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  • Settlement vs. Trial: Which Is Right for You?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Oct-2018

    Legal issues. Nobody wants to deal with them, but they’re often inevitable following a negligence-related car accident that leads to serious injuries. This makes it imperative for injured parties to understand what their options are. In any car accident case, there may be a chance for settlement or trial. Knowing how these two work and the differences can help you and your lawyer decide ...
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  • 3 Behaviors that Contribute to Work Zone Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Sep-2018

    Despite significant efforts made by the highway industry and various government agencies, the number of work zone accidents increases each year. In fact, Texas consistently ranks as one of the top states for the highest number of annual construction zone fatalities. People commonly injured in work zone accidents include: Car and truck drivers Pedestrians Bicyclists Motorcyclists Construction ...
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  • 5 Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Hit & Run Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Sep-2018

    A hit-and run-driver in Texas can face severe legal penalties for fleeing the scene of a car accident. Occasionally, these situations happen without the driver even realizing they have committed an offense. To avoid this scenario, it’s necessary for both drivers to exchange insurance information and wait for law enforcement officials to arrive after an accident occurs. Unfortunately, drivers ...
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  • Recognizing the Signs of Day Care Negligence & Child Abuse

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Sep-2018

    The reality of child negligence and abuse is a parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, it seems like news reports nationwide are consistently reporting about various child care facilities and employees that are being charged with a wide range of child abuse crimes. To protect your child, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with negligence and abuse. The Signs ...
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  • 3 Tips to Avoid Driving Fatigue

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Aug-2018

    While campaigns against drunk driving and distracted driving get a lot of media focus, there is very little awareness about the consequences of driving while exhausted. Texas habitually leads the nation in many bad driving habits, including, unfortunately, drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatigued drivers are annually responsible for ...
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  • How You Can Protect Your Case

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Aug-2018

    For victims of car accidents, the moments following a crash can be confusing. Unfortunately, it’s during this time that many individuals fail to realize that they’re making certain mistakes that can be damaging to their claim for compensation. Below, our Austin car accident attorneys explain some of the common mistakes individuals make following a car accident. Make sure you’re ...
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  • 2 Safety Tips to Prevent a Bicycle Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Aug-2018

    While bicycling is a favored method of transportation for many Texas citizens, it is, unfortunately, not the safest travel option. Each year, countless bicyclists are involved in collisions and accidents that lead to severe injuries and tragic fatalities. In fact, between 2007 and 2012, there were over 12,000 injuries and nearly 300 reported fatalities in Texas. Unlike other transportation ...
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  • The Montreal Convention & Airline Liability

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-Aug-2018

    Statistically, traveling by airplane is the safest method of transportation available. In fact, there has even been a notable decline in the number of airplane accidents that occur annually. This is due, in part, to airline companies utilizing state-of-the-art and strictly enforcing standard safety practices. However, when a fatal accident does occur, it usually results in catastrophic injuries ...
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  • What Causes Anoxic Brain Injuries?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Aug-2018

    Brain injuries are considered catastrophic injuries because they significantly and negatively impact a victim’s quality of life and often hinder their ability to hold gainful employment. An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. On average, the human brain can survive up to 4 minutes without direct oxygen. When deprivation occurs, neural cells suffer a process ...
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  • 3 Playground Hazards to Avoid

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Jul-2018

    For children, playgrounds are entertainment havens meant for adventure and recreation. Now that it’s summer, playgrounds are the place to be for energetic kids and their attentive parents. However, while playgrounds are built with good intentions, poor maintenance and a general lack of injury-prevention resources have turned these miniature adventure parks into high-risk danger zones. ...
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  • The NFL, Concussions & Lawsuits

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Jul-2018

    On December 12, 2016, the Supreme Court rejected cleared the way for payouts of the $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, starting with those to those who have been diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions. Initially filed in 2011, the class-action lawsuit was originally settled in 2013 for $765 million; however, the ...
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  • 4 Motorcycle Safety Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Jul-2018

    To many enthusiasts, a motorcycle celebrates and epitomizes freedom, danger, and adventure. When the “danger” aspect gets pushed too far, however, it leads to nearly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities a year. Whether you’re a hardcore biker or a recreational rider, here’s a few safety tips to ensure your safety on the road! Tip #1: Wear Appropriate Gear Your motorcycle isn’t ...
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  • The Dangers of Hands-Free Devices

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Jul-2018

    Cell phones have become an integral part of American daily life by providing users with numerous social and technological conveniences. Unfortunately, cell phones are also responsible for 78% of all distracted driving accidents in the United States. Despite endless awareness campaigns and updated traffic laws, many drivers continue to reach for their cell phones while in the car. The Controversial ...
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  • Commercial Truck Accidents & Insurance Issues

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 2-Jul-2018

    A personal injury case involving an accident with a commercial semi-truck or big rig is associated with several unique issues. Due to the severity of the injuries and the substantial costs related to these types of collisions, insurance companies have a vested interest to minimize the liability of their trucking company clients. So if you are filing a trucking accident claim, you can encounter ...
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  • Can I Sue the School District for My Child's Injury?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Jun-2018

    If your child is injured at school, you likely have many questions and concerns as a parent. Between addressing any immediate medical issues and soothing your child’s fears, you may find yourself wondering if there’s any recourse for parents in your position. While some accidents are simply unavoidable, if your child was exposed to unsafe conditions or staff negligence, you may have ...
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  • How Contingency Fees Work

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Mar-2018

    When are suffer an injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, you need experienced legal representation on your side when you file a personal injury lawsuit. However, many accident victims are reluctant to hire a lawyer due to costly attorney fees. Additionally, what if you lose your case? Would you still have to pay your attorney despite not recovering any sort of compensation to even pay ...
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  • PTSD & Your Personal Injury Case

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Mar-2018

    If you’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident or assault, you know firsthand how difficult it can be. Symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to flashbacks and panic attacks can disrupt your life, and make it feel impossible to find mental relief again. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult to prove you have PTSD in a court of law, and if you’re ...
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  • How Do I Seek Compensation for Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Jan-2018

    If you were in an accident that has left you scarred or disfigured with long-lasting or permanent effects, the monetary amount of damages that you can claim can significantly increase. These types of injuries are referred to as a “residual injuries,” and because your residual injury will cause you to suffer for a long period of time, they have a high monetary value in court. ...
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  • Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim: What You Need to Know

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Jan-2018

    Wrongful death claims cover all sorts of fatal accidents, such as car accidents and medical malpractice. Wrongful death claims can also be filed over product liability issues for defective products or medical devices that cause or contribute to the death of a person. People, companies, and governmental agencies can all be found at fault for a wrongful death if their actions or internal practices ...
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  • Daycare Injuries: How to Prove Negligent Supervision

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 2-Jan-2018

    When you drop your child off at their daycare provider, you assume that their wellbeing will be the facility’s number one priority. However, accidents do happen and your child can end up suffering an avoidable injury. When their injury is caused by the negligent actions of the daycare provider or staff, you are entitled to compensation. In this blog, we talk about how to prove a negligent ...
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  • Workers' Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Nov-2017

    When you’re injured at work, you’re probably thinking of filing a workers’ compensation claim to pay for your medical bills and lost wages, however, this isn’t your only option for financial recovery. While you do not have to establish fault in a workers’ compensation case, you can receive additional benefits through a personal injury lawsuit, as long as you establish ...
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  • How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Lawsuit in Texas?

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

    Every personal injury claim is subject to strict time limits, known as statute of limitations. While you may be in serious pain and having difficulty gathering your thoughts, it’s important to know how long you have to file an injury lawsuit before it’s too late. In Texas, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim is 2 years. For example, if you are injured in a car ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Nov-2017

    Don’t let the name fool you; a non-traumatic brain injury can be just as damaging as a traumatic brain injury. The only difference between the two brain injuries is how they occur. While a traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or injury sustained to the head, a non-traumatic injury occurs as the result of an internal problem, which are usually linked to medical malpractice. Regardless ...
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  • When Is a Personal Injury "Catastrophic?"

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

    As their name implies, a catastrophic injury is an injury that has particularly devastating consequences. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, it’s highly likely that your life may never return to normal, since you’ll probably have suffered permanent, debilitating damage. But what exactly makes an injury “catastrophic?” Let’s take a closer look at this designation ...
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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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