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A lawsuit is the first step a party makes to take the case to court. Below is a copy of a lawsuit petition that is filed in a motor vehicle accident case and filed with the district court usually in the county where the accident happened.

Do not be intimidated by the legal process. This drives home the point that it is important to hire an attorney specialized in litigation in order to pursue your motor vehicle accident or other personal injury related case.


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On the Way to School

Proceed with caution question !!!

Question: “I was involved in motor vehicle accident on February 1, 2018, while driving my vehicle on Jefferson Blvd. in Oak Cliff, Dallas Texas. I was making a left turn with the protected arrow when the other driver ran a red light and T-boned the passenger side of my vehicle. I was transported to ambulance to Parkland Hospital with serious injuries.

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Mr. Eric Reyes, On February 1, 2018, I fell off my forklift while making a delivery at a grocery store in North Fort Worth for my employer. The accident happened at a customers business. I was taking products off the truck with a forklift when I fell off of the ramp and broke my leg. My employer did not carry workers compensation insurance. Instead they had an accident plan that pays benefits similar to a workers compensation policy.

My employer refuses to pay the claim because they believe I knew the risk of falling off the ramp. My employer tells me that this is a premises case. I believe the ramp was defective.

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I was riding my bicycle in Oak Cliff, Dallas Texas on November 1, 2016 when I was attacked by a dog. I suffered serious injuries including a fracture of my vertebrae my low back and significant lacerations on my hands and face. I know the owner of the dog does not keep the dog inside the fence and allows it to roam in the neighborhood.  Do I have a case?

In Texas a dog owner may be liable for the injuries that his dog inflicts on someone else. There are two theories of all that will allow recovery in Texas.


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Question: I was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hemphill and Magnolia in Fort Worth,  Texas on September 5, 2016. The other driver ran a red light but the officer found me at fault for the accident.  I got the ticket! I have an eyewitness to the accident but the officer did not talk to him before he left the scene of the collision. What can I do?

Answer: Insurance companies investigate motor vehicle accident claims every day and determine whether their insured (in this case , the driver who ran the red light) is at fault for the accident. Their investigation includes talking to the parties involved in the accident, acquiring a copy of the police report, interviewing witnesses who saw the accident, and examining the scene of the accident as well as the property damage to the cars.

Insurance companies do rely upon the police report to help them make a decision whether to accept liability regarding a motor vehicle accident or deny the claim.   However insurance companies are not controlled by the police report and what the officer’s opinion is regarding who caused the accident.  I’ve seen many cases where insurance an company will ignore the police report if it contradicts what their own insured said regarding how the accident happened. Most good insurance adjusters will look at all the evidence to make a decision on whether to accept liability on behalf of the client.  But not always.  Most experienced adjusters know that an officer’s  opinion is not admissible in evidence if they did not witness the accident. Most police officers are not accident reconstructionist  and they are not qualified to give an expert opinion regarding who is at fault for accident without special training and experience.

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I got hurt on the job in Dallas Texas.My employer says that I must arbitrate my claim against the company for negligence instead of filing a lawsuit. Can my employer force me to arbitrate a claim instead of letting a jury decide whether my employer was negligent and how much I should be compensated for my damages?

Answer: Yes

If you sign a contract usually at the beginning of your relationship with your employer that stipulates that you must use arbitration as a tool to resolve any dispute including on-the-job injuries against your employer, there is a strong likelihood that a court will force you to arbitrate your claim instead of taking your case in front of a jury.

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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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I work for a roofing company in Dallas, Texas. I fell off the roof and suffered injuries to my neck and back. My employer did not carry workers compensation insurance. Two days after the accident, I signed a release when my employer paid me $500. When I signed the release, I had not even had a chance to see a doctor. My back now hurts and I want to go see a doctor but my employer refuses to pay for the medical bills. I live in Fort Worth Texas. What are my rights?