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  • Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Negligent Security?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Aug-2017

    Wherever you are, whether at home, at a restaurant, a friend’s house, or the gym, it is natural to want to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, if a property does not maintain adequate security features, you might be at risk. If you were injured as the result of negligent or lacking security, you may have a personal injury claim. Common issues with inadequate security include: Security ...
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  • Auto Defects & Car Accident Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Aug-2017

    Not all car accidents are caused by reckless drivers. Sometimes, car accidents are the result of factors beyond the control of the driver, such as when defective brakes unexpectedly fail or when a faulty ignition switch turns off the vehicle while the engine is operating. Vehicle defects can also cause serious harm after an accident, such as when an integral safety feature fails to protect the ...
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  • E-Logs May Help Prevent Truck Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 4-Aug-2017

    Drowsy driving is a consistent cause of many nighttime accidents, not the least of which involve truck drivers. Driving long hours, often through the night, can lead to extreme fatigue that may lead to dangerous accidents. However, electronic logging devices may now decrease the frequency of such incidents. As of December of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now ...
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  • Are Car Accident Settlements Taxable?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Jul-2017

    After a car accident, the financial stress of medical bills and lost wages can become overwhelming. Pursing compensation from those responsible may provide financial relief in the form of a settlement. However, is that settlement taxable? The short answer is no, with some exceptions. Most car accident settlements are tax deductible, but there are certain kinds that are taxable. It depends on the ...
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  • Defective Baby Products to Avoid

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Jul-2017

    Baby stores sell hundreds of different baby products every day in the United States. However, not all of them are useful. Some can even pose a threat to the safety and health of infants and toddlers. While the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors the use of baby products and bans certain products that cause a significant number of injuries to children, it is important to take ...
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  • What Are My Rights After a Work Injury in Texas?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 11-Jul-2017

    Private employers in Texas are not required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees. However, they must notify all employees of the coverage they do or do not provide. If you are injured at your workplace, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, depending on the situation. The Texas Office of ...
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  • 5 Summer Safety Tips to Help Avoid Boating Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Jul-2017

    From enjoying the thrill of water sports to soaking up some sun on a cruise through the harbor, boating is a great way to relax and unwind during summer. Personal yachts, dinghies, cuddy cabin boats, and runabouts provide a variety of fun experiences to boaters of all ages. Whether you go out on a lake or take a trip out to sea, the threat of boating accidents is still the same. In order to stay ...
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  • Seeking Compensation for Emotional Trauma

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

    When someone is involved in an accident that someone else caused, it is natural to want to hold the at-fault person accountable for their carelessness. No one should be expected to pay their own bills for an accident that never should have happened in the first place. Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit can help a victim recover compensation for economic damages like costs of medical care, ...
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  • Motorcycle Safety: How to Increase Your Visibility

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Jun-2017

    As much as we wish we could control the behavior of others, the truth is that there will always be irresponsible drivers on the road. Knowing this, there are still plenty of things that motorcyclists can do proactively to help protect themselves and reduce the risk of getting into an accident with another vehicle. One of the simplest things motorcyclists can do is increase their visibility. It is ...
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  • How to Prevent School Zone Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

    School zones are high-traffic areas where children may be present at any time. When passing through a school zone, drivers are legally obligated to slow down and exercise due caution in order to protect pedestrians. They are also obligated to heed any “STOP” or “YIELD” signs that are either posted, held by crossing guards, or activated on the sides of school buses. This ...
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  • Types of Accidents That Might Be a Property Owner's Fault

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 24-May-2017

    When an accident occurs on someone else’s property, resulting in injuries, the property owner might be at fault, resulting in a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases fall under the umbrella of personal injury and, like most personal injury lawsuits, often involves negligence. Just because you were injured on someone else’s property, does not necessarily mean the owner is ...
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  • Truck Driver DUI: The True Scope of the Problem

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-May-2017

    Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in general, amongst drivers of all ages and vehicle types, but it can be especially dangerous when that vehicle is a commercial truck. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2013, there were 464 fatal truck accidents in the state, with 355 of them in rural areas and 109 in urban areas. Nationwide, the fatality number is even more ...
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  • Calculating Damages in Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    While there is no set amount or universally accepted formula used to calculate the damages awarded in a personal injury claim, there are some guidelines available to provide injured victims an idea of what an acceptable offer of compensation might look like. One of the more common formulas involves a multiplier that is determined by the severity of your injuries, which is multiplied by medical ...
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  • Defective Car Parts & Injury Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 3-May-2017

    Many of us are able to operate our cars safely and arrive at our destinations without concern or fear that it will cause us harm or injury. This is not always the case, however, and when accidents happen due to failing car parts or inherently unsafe designs, the results can be disastrous. If you have been injured due to defective car parts, you might have a product liability claim and have a right ...
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  • Do You Know Austin's Most Dangerous Intersections?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Apr-2017

    Studies have shown throughout the years that certain areas of Austin, Texas are more likely to see a car accident than the next. City councilmembers have proposed improvements be made to these dangerous areas, but it is unclear when or if those will be made. The most dangerous intersections in Austin, according to several reports, are: West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road Lamar Boulevard and ...
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