or scaffolding, victims being struck by falling objects, machinery accidents, and electrocutions.

As a construction worker, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation after a construction accident. However, it’s very likely that you need more compensation than workers’ comp will provide. Workers’ compensation will cover your medical expenses and only a portion of your lost wages.

In order to help make up the difference between your expenses and what workers’ comp will cover, you should speak to an Allen construction accident attorney. A construction accident attorney can help file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. However, time limitations do apply and evidence can disappear, so the sooner you find an attorney, the better. Call the Allen construction accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 to learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation on your case.



A 24 year old woman who took an Uber ride after a night out with friends in Dallas and ended up a paraplegic sued Uber and Honda for her injuries. The woman was on a break from college and was out with friends and called for an Uber ride. She and her friends got in a Honda Odyssey minivan. On the drive, the Uber driver ran a red light. The van was hit by a Ford F-150, which then fled the crash scene. The van flipped and the woman broke her spinal column in the accident.

The woman is now a paraplegic and is paralyzed from mid-chest down. She lives with her parents and they provide her with medical care. Police did not charge the Uber driver, but did charge the driver of the Ford F-150 for causing an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.

The woman and her parents recently sued Uber, Honda, the Uber driver, and the owner of the van the Uber driver drove. The lawsuit alleges that Honda and Uber failed to provide the woman with the safety she expected, and as a result she faces a lifetime of disability. The lawsuit also alleges that the Uber van owner was uninsured.

According to Uber, it requires background checks on its drivers, and will not hire drivers who have had any convictions in the last seven years for felonies, driving-related offenses, and other offenses. The Uber driver and the van’s owner were arrested on misdemeanor charges involving gambling and drug possession in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Uber should have excluded the driver based on those arrests.

This accident illustrates what can happen when employers fail to perform proper background checks on potential employees or independent contractors. If you have been in an accident in the Dallas area because of the negligence of a company, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. They can help. Call them today at 972-231-5800 to schedule a free consultation.



If your loved one has been killed in Lewisville because of another individual’s negligent or intentional actions, you may be able to sue the wrongdoer for wrongful death in Texas. Under Texas law, a wrongful death case can be pursued if the wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default of one party causes the death of another. Some common situations in which a wrongful death case could be pursued include automobile accidents, medical malpractice cases, and accidental death cases.

There are very strict rules that govern wrongful death cases. Only certain parties can pursue a wrongful death claim in Texas. In order to be able to sue for wrongful death, the plaintiff must be a surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased. Any of those individuals can sue individually, or they can sue jointly. If the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased do not file a claim within three months, the estate can file a claim unless the surviving family members specifically request that the lawsuit not be filed. Siblings are not allowed to file wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. Wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of the death.

There are a number of damages that are available in a wrongful death case. Wrongful death cases are intended to compensate for losses related to the death of the decedent, so the damages that are available include compensation for funeral expenses, lost inheritance, lost earning capacity, lost care the decedent would have provided to family members, the medical expenses of the decedent, and the pain and suffering of the decedent. In some cases, punitive damages may be available, if the defendant’s actions were willful or grossly negligent. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant. Any damages that are awarded are divided among the surviving family members in proportion to the injury they suffered as a result of the death.

If your family member has been killed in an accident in Lewisville because of the wrongful actions of another party, call the Lewisville wrongful death attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Being hit by falling merchandise is actually fairly common in large, warehouse-type stores that have merchandise stacked up, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, Sam’s Club, Costco, and similar stores. Stores often stack merchandise for convenience and to save money. Stacking the merchandise eliminates the need for extra storage, as well as for a warehouse in which to store the inventory.

Merchandise in a store is supposed to be properly secured so that there is no chance the merchandise could fall and hit customers. However, it has estimated that there are thousands of injuries every year caused by falling merchandise. Some common injuries that may occur when a customer is hit by falling merchandise include brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, cuts and bruises, and even death.

Businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers and employees. Clearly, that includes the responsibility of properly securing merchandise. If a business fails to do so, it can be held legally responsible for any injuries incurred. Customers who are injured may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

If you have been injured because of the negligence of a store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Dallas-Fort Worth premises liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.



 

The holiday season brings a number of things to think about and plan – gifts, holiday parties, religious observances, decorations, and food, among others. What many people don’t stop to think about is the increased risk of fires over the holiday season. According to the Red Cross, almost 50,000 fires a year occur during the winter holidays, which claim over 500 lives. During the holiday season, about 40 fires per day are caused by children.

There are a number of reasons so many home fires occur over the holidays. The most common culprits are candles and Christmas trees. Christmas trees now are much safer than in years past – most artificial trees are coated with fire retardants, and LED lights are considerably safer than lights used in the past.

However, trees can still pose a danger. When you are choosing a tree and decorating your tree, you should take some precautions. If you pick a live tree, keep it as moist as possible by giving it water, and choose one that has fresh, green needles. If you choose an artificial tree, pick one that is flame retardant. You should make sure your lights and other decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed cords. Unplug the tree and lights before going to bed. Use a sturdy tree stand designed to not easily tip over.

Candles are another common danger this time of the year. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. If you go to bed or leave the room, extinguish the candles. Keep anything that can catch on fire far from a lit candle.

The most important thing you can do is have working smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, and near sleeping areas. Test them each month using the test button. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a fire by almost half.

Enjoy your holiday season, but also take precautions to stay safe. If you have any questions about a personal injury case in the Dallas area, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. We can help. Call us today at 972-231-5800.





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