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Check out all the latest news and updates from The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare in our blog. From tips about pursuing legal action to news about Personal Injury Cases, we offer a variety of insights about Personal Injury Law. We can help you understand the world of Injury, Wrongful Death and Insurance Law, so be sure to check back frequently to read our posts. Do you have questions about our posts or have you suffered an injury from someone else’s negligence? Contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare today to find out how we can help.


Community Service Matters: How Our Employees Give Back to the Community

by Tim O’Hare

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In our society, lawyers often have a bad reputation due to the tricks and antics of a few. In reality, many lawyers are actively involved in their communities, giving back to society as a whole. The attorneys and staff members at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare are no different. Much of what happens today requires knowledge of law; the law touches many aspects of every business, charity and governmental entity. Lawyers and legal professionals who are involved in their communities and with charitable organizations are able to provide that knowledge to organizations in need.

Our founder, Tim O’Hare, is motivated by Luke 12:48, which tells us, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” He has been active in numerous charitable organizations throughout his adult life, serving others when and how he can.

Most recently, Tim was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Texas Board of Medical Examiners to help clean up Medicaid fraud going on across the state. The Senate confirmed his appointment on May 15, 2013. Tim has previously served as the president of a local rotary club, a councilman of Farmers Branch (2005-2008) and Mayor of Farmers Branch (2008-2011). He currently serves on his church Budget Committee.  In addition, Tim is heavily involved in the Christian Legal Society.  He is President of the Dallas chapter of Christian Legal Society and also serves on the National Board of Directors.

The Christian Legal Society of Dallas is a group of Christian lawyers who meet for service, fellowship and networking. They currently work with DISD’s Lincoln High School as mentors to students and as mentors to law students at Southern Methodist University.

Tim also serves on the public forum committee and speakers committee for the Dallas Bar Association. The DBA is a group of lawyers in the Dallas area who provide legal services to the poor. He is a founding board member of Reclaiming Texas for Christ, which is an organization designed to teach pastors what they can and can’t say or do politically and to disseminate the myth of what pastors can’t do when it comes to politics.

It doesn’t stop with our founder.  Others who work at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare continually donate their time and treasure, as well.  From teaching Sunday School, to working in the church nursery, to singing in benefit concerts for storm victims, to volunteering with the PTA, to coaching children’s gymnastics, to serving in the Boy Scouts – the list goes on and on.  Our company has employees who care about others and serve their communities.

If you are looking are looking for a personal injury law firm made up of good people who care about others and are as passionate about helping injured victims and their families as they are about serving, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you in your time of need and make sure you are not taken advantage of.

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By : Sasha Miller /May 29, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Bus Accidents: Negligence and victim’s compensation

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Buses are often considered some of the safest vehicles on the road, and yet each year, thousands of people are affected by bus accidents nationwide. In 2010, nearly 13,000 buses were involved in accidents in which 226 people were killed. Thousands more were injured.

In April, at least 40 elderly passengers were injured and two killed when the charter bus they were riding on swerved off the roadway and flipped onto its side. It was later discovered that the driver had previously been involved in a fatal accident when he ran over a pedestrian on the side of the road. While the cause of this accident is under investigation, it is just one example of an accident in which negligence may have played a role.

Negligence behind the wheel is the number one cause of bus accidents and car accidents. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can do its part to improve safety of school, city and private buses, the driver is responsible for staying alert and protecting his or her passengers.

Some common situations that may contribute to bus crashes include:

  • Sudden lane changes by other vehicles on the road
  • Speeding, especially in bad weather or unsafe conditions
  • Mechanic or brake failure
  • Other vehicles blocking bus lanes
  • Buses veering of the road to avoid a collision
  • Pedestrians walking out in front of a bus
  • Driver inattention
  • Tired driver
  • Texting or browsing the internet

Bus accidents are a complex matter, often involving commercial drivers. If you have been injured in a bus accident — whether as a passenger on the bus, or a victim who has been hit by a bus, it is important that you know your rights and work with a personal injury lawyer who will fight for you to recover all due you for your injury and losses.

The Law Office of Tim O’Hare has experience winning bus accident cases. One example is a case we settled for $2.5 million (client received $1.25 million after attorney fees, costs and medical expenses were paid) for a client who had suffered catastrophic injuries when the driver of a bus feel asleep at the wheel and plowed into him. Another example is recovering money for a client who was seriously injured when the driver of the commercial bus she was on wrecked while failing to pay attention to the road.

Victims of bus accidents can receive compensation if they have suffered bodily injury or property damage in an accident caused by the bus driver’s negligence. If you have been injured in a traffic accident involving a bus, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your loss.

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By : Sasha Miller /May 22, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Trust Your Personal Injury Case to a Law Firm That Will See It Through to the End

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It is not uncommon for an individual with a personal injury case to find his or her attorney has dumped the case when the insurance company refused to settle. In fact, many personal injury lawyers do not try cases. They simply take the case, attempt to settle, and when settlement fails, the lawyer refers the case to someone else or drops the case altogether.

Our firm doesn’t work that way. You can be assured that if The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare takes your case, we have every intention of going to trial for you if the insurance company tries to avoid a settlement.

We recently worked on a motor vehicle accident case in Denton County for a client.  The insurance company for the at-fault party wouldn’t even acknowledge it was their driver’s fault in a crystal clear liability case. They refused to pay our client’s medical bills and simply refused to settle. When many personal injury attorneys would have referred the case off to another firm or dropped the case at that point, we took the insurance company to trial and won (a rare win for a plaintiff in Denton County, according to the Judge). The Judge remarked after the trial how impressed he was with our efforts.

Our law firm is not a “volume shop” plaintiff’s firm. When we take cases, we stick with our clients to the end, and as a result, we almost always win. The fact that we are not a high volume firm means we are able to take the time necessary to do more than a “good enough” job for our clients. It is our goal to do an exceptional job on every case we take.

It takes time, dedication and a financial investment for any law firm to take a case to trial and win. We aren’t out to make a buck off a quick settlement. Our true intention is to ensure our clients receive everything they are due to cover their medical expenses, lost wages and more. We will never recommend you take a “low ball” settlement simply so we can get in and get out of your case quickly.

If you have an injury claim, don’t risk leaving your case in the hands of a firm that cares about nothing but the bottom line. Make a free phone call to us for a free consultation on your case. Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your case will protect you from being taken advantage of by the insurance company.

If you are looking are looking for a personal injury attorney with integrity, who will do everything to protect you and your case, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Sasha Miller /April 24, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Job Injuries: Understanding the difference between non-subscriber and worker's compensation cases in Texas

by Tim O’Hare

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If you’ve been hurt in a work-related injury and assume your employer has insurance to cover your medical expenses, you might be wrong. A worker’s compensation case is highly dependent on whether or not the company you work for carries worker’s comp insurance. Companies have the freedom to choose whether or not to subscribe to a worker’s compensation insurance program, and many times, companies opt out in an effort to save money.

When a company subscribes to a worker’s comp insurance plan, they are protected by The Texas Worker’s Compensation Act, which was put into place to protect employers from the legal consequences as a result of an employee’s work-related injury. Companies that choose to carry a worker’s comp insurance plan are covered in the event of an employee injury and the insurance company will cover the injured worker’s medical expenses and a portion of his or her wages. On the flipside, companies that do not carry worker’s comp insurance are not protected by this Act.

If you’ve been injured at work and your employer does not carry insurance to cover your injury, you have the option to sue your employer for your loss, if the employer was negligent, to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. In this circumstance, you need the help of a personal injury attorney who will stand up for your rights as an injured worker. In non-subscriber cases, as these cases are called, the employer will often seek the help of an attorney whose sole purpose is to keep the employer from paying out anything on the claim, including medical expenses, leaving the injured worker without recourse to cover medical bills and lost wages.

The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare works with individuals who have “non-subscriber” job injury cases. In the instance that someone is injured at work and his/her employer does not subscribe to a worker’s compensation insurance plan and is negligent, we will get involved. We also take cases in which a third party is involved. For example, if an individual driving a car for work is involved in an accident caused by another party unrelated to the company, we will work on behalf of our clients to get fair compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance, even where worker’s compensation is available.

If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses and perhaps even lost wages. If you’re wondering whether or not you need an attorney, call us. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare will guide you through your work injury case and ensure you are not taken advantage of by someone with more money than you.

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By : Sasha Miller /April 16, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What to do When You’re in a Car Accident

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According to the Texas Department of Transportation, on Texas roadways in 2011, one person was killed in car a accident every two hours and 54 minutes; one person was injured every two minutes and 29 seconds; and one reportable car crash occurred every 83 seconds. (Click to see more Texas car accident statistics.)

Though preventing car accidents caused by factors such as drunk driving and distracted driving is critical to saving lives, the reality is that accidents do happen. Do you know what to do if you are involved in an accident?

It’s best to be prepared in the event you are involved in a car accident. Prepare yourself and your teenage drivers with these nine tips:

  1. Turn your car engine off and turn on hazard lights. Leaving your car running increases the chances of a fire sparking. Hazard lights should be used to warn other drivers. If available, place caution triangles or set out flares to warn oncoming traffic, especially at night.
  2. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Stay calm and avoid arguing with or accusing anyone else who was involved in the accident. It’s also important that you not make any admission of blame in the accident. If possible, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road to get it out of the way of oncoming traffic. Get all passengers out of the vehicle and stand as far off the roadway as possible.
  3. Call 9-11. Report any injuries immediately and ask for a law enforcement officer and EMT to come to the scene. When a law enforcement officer arrives, get the officer’s name, badge number, police station address and phone number. Ask how you can get a copy of the accident report and when the report will be filed.
  4. Exchange information. After an accident, exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies, policy numbers, driver’s license numbers and license plate numbers with any other drivers involved in the accident. Be sure to note the relationship between the individual driving and the owner of the vehicle if their names don’t match.
  5. Photograph and document the accident. Make note of the year, make, model and color of all cars involved in the collisions. Use your camera to document any damage to all vehicles, as well as the position of cars and scene of the accident. Get contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  6. File an accident report. If a law enforcement officer does not come to the scene of your accident, file an accident report at a local police station.
  7. Do not accept offers to settle on the spot. Individuals who are not carrying car insurance or have another reason to avoid legal trouble may attempt to get you to settle by offering cash payment on the scene. Do not accept any settlements on the scene, as you may be liable for the damages to your car later on.
  8. Always carry an emergency kit in your car. This kit should include a pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera if you don’t have a camera on your cell phone and information about medical allergies or medical conditions that emergency responders may need to know about. A flashlight, first aid kit, and caution triangles are also important items to keep in your emergency kit.
  9. Keep a list of contact numbers in your phone and in your car. Click here for an accident checklist and emergency contact information forms you can print out and keep in your vehicle. Designate an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in your phone. Enter your emergency contact into your phone book with ICE before his or her name.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Sasha Miller /April 05, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

The True Meaning of Easter

by Tim O’Hare

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This weekend, we will celebrate Easter, a holiday that, like many others in America, has been over-commercialized, so much so that we often forget the real meaning of Easter.

Easter Sunday — Resurrection Sunday — is the day set aside to remember Christ’s resurrection from death. Friday, we’ll honor Good Friday, in remembrance of the day Christ was crucified for all mankind. Easter Sunday is the celebration Christ defeating death. It’s more than a story of good overcoming evil, it is the epitome that storyline.

It’s more than a story. It is truth.

What is this truth? That God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to be born of a virgin, live a sinless life and die as a sacrifice for the sin of all men. It is through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection three days later that we have hope of eternal life after life here on earth ends.

Jesus was the greatest gift ever given — His birth we celebrate on Christmas. It’s the mercy in His sacrifice we remember on Easter. He paid the penalty of sin that separates us from God. And in His resurrection, he defeated death, overcoming the grave, giving us the opportunity to live eternally in heaven with Him. All you have to do is believe. By believing in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ to cover the gap between you and the perfect God, you too can have eternal life.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’” John 11:25-26

Happy Easter!

By : Sasha Miller /March 28, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Understanding the Spinal Cord

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Spinal cord injuries are some of the most debilitating injuries that can occur as the result of a car accident, job injury or other traumatic event. The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system and acts as an extension of the brain to the rest of the body. An individual who suffers a spinal cord injury may be left with permanent disabilities.

The spine is designed to protect the spinal cord from injury, but in some cases, damage to the spine can also result in damage to the spinal cord, the delicate bundle of cells and nerves. Spinal cord injury may affect an individual’s functional control over parts of his or her body, depending on the portion of the spinal cord that has been damaged.

The spine is made up of four regions: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral regions. The cervical region is the neck, the thoracic region is the upper back and the lumbar region is the lower back. The sacral region (or sacrum) is the triangular-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine. Injury to the cervical region of the spinal cord can result in quadriplegia — loss of function and motor skills from the point of injury downward. Injury to the thoracic region affects the function of the lower extremities and may result in difficulty controlling the core, abdominal and trunk muscles. Injury to the lumbar region may result in loss of control over hips, legs and even urinary or bowel function. Injury to the sacral region can also impair control of the legs, urinary and/or bowel function.

In most cases, a severed spinal cord can not be treated or repaired, leaving the injured individual to adjust to a “new normal” way of life.

A spinal cord injury can result in a heavy financial burden for the injured, including hospital and medical bills, as well as lost wages from work. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the fault of another individual, you may be able to make a personal injury claim to recover your losses. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, job injury or other traumatic event, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Sasha Miller /March 22, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injury contributes to more than 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. and thousands of other victims of brain injury will experience permanent disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries each year.

Traumatic brain injury can happen as the result a blunt blow or hit to the head from a work-related injury, fall, car accident, sports-related injury, assault or medical malpractice. More than half of the traumatic brain injuries cases in the U.S. are caused by falls (35.2 percent) and traffic-related accidents (17.3 percent). Traumatic brain injuries often require extensive medical care or even surgery.

A majority (75 percent) of traumatic brain injuries are mild injuries or concussions. Signs of a mild brain injury include:

  • Brief unconsciousness or confusion
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating

Twenty-five percent of traumatic brain injury cases are severe. Individuals who have experienced a severe traumatic brain injury may experience unconsciousness lasting more than 30 minutes, nausea and/or vomiting and abnormal or slurred speech.

Traumatic brain injuries are on the rise in the U.S. Between 2002 and 2006, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries increased an estimated 14.4 percent and hospitalizations for traumatic brain injuries rose 19.5 percent.

Click here to read prevention tips from the CDC.

Medical care for a traumatic brain injury and long-term care is expensive. An estimated $76.5 billion was spent in the U.S. in 2000 on direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injury. For the injured and their families, the expenses can be crippling.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall, an automobile or motorcycle accident, or job injury, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Sasha Miller /March 14, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What You Should Know About Dog Bites

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. every year. Nearly 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. An estimated 30 to 35 fatal dog attacks occur annually; 70 percent of those victims are children under 10 years old.

In the State of Texas, a dog bite victim can recover compensation for injury or loss under the cause of action known as negligence. Texas does not have a dog bite statute, meaning it adheres to the “one bite rule.” What does this mean? A victim can recover compensation from the dog’s owner or keeper only if the dog previously bit a person or attempted to and the defendant was aware of the dog’s previous conduct.  An exception to this rule exists for known dangerous breeds, like pit bulls, for example.  No previous aggression from a dog that is a known dangerous breed is required for there to be negligence.

Critics of Texas dog bite laws argue the “one bite rule” protects owners from liability when a dog bites for the first time. Without a dog bite statute, the burden of proof falls on the victim.

A victim can recover compensation under negligence if “lack of ordinary care” can be proved. For example, an individual who lets a stray dog into a day care center full of children could be proved negligent if that stray dog were to bite a person inside the center. In the case of negligence, the plaintiff must prove:

  1. The defendant owned or possessed an animal;
  2. The defendant owed a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent the animal from injuring others;
  3. The defendant breached that duty;
  4. And the defendant’s breach proximately caused injury.

In Texas, a landlord or landowner can also be found liable for failing to remove a known dangerous dog from the property. This law is designed to protect tenants from vicious dogs. In such cases, there is a two-part test: The injury must have occurred in a common area under the control of the landlord; and the landlord must have had actual or imputed knowledge of the particular dog’s vicious nature.

You may be able to prevent being the victim of a dog bite. Follow these safety tips:

  • Never treat a dog unkindly
  • Don’t bother a dog who is busy
  • Don’t approach a dog you don’t know
  • Always be calm around dogs
  • If a stray dog approaches you, stay calm and quiet

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, don’t fight the legal battle alone. You may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses, injury and loss. Work with a personal injury lawyer you can trust to handle your case. Compensation for medical bills can be obtained through the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance.  Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your dog bite injury.

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By : Sasha Miller /March 07, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Understanding Our Judicial System — Civil vs. Criminal Law

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How well do you know our judicial system? Do you know the differences between civil and criminal law?

The majority of legal cases are either a civil or criminal case. However, there is also an area of law known as administrative law, which deals with governmental entities, such as in social security disability cases, or other matters before governmental entities.

In a criminal case, a local, state or federal prosecutor prosecutes someone accused of wrongdoing on behalf of the people. On the other hand, a civil case consists of two or more private parties in a dispute, where one party is seeking financial restitution, such as in a personal injury case, contract or business dispute or will contest. A civil case cannot result in jail time for the defendant, as might be the result of a criminal case.

Civil lawyers represent clients in claims before a lawsuit is filed, as well as in lawsuits, whereas criminal lawyers work cases within the criminal justice system. Unlike in many criminal cases, defendants in civil cases are not entitled to a lawyer at no cost if the party cannot afford to hire an attorney.

A lawyer who passes his or her bar exam is able to practice either civil or criminal law.  Some, but not many, do both.  But, it is allowed.  One day, a lawyer may defend an accused in a criminal case, the next day, he might file bankruptcy on behalf of a client, and the next sue a negligent party in a wrongful death case.

At The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare, we focus on nothing but personal injury law. Our experience has proven we are good at what we do, and that we know what we are doing in personal injury cases. We believe focusing our concentration in one area is better than attempting to practice any and every kind of law.

If you need a lawyer, for any case, call The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. Even if your case doesn’t fall under personal injury law, we are happy to offer a free referral to another reputable attorney we know and trust.

If you are looking for a personal injury attorney with integrity, who will take the high road in your case, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Sasha Miller /February 27, 2013 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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