Get Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Abuse and Injury Questions

We know you have so many questions right now, and that is why we have created a list of some of the questions we hear the most. You may not find every answer you need here, but we hope we're able to answer some of your most important questions and ease your mind a bit.

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  • How do I protect myself and my children from an ATV accident?

    Riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be a fun family pastime, but these vehicles can also pose many dangers. In February 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its 2013 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries. The report stated that 426 ATV-related deaths were reported in the U.S. during 2013. That same year, an estimated 99,600 people went to the emergency room needing treatment for an ATV accident injury, and approximately 25 percent were younger than 16 years old.

    The report also found that Texas had 716 ATV-related fatalities—the highest number in the United States from 1982-2013.

    Texas ATV Safety Laws and Other Safety Guidelines

    Many ATV accidents can be avoided and injuries prevented if laws and safety recommendations are followed. It is important to know these laws and safety suggestions to keep yourself, your children, and other ATV riders safe:

    • A special decal is required. You can only ride an ATV on Texas public property if you have a current OHV decal displayed on the vehicle that was issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 
    • Young kids cannot ride alone. Riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and it is recommended that kids under 16 always ride with an adult.
    • Adequate training for everyone is critical. ATV safety programs are available in the state of Texas, including one from the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program (run by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service).
    • You must wear adequate protective gear. Safety gear must be worn, including helmets, boots, and gloves. Those who fail to protect themselves with the right gear are much more likely to suffer serious injuries.
    • You should never ride ATVs on paved roads. Also, you should use extreme caution when crossing a paved road, watching carefully for vehicle traffic.
    • You should always drive slowly on unfamiliar terrain. Many people suffer serious injuries each year when an ATV wheel suddenly slips into a ditch or hole in the ground. Take the time required to find the safest places to ride.
    • You should regularly check online to see if your ATV has been recalled by the manufacturer. The CPSC, as well as ATV manufacturer websites, should publish this information. However, never assume you will be contacted directly. Once you learn that your ATV has been recalled, stop riding it immediately, and have all necessary repairs made before riding it again.
    • You should never ride an ATV alone. People can’t predict when or if they’ll be in an accident, and they need someone available to call for help if they’re injured. Always ride with at least one other friend or relative (and carry a charged cell phone for emergencies).
    • You should never ride an ATV after drinking alcohol or using any type of drug. Any substance that impairs your vision or coordination should be avoided when riding an ATV.

    Protect Yourself and Your Family After a Texas ATV Accident

    If you have suffered serious injuries while riding with someone on an ATV or you were hit by another ATV driver, you need the help of an experienced Fort Worth ATV accident attorney. Tom Hall is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been defending clients injured in ATV and other vehicle accidents for over 25 years.

    You can reach Tom Hall’s personal injury law office today at: 1-817-831-6100. Call us today and ask to schedule your FREE consultation about your ATV personal injury or wrongful death case.

     

  • My child was bitten by a dog. What should I do to protect him now?

    Your child is in pain and you are both scared. Your instinct is to protect your child, but how can you do that if your child has already been hurt?

    How To Help Your Child After a Dog Bite

    There is a lot that you can do to protect your child’s future even after a dog bite or animal attack has already occurred. Specifically, you can:

    • Get names and contact information for the dog's owner. In many situations, you may already know the dog and its owner. However, if an unfamiliar dog was responsible for the attack, it may take a little more detective work on your part to get names and contact information for the responsible party. The dog’s license or eyewitnesses to the attack may provide you with the information you need.
    • Seek medical attention right away. Don't stress out about whether or not your health insurance is going to cover this. While seeking medical attention, be sure to document as much as you can: take pictures of your injuries, write down as much as you can about the medical treatment required and the names of the doctors you saw, and save every single medical bill you receive. Additionally, talk to your child’s doctors about future medical treatment that may benefit your child.
    • Call the police. Once your child’s wounds have been taken care of and your child is no longer in any danger, contact the local police to file a report. Having an official record of the attack filed with law enforcement may help your case if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim. It can, for example, answer questions about whether the dog has tags and it can verify ownership.
    • Contact an attorney. If your child’s dog bite or attack injury happened around the Fort Worth area, contact personal injury attorney Tom Hall for a free consultation. He will be able to review the details of your case and help you figure out whether or not you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

    You are your child’s best ally and you may be able to help your child get the compensation he needs to make the best possible medical recovery. For more information, please start a live chat with us today.

  • How much does it cost to hire Fort Worth injury attorney Tom Hall?

    The expense of hiring any professional—including a personal injury attorney—is a very real concern. We know it’s important that you understand the cost of hiring an attorney before you sign an attorney-client contract. At the Law Offices of Tom Hall, we want you to understand exactly what it will cost to hire Tom Hall to represent you in a Texas personal injury case.

    The Initial Consultation Is Free—and Convenient

    Before you decide to hire an attorney, you should know more about your potential claim and about the specific lawyer you are considering. Tom Hall believes that this initial consultation should be free.

    There is no charge for the first meeting, and that meeting will occur at a place that is convenient for you. You are welcome to visit our Fort Worth office or have Tom visit you in your home, at the hospital, or at your rehabilitation facility. If you are more comfortable meeting outside his office, Tom is happy to travel to nearby communities such as Grapevine and Colleyville to meet with you.

    You Only Pay Tom Hall If He Wins Your Injury Case

    Tom handles cases for sex abuse, dog bites, auto accidents, and work injuries. If you decide to hire Tom to represent you or your child, you will only pay if he wins your case and you recover damages. Tom will be paid a percentage of what you recover in a settlement or at trial. You will know exactly what that percentage is before you hire Tom because it will be stated specifically in your contract.

    If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your free consultation, please start a live chat with us now or call our Fort Worth office at 817-831-6100.

     

  • Why do I need a lawyer after my child has been sexually abused?

    If your child has been sexually abused, you may feel confused about how to proceed. You may wonder if you can file a lawsuit against the person who abused your child; you may feel conflicted about taking legal action at all.

    How a Child Sex Abuse Lawyer Can Help Your Family

    Your lawyer will not file charges against anyone. The decision about whether to pursue criminal charges is up to the government—not an individual. However, a child sex abuse attorney can:

    • Determine if the person who abused your child has insurance that might help your child heal from the significant harm he has suffered. Because a child abuser doesn’t always have the means, assets, or insurance to pay for his victim’s injuries, it’s sometimes difficult for child abuse victims to receive compensation. But an experienced lawyer will look at all options available for obtaining a financial recovery.
       
    • Help your family start the healing process. Any money you recover in a settlement or in court can help you with expenses and protect your child’s future. Specifically, you may be able to get compensation from an insurance company for medical bills, counseling, future needs, and costs related to criminal proceedings.
       

    A child abuse case can be confusing to go through alone. While you handle the physical and emotional needs of your child, an experienced child sex abuse lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation from an insurance company that might make your child’s future easier. For more information and for a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us directly at 888-404-9469. We would be pleased to meet with you at our office or in your home.

     

  • How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Fort Worth?

    The amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim in Fort Worth is limited, just as it is throughout the state of Texas.

    Typically, if you have been hurt in a car, bus, truck, or other type of accident, you have two years to file a claim in court. If you fail to settle your case or to file your case in court before the two-year statute of limitations expires, you are unlikely to ever recover damages for your accident injuries.

    Why is There a Time Limit on Filing Personal Injury Lawsuits in Texas?

    The statute of limitations exists to provide certainty to all involved parties—that the opportunity for litigation (if you are the plaintiff) or threat of litigation (if you are the defendant) can’t go on forever. If you try to file a lawsuit after the two-year statute of limitations has expired, the court may quickly dismiss your case, and the insurance company or defendant will be under no legal obligation to compensate you for your injuries.

    It is important to note, however, that in some situations, the two-year statute of limitations may be extended. For example, the statute of limitations may be different if you were a minor at the time of the accident, and your parent or guardian failed to file a claim, or you were mentally incompetent when you were hurt. Other exceptions may also apply.

    Filing Your Injury Lawsuit Earlier Can Be Advantageous

    While Texas law allows you two years to file a case after a Fort Worth personal injury accident, there are advantages to pursuing a claim sooner—specifically, more evidence may be available right after a crash. The sooner you start your case, the sooner you may recover damages.

     

  • Our family is getting ready for our summer vacation, how do I know which hotels are safe for me and my family?

    Few hotel guests ever worry about being injured on vacation. However, serious accidents happen at these locations every day. Before leaving town, always remind your family about the constant danger of slip-and-fall accidents around hotel swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. Also, be on the lookout for physical and sexual assaults – as well as various property crimes.

    When staying at any resort or hotel, you must also watch out for poorly maintained gym equipment and hot water thermostats. Far too many people suffer serious burns due to the latter. Finally, when staying at a hotel, you must closely supervise your children, including older teens -- since they may all fail to recognize various dangers.

    Our firm has created a list of common hotel dangers (see below) in hopes that it will help you avoid many of the most common injuries people often incur while staying in hotels or resorts.

    Common Dangers Guests Must Watch Out for in Hotels/Resorts

    • Inadequate pool safety/lack of lifeguard on duty. Always ask if there will be a lifeguard on duty -- and if anyone on the premises knows CPR. Never allow your kids to swim in a hotel pool (or play in a hot tub or spa) without personally monitoring their activities. Also, be sure to ask how often the swimming pool, hot tub or spa is cleaned --and inquire about the water temperature and types of cleaning solutions used;
    • Slip-and-fall accidents. Hotels may often fail to quickly mop up spills and repair poorly-lit stairways and other problem areas. Likewise, guests can fall suddenly due to many different types of unusual conditions. Always be sure to use a sturdy bathmat when showering. Falls in common areas, especially near pools and hot tubs/spas, are very common. Roughly half of all hotel-related injuries are tied to slip-and-fall accidents;
    • Bed bug infestation. One of the worst things about bed bugs is that they’re hard to see and you may not know you’ve been bitten until small blisters appear on your skin. Always look closely at all hotel bedspreads, curtains, mattresses, and pillows to see if you there are any bugs present. Of course, some of the worst problems occur later when these tiny bugs get into your suitcases and head home with you. It can take weeks and cost either hundreds or thousands of dollars to bet rid of all the bed bugs in your home;
    • Serious water burns that can cause scarring. Some hotel chains do a poor job of regulating water temperatures. This can lead to serious burns when hot water thermostats are set too high. Many guests suffer serious burns after just stepping into a shower. Always reach in from the side first -- to try and create a safe blend of hot and cold water before stepping into any hotel tub or shower. (Make sure all family members also take this precaution.) Be prepared for similar problems with the sink water, too;
    • Exercise great caution when standing on balconies. Never assume that these can hold numerous adults or provide strong guard rails. Also, make sure you keep the balcony doors locked. Hotel burglaries remain fairly common;
    • Poorly maintained fitness/gym equipment. Take a good look at any equipment before doing any weight-lifting or other tasks that can lead to serious injuries. Find out how often the equipment is serviced before using it, especially if it appears unstable. Never let your kids go to hotel gyms alone – always go and supervise them;
    • Poorly constructed furniture. You don’t have to be seriously overweight to sit down on overused furniture and have it “give out” beneath you. Also, never jump onto any hotel bed and don’t assume desk chairs and other furniture are completely stable either;
    • Food poisoning. Although the most expensive hotels guard against the improper heating, cooling, and storage of foods, be prepared by carrying OTC (over-the-counter) nausea medications that may also come in handy elsewhere on your trip. Always be especially careful when ordering seafood and steaks;
    • Assaults. Ask at the front desk how many security guards are always on the premises. Even though most hotels offer plenty of closed-circuit monitoring, consider staying in a room close to the office rather than in a distant building. Also, remember that most criminals know that travelers often leave valuables in their rooms or carry large sums of money on them. Be sure to ask the front desk if you can store your valuables in their safe and obtain a detailed receipt noting what you’ve asked them to hold for you. Of course, it’s always best to leave your most expensive watches and jewelry at home;                   
    • Parking lot dangers. Many hotel assaults take place in these areas. Be extra careful when walking in hotel parking lots and consider paying a valet to go and get your car for you. If you are attacked, be sure to contact the police right away, as well as the hotel front desk. Always keep in mind that studies indicate that about half of all hotel injuries are security related.

  • What are the four threats of construction site injuries?

    Although the numbers are starting to drop, far too many job-related deaths occur in America each year. In fact, during 2013, roughly 4,405 workers lost their lives at work.  Roughly 20.3% of those who died were construction workers. Latinos keep bearing the brunt of these losses: about “two Latino workers [were] killed every single day of [that] year, all year long.” Most of these deaths were attributable to the fatal four: falls, electrocutions, getting struck by an object or getting caught in or between objects.

    If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious construction site injury, you’ll need the help of Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall. Although most workplace accidents are covered by worker’s compensation law – some may not be and can require the filing of a lawsuit on your behalf. Mr. Hall is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s been defending clients like you for over 25 years.

    You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of personal injury attorney Tom Hall today by calling 1-817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

    Texas construction workers must be especially careful since our state “has one of the lowest rates of OSHA investigators to workers in the country.”  According to some experts, Texas ranks the highest in this country in construction worker deaths on the job.                                                  

    Here’s some additional information that can help such workers better understand the risks posed by their jobs – while they search for new and better ways to protect themselves.

    The 10 Most Violated Safety Standards Which Threaten Construction Workers

    • Inadequate fall protection;
    • Faulty hazard communication standards;
    • Improper scaffolding which puts workers at risk;
    • Inadequate protection of workers’ respiratory functions;
    • Poor electrical system designs;
    • Failure to observe proper machine guards;
    • Poorly maintained or sub-standard industrial trucks or other equipment;
    • Improper use of ladders;
    • Poor handling of electrical wiring components;
    • Improper usage of hazardous energy.

    Here’s a list of warnings or precautions that can help protect all construction workers.

    Important Safety Tips for All Those Working Construction Jobs

    • Always wear the safety gear provided by your employer. When you can afford it, try to purchase even better equipment (such as more durable boots, gloves and goggles) to further safeguard your health;
    • Never begin working on any scaffolding without first testing its stability. When scaffolding is too narrow or insufficient railings or safety bars are provided, falls are far more likely;
    • Report unsafe conditions immediately. Let your supervisor know about your concerns right away. You should also consider filing a complaint with the federal government if no action is taken. If you believe your job is being threatened for reporting these problems, you need to immediately contact your Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall;
    • Be sure to ask about the emergency safety location. All construction site managers are supposed to provide workers with one or more “safety locations.”  You are supposed to go to these for added safety whenever a major accident starts unfolding;
    • Never drink alcohol or abuse any type of drug before your next work shift. A hangover, blurred vision – or even difficulty in walking -- can greatly increase your chances of suffering a serious fall or even worse harm;
    • Get plenty of sleep and never work double shifts. Construction work places heavy physical demands on every worker. For this reason, it’s important to never push yourself too hard – you’ll stay safer if you’re getting adequate rest;
    • Double check each ladder’s stability before using it and try to get someone to hold it steady when necessary. Ladders can wear out with extensive use and if you’re using an older one, the hinges or special safety locks may not hold up adequately;
    • Only accept technical or highly demanding work assignments after receiving proper training. Never just assume that you can quickly pick up tasks like working with electrical equipment, blow torches or other similar devices;
    • Do not accept further assignments if your supervisors are neglecting critical safety standards to finish projects sooner.  Be sure to voice your concerns to your supervisor. If necessary, give serious thought to quitting your job – but only after filing a formal complaint. Never risk your life for any job.

    If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, whether it involves a construction site or a general office setting, you may need the advice of Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall. He can discuss the facts of your case with you to determine if you’ll be fully covered by worker’s compensation laws -- or if you’ll need to file a lawsuit to fully pursue all of your legal remedies.

    You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

  • We want to get a new puppy for our home. What is the safest puppy for our child?

    Avoiding Dog Bites:  Choosing the Safest Puppy for Your Child

    Whether you’re planning to adopt a dog for a child’s birthday or as a holiday gift, you should first check on which breeds adjust well to children in a home. Of course, you must also be ready to do most of the caregiving until your child can safely take over certain tasks.

    To help you search for a child-friendly dog, we’ve set forth links below to some of the websites (like PetMed) which offer guidance and statistics on this topic. However, since any frightened dog can become aggressive, it’s often wise to obtain some obedience training for a new pup -- to help him calm down.

    Finally, be sure to ask your vet for his or her opinion about a specific dog breed before adopting a puppy. After all, as some the statistics below reveal, some dogs can still be quite dangerous.

    General Statistics Regarding U.S. Dog Bites – Especially Related to Children

    • Close to 20% of those who are bitten by dogs each year “require medical attention for dog-bite related injuries; half of these are children;
    • Kids between the ages of 5 and 9 are most likely to suffer serious dog-bite injuries;
    • During the year 2012, “27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.”

    Dog Breeds Frequently Recommended for Families with Small Children

    (The following list was developed by PetMed.com)

    1. The Golden Retriever. If you had a golden retriever while growing up, your memories are probably very positive ones. These dogs are extremely loving, patient, and protective of most young children. If you choose to adopt one of these dogs, keep in mind that they need plenty of daily exercise. In regards to size, a Golden Retriever is usually a bit smaller than a Labrador Retriever;
    2. The Beagle. Often thought of as the “Snoopy” dog since cartoon character Charlie Brown’s dog is a beagle, these dogs love to play and can usually handle being around excited children;
    3. The Collie. Most Boomer adults still recall watching the show “Lassie” while growing up and already tend to trust this type of dog. Collies are often described as mild-mannered;
    4. The Newfoundland. Words like “gentle, kind, and patient” are often used when describing the demeanor of these lovely animals;
    5. The Bull Dog.  Although this canine looks a bit unfriendly, many people claim they do well with young kids because they’re rather “docile” or a bit lazy;
    6. The Bull Terrier. A number of dog owners claim this dog breed can be very affectionate in response to your warmth and proper treatment. You’ll need to make your own decisions about this dog (as well as any others on this list);
    7. The Vizsla. Older children willing to help give this dog the extensive daily exercise it loves may be best suited for this animal;
    8. The Irish Setter. Since this dog is another one that requires lots of exercise, it would be best to only adopt an Irish Setter if you have a yard. They are supposed to be very loving and good with children;
    9. The Poodle. “Smart” and “gentle” are two words often used when describing this dog. You can normally expect this canine to be very careful when playing with your kids;
    10. The Labrador Retriever. Few big dogs are willing to play this well with kids and sometimes even allow a bit of cuddling. They are also smart and willing to endure plenty of active kids in their midst.

    Should your child ever be seriously injured or bitten by a dog, you need to contact the Law Offices of Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s been representing injured children like yours for over 25 years in Tarrant County. You can reach his office by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation

  • How can I avoid ski slope and snowboarding accidents?

    Every year, thousands of Americans enjoy snow skiing and snowboarding. Although many become highly skilled, others are just newcomers to these sports. If you’re planning your first ski trip with your family, be sure to schedule proper lessons for everyone. After all, about 41 people lose their lives due to snow skiing each year in this country -- and hundreds more sustain serious, lifelong injuries.

    If you’ve recently suffered serious snow skiing or snowboarding injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may need to speak with Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall. He’s been representing injured clients for over 25 years. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

    Although people who enjoy snow sports naturally downplay the dangers of their activities, our firm recognizes the importance of keeping safety in mind at all times. Here are some guidelines that can help you protect yourselves and others while having a good time.

    Useful Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding Safely

    • Take (refresher) lessons. Unless you ski or snowboard several times each year, honor your personal safety and well-being by taking a refresher course on skiing/snowboarding. The instructors will often just spend a half-hour or so reminding you of critical steps you must take to fully protect yourself and your loved out on the slopes;
    • Rent or buy the best equipment available. Always start out by selecting the sturdiest helmet (that fits you properly) that you can find. Next, make sure you’re using the best skis or type of snowboard suited to your current skill level. Be willing to spend time with each of your kids to determine their skills levels – and ask one of the lodge instructors to help you make these determinations. Also, always test the safety latches and releases on your equipment so they’ll be less likely to fail you out on the slopes. Too many accidents are caused by these types of failures;
    • Remind every adult and child to avoid all daredevil stunts. Instruct your kids to leave all of the amazing tricks and stunts to the professionals. Ski closely with your entire family. Find a way to have everyone ski with at least one other person they know.  Explain to your children what types of serious accidents can happen if they take unnecessary risks;
    • Ski only when it’s easy to see outside. Avoid skiing at sunrise or dusk since your visibility on the slopes will probably be greatly reduced;
    • Always assume that upcoming trees and objects are much closer than they seem. Many skiing and snowboarding accidents happen because people forget to factor in the speed they’ve picked up while moving along.  Make sure your kids have thoroughly practiced slowing down on slopes of different heights before letting them out of your sight;
    • Be sure to personally teach your kids how to use the ski lifts properly. Too many instructors downplay how hard this maneuver can be for newcomers. Be sure to remind your kids to sit still on the lifts and also repeatedly demonstrate how they must step (or jump) off at the right time in a safe manner;
    • Wear the warmest possible ski clothes/Use good goggles that fit well with your helmet. Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. Even in the dead of winter, you can suffer sun burns on particularly bright days. Inform your family about the early signs of frost bite and insist that everyone meet together every hour or two to be sure no one has gotten lost or sustained an injury requiring immediate help. At the very least, always keep at least one adult with your kids, possibly taking turns with your spouse or another adult;
    • Be sure each person knows what to do if a serious accident occurs. Explain the steps that must be taken and note whether it’s ever permissible to leave an injured person alone in order to summon help. Tell your kids and skiing partners how to contact the ski patrols up on the slopes;
    • Plan each trip down the slopes ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows who they must stay with and remind them that no one should ever wander off alone in the woods;
    • Only ski while fully rested. It’s dangerous to take part in any sporting activity when tired since you’ll never be able to use your best judgment;
    • Take every fall and head injury seriously – and always allow medical professionals to observe you for an extended period of time after hitting your head on something. Actor Liam Neeson is still mourning the loss of his beautiful wife, actress Natasha Richardson, years after her skiing head injury caused her death. Although no one knows for sure, Ms. Richardson might have survived had she worn a helmet. Far too many adults still refuse to wear helmets while skiing and snowboarding.  

    If you’ve been seriously injured in a snow skiing or snowboarding accident, you may need to speak with a Fort Worth personal injury attorney right away. Tom Hall has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years and is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

  • What tips do you recommend for senior citizens to improve their driving skills?

    As many of us know, America’s senior population keeps growing rapidly. In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) says that between 1999 and 2009, our country saw a “23 percent increase” in the number of older citizens out driving on various roads and freeways. Fortunately, many seniors don’t begin experiencing extra driving difficulties until their late sixties and early seventies.

    In order to help older Americans remain safe and independent drivers, our firm has summarized some excellent suggestions provided for them by the Mayo Clinic below.

    If you’ve been seriously injured in any car, truck or motorcycle accident, you need the help of an experienced Fort Worth personal injury attorney. Tom Hall has been representing injured accident victims for over 25 years. In addition, he is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    You can contact Mr. Hall’s Law Offices today by calling 1-817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation with him.

    Safety Tips for All Seniors Wanting to Carefully Extend Their Driving Years

    • Stay physically active and exercise as often as your doctor allows. As we age, arthritis and other issues often make it harder for us to quickly turn our heads (or the steering wheel) while trying to respond to sudden threats out on the road. By exercising, you can keep your muscles well-toned and minimize some of the stiffness that may make driving harder for you;
    • Get regular vision and hearing tests. Since most of us experience both vision and hearing losses as we age, be sure to have your eyes checked regularly by an ophthalmologist and get new glasses as needed. You should also have your hearing tested periodically. A great many accidents can be avoided by taking these preventive steps;
    • Take excellent care of your health and report all drug side effects to your doctor. There are many drugs on the market that can cause blurry vision. If you’re having this problem, be sure to speak with your doctor about it. Often, your doctor can alleviate this problem by changing your drug dose – or switching you to a completely new drug. Remember, the better your health, the better able you’ll be to respond quickly to urgent driving situations;
    • Avoid driving in inclement weather. Unless your errands are urgent or you have a critical doctor’s appointment, always try to postpone minor trips in your car when there’s heavy rain, snow or fog outside. Also, if it’s hard for you to see at night, let someone else give you rides to evening events; (As a general rule of thumb - the worse the weather, the less you should drive.)
    • Plan your driving route ahead of time. Even if you have a GPS system in your car, it’s always wise to study an actual map before leaving for your destination. If you can get someone else to ride with you, lean on that person’s ability to guide you;
    • Take defensive driving classes. Since no one can remember all of the best driving practices, it’s a good idea to take a refresher course approved by your car insurance company. If you pass, you’ll often receive a discount on your premium. Be sure to find out which online (or other) courses your insurer will approve before signing up;
    • Be honest with yourself regarding when you should completely stop driving. No one wants to lose his or her freedom. However, should you decide to move into an assisted living facility, they will often provide you with rides to doctor appointments and grocery stores.  You should also inquire about your city’s paratransit bus system – or special vans often provided to help the elderly or disabled. Keep in mind that your physician may need to fill out certain forms for you to qualify for such assistance.

    If you’ve been seriously injured in a recent car accident, call Fort Worth auto accident attorney Tom Hall. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He will discuss your case with you to see if the facts support filing a lawsuit on your behalf. You can reach Mr. Hall’s Law Offices by calling today at 1-817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation. 

  • What are some safety tips you might give to motorcycle riders?

    Basic Tips for Maximizing Your Safety While Riding a Motorcycle

    • Always avoid speeding. You should also consider taking a motorcycle safety training course, and keep an eye on motorists who often fail to yield the right of way to those riding motorcycles;
    • Wear the best protective helmet you can afford, as well as thick boots and durable gloves and clothing. Photos of this type of equipment are featured on the NHTSA website;
    • Always bear in mind that other motorists often have trouble seeing you. Make sure you carefully maneuver your bike in an effort to avoid remaining in other motorists’ “blind sides;”
    • Whenever possible, avoid riding in rainy or foggy weather. This puts you at the mercy of every other drivers’ potentially faulty brakes and increases the chances of skidding and losing control of your bike;
    • Ask for professional help when choosing the motorcycle that’s best for you and don’t purchase one that’s too heavy or difficult for you to maneuver or handle;
    • Drive defensively and avoid weaving in and out of traffic since this makes it extra hard for others to see you. Be willing to yield the right of way – especially since you’re far more vulnerable physically than those driving large vehicles;
    • Always keep alternate routes to common destinations in mind. It’s also best to avoid rush-hour traffic whenever possible;
    • Be sure to keep in mind the following facts:  Driving your bike after just one or two drinks (or using drugs) is far more dangerous for motorcyclists since you have less “outer armor” to protect you if hit. Also, please remember that traffic fatalities are always highest for those who fail or refuse to wear helmets. Finally, be sure you’re fully covered by ample healthcare and motorcycle accident insurance.

    While defending past victims of traffic accidents, our office has been asked to provide advice on ways to avoid future motorcycle accidents. We have set forth some of our suggestions below. However, we also urge you to review the safety guidance provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its website.

  • If my child was hurt on a playground, can I get the owner to pay for his medical bills?

    We represent clients whose playground injuries are directly due to the negligence of others. In general, negligence is a standard of care that governs how a reasonable person should act in in a specific situation. If your child has suffered a serious injury, we know you’ll need to recover sufficient damages to compensate your child for all pain and suffering, current and future medical treatment, and all other related expenses.                                                                                   

    Our firm represents children who have suffered such playground injuries as:

    • Fractures and broken bones
    • Traumatic head or brain injuries
    • Serious cuts and bruises
    • Disfiguring injuries to all parts of the body, including the loss of limbs
    • Crushing injuries
    • Extreme blood loss
    • Death

    While representing our clients, we’re often asked to provide safety suggestions that can help protect other children from being hurt while taking part in playground activities. Here’s some of the general information we often share. (However, we also recommend that you visit other websites like SafeKids.org for additional safety tips on this topic and others).

    Playground Conditions and Tips for Safe Play

    • Proper surface areas. All playground falls and other potential injuries can be greatly lessened when the surface area is covered with mulch, sand, shredded rubber or loose-filled wood chips. Avoid allowing your kids to play in any area featuring gravel, loose rocks, large tree trunk stumps, and holes;
    • Poorly constructed swing sets. It’s best to only allow kids to play on swing sets with limited height ranges and ample soft surfaces beneath them to cushion where a child might fall;
    • Sharp-edged or rusty play equipment. Never let your kids play around this type of equipment as it can greatly worsen their injuries. Always take the time to fully inspect a playground area before allowing your children to start playing there;
    • Separate sections marked for children of different ages or heights. The best playgrounds clearly indicate the age range for the children who can safely use different equipment. Whatever you do, don’t allow your children to play in areas clearly intended for older kids;
    • Be sure there are adequate handrails and guardrails. Kids take many chances while playing so be sure there’s built-in safety in case your child starts to fall;
    • Constant adult supervision is critical. Only allow your child to play on a carefully monitored playground. It’s best if the supervising adults are not engaged with non-emergency cell phone activity while watching the children.

     

    Has your child suffered a serious playground injury? Even carefully protected children often wind up getting hurt.  We frequently meet families struggling with this type of sorrow in our Fort Worth personal injury law firm. However, we have the skills and experience that allow us to evaluate the facts of your case and then determine if filing a lawsuit on your behalf is likely to produce a favorable outcome.

    Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s available to meet with you so please get in touch today by calling     1-817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.

    Call the Law Offices of Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall today at 1-817-831-1600. He’ll provide you with a FREE legal consultation regarding your injured child.

  • Are you more likely to have an accident at a busy intersection in Fort Worth?

    Intersections Often Pose Special Driving Hazards

    “T-shaped” intersections, “cross-shaped” ones, and the myriad of other configurations all seem to attract drivers prone to poor judgment. When you factor in speeding, blind spots, obscured traffic signs, and poor weather conditions, the injuries and fatalities continue to climb. In fact, according to one insurance group, close to 20% of all accidents take place at intersections.

    Our firm has put together the following suggestions to help you minimize your chances of being seriously injured or killed while driving through different intersections each day. You may also want to visit various insurance safety information websites, as well as the “right-of-way”

     

     

     

    information posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

    Ways to Limit the Dangers While Passing Through Intersections

    • Always take extra caution when making left-hand turns. This is especially true regarding older drivers who often fail to readily assess dangers and sometimes hold up traffic. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, older drivers take almost 50% more time to make their left-hand turns than more youthful drivers;
    • Ask your community to consider creating more “All Red” traffic lights. When you increase the time that all lights are on red (even just by two seconds), you can greatly reduce accidents. This also often motivates speeders to slow down more readily;
    • Make sure your vehicle stays in good running order. Regular maintenance can help prevent a vehicle from suddenly using critical braking power or overheating, especially near busy intersections;
    • Exercise special care when pedestrians are in the area. Even if you have the right-of-way, you need to driving safely around pedestrians, making sure you don’t do anything to increase their vulnerability;
    • Your city needs ample overpasses, bridge walks, and underpasses. These types of structures help protect pedestrian safety, especially near intersections;
    • Be sure your area regularly monitors and repairs road surfaces.  Cracked asphalt, potholes, and other road problems can greatly increase the number of accidents around

     

     

     

    busy intersections;

    • Ask your city to post signs indicating all major, upcoming intersections. People are more likely to slow down and pay closer attention while driving when they know they’re approaching highly congested areas;
    • Check all road repair signs to make sure they’re easy to read. Road repair workers expect all drivers to avoid endangering their lives. Let your local law enforcement office know if you see major road repairs being made near an intersection when there aren’t enough signs, in advance of the area, letting drivers know what to expect;
    • Before leaving each day, consider alternate routes you might take. This can help you not only save time but avoid problem areas that may suddenly appear due to unusually heavy traffic, accidents or unexpected bad weather  Always consider turning off the road you’re on when major traffic problems develop and take a less hectic route.

     

    Have you suffered a serious traffic accident, possibly related to a dangerous intersection or other hazardous driving situation? Every day, drivers in the Fort Worth area must constantly navigate overburdened thoroughfares, poorly designed intersections, rush-hour traffic, and careless drivers.

    Our personal injury law office regularly represents clients who have suffered major injuries due to traffic problems occurring at major intersections and other locations.  Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s available to meet with you regarding your accident injuries. His office can be reached by calling 1-817-831-6100.  Just ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

    Contact the Law Offices of Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Tom Hall today, and request a FREE consultation regarding your vehicle accident. Call: 1-817-831-6100. Mr. Hall has more than 30 years of experience representing clients like you who’ve been injured.

  • Can you make a recovery if you are a victim of a hit and run accident?

    If you’ve been the recent victim of a hit-and-run accident, you know how it feels to be suddenly left injured and possibly even trapped in your damaged vehicle. Our Fort Worth personal injury law firm stands ready to help you recover for your serious physical injuries. We’ve been helping Texans injured in hit-and-run accidents for over 30 years.

    Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s available to meet with you so please get in touch today by calling     1-817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.

    Obtaining Fair Compensation and Justice for Your Hit-and-Run Injuries

    We represent a number of clients who’ve suffered many different types of hit-and-run injuries. When you meet with your attorney in our office, he’ll be able to carefully review all of the facts of your case to let you know if he believes filing a lawsuit is likely to help you recover for most or all of your damages. Mr. Hall understand that you’re seeking to recover damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering, current and future medical treatment, lost wages, and all other related losses and expenses.

    Our firm represents hit-and-run victims who have suffered such injuries as:

    • Broken bones and fractures
    • Traumatic head, neck or brain injuries
    • Various spinal cord injuries, including some which often cause paralysis
    • Burns and scars
    • Serious cuts and bruises
    • Disfiguring injuries to all parts of the body, including the loss of limbs
    • Crushing injuries
    • Whiplash injuries
    • Death 

    When a hit-and-run victim dies from his or her accident injuries, our office is prepared to file a wrongful death action on behalf of the legal survivors.

    Texas/National Hit-and-Run Accident Facts and Statistics

    Here’s important information derived from various resources, including a recent USA Today article entitled, “Fatal Hit-and-Run Crashes on Rise in US.”

    • Roughly “one in five of all pedestrian fatalities are hit-and-runs;”
    • Beginning on September 1, 2013, “the penalty for hit-and-run fatalities in the state of Texas will be equal to that of intoxicated manslaughter. Currently, it is a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The new law raises the offense to a second-degree felony, with a maximum penalty of 20 years;”
    • Sixty percent of all hit-and-run fatalities have pedestrian victims. (In 2008, one study listed Texas as one of the five worst states for pedestrian fatalities);
    • About 11% of all national vehicle accidents involve hit-and-run incidents;
    • There another new law in Texas which “makes failure to stop and render aid after an accident that may have caused injury punishable by up to 10 years.”

    Contact the Law Offices of Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Tom Hall today, and request a FREE consultation regarding your hit-and-run accident. Call: 817-831-6100. Mr. Hall has more than 30 years of experience representing clients like you who’ve been injured.

  • How Can I avoid having an auto accident during rush hour traffic in Fort Worth and Dallas?

    Although many of us try to avoid driving during morning and evening rush hour traffic, it’s not always possible to be off the roads at those times. Bosses often make last-minute requests as you’re trying to leave and clients frequently call right when you’d like to hit the road. Since leaving early or late to avoid rush hour can be difficult, try keeping the tips we’ve provided below in mind to help reduce your chances of being in a rush hour accident.

    Here are some tips our firm has put together to help motorists reduce their chances of being hurt in rush-hour traffic accidents.

    Safety Tips and Best Driving Practices That Can Help You Handle Rush-Hour Traffic

    1. Stay calm and avoid expressing anger at other drivers. Road rage is real and expressing it always slows down everybody’s commute. If you can’t get off a busy freeway and take a less congested path home, then keep your eyes on the road and use some soothing music to help you stay relaxed;
    2. Always remember that you share the roads with cyclists and pedestrians. It’s every driver’s responsibility to constantly keep a look out for cyclists and pedestrians since one wrong move can seriously injure or even kill the poorly protected pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist. Give these individuals the right-of-way whenever possible. Bike lanes need to be respected and crosswalks should serve as reminders that you must look both ways before crossing one to see if pedestrians are currently walking across the street. Finally, be friendly and wave a “thank you” when someone lets you cut into their lane after you’ve indicated your request with hand signals;
    3. While you’re waiting at a stop light. Keep in mind that pedestrians must often work hard to make it clear across the street before the light changes. Anticipate that some of them may be slower than others -- never race out into an intersection the second the light facing you turns green;
    4. Keep an eye out for people trying to pull out of parallel parking slots into traffic. A parked car can quickly dart out in front of you at any minute;
    5. Choose the safest yet quickest route home. Although we’re all creatures of habit, keep looking for better, less congested streets and freeways so you can avoid the largest groups of cars that pile up during rush hour;
    6. Try to move out of merging lanes. This can greatly reduce your chances of being hit;
    7. Avoid needlessly weaving in and out of traffic lanes. The time saved will be minimal and you’ll lower your chances of getting hit while acting in this manner;
    8. Keep your proper distance from all others on the road – never tailgate anyone. Respect all of those traveling around you and remember that if you tailgate behind a pedestrian, cyclist or other driver, you’ll greatly increase the chances of an accident;
    9. Obey the laws – regardless of what others near you are doing. Just because a cyclist decides to run a red light or weave in and out of traffic, doesn’t mean it’s wise for you to do the same;
    10. Keep watching what all of the buses and cabs are doing. Although everyone should be driving safely, these vehicles are not always driven carefully or within the proper speed limits;
    11. Never use a cell phone to call or “text” anyone while driving. If your car breaks down and you need to call for help, try to first drive over to the nearest shoulder and place your call once safely parked;
    12. Signal all turns in a timely manner whether driving on a freeway or open streets. Also, remember to turn off your signal – leaving one on can hazards or permanent headaches for those driving near you. Also, be extra careful when making left-hand turns in congested intersections;
    13. Maintain proper passenger behavior rules. Laughing and yelling children – as well as co-workers who constantly talk on their cell phones -- can greatly add to a driver’s stress. Be sure to respectfully ask all of your passengers to help you concentrate on your driving by remaining as quiet as possible;
    14. Keep your windows rolled up whenever possible. This will reduce your temptation to speak angrily to other drivers and will minimize the dirty air (or heat and cold) that will surely make you uncomfortable – unless your heating/cooling system is on the blink.

     

    If you’ve been seriously hurt in a Fort Worth car accident, you’ll need the help of an experienced attorney. Tom Hall has been helping injured car and truck accident victims obtain justice for over 25 years. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of auto accident attorney Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

    You can reach the Law Offices of Fort Worth auto accident attorney Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Ask to schedule your FREE consultation. 

  • Are there any toys consumers should avoid when shopping on Black Friday?

    Every year, new toys are sold that should raise a “red flag” for all careful parents. Before giving a child any gift you haven’t seen before, it’s always best to go online and check to see how one or more consumer groups are ranking it. While trying to create exciting toys, some companies simply go too far. Far too many children are seriously injured or even killed while playing with dangerous toys each year.

    If your child has been seriously injured while playing with a toy (or any item a child might easily assume is a toy), you need to contact Fort Worth products liability lawyer Tom Hall. He is a board certified personal injury trial lawyer who has been representing child and adult clients for over 25 years.

    He’s handled a number of products liability cases that have caused kids to suffer all kinds of injuries. In most cases, he can file a lawsuit on your child’s behalf and obtain financial compensation to cover all medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other serious future needs. You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall today by calling 1-817-831-6100 today. Just ask to schedule your FREE consultation.

    Here are seven toys that one or more consumer groups have recently indicated can cause your child to suffer serious injuries -- or even death.

    Seven of the Most Dangerous Toys Now on the Market

    • Toysmith’s “Catapencil.”  The consumer group named W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) says this “pencil-turned-catapult toy” poses serious eye injuries. In many ways, it looks like a slingshot combined with a pencil. Oddly enough, this company’s website urges kids to use this device to “send a message medieval style;”
    • The Air Storm Firetek Bow. Even if the darts fired by these bow and arrow sets are largely made of foam, their ability to fly through the air up to 125 feet (per an Amazon.com page ad)  indicates that they may pack considerable force when striking children and adults who might be much closer than that distance;
    • The SWAT Electric Machine Gun. Given the realistic look of this gun, any child or adult waving it around, especially in the dark or poorly lit conditions, may appear “fully armed” to law enforcement and possibly get shot while holding it. Too many headlines in recent months/years have involved people hurt or killed when someone else mistakenly thought they were armed;
    • Bottle Rocket Party. Both the very name and “look” of this toy clearly spell potential trouble. Even the warning label notes that the “strict supervision” of adults is necessary. Since most kids only truly enjoy playing outside the presence of parents and adults, this toy is likely to be abused in many ways. Even if safety goggles were provided, serious injuries might still occur if not used with great caution;
    • “Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy.” Perhaps one of the most dangerous features of this toy is its 20-inch cord. Young children are always at risk of suffering serious strangulation and entanglement injuries when playing with long-corded toys. This toy also poses other special risks since it’s apparently designed for use in very young children’s cribs and playpens;
    • Radio Flyer Ziggle. These four-wheeled cycles are set very low to the ground and invite kids to try and swerve and spin while riding on them in various, unstable ways. The cycles could also easily cause a carefree child to never even see a vehicle backing out toward them in a driveway (or coming towards them out in the street) before getting hit;
    • The “Colored Hedgehog.” This toy for infants is considered potentially dangerous because it has “long, fiber-like hair that is easily removable and poses ingestion or aspiration injuries.”

    Many of these toys, along with others mentioned in recent news stories, can be easily purchased at Toys R Us and other stores (or online at Amazon.com and other websites). Parents and others who buy toys for children must always avoid purchasing any items that cannot be used safely while children are all alone. (After all, parents can be suddenly called away for many reasons).

    If your child has suffered serious harm while using a toy or other product, be sure to contact the Fort Worth Law Offices of personal injury attorney Tom Hall. He can be easily reached today by calling 817-831-6100.  Ask to schedule your FREE consultation. 

  • What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

    Wrongful death means your loved one died un-necessarily due to someone else’s fault.  It might have been a car wreck, pool drowning, tragic accident at work, drug related death or even a gunshot wound.  These are just a few examples.  We represent families who have lost a loved one at the hands of someone else’s negligence.  We are sensitive to your grief and will do our best to help you.  We will include you without you bearing the burden of reliving the experience over and over again.  Let us take care of you and your family.

    We will fight for you!

  • Can I use my car insurance if I am hurt in a crash? And, since it is my own insurance company, will they willingly pay my Personal Injury Protection / Uninsured/underinsured or Medical Payments claim?

    Understand you are now asking your carrier to pay you and as such you are a claimant. They may treat you the same way they would treat anyone making a claim against you using whatever methods available to minimize your claim.  Insurance companies want to take money in, not pay money out.

     

    It’s easy to feel frustrated and think the company you pay is fighting you for compensation you feel you’re entitled to.  The simple reasoning is the insurance companies are money making institutions. Their stockholders and investors do not profit when they pay you fair compensation for your injuries. Therefore while you are a policyholder you are no longer their best friend.

     

    This is why you may need a lawyer.  Your friendly sales agent has no control over payments to you.  That is handled by the claims people at the insurance company.  Many of them do not value you as a customer or member.  You are now the “enemy”.  This is not right or fair, but unfortunately, it is reality.

     

    If you need help, call me.  I’ll try my best to help you as your advocate.

  • May I make a claim against a family member if I am a passenger in an accident caused by my spouse or child?

                Absolutely. An example is this scenario. Your husband is following to close behind a car and rear ends a vehicle. You are a passenger in the vehicle owned by both you and your husband. You are injured and have to be transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle in front of your husband is also injured and transported to the hospital. Both you and the other individual have a claim against your insurance policy.

     

                There is no reason why you should have any less right to recover for the negligence of the driver as does the victim in the other vehicle. 

  • If I am a passenger in a vehicle and sustain injuries because of a car accident may I make a claim for my injuries?

    Yes, of course you can make a claim against the driver and owner of the vehicle.  This is true unless both the driver and owner of the vehicle do not have insurance coverage at the time of the accident.   Both drivers may have a portion of the fault for your crash.

     

    If this is true, there is still a possibility you can make a claim if you purchased Personal Injury Protection Coverage, Medical Payments Coverage or Uninsured Motorist Coverage with your insurance policy.

     

    In fact, you may even make a claim under your own Personal Injury Protection Coverage and Uninsured Motorist Coverage for  injuries sustained from another vehicle such as:

    You are a pedestrian injured by an automobile

    You are a patron at your favorite restaurant and a car crashes through the building.

    You are at any venue in which a car strikes you.

    You are on a bicycle and get hit by a car.

                   

                    Please call us if you have any questions.  We are here to help.