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Matt Shaffer makes “The Best Lawyers in America” list

September 19th, 2017 by EmilyB

SMSH Managing Partner, Matt Shaffer, has once again been recognized for his work in Admiralty and Maritime Law and will be published in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Over the past 31 years, Matt has helped thousands of maritime workers in cases throughout the nation, and recovered hundreds of millions on their


Car Accident

Car Accident Dos and Don’ts

September 18th, 2017 by EmilyB

Being involved in a car accident can be an emotional and traumatic experience. Our adrenaline levels are heightened from our bodies’ natural responses and we may not be thinking clearly. It is best to try to stay calm by taking several deep breaths while using the dos and don’ts as illustrated in the following infographic.


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The 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Houston, Texas

September 18th, 2017 by EmilyB

Houston has some of the most dangerous intersections, not just in Texas but in the nation. The leading cause of these accidents is from motorists not paying attention and running red lights. Many of these accidents have resulted in traffic-related deaths. Motorists could be distracted by their smartphone—reading or sending text messages—or do some other


Hurricane Harvey dam releases could mean money for those affected.

September 11th, 2017 by EmilyB

Compensation may be available to you even if you don’t have flood insurance. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris will be helping victims of the recent governmental decision to release the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs that left thousands of properties flooded and damaged. It is in our best interest to enforce the property rights of owners


Hurricane Harvey insurance claims

Filing a Hurricane Harvey Claim? Do It Before August 31, 2017

September 3rd, 2017 by EmilyB

If you plan to file a claim for damages related to Hurricane Harvey, you should consider doing it quickly—before Friday, August 31, 2017. That’s because lawmakers are already changing the way insurance claims are processed. Wait too long to make a claim, and you may face a new and unforeseen set of legal challenges. Unprecedented


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Filing a Hurricane Harvey Claim? Do It Before August 31, 2017

August 30th, 2017 by EmilyB

If you plan to file a claim for damages related to Hurricane Harvey, you should consider doing it quickly—before Friday, August 31, 2017. That’s because lawmakers are already changing the way insurance claims are processed. Wait too long to make a claim, and you may face a new and unforeseen set of legal challenges.  


Avoiding Back-to-School Accidents

August 22nd, 2017 by EmilyB

It’s back-to-school and that means traffic is going to pick up during the A.M and late afternoon commutes. A word to the wise- it’s best strategize around this change, as traffic delays caused by school speed zones and bus stops could affect getting to and from work at a respectable time. Delays can add to


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Don’t Overlook the Very Real Danger of Dropped and Falling Objects

August 17th, 2017 by EmilyB

Every 10 minutes, a falling object hurts someone in the United States. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries from falling objects account for more than 50,000 incidents every year. That makes it one of the leading causes of workplace injuries on construction sites and in warehouses across the nation. Employers can easily prevent


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How to Prove a Slip and Fall Case

August 8th, 2017 by EmilyB

People slip and fall all the time. Every year, roughly one million people visit their local emergency room after suffering a slip and fall. So when does an accident become a cause for a lawsuit? When do you call the personal injury attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.? Put simply, it depends on


Preventing Dog Bites and Attacks

Preventing Dog Bites and Attacks: Tips to Teach Your Children

July 18th, 2017 by EmilyB

Approximately half of the hundreds of thousands of dog bites and attacks each year involve children. Even your family’s docile dog can become aggressive toward your child. Whether you have a family pet or your child is thrilled at the sight of dogs, it is important to teach them tips to avoid getting bit or