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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

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

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Just Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries

April 17th, 2017 by EmilyB

As of 2016, over 280,000 Americans were living with a spinal cord injury, says the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. And most of these injuries were sustained during vehicle accidents. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury due to another driver’s negligence, call Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris today. We have top personal

The-ManyFaces of Personal Injury Claims

The Many Faces of Personal Injury Claims

April 6th, 2017 by EmilyB

Personal injuries occur in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve incurred an injury, you will want to hire a personal injury lawyer to investigate your claim and assist you in obtaining a just compensation. Personal injuries often happen because of car accidents, slips or falls, work related injuries, medical malpractice, product liabilities, dog bites, and

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Footage of driver swerving before killing 13 released

April 1st, 2017 by EmilyB

  Moments before the fatal church bus crash that took place near Garner State Park this past Wednesday, a couple who was driving behind the swerving truck snapped cellphone footage of the driver going in and out of the lanes of U.S. 83 multiple times. You can hear the couple calling and begging authorities for

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