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Minimum of $1 million for families of GM faulty ignition switch victims

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 No Comments

General Motors claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg announced that families of the victims who died due to the defective ignition switch are entitled to at least $1 million from the company, the Houston Chronicle reported on June 30.

Feinberg modified the eligibility of compensation claimants. Rather than adhering to the company’s stringent rules that victims killed in head-on collisions should be the only ones who qualify for the compensation package, Feinberg will grant compensation to the families of victims who died in rear and side impact crashes as well.

Individuals can begin filing claims from August 1 until December 31. Those who receive compensation packages from GM will waive their right to sue the company in a court of law.

If you have been injured through the negligent actions of someone else, including a car manufacturing defect, contact our Houston legal team at Williams Kherkher. Call our offices today at 832-369-8296 to discuss your case.

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Doctors at Fort Worth hospital sued for malpractice, gross negligence

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Fifty-five-year-old Fort Worth resident Glenn Hermes is suing urologist Robert Stroud and radiologist David Fenyes, specialists at the Plaza Medical Centre in Fort Worth, for malpractice and gross negligence, the Business Standard reported on June 15.

Hermes was a chief executive officer for a wound care and hyperbaric medicine management company who was looking forward to retirement. Upon learning that he had cancer in his right kidney in 2013, he decided to undergo surgery to remove it before the cancer could spread. However, after the surgery, Hermes found out that surgeons misread the findings on his computerized tomography (CT) scan and removed the wrong kidney during the operation.

Hermes said he now faces a future with a myriad of bleak possibilities – a dialysis, a transplant, or a daily diet of costly medicine. He is suing the medical professionals for $1 million in damages.

Medical institutions and doctors have the responsibility to safeguard the health and lives of their patients. Our attorneys at Williams Kherkher in Houston may advocate for you if you believe that your physician has been negligent. Call our offices today at 832-369-8296.

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Pedestrian victim in El Paso hit-and-run dies

Posted on June 4th, 2014 No Comments

Sixty-three-year-old Daryl Egan died Monday, June 2 from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a red truck in a northeast El Paso, Texas hit-and-run crash in late May, KFOX14 reported.

Egan was trying to cross the street in the 9000 block of Dyer at around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, when a red truck driven by a 17-year-old struck him. The underage driver turned himself in to police authorities after he watched a news report on the accident that showed footage of his vehicle. The driver, who the police refused to name publicly because of his age, faces a charge of an accident involving personal injury or death. His $25,000 bail bond was posted the day of his arrest.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher deeply regret this loss and send their sincerest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.

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Harris County car accident kills 19-year-old boy

Posted on May 27th, 2014 No Comments

Dennis Duffy, a 19-year-old senior at St. Thomas High School, died in a vehicular accident on May 18 in east Harris County around 9 a.m., KHOU.com reported on May 18.

Duffy was driving down Wallisville when the accident occurred. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Duffy was brought by a Life Flight helicopter to a nearby hospital after crashing into a ditch, but he succumbed to his life-threatening injuries soon after arriving. Duffy was days from graduating high school and planned to participate in the STH commencement exercises for the class of 2014 on May 24.

Police authorities said Duffy had not been wearing a seat belt when the accident happened. They are still trying to find out whether external factors caused Duffy to lose control of the vehicle.

The lawyers at Williams Kherkher extend their deepest regrets to the friends and family of the deceased during this difficult time.

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Family wins $2.9M in lawsuit against Aruba Petroleum Inc.

Posted on May 20th, 2014 No Comments

A Dallas jury has awarded a Wise County family $2.9 million for personal injury and property damages caused by Aruba Petroleum Inc.’s drilling operations.

Aruba Petroleum, Inc. set up several drilling operations near the family’s 40-acre ranch in Decatur, 60 miles northwest of Dallas. Soon after the operations began and toxic air pollutants spewed into the area, the entire Parr family began to experience a multitude of health problems. Lisa Parr, her husband Robert, and their 11-year-old daughter experienced migraines, nausea, dizziness, rashes, nosebleeds, vision problems, and blood pressure issues.

The family filed a lawsuit in 2011 because of the close proximity of Aruba Petroleum’s 22 natural gas wells to their ranch and three wells to their home, the nearest being a mere 791 feet away.

Aruba’s attorneys argued that evidence pointing specifically to their fracking activities as the culprit was absent, adding “natural gas development has long been prevalent in Wise County”. The jury, however, took the Parr family’s side in the end.

If you are a recent victim of a negligent party’s failure to maintain a safe environment, our skilled legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you receive the compensation your deserve.  Contact our office by dialing 832-369-8296 so we can discuss your situation.

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GM engineers sued over ignition switch recall

Posted on April 28th, 2014 No Comments

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed against current and ex-engineers with GM, namely Raymond DeGiorgio, Gary Altman, Mark LaNeve, Lori Queen, and Jim Queen, regarding the company’s recent ignition switch recall.

The lawsuit contends that the accused had knowledge regarding the defective ignition switches since the late 2000s and delayed public disclosure on the subject until this year. The ignition switch recall affected 2.6 million Chevrolet, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles.

The engineers were sued on behalf of Didra De Los Santos, owner of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, who sustained serious spinal cord injuries in an accident that took place on Sept. 4, 2013. Her vehicle was among those included in the massive recall.

Automotive defects are extremely dangerous and have the capacity to put thousands of lives at risk. As such, it is important that those responsible for these defects are held accountable when their products cause unsuspecting consumers harm. To learn more about your rights and options if you or someone you love has been injured because of a defective vehicle, contact the experienced legal team at Williams Kherkher today by calling (832) 369-8296.

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Anadarko to pay $5.1M for cleanup and personal injury settlements

Posted on April 9th, 2014 No Comments

Texas-based oil giant Anadarko Petroleum will be settling with people who filed personal injury claims against it, in addition to funding environmental cleanup efforts, to the tune of $5.1 million. The settlement, which is the largest ever won in such a situation by the Department of Justice, was reached on Thursday, April 3.

The case is connected to a decades-long case against Oklahoma energy and chemical company Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary of Anadarko. Anadarko had previously stated that it cannot be made responsible for Kerr-McGee’s pollution cases and had tried passing the liabilities to a spinoff company named Tronox. However, it was deemed by a bankruptcy judge as a ploy to avoid responsibility.

Oil experts, on the other hand, have said this new development is good news for Anadarko, as it can finally be done with a long-time distraction and can now focus on making the company, which has interests from West Texas to West Africa to Algeria, viable for takeover for new firms looking to find new reserves.

Our lawyers at Williams Kherkher have a great deal of experience helping people file personal injury claims and may be able to help you if you too have suffered harm as the result of another person or company’s negligence. Call us at 832-369-8296 today to discuss your situation.

 

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Man sentenced to jail for causing fatal Lake Lanier accident

Posted on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Jeffrey Hubbard was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday, March 5 for killing 11-year-old Kile Glover in a 2012 jet ski accident.

Hubbard was found guilty of homicide by vessel, serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a watercraft, and a traffic boat violation.

According to court documents, Hubbard was operating a jet ski when it accidentally struck Glover and another child on Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is located northeast of Atlanta.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t be responsible for covering expenses related to your injuries. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher understand that Houston accident victims are subject to expensive medical bills. To discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney, call 832-369-8296.

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Harris County woman sues doctor for malpractice

Posted on February 16th, 2014 No Comments

Harris County resident, Brandi Aaron has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Ronald Lindsey for the surgery that he performed on her foot. Aaron claims that the surgery did not provide the promised relief.

In the complaint filed in Galveston County District Court on Thursday, February 6, Aaron claimed that the surgery she underwent in November of 2011 was done improperly, as the fractures in her foot were not fixed during the procedure.

Aaron is seeking an undisclosed amount for damages.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher fight for Houston victims that have been mistreated by negligent physicians and medical institutions. Call our offices today at 832-369-8296 to schedule a consultation.

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Harris County man charged with manslaughter

Posted on February 4th, 2014 No Comments

Emil McMahon, 32, of Crosby was recently charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday, January 29. The charges are related to a September car accident that killed Tania Vercher, 27, and her son, Alejandro, 2.

The fatal incident occurred in east Harris County at 10:30 a.m. when McMahon’s truck crossed the center line of FM 1942 at 72 mph. McMahon’s vehicle hit Vercher’s vehicle head-on, resulting in death for both Vercher and her son.

McMahon was sent to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was subject to toxicology reports which reveled that he was under the influence of controlled substances like morphine, diazepam, marijuana, and soma during the accident.

He is currently incarcerated in the Harris County Jail pending his payment of a $50,000 bond.

The attorneys of Williams Kherkher fight for Houston accident victims and their families. To speak with a member of our legal team, call (832) 369-8296.

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