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10 Best Award PI 2016On May 10, 2016, Eric Reyes was nominated by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the “Top 10” attorneys in personal injury in the state of Texas for 2016.  This award celebrates the attorney accomplishing the highest degree of professional achievement in his field of law and an impeccable client satisfaction rating.

Consumers seeking legal representation are often at the mercy of the attorney’s self-serving statements in websites and other forms of advertisements.   Attorneys that have been recognized by an impartial third party organizations based on the  attorneys documented excellence in their field of law,  helps the consumer find the appropriate lawyer for their problem.

The American Institute of Legal Counsel  is an impartial third party attorney rating organization consisting of six departments from criminal, DWI, personal injury, family law and litigation, lawsuits and disputes.  This attorney rating organization concentrates on recognizing attorneys that have achieved the highest degree of professional achievement in their field of law and the attorney’s success in client satisfaction.  Membership in this organization is an exclusive honor that only few attorneys achieve and enjoy.

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On October 30, 2015,  Eric Reyes received his Board Certification in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy ( NBTA).  He is already Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board Of Legal Specialization (TBLS).  A person injured in an auto accident or other type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence in the Fort Worth and Dallas area can rest assure that Mr. Reyes is fully qualified and highly trained to represent them regarding their claim.

What is civil trial law?  First, civil trial law includes the body of law that regulates the legal duties and responsibilities between individuals and corporations. This includes personal injury litigation which he is already board certified in by the TBLS.   Second,  civil law normally involves monetary damages that are in dispute.

The NBTA is the first American Bar Association-accredited attorney board-certifying organization. The  NBTA offers board certification in civil trial law, civil pretrial practice, criminal trial law, family trial law and Social Security disability law.

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Why is it important to hire a board-certified lawyer?

The legal profession, like the medical profession, contains a very large body of knowledge that makes it impossible for one lawyer to concentrate in all areas of the law. The Texas State Bar that regulates the legal profession does not require an attorney to complete any formal board certification or training to practice in any particular field of law. In Texas, the attorney’s decision to be board certified in any area of the law including personal injury law is purely voluntary.

The medical profession by comparison has embraced specialization for over a hundred years. Over 94% of all doctors are board-certified in their area of expertise. Consumers therefore have the confidence that the doctor treating their condition is truly qualified to treat their health care problem.

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When the pressures to lower cost and properly supervise residents collide, nursing homes are all too often become the source of accidents resulting from negligence. In a more unusual case, however,  a Central Texas family was awarded $16.7 million following a suit against the Tarrant County based Senior Living Properties nursing home, which allegedly neglected to prevent an employee from leaving her workplace while intoxicated. The nursing home employee, 43 year old Alisa Prueitt, was several times the legal limit when she was involved in an auto accident that claimed the life of 37 year old Sam Graham.

Graham is survived by his wife, daughter, and son, the former of which spoke out this past February 4th, shortly after the Fort Worth jury reached its verdict. “This was never about money…It was about getting answers. It was about right is right and wrong is wrong. I didn’t want my husband’s life swept under a rug.”

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Historically,  medical errors have been chronically underreported and underdocumented; those judged to be insignificant are normally dismissed with that very same justification. Those errors judged to be worthy of documentation are nonetheless sometimes discarded as doctor, nurses and other hospital employees attempt to distance themselves from any implications of negligence.  As recently as 2004, the Institute of Medicine maintained its estimate of as few as 44,000 deaths per year, in line with prior estimates. A new study from the Journal of Patient Safety suggests otherwise, however. In the study “A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care,” the researcher’s most conservative estimate of otherwise preventable deaths due to hospital error was over 200,000 deaths per year.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled some of the notable medical errors that may be found to be malpractice.

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