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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


Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.

Injured Railroad Worker Wins 2.9 Million in Trial Against Federal Government

July 17th, 2017 by EmilyB

After rejecting the U.S. Attorney’s $20,000 top offer to settle, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris attorneys Jonathan S. Harris and Laura De La Cruz obtained a $2.9 million dollar judgment for Jose Acosta, an injured train locomotive engineer. The defendant was the United States of America.  A U.S. Army convoy truck stopped on the railroad


Merchant Marine Act

The Jones Act FAQs

June 17th, 2017 by EmilyB

The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that—among other things—is intended to protect maritime workers who are injured while at sea. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about this little-known legislation as it pertains to personal injury. What Does the Jones Act Do for


SMSH Legal supports Camp SAY

June 16th, 2017 by EmilyB

Houston Astros player, George Springer, knows all too well what it’s like to be a kid who stutters, and the challenges and ridicule from others that can come with it. It’s easy for kids to get discouraged and undermine their self-confidence when they feel they are misunderstood or looked upon differently. That’s why George became


Car accident attorney

Statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect Sept. 1

June 8th, 2017 by EmilyB

 Statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect Sept. 1 Keep your heads up! Texting while driving in Texas will now get you slapped with a fine! This means no reading, writing, or sending messages while driving your vehicle UNLESS the vehicle is stopped. Doing so could get you cited with a fine of


Seaman missing after tugboat sinking in Gulf of Mexico

May 30th, 2017 by EmilyB

A seaman is still missing after the tugboat he was on sank in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning. Four crew members were aboard the Crosby Commander at the time of the sinking which occurred 30 nautical miles off Louisiana. Three managed to escape in a life raft, but the fourth member was unaccounted


How the Jones Act Protects You in the Event of Injury

May 30th, 2017 by EmilyB

Working on an offshore vessel can be a very dangerous job. Luckily, most of the time, you are covered under the Jones Act. If you’ve become sick or injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive compensation. The Jones Act is a piece of maritime law that is designed to protect offshore workers.


Controlled-crosswalk

Pedestrian Crosswalk Rules: Better Safe Than Sorry

May 18th, 2017 by EmilyB

Recently, there have been a lot of accidents on the roads, and surprisingly, most accidents happen on crosswalks where no accidents should occur at all. That means most people have no idea what rules they should be following when it comes to crosswalks. With the amount of crosswalk accidents that are occurring, it would be smart to


Bus Safety

School Bus Security: How to Ensure A Safe Field Trip

May 4th, 2017 by EmilyB

Did you know that in the US alone, 480,000 school buses take to the roads each day? Transporting students always carries risks, but it is particularly perilous if you’re taking them on long-distance field trips. As lawyers for car accident cases, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer, & Harris encourage safety on all school trips. The following bus driver safety tips


Bulk carrier explosion leaves two dead, two injured

April 26th, 2017 by EmilyB

  An explosion aboard the bulk carrier Tamar this past Monday killed two crew members and left two others injured. The explosion occurred 1,300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. while the international carrier was en route to Azores, Portugal. At the time of the incident, the captain of the Tamar contacted watch standers at the