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  • Types of Paralysis

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Aug-2019

    When the word “paralysis” comes up, many people immediately think spinal cord injury. While spinal cord injuries are the leading cause of paralysis in the United States, there are countless injuries that may lead to paralysis. So, to keep things simple, paralysis is broken down into four categories based on the part of the body that is impacted. Monoplegia Mono is a prefix meaning one, ...
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  • Can a Bicyclist Be at Fault for an Accident?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Jul-2019

    When a bicyclist is harmed in a motor vehicle collision, most people automatically assume that a “negligent” motorist will be held responsible for the accident and any costs associated with the victim’s injuries. After all, bicyclists face higher levels of risk on the road, and drivers legally owe them a duty of care. However, what many people don’t realize is that this ...
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  • What Is an Attractive Nuisance?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Jul-2019

    Children are naturally curious, reckless, and prone to courting danger. Some, in fact, carelessly throw their bodies at the world, not realizing that they’ve let their safety net (mom and dad) back at home. Unfortunately, this predisposition for reckless adventure and exploration can get them into quite a bit of trouble, especially if they meander onto someone’s property and the ...
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  • Paralysis: Life at What Cost?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Jul-2019

    Studies show that spinal cord injuries are the leading cause of paralysis in the United States. With close to 1 in 50 people in the US living with paralysis, and nearly 13,000 new spinal cord injuries reported each year, it’s important to understand how this life-long disability individual’s lives, both financially and physically. Financial Costs of Paralysis There are an estimated ...
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  • What Evidence Do I Need to Collect After a Car Accident?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-Jul-2019

    Surviving any type of car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Unfortunately, most at-fault drivers won’t take the high road after causing a collision. If anything, they may try to escape liability by tricking their victims into making a statement or apology that jeopardizes their claim. To protect yourself from the machinations of a negligent driver and their insurer, ...
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  • Settlement Value of a Burn Injury Claim

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Jul-2019

    As with any personal injury claim, the value of your case will be dependant on the severity of your injuries, in addition to other contributing factors. The biggest factors being the severity of your burn, the intentions/negligence of the defendant, and the amount the defendant can pay. In comparison to other injuries in a personal injury claim, burn injuries are typically much higher in value due ...
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  • Does My Case Have to Go to Court?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Jul-2019

    If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a negligent person, corporation, or government entity, you may have grounds to pursue damages by filing a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of the accident (and the generosity of the defendant’s insurance company), you may find yourself having to weigh the pros and cons of going to trial. Of course, we all lead busy ...
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  • Car Accidents and Burn Injuries

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Jul-2019

    It’s not uncommon to suffer a severe burn injury following a car accident, especially if you’re exposed to chemicals, open flames, or electrical trouble from the crash. The severity of the burns sustained from car accidents ranges from mild to severe, with different recovery periods for each case. Some burns heal quickly with little medical attention, and others may call for lifelong ...
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  • Filing a Claim After Surviving a Car Accident Involving a Police Vehicle

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Jun-2019

    Police officers in Texas serve their respective communities by preventing crime and enforcing state laws. However, it’s not unusual to see a uniformed officer abusing their position by practicing dangerous driving habits, such as speeding, making illegal turns, and even participating in distracted driving behaviors. Of course, sometimes law enforcement officials are pressured or encouraged ...
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  • Understanding Texas' Good Samaritan Law

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Jun-2019

    The term “good Samaritan” originates from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, a famous allegory included in the Christian Gospel of Luke. Over the centuries, this designation has been repurposed into a common metaphor that describes any charitable, helpful, or selfless individual. For example, a good Samaritan can be a person who helps a stranger change a flat tire or habitually donates ...
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  • What Should I Do If My Police Report Isn't Ready?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Jun-2019

    There are a few important steps you must take after a car accident if you intend to file a claim. In Texas, a driver needs to complete a police report after an accident or submit a Crash Report, Form CR-2 within 10 days of the collision if the accident resulted in injuries, death, or property damages exceeding $1,000. However, it can be difficult to complete these actions if you’re driven ...
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  • Truck Accident Compensation Explained

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Jun-2019

    Traffic accidents involving big rigs, semi-trailer trucks, and other large commercial vehicles are not the run-of-the-mill fender benders. Very often, there is not only significant damage to the transports involved but also significant bodily injury or even death of a passenger. The after-effects do not stop there. In many cases, traffic is halted indefinitely for clean-up and investigation, ...
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  • OSHA's 4 Fatal Construction Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Jun-2019

    The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) has operated under a single mission statement since its inception on April 28, 1971: “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” In the last 48 years, the workplace fatality rate has dropped 62% , and ...
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  • Catastrophic Injuries Defined

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Jun-2019

    You are cautious and careful when on the road. You put your safety and that of your fellow drivers first. You follow the rules and remain vigilant and alert for possible dangers. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of every person who gets behind the wheel of a car. Some people drive in such a careless fashion that they should not even be on the road. If you have been badly hurt in a car ...
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  • Oversized Load Accidents: The Real Damage

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-May-2019

    Big-rig trucks hauling oversize loads are a common sight on Texas highways, and the vibrant state economy yields many dangers on the roadways when massive machinery is being transported to various locations throughout the region. There are actually well-established legal requirements when oversize loads are being moved, but many times transportation companies will operate at a bare minimum ...
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