Negligence


Harlingen Police Crack Down on Drunk Driving for Cinco de Mayo Weekend


According to a news report, in 2014 alone, Harlingen police made 285 DWI arrests and reported 54 DWI crashes involving one intoxication assault and one death. Now, the police department is ready to crack down on more cases of drunk driving to help keep the public as safe as possible. With the implementation of the “no refusal” policy, Harlingen police will be able to perform a mandatory blood test to any drunk driving suspects who refuse a breathalyzer test.

Senior Sues Arts and Crafts Retailer After Suffering Fall


Trips to your favorite retailer to shop around can really brighten up anyone’s day. However, while you’re picking out that nice new dress or that set of tools you’ve been wanting, you can potentially be one step away from debilitating injuries. A Humble woman knows how damaging an accidental fall can be, but she’s now seeking what she deserves.

TxDOT Aims to Educate with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


The road can sometimes be potentially dangerous, so it’s no surprise that it requires our undivided attention. The smallest distraction can lead to a horrific accident and the loss of your quality of life. At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we know how difficult the aftermath of a negligent car accident can be, but we’re ready to help with your case. Let our personal injury attorney listen to your story and offer the services you deserve.

As we do our part in helping the victims of negligence, the Texas Department of Transportation is educating people of the dangers of road distractions during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Harris County Man Files Lawsuit Under Negligence


One of the most important concepts that any new or even experienced driver can learn is the notion of defensive driving. The road can be filled with various dangers. While you can never be sure of the safe habits and practices of other drivers you share the road with, you can always be sure that you are being as safe as you possibly can. Unfortunately, many drivers do not share this mentality.

Swimming Pool Death in Harris County Leads to Lawsuit


Swimming Pool Death in Harris County Leads to Lawsuit

The hot temperatures of the Texas summer months go hand-in-hand with the refreshing fun of a swimming pool party. These social gatherings allow people a chance to cool off while enjoying some quality time with friends and family. However, these swimming pool parties can sometimes pose a great danger to any unsuspecting guest. These dangers became a terrifying reality for two Harris County parents after their daughter drowned at a pool party.

Cloudy Hazards

premises liability claimThe accident occurred at a home where the two parents and their 4-year-old daughter were attending a birthday party. According to the parents, many guests were swimming in the backyard pool, making the water dirty and murky to the point where visibility was steadily decreasing. The daughter disappeared when she was playing in a sandbox and was found 30 minutes later, after frantic searching, at the bottom of the swimming pool.

The parents claim they weren’t able to see their daughter in the pool due to the water’s murkiness. Now, they have filed a lawsuit as individuals and as next friend of their daughter against the homeowner with the Galveston County District Court. The claim accuses the defendant of premises liability and negligence for failing to supervise and lifeguard his pool, properly gate and fence the pool, and subside a hazard in his property. The couple is seeking over $1 million in wrongful death damages.

Fighting for You

Stories like these remind us of the importance of fighting for justice after an unfortunate event. An accident at someone else’s home or establishment can potentially bring you or your loved ones catastrophic injuries or worse, but know that you’re not alone.

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is determined to take a stand for you during these difficult times. Our premises liability attorney will evaluate every piece of evidence in your case to build a solid plan of action. Your compensation is our goal and we will work diligently to make it a reality. Find out how we can handle your case by contacting our office in McAllen today.

Two Parties Sued After Dog Attacks Passerby


Two Parties Sued After Dog Attacks Passerby

dog and owner

A quick stroll around your neighborhood with your beloved pooch as a companion can be the relaxing time needed after a stressful day. Unfortunately, this relatively safe act can potentially become dangerous if a negligent dog owner decides to leave their gates open. This became a harsh reality for a victim of an alleged dog attack who has now filed a lawsuit.

Fight in the Court

The victim of the attack filed the lawsuit against a dog owner and a property owner through his parent and legal guardian in Jefferson County District Court after he was allegedly attacked by four pit bulls in late April of this year. According to the lawsuit, the victim was walking his dog outside of the dog owner’s home when the four animals attacked. The complaint alleges the bites to the victim were severe enough to cause serious permanent damage.

The two parties named in the lawsuit are accused of negligence for failing to take the necessary steps to avoid the attack. The plaintiff is seeking to recover an unspecified amount of monetary damages.

Trusted Counsel at Your Side

A dog attack can bring an unsuspecting victim more than just physical pain. The trauma and financial troubles they may face can take a toll on their life and burden them for years after the accident. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a vicious dog attack, the personal injury attorney of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is ready to fight for you.

With our legal representation at your side, you’ll be supported with comprehensive case-building techniques and unique legal practices. We will work around the clock to make sure a satisfactory outcome is reached. Contact our location in McAllen today to see where your case stands.

Lawsuit Filed After Driver Allegedly Causes Accident in Galveston


Lawsuit Filed After Driver Allegedly Causes Accident in Galveston

Yield Sign

Our nation’s roadways are equipped with a variety of traffic signs that motorists are lawfully obliged to follow. It isn’t unusual, however, for many of these signs to go ignored, leading to tragic consequences. Unfortunately, for a woman in Galveston, Texas, another driver’s alleged negligence led to a damaging accident.

Ignoring the Signs

The woman filed a lawsuit against a male driver with the Galveston County District Court on July 28th after she suffered serious injuries in an accident where the man allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way. According to the lawsuit, the claimant was driving west on the 1400 block of Church Street when she was struck by the man’s vehicle after he failed to control his speed and yield for the woman’s car.

The lawsuit also states the woman suffered:

  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages

Additionally, the claim is holding the driver responsible for:

  • Causing the accident
  • Failing to keep a lookout for traffic
  • Driving inattentively
  • Failing to maintain proper distance
  • Failing to yield

With the lawsuit, the woman is seeking damages in the amount of jurisdictional limits, pre-judgment amounts allowed by the law and at the legal rate, plus costs and any additional amounts the court deems fit.

Your Path to Justice

An accident at the hands of an inattentive driver could result in physical stress and financial anguish for the victim. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm in McAllen has spent years helping the victims of negligent drivers and will work diligently to do the same for you.

Let our personal injury attorney listen to your story and gather every bit of information needed to build an effective strategy to seek the compensation you deserve. Don’t wait any longer; contact our office to begin your journey toward a brighter future.

Restaurant Sued after Customer Suffers Injury in Fall


Restaurant Sued after Customer Suffers Injury in Fall

Going out to grab a meal is a simple task that many of us have done countless times. What would you do if such a simple trip resulted in injury? When visiting an establishment, you anticipate great service but would never expect to be hurt in the process. Federal, state and local laws provide property owners with guidelines to follow to uphold their premises as accident-free zones. Unfortunately, these regulations can often be ignored and, as a result, patrons are put at risk of serious injuries.

Fighting for Compensation

A Texas City restaurant is being sued by a woman who allegedly suffered injuries in a fall at the restaurant’s premises. According to the claim, the was a customer at the  establishment when she tripped on a defective part of the floor and fell, suffering injuries.

The suit alleges the defendant should have been aware of the defect and taken the time to make necessary repairs. Additionally, the claim states the defendant should have warned customers about the hazard. The alleged victim is now seeking damages exceeding jurisdictional limits.

The Representation You Need

damaged-deckIf you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of an establishment’s negligence, the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is here to help. Unfortunately, a fall can result in more than just pain and anguish. The medical bills and loss of wages that can burden your life can place a huge strain on both you and your family, but we will work diligently so that this doesn’t happen.

Our personal injury attorney has built a reputation for helping victims of negligence find the justice and compensation they are rightfully entitled to, so don’t wait any longer and let us handle your premises liability case.

Let Us Help

At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we understand how difficult the aftermath of an accident can be, but we’re here to help you overcome it. Don’t let your troubles continue any longer and contact our offices in McAllen today for more information about our services.

TxDOT Kicks Off “Talk, Text, Crash” Campaign


TxDOT Kicks Off “Talk, Text, Crash” Campaign

You’ve probably received a few texts or phone calls while driving, but have you ever answered them? Can doing so place you or other motorists in harm’s way? According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident. With 505 deaths and 19,981 injuries attributed to distracted drivers reported last year, warning motorists about these dangers has become a huge priority.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hoping to educate the public about the dangers of distractions while driving with the launch of the “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign.

Preventive Efforts

TxDOT, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, law enforcement, and local leaders, will be urging drivers to maintain focus on the road to avoid any potentially dangerous distractions. The “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign will host events across the state that will feature a car-sized, crashed phone as the focal point for guest speakers who will share their stories and offer insight into the texting-while-driving problem.

Campaign organizers are aware phone usage is not the only distracting factor in car accidents and will take a stand against other disruptions such as eating, drinking, grooming, reading, using navigational systems, and adjusting the radio. With these efforts, the campaign is looking to minimize the potential risks that exist on the road.

Representation When You Need It

An accident at the hands of a distracted driver can leave you and your family overwhelmed and in need of urgent help. In those dire times, know that the J. Gonzalez Law Firm can lend a helping hand. The burden of having to deal with the injuries, medical bills, and loss of wages as a result of a driver’s negligent actions can be extremely detrimental.

Our personal injury attorney can provide you with comprehensive legal advice and will work diligently to ensure your family’s needs are met efficiently and swiftly. At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we understand your worry and will use expertise, knowledge, and professionalism to create a solid strategy to collect your compensation.

Let Us Fight for You

Don’t let a negligent car accident consume your life. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is ready to fight for you. For more information about our legal services, contact our McAllen office today.

 

Trucking Accident Claims Man’s Life, Comedian Tracy Morgan Left Seriously Injured


Trucking Accident Claims Man’s Life, Comedian Tracy Morgan Left Seriously Injured

The open road can be an intimidating thing to deal with, especially when the towering shape of a semi-truck appears when you least expect it. About 500,000 accidents are attributed to these massive vehicles every year and 5,000 of them result in fatalities. A truck accident can be devastating enough to completely change or end a life and can leave one’s family with the stress of paying medical bills and funeral fees. Unfortunately, for a group of people in New Jersey, a trucking accident has resulted in injuries and a death which are making national headlines.

Dangerously Tired

Famed comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was left seriously injured early Saturday when his limousine was struck by a Walmart semi-truck driven by 35-year-old Kevin Roper. The accident claimed the life of Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian, James McNair, and resulted in serious injuries for three other passengers. Morgan, along with the three others injured, was hospitalized and underwent surgery to repair a broken leg. Reports revealed the comedian’s injuries included broken ribs, a broken nose, and a broken femur. According to Morgan’s spokesman, the comedian is in critical condition but has shown signs of responsiveness.

Authorities revealed the truck’s driver had been awake for over 24 hours prior to the accident. His fatigue allegedly kept him from noticing slow-moving traffic and led him to crash into the limousine, causing it to hit other cars, spin, and flip over. Roper was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. He was released on a $50,000 bail Saturday night and is expected to attend court later this week.

Fighting the Damage

A trucking accident can leave you and your family with irreparable damage along with the debilitating stress of having to pay medical bills, car damages, and funeral fees. They can happen anywhere, even in Texas. If you have been a victim of a trucker’s negligent driving and need the monetary compensation to help bring normality back into your life, the law offices of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm can help.

It’s unfair to be the victim of a devastating car accident that occurs due to negligence as well as having to deal with any resulting financial stress. With our personal injury attorney by your side, you are guaranteed determination, expertise, and thorough professionalism that will aim to construct an effective strategy to fight your case. It’s time to take a stand against injustice and claim the compensation you so rightfully deserve.

Committed Representation

Don’t let the effects of a trucking crash take the joy out of your family’s life. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has the legal advice and representation you need to take that first step in the path to recovery. For more information about our expert legal services, contact our McAllen office today.