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What Types of Compensation Can I Get After an Accident?

If you suffered an injury in a car crash or another type of accident, you may be entitled to recover damages. Many people do not know how much their case is worth because calculating available damages can be difficult. As a result, they often end up accepting lowball settlement offers that do not even come close to covering the expenses and the lasting consequences that result from the accident.

Figuring out a damages demand involves not just adding up the money spent so far but also predicting future costs and losses. An experienced attorney knows how to use professional resources to determine a fair amount to demand in settlement negotiations or litigation.

What Is A Reasonable Suspicion to Stop in a Texas DUI/DWI Case?

Texas police can't just stop anyone on the road.  In DUI cases, law enforcement must have a reasonable suspicion to believe a traffic offense has been committed or that that the driver drove while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence of narcotics (DUI).

Resolving a High Asset Divorce with a Family Law Attorney

High asset divorce cases typically involve couples with property worth a million dollars or more. In these cases, there can be complex financial issues that call for the counsel of skilled professionals who collaborate with family law attorneys.

In any divorce case, the Texas Family Code demands that the couples share their community property between themselves fairly, but not necessarily equally. Community property constitutes all assets acquired by the couple during the marriage period. Separate property, on the other hand, is all possessions and debts that each spouse had before getting married. Such items are not subject to sharing.

The role of the life care planner in a serious injury case

The victim of a life-changing injury faces daunting physical, financial and emotional challenges. The victim's family must also bear a heavy burden, as they care for their loved one. How can they be assured that they will get all of the medical services, financial help and personal services they need to care for the needs of their injured family member?

The answer is a life care planner. In cases involving very serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis and severe burns, a skilled personal injury attorney will typically ask a life care planner to join the legal team. This medical professional planner plays an indispensable role in complex injury cases.

Causes of fatal traffic accidents in Texas


In Texas, traffic fatalities are a sad fact of life. On average, in 2015 a person was killed in an accident every 2 hours and 29 minutes. In that year, not a single day passed without a traffic fatality.

A fact sheet prepared by the Texas Department of Transportation shows that in 2015:

  • 1,255 people died in single, run off the road accidents
  • 807 people were killed in crashes in intersections or related to intersections
  • 581 people died in head-on collisions
  • 550 pedestrians died
  • 476 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving
  • 459 motorcyclists and passengers died
  • 51 pedal cyclists were killed

All told, a total of 3,531 people* died on our highways, roads, and streets in 2015. The economic losses sustained as the result of these accidents totaled a staggering $37.8 billion.

A court date is not one you want to miss.

Blowing off a court hearing in a criminal matter is not something you should do, or even consider. Failure to appear in criminal court is a serious charge. It's a violation of Texas Penal Code 38.10, which defines the crime this way:

"A person lawfully released from custody, with or without bail, on condition that he subsequently appear commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly fails to appear in accordance of his release."

If you miss a court date, the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest and your bail will be forfeited. You could also be charged with the additional crime of failure to appear. The potential penalties for the failure to appear charge are based on the severity of the original crime you were charged with:

As Seen On

Read Scott M. Brown's chapter in the 2013 edition of Strategies for Family Law in Texas, entitled: Check Mate! Developing Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Complex Custody and Property Cases and Tackling Spousal Maintenance and Other Areas.

Attorney Spotlight
  1. Attorney Brown is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    * Scott M. Brown was selected for inclusion on the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list as a top rated Family Law attorney (a Thomson Reuters service).

  2. Attorney Roberts primary practice areas are Family and Criminal Law.

  3. Attorney Parker is a zealous advocate for her clients. She discovered her love for family law in law school at South Texas College of Law.

  4. Attorney Pelowski is a tested litigator battling for his clients in all aspects of divorce and family law and handled hundreds of criminal cases and represented defendants accused of crimes from simple misdemeanors to first-degree felonies.

  5. Michelle Rice

    Attorney Michelle Rice believes that criminal and family law are two areas of the law where can help make a difference in people's lives.

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