The Hot Topic of Hot Coffee

Remember the McDonald’s hot coffee case in August of 1994? Of course, you do. Everyone was talking about it. For plaintiff personal injury attorneys, it can often be the start of a joke about the profession. But do the people using this case as a punchline REALLY know what happened? The sad truth is many people still believe Stella Liebeck’s lawsuit against McDonald’s was all about a woman who wanted to get rich quick. Whether you want to blame the media, public relations “spin,” or any person aligned with tort reform, the reality is this lawsuit was, and still is, vastly misconstrued. Stella...

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Top 5 Reasons Why Wrongful Death Cases By Car Accident Are On The Rise

Most people don’t immediately lump the economy, technology, and car size in as reason for traffic fatalities, but recent research shows otherwise. With the help of some of the latest reports, we’ve put together what we see as the top 5 reasons traffic fatalities are on the rise.   5 - SMARTPHONES A growing population of drivers are becoming increasingly distracted by their phone, adding to the largest increase in highway fatalities in the last 50 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some apps specifically incentivize interaction while driving: Snapchat – allows you to take pictures or video that shows...

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TAKATA AIRBAG INJURES DRIVER AND LEAVES HER UNABLE TO SPEAK

While driving to work one morning in September, Randi Johnston, 25, was in a 5 car pileup in Salt Lake City resulting in her airbag to deploy. Unfortunately her Takata airbag deployed and released shrapnel, which became stuck in her throat resulting in her inability to speak. Johnston and her family have now filed a lawsuit against Takata Corporation and Honda Motors. They join many other individuals who have filed a lawsuit due to the record-breaking Takata recall. "I remember the sound I made gasping for air and grabbing onto a stranger's shirt for dear life and asking if I was...

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TTLA CAR WRECKS CLE SEMINAR

This week attorney Michael Cowen presented at the TTLA Car Wrecks CLE Seminar in Dallas, Texas. The full day seminar included attorney speakers and attendees from all over the state Texas. In his presentation "Maximizing CMV Cases," attorney Cowen spoke to his colleagues on the major differences between a car wreck and a trucking wreck case. Topics included how quickly an attorney must act in order to preserve evidence, the different ways trucking companies can be at fault by focusing on profit before safety and resourceful places to find documentation to prove your case without spending as much money on an...

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HERCULES SUV TIRES RECALLED AFTER COWEN LAW GROUP’S REQUEST

Seven months after Michael Cowen of The Cowen Law Group requested a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, the tire importer announced today it will recall seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. In its recall announcement to NHTSA, Hercules said it had not found an increase in warranty adjustments for its SUV tires, however it conceded that the tire model and sizes Cowen identified were similar to those manufactured by the Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. which were recalled by a different U.S. distributor in...

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INJURED BY A DRUNK DRIVER

This month Governor Abbott signed a bill into law, which would allow judges throughout the entire state of Texas to require first time drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock system (also known as a breathalyzer) into their vehicles. This new law has reignited conversations about DWIs (driving while intoxicated) in the state of Texas and the number of automobile accidents involving a drunk driver. Did you know an estimated 32% of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian? Each year over 1.4 million arrests for DWI are made in the United States. Even with alcohol awareness campaigns and...

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TEXAS CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES

In Texas it feels like there is a construction site everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, construction site injuries are just as common. In fact, the construction industry sees a significantly higher amount of work related injuries because of the nature of their business. What are three common construction site injuries? And what do you do if you have been hurt while working on a construction site? These are some of the injuries our clients frequently have on construction sites: FALLING - This injury can include falling off a scaffolding, a ladder, or having something physically fall on a person. Sometimes a safety harness...

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