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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.

Road Work Ahead: Construction Zone Safety Tips from Dallas Car Accident Lawyer

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By Dallas Car Accident Injury Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Do you feel like the road construction will never end? You’re not alone! At any given time, there are as many as 1,000 active work zones in Texas; dozens of these are on interstates and state highways in Dallas – Ft. Worth alone. The more construction zones there are, the more driver and worker safety becomes an issue.

Every day, thousands of construction workers put their lives in the hands of Texas drivers.

Texas tops the nation in road construction deaths. 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. Excessive speed, distracted driving and drunk driving are the leading causes of work zone accidents in Texas.

Improving the Texas infrastructure truly is a never-ending project. When one project is completed, another one begins. While it may be frustrating for drivers, it’s important to remember to follow the rules of the road at all times, including while driving in construction zones.

Here are four things to keep in mind next time you enter a construction zone:

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 – Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /March 24, 2017 /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.

Are All Injury Lawyers the Same?

by Tim O’Hare

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Often times injury lawyers make promises they can’t keep, at the cost of the client’s best interest. Many times, personal injury attorneys will talk clients into settling their claims for less than the true value owed the client simply because they don’t want to put in the time and effort to get the very most for their client. And when the cases aren’t resolved, these attorneys pass the cases off to other lawyers who are willing to do the work.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare are different. We don’t spend big bucks to advertise on TV or flashy billboards, which in turn lowers our overhead and protects the best interests of our clients. When we agree to take a case, we will see it through to the end.

From the beginning, we strive to be honest and upfront with our clients, fully disclosing the challenges they may face in the process. We won’t take on the case of anyone who says they have been injured. Instead, we work through a lengthy process to ensure we only take people we know we can help — we only take the cases we believe in. We work hard to maintain our integrity by refusing to make promises we can’t keep.

Insurance companies know the attorneys that are in it simply to profit off their clients’ pain and suffering — and they know the lawyers who act with integrity. And in the long run, it almost always works out for our clients. Insurance companies know we only take serious cases, and that we will do everything legal to ensure justice for our clients. The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare regularly receives referrals from other lawyers and even insurance companies. To us, there is no higher compliment.

In the event you need to hire a personal injury attorney, seek out a reputable attorney, don’t just settle for the first one who shows up in your Google search.

Here are a few tips to help you hire a reputable attorney:

Ask your friends, family and coworkers for a referral. Getting a reference from someone you trust is a great way to find a respectable attorney. Ask for suggestions on whom to call, and be sure to ask your friends about their personal experience with that attorney.

Check websites, track records and ask questions. If you visit an attorney’s website and find more of a sales pitch than substance, chances are they are not the type of attorney you are looking for. Keep your eyes out for professional websites that provide quality information.

A local law library can provide information on a specific attorney’s track record. This is also sometimes information you can find through online searches.

When you meet with an attorney for the first time, be prepared with specific questions. Find out how many cases similar to yours they have handled and the results of those cases. If you have selected a firm, find out which lawyer within that firm will be handling your case. Be sure to research the individual attorney, not just the firm as a whole.

Don’t assume all lawyers have a negative reputation just because some do. It is easy for lawyers, especially personal injury attorneys, to be stereotyped as “slimy.” While this may be true for some, it is not true for all. A personal injury attorney who has integrity will provide much needed help in what can be a very difficult situation. If you hire the right attorney, you won’t regret it. Don’t let your misconception of lawyers deter you from seeking legal representation in a situation involving wrongful death, car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, premises liability or a work injury.

Tim O’Hare is a Dallas-Ft. Worth personal injury attorney who practices with integrity. If you have been injured in a car accident, or suffered an injury on someone else’s property, or been injured through no fault of your own, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you in your time of need and make sure you are not taken advantage of.

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By : Tim O'Hare /March 10, 2017 /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.

A Personal Injury Lawyer is Your Friend

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by Tim O’Hare

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Have you suffered a serious injury, from an accident such as a truck, work or construction accident? If so, do not hesitate to call an experienced personal injury attorney before choosing to settle with an insurance company. In these cases, having a reputable personal injury lawyer on your side is in your best interest. Settling your case without the help of a lawyer who is legally obligated to act in your best interests will cost you money.

The little-known truth is that insurance adjusters receive raises and promotions based on how much money they save their company. No matter what an adjuster may tell you, the insurance company is not on your side and you can be sure an adjuster is not looking out for your best interests. A lawyer, however, is your friend.

Contrary to what you see in ads on TV, most personal injury attorneys are not “ambulance chasers,” just out to make a buck off of your pain and suffering. 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, including past and future economic losses.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured through no fault of their own, call a reputable personal injury attorney who can protect you or your friend 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:

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

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.

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. D Magazine has named Tim O’Hare one of the best personal injury lawyers in Dallas for three consecutive years. He is an attorney you can 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 a Dallas-Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /February 21, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Have Minor Children? Have Assets? You Need a Will.

by J. Branden Snyder

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At least 50 percent of all Americans don’t have a will to protect their dependents and assets. Are you one of them? Should you pass away without a will, the state will determine who gets what of your assets, who is in charge of your estate, and most importantly, who is responsible for children under 18.

It isn’t fun to think about death and dying, but preparing your will isn’t just something that would be nice to do, it’s truly essential, particularly if you have minor children. Having a will can save your loved ones stress and additional heartache should something happen to you.

In the event that something happens to you, your children should be cared for by individuals you choose. Don’t let the state determine where your children will live. In addition, dying without a will means your assets could go to places you had no intention of them going.

There are many reasons every adult should have a will, children or no children. Here are some of the most important reasons you need a will:

A will allows you to determine who your beneficiaries will be. If you die without a will, the State of Texas will determine the division of your property and who your beneficiaries will be. If you have children, or children from a previous marriage, the division of your assets can be a complicated process. By executing your will, you will be able to clearly identify your beneficiaries and how you want your property to be divided.

A will allows you to designate a guardian for your children. In the event that you pass away while your children are minors, your will can designate who will care for your children after your passing. If you die without a will, the court will appoint a person to serve as guardian for any minor children.

In your will, you can nominate an executor for your estate. In your will, you can also designate who should serve as executor of your estate. This is the person who will be responsible for dividing your assets and property according to your wishes.

By preparing your will, you will make things as simple as possible for your surviving family. This may be the most important reason everyone needs a will. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough, but that loss can be compounded by the stress of administering the deceased’s estate. Drawing up a proper will, and letting your spouse, children and family members know what your wishes are will help ease the added burden they would otherwise experience upon your death.

To prepare your will, you should work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process. Your attorney will explain the legal terms and ensure that your will is drafted 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 to prepare your will or update an existing will? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a reputable Dallas – Ft. Worth attorney who can help you draw up your will.

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By : Tim O'Hare /February 10, 2017 /Blog, Family Law /0 Comment Read More
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Traffic Fatalities are On the Rise

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by Tim O’Hare

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America’s roads are not getting any safer. It’s a sobering reality, but not one that can’t be changed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths increased 7.2 percent in 2015. The number of people who lost their lives in car accidents totaled 35,092. The last time we saw such a large single-year spike in traffic deaths was in 1966.

Overall, traffic deaths are down in recent decades due to increased use of seat belts, fewer drunk drivers and vehicle improvements, but seeing such a large jump in just one year is concerning. The three main causes for the increase in traffic fatalities are:

  • Not wearing seat belts. Almost half of the deaths came when passengers were not wearing seat belts.
  • Drunk driving or speeding. These factors account for about 30 percent of traffic fatalities.
  • Distracted driving. About 10 percent of auto deaths are due to distracted driving.

When considering those factors, making our roads safer isn’t difficult, but it takes commitment. Here are a few ways you can do your part:

Always wear your seat belt. For adults and children who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly, seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2014, more than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments for injuries resulting from a car accident; many of these people were not wearing seatbelts.

Don’t drive distracted. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Distracted driving isn’t just using your cell phone; it is any activity that could divert your attention away from the primary task of driving. These include: texting; using a cell phone or smartphone; eating and drinking; talking to passengers; grooming; reading; using a navigation system; watching a video; adjusting a radio; CD player or MP3 player. Of these, text messaging is considered the most distracting, as it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention. Research shows that drivers who text and drive are at least four times more likely to crash.

Don’t drive drunk. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs isn’t just dangerous, it’s illegal. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, and more than 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Together, we can keep America’s roads safe. Do your part to keep yourself and your family safe on the roads.

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 – Fort Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /January 27, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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4 Reasons You May Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

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by Tim O’Hare

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It’s an unfortunate misconception that personal injury attorneys are “ambulance chasers” looking to profit off the pain and suffering of others. Each year, thousands of people across North Texas turn to personal injury lawyers to help navigate the maze of insurance laws and to fight the long legal battle for due compensation for an injury as a result of a car accident, a defective or recalled product, a fall or injury at work or on someone else’s property.

While personal injury attorneys have not always been portrayed in a positive light, the reality is, in most cases of injury, the victim can benefit significantly from hiring a trusted lawyer.

There are many reasons one might need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Here are a few examples of common personal injury claims:

Motor vehicle accident — If you are injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident such as a car, bus, boat, or motorcycle accident that was caused by another person, perhaps due to drunk driving or distracted driving, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. A lawsuit may help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and/or loss of companionship, for example.

Wrongful death — Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person? If so, you may be entitled to make a wrongful death claim. Surviving beneficiaries of the deceased, including the surviving spouse, children and parents may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Injury suffered on someone else’s property — If you have suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, you may have grounds to make a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases, like many other personal injury cases, can be complicated, as it has to be proven that the property owner was negligent and the injury suffered was a result of that negligence.

Injury suffered by a defective or recalled product — Products liability is another common category of personal injury cases, as thousands of product recalls are issued every year on items determined to be of potential danger to consumers.

Hiring a personal injury attorney for any of the reasons listed above should not be considered an unnecessary expense. Doing so can pay back dividends, decreasing your stress level and helping you recover more money than you ever could on your own to help you pay for medical bills, recover your lost wages and be compensated for your pain, hassle and scarring.

There are many ways a personal injury lawyer can save you time, money and frustration. Here are just a few:

A personal injury attorney can help you avoid the hassle of dealing with the insurance company. Insurance adjusters can be tricky. They often strive to get individuals to settle for far less than what they are entitled to. A personal injury attorney will work for you, dealing with insurance companies and the law, to ensure you are treated fairly and receive what the law says you are due.

A personal injury lawyer will be familiar with all the laws pertaining to your case. Laws often vary by state, but an experienced attorney will know your state’s laws and how the laws affect your case. They will also have the necessary knowledge to help you receive fair compensation. If your case for any reason needs to be disputed in court, a personal injury attorney will provide the best representation to handle your case.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on your own healing rather than being consumed by your case. Being injured in a car accident or in a work-related accident can be life changing. Don’t take on the unnecessary burden of dealing with the insurance companies on your own. Hire an experienced personal injury attorney to focus on your case so that you can focus on yourself. While it may seem costly at first, it will pay off in the end when you receive the full amount owed to you, rather than only a portion of that, which is likely what you would receive if working without an attorney.

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. We will help you in your time of need and make sure you are not taken advantage of.

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By : Tim O'Hare /January 17, 2017 /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.

4 Reasons You May Need a Business Lawyer in 2017

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by J. Branden Snyder

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Is 2017 your year to start a small business? If you are currently a small business owner, or plan to open your own business this year, it’s important to have a trusted business lawyer you can call on to help sort out legal matters on your behalf.

Like accountants and insurance agents, hiring a business attorney should be a resource that is considered part of the cost of owning and operating a business. While you may not need your business lawyer at all times, it’s best to build a relationship with an attorney who is experienced in handling business law so you know who to call when you need someone.

Don’t wait until a problem arises. Here are four reasons you may need a business lawyer in 2017:

A business lawyer can help you determine the best legal structure for your new 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.

A business lawyer can help write contract 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 your bases are covered and that you are protected in the event of a disagreement or fallout with an employee or client.

A business lawyer can help you buy or sell a business. When it comes time to buy or sell a business, you need a lawyer on your side that 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.

A business lawyer can help if you are facing litigation. It isn’t uncommon for businesses to face lawsuits by 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.

If you are facing one of these scenarios, contact the experienced business law team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to help save you time and money on important legal matters.

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By : Tim O'Hare /January 13, 2017 /Blog, Small Business Law /0 Comment Read More
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Do Your Part to Keep Texas Roads Safe in 2017

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Distracted driving kills more than 15 people every day. Drunk driving kills five in every 100,000 Texans each year. In 2015, drunk driving claimed 886 lives on North Texas roadways, the highest percent of those killed were between the ages of 21 and 25. 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 2017, will you join me in resolving to make this next year 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, but we can change that. 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 New Year’s Eve 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.

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, 2016 /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.

Where is Our Hope?

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by Tim O’Hare

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2016 has been a year for the books. It seems our nation has been overtaken by tragedy, anger, fear and pure evil. From violence across our country and the world to the chaotic and hate-fueled election season, many would say it seems as though all hope is lost. But do not despair; the Christmas season is a beautiful reminder that in fact, hope is not lost.

The birth of a baby born more than 2,000 years ago gives us reason to hope. He is the One who can bring peace and restore our hope. He is what this season is all about. 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

It wasn’t just His birth that brings us hope, but the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us hope of eternal life, if we just believe.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-6

Do you have hope this Christmas season? If you want peace and hope 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

We hope you will take some time this season to reflect on the hope we have in Jesus and how we can live out that hope in the coming year.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 21, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Toys of 2016

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Christmas is just around the corner. As you finish up your holiday shopping, there may be some items for your kids you want to leave off your list this year.

The toy industry generates approximately $22 billion in sales each year in the United States, yet toy safety is not always a priority. Every three minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. Between 2010 and 2014, 61 children died from toy related injuries.

Each year, the advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) issues a list of the most dangerous toys. Here are the toys that made the 2016 W.A.T.C.H. list.

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family Marketed for children over three with a choking hazard warning appearing on the packaging, some of the toys in this product are the same toys sold for oral children as young as two, with no warnings about toy-related hazards.

Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow This large plush elephant is recommended for children over three, yet on the company’s website and advertising, an adorable sleeping baby is depicted alone with the elephant. This toy poses a potential suffocation hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth, leading to infant suffocation.

Slimeball Slinger Although the packaging contains warnings against shooting at another person or animal, as well as other cautions and instructions, this toy, which launches slimeballs over 30 feet has the potential to cause serious eye injuries.

Banxai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers Warnings on the package recommend the product not be used without protective equipment for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc., yet photos on the packaging depict children playing with these body bumpers without any protective gear. This toy poses a risk for potential impact injuries.

Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster Recommended for children over 14, the ammunition provided with this toy can shoot with enough force to potentially cause serious eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing protective face masks, however the masks are not included and must be purchased separately.

The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch Recommended for children over three, this toy contains small parts that pose a choking hazard to small children. Requiring the push of a button on the toy’s rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face, there is also a potential for puncture wound injuries.

Peppy Pups With a pull cord string measuring approximately 31 inches in length, this toy poses a potential for strangulation injuries and packaging contains no warnings about the potential hazards of this toy.

Flying Heroes Superman Launcher Though packaging does contain a warning to “never aim at eyes or face,” this flying, winged superhero figurine sold with a launcher has the potential for eye and facial injuries.

Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby Recommended for children two and older, this doll comes with a baby bottle, high chair, blanket, food dish and “interactive spoon” for pretend play. The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2 ¾ inches long, with the potential to be put in the mouth and occlude a child’s airway.

Warcraft Doomhammer Packaging warns that this toy is not suitable for children under 36 months as it contains small parts that may be a choking hazard. The toy, however, also poses a risk for blunt impact injuries associated with the foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid plastic battle hammer.

Please note that none of the toys listed above have been recalled at this time. This list is simply a warning to parents about potentially dangerous toys.

When shopping for your children this holiday season, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recommends W.A.T.C.H.ing out for toys with these potential hazards:

Choking The most common cause of toy-related deaths is choking. Do not buy toys with small parts for children under three. If a toy or toy part can pass through a toilet paper tube, it is too small for a child under three. Small balls and balloons also pose significant hazard to small children. Balls for children under six years of age must be 1.75 inches in diameter. Latex balls and balloons should never be given to children under 8 years old.

Magnets Several toys, including building toys, darts and toy jewelry use small, powerful magnets. If swallowed, these magnets can attract each other in the body, causing life-threatening complications. If a child swallows a magnet, seek immediate medical attention.

Strangulation Toys and clothes with cords or drawstrings are a strangulation hazard for children. Infant crib mobiles should be removed from the crib before the baby is 5 months old or can push him/herself up. Knobs or beads at the end of cords longer than one foot should be removed. Drawstrings on clothing can get caught in objects, such as playground equipment, potentially strangling a child.

Toxic chemicals Toys containing lead and other toxic chemicals should be avoided. Toys made of PVC plastic may contain toxic phthalates, which pose developmental hazards to children. Lead may also be found in painted toys, vinyl toys and even costume jewelry. A home lead tester, found at a hardware store, can be used to test toys for lead. Avoid products containing xylene, toluene or dibutyl phthalate.

If you think a toy or product is hazardous, report it to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.saferproducts.gov.

Parents can check toy recalls at www.recalls.gov.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dangerous product, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Tim O'Hare /December 12, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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