Neurosurgeon accused of intentionally botching surgeries

During the bail hearing last Monday, August 24 for Texas doctor Christopher Duntsch’s case, prosecutors submitted evidence that the neurosurgeon may have been intentionally botching his patient’s operations, leaving them paralyzed. In email sent on Dec. 11, 2011, Duntsch said to an employee, “I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold-blooded killer”.

Several people were critically injured while two patients lost their lives due to Duntsch’s operations between the years of 2010 and 2015. Duntsch is currently facing multiple charges – including one count of injuring an elderly person and five counts of aggravated assault for allegedly mishandling spinal surgeries, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Besides the physical pain and the anxiety of lost abilities, victims of personal injury accidents are burdened with the trouble of paying for expensive medical bills.  Let our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas help you with your legal battle by calling our offices today.

Dallas ordered to pay $215,000 to injured garbage truck driver

Michael Enriquez, a garbage truck driver for Phoenix, Arizona-based solid waste disposal company Republic Services was injured when he was run over by a bulldozer at the Dallas, Texas-owned McCommas Bluff Landfill on Oct. 11, 2012. Due to injuries from the accident, Enriquez has been unable to work since the day of the incident. He and his attorneys at the Dallas City Attorney’s office are asking for $215,000 from the Dallas City Council.

In a written item of agenda, the Dallas City Attorney’s Office noted that “it is in the best interest of the city to settle the claims of Manuel Enriquez in this case”. City attorneys and Enriquez’s own legal counsel agreed to the specified amount above during court-ordered mediation prior to a November 2015 trial for the lawsuit filed against the city on July 1, 2014.

Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand that being hurt in a personal injury accident can be a devastating experience, especially when amassing multiple injuries and being subjected to expensive medical bills. Call our offices today to find out what we may be able to do for you if you were injured in such an accident.

Accident kills one Plano teen, wounds another

A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a teenager and injured another just before 2 a.m. last Sunday, July 26 in Plano, Texas.

Plano police officer David Tilley identified 18-year-old Alger Ben Baker III as the individual who was killed in the incident. The passenger of the vehicle, 18-year-old Daniel Mushock, suffered a serious leg wound.

According to preliminary investigations, Baker was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe along Preston Road in Plano when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a traffic light pole at the intersection of Preston Road and Tennyson Parkway. The vehicle erupted into flames soon after the collision.

Witnesses to the accident were able to pull Mushock, the passenger, out of the vehicle, but before they were able to help Baker, the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames, causing Baker’s death at the scene of the accident.

Food companies with contamination issues may face charges

The United States Department of Justice has recently issued a warning that companies may face criminal and civil penalties if their products contain harmful bacteria that can poison consumers, according to the Times Free Press on July 13.

This statement was made in the wake of a listeria outbreak in Blue Bell Creameries’ ice cream products earlier this year, which allegedly caused three deaths and the shutdown of their production.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said the Justice department will be prioritizing “holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat.”

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe you should not have to fear the food you eat. If you or a loved one has suffered due to food contamination or a food-borne illness, our legal team may help you pursue funds to cover your losses. Call us at (214) 457-1668 today to learn more.

Woman hit by tractor-trailer along Interstate 35E dies

Twenty-four-year-old Johnetta Morgan died after a commercial truck hit her on Interstate 35E near 8th Street at around 6:50 a.m. on June 10, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Reports indicate that Morgan left her vehicle after experiencing an initial car crash. Her car was sideways on the highway. She was only outside her car in the southbound lanes for a few minutes before a tractor-trailer truck hit both her and her car. The truck driver remained at the scene of the accident.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna advised motorists who become involved in an accident along the freeway to quickly cross to a median if there are no dangers that would prevent them from doing so. If their car is still working, Reyna said drivers should pull their vehicle safely off the road onto a shoulder. Another option for car accident victims is to remain in the vehicle with their seat belt on while they call 911 to get help from the police.

Drunk driver in fatal accident sentenced to 15 years

Dallas resident Ivan Garcia Esparza, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter on June 1 in relation to the drunk driving vehicular accident that caused the deaths of a married couple, according to the Dallas Morning News.

24-year-old Danny Reed, Jr., and Chantae Reed were killed in 2014 when Esparza struck the Reeds’ SUV along I-635 at I-35E. The SUV struck a concrete wall and caught fire.

Esparza, who had a blood alcohol level of .271 at the time, will serve 15 years in prison for this crime.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand all too well the devastation that drunk drivers can cause. In this situation, our compassionate legal team may provide aggressive representation on your behalf in court. To learn more about how we may help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, funerary costs, as well as pain and suffering, call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today.

Young girl in fatal Dallas car accident identified

Eight-year-old Jordin Barrett was found dead in floodwaters after her mother’s vehicle veered off the road and flipped over and embankment in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 31.

The vehicle crossed one or two lanes on U.S. Highway 175 near Second Street before it rolled over. Barrett’s body was identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office after being found by fire department boats. In addition to Barrett and her mother, the vehicle held a man and three other children.

The adult victims were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital; their conditions were not disclosed. The surviving children, however, were all in stable condition at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Police investigators are still trying to determine what circumstances could have caused the accident in the first place.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend their thoughts to the friends and family affected by this tragic accident.

One killed in motorcycle crash on the Dallas North Tollway

One person lost his life in a traffic accident that involved one car and two motorcycles on the Dallas North Tollway, the Dallas Morning News reported on April 26.

According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Lonny Haschel, a maroon Nissan Sentra was heading south on the ramp to the President George Bush Turnpike in Far North Dallas when its driver lost control of the wheel, causing the vehicle to crash into the retaining wall and flip over.

When this happened, two motorcycles traveling behind the car crashed into it at around 5 a.m. One motorcyclist was reported dead at the scene of the accident while the driver of the other motorcycle was transported to Baylor Hospital in Plano for the treatment of his critical injuries. The female driver of the Nissan sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Medical Center of Plano.

Haschel added that investigators have yet to ascertain what factors could have caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle in the first place.

Death claims in GM’s defective ignition switch recall rises to 80

The death toll from General Motors’s defective ignition switch has reached 80, according to the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired to approve claims on the company’s behalf, Automotive News reported on April 7.

Feinberg has approved 148 injury claims, which are characterized as a combination of claims for serious wounds and claims for less life-threatening injuries.

The deadline for filing claims was Jan. 31, 2015.

The recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles was made because faulty ignition switches posed a danger to the occupants of some GM vehicles. The switch may turn off, resulting in a suddenly stalled car and the non-deployment of the airbags in the event of a crash.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients’ rights and interests for the compensation they need from the person or parties responsible for their injuries. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more about taking action after an accident.

Two fatal accidents in Dallas on April 5

Two people were killed in separate accidents the night of April 5 in Dallas, according to a report by WFAA 8 on April 5.

Twenty-year-old Paul Miltenberger was attempting to cross the north side of East Mockingbird Lane in the 5500 block, which is across the street from the DART station. There was no crosswalk where he attempted to traverse the six lanes of the street, and Miltenberger was hit by an oncoming black Dodge Charger at around 2:20 a.m. The truck driver did not stop to check on the man or render aid after the pedestrian accident, according to a statement by police spokesperson Officer Juan Fernandez.

Another fatal accident under investigation occurred the same night. The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, whose name has not been publicly released, lost control of his vehicle at a curve on the corner of Pine Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. Missing the curve, the driver crashed into a light pole before coming to a stop at a metal fence.

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