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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 for 4th Consecutive Year

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Tim O’Hare has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by the national Super Lawyers rating service for the fourth consecutive year.

Each year, attorneys from firms of all sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States are selected to the Super Lawyers list, representing the top five percent of attorneys. This exclusive list is the published in 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.

Narrowing down the top list of attorneys in every state is a four-step process, beginning with peer evaluations, followed by independent research, peer evaluation and final selection. 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.

“It is an honor to have been selected by my peers and recognized by the Super Lawyers selection committee as a leading attorney in Texas four years in a row,” 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.”

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

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By : Tim O'Hare /October 17, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Injured by an Uninsured or Underinsured Driver? Why You Need a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer

by Dallas Car Accident Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Texas laws require all drivers to carry liability insurance to cover the costs of accidents they cause, yet everyday, motorists drive without proper insurance coverage. In Texas, motorists who are caught driving without liability insurance can be fined on their first offense. Consecutive offenses could result in suspension of their driver license and even vehicle impounding. In the City of Dallas, uninsured drivers can have their car towed.

Even with the potential consequences, many drivers still do not carry 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.

Because not all drivers carry liability insurance, despite the laws requiring them to do so, for more than 30 years, the Texas Insurance Code has mandated that all insurance companies doing business in Texas offer uninsured and underinsured motorist protection. (An “uninsured motorist” is a driver who does not carry liability insurance, or an unidentified hit-and-run driver. An “underinsured motorist”is a driver who carries liability insurance within the limits required by law, but not enough to cover the actual cost of damages caused in a collision.)  Simply put, drivers who do have insurance, are covering uninsured and underinsured motorists with their policies when they take out Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. (Hit-and-run drivers are considered uninsured motorists.)

Even so, if you have been injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver, don’t expect your insurance company to be much help. Insurance companies are notorious for doing everything possible to lessen the amount they pay to you, yet regularly tell victims they are being paid what is “fair.” Unfortunately, the insurance company’s definition of “fair” frequently varies from what the policyholder considers fair and what juries consider fair.

If you have been in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, you may be entitled to financial recovery for your physical injuries, emotional suffering and loss of wages, but to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, you need an attorney.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare are knowledgeable and experienced in personal injury cases dealing with uninsured and underinsured motorists. We know it can be difficult to deal with insurance companies which is why we are here to help you level the playing field. Our attorneys will fight on your behalf to make sure you get the financial recovery you deserve.

If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a wreck with an uninsured or underinsured driver, 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 /September 26, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Texas Texting While Driving Ban Goes into Effect Sept. 1 – Do You Support?

by Distracted Driving Lawyer in Dallas, Tim O’Hare

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In June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a statewide ban on texting while driving into law. The new law takes effect tomorrow, Sept. 1, 2017.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 455 people were killed and more than 3,000 were seriously injured in crashes due to distracted driving. Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents. Earlier this year, 13 people were killed when their church bus was hit by a driver who claimed he was texting.

Texas isn’t the first in the nation to ban texting while driving. At least 47 other states have similar laws on the books. Under the new law, beginning Sept. 1, law enforcement will be able to pull drivers over for suspected texting while driving. First-time offenders may be punished with a fine of up to $99. Repeat offenses would be punishable by a fine of up to $200. It’s important to note that the new law does not cover other phone use, such as map applications. Actually enforcing the law will be difficult.  Using your phone is not banned. This will present law enforcement officials with serious challenges when it comes to meeting the criminal burden of proof.

Though texting is one of the most common distracted driving offenses, it is not the only way a driver may become distracted. Any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from driving is considered distracted driving and may endanger not only the driver, but his or her passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. In addition to texting, other high-risk behind-the-wheel activities include:

  • Posting to social media
  • Checking email
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • Programming a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas-Ft. Worth distracted driving lawyer.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 31, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Back-to-School Safety Tips from Your Dallas Car Accident Lawyers

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Another summer has come and gone and the kids are headed back to school. A new school year means school zones are active again, so it’s important that all drivers pay close attention when driving through school zones.

Drivers using caution in an active school zone is about more than avoiding a fine and court costs if you break the law — following the laws regarding school zones is about protecting our children. 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.

As the kids head back to school, it is important to review school zone safety, for both pedestrians and drivers.

In most states, including Texas, the use of cell phones is strictly prohibited in school zones, including school parking lots and drop off lanes. Some states specify hand-held cell phones. 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.

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

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.

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:

1. Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
2. Never run across the road to catch the bus.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
6. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
7. Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
8. 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.

It is our responsibility as adults to not only 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 car accident injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 25, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

Avoid Being the Victim of a Trucking Accident: Tips from the Truck Accident Lawyers in Carrollton

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Trucking accidents are making big headlines in Texas recently. Sadly, just this week, three people died as a result of a fiery multi-car accident involving at least one big rig on Interstate 35 in Waco. Earlier this year, an East Texas high school track coach was killed and 18 students were injured in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler.

Every year, there are more than 450,000 trucking accidents on U.S. roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 motorists are killed in accidents involving large trucks and an estimated 140,000 are injured. In an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a semi or commercial truck, 74 percent of those killed are passengers in the car.

Oftentimes, these deadly trucking accidents are attributed to driver negligence, often on the part of the truck driver. A driver’s negligence can be caused by one of a number of factors, including: talking on the phone, texting, driving while fatigued or drowsy, speeding, inattentive driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperienced driving or improperly loaded or overloaded cargo in a commercial truck.

Not all accidents can be avoided, but many can. As the driver of a passenger vehicle, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers from an accident that could lead to serious injury or death. Keep yourself and your family safe by following these driving guidelines regarding large trucks:

Treat trucks differently than other cars. Big rig trucks weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car. Due to their sheer size, it is nearly impossible for semi trucks to come to a sudden stop. For example, a semi truck that is moving at 55 miles per hour can take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. The size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes. Never pull out in front of a semi truck and avoid situations where you may need to suddenly stop in front of a large truck.

Keep yourself visible. Driving next to a semi or directly behind one can make it very difficult for the truck driver to see you. Do not follow too closely or stay directly next to a semi truck. A general rule is that if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.

Never stop on the side of the road. Pulling onto the shoulder of a busy highway could cost you your life. If you have a flat tire or are having trouble with your car, if at all possible, pull completely off the road, either onto the grass or onto a side road or into a parking lot. Drivers of large trucks like 18-wheelers may have a hard time seeing a car stopped on the side of the road until it is too late — especially at night. If you do stop on the side of the road, do not stay in your car. Watch for traffic and carefully get you and your passengers out and move as far away from traffic as possible until help arrives.

Always drive with caution, keeping in mind the added difficulty truck drivers may face when it comes to sudden stops, changing lanes or adverse weather.

Victims of trucking accidents can receive compensation if they have suffered bodily injury or property damage in an accident caused by the truck driver’s negligence or fatigue. If you have been involved in a traffic accident with a commercial truck, 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 /July 18, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Don’t Be a Victim of Drunk Driving — Fourth of July Safety Tips from the Dallas Car Accident Lawyers

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by Dallas Car Accident Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Americans love to celebrate Fourth of July with friends, food and fireworks — and often alcohol. Tragically, the Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the deadliest on roads across the nation due to drunk driving crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the last 25 years, half of the accidents that occur on Fourth of July weekend involve alcohol. Forty-three percent of all traffic fatalities over Fourth of July weekend are alcohol-related, ranking even higher than the New Year’s holiday. In 2015, nearly 150 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver.

Many law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas have designated this holiday weekend a “No Refusal” weekend. During a No Refusal weekend, any motorists or boaters suspected of drunk driving who refuse to have their blood or breath drawn will have a search warrant issued against them for police to take a blood specimen to test their blood-alcohol level.

Whether you’re celebrating at Kaboom Town! in Addison, at Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, Fair Park Fourth or one of the numerous other celebrations taking place over the next few days in North Texas, it’s important that you stay on high alert while on the roads. Texas law does not take drunk driving lightly. The same rules and restrictions apply to boaters.

Don’t let yourself or your family become victims of drunk driving this Fourth of July. Here are a few reminders to stay safe:

Choose a designated driver. The safest option is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether, but if you’re going to party where you know there will be alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a celebration, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.

Avoid late night driving. Nobody likes to leave a party early, but if it means getting home safe, it’s definitely worth it.

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

Be smart this Fourth of July. Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on it.

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

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 01, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving

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Texas is cracking down on distracted driving. On Tuesday, June 6, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a statewide ban on texting while driving into law. The ban takes effect Sept. 1.

The ban comes just months after 13 people were killed when their church bus was hit by a driver who claimed he was texting.

In 2016, there were 109,658 traffic accidents in Texas involving distracted driving. In those accidents, more than 3,000 people were injured and 455 were killed, according to TxDOT.

Texas joins at least 47 other states with similar laws. Once the law takes effect, law enforcement will be able to pull drivers over for suspected texting while driving. Under the law, first-time offenders may be punished with a fine of up to $99. Repeat offenses would be punishable by a fine of up to $200.

The new ban is on texting only; it does not cover other phone use, such as map applications. Gov. Abbott hopes when lawmakers meet in special session in July and August, they will rollback existing local ordinances that ban mobile device use beyond texting to avoid a “patchwork of regulations,” and keep the law consistent statewide.

While texting may be one of the most common distracted driving offenses, it is not the only way a driver may become distracted. Any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from driving is considered distracted driving and may endanger not only the driver, but his or her passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. In addition to texting, other high-risk behind-the-wheel activities include:

• Posting to social media
• Checking email
• Eating
• Grooming
• Reading
• Programming a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas-Ft. Worth distracted driving lawyer.

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By : Tim O'Hare /June 16, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

By Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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If you’ve been injured in an accident — whether in a vehicle, by a defective product, while at work, or on someone else’s property — you may be on the fence wondering if you really need to hire a personal injury lawyer. After all, aren’t most personal injury attorneys just “ambulance chasers” trying to profit off the pain and suffering of others?

Unfortunately, personal injury attorneys have not always been portrayed in a positive light, but the reality is, in most cases, the victim of an injury in any of the scenarios mentioned above can benefit significantly from hiring a trusted lawyer. Navigating the maze of insurance laws and dealing with insurance companies is often a frustrating and anxiety-filled ordeal, and yet, many people assume they can handle their injury claim on their own, without the help of an attorney.

Here are four legitimate reasons you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney in Dallas:

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

Wrongful death — Wrongful death cases can be caused by car accidents, work accidents, dangerous or defective products, unsafe premises, accidental fires and many other acts of negligence. Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person? If so, you may be eligible to make a wrongful death claim. Surviving beneficiaries of the deceased, including the surviving spouse, children and parents can file a wrongful death claim.

Slip and fall — Did you suffer an injury after slipping and falling on either public or private property? Public locations like stores, restaurants and offices are common sites for slip and fall injuries. Sometimes a slip and fall is no one’s fault, however, they can be the result of a company or property owner’s negligence. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to money for your losses.

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. Defective products can cause serious injuries that result in significant medical expenses and suffering. Types of products liability cases include defective tires, SUV rollovers, negligent vehicle maintenance, improper machine maintenance, flammable products, defective safety equipment, design defects, pharmaceutical defects, manufacturing defects, improper product instructions and failure to warn. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to money for medical expenses, emotional trauma, lost wages and the diminishment of your quality of life.

How one of D Magazine’s best personal injury lawyers in Dallas can help you

Hiring a personal injury attorney for any of the reasons listed above should not be considered an unnecessary expense. Doing so can pay back multiple 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, including:

Avoiding 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 or lost a loved one in a car accident, suffered injury in a slip and fall accident, 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 /June 07, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What You Need to Know About the “Fatal Four” from a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer

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Every year, thousands of workers are killed on the job. Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in 2015, 937 (or one in five) were in construction. Excluding car accidents, the leading causes of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between objects on the job site. These are the construction industry’s “Fatal Four” – they accounted for more than half (64.2 percent) of the construction industry deaths in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.

Some of the most common construction site accidents include:

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

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

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

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

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

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 30, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

D Magazine Recognizes Tim O’Hare as One of Dallas’ Best Lawyers

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For the fourth consecutive year, Tim O’Hare has made the list of Dallas’ Best Lawyers in D Magazine.

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

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

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

In addition to the D Magazine recognition, this adds to a long list of awards and honors for Tim O’Hare including:

• Texas Super Lawyers 2014, 2015 and 2016
• A/V Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available.  (Click here to view profile on martindale.com.)
• Avvo.com 10 of 10 rating based on Tim’s his ethical standing with the Bar Association and endorsements by both peers and clients. (Click here to view profile on Avvo.com.)
• Top Transportation Lawyers in the country by The American Lawyer Magazine.
• Top Personal Injury Lawyers in the nation by The National Law Journal.
• Named one of Texas’ Legal Leaders.
• A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury as the result of a car wreck or work accident, or other injury, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 11, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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