The owner of Innovations Automotive, a Houston body shop, is learning first-hand about the law of premises liability. Charged late last week with having a firearm accessible to a child and scheduled to appear for a court date later this month, Milton Almanza faces criminal charges – and could face civil charges, too – stemming from the tragic and unfortunate death of a 10-year-old boy. The victim, Kenneth Govea, fatally shot himself with a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol he found in Mr. Almanza’s shop.

 

The tragic case of the boy, the shop owner, and the gun are important for business owners throughout the state of Texas. Simply put, the law of premises liability makes owners legally responsible for the dangers associated with their shop. For Mr. Almanza, the tool that he hoped would give his shop greater security is actually the weapon that could cost him time in jail and thousands of dollars in civil damages.

 

Want to know more about premises liability and the unseen legal risks that you and your business might face? For a free consultation that could save you more than you might imagine, talk to the injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. We’re in the business of helping you! Call us at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com

Lisa Harter, 26, died in January when her intoxicated companion and driver, Marcos Serda, flipped the car. In the wake of their mother’s tragic death, Ms. Harter’s children have filed a wrongful death suit against Mr. Serda and the San Antonio bar, the Flying Saucer, which served Mr. Serda drinks. According to the family’s legal representative, on the night of the accident the Flying Saucer was encouraging participation in the bar’s “U.F.O. Club,” a promotion that asked customers to drink every beer served in the bar.

 

Ms. Harter’s bereaved family has taken a sensible approach: sue the bar. (Of note, in the law bars and taverns are often known as “dram shops.”) If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a drunk driver, you may have a cause of action against the dram shop where they were drinking. The bar may share in responsible for the damages you incurred and injuries you sustained. To find out more about the laws governing alcohol-induced accidents, talk to the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. For a free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We can help you!

Our clients’ son, Abdallah Khader, who was critically injured in an accident caused by the perfect storm of irresponsibility, has been released by Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and is now being cared for by his loving family.  Abdallah has the ability to breathe on his own.  However, his brain function remains minimal at best.  Bars believed to have overserved alcohol to Richardson, who in turn crashed his vehicle into the Khader family’s vehicle as they returned home from a family gathering, need to be aware of potential negligent conduct and take responsibility for preventing intoxication in serving future patrons.  This tragic drunk driving crash was caused not only by Richardson, but any bars believed to have overserved Richardson.  His blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit-.28.  The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm remains dedicated to sending a message to all bars that the law requires serving alcohol to its patrons in a responsible manner, such that tragic incidents and the suffering of innocent motorists and, in particular, children are eliminated.  Questions concerning dram shop suits, which address bars that overserve patrons can be directed to the lead personal injury lawyer, Majed Nachawati, who will stop at nothing to hold bars and drunk drivers accountable to the fullest extent allowed by our civil justice system.  Fears | Nachawati Law Firm – Toll Free Phone Number 1.866.705.7584, email – mn@fnlawfirm.com.