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Testimonial Tuesday: Gerald Orvis

March 28th, 2017 by EmilyB

“There’s no question about it, these guys were here for you.” Gerald Orvis came to Jonathan Sol Harris to get answers when his 8-year-old son was electrocuted to death while sitting on a fishing pier.   Jonathan Sol Harris and his team at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP obtained a court order not to destroy

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One of the Wildest Years in Ocean Container Shipping!

March 20th, 2017 by EmilyB

Dealing with boats carrying tons of cargo across an unpredictable ocean is always an adventure. Sometimes, it’s more of an adventure than one would bargain for. The year 2016 turned out to be one of the wildest in container shipping history. The woes of the container shipping industry have provided a lot of work for

Piece of rig equipment kills oil field worker in Brazoria County

March 14th, 2017 by EmilyB

An employee of Denbury Resources is dead today after a piece of metal rig equipment fell on him while working at Hastings Oilfield in Brazoria County.  According to reports, the victim and other workers were operating a pulley to lift a piece of equipment that weighed about 2,500-3,500 pounds, which then fell and crushed the

Legal Investigation Launched for Missing Fisherman of FV Destination

March 10th, 2017 by EmilyB

Attorney Matthew Shaffer was retained by the survivors of a fisherman who was lost at sea aboard the FV Destination. The young Arizona native was one of six crew members aboard the fishing vessel when it was reported missing on February 11, 2017. The United States Coast Guard promptly executed an extensive search and rescue


Freight train hits bus in Biloxi, kills 4

March 8th, 2017 by EmilyB

  Senior citizen casino outing turns deadly. A bus carrying  a group of senior citizens was struck by a freight train Tuesday afternoon in Biloxi, Mississippi. The charter bus was holding 48 passengers  and was enroute to a nearby casino when it got stuck trying to cross a railroad track. During that time, a CSX

Testimonial Tuesday: Carlita Gutierrez

March 7th, 2017 by EmilyB

  “It’s comforting to know that even though this happened to my daughter, Jonathan S. Harris helped prevent it from happening to anyone else.”- Carlita Gutierrez It was a typical afternoon when Carlita and her 2-year-old daughter were shopping for cellphones at a local Metro PCS store. The 2-year-old reached for a cell phone that

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The Most Dangerous Roads in America

March 3rd, 2017 by EmilyB

and How to Navigate Them Driving a motor vehicle has its own risks when driving alongside other motorists. Unfortunately, accidents are a common occurrence all across the country. Several roads are designated as “dangerous” as a result of the number of accidents that have taken place or because of their road conditions. For instance, the

Popular Rifle recall triggers Class-Action Lawsuit

March 3rd, 2017 by EmilyB

    The Remington 700 is being recalled after thousands of owners have complained of the popular rifle firing without the trigger ever being pulled.  Potentially 7.5 million rifles, including the Model Seven, were manufactured and issued with a defected trigger called the X-Mark Pro.  Remington is warning owners with these models to stop using

Driving Safely during a Flash Flood

February 20th, 2017 by EmilyB

President’s Day could potentially be a day of staying indoors and avoiding the roads for Houstonians who have the day off. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain is expected late Sunday night and into Monday evening, with a flash flood watch already issued for multiple counties. For those of us who still have

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Careers That Commonly Lead to Overexertion Injuries

February 18th, 2017 by EmilyB

An overexertion injury is a type of workplace injury that occurs when too much physical stress is placed on the body—especially on the back and shoulders. Whatever the body part and whatever the cause, an overexertion injury can be devastating for the worker involved. In some cases, workers are disabled for a long period of