Texas ban texting and driving

Frequently Asked Questions about the New Law in Texas Banning Texting and Driving

In September of 2017, Texas became the 48th state to ban texting while driving. The ban on texting and driving was enacted in response to the devastating impacts people in Texas have suffered as a result of distracted driving.

For example, in 2016, Texas saw approximately 500 deaths and over 3,000 injuries from auto, truck and other motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers who were texting and driving.

Congress, police and other safety authorities are hoping the ban will curb texting and driving, which will in turn, prevent accidents and save lives.

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Evidence for Employment Discrimination

Prove your Employment Discrimination Case with this Evidence

Americans often believe that discrimination in the workplace no longer occurs because of the legal protections that employees have today.

However, this understanding could not be further from the truth.

In fact, discrimination in the workplace happens every hour of every day, but the difference today is that discrimination in the workplace often takes more ambiguous or concealed forms, requiring circumstantial evidence to prove its existence.

This article discusses different forms of evidence that you can use to prove your employment discrimination case.

Remember that this article should not be substituted for legal advice.

Contact an experienced employment discrimination attorney at Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC, if you have any questions about this article.

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Common Employment Questions Answered

Common Workplace Employment Questions Answered

The workplace can sometimes be a very confusing place, especially when it comes to your rights as an employee. If you have questions that you cannot find answers to, know that you are not alone. Chances are that if you have a question, others have the same question.

This article is designed to provide answers to common workplace questions. If you still have questions after reading this article, you should discuss this situation with an attorney. The experienced attorneys at Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC offer free case consultations to individuals who are attempting to determine their legal rights. Contact us today, we fight for clients’ rights!Read More

Lawsuit Damages

What you need to know about Damages in your Lawsuit

What are damages?

Damages are the sum of money that a plaintiff is awarded following a lawsuit.

Basically, the damages are the amount of compensation that the plaintiff will receive from the defendant. The fact finder (judge or jury) will determine the damages in the lawsuit.

The damages that the plaintiff receives in their case will depend on a number of different factors including what type of case the plaintiff is litigating and what type of injury he or she suffered.

If the plaintiff suffered a large injury obviously, the damages will be greater.

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Landlord Responsible for Fire

Could the Landlord be Responsible for a Fire in your Apartment?

Unfortunately apartment fires happen, and they often happen when we least expect it. When apartment fires occur tenants are often left without a home.

This was illustrated recently when a December apartment fire left eighteen people displaced in south Fort Worth.

Apartment fires can often be deadly.

In early March, an apartment fire in Granbury took the life of one man. This man died trying to save his three dogs from his burning apartment.

Others who were living in neighboring apartments had to jump from their second story of the building in order to survive the fire. One elderly individual was rescued from her apartment.

Many individuals reported that their smoke detector did not alert them that there was a fire.

Apartment fires can spread quickly and can destroy resident’s homes within a couple of hours. This article discusses some of the basic things that you should do after a fire, and places apartment fires in the context of your rights as a tenant.

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What is Arbitration

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution. This is an alternative to filing a bench or jury trial.

Some people view arbitration as a cost effective way to seek compensation for their harms and losses. In some cases, arbitration is consensual. This means that the parties must agree to the arbitration process.  In some cases another party compels arbitration.

Also, note that some insurance contracts have an arbitration clause which require policyholders to use the arbitration process in order to seek a remedy rather than using the court system to seek relief.

However, also not that anyone can agree to use the arbitration process even if they are not legally required to do so.

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Blame Insurance for Lawsuits

Why the Insurance Companies are to Blame for Frivolous Lawsuits

Many people believe that lawsuits go too far. They believe that individuals misuse the court system in order to seek compensation that they do not deserve.

Others believe that all attorneys are out to threaten litigation in order to seek a quick settlement for cases that have no merit.

The fact of the matter is that many individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents have no choice but to file a suit against the individual who negligently caused their injury.

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Calculate Car Wreck Attorney Fees

How Attorney Fees are Calculated for your Car Wreck Case

When you are considering whether you should hire an attorney one of your main concerns is probably how you will pay for the cost associated with attorneys.

This article discusses the basics of how attorney’s fees are calculated. If you have any further questions about attorney’s fees, you should contact the lawyers at Hutchison & Stoy.

We are happy to answer questions that you may have about your car accident case.

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Bad Faith and Gross Negligence Affect your Personal Injury Case

How Bad Faith and Gross Negligence Affect your Personal Injury Case

After you have been in a car accident, you may find yourself with a lot of different question about your personal injury case.

The best thing you should do is contact a personal injury attorney in order to discuss your case with an expert. Your personal injury attorney will help you work out the details so you do not have to stress out over your situation more than you have to.

If you have any questions about this article you should contact the experienced attorneys at Hutchison & Stoy. We offer free case consultations to individuals who are attempting to determine what their legal rights are. Contact the Warriors For Justice today!

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Whistleblowers, Qui Tam, Fraud and the False Claims Ac

Whistleblowers, Qui Tam, Fraud and the False Claims Act Explained

What is a Whistle Blower?

A whistle blower is an individual who discloses information about possible corrupt or illegal activities such as fraud that are occurring in a company. There are many different people who can be whistle blowers including employees, contractors, and clients.

When someone files a claim under the false claims act, the stark statute, or the anti-kickback statute, that individual is “whistleblowing.”

Whistleblowers can also be referred to as “relators.”

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