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  O'Hare Blog 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.

Construction Site Accidents, Injuries, and Deaths

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photo-serious_work_injuryEvery year, more than 1,000 workers are killed in construction site accidents. In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job, according to the United States Department of Labor, and 20 percent of those were in construction. One in five on-the-job injuries occur on construction sites.

Falls are responsible for the most construction site injuries and deaths, followed by workers being struck by an object, electrocutions, and workers getting caught in-between objects on the job site. These are considered the “Fatal Four” of construction site injuries, and were responsible for more than half of all construction worker deaths in 2013.

Construction site injuries and deaths have frequently been in the news recently. Just last month, two workers were killed in accidents on the same Argyle, Texas construction site in a week. Julio Ledesma, a 36-year-old single father of three girls was killed and three other workers were injured when the metal frame of an under-construction indoor practice facility at Argyle High School collapsed. A week later, on the same job site, 22-year-old Daniel Moran died after he became trapped beneath the rear axle of an 18-wheeler his father was driving.

Some of the most common construction site accidents include:

• Falls from scaffolding
• Crane or building collapses
• Falling objects
• Electrocution, fires and explosions
• Faulty tools or equipment
• Dangerous chemicals

If you have suffered an accident on a construction site, you may be entitled to substantial money damages including reimbursement for medical expenses pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury. Spouses of the injured may also be entitled to collect damages for the loss of pleasure or companionship.

In cases where your injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future. In the event of an on-the-job injury or death, property owners, employers, architects, manufacturers, and even insurance companies might be liable for:

• Faulty machinery/tools
• Unsafe procedures or working conditions
• Negligent management
• Inadequate training
• Explosions or fires
• Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
• Unrealistic employer demands that led to safety shortcuts
• Exposure to toxic fumes or substances

If you have been injured in accident on a construction site, or another work-related accident, trust your case to a professional who will handle your case with extreme care and integrity. The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare has represented clients against employers, manufacturers and other defendants who have caused workplace injuries, and we have successfully handled numerous cases. We know which medical experts and occupational experts you will need, and our personal injury attorneys will stick with your case no matter how long it takes.

If you have suffered an injury while on-the-job, 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 : Tim O'Hare /May 15, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Tim O’Hare Once Again Ranks Among Best Lawyers in Texas

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Congratulations to Tim O’Hare, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, for his recognition as one of the 2015 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine and being named to the 2015 list of Texas Super Lawyers. Tim is one of an elite group of lawyers to receive both recognitions.

D Magazine Best Lawyers

dmagazineSelections for the D Magazine list are made by a group of lawyers and editors who review peer nominations submitted for the recognition. The D Magazine list of top lawyers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex appears in the May issue.

In years past, less than 20 injury lawyers (of the more than 1,000 in the Metroplex) make the list. “It is an honor to once again be recognized as one of the best personal injury attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, said O’Hare. “We work hard day in and day out to provide the best service to our clients, both those who have been injured and those who have lost loved ones due to negligence.”

In all, there are just over 500 names on the D Magazine list—which is about two percent of the approximate 25,000 attorneys in the Metroplex.

Texas Super Lawyers

superlawyersThe national Super Lawyers rating service has again named Tim O’Hare as a Texas Super Lawyer, a distinction given to only the top five percent of attorneys in the state. The full list will be published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly later this year.

In 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process received a patent from The United States Patent and Trademark Office, demonstrating credibility as an impartial third-party rating system.

Lawyers are selected on an annual, state-by-state basis based on this patented, multiphase selection process, which includes peer nominations, evaluations, and third-party research.

These recognitions add to a long list of awards and recognitions for Tim O’Hare, including:

  • A/V Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available. (Click here to view profile on martindale.com.)
  • com 10 of 10 rating based on Tim’s ethical standing with the Texas Bar Association and endorsements by both peers and clients. (Click here to view profile on Avvo.com.)
  • Top Transportation Lawyers in the country by The American Lawyer Magazine.
  • Top Personal Injury Lawyers in the nation by The National Law Journal.
  • Named one of Texas’ Legal Leaders.
  • A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

“In an area of law that is often filled with questionable ethics, it is both humbling and refreshing to be recognized for our integrity as a law firm and the work we do representing clients in North Texas,” said O’Hare.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury as the result of a car wreck or work accident, or if you need someone to handle your will, trust, probate matters, bankruptcy, child custody or child support issues, business formations or another legal matter, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 05, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Texas Lawmakers Once Again Consider Ban on Texting While Driving

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distracted driving, texting while driving, text and drive, distracted driving lawsIn 2011, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a statewide ban on texting while driving. The measure has once again made it before the Texas legislature, and the ban passed in the Texas House late last month.

House Bill 80 by Representative Tom Craddick, R-Midland, passed in the house 102 to 40. If the bill becomes law, it would make texting while driving a misdemeanor offense with a fine of up to $99 on the first offense and $200 on additional offenses.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), one in five crashes involve driver distraction and drivers who use their cell phones while driving are at a higher risk of crashing than drivers who do not.

“The main thing we need to say is, it is a safety issue in this state — driving is not a privilege,” Craddick, the former House speaker, told lawmakers on Wednesday. “It’s our responsibility as legislators to put forth the tools that the [Department of Public Safety] and other police officers in this state need to make it safe on our highways and streets.”

The bill contains six amendments, one of which clarifies that cities are still able to pass their own ordinances. Other amendments allow drivers to text as long as they are completely stopped and clarify that looking at a phone screen is not prohibited.

Should the bill pass, TxDOT would be required to put up signs alerting drivers to the ban in high-traffic locations and at entrances to state highways.

Forty cities in Texas—including Arlington, Denton, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, and Rowlett in the DFW area—already have ordinances against text messaging while driving in place, and 44 other states have laws against texting while driving.

Cell phone use is already prohibited in active school zones, and drivers with learners permits, or drivers under age 18 are prohibited from using their cell phones while driving.

What remains to be seen is whether or not Gov. Greg Abbott will veto the bill. While campaigning, he suggested he was against statewide and local bans on texting while driving, however, John Wittman, a spokesman for Gov. Abbott, stated that the Governor “will consider any bill passed by the Legislature with the goal of making Texas safer.”

State law or not, don’t text and drive. By doing so you are putting not only your life at risk, but also the lives of your passengers and other drivers on the road. That text message can wait.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 20, 2015 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Texas Dog Bite Laws

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dog bite, dog bite lawyer, dog bite attorneyEach year, there are more than 4.5 million dog bites in the United States, and nearly 800,000 of those require medical attention. Tragically, about 30 to 35 people will die from a dog attack each year. Last year, 42 people were killed by dog bites, 20 of these victims were children.

Texas does not have a dog bite statute, but instead adheres to the “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bites. What does this mean? A dog bite victim can recover compensation from the owner, harborer, or keeper of the dog if: the dog previously bit a person or acted like it wanted to; or if the defendant was aware of the dog’s previous conduct. If one of those two conditions is not met, the victim of a dog bite cannot collect compensation from the owner under this doctrine.

What happens if the dog bites or attacks and has never done so before? A victim of a dog bite can recover compensation due to negligence—the absence of care a reasonably prudent person would exercise. For example, allowing a stray dog to wander into a day care center would be considered negligent. Under negligence law, the dog bite victim does not have to prove that the dog previously bit a person or acted like it wanted to. Another example would be if a fence is not properly secure, allowing a dog to get out of its yard.

To recover compensation from a dog bite on the grounds of negligence, a plaintiff must prove: the defendant owned or was in possession of the animal; the defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent the animal from injuring a person; that the defendant breached that duty; and that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the dog bite injury to occur. In Texas, violation of an animal control law—such as not keeping a dog on a leash—can result in liability and constitute negligence on the part of the violator. If this is the case, the plaintiff must prove that the violation was the cause of the injury.

The above explanations are not all-inclusive regarding Texas dog laws, but are rather a general overview of the laws. For example, some animals are known to be inherently dangerous, and the one-bite rule doesn’t apply in these situations. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite or other kind of animal attack, contact a personal injury attorney who has knowledge of and understands the full extent of Texas laws as they apply to injuries by a dog.

While only a small fraction of dog bites end in death, one death from a dog bite or dog attack is one too many.

Prevent becoming a dog bite victim

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.The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare know how to deal with dog bites and other dangerous animal cases and will work to maximize your recovery. Laws protecting dog bite victims can be challenging, so you need an experienced attorney who understands the laws specific to your case. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, don’t fight the legal battle alone. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will fight hard for you to make sure you receive the financial recovery you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 02, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

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dog bites, dog bite attorney, Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawyer, personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, dog bite, Dallas dog bite attorney, Dallas dog bite lawyerEach day in the U.S. an estimated 1,000 people require emergency care treatment as the result of a dog bite injury. In some tragic cases, those injuries result in the victim’s death. In 2014, there were 42 dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Twenty of these deaths were children, and 16 were people 50 years and older.

Although much of an individual dog’s aggressiveness is due to how it is trained by its owner, some dog breeds are simply more dangerous than others, often due to size and strength.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

1. Pit Bull—Attacks by Pit Bulls account for the most deaths by dog attack in the United States and the highest percentage of unprovoked dog bites. Last year, Pitt Bulls were responsible for 64 percent of all dog bite-related fatalities in the U.S.
2. Rottweiler—The bite of a Rottweiler is extremely powerful, at 1,180 to 1,460 newtons (the measurement of force). A CDC study between 1993 and 1996 found that Rottweilers were responsible for half of all deaths caused by dog bites in the U.S.
3. German Shepherd—The bite of a German Shepherd has a force over 1,060 newtons. Some research suggests German Shepherds also have a tendency to attack smaller dogs.
4. Doberman Pinscher—The sheer size and strength of Doberman Pinschers makes them a potentially dangerous dog breed. The last reported death by a Doberman in the U.S. was in 2011 when a Doberman Pinscher attacked and killed its owner, an elderly woman.
5. Bull Mastiff—Extremely large and intimidating dogs, Bull Mastiffs can weigh as much as 130 pounds. Last year, a Bullmastiff was blamed for the death of a teenage boy in Texas who saved a young girl who was being attacked by the dog.
6. Husky—Athletic and energetic dogs intended to be working dogs rather than social dogs. Between 1979 and 1998, Siberian Huskies were responsible for 15 deaths in the U.S.
7. Malamute—These dogs are often known to attack smaller animals. Between 1966 and 1980 in the U.S., Malamutes were responsible for five fatal dog bites.
8. Wolf Hybrid—Any dog that has been directly crossbred with a wolf is considered a wolf hybrid (although all dogs are descendants of wolves). Wolf hybrids can be skittish and unpredictable, and in many states, it is illegal to own a wolf hybrid. According to the CDC, wolf hybrids were responsible for 14 deaths in the U.S. between 1979 and 1998.
9. Boxers—Descendants of hunting dogs, Boxers have strong jaws and powerful bites. They are also known as a very protective breed, which can be a good thing in some cases, but can also turn very dangerous. The last known fatality caused by a Boxer in the U.S. occurred in 2013.
10. Great Dane—Due to their size, Great Danes can either be “gentle giants,” or very dangerous. A full-grown male can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The last known fatality caused by a Great Dane in the U.S. was in 2003, when a 2-year-old girl was killed.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare know how to deal with dog bites and other dangerous animal cases and will work to maximize your recovery. Laws protecting dog bite victims can be challenging, so you need an experienced attorney who understands the laws specific to your case. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, don’t fight the legal battle alone. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will fight hard for you to make sure you receive the financial recovery you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /March 26, 2015 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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3 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in School Zones

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dallas personal injury lawyerOne in five car accidents involves distracted driving. If you use your cell phone while driving, you are more likely to be in a wreck than drivers who do not — and it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a handheld or hands-free mobile device.

Although Texas currently has no law banning the use of cell phones while driving (except in school zones), several municipalities across the state have prohibited texting while driving.

The responsibility of keeping our kids safe in school zones lies with every driver in Texas. Most pedestrian accidents are the result of inattentive or distracted driving, a driver’s failure to yield right of way, turning into an intersection without looking for pedestrians, or pedestrians ignoring walk signals or crossing the street without looking for oncoming traffic.

Many of these pedestrian accidents occur between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. when children are getting off school busses and crossing streets in school zones. These accidents can be prevented. Here are three ways we can help keep kids safe in school zones:

1. Put down the phone when driving through an active school zone. That conversation can wait, and isn’t worth the risk of potentially hitting a child crossing the street.

2. Slow down. The speed limit in an active school zone drops to 20 mph. Even if you’re in a hurry, don’t rush through a school zone. Children’s lives are precious. Receiving a traffic ticket in a school zone can cost you double what it would if you were pulled over outside a school zone.

3. Teach school-aged children the importance of paying attention while crossing the street. While slower speed limits and crosswalk guards help, it is important that children crossing the street pay close attention to traffic, look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t rely solely on the crosswalk guard to get them across safely.

When driving, always give pedestrians the right of way, even if they aren’t in a crosswalk. The use of cell phones increases the risk of accidents for both drivers who are talking on the cell phone and pedestrians who are crossing the street. Whether walking or driving, put down the cell phone and pay attention to the traffic and pedestrians around you.

If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a wreck, call us. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare will guide you through your case and ensure you get everything you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /March 13, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Winter Driving Safety Tips

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dallas personal injury lawyer, winter driving safetySpring may be just around the corner, but for now, Texas is experiencing an unusually cold — and wet — winter. Snow, ice, and sleet shut down cities and area schools in North Texas last week, and again this week.

Driving on slick roads isn’t something we get much practice with in Texas; this winter weather makes driving conditions unpredictable and dangerous. In this weather, it’s best to stay home and only venture out on the roads if absolutely necessary.

If you do need to get out, it’s important to know what conditions you might encounter. The Texas Department of Transportation offers the following potential hazardous road conditions to look out for:

• Loss of pavement friction due to wet, snow-covered or icy conditions
• Restricted visibility due to fog, falling rain or vehicle spray
• Lane obstruction due to standing water or plowed or blowing snow
• Infrastructure damage (such as a washed-out road)

If you must get out on the roads in these conditions, follow these winter driving safety tips:

• Slow down. Keep in mind that speed limits are set based on normal road conditions. Winter weather makes the road conditions unpredictable so give yourself some extra time.
• Increase following distance. On ice or snow, TxDOT recommends maintaining a following distance at least three times the normal following distance.
• Stay back at least 200 feet from snow removal equipment.
• Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas.
• Don’t slam on your brakes. If you start to slide, gently ease off the gas pedal or brakes and turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid until you regain control.

If you are involved in an accident during winter weather, follow the same protocol: turn off your car engine and turn on hazard lights; do not leave the scene of the accident; call 9-1-1; exchange information; photograph and document the accident; and file an accident report.

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 : Tim O'Hare /March 06, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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5 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will

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Nobody wants to think about planning for his or her own death, but it’s something every adult should consider—sooner, rather than later. Some of the things you need to consider include life insurance and creating a will.

What is a will?

A will is an estate plan that goes into effect after you die. In your will, you can direct a person (or persons) as your legal representative(s) to carry out your wishes and designate who will receive your property and assets upon your death. A will does not cover any property that is held in a trust or joint tenancy, but only property that is held in your name. A will must pass through probate. In other words, a court will oversee the administration of your will and ensure that it is carried out the way you wanted. As such, a will becomes public record.

Here are 5 things everyone should know about writing a will:

  1. Everyone needs a will. If you die without a will, it can be very costly to your family and heirs, and you will have no say over the division of your assets. State heirship laws take over. Writing a will alleviates the burden placed on your family after you die. A will also allows you to specify funeral arrangements and to predetermine who will take care of your children—this is the primary reason even young adults who have children should have a will.
  2. Work with an attorney. Every state has different rules and regulations regarding wills. It is in your best interest to work with an attorney who fully understands the legalities surrounding writing a will in your state and is experienced in estate planning and death taxes. Hiring an attorney to help you write your will ensures that you have a properly created legal document.
  3. Carefully select the executors of your will. These are the people you will assign to carry out your final affairs after your death. Choose people you trust and you know will be up to the task. You may also want to choose a backup executor in the event your first choice is unable to serve as executor upon your death.
  4. Discuss your plans with your family. After you plan your estate, take time to discuss those plans with your heirs to help prevent confusion or disputes down the road. Family conflicts are unfortunately common when dealing with a loved one’s estate, but by planning ahead, you can help reduce or eliminate any potential arguments among your family and children after you die.
  5. Consider a trust as well. Unlike a will, a trust goes into effect as soon as you create it. It is a legal arrangement in which you designate an individual or an institution (such as a bank or law firm) as your “trustee” to hold the title to your property. You can also designate a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive what is left of your estate after you die. A trust will only cover property that has been transferred to the trustee. Any property you wish to be included in your trust must be put in the name of the trust. A trust does not pass through probate, which can save both time and money. Because a trust is not probated, it can remain private.

An experienced will and trust attorney can help you determine if you need to set up a will or a trust to handle your estate and guide you through the process. An attorney will explain the legal terms and help ensure that your will or trust is set properly so there are no questions in the event of your death. Your attorney can also help review your financial assets and double check who can receive what from your retirement accounts.

Do you need a will or trust? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.  We can prepare your will and/or trust quickly, with minimal hassle to you.

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By : Tim O'Hare /February 17, 2015 /Blog, General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
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Words and Actions Matter More Than You Know

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When I decided to practice law, my primary motivation was the opportunity I knew I’d have to make a difference in the lives of others. At some point in each of our lives, we need someone to have our back — an advocate to stand up for us. That is what I want to be for each of my clients.

You don’t have to be an attorney to make a difference in another person’s life — each and every one of us are afforded opportunities on a daily basis to make a difference through our friendship, the way we care for others, and how we respond to someone who may find himself in a difficult situation.

Recently, I received a note from a past client, and his words to me were an encouraging reminder to keep doing what I’m doing, both inside my law office and outside in every day experiences. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in his words as well.

Backstory: This gentleman has led a rough life, even spending time in jail at one point. He came to me as the father of a young boy who was dying of cancer. His son had been given a prescription for pain medicine to help him cope with a tumor growing inside his head. The pharmacy mistakenly labeled the bottle with a dosage of 10 times the dose of medicine he was supposed to receive. After one dose, his son slipped into a coma and his parents were told to say goodbye. Miraculously, he recovered from this incident, but passed away a short time later from the cancer.

He writes:

“I hope that all is well with your family and practice. Again, I want to stress to you how much of an impact you have made on my life and the lives of my family. Reviewing photos of [my son] last night made me think of you. I thank you again for all that you did for us in our time of need and grief. The values you displayed as a man and a Christian have changed the way I live, thus changing my family. I thank you for the guiding light that you have shone in my life. You are, and always will have, a very valued connection in our hearts.

“Our lives are very different today. Thanks to you. [Our daughter] is doing well in school…[My wife] has been diagnosed with cervical cancer…She is preparing for treatment. On a positive note, she started college last semester. I guess seeing me make a change has helped guide her to a positive direction. Of course, I think we owe that to you. I would not have started the paralegal studies program if not for such a remarkable attorney and staff entering into our lives during our troubles.

For that, I thank you.”

Always remember, your influence on others extends far beyond immediate action. This man came to me as a client, but what he truly needed was someone who could show him a different way to live. What example are you setting for those who cross your path?

By : Tim O'Hare /January 23, 2015 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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What To Do If You Are In An Accident With An Uninsured Driver

by Tim O’Hare

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Man on the phone after colliding carIn Texas, it is illegal to drive without at least liability insurance, but unfortunately the laws do not keep some drivers from driving without insurance. The Insurance Research Council estimates that drivers in the U.S. have a 14 percent chance of being involved in an accident caused by an uninsured driver.

The term “uninsured motorist” refers to a driver of a motor vehicle who is not carrying liability insurance, or to an unidentified driver of a hit-and-run accident. It can also refer to an insured driver whose insurance has denied coverage for some reason. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, about 25 percent of the state’s 17 million licensed drivers do not carry liability insurance.

Being involved in a car accident with an uninsured driver who is at fault can be a nightmare. What do you do and whom do you call?

1. Call the police. Any time you are involved in a car accident, call the police first and foremost to investigate the accident.

2. Seek medical attention. If you or anyone else involved in the accident has visible injuries (or may have injuries that are not visible, such as a head injury), seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hesitating to get treatment can result in more serious medical concerns. Better to be safe than sorry.

3. Get the other driver’s information. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. It is possible that the other driver may present an expired insurance card, but that does not necessarily mean they are uninsured. Get any and all information from the other driver so you can find out whether or not they are insured.

4. Contact your insurance company. The Texas Insurance Code has mandated that all insurance companies doing business in Texas offer uninsured and underinsured motorist protection. Uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage applies to the policyholder and any family members residing in the same household, as well as passengers in the insured vehicle and anyone driving the insured vehicle with the owner’s permission. If you have uninsured insurance coverage, your insurance company should help cover your expenses from an accident.

5. Call an experienced personal injury attorney. Even if you have insurance coverage for this scenario, don’t expect your insurance company to do you any favors. Your insurance company will do everything it can to lessen the amount they pay to you, and insurance companies regularly tell people they are being paid what is “fair,” and frequently their definition of “fair” is far different than what most juries and policyholders would describe as fair.

6. Be sure you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP). If you do not currently have PIP, we recommend you purchase as much PIP as you can afford. This is an insurance that pays for your medical expenses (including deductibles and/or co-pays) regardless of who was at fault in the accident. There are a number of reasons we recommend PIP: 1) PIP is inexpensive security, 2) there are millions of uninsured drivers in the state of Texas, 3) you are likely to be in an accident at some point in your life and medical services are increasingly more and more costly, 4) PIP will help you whether you are at fault or not and 5) PIP also covers lost wages.

No matter what kind of insurance coverage you have, we never recommend that you attempt to deal with the insurance company yourself, but rather hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your interests.

The insurance company does not have your best interests at heart, but we do. Insurance companies will take advantage of you. We have a proven record of recovering money for our clients’ medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. We can help, so give us a call, and we will discuss the best way to protect you and help you recover money for what you are dealing with through no fault of your own. We can even refer you to the right doctor to help you recover from your injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a wreck, call us. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare will guide you through your case and ensure you get everything you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /January 09, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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