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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.

Medical Directives and Power of Attorneys: Do I need one?

by J. Branden Snyder

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dallas power of attorney, dallas medical directive, dallas wills and trusts lawyerPreparing legal documents such as medical directives and power of attorneys can be confusing. Here is your guide to the differences between a medical directive and power of attorney, and how to know what you need.

Medical Directives

A medical directive (also known as an advance directive) is written, legal instructions on your preferences regarding medical care in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Medical directives guide doctors and caregivers on your preferences if you become terminally ill, seriously injured, are in a coma, in late stages of dementia, or near the end of life.

Though it may seem like a daunting task, choosing to prepare an advance medical directive relieves your family and caregivers of the burden of decision-making on your behalf and allows them to focus on the moment of crisis and deal with their own grief. Medical directives can also help to eliminate disagreements between your loved ones on how to care for you should you be unable to make decisions for yourself.

Some of the decisions you might outline in your medical directive include your wishes regarding:

• Resuscitation
• Mechanical ventilation
• Tube feeding
• Dialysis
• Antibiotics and antiviral medications
• Comfort care
• Organ and tissue donation

Medical directives are commonly mistaken as being for elderly adults alone, but the truth is that adults of all ages should consider preparing such documents, as we never know when end-of-life circumstances may occur.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney, sometimes called a durable power of attorney or a health care proxy, is a specific type of advance directive that names an individual to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. That person might be a spouse, adult child, other relative, or friend.  You may also select an alternate in the event the person you choose is unable to fulfill his or her duties as your power of attorney.

When selecting someone to serve as your power of attorney, choose someone who:

• Meets your state’s requirements for power of attorney.
• Is not a member of your health care team.
• Is willing to discuss your medical and end-of-life wishes with you.
• Is trusted to make decisions based on your preferences and values.
• Can serve as an advocate on your behalf in the event that there are disagreements about your medical care.

A medical directive relieves your loved ones of some of the stresses involved with making end-of-life decisions, and a power of attorney takes it one step further by specifically naming an individual to be the final say on all decisions regarding your care. While one can function without the other, both are recommended to ensure you receive medical care based on your wishes and values.

Are you ready to prepare your medical directives and/or power of attorney? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a reputable attorney who can help prepare these important legal documents.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /September 24, 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.

Riding Safe: Motorcycle Safety for All Drivers

by Tim O’Hare

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dallas personal injury lawyer, dallas personal injury attorneyCooler fall weather is approaching, and that means you may see more motorcyclists out on Texas roadways. Did you know motorcyclists are more likely to die in a crash than drivers or passengers of a car or truck?

Ninety-eight percent of motorcycle riders who are involved in accidents are injured. In 2010, the federal government estimated that the number of fatalities in motorcycle accidents was about 30 percent higher than the number of fatalities in car crashes.

Motorcyclists must do their part to stay safe by riding smart, riding sober, and always wearing a helmet, but keeping motorcyclists safe on the roads is also the responsibility of all drivers. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, it is your responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists and other motorists and take certain precautions to avoid an accident that could otherwise be prevented.

Do your part to keep all drivers safe with these tips:

  • Check twice for traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections. The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of a car or truck. A motorcycle’s small size can not only make it more easily hidden from the sight of a vehicle driver, but it can also make it appear further away than it is. The smaller size of motorcycles can also make it difficult for other motorists to judge how fast a motorcycle is traveling.
  • Don’t follow motorcyclists at close distances. Some motorcyclists slow their speed by downshifting rather than breaking. Motorists should allow at least 3 to 4 seconds following distance, and predict when a motorcyclist in front of them may slow down. When roads are wet, motorcycles can have a difficult time stopping quickly, and should be allowed more space from other motorists.
  • Be aware that a motorcyclist may often change positions in a lane. Motorcycles do not respond to road hazards, such as debris and potholes as well as other vehicles might. Because of this, a motorcyclist might often be seen changing his or her position within a lane, to avoid potential hazards. Motorcyclists may also change positions in a lane to be seen more easily by other drivers.

When we put down distractions and keep ourselves aware of our surroundings and of others who are on the roads with us, Texas roads will be safer for all drivers. If you would like more information on sharing the road with motorcyclists, read this list of tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life. Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /September 10, 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.

Tim O’Hare Named One of Texas’ Super Lawyers

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Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury lawTim O’Hare has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by the national Super Lawyers rating service.

Lawyers selected to the list represent the top five percent of attorneys in the state of Texas. This list will be published in the October issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, and included in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. O’Hare will also be added to the list of Super Lawyers found at SuperLawyers.com.

“It is truly an honor to not only be nominated to this prestigious ranking, but to have been selected by my peers and the Super Lawyers selection committee as one of the leading attorneys in the state,” said O’Hare. “I know my clients have many options when selecting an attorney, and it is my privilege to serve each and every one to the best of my ability.”

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.

Lawyers enter the candidate pool through formal nominations by peers, or if identified by the Super Lawyers research department. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. These indicators include: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

Candidates are then grouped according to their primary areas of practice. The top candidates in each practice area serve on a blue ribbon panel, during which they review a list of candidates from their practice areas, rating them on a scale of one to 10.

For final selection, candidates are grouped into four firm-sized categories and evaluated against other candidates from similar sized firms. Only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

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 /August 26, 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.

Tips to Keep Our Kids Safe On Their Way To and From School

by Tim O’Hare

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Crossing to schoolTexas schools are back in session next week, which means drivers will need to pay extra attention when driving through school zones.

Last fall, Texas implemented new laws for school zones, which expanded limitations on cell phone use in an active school zone crossing to include all school property, including parking lots and drop off lanes. Violators of the cell phone ban face fines of up to $200. There are exceptions for hands-free devices, emergency calls and vehicles that are stopped.

The new laws enacted last year also increased fines for passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. The new penalty range is $500 to $1,250.

According to NHTSA, an average of 18 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year. Of those, six are occupants of a school transportation vehicle, while the other 12 are pedestrians.

Eighteen may not seem like many, but it is far too many innocent children who lose their lives walking or riding to or from school. As you prepare to send your child back to school, take a few minutes to review these school bus and school crossing safety tips from the NHTSA with your child:

• Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
• Never run across the road to catch the bus.
• If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic. Try to stay off the road as much as possible.
• When crossing the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again. If cars or other objects are obstructing your view, go to the nearest corner crosswalk.
• When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
• Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
• If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver or he or she may not see you.

As adults, we have a responsibility not only to teach our children to be safe, but to make a habit of always practicing safe driving, especially in school zones. Put away any hand-held devices when driving through school zones, observe the posted speed limit, and watch for children crossing the street. If you are unsure if a school zone is active, always assume it is.

If you or your child has been hurt as the result of a school transportation-related accident, 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 /August 18, 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.

5 Ways a Business Lawyer Can Help You

by J. Branden Snyder

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BUSINESS LAW(2)Are you facing a business matter and wondering if you should hire a lawyer? While many people attempt to navigate the legal process on their own, it’s worth the investment of hiring a business lawyer to ensure you don’t face greater expenses or legal hassles down the road — such as bankruptcy.

Here are a five ways a business lawyer can help you:

Determine the best legal structure for your business. How do you know if you need to form an LLC or a corporation, or enter into a partnership agreement? A business lawyer will walk you through the pros and cons of various business structures and help you determine the best legal structure for your business. Once you determine the legal structure that is the best fit for your business, a business attorney will help you register the paperwork to get your business off the ground.

Creating contracts and non-disclosure agreements. Contracts and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are a normal part of every business. A business attorney can draw up these documents for you, ensuring all of your bases are covered and that you are protected in the event of a disagreement or fallout with an employee or client.

Filing a patent. Patents are time consuming and take years to get through the approval process. They are also very expensive. In some cases, a patent may not provide any real advantages to you or your business. A business lawyer will evaluate your product and help you determine if a patent is necessary or beneficial.

Buying or selling a business. When it comes time to buy or sell a business, you need a lawyer on your side who can help negotiate agreements and contracts. If your business is a partnership or LLC with multiple owners, you will need a buy-sell agreement in place from the beginning to protect you in the event one owner wishes to transfer ownership, or if one owner dies.

Litigation. It isn’t uncommon for businesses to face lawsuits buy customers, or even current or former employees. A business lawyer will help you navigate the legal process and work to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Business lawyers save their clients time and money. They help to ensure protection for a business owner from liability and business taxes. If you are a business owner, or are planning to start a business, choose a business lawyer who can help you with any legal issues you may face. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for help with any business legal issues.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /August 05, 2014 /Blog, Small Business 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.

3 Reasons a Personal Injury Attorney Might Turn Down Your Case

by Tim O’Hare

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dallas personal injury lawyerPersonal injury lawyers often get a bad rap due to “TV” lawyers who claim to help their clients get rich quick.

The reality is most personal injury lawyers dedicate weeks, months, and sometimes even years to helping their clients receive due compensation for their injury or the loss of a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence. It is not a “get rick quick” scheme for the overwhelming majority of victims and their lawyers.

Unfortunately, not every injury makes a good personal injury case, and the ones that do make a good case usually require the attorney to commit time and financial resources to seeing it through to the end. In some circumstances, personal injury lawyers must turn down a case.

How do you know if you’ve got a case? Here are three common reasons a personal injury attorney might turn down a case.

1.     Injury is not significant. Minor injuries that do not require significant medical treatment are often not considered serious enough for a personal injury lawsuit. Why? In these cases, injuries are a measurement of “damages,” or financial loss due to the injury, and only real and measureable damages are compensated. Without significant financial damages, there is little or no compensation to be received, which means there’s really nothing a personal injury lawyer can do to help.

2.     Statute of Limitations exceeded. As with most legal cases, there is a Statute of Limitations on injury cases. If a case is beyond these limitations, a lawyer will not be able to help. In Texas, the Statute of Limitations on personal injury lawsuits in most circumstances is two years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your claim in this time frame, you do not have a case.

3.     No fault equals not liable. In addition to the severity of an injury, someone must be deemed “at fault” for your injury in order for you to have a case. If there is nobody who did anything wrong, or your injury is determined to be your own fault, nobody else can be held liable. That being said, a good personal injury lawyer will do all the research and investigation necessary before making the determination that there is no fault in your case.

Even if you are unsure whether or not you have a solid case, it is always worth a phone call to a trusted and experienced personal injury attorney who is focused on the best interests of his or her clients. If you have been injured in a car accident, suffered injury on someone else’s property, or suffered an injury through no fault of your own in another manner, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /July 29, 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.

Understanding Texas Child Custody Laws

by J. Branden Snyder

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Dallas child custody lawyerIf you are facing a battle for custody of your child or children, it can be a very stressful, frustrating, and emotional time for you. Although there may not be any guarantees in your case, it is important to understand Texas child custody laws and how they may affect your case.

First, let’s break down the terminology.

The term “custody” refers to the legal relationship between a parent and child. The “custodial parent” is the parent with whom the child or children in question live. The “non-custodial” parent is the individual who may or may not have been granted visitation with the child, but does not provide the primary residence for the child.

Who gets custody?

Custody is often determined in court and is granted to the parent the court deems most fit for the child or children based on the best interests of the child. This is the guiding principle by which the courts determine which parent shall be granted custody. There are a number of factors (called the “Holley Factors”) that the courts may use to determine the best interests of the child. These include (but are not limited to):

• the desires of the child
• present and future emotional and physical needs/potential dangers of the child
• parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody
• stability of both parents’ homes
• acts or omission of the parent which may indicate an improper existing parent-child relationship
• who has been making educational decisions of the child and meeting with the child’s teachers
• who has been making medical-related decisions
• who generally prepares food and feeds the children
• if one parent has alienated the child from the other parent
• which parent gets up with the child in the morning and puts him/her to bed at night
• any court appointed child custody expert recommendations

What about visitation?

The parent who is not awarded primary custody of the child will generally be given a set visitation schedule by the court. While Texas has a standard visitation schedule for children over three years old, the courts may alter this schedule based on the best interests of the child, or if the two parents agree on an alternative schedule.

Who pays child support?

Typically, the parent who is not awarded primary custody, or who has possession and access of the child the least amount of time is the parent who pays child support. If both parties agree on an equal possession and access schedule, neither parent may be required to pay child support. Visitation with the child cannot be denied on account of unpaid child support.

Once set, custody of a child can be modified if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child and if certain conditions exist, such as agreement of both parents, a child over 12 years old requesting to live with the other parent, or a significant change in the custodial parent’s financial situation.

We do not handle divorce cases, but, if you are facing a child custody battle or other family law issues, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.  Regardless, we urge you to always do what is right by the child, and not put a child in the middle of a battle between yourself and the child’s other parent.  Show your child the right way to live, by example.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /July 18, 2014 /Blog, Family 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.

4 Things You Should Know About Estate Planning

by J. Branden Snyder

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Dallas wills and trust lawyerIt may not be a fun topic to discuss, but taking steps to plan your estate now will help ensure your family, property, and finances are taken care of after you die. There are several components of estate planning, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

 
Here are a few things you should know about estate planning:

1. Everyone needs a will. 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 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.

A will also allows you to predetermine who will take care of your kids — this is the primary reason even young adults who have children should have 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.

For more on wills, read this blog: Top 4 Reasons Everyone Should Have a Will
2. You don’t have to be wealthy to benefit a trust. A trust is often used when dealing with minors. If you have a trust, you can ensure that assets left behind that are to be used by and for your children are not spent by someone else. Trusts can also be beneficial if you are leaving money to someone who may not be mature enough to handle it appropriately. Finally, trusts can also reduce the taxes your heirs might otherwise have to pay and provide greater protection of your assets from creditors and lawsuits.

3. 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.

4. Estate Taxes (also known as the Death Tax). The Federal estate tax exemption is set at $5,340,000 this year for an individual. That means, any estates under $5.34 million are exempt from Federal taxes. Amounts over $5.34 million will be taxed up to 40 percent.

You can leave an unlimited amount to your spouse tax-free, but doing so increases your spouse’s taxable estate, meaning your children will likely pay more in estate taxes upon your spouse’s death. Also, by filing an estate tax return upon the death of a spouse, you can increase the surviving spouse’s estate tax exemption to $10,680,000.

Navigating through the estate planning process can be confusing, but an experienced wills and trust attorney can help you plan your estate and guide you through the process. An attorney will explain the legal terms and help ensure that your will or trust is prepared properly so there are no questions in the event of your death. Your attorney can also help review your financial assets and double check whom 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 for a reputable attorney who can help you with estate planning needs.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /July 11, 2014 /Blog, 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.

8 Things you need to know if you’re in a car accident

by Tim O’Hare

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Man on the phone after colliding carA car accident occurs on Texas roadways approximately every 83 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. That’s more than 1,040 accidents every day. Last year, at least one person was killed in a car accident in Texas every day; more than 441,000 accidents occurred last year, 3,039 of them were fatal.

Even with preventative measures to reduce the number of fatal car accidents, such as cracking down on drunk driving and distracted driving, the reality is, car accidents do happen. Do you know what to do if you are in a car accident?

8 things to do if you are in a car accident:

  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.
  2. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Get all passengers out of the vehicle and stand as far off the roadway as possible. 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.
  3. Call 9-1-1. 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 collision. Use your camera to document any damage to all vehicles, as well as the position of cars and scene of the accident.
  6. 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.
  7. Keep a list of contact numbers in your phone and in your car. 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.
  8. Call a personal injury lawyer. If you are injured in a car accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover financial losses due to medical bills and lost wages. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better, so do so after you have received medical attention and law enforcement has been notified of the accident.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your car accident case can help ensure you receive fair compensation for your injury or loss before the state’s statute of limitations runs out. In Texas, the statute of limitations in personal injury claims is two years. The clock starts ticking at the time of the car accident (or other incident), and after two years, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit.

Tim O’Hare is a Dallas personal injury attorney who practices with integrity. If you have been injured in a car accident, or suffered injury on someone else’s property, or experienced any other injury through no fault of your own, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /July 02, 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.

Faulty Ignition Switch Leads to 13 Deaths in General Motors Vehicle Recall Controversy

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Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorney, car recall, auto recall, automobile recall, personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'HareThe General Motors recall controversy is in the news again as GM CEO Mary T. Barra indicated the possibility that the death tally from faulty ignition switches could rise. Yesterday, June 16, GM recalled an additional 3.16 million vehicles; the total of cars recalled by GM now topping 20 million.

Currently, a faulty ignition switch is to blame for 54 accidents and 13 deaths. The defective switch can shut off suddenly, cutting engine power and deactivating air bags in millions of cars including Chevy Cobalts.

Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney hired by GM, is doing his own investigation to determine whether or not there are any more deaths that can be attributed to the faulty ignition switch.

“Right now the information we have indicates the number is 13,” Ms. Barra said at a June 10 news conference. “At the end of Mr. Feinberg’s work we will know.”

General Motors has admitted to knowing about the problem with the ignition switches for more than 12 years before a vehicle recall was ordered. As a result, at least 13 people have lost their lives, including Amber Marie Rose and Natasha Weigel, two young women with their whole lives ahead of them.

What is most tragic is that the small part that needs to be replaced on recalled vehicles costs just 57 cents.

The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare is now accepting cases related to vehicle recalls. If you own a car that has recently been recalled by GM (or any other company), you may be entitled to legal remedies including economic damages, manufacturer reimbursement, class action lawsuits (if the recall has affected enough consumers) and personal injury recovery.

If you have been injured due to a defect with your vehicle, you may be entitled to recover financial losses associated with your injury. Furthermore, if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to financial restitution.

Though no amount of money can replace a loved one, or even cover the true losses associated with a severe physical injury, all automakers must be held accountable. The GM issue reaffirms that the safety of vehicles manufactured should be the top priority of any automaker.

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

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


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By : Melody Harstine Foster /June 18, 2014 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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