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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

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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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Do Your Part to Keep Texas Roads Safe in 2015

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dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'Hare, drunk drivingDistracted driving kills more than 15 people every day. Drunk driving kills five in every 100,000 Texans each year. In the last month alone, distracted driving and drunk driving have claimed several lives on North Texas roadways, including the lives of a father and his young son, and a young woman and her unborn child.

These accidents could have been avoided.

Distracted or inattentive driving, texting while driving, failure to abide by the rules of the road or drunk driving — all of these are factors that can lead to a serious or even deadly automobile accident. As we look forward to 2015, will you join me in resolving to make 2015 the safest year yet on Texas roads?

Here are a few ways you can do your part:

Put down your cell phone and drive. Not only will 15 people be killed today due to distracted driving; more than 1,200 will be injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver. Texting while driving is no safer than drinking and driving. Research shows that drivers who text and drive are at least four times more likely to crash.

Don’t drink and drive. There is never a situation where drinking and driving can be justified. If you choose to drink, hand your car keys over to a trusted friend or family member who can ensure you will get home safely. Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths, and in Texas, 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014 are blamed on alcohol. Even if you don’t drink but plan to be out on the roads late at night, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of being a victim of drunk driving.

Pay attention to pedestrians. Did you know that pedestrian accidents account for nearly 60,000 traffic deaths every year? Many of these accidents occur in designated crosswalks and school zones, and those most at risk include children and the elderly. Eliminating distractions while driving can help prevent pedestrian accidents.

The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare wish you and your family a very happy and safe new year. Remember that tonight can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year on Texas roads. To keep yourself and your family safe, plan to be at home (or wherever you plan to stay the night) before midnight, and do not drink and drive.

As a reminder, this weekend is a No-Refusal weekend. Beginning tonight at 6pm and running through 6 am Monday, January 5, Dallas Police officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from anyone who is arrested for DWI who refuses to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.

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

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By : Tim O'Hare /December 31, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Finding Peace this Christmas

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Dallas personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawer, Tim O'Hare“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice

Recent events in our city, nation, and world bring one aspect of the Christmas season into focus: Peace, and our desperate efforts to find it. Peace is hard to find when we become hyper focused on the problems that are causing the lack of peace all around us and neglect to remember the only One who can truly bring peace to our broken world.

That is what this season is all about. The birth of Jesus Christ — the One who came to give us peace. His birth was foretold in the Old Testament, and He is called none other than the Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

When we take time to remember, reflect upon, and honor the One God sent to bring us peace, perspective can change. But it’s important to remember also that circumstances may not change. Lack of peace in our world is the direct result of the very sin and brokenness Christ came to redeem. Even Jesus never promised a life without trouble. But what he promised us is that when we trust in Him, he will give us peace amidst the pain, heartache, injustice, and brokenness in our world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

If you want peace this Christmas, you must receive the free gift God gave us on Christmas so many years ago — grace, redemption, and salvation that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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

No matter how cliché it may sound, Jesus is the answer to the utter lack of peace in our world. But each of us has a role to play in bringing peace back. We must remind those around us of the peace that comes through faith in Christ, and point others to Him.

This Christmas, take some time to remember the Prince of Peace whose birth we celebrate this season.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 23, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Our 5 Favorite Family-Friendly Christmas Events in North Texas

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The Christmas season is our favorite time of the year! First and foremost because it is a time to stop and remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; but also because there are so many wonderful sights and sounds to take in all over North Texas!

Here are some of our favorite upcoming holiday events in the Dallas area:

12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

A new Christmas tradition is beginning in Dallas with the 12 Days of Christmas display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The one-of-a-kind exhibit features an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos, each one encased in glass and decorated to provide a 3-D display of mechanical parts and music, bringing the classic Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, to life. Get all the details here.

Panther Ice Island — Now through Jan. 19, 2015

Outdoor ice skating is hard to come by in North Texas, but Panther Ice Island at Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth has you covered. This year’s ice rink is bigger than ever, and is the perfect place for some winter family fun. The price of admission includes skate rental, and you do not need a ticket to the drive-in to access the ice rink. There are also several discounts available, so be sure to check out the website before buying tickets.

The Trains at NorthPark Center — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

For 27 years, the Trains at NorthPark Center have delighted children and adults. The beautiful display of trains, which includes 1,600 feet of indoor track is a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House.

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

The city of Grand Prairie lights up this time of year with Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie, a two-mile path filled with hundreds of holiday scenes and four million twinkling Christmas lights. Half way through the drive-through route, you’ll come across Holiday Village and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. See an indoor laser light show, warm up with hot drinks and snacks, and see Santa at Holiday Village before completing the final two miles of Prairie Lights. Santa will be on site every night through Dec. 23; then he has to head back to the North Pole! For all the details, go to prairielights.org.

Ice! at the Gaylord Texan — Now through Jan. 3, 2015

If you’re a North Texas resident, it’s hard to miss talk of the spectacular ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan each Christmas season. If you’ve never been, this is an absolute must for you and your family. This year’s exhibit features Frosty the Snowman and includes a LIVE ice-carving zone where you can watch a masterful ice carver create beautiful sculptures right in front of your eyes. The kids will also enjoy the giant ice slide and indoor snow tubing. This is a popular event, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time to guarantee you’ll be able to get in when you get there. Get details and ticket information here.

What is your favorite local holiday event? Tell us on our Facebook page!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 11, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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The Importance of Gratitude

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Law Offices of Tim O'Hare; Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer, Dallas Personal Injury AttorneyThis week as we celebrate Thanksgiving, people across the country will be focused on the things for which they are grateful. For the O’Hare family, we try to make gratitude a part of our daily lives — not something we reflect on one day a year.

My wife (Christen) and I regularly reflect on the many blessings we’ve been given, and are sure to thank the source of those blessings, our heavenly Father. We also work toward teaching gratitude to our young children and give them opportunities to express their thanks through prayer as well.

Living a life of gratitude is good for the soul. It’s good for the mind. And it’s good for your health. In fact, according to University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, researchers have found that people who consistently practice gratitude experience a number of benefits including:

• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
• Higher levels of positive emotions;
• More joy, optimism, and happiness;
• Acting with more generosity and compassion;
• Feeling less lonely and isolated.

As a means of expressing our gratitude, we make a point of giving back to our community and to individuals within our community. Every year, both as a family and as a law firm, we choose a couple of families who are not as fortunate as we are to bless at Christmastime. This year, we will be attending a special event at our church where we will buy gifts for a family, have dinner with them, let their kids play with our kids, and then present them with gifts to take home for Christmas.

With the holiday shopping season encroaching on our day of thanks, be sure to take time on Thursday to simply be thankful. Shopping can wait one more day. I encourage you to be careful that you don’t get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of this season that you lose your sense of gratitude for the many blessings you have been given.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

By : Tim O'Hare /November 26, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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