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Posted on in Car Wrecks

wrong-way collision, head-on crash, New Braunfels Car Wreck AttorneyA vicious car wreck on the Northwest Side, in which one car hit another one head-on, left a man dead and a woman clinging to life at a local hospital.

According to police, a woman in a Dodge Caravan was traveling westbound on Highway 1604 between the Bandera and Hausman exits, when she drifted over the grassy median and directly into the path of an oncoming Honda Civic. The man behind the wheel was unable to avoid the collision, and when the two vehicles met, he was killed instantly. Bystanders attempted to revive the man by performing CPR, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The woman was badly injured and transported to University Hospital, where she was placed in the intensive care ward. Police have yet to determine a cause for the crash.

Wrong-Way Collisions

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Posted on in Personal Injury
tort reform, medical malpractice, New Braunfels personal injury lawyer

This past summer, Governor Greg Abbott signed two key pieces of legislation that went into effect on September 1, 2015. These new laws further restrict the ability of medical malpractice victims to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Senate Bill 735 essentially requires plaintiffs to show that they have a winning case before propounding discovery as to the defendant’s net worth. If the court allows the discovery, its scope is severely limited and generally seems to be slanted in favor of the defendant. Meanwhile, House Bill 1692 changes the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to prohibit victims from filing negligence lawsuits in Texas unless the incident took place in The Lone Star State.

These changes come shortly after a North Texas family filed suit against a hospital that diagnosed a woman with a sinus infection when a CT scan, which was performed at the same hospital, allegedly indicated she had a brain aneurism.

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liability, personal injury, New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney

Just over 20 years ago, a New Mexico jury awarded a 79-year-old woman nearly $3 million in damages resulting from a spilled cup of coffee. This personal injury case became a rallying cry for pundits all over the country; Texas adopted extensive tort reforms in 2001, partially in response to this case. But what really happened? Did this victim obtain justice, or just a bloated monetary verdict?

Facts

Stella Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants began in a drive-thru at an Albuquerque restaurant. Although the media widely reported some of the facts, namely that the woman spilled a cup of hot coffee in her lap, other vital facts did not receive nearly as much attention.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks
auto accident, car wreck, New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney

Though it may be a bit short on legal analysis, and its facts remain disputed, one of the world’s first negligence cases sets forth all the essential elements of a modern-day car accident lawsuit.

1932’s Donoghue v. Stevenson is sometimes known as the “snail in a bottle” case. Ms. Donoghue was allegedly enjoying a treat of ginger beer over ice cream at a café in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. It was an ordinary occasion, except for the dead snail that was in the bottle, quite unbeknownst to her. Ms. Donoghue claimed she fell ill at the mere sight of the partially-decomposed mollusk, and was, as a result, diagnosed with gastroenteritis and shock. In a subsequent lawsuit against Mr. Stevenson, the beer manufacturer, she claimed that he had a duty of care to ensure that dead snails were not in the beer bottles, and that Mr. Stevenson’s failure to follow established cleaning procedures caused her damages. For his part, Mr. Stevenson insisted that her “alleged injuries are grossly exaggerated.”

The House of Lords ultimately reversed a lower court’s decision, concluding that the manufacturer did have a duty to ensure clean bottles and the breach proximately caused Ms. Donoghue’s injury, as it was reasonably foreseeable that unsafe products would harm consumers. Mr. Stevenson died before the second trial and the record is incomplete, leading one of the judges to remark that the “intruding gastropod was as much a legal fiction as the Casual Ejector,” a reference to a centuries-old tactic used in landownership actions.

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crash, accident, San Antonio Personal Injury Attorney

Just as a car inched into the intersection after the light turned green, the vehicle was suddenly broadsided by an oncoming SUV that had run the red light. What legal recourse does a family have in these situations?

San Antonio police state that a Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 151 at the Loop 1604 intersection, when it was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban. First responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free the car’s occupants; one person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was rushed to University Hospital in critical condition.

This location is known as one of The Alamo City’s most dangerous intersections.

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