photo credit Roberta Slayton

photo credit Roberta Slayton
 
AUGUST 2015 – A Midlothian, Texas grandmother took her Ford Expedition to Wal-Mart for a routine oil change. Roberta Slayton’s car had 173,000 miles on the odometer and was in good, solid condition. A Wal-Mart employee crashed her SUV into a wall. The employee stated that the SUV’s throttle stuck, and that he would have injured his colleague if he hadn’t steered toward the wall. The Wal-Mart insurance representatives offered a $3,200 settlement, which does not cover the cost of replacing Ms. Slayton’s vehicle. Initially, she was told that it would take 2-3 weeks for Wal-Mart to investigate to determine liability for the accident. She was advised to contact her insurance company to have her totaled SUV towed from the scene of the accident at her own cost. Eventually, after local news coverage of the story, Wal-Mart offered to pay for a rental vehicle to Ms. Slayton during their investigation. Ms. Slayton relied on her vehicle to make deliveries for her floral business, Flowers by Roberta. 
 
Legal Commentary
The experienced attorneys at Fears Nachawati represent victims of negligence to ensure that our clients are compensated property for the cost of repairs, lost wages from time missed from work due to an accident, and other expenses related to the incident. This case is a prime example of how important it is to consult with an attorney and to pursue a civil suit when a victim is injured as the result of another responsible party. Although safety precautions were present at the time of this accident, the company responsible for this incident did not offer an equitable initial settlement to the victim. Filing a civil claim in a scenario like this serves as a means for compensation for the pain and suffering the victim experienced. Questions regarding potential civil claims can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by calling our office at +1.866.705.7584.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer who represents victims involved in accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death lawsuits, work place accidents, and products liability claims throughout the United States. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous personal injury accident cases with seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court in multiple states across the U.S., and is a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years. Contact Majed Nachawati through his website at http://fnlawfirm.com by e-mail or by calling +1.866.705.7584.

Were you injured abroad by an American product? Or, were you in the United States when you were personally injured and now reside abroad? If either situation applies to you, you may be entitled to the benefit of an American court – even if you have never set foot inside the United States.

Under American law, it is necessary for a Defendant to be subject to the laws of the United States. Typically, this necessity merely requires that a company operate out of the United States. Thus, even if you are a foreign citizen you may have access to an American court to pursue your claim.

Why does this matter?
The U.S. Civil Justice System is unique in its openness to award personal injury victims full compensation. That is, unlike many other countries where recovery in personal injury lawsuits is restricted by law, the U.S. legal system believes in making an injured victim whole. Thus, you may be entitled to recover for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering – to name just a few of the types of damages that are compensable under American law.

The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are experienced at handling complex matters with an international element. While many firms shy away from tough cases, we do not, and we will be happy to discuss your possible personal injury claim, regardless of what region or time zone you are in. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584. If you are abroad, a free Skype© call can be arranged as well. To do so, please email aennis@fnlawfirm.com and include a full description of the details of your possible case.

In short, the answers are: It depends and it’s never too early to consider legal representation.

Each personal injury matter is subject to a statute of limitations. Essentially, this term means that you only have so long to file your case. In Texas, disputes are typically governed by a two-year statute of limitations. These two years begin when an individual is first injured. However, the location and nature of your injury can subject you to a longer or – more critically – a much shorter limitations period.

Even if you know you still have time left to file a lawsuit, you should not wait to consider getting legal representation.

While a good trial attorney is always prepared to go to court, many issues can be settled out of court without necessitating the cost and length of a trial. Ultimately, your attorney needs as much time to exhaust the available out of court remedies. Such remedies may include informal settlement negotiations, mediation, or arbitration. Each of these options may allow you to recover a greater portion of your settlement or award and do so quicker.

Therefore, in order to best preserve the full extent of your legal rights and to allow your attorney the most flexibility in pursuing your potential claim, you should contact an attorney at the earliest possible moment when you learn you might have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Otherwise, you may lose the opportunity to pursue your claim at all.

For a free attorney consultation to learn if you still may have a cause of action or if it is too late to pursue your claim, please call Fears | Nachawati at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.

This last week, Rashard Charjuan Owens was charged with capital murder for his actions at the popular South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Unfortunately, individual actions prompted by intoxication, rage, or general carelessness occur on a daily basis. While it is well understood that such actions may result in criminal guilt, civil liability for such actions is a distinct concept under the law.

Criminal guilt seeks retribution against a Defendant on behalf of the state for an act proven beyond a reasonable doubt and frequently results in jail time. By contrast, civil liability seeks a recovery from a Defendant on behalf of an individual or multiple people, known as a “plaintiff,” for an act shown beyond a preponderance of the evidence and seeks an award of money damages. If you or a loved one has been victim to a criminal act, you may want to seek civil representation to gain an award of money damages. Call the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm for a free consultation. Call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com

A recent survey indicates a disturbing trend in the spending habits of the American consumer. After two years of moderate credit card use, new figures from Card Hub show that credit card use has significantly increased during the past year. Consumers are on track to end 2011 with a $64 billion increase in credit card debt.

Americans are also paying off credit card debt at a slower pace. During the first quarter of each year credit card debt usually declines, mostly due to annual bonuses and tax refund checks. In 2009 and 2010, consumers paid down more in the first quarter than they charged in new debt through the end of the third quarter. This year consumers kept the cash and kept charging throughout the year. Even more disturbing is that this year’s third quarter credit card debt total was 154 percent more than in the same period last year.

Carrying large credit card debt can create serious financial problems. According to the Federal Reserve’s credit card repayment calculator, a $5,000 debt at a 15% interest rate will take 7 years to pay off at $100 per month. During this time you will pay an extra $2,896 in interest charges!

If credit card fees are eating up your paycheck, it may be time to consider bankruptcy. During Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are able to structure an affordable repayment plan to pay credit card debt. Whatever you are not able to pay will be discharged after three to five years of repayment.

If you cannot afford to repay anything towards your credit card debt, Chapter 7 may be the answer. A Chapter 7, also called a "straight bankruptcy," lasts about five months and nothing is paid to your credit cards. Most bankruptcy debtors are able to keep everything they own while discharging debts they cannot afford to pay.

When credit card debt has taken over your finances, consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney and learn how the federal bankruptcy laws can help. Don’t let credit card debt hold your paycheck hostage! Bankruptcy offers powerful protection from creditors and can discharge overwhelming debts.
 

A man claiming to be a 500 year-old vampire broke into a Galveston woman’s apartment earlier this week, hitting and biting the victim as she lay in bed. Galveston Police have charged the “vampire” of burglary with intent to commit assault. Although the female victim has yet to file a civil lawsuit, she is within her rights to do so. In fact, as her medical bills pile up, she may realize it is a necessary course of action.

 

The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati have the experience and expertise you need if you’ve been injured as a result of a physical assault. The police fight to defend public safety. We fight to provide victims with the justice they deserve. Not sure how you should proceed? The right first step is to contact us. We can help you understand your options and get you on the right track. Just call 1.866.705.7584 or email info@fnlawfirm.com

The steadily unraveling, sordid $2.3 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a Kansas lawyer has finally reached its inevitable end. In 2007, Clifford R. Roth began pumping a fraudulent investment opportunity supposedly based in Beaumont, Texas. The too-good-to-be-true deal involved early investors receiving funds they thought were dividends but were in fact equity infusions from new investors. Their excitement fueled the money till until earlier this year when the truth finally caught up to Roth and his many victims.

 

Mr. Roth, who pled guilty on March 14 to interstate transportation of money taken by fraud, was sentenced yesterday in a Beaumont federal court. He’ll arrive in federal prison later this month to begin serving his criminal sentence. In addition to criminal consequences, Mr. Roth is also civilly liable for his financial misdealing.

 

Fears | Nachawati knows the pain of financial misconduct. For many victims, it’s not just lost money, but lost opportunity – trips with loved ones you can’t take, retirement funds squandered, or college funds evaporated. Justice can be yours. To find out how to recover from your loss, talk to us. Just call 1.866.705.7584 or email info@fnlawfirm.com

In the early morning hours last Saturday a resident of a South Side apartment building in San Antonio, Texas, was stabbed repeatedly in the torso. The bad news is that the unidentified victim in his 40s faces potentially life-threatening injuries. The good news is that he was taken to University Hospital and is now under careful medical observation.

 

Stabbings happen all to often in Texas, as many residents know. What many crime victims don’t know, however, is that violent crime, such as a stabbing or shooting, give rise not only to a criminal cause of action pursued by law enforcement, but also a civil cause of action that victims may pursue to recovery monetarily. In some cases, civil damage awards can exceed a million dollars!

 

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a violent act, you need to speak not only to local police, but also to personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. Our experience and expertise can provide you and your loved ones with the justice you want! For a free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or email info@fnlawfirm.com

Charlie Sheen’s $100 million lawsuit against the Warner Bros. and “Two and Half Men” executive producer Chuck Lorre is headed to arbitration, courtesy of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. The court ruled that both Sheen’s and Lorre’s contract have valid provisions that require disputes handled by arbitration. Warner Bros. and Lorre, who want the fiasco, the bad publicity, and, if necessary, the settlement to be handled quietly, were pleased. Sheen, who sees himself as benefited by publicity, was disappointed.

 

Arbitration is an important semi-judicial means by which disputing parties resolve their conflicts. In many cases, it’s cheaper, faster, less stressful, and more certain than a trial. Arbitration also commonly lets litigants chose who will preside over their dispute and how much authority the arbitrator will have. As a result, arbitration has become an increasingly effective means of resolving legal fights.

 

Want to know more about how arbitration might be used to settle your personal injury claims? With years of experience and dozens of successful cases under our belts, we’re prepared to guide you through this process. For a free consultation with the Fears | Nachawati professionals, call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com

Members of the GLBT – gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender – community are putting pressure on the Texas legislature to pass an anti-bullying statute that would make it easier for schools to punish students who harass fellow students on the basis of their sexual orientation. For many, changing the law is an effort to protect teenagers who might otherwise commit suicide in response to being bullied about their sexuality.

 

Has your child been bullied in school? Has he or she been harassed as a result of his or her sexual orientation? If so, they might have a viable cause of action rooted in anti-bullying legislation designed to protect them against precisely the kind of mistreatment they are currently experiencing. To protect your children, contact the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. Just call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. With our experience and expertise, we can help you!