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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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  • 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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  • What to Do If Your Child Gets Hurt and You Want to Sue

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

    For parents, the health and safety of their children is their top priority. Every day, thousands of parents entrust the well-being of their children to daycare centers and schools, temporarily relinquishing custody to those whom they believe will protect them from harm and care for them as their own. However, children are not always safe in the care of others and negligence may result in injuries. ...
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  • The Texas "One Bite Rule" and Your Rights

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Mar-2017

    Texas provides legal protections to victims of dog bites and attacks in order to ensure dog owners are held accountable and that victims have the opportunity to recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Under Texas law, there are several protections for dog bite victims, including rules of negligence committed by dog owners who violate animal control ...
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  • Are Pedestrians Ever Responsible for their Injuries?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Mar-2017

    Pedestrian accidents are some of the most devastating traffic accidents on our roads. Because pedestrians have virtually no protection against motor vehicles, victims commonly suffer severe injuries, especially when high speeds are involved. Fortunately, personal injury law affords victims the right to hold the party responsible for causing their accident liable for their damages, including ...
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  • Can You Spot the Symptoms of Mild TBI?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Mar-2017

    Traumatic brain injuries are notorious for their unpredictable nature and for the tremendous impact they can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. While brain injuries can range in severity in much the same way as other types of injuries, all types of head trauma have the potential to disrupt daily life, require long recoveries, and raise concerns about the future risks of victims. ...
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  • 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Premises Liability Case

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

    The majority of premises liability claims settle, as opposed to going to trial. However, the actual amount of the settlement depends on a variety of factors. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen your case and improve your position in negotiations. The following are five helpful suggestions that should help you work toward obtaining the most favorable outcome possible. #1: Prove ...
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  • Boat Accident on Lake Austin? Here's What To Do!

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Feb-2017

    Texas is home to various bodies of water, including inland freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as the entire southern gulf coastline. The state ranks 6 th in the nation for most registered and owned water-crafts, with approximately 600,000 registered boats. Unfortunately, thousands of boating accidents occur every year. Many of these at-fault operators lack experience, drive in a reckless and ...
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  • How Bicycle Friendly Is Austin? Tips for Cyclists

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Dec-2016

    Despite Austin’s gold level status, which was designated by the League of American Bicyclists, many residents believe that it is not quite so deserving of that distinction. In 2012, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Austin has a hit-and-run rate that is 50% higher than the national average. In 2014, Austin ranked 159 out of 200 cities for driver safety, based on the number of ...
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  • Summertime Injury Prevention Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Jul-2016

    Summer is a great time for kids to participate in various indoor and outdoor activities, but they should be supervised at all times to ensure their safety. Emergency room visits increase in the summertime, especially for children. In fact, nearly half of all unintentional injury-related fatalities in the U.S. among children younger than 14 occur during the three summer months. If your kids are ...
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  • Summer Boating Safety Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Jul-2016

    Summer is here, which means that Texas lakes will be full of boaters and operators of personal watercraft. While boating is a great way to relax and have fun, accidents can happen. In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2014 saw 610 boating fatalities and 2,678 reported injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented by precautionary measures. We at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC care ...
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  • Can Bikers Be Denied Compensation for Not Wearing a Helmet?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-May-2016

    Motorcyclists are at a higher risk for serious injury or death than their counterparts when involved in an auto accident. Severe head trauma, back or neck injuries and more are all too common results of collisions between motorcycles and cars. In 2012, nearly 14% of fatalities in Texas motor vehicle collisions were motorcyclists. Whether or not a biker is wearing a helmet at the time of a crash ...
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  • The Truth About Work-Injury Coverage in Texas

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 18-May-2016

    Santiago Arias’ Struggle to Recover Benefits Santiago Arias lives in Mexico City after stints as an undocumented worker in Texas. In the first he lost a finger; in the second an eye; and in the third, a construction accident at a demolition site left him paralyzed. He fell 20 feet through a concrete rooftop that he and others were dismantling by hand while standing on the weakened roof ...
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  • Do Drivers Need Stronger Cell Phone Laws in Texas?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-May-2016

    While smartphones were once reserved for the financially elite, the Pew Research Center reported that they are now owned by more than 64 percent of American adults. Many people in Texas and across the country depend on these high-functioning cell phones to keep them connected. In addition to making calls, smartphones allow people to text, search the internet, compose and check email, play games, ...
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  • New Discovery May Help Quadriplegics Regain Hand Function

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-May-2016

    Many of us take for granted the ability to perform simple tasks until illness or injury takes away our capacity for things that were once routine. For example, hand function – the ability to grasp objects with the proper amount of pressure – is something that we all depend on every day. The loss of this ability can have a devastating effect on a person's independence and quality of ...
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  • Why Some Truck Drivers Rely on Drugs or Alcohol

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-May-2016

    A recent study released by the State University of Londrina, Brazil, examined the substance abuse of truck drivers from countries around the world. America, with its massive amounts of land freight moved annually (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 11 billion tons of freight are transported via commercial trucks each year), figured prominently in the study, ...
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  • 70% of People Favor Higher Premiums for Distracted Drivers

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-May-2016

    Survey Reveals that Most Would Penalize Distracted Drivers We've all heard the horrors that using cell phones and other mobile devices while driving can cause for other motorists. However, many drivers in Texas and across the nation will not put down their mobile devices. As a result, one might think that most drivers would be in favor of liberal cell phone use behind the wheel; however, in ...
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  • Brain Trauma Linked to a Higher Risk of Suicide

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Mar-2016

    Over the last several years, numerous studies have examined the link between mild brain injuries and an increased risk of suicide. While most of these studies have centered around professional athletes—particularly football players who have suffered multiple concussions throughout their career—new research shows that mild concussions suffered in ordinary settings can be just as ...
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  • What are the Advantages of Working with a Personal Injury Attorney?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Jan-2016

    If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you may be wondering whether or not it is worth it to enlist the help of an Austin personal injury attorney. Some people, unsure of how to proceed after an injury, will even take on the costs incurred from the accident on their own and do not look into the possibility of pursuing compensation from the at-fault party. Sometimes, this cost can ...
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  • Beware of Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Nov-2015

    How to Stay Safe This Holiday Season With Thanksgiving marking the traditional start of the busy holiday period that will run until the end of December, families in Austin and throughout Texas are gearing up to enjoy the festive season. While nobody should be discouraged from enjoying the holiday cheer, it is important for people not to forget some important safety tips while on the road this ...
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  • Why Auto Accident Rates Increase During the Holidays

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Nov-2015

    It’s mid-November already, and with the holidays just around the corner, many people and their families are preparing to hit the road to celebrate in other destinations. As many people are already familiar, travel during the holidays can mean an abundance of holiday traffic and highway jams. If you plan to spend some time driving this year, it is important to be aware of a few safety ...
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  • Takata Dropped as Honda's Airbag Supplier After Massive Recall

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Nov-2015

    Honda Motor Company made the decision on Tuesday, November 3, to end its longtime business partnership with Takata, a Japan-based manufacturer, after airbag defects led to the recall of more than 30 million vehicles. Honda cited “misrepresentation and manipulation of test data” as the primary reason behind their decision to drop Takata as their airbag supplier. Takata is now facing a ...
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  • Why You Should File a Lawsuit After Suffering a Brain Injury

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 11-Sep-2015

    A brain injury can affect its victim's life in so many difficult ways. Not only may it be difficult, if not impossible, to carry out one's job duties and daily life tasks as a result of the brain injury, but victims may also need to pay for exorbitant medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapies, in-home assistance and many other costs. Essentially, brain injury victims who were hurt ...
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  • What Is a Severe Brain Injury?

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 11-Aug-2015

    A severe head injury usually happens after a penetrating wound or a crushing blow. These types of injuries are often the result of a car accident and involve a rip, crush or shear of an individual's brain tissue. A severe head injury can be deadly and often results in permanent physical and/or mental disabilities. In many cases, a severe head injury involves an open wound where the skull was ...
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  • Fiat Chrysler Sanctioned by the Department of Transportation

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 27-Jul-2015

    The Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation announced that Fiat Chrysler will repair and/or buy back certain defective vehicles and pay a civil penalty of $105 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The penalty is the highest imposed by the NHTSA ever. The affected vehicles have serious safety defects that violate the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The USDOT ...
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