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Matt Shaffer files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

July 21st, 2016 by Ruth

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client, a vessel-based musician employed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Our client sustained serious injuries to his right leg and knee after his lower bunk bed broke.In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Royal Caribbean Ltd. failed to provide a safe working environment and failed to


Trucks are Top Target for Auto Thieves

July 19th, 2016 by EmilyB

As Texans, we love our trucks.  And auto thieves seem to love them just as much  as they have made trucks (specifically the Ford Pick-Up)  the top most stolen vehicle in all of Texas, according to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). In January of 2016, 530 Ford trucks, including the


Car Accident Involving Leased and Rented Vehicles

July 14th, 2016 by Ruth

Leasing has become more and more popular for people who are looking for the newer models of cars who don’t want to have to keep the car longer than a couple of years. Leasing a vehicle is similar to buying a vehicle in the sense that you make monthly payments for a particular amount of


Work Accidents: Do you Need a Lawyer?

July 13th, 2016 by EmilyB

Work Accidents: Do you need a Lawyer? You’ve been injured on the job. Now what? Many people involved in work accidents aren’t sure if they should seek legal representation for their claim. While many employers offer workers compensation to help avoid on-the-job injury lawsuits, this doesn’t mean it’s the only legal means for you to


Texas Motorcycle Safety

July 8th, 2016 by Ruth

Motorcycles: Summer Safety The prime time of year for motorcyclists to travel is between the Spring and Fall seasons. Summertime is especially ideal for riders because there is a smaller chance of rainfall; however, the increase in temperatures becomes the primary concern as it can lead to discomfort and dehydration. The average temperature for Houston in

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Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed Lawsuit for Client After Maritime Accident

July 8th, 2016 by Ruth

Matt Shaffer recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed as a captain by The Dutra Group and was ordered to move a barge with the M/V Elbert Lewey push boat in adverse weather conditions. As the client underwent the operation, a wave picked up

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July 4th – Drinking and Driving

July 1st, 2016 by Ruth

Independence Day Norms: Independence Day weekend has returned once again. July 4th is one of the most celebrated U.S. holidays! Most families will be out of school and will have a few extra days of vacation. Texas being one of the more spread out states, the average Texan drives much further than each year than most


Crew members Missing after Freight Train Collision

June 29th, 2016 by EmilyB

Three crew members are missing after two BNSF Railway freight trains collided Tuesday afternoon, causing a massive explosion and forcing the surrounding areas to evacuate. The head-on collision happened 5 miles east of the town of Panhandle, Texas, just 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The two trains were carrying two crew members each; one member



June 29th, 2016 by Ruth

Cynthia Huerta of SMSH Honored with Largest Railroad Settlement of 2015 Attorney Cynthia Huerta of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris was recognized in Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts and Settlements list for obtaining the largest FELA/ railroad worker injury settlement of 2015 in the case of “Gary Epple v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC and


Remember to Keep your Tires Inflated

June 28th, 2016 by EmilyB

Driver’s might recognize the display message “Remember to Keep your Tires Inflated” on highway patrol boards more frequently this time of year as changes in temperature can negatively impact the safety of your vehicles tires.   Checking the air pressure in your tires is a crucial component to car maintenance and safety, especially during the summer months