Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014

Majed Nachawati of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm was selected from a panel of 505 lawyers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014" in the Mass Tort category. Congratulations Mr. Nachawati!

Dog Attack Kills One and Injures Two

As 3 people, 2 women and one man, were walking through a neighborhood one night around 2 am, 2 dogs attacked them. They were walking near the 8200 block of Leonora near Glen Prairie in Houston. The mauling led to the death of one woman—she was declared dead at the scene—serious injuries in the other—she was transported to Ben Taub Hospital—and minor injuries to the man. Houston Animal Control was able to respond and they caught one of the dogs. Officers returned to the scene to speak with the owner of the dogs, but he had fled and is presumed to have taken the other dog with him.

Legal Commentary
The victims of this accident and their families should contact an attorney at Fears | Nachawati to file personal injury civil claims against the dog’s owner for his negligence in properly containing his animals. A civil claim would require the owner to compensate the victims for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and anguish experienced during and after the attack, as well as funeral expenses for the women who was killed. If you or a loved one was affected by this accident or have had a similar experience, the successful personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the legal expertise and representation necessary to effectively pursue a claim against the responsible party. For more information or to set up a free consultation call us at our office 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to the lead personal injury lawyer Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in general personal injury claims, wrongful death, work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving general personal injuries, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Estrado Huitron Alfono Attacked By Dogs on Avenue M at Wallace Street in Fort Worth on December 5, 2013

Estrado Huitron Alfono and 18- year old man was attacked by three pit bull mixed dogs owned by 61 year-old Michael Middlebrook. The incident occurred on Friday December 5, 2013 on Avenue M at Wallace Street in Forth Worth. Fortunately police arrive on the scene as Mr. Alfono was being attacked and were able to help him to safety. Sadly the officers had to shoot one of the dogs. Because of the major injuries Mr. Alfono received he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital. Below is a map of the approximate location of the attack.

 

 


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Three Pit Bulls Shot After an Attack on 45 year old Ignacio Mesa and his daughter on Crump Street Near 32nd Street in Forth Worth on Tuesday December 3, 2013

Just after midnight on Tuesday December 3, 2013 a 45 year old man, Ignacio Mesa was attacked by three pit bulls on Crump Street near 32nd Street in Forth Worth (the approximate area of attack is shown in the map below). The attack left Mr. Mesa hospitalized from several bite wounds. His 26-year old daughter, in an effort to help him was bitten by these aggressive dogs as well. Officials think Mr. Mesa may have been attacked as he was out searching for his own dog. Interestingly enough, according to a report from the United States Postal Service, Dallas is ranked as one of the worst cities for dog attacks. Although this report was specifically regarding mail carriers, it demonstrates the possible danger of dogs from simply walking through a neighborhood. Because of the accident officials had to shoot the three pit bulls.

 

 


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Josh Gomez, 13, and Another Teen Injured in Monahans Dog Attack on Monday, September 23, 2013

Two teenage boys were severely injured on Monday after experiencing a dog attack near the intersection of West Third Street and Ilda Street, according to Monahans police. Gomez was attacked first at approximately 7:30 a.m. while he and his sister were walking to school. According to Gomez’ sister, the two Pit Bull Terriers attacked Josh from behind, and started to drag him off into an alley. Another witness was able to break up the fight by hitting the dogs with a stroller, and then drove the victim to Ward Memorial Hospital. Gomez was later transferred to Medical Center Hospital where remained Tuesday as he awaited a second surgery, which was scheduled for Thursday. Gomez’ wounds were so severe that medical personnel had to apply vacuum packs to multiple wounds to prevent infection. The second teen, whose name has yet to be released, was attacked later in the day while he was running for cross country practice and was also taken to Ward Center Hospital to be treated for his wounds; which included bite marks from his elbows to his wrists, as well as on his inner and back thigh areas. The second teen was released Monday afternoon, and returned to school on Tuesday. Although the owner of the dogs visited the victims at the hospital and offered a sincere apology, the victims’ families still hope that criminal charges are filed against the owner. Below is a photo of Josh Gomez in recovery after the attack on Monday, courtesty of oaoa.com:

 

 


Legal Commentary

Although criminal charges could include euthanization of the dogs and a fine to the owner for punitive purposes, it would be wise for the victims’ families to file personal injury civil claims as well. While a criminal charge would serve as punishment towards the dogs’ owner, a civil claim would require the owner to compensate the victims for the pain, suffering, and anguish they experienced during and after the attacks. The compensation from a civil claim would also ensure that the victims’ families are not burdened with the medical expenses for the treatment of the teenagers and would prevent them from paying out-of-pocket for injuries they could not control nor avoid. If you or a loved one have experienced an injury that was unavoidable, the successful personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the legal expertise and representation necessary to effectively pursue a claim against the responsible party. To set up a free consultation, click here, or dial our office at 1.866.705.7584.

 

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in general personal injury claims, work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

 

Juan Campos, 96, of Houston, TX Found Dead After Apparent Dog Attack at the 2200 Block of Maplewood Drive in Katy, TX

On Friday, August 30, 2013 in Katy, TX, the grandson of 96 year-old Juan Campos, Miguel Velasquez, came home to a grisly scene when he found his grandfather, Juan Campos, laying dead in the family’s back yard. According to Velasquez, there were three “pit bull type” dogs near his grandfather’s body, and the lower half of one of Campos’ legs was missing, in addition to multiple bite marks on his body. A pet dog that belonged to the Campos family had also been attacked and killed. Harris County deputies and Cy-Fair EMS responded to the scene, and the dogs found near Campos’ mangled body have been seized by animal control. Residents state that at least one of the dogs belonged to a family that lived behind the victim. Evidence supports that the dog clawed through a fence to attack the victim. Investigators indicated that there is “a wooden fence that surrounds the complaintant’s yard and there are holes in the fence where the slats have been broken,” according to HCSO sgt. Ben Beall. Neighbors commented that Campos had lived in the Katy County Estates subdivision for twenty years with his family, and was home alone when he died. An autopsy has will be performed to identify Campos’ exact cause of death, to determine if the dogs did in fact kill Campos, or if he died of natural causes and the dogs attacked him post mortem. If it is determined that the dogs killed him, the owner(s) could face both civil and criminal charges. Below is a video synopsis of the attack, courtesy of wfaa.com:

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Legal Commentary

It is always tragic when an animal brutally attacks an individual, but it is even more so when it happens to an unsuspecting, defenseless victim in the privacy of their own secured, private property, such as the victim’s back yard in the story mentioned above. The victim’s family should most certainly obtain an attorney in this scenario; not only to seek legal compensation and retribution for their slain loved one, but also to ensure that these animals are never able to attack another person again. If these animals clawed so adamantly through a fence to attack an adult elderly man, it is safe to assume that children playing in the neighborhood could serve as a potential target as well. In addition to criminal charges that could be brought against the dog owners; pending the autopsy report, there are also multiple civil claims that could be pursued with this incident, such as negligence and wrongful death as a result of the owners’ failure to properly secure their aggressive animals. While no amount of compensation will bring Mr. Campos home to his family, an experienced wrongful death attorney can give this victim’s family the justice that Mr. Campos deserves. If you or a loved one has been directly affected by an animal attack comparable to the above situation, the experienced wrongful death and personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the legal guidance and representation needed to successfully pursue a claim against the responsible party. For a free consultation, click here or contact our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in general personal injury claims, work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

North Texas Children Hospitalized in Dog Bite Incident

Two Fort Worth children were taken to the hospital after a dog bit them. Early indications suggest that the girls were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time: walking home from elementary school on a public sidewalk, minding their own business.

 

If the girls themselves aren’t responsible for the injuries they’ve sustained, who is? This question can be difficult answer, and in some cases, the answer is disconcerting for victims and their families.

 

State law governs dog bite situations. In Texas, the traditional “one-bite rule” remains in effect, in which owners are generally not responsible for a first, unexpected dog bite. The rule is, in essence, the legal manifestation of the axiom, “Every dog gets one bite.”

 

Importantly, however, there are several notable exceptions to this general maxim. For instance, if the dog has demonstrated a violent tendency in the past, suggesting a predilection to harm others, the owner might be responsible for his dog’s bite. Alternatively, if the owner has created a condition that endangers the public, such as violating a local leash ordinance or abused the dog such that it might become more violent as a result, the owner may be responsible for the dog’s acts, too.

 

Particularly for a child, a dog bite can be a physically and emotionally scarring. Whether he’s suffered a legally cognizable harm is an important question to answer. Fortunately, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are prepared to help you address the important legal issues you face. Contact us today for your free consultation.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html

West Texas Town Passes New Dog Ordinance

This week the Midland, Texas City Council adopted a new ordinance that requires the owners of “dangerous dogs” to purchase $1 million in liability insurance.  The new ordinance is a four-fold increase from the $250,000 policy requirement of recent years. The City’s Animal Services director is responsible for identifying dangerous dogs and does so after an investigation. Of note, the measure passed unanimously.

 

Dog ordinances are becoming more common for one simple reason: dog bites are more frequent, too. Dog bites – which most often injure children – can change lives forever! If you or a loved one has been hurt by a dangerous dog, give the injury experts at Fears | Nachawati a call. We can provide you with the help you need. For a free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We can help!

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San Antonio Hospital Releases Study Showing Pit Bulls Highly Dangerous

Based on 15 years of patient records, doctors and nurses at University Hospital in San Antonio concluded in a medical journal, Annals of Surgery, that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. All four dog-related deaths in the study period were the result of just one breed: pit bulls. As the study concluded, “There seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible.”

 

As the experts say, pit bulls are incredibly dangerous. If you or a loved one are bitten by a pit bull, you need to act immediately. Contact the experts at Fears | Nachawati. Call us at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you!

Should Texas Legislators Pass Mandatory Dog Insurance?

 Texas motorists are required to carry automobile insurance. Should the Texas legislature require dog owners to carry insurance against their pets, too?

 

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D.-San Antonio) thinks so. In fact, McClendon has introduced a bill that would require any Texan who owns a male dog which weighs 20 pounds or more and is not neutered to have an insurance policy covering injuries or damage caused by that dog when it is off the leash or out of the dog’s yard.

 

Dog bites are more common than most Americans realize. Americans own 74.8 million dogs according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) and a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that roughly 2 percent of Americans, 4.7 million people, are bit annually. In fact, roughly 800,000 require medical attention and 368,000 send victims to the emergency room.

 

Perhaps most importantly, serious dog bites are on the rise. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that in the last 16 years the number of dog bites resulting in hospitalization have increased 86 percent, from 5,100 in 1993, to 9,500 in 2008. The average cost of treatment was more than $18,000 per patient and the majority of patients were under 5 or over 65. In fact, U.S. dog attack victims suffer more than $1 billion in monetary losses every year!

 

If you’ve sustained a dog bite, contact the injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. Our dog bite attorneys can help you understand your legal options. Call us at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We can help!