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5 Pedestrian Safety Tips for Children

by Cary Graham | August 23rd, 2016
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Summer is nearly gone, making way for a beautiful Texas fall. As we transition into a new school year, it’s important that parents remind their children about pedestrian safety, especially if they walk to and from school every day. Here are 5 safety tips to ensure your children make it there safely every day.

  1. Always use crosswalks. Crossing the street can be dangerous for anyone, regardless of age. That’s why your children should never cross the road except at crosswalks, and even then, they should look both ways first.
  2. Be alert. Just because they have the right away doesn’t mean that drivers will adhere to pedestrian laws. Make sure your children never assume the intentions of drivers.
  3. Wear reflective clothing. Your children may fight you on this one, but make sure they wear something that is reflective and avoid dark clothing, especially if they are walking at dawn or dusk.
  4. Travel in groups. There really is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, your children should walk with groups. They can look out for one another to ensure they all arrive safely.
  5. Have a backup plan. Sometimes walking to or from school simply isn’t an option. Make sure your children have someone they can call for a ride in case conditions aren’t favorable for walking.

At Daniel Stark, we’ve seen the devastation a pedestrian accident can have on a family and a community. Protect your children by having a conversation about safety today.

3 Tips for Maximizing Your Injury Claim

by Cary Graham | August 16th, 2016
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A serious car accident is expensive, in more ways than one. First, there’s the financial cost of short and long-term medical treatment, lost wages, and more. Then there’s the physical and emotional cost of enduring the trauma caused by the accident. Your injury claim is your one chance to secure the necessary funds to compensate you for those costs. That’s why it’s vitally important that you maximize your injury claim with the insurance company, because once it’s settled, all future expenses are your responsibility.

Here are 3 tips for maximizing your injury claim:

  1. Don’t sign anything from the insurance company. It’s in the insurance company’s best interests to settle your injury claim quickly, as that’s their best chance of settling for a small amount. You don’t know how much this accident is going to cost you yet, so it’s usually a bad idea to take the insurance company’s first offer.
  2. Document every expense. From medical expenses to lost wages, document every single expense you incur or expect to incur due to your injuries. Those expenses should be the responsibility of the insurance company and part of your injury claim. Keeping good records is important, especially if you’re handling your injury claim on your own.
  3. Call a Lawyer. The simple fact is that injury victims who hire a lawyer on average will get more money for their injury claims than those who go it alone. Many law firms, including Daniel Stark, provide free consultations, so there’s no risk or obligation associated with speaking with an attorney. No matter your situation, we recommend you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did.

2 Questions to Ask a Premises Liability Attorney

by Cary Graham | August 12th, 2016
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Texas businesses have a responsibility to the customers they serve. By opening their doors to the public, they are essentially inviting you in with the understanding that their premises are free of dangerous conditions and that you can patronize their business without fear of harm. When a business fails to uphold that standard of safety and customers are injured, they take on a new responsibility: making it right. When they refuse, the injured call us to hold the business owner accountable.

Premises liability injuries come in many forms. From an avoidable fall in a grocery store due to hazardous conditions to a structure collapse at a construction site, a number of situations can lead to a premises liability claim. Each one requires a different approach from the legal team, which is why it’s important that your legal representation have extensive experience in the practice area. The amount of compensation you receive may depend greatly on that experience, so doing your research is important before choosing a law firm.

Here are 2 simple questions you can ask at a consultation to make sure you secure the right representation for your specific case:

  1. Have you ever handled a premises liability case similar to mine?
  2. What was the outcome?

These are the most important questions to consider when seeking representation. From your potential lawyer’s answers, you’ll have a pretty good idea if you’ve found the right firm.

Manufacturers Are Responsible for Your Safety

by Cary Graham | August 2nd, 2016
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Every Texan works hard for their money, and we all try our best to make that money last until the next paycheck. When we use that money to buy a product, we expect that the manufacturer has taken a high level of pride and care in making that product. We expect it to be safe for our family, and expect the manufacturer to do the right thing when things go wrong. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

Over the past several years, Daniel Stark has been involved in a number of defective product cases, both locally and nationally. From defective airbags that cause fatal accidents to prescription drug side effects that lead to devastating conditions, our teams of product liability lawyers are constantly on the lookout for consumer dangers to ensure our communities and our nation are protected.

That’s a charge we’ve given ourselves. We’re not a part of any government oversight group or product liability council. We’re simply lawyers who believe that the everyday citizen should be able to buy with confidence, free from fear of suffering serious injuries or death from the products they choose to buy. When businesses put profits over safety, sometimes the only way to change the way products are made is to hold manufacturers accountable for the injuries they cause.

Long-Term Impact of a Serious Accident

by Cary Graham | July 26th, 2016
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We’ve all heard the term “jackpot justice.” It’s a derogatory term aimed at the personal injury law community that implies most personal injury victims are using their accident to get large sums of money they didn’t earn. The assertion is completely false and here’s why. Our legal system was designed to minimize frivolous lawsuits from seeing the inside of a courtroom, so if a court date is set and a jury is assembled, you can be confident it’s more than likely for good reason.

Though we don’t seek jackpot justice for our clients, we do work very hard to get them the financial compensation they deserve. What most folks don’t understand about a serious accident is that it can lead to years of continued medical expenses. From physical therapy to surgical procedures, the negative impact a severe injury has on your body doesn’t disappear once you’re released from the hospital. The insurance company would like to pretend that it does, because that would mean they’re off the hook for the thousands of dollars in medical treatment yet to come.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our job is to make sure the insurance company does the right thing and fully compensates our clients for their injuries. That means money for lost wages, current medical expenses, future medical expenses, and the overall suffering they have and will endure. If you’ve been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, give our Texas attorneys a call today for your free, no-obligation consultation. We’ve helped hundreds of accident victims over the years, and we’re ready to help you too.

Important Driver Statistics for Texas Motorists

by Cary Graham | July 19th, 2016
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Every year, various research groups release driver statistics from across the country. These statistics help identify dangerous trends on our roads and highways in the hopes of changing driver behavior and saving lives. It also gives us an opportunity to realize the massive responsibility each of us holds every time we get behind the wheel. Recently, the Auto Insurance Center released a report featuring some eye-opening statistical data that Texans should know. Here are some of the highlights.

Although a large number of accidents occur in the morning rush to work, the most dangerous time of the day to drive is between 5-6 p.m. In 2015 alone, there were 3,000 combined deaths in this time frame, and 2016 is already seeing similar numbers. However, the most dangerous day of the week to drive isn’t a weekday at all. It’s Saturday, accounting for 5,317 deaths. Summer is the deadliest season to drive, with August and July being the most dangerous months respectively, and the Fourth of July being the most dangerous holiday.

Does this mean you shouldn’t drive during rush hour or avoid driving during the summer? Of course not! What the car accident attorneys at Daniel Stark hope you’ll take away from these statistics is that driving can be dangerous, no matter when or where you find yourself on the road. If each of us took a bit more care, another look at a stop sign, or a few miles per hour off our speed, perhaps we could change these statistics for the better. Fewer accidents. Fewer injuries. Fewer deaths. We believe it’s possible. What about you?

The Reason Most Disability Applications Are Denied

by Cary Graham | July 12th, 2016
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Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are intended for disabled Texans who can no longer work or make a living due to their disability. You would think that securing these benefits would be a simple process, but unfortunately many disabled Texans are denied benefits when they first apply. In fact, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, which can be devastating for a family just trying to make ends meet.

The reasons for these denials are many, but the most common has to do with the definition of disability, or more specifically, what qualifies you as disabled. According to the Social Security Administration, you only qualify for benefits if your injuries or disability keep you from doing any type of work, not just the work you did before. For example, if you are a construction worker who is now unable to work in the construction industry due to your condition, you only qualify for benefits if you can’t do any other type of job, such as a cashier at a grocery store or clerical work in an office.

Proving that level of disability on your own can be difficult, which is why an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the SSD application process may be able to help give you the best chance of securing benefits. If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, consider consulting an attorney about your rights.

The Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

by Cary Graham | July 5th, 2016
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Driving on our highways and interstates can be dangerous, especially around our larger cities. In fact, there were more than 13,500 accidents reported in 2015 with 17,000 people sustaining serious injuries. In addition, more than 3,500 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, which is 1 person every 2 hours. Those numbers are scary, but they may not surprise you considering that there were more than 246 billion miles driven in Texas that year.

Many of these accidents could have been avoided with safer driving but road conditions also play a part. A recent study published by the Auto Insurance Center named I-10 the most dangerous interstate in the country. Spanning the entire state, I-10 is one of the most widely used highways in Texas and is utilized by both residents and out-of-state visitors just passing through.

As we enter July, the second most deadly month for drivers in the U.S., the car accident attorneys at Daniel Stark would like to encourage you to pay extra attention to dangerous conditions out on the roads and drive safely to wherever in our great state you may be going. If everyone commits to safer driving, we can change these statistics for the better.

July Charity of the Month

by Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers | July 1st, 2016
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We are excited to announce that our July Charity of the Month is the Bridge Ministries!

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The Bridge Ministries is a wonderful non-profit organization here in Bryan, Texas that helps serve the impoverished community. There are hundreds of children in this community that suffer from poverty generational cycles that have yet to be broken, which causes them to be introduced to hard life experiences at a very young age. Many of these children don’t know when they will have their next meal, they don’t have clean clothes to wear, live in small quarters with many others, and have broken families.

The Bridge Ministries is located in the heart of this community. They offer a food pantry, a free medical clinic, and after school programs. They have recently been selected to receive a playground grant from KaBOOM!, which is a national nonprofit dedicated to making sure that all children have an active play life that they need to become healthy and successful adults. The major funding partner for this playground will be Blue Cross Blue Shield who will be providing 90% of the funds. The Bridge Ministries is responsible for the other 10% which totals to $8,500 by September 15, 2016. The Build Day for this project will be on October 15th, 2016 and will require 200 volunteers!

We are excited to be able to contribute to this amazing project that will make such a positive impact on this community and we invite you to join us! For every New Like our Facebook Page receives in the month of July, we will donate $1 to the Bridge Ministries specifically for this playground. Head on over to our Facebook Page and spread the word!

To find out more about the Bridge Ministries, visit their website here.

Lipitor Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

by Cary Graham | June 28th, 2016
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Lipitor is a cholesterol medication that can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pains in patients who have or are at risk of developing heart disease. Due to its popularity, Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, has made hundreds of millions of dollars on its sale. However, dangerous side effects have left some heart disease patients fighting two serious illnesses rather than one.

Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Statins, the class of drug Lipitor belongs to, can increase glucose levels, which can lead to diabetes. In 2012, the FDA released a drug safety communication outlining the link between statins and increased glycemic levels, as well as a link to the development of diabetes in women. However, patients who took Lipitor before 2012 were unaware of these risks, denying them the option to choose a safer treatment alternative.

If you were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after taking the cholesterol medication Lipitor, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The first step is calling an experienced drug injury lawyer to protect your rights.