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The Future of Houston – Pedestrian Safety

August 20th, 2016 by Ruth

Current Population of Great Houston The greater Houston area has a population of an estimated 6.6 million residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Census Bureau, Texas saw the greatest increase in population compared to all other states. Houston great area saw the largest increase of any metro area in


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Partners from SMSH Legal listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 16th, 2016 by EmilyB

  Leading attorney’s from the across the globe contribute to the selection process.  Partners Arthur Schechter, Dennis McElwee and Matthew Shaffer of SMSH Legal were included in the 23th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Schechter was recognized in the field of Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and McElwee and Shaffer were recognized in the field


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Car Accident Liability – Ways a Driver Can be Liable

August 12th, 2016 by Ruth

Over five million car accidents occur each year in the United States. Over two million of these accidents involve severe injuries. Depending on the situation, the owner of the vehicle can be held liable for the actions of the driver. Most cases will hold the driver at fault, but certain conditions can put responsibility for


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$1.25 Million Judgment Awarded to Injured Fisherman

August 11th, 2016 by EmilyB

Fisherman Awarded Millions after Captain and Boat Abandoned Him Attorney Matthew Shaffer obtained a $1.25 million dollar judgement from a federal district court in Galveston, Texas for his client, a commercial fisherman. The 54-year-old worker from Palacios, Texas was tying lines on a commercial fishing boat when he became trapped in marsh wetlands. He injured


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El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

August 9th, 2016 by EmilyB

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the


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Injured Crew Member was Medevacked Off the Coast of Florida

August 5th, 2016 by Ruth

Florida Maritime Injury An injured crew member was medevacked from a tanker, Eagle Texas, 90-miles east of Jacksonville Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew transported the injured man on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. The man was reported to have sustained a head injury after he fell into a cargo hold. The Eagle


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Hurricane Season Travelling Tips

August 4th, 2016 by EmilyB

We’re still in the beginning months of the Atlantic hurricane season, and even though Houstonians have experienced a three-year drought of hurricane activity, there’s always travel plans to consider as plenty of summertime hot spots can be affected. Currently, Tropical Storm Earl is expected to make landfall Thursday in Belize, a popular tourist destination.  While


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SMSH Files Lawsuit for Injured Seaman

August 2nd, 2016 by EmilyB

Attorney Matthew Shaffer recently filed a case in federal court in New Orleans, LA against Southern Towing Company. Our client was ordered by a supervisor to jump across a gap from one barge to another. When he landed on the second barge, he slipped and fell on ice, causing him to sustain a serious neck


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Towing Tugboat Exploded off the Coast of Florida on Monday

July 29th, 2016 by EmilyB

Towing tugboat, Thomas Dann, exploded several miles away from Marineland, Florida this past Monday. The engine room began smoking and later erupted into flames as the tug was towing a barge in convoy. Six crew members evacuated the boat via life raft and were later rescued by local fisherman before the fire set off two


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Giving Back: SMSH Legal Helps Comfort Family of Fallen Bellaire Police Officer

July 25th, 2016 by EmilyB

Partner Jonathan Harris’ wife, Tandy Camberg Harris, organized a community outreach which benefited the family of fallen Bellaire police officer, Marco Zarate, who lost his life in the line of duty last week. SMSH Legal contributed to the outreach by providing Zarate’s family with a day’s worth of meals from Escalante’s (a family favorite.) Harris and 100 other community members