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Dog Bites and the Law

by Tim O’Hare

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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 year, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States, with nearly 800,000 of those requiring medical attention. Tragically, about 30 to 35 people will die from a dog bite every year; the majority of those are children under the age of 10.

Late last month, 85-year-old Dorothy Hamilton of Kaufman, Texas was found dead in her home after she was attacked by her son’s pit bulls. Authorities seized eight pit bulls from the property; two of those were found inside the home and suspected of killing the woman.

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.

What to do if you’re the victim of a dog bite

Like other types of personal injury cases, dog bites can be the result of negligence. Negligent dog owners may underestimate the aggression of their pet, ignore leash laws, fail to maintain their fence, fail to properly contain their dog, or perform other negligent acts that lead to their dog or dogs biting another person. Dog bites are very painful and can result in significant medical expenses. If you have been bitten by a dog, or received some other injury as a result of an animal encounter, you may be entitled to financial recovery.

In the State of Texas, a dog bite victim can recover compensation for injury or loss under the premise of negligence, negligence per se, and/or intentional tort. Texas does not have a dog bite statute, meaning it adheres to the “one bite rule.” What does this mean? Generally, 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.  There are some exceptions to this rule.

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 the plaintiff’s 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.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare know how to deal with Dog Bite 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 : Melody Harstine Foster /April 08, 2014 /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.

The Final Four Is Coming! Don’t Be a Victim of Drunk Driving

by Tim O’Hare

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?????????????The Final Four converges on Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend. With major sporting events often comes an increase in drunk driving.

If you plan to be out and about this weekend, take a few minutes to remind yourself how to avoid being a victim of drunk driving.

Choose a designated driver. If you’re going to the games, a watch party or another Final Four event and you plan to consume alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a party and serving alcohol, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.

Avoid late night driving. Even if it means leaving the watch party or pre or post game celebration early, if you get home safely, it’s worth it. Leaving the game or watch party early will help you avoid the rush of drivers as soon as the game ends.

Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers, and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being sideswiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.

Watch for drunk drivers on the road and notify law enforcement. If you notice another car weaving in and out of lanes, driving on areas not designated as roadways, making wide turns or abrupt changes in speed or driving into opposing traffic, notify law enforcement immediately.

Don’t let the fear of becoming a victim of drunk driving keep enjoying the fun of Final Four weekend. Just be sure to plan ahead and make smart choices to keep yourself and others safe.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of drunk driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /April 03, 2014 /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 ranks third in Taser-related deaths

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taser, police taser, taser deaths, Texas taser deaths, personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury attorney, personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Tim O'HareTexas ranks third in the nation, behind California and Florida in Taser-related deaths, according to Amnesty International. Between 2001 and 2012, more than 500 people in the U.S. died after being shocked with a Taser during arrest or while in jail. Thirty-seven of those deaths were in Texas.

A Taser gun discharges 50,000 volts of electricity into a person, which overrides the central nervous system causing uncontrollable muscle contractions. If the volts hit near a vital organ, such as the person’s heart, the shock can lead to serious injuries or death.

Last fall, five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — discontinued the use of Tasers by officers in their departments. While it wasn’t made clear by these departments why they dropped Tasers from their list of equipment used, it is suspected that the departments did so to prevent a lawsuit following a person’s injury or death due to the Taser.

In January 2013, police in the city of Marshall, Texas shocked a man seven times with a Taser. Marcus Slade, who was 32-years-old, died from his injuries. His family has filed a suit against the city, its police chief at the time and several police officers for what the suit claims was excessive force by police officers.

A disclaimer issued by Taser International warns of death or serious injury if the product is not used correctly. Sadly, the use of Tasers by police officers has resulted in nearly 40 deaths in the state of Texas. While that disclaimer is used to protect Taser International from lawsuits, last year the company paid out $2.3 million in settlements to plaintiffs who sued the company.

The use of a Taser to subdue a suspect during an arrest or an unruly jail inmate should be considered a last resort, rather than something used flippantly or without a great deal of caution.

If you have suffered a serious injury or if you have lost a loved one as the result of Taser use, contact 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 : Melody Harstine Foster /March 27, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney, wrongful death /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.

Construction zones on Texas roadways pose serious risk for drivers and workers

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construction zone accident, construction zone car wreck, construction zone car wreck attorney, Dallas construction zone car wreck attorney, Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury attorney, personal injury attorney, Dallas road workAt any given time, there are as many as 1,000 active work zones in Texas; dozens of these are on highways in Dallas-Ft. Worth alone. TxDOT is currently tackling one of the largest construction programs in the history of the department, with more than 20 active work zones spanning more than one-quarter of the 407 miles of I-35 from north to south Texas.

The more construction zones there are, the more worker safety becomes an issue. Every day thousands of construction workers put their lives in the hands of Texas drivers.

According to TxDOT, there are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people — both drivers and construction workers — killed in highway construction and maintenance zones every year. The leading causes of work zone accidents in Texas: excessive speed, distracted driving and drunk driving. More than 71 percent of the 134 work zone fatalities on Texas roadways in 2012 were related to drugs, alcohol, distracted driving or a combination of these factors.

Improving Texas roadways is a never-ending project, and as frustrating as that fact might be for drivers, it is important that everyone on the road drive through construction zones with extreme caution. TxDOT provides these four tips to keep in mind when driving through work zones:

• Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
• Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
• Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
• Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.

If you have been injured in a work zone car crash, or if you have lost a family member due to an accident in a construction zone, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /March 20, 2014 /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.

Debt Collections: Know your rights

by J. Branden Snyder

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debt collector, debt collections law, law offices of tim o'hareNobody enjoys dealing with debt collectors. Unfortunately, for many people, this is a real part of everyday life. If you are or have ever been behind on paying bills, whether household bills, your mortgage, a car loan or personal credit card bills, debt collectors have probably contacted you.

Though they are often annoying and sometimes intimidating, the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits debt collectors from certain practices when collecting debt. It’s important that you know your rights under Federal law in order to prevent being a victim of abusive debt collection.

Here are a few important things you should know about your rights under federal law:

  • The FDCPA covers personal, family and household debts. These may include credit card payments, car loans, medical bills and even your mortgage. The act does not cover business debts.
  • A debt collector may not contact you before 8am or after 9pm unless you have given them permission to do so.
  • If you express orally or in writing that you are not allowed to get calls at work, debt collectors may not contact you at your workplace.
  • Debt collectors are allowed to contact other people about your debt, but only to get your address, phone number and place of work. In most cases, they are prohibited from contacting third parties more than once and are not allowed to discuss your debt with anyone other than you, your spouse or your attorney.
  • If you have an attorney representing you about your debt, the debt collector may not contact you directly, but must contact your attorney instead.
  • It is possible to get a debt collector to stop contacting you. Send a letter to the collector via certified mail and request a return receipt. (Keep a copy of the letter for yourself.) Though it does not erase your debt, the collector may not contact you again except to notify you they will end contact or if the creditor is filing a lawsuit against you.

Keep in mind that many states have their own debt collection laws that may vary from the FDCPA.

Illegal practices

Debt collectors are prohibited from unfair practices, harassing you and/or making false statements to you or anyone else regarding your debt. According to the FTC, some examples of these types of illegal practices include:

  • Making threats of violence or harm
  • Publishing a list of names of people who refuse to pay their debts
  • Using obscene or profane language
  • Using the phone repeatedly to annoy someone
  • Falsely claiming they are attorneys or government officials
  • Falsely claiming you have committed a crime or that you will be arrested if you don’t pay
  • Falsely claiming they work for a credit reporting company
  • Misrepresenting the amount you owe
  • Depositing a back-dated check early
  • Contact you by postcard

If you think a debt collector has violated state or federal law, you have a right to sue within one year from the date the law was violated. If you win, a judge may order the collector to pay you for any damages you incurred as a result of the collector’s illegal practices, including lost wages and medical bills. Violations should be reported to the state Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

If you are being sued by a collection agency or believe that a debt collector has violated your rights, you need an attorney on your side who has experience with Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases. Contact the The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /March 12, 2014 /General Civil Law /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.

2 Things You Should Know About Texas Worker’s Compensation

by Tim O’Hare

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workers compensation, work injury, injured at work, Texas worker's compensationWhen you left your house this morning, the possibility of getting injured on the job today most likely never crossed your mind. Whether or not you think it could happen to you, work-related injuries happen every day in America. Are you prepared in the unfortunate event you are injured at work?

Here are two things you need to know about Texas Worker’s Compensation:

  1. Your employer’s insurance may not cover work-related injuries. In Texas, companies are not required to subscribe to a worker’s compensation insurance program, and in many cases, companies opt not to carry the insurance in an effort to save money. A worker’s compensation case is dependent on whether or not an employer carries worker’s comp insurance. The Texas Worker’s Compensation Act protects employers who do carry worker’s comp insurance from legal consequences.
  2. If your employer’s insurance doesn’t cover work-related injuries, consult with a personal injury attorney. Whether your employer has an insurance policy in place to cover medical expenses from any potential work-related injuries or not, if you’ve been injured at work, you may be entitled to have your employer cover your economic losses (medical expenses and lost wages.) If your employer does not carry worker’s compensation insurance, your case is considered a “non-subscriber” job injury case. Navigating the complexities of non-subscriber law  is not something you should do alone. Instead, turn to a personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with a wide range of work-related injury cases, especially non-subscriber cases.

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 has shown negligence, we can help. 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 when you are already pursuing a worker’s compensation claim.

If you have been injured at work, and 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 worker’s compensation case and ensure you get everything you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /February 26, 2014 /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.

Tim O’Hare Recognized as one of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine

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Law Office of Tim O'Hare, D Magazine, D Magazine Best Lawyers, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'HareTim O’Hare has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine.

The list of top lawyers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex will appear in the May issue of D Magazine, which will be available online and for purchase in April. Selections for the list are made by a group of lawyers and editors who review peer nominations submitted for the recognition.

In years past, less than 25 injury lawyers (of the more than 1,000 in the Metroplex) make the list. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers and D Magazine for the work we do on behalf of injured victims and family members who have lost loved ones due to negligence,” says O’Hare.

In all, there are just over 500 names on the list — just about two percent of approximately 25,000 attorneys in the Metroplex.

This recognition by D Magazine adds to a long list of recognitions for the Tim O’Hare including:

• A/V Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available.  (Click here to view   profile on martindale.com.)
• Avvo.com 10 of 10 rating based on Tim’s his ethical standing with the 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.

“I am both humbled and honored to announce I was named one of the top lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine,” says O’Hare. “In an area of law that is often filled with questionable ethics, it is refreshing to know that my peers still recognize the value of integrity and doing the right thing.”

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 : Melody Harstine Foster /February 18, 2014 /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.

Personal Injury Protection: What It Is and Why You Should Buy it

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car accident, car crash, car wreck, auto accident, car crash , personal injury protection, insurance, car insurance, personal injury attorney, personal injury lawyer, Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawyerTexas law requires drivers to carry minimum liability insurance. The minimum amount required is $30,000 for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. This is commonly known as a 30/60/25 policy.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car accident and you are at fault, liability insurance will pay to repair or replace the other driver’s car and pay other people’s medical expenses. Liability insurance does not pay to repair or replace your car or cover your own medical expenses.

There are additional types of coverage you can purchase to cover the cost of repairs or replacement for your own vehicle, as well as your own medical expenses due to injury. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a coverage that pays for your medical expenses (including deductibles and/or co-pays) regardless of who was at fault in the accident. This coverage is not required, but may be purchased.  Usually, PIP is a very inexpensive premium.  It usually comes in increments of $2,500.00, up to $10,000.00. At The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare, we wholeheartedly recommend you purchase as much PIP as you can afford.  There are a number of reasons for this:  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.

There is also a coverage on auto policies known as Medical Payments coverage (Med-Pay).  We don’t recommend this type of coverage.  It differs from PIP in that it doesn’t cover lost wages and must be paid back to your insurance company in the event you settle with the other party’s insurance company, and the savings in premium compared to PIP is very minor.

Unfortunately, even if you have Personal Injury Coverage, auto insurance companies will not always cover medical expenses under these insurance plans. It isn’t uncommon for an insurance company to deny a claim or part of a claim. A common reason a claim gets denied is the insurance company determines the doctor or hospital bills are unreasonably high, in which case, the insurance company might only pay a portion of it. You would be responsible to cover the rest.

This is why we recommend that you don’t attempt to deal with the insurance company yourself, but rather hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your interests.

Car accidents can cause health issues, emotional trauma and a lot of medical expenses. When you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or other traffic accident, you may be entitled to money for doctor and hospital bills, medications, therapy and other medical expenses caused by your accident. You may also be able to receive money for pain, emotional suffering, lost wages, benefits and future earnings, scarring and the deterioration of your quality of life.

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 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 : Melody Harstine Foster /February 11, 2014 /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.

Top 10 American Olympic Athletes

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personal injury attorney, Tim O'Hare, O'Hare Law Firm, personal injury lawywerThe 2014 Winter Olympics kick off today in Sochi, Russia. Thousands of athletes from around the world (including 230 from the United States) have gathered in Sochi to compete in 15 various winter sporting events.

Though the Winter Olympics are not as big as the Summer Olympics, there is still a sense of excitement leading up to the Winter Games. This year’s Olympic games are unique for a number of reasons. Did you know the Sochi Olympics will go down in history as the most expensive Olympics in history, costing nearly $51 billion? To put it in perspective, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics cost just $8 billion.

There are also more countries represented in the Winter Olympics this year than ever before. Athletes from 88 countries will compete this year, including for the first time, athletes from Paraguay and Zimbabwe.

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, I’ve put together a list of my picks for the Top 10 American Olympic Athletes of all time.

Did I leave anyone out? If so, tell me which athletes you would pick on Facebook or Twitter!

10. Bob Mathias — First man to ever win two Decathlon gold medals, winning in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki. One of only two men to accomplish this feat.

9. Matt Biondi — Swimmer who has won 11 medals in his Olympic career, including gold medals in 1984, 1988 and 1992.

8. Florence Griffith-Joyner — Captured three gold medals in Track and Field in Seoul in 1988. Died in her sleep when she was only 38.

7. Apollo Anton Ohno — The most decorated Winter Olympian in U.S. history, with 8 medals, including two golds.

6. Mary Lou Retton — First American to win All-Around Gold in Women’s Gymnastics, reached icon status after the 1984 Olympics.

5. Mark Spitz — Nine-time gold medalist in his in Olympic career; held the record for most Olympic gold medals until Michael Phelps broke the record in 2012.

4. Jesse Owens — Won four gold medals in Berlin in 1936. Owens was as important culturally at this time in world history as he was to the U.S. team.

3. Michael Phelps — Holds the record for most Olympic medals with 19 total, including 15 Golds. Phelps is the most decorated U.S. Olympian ever.

2. Carl Lewis – Won nine gold medals in four Olympic games including four straight Long Jump Golds — a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.

1. 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team — No group of Olympians made more of an impact on the nation than the Men’s Gold Medal winning hockey team coached by the late Herb Brooks. Led by Captain Mike Eruzione and Goalie Jim Craig, the Americans defeated the highly favored Soviets before winning the gold at Lake Placid, New York in 1980 at the height of the Cold War.

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 : Melody Harstine Foster /February 06, 2014 /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.

Serious Injury? Hire a Reputable Personal Injury Lawyer

by Tim O’Hare

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car accident attorney, car wreck attorney, personal injury attorney, personal injury lawyer, Tim O'Hare, dallas personal injury attorney, dallas personal injury lawyerHave you suffered a serious injury, such as paralysis, from a truck, job or construction accident?  Do not settle with an insurance company before consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.  You will cost yourself money if you do.

Insurance adjusters receive raises and promotions based on how much money they save their company. No matter what they may tell you, their bottom line is more important than you are!  You can be sure an adjuster is not looking out for your best interests.

In the tragic event that you suffer a serious injury as the result of an auto accident or a work-related injury, or lose a loved one as a result of an accident, your best bet, every time, is to work with a reputable personal injury attorney who is legally obligated to act in your best interests and advise you accordingly.

Contrary to what you see on TV, a reputable personal injury lawyer’s end goal is making sure their client receives enough compensation to cover medical costs and to meet the financial needs of their family for what is lost due to the accident.  This includes past and future economic losses.

If you know someone who has been seriously injured through no fault of their own, encourage them to call a reputable personal injury attorney who can protect them from being taken advantage of by the insurance company. A serious injury could result in financial hardship for the rest of the injured individual’s life which can be dealt with by an experienced attorney working on that individual’s behalf.

To ensure you get a fair settlement, here are three things you should know:

1. Don’t talk to an adjuster without an attorney. Before innocently answering questions that will be twisted and turned to be used to devalue your claim, contact a personal injury attorney and let them speak for you.

2. Be patient and wait for the right settlement. Do not jump on the first settlement offered to you. Chances are, it will be weeks before you know the total cost of the accident and your actual losses. Insurance companies will often make an offer right away to avoid paying what they know will be fair.  Don’t fall for it.  Get a lawyer on board quickly. It will be to your advantage.

3. Hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Only a lawyer will know all the laws regarding your case, and how they apply to you. To get the best settlement in your case, hire a personal injury lawyer. Insurance adjusters want you to deal with them and not hire a lawyer because they know it will save the company money, hurting you in the process.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare are attorneys you can trust to always look out for your best interests. Tim O’Hare was recently named one of the best personal injury lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. He is an attorney you can trust – trust to make sure your future is protected when an accident not your fault makes life uncertain.

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.

Call The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for your FREE Case Evaluation 


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By : Melody Harstine Foster /February 03, 2014 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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