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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.


Injured By Another? Don’t Be a Victim Twice! Tips to Protect Yourself from one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas

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By Dallas Car Accident Injury Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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If you have been injured as the result of a car accident, fall or workplace injury you are probably learning just how difficult it is to navigate the maze of insurance laws. Dealing with insurance companies be a frustrating, anxiety-filled ordeal, but the good news is you don’t have to handle your injury claim on your own. And in our opinion, you shouldn’t try to.

Insurance adjusters can be tricky, to put it nicely. Often, the goal of insurance companies and the adjusters that work for them is to get individuals to settle for far less than what they are entitled to. When the insurance company is all about the bottom line, it isn’t uncommon to see insurance adjusters pulling out stunts to ensure they pay out as little as possible.

Insurance adjusters may try to hit you when you’re at your weakest point, for example, visiting you in the hospital and attempting to get you to sign a release, waiving your rights to a claim while you are on morphine or other drugs that may cloud your ability to think clearly. In some cases, the adjusters will get to you before you know the full extent of your injuries, promising to pay for future medical bills with an amount they know won’t cover your future bills. It’s often the victim who pays the consequences. Insurance companies have also been known to hide documents, fail to release documents and outright lie about what a witness had to say about an incident.

Don’t let yourself be a victim twice. Hire a Dallas – Ft. Worth personal injury attorney who 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. Insurance adjusters are less likely to try to take advantage of you if you have legal representation, and won’t get away with it if you hire this firm.

You may consider hiring a personal injury attorney another unnecessary expense, but 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.

If you have the misfortune of being injured due to the fault of another, hire a lawyer who deals strictly in personal injury law as he or she will be familiar with all the laws pertaining to your case, laws that often vary by state. A personal injury attorney 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 lawyer will provide the best representation to handle your case.

In addition to hiring an attorney who will work for you, it is important for you to know what information you should and shouldn’t give to an insurance adjuster who may contact you regarding your accident. Here are two things you should know:

Don’t Talk to the Insurance Company – Let Your Law firm Do the Talking for You. Many law firms won’t handle your property damage.  We handle property damage for our clients, and don’t charge a thing.  If a client talks to them, there is very little doubt the adjuster will seek information in an attempt to limit your damages – we make sure your damages are fully recovered. They do not have your best interests at heart – they have their pocketbook at heart.

Be Patient About Your Case.  Dealing with the insurance company, complex rules of law and evidence, and medical providers takes time.  To do things right does require time – a reputable personal injury lawyer will do things as fast as possible, but sometimes it takes a lot of time to get things done right.  Patience pays off in the end.

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 Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with an experienced Dallas – Ft. Worth Personal Injury Attorney. 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 /April 21, 2017 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What You Should Know About Trucking Accidents from the Truck Accident Injury Lawyers at O’Hare Law Firm

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by Dallas – Ft. Worth, Carrollton Personal Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Every year, more than 450,000 trucking accidents occur on U.S. roadways, and according to the NHTSA, nearly 5,000 motorists are killed in accidents involving large trucks and an estimated 140,000 are injured. In accidents involving a passenger vehicle and a semi or commercial truck, the majority of those killed (74 percent) are passengers in the car.

Trucking accidents can sometimes be attributed to driver negligence on the part of the truck driver. A truck driver’s negligence may 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.

While not all car accidents are preventable, many are. Follow these tips regarding large trucks to help keep you and your family safe while driving on Texas roadways:

Treat trucks differently than other cars. Trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car. Due to their 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. Avoid cutting off a semi in traffic or putting yourself in a situation where you may have to suddenly stop in front of a semi. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes. Avoid driving directly next to a large truck for a long time.

Be sure you are visible to the truck driver. 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.

Do not stop on the side of the road. If you have to stop your vehicle for some reason, avoid stopping on the shoulder of the road. Semi drivers may not see you stopped until it is too late. If you must stop, try to pull completely off of the road, either into the grass or on a side road. If you do stop on the side of the road, do not stay in your car. Get out and move away from traffic.

The best advice for keeping yourself safe on the road with large trucks is to drive with caution, knowing the added difficulty large 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 truck accident lawyers in Carrollton and Dallas 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 /April 01, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

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

Are All Injury Lawyers the Same?

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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

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

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

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

Determining Liability in a Personal Injury Case

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Determining liability is the first step in any personal injury case. Liability refers to whether a person or entity is legally responsible for the damages suffered by another party in an incident resulting in an injury. In any personal injury claim, liability of at least one party (individual or entity) must be established in order for an injured victim to recover any financial compensation for his or her injury claim.

The burden of proving liability falls on the victim, or plaintiff, in an injury case. In some cases, more than one party may be found liable. For example, in an accident where a commercial truck is involved (and at fault), the driver may be found liable, but his or her employer may also be found partly responsible, as well.

Negligence is the most common theory of liability in a personal injury case. Negligence means that the person or entity causing the accident acted in an unreasonable manner. For example, a driver may be found negligent in a car accident case if he or she was speeding at the time of the accident, or perhaps ran a red light, resulting in the collision.

Proving negligence isn’t always obvious. To prove negligence, the injured party must establish that the defendant had a responsibility to take reasonable care to prevent an accident, and failed to do so. It must also be established that injury or harm to another person occurred as a direct result of at least one party’s negligence in order to recover damages.

In addition to situations involving injuries resulting from an auto accident, personal injury cases may also involve injury resulting from a dangerous or malfunctioning product. Products liability is an all-encompassing term when someone is injured due to a product defect. Common types of products liability cases include (but are not limited to): defective tires, SUV rollovers, negligent vehicle maintenance, flammable products, defective safety equipment, design defects, pharmaceutical defects, manufacturing defects, improper product instructions and failure to warn.

Every year, thousands of recalls are issued on products, from vehicles to food to household items, because those items are defective or contaminated and are a potential harm to consumers. Manufacturers have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of their products, and to inform the public if they are at risk of injury, illness or death due to a defective product. Consumers who are injured by a defective product can file a legal claim against the manufacturer of that product.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a traffic accident or a defective product, 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 /August 31, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

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Summer has come to an end and kids in Dallas – Ft. Worth are preparing to head back to school. As a new school year begins, it’s important for drivers to review school zone laws and for parents to remind their children how to stay safe on their way to and from school.

In addition to lowering speed in school zone areas, Texas’ school zone laws limit cell phone use in active school zone crossings, including all school properties, parking lots and drop off lanes. Drivers who violate the cell phone ban face fines of up to $200. There are exceptions for hands-free devices, emergency calls and vehicles that are stopped.

Don’t just watch your speed when traveling through a school zone. Keep your eyes out for children who may be crossing the road and follow any signs held by school crossing guards.

No matter how late you may be on your way to work, speeding through a school zone is about more than fines and court costs — it’s 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.

Before sending 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.

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

If you or your child has been hurt as the result of a school transportation-related accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas – Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 22, 2016 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Pokémon Go Tip: Don’t Chase Pokémon While Driving

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The Pokémon Go craze has taken over this summer — kids, teens and adults alike are scouring businesses, parks and in some cases, private properties (which, as a reminder, is illegal) to capture all the characters.

Over the past few weeks, several people have found themselves in precarious and even dangerous circumstances due to the game, including one driver in Baltimore who crashed his car at a high speed into a parked Baltimore police cruiser last weekend. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. In another incident, a driver in Auburn, New York received minor injuries after crashing his car into a tree while playing Pokémon Go.

Federal officials estimate that distracted driving of all kinds — Pokémon Go included — contributes to at least 16 percent of all fatal car crashes. That equates to about 5,000 deaths per year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. After decades of declines, highway fatalities have been on the rise in recent years, due to distracted driving.

If you’re a Pokémon enthusiast, here are some safety rules to remember next time you’re out chasing Pikachu:

  • Never play the game while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle.
    • Do not trespass on private property.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings, paying attention to potential hazards around you including roadways, waterways, drop-offs, etc.
    • Do not enter or stop traffic in an attempt to catch a Pokémon.
    • Travel in groups and only play in public locations that are well-lit.
    • Be cautious about sharing your location while playing the game as strangers can see this information.

There are some definite pros to this new Nintendo craze. Kids are playing with their parents and people are making new friends playing the game. It is also getting kids and adults off the couch and out of the house, getting some exercise and breathing in fresh air. But the safety concerns are also valid. If you play Pokémon Go, be smart while playing and pay attention to your safety and the safety of those around you. You could save a life.

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 /July 25, 2016 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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