Should I mediate my case?
What is a mediator?
Should I mediate my case?
What is a mediator?
On January 25, 2018, the Texas Bar College Welcomes their New Member!
AUSTIN – The Texas Bar College congratulates Eric Reyes on his membership in the College.
Question: I just fell at work. I work for a warehouse in Northside Fort Worth Texas. My employer told me that they do not carry workers compensation insurance but instead they have an accident plan. Do I need to show my employer was the cause of my accident? Do I have a right to sue my employer if I can prove that my employer was negligent.
In Texas, the law allows employers in most cases to subscribe workers compensation insurance, purchase an accident plan that pays benefits similar to a workers compensation plan, or not carry any insurance whatsoever.
If you employer does not have workers compensation insurance and if you can prove your employer’s negligence (failure to exercise ordinary care) was the cause of your fall, then you may have a claim against her employer directly.
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.
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.
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?
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.
On 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.
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?
I was injured in a car accident in Dallas, Texas on January 2, 2016, by someone else’s negligence. Who pays for my medical bills from this car accident ?
There is a misconception that if someone causes your injuries from a motor vehicle accident that they must pay your medical bills as you incur them. Unfortunately this is not true. Your medical bills are always your legal responsibility. However, the responsible party (we call this person a third-party) is legally liable to reimburse you for your medical bills at the time of settlement or as ordered by a court in the form of a judgment after trial. Normally, a person that causes the accident has liability insurance to pay the medical bills as well as the other damages that you suffered in the motor vehicle accident.
There is no legal process that transfers the responsibility to pay the medical bills to the negligent party. Instead what normally happens is you will be reimbursed for the medical bills that you paid out of your pocket or what you owe the medical provider or the third party (group insurance company, Medicare, Medicaid etc.) that paid your bills.