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Prepare for Your Free Legal Consultation Session

Hiring a lawyer can be a costly business. Whether you need someone to represent you for a criminal matter, write a will or handle a divorce, it’s important to find the right lawyer for your case. But how do you know you have a case? That’s the first question everyone ready to hire a lawyer asks themselves.

Finding out if you have a case doesn’t have to be an overly expensive process. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything at all. Many law firms offer free consultations about your prospective case. Here are a few steps you should take to ensure that you come to your consultation completely prepared:

1) Bring All Necessary Documents

Be sure to bring with you any and all documents that might help your case. Even if you are not sure, it’s better to bring them than leave them behind. If you’re handling a divorce, bring your marriage license. If you’re dealing with a case of abuse, bring any and all police reports filed.

2) Take Notes

As you discuss your case with your potential lawyer, there will be a lot to take in. Writing notes for yourself is a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything.

3) Be Completely Honest

This may be the most important step. Make sure you are completely honest in your account of your legal problem. Your conversation with your lawyer is confidential, and cannot be shared with anyone without your explicit permission. That being said, put everything on the table, including issues you may feel sensitive about or that concern family members.

4) Ask Questions

If you want every detail covered in your consultation with a lawyer, you have to be the one to ask all the right questions. For your guidance, here are some important questions to consider:

  • Is the lawyer’s professional background/experience similar to your legal problem?
  • What is the lawyer’s proposed strategy for handling your legal problem? What are your options?
  • How will your legal problem be managed and staffed? Who will be handling negotiations and court appearances?
  • How much does the lawyer charge for his or her services? How much should you expect to pay in legal fees, and when does he or she expect for you to pay them?
  • Let’s say you have special requirements for your case – can the lawyer meet these needs?
  • How long has the lawyer been practicing law? Where and when did the lawyer graduate from law school?
  • Can the lawyer put you in touch with former clients for whom they have handled legal matters similar to yours?
  • What potential problems or obstacles might you encounter while taking your case to trial?
  • How long does the lawyer think your legal issue will take to resolve?
  • What are the possible outcomes of your case?
  • How can your lawyer be reached? When can you expect to hear reports about your case (weekly, monthly, etc.)?
  • Finally, before you leave, ask the lawyer if there are any questions that you should have asked but didn’t.

5) Read All Documents Carefully before You Sign

If you are required to sign documents, ask your lawyer to fully explain what exactly it is that you’re signing. Take your time reading the document yourself as well. If there’s anything at all that you don’t understand, ask your lawyer to explain before you sign.

6) Keep Your Own Files

Ask your lawyer for copies of any and all documents, letters and forms regarding your case. If you have to sign something, make sure you get your own copy. You should also keep the written fee agreement for your records.

7) Listen!

Of course you want to be heard when you explain your legal problems, but it is very important that you listen with the same undivided attention. Don’t let your note taking distract you from lending an ear. Remember that while your lawyer’s judgments are based on legal training and experience, he or she is not a magician. No lawyer wins every case they tackle, and sometimes the best legal advice might not be exactly what you want to hear. Just know that whatever the proposed plan of action, your lawyer has your best interests in mind and will do his or her best to carry out your legal problem effectively.

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A Semi Collides with a Texas College Softball Team's Bus Killing Four and Injuring

A Semi Collides with a Texas College Softball Team’s Bus Killing Four and Injuring 12 Others

A tractor-trailer crossed a highway median, veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into the side of a North Central Texas College softball team’s bus, killing four young girls and injuring a dozen others. Three of the girls died on impact. One died at a nearby hospital. Two other players are still in the hospital, one in critical condition. The rest of the 15 players were treated released.

The four girls that died were identified as Meagan Richardson, 19, Brooke Deckard, 20, Katelynn Woodlee, 18 and Jaiden Pelton, 20.

One of the injured has been identified as Samantha Madden, the daughter of Houston Firefighter Junior Captain Bradly Madden. She is expected to be ok.

The accident happened in Oklahoma at around 9pm on Friday on Interstate 35 near Davis, halfway between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Highway Patrol officials are investigating the cause of the accident and will test both drivers for alcohol.

If you or a loved one have been in a similar accident, we can help. Our experts can help you navigate a stressful and emotional situation and get you the justice you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

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12 Children Injured in Texas School Bus Accident

12 Children Injured when a Texas School Bus Crashes and Lands on Side

Several students were injured when the driver of a Waxahachie ISD bus lost control. According to Texas State Troopers, the driver was distracted by an incident on the bus. He swerved off the road and overcorrected. The bus flipped on its side sending the children flying inside the bus. One child had to kick open the hatch, so the children could get out.

12 children were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, one suffered a broken arm. None of the children were wearing seatbelts because the bus was not equipped with them. The driver, who was the only one wearing a seatbelt, did not suffer any injuries.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a school bus accident, the experts at Mukerji Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us guide you through this complicated and often painful situation.

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Two teens injured falling from the Sidewinder carnival ride

Two Teens Injured after Falling from a Carnival Ride

Two teenagers fell about 25 feet from a carnival ride, when the door to the ride opened while it was in operation. It happened at about 10pm on Sunday on the Sidewinder during the St. Anthony’s Bazaar in Central El Paso. The ride’s four passengers were supposed to be locked up in a gondola while it flips upside down and spins in different directions. El Paso police has not determined the cause of the accident, but they said that a 13-year-old boy and girl were taken to University Medical Center with injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a carnival ride, Mukerji Law Firm can help. We focus on child injuries, amusement park rides and carnival rides, so our experts can help you get through your tough times. Call Mukerji Law Firm today for your free case evaluation.

School bus injuries in Houston

17 Injured in Two School Bus Accidents on Houston’s Second Day of School

Two separate school bus accidents happened on the second day of school in Houston. The first accident happened at Briar Forest at Tanglewilde in west Houston, where Houston Fire Department officials said 14 people were transported to area hospitals. Houston ISD officials are investigating, but no details on the cause of the accident have been released.

School bus Accident HoustonThe second accident was on I-45 and West Road in north Houston. An Aldine ISD bus was on its way to Stehlik Intermediate School, when it crashed injuring at least three people. All were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering. Contact the experts at Mukerji Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Trampoline Accidents

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Trampoline Accidents?

Those who own a trampoline often purchase this product because of the hours of entertainment that it can bring to both children and adults. The risks associated with this device are commonly known, and this is a primary reason why homeowners often have trouble getting a trampoline covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy. Before a homeowner tries to get their trampoline covered under their policy there are a few key facts they should know.

Number of Injuries

Homeowner’s insurance policy providers are wary of trampolines because of the number of injuries attributed to this device every year. In 2011 there were over 83,000 trampoline injuries that occurred that resulted in the victim being sent to the emergency room. The amount of insurance claims this would generate would place a severe burden both logistically and financially for insurance providers, which is something many would rather avoid.

Obtaining Coverage

While it may be difficult, there are some insurance companies that do offer insurance in the event that a person is injured while using a trampoline. Those considering this option should know that this often raises their insurance premium considerably and may come with a number of stipulations, including:

  • A requirement that all safety details included with the trampoline instructions be followed exactly
  • Additional requirements from the insurance company itself detailing how the product can be used and any additional safety equipment such as nets that may be required.

If a homeowner or their guests fail to follow any of these stipulations it may result in the injury not being covered by the policy and the homeowner unable to receive compensation.

If a Policy Fails to Provide Coverage

When a homeowner is unable to obtain coverage for their trampoline there are other options they can explore in the event that a person is injured. Most important of these is determining whether or not the manufacturer of the trampoline can be sued for damages.

Homeowners will want to first determine if the injury was caused by a defect in the product or its design, or if the actions of the user are at fault. If the trampoline is assembled correctly and parts such as the net or springs fail this can show negligence on the part of the manufacturer.

If an injury occurs due to manufacturer negligence victims should contact a personal injury attorney to begin the legal process of obtaining compensation for injuries.

Get Compensation for Your Injuries

Trampolines have harmed far too many innocent people over the last decade. These who have been injured on trampolines should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Schedule your free case review by calling 713-222-1222.

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Bounce House Injuries Loss of Teeth, Head Injuries and More...

Common Bounce House Injuries: Head, Neck, Loss of Teeth and More…

Most parents seek only the best forms of entertainment for their child’s birthday party, but many parents don’t realize that this decision may place their child and many of their friends at a severe risk of injury. One of the most common forms of entertainment at children’s parties are inflatable bounce houses, and these devices accounted for 64,000 injuries that occurred between the years of 1990 and 2010. While the type of injuries sustained in a bounce house can vary, there are a few that are the most prominent.

Tooth Loss

Many of the children who enjoy bounce houses are of the age when their bodies are still developing and their baby teeth are giving way to their permanent replacements. Tooth loss often occurs in bounce houses because these devices involve the placement of multiple children in a small environment where they will likely be running and bumping into one another.

When a child loses either an adult or baby tooth, this can be dangerous. Baby teeth lost too early can result in the adult teeth not coming in correctly and causing dental issues that require professional treatment. If a child loses one of their adult teeth, this is even more troublesome because it means the tooth will have to be replaced by a dental professional.

Head and Neck Injuries

When a child enters a bounce house it is almost guaranteed that they will attempt to do stunts and flip themselves while jumping high off the ground. When one of these tricks goes wrong children often find themselves with head and neck injuries that result from landing incorrectly.

Injuries to the head and neck can cause severe damage to both the skull and spine, and some of the negative effects of this injury can last for a lifetime. Children may not even initially be aware they were injured, and parents should take care to make sure their child is examined by a medical professional after an injury like this occurs.

Fractures

Fractures are also common in a bounce house, and the risk for this type of injury increases as more children are allowed into the bounce house. While many injuries result from children attempting stunts or bouncing into one another, there are also instances where the device itself is the cause.

There have been documented cases of bounce houses lifting off the ground due to high winds and then falling back to the earth with the children still inside. This event is not only mentally traumatic for the child, but often causes severe physical injuries as well.

Get an Attorney Today

Most parents don’t realize just how negligent some bouncy house operators are until it’s too late. The only way to rectify this situation is to hire a personal injury attorney. Schedule your free case review today by calling 713-222-1222.

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Parents, Release Forms, and Texas Law What You Need to Know

Parents, Release Forms and Texas Law: What You Need to Know

No matter what activity a child is participating in, parents will likely be asked to sign a waiver at some point. These waivers are intended to relieve the host of liability should the child be injured in an accident. Against their better judgment, parents sometimes feel pressured into signing these waivers, and then later regret it when their child is injured. Those who have found themselves in such a predicament should know that signing such a waiver does not necessarily preclude them from recovering damages.

Requirements

In Texas, parents are unable to sign away the rights of their children via a release form. Instead, courts must approve these waivers for anyone who is 17 years of age of under. This holds true, regardless of whether or not the waiver was signed before or after an injury. As such, operators can normally be held liable for damages whenever a child is injured, provided the criteria for determining negligence can be established.

Why Sign a Waiver?

The question many people ask about release forms is “why am I being asked to sign a waiver when it doesn’t apply anyway?” There are several possible answers for this question, including:

  • It makes the facility owner feel good, because he or she believes lawsuits will not happen
  • A company is pressured to provide release forms by their insurance carrier
  • Companies are hoping that “high risk” individuals will choose not to sign the form, and therefore not participate in a particular activity
  • The other party knows the waiver is invalid, but hopes the client will not realize this, and therefore not pursue a lawsuit

Can I Refuse to Sign?

Since children’s rights cannot be waived, another question that is commonly asked is whether or not a parent can refuse to sign release forms altogether. This will depend on the vendor, as some companies will not allow a child to participate in a given activity unless there is a waiver on file. If a waiver can be avoided, it could save parents a great deal of hassle later, because they wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of arguing that the release form was invalid in the first place.

Waivers are not totally useless, as they do serve as a sort of warning to participants that an activity comes with certain hazards. Even so, companies may not rely on them as protection from claims of negligence by parents of injured children.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

Watching your injured child suffer is one of the most difficult things you can do as a parent. Just because you signed a release form doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take legal action. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options today. Call 713.766.5400 and schedule your free case evaluation.

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4 Injured When a Houston Day Care Van Crashed Head-On Into a Car

4 Injured When a Houston Day Care Van Crashed Head-On Into a Car

At least four children were injured when an All Star Daycare van crashed into another car. The van was traveling westbound on Paramatta Lane near the North Freeway frontage road at around 2pm, when it collided with an oncoming car. Deputies and Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services arrived to the accident scene. Four children and two adults were treated for injuries. Some of the injured were taken to a hospital nearby.

4 Injured When a Houston Day Care Van Crashed Head-On Into a Car

All the children have been released to the custody of the parents, but it is unknown if any of the injuries were serious.
If your child or a loved one has been injured in a day care accident, we can help. Contact us at Mukerji Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Inflatable Bounce House Injuries Become an 'Epidemic'

Inflatable Bounce House Injuries Become an ‘Epidemic’

From kids falling from 15 feet in the air out of airborne bounce houses to fractured legs and arms, bounce castle injuries are becoming very common. Recently, in two separate incidents in New York and Colorado, gusts of wind threw bounce houses into the sky and across fields with children inside.

In New York, the bounce house was airborne and dropping children from heights of up to 15 feet in the process. This bounce house went so high that it was able to clear a two-story house before finally landing in a field. In Colorado, a bounce house tumbled for hundreds of feet across a field before it landed.

In addition to these, highly publicized accidents, emergency rooms receive plenty of children with broken arms and legs from bounce house accidents. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics by the Center for Injury Research and Policy in 2012, the researchers pointed out that an average of 31 children per day were seen in emergency rooms for “an inflatable bouncer-related injury.” The lack of regulation makes bounce castles potentially hazardous. Tracy Mehan, a health educator with the Child Injury Prevention Alliance says of the 11,000 annual injuries, “If this were a disease, it would be considered an epidemic.”

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