Video game player gets hit by car inside own apartment

Ben Rose was sitting at home, playing his new video game, when suddenly an automobile came hurtling out of nowhere and crashed into his living room in Irving, Texas on Sunday, December 13. The Hyundai Sonata crashed through the wall of his apartment and caused Rose multiple injuries.

In an interview with CBS 11 in Dallas, Rose said: “Everybody asks, were you walking in a parking lot? Or were you in your car? What do you mean she drove through your apartment?”

While the shock of the incident is a major factor for Rose, what could be even more upsetting is the fact that the driver of the vehicle had no insurance with which to pay for the victim’s injuries. The driver was cited for her failure to provide proof of insurance, but her actions are not considered to be criminal as it is believe that the woman simply mistook the acceleration pedal for the brake. Now Rose is left to deal with the financial burden of his injuries as a result.

At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our personal injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered as a result of the actions of other people. We serve victims who seek compensation to help alleviate the cost of medical treatment and repairs caused by negligent individuals. To learn more, call (214) 457-1668 today.

Witnesses save driver’s life after fiery crash in Lake Highlands

A two-vehicle collision involving a garbage truck and a sedan on Wednesday, Nov. 25 trapped the driver of the sedan as flames rose from the hood of his car. A couple delivering cookies to the nearby Walmart inadvertently became the first responders and helped call 911 and extinguish the flames from the vehicle.

According to preliminary investigations,  garbage disposal truck driver had struck the BMW sedan as it was coming from the opposite side of Northwest Highway, and as the truck driver had been trying to make his way into a parking lot from the same highway.

Dallas Fire-Rescue search and rescue crews were able to extinguish the fire, separate the garbage truck from the car, and get the victim out of the burning car.

At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents pursue the negligent party responsible for your damages. Call our Dallas offices today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more about how an experienced member of our legal team can assist you today.

Driver involved in 2 separate crashes in Dallas

A driver is now facing at least two charges of intoxication assault after being involved in two separate crashes on early Wednesday, Oct. 28. The second instance was a violent collision in downtown Dallas sent four people to the hospital.

The series of events began with a camo-colored truck sideswiping an SUV and then continuing down the street. The driver of the SUV alerted the police about the incident and the details of the truck. Shortly thereafter, police found the second crash scene.

Police reported that the driver of the truck ran a red light on the eastbound side of the Woodall Rogers Freeway service road near the intersection with Akard Street and collided with an SUV carrying three people inside. This second accident was just a few blocks away from the first one.

All four people involved were taken to the hospital. The 25-year-old driver of the SUV is in critical condition, while a 15-year-old passenger is in stable condition and a 48-year-old passenger was determined to have no injuries. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital but refused treatment.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, our attorneys can help you find financial compensation for your injuries and damages if a third party’s reckless actions caused your accident. To discuss the particulars of your situation with a member of our legal team today, please call our Dallas office at (214) 457-1668.

GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.

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.

Entergy settles electrocution suit

Electrical utility Entergy Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Entergy Corp., reached a settlement in a personal injury lawsuit filed by Montgomery County resident Fernando Ponce against the company, whose trial was scheduled for March, the Southeast Texas Record reported on February 3.

Ponce was seeking more than $1 million in the lawsuit he filed on July 16, 2013 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming he suffered from an electrical shock in his Conroe home on July 18, 2012 due to Entergy’s allegedly ill-maintained power lines.

In a Dec. 16, 2014 counter and motion for summary judgment in the part of Entergy, it was claimed that Ponce had been cleaning his yard at the time of the incident and touched the overhead power line with a 20-foot angle iron, directly causing his own electrocution and absolving Entergy of all responsibilities relating to the accident.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, you may face outstanding medical expenses and other damages in addition to physical and emotional recovery. Pursue financial restitution from those responsible for your plight with the help of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.

Dallas three-vehicle accident kills two

Two individuals, a man and a woman, lost their lives in a three-vehicle accident in the early hours of December 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. along Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road in Dallas, Texas, WFAA reported.

According to a member of the Dallas Police Department, Senior Corporal DeMarquis Black, the three vehicles were all heading west on Interstate 30 when the crash occurred. The victims were identified as Robert Nicholl White, 61, and Betty Nicholl White, aged between 85 and 90 years old.

Local government and police officials did not divulge any further information as to the conditions of the other people involved in the accident or what caused the fatal crash in the first place.

Police said the incident is still under investigation to determine the details of the case.

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter offer their sincere condolences to the friends and family affected by this tragic accident.

Family of Ebola patient agrees on settlement with Texas hospital

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, a fatal Ebola victim, reached an undisclosed settlement sum, The Associated Press reported on November 12.

The agreement stemmed from the lawsuit created by Duncan’s family after he was treated at the hospital before dying on Oct. 8, 2014. Duncan was initially misdiagnosed and sent home from the hospital’s emergency room after he came back to North Texas from Liberia on September 20. Two days later, he was taken back to the hospital and found to have Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed the lives of over 5,000 people in West Africa.

The settlement amount was not disclosed, but considering Texas’ strict medical malpractice laws, the family’s attorney believed it was more than would have been granted in court.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have extensive experience when it comes to handling medical malpractice cases. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to discuss your case.

Deaths continue on under-maintained Texas highways

Lack of funding for highway projects in Texas has resulted in an increase of highway accidents and fatalities, Bloomberg reported on October 13.

West Texas in particular has experienced an influx of workers in recent years due to the oil fields in Odessa and Midland. The roads, unfortunately, were not built to handle this additional traffic, and fatalities in 2013 were at a 157% increase from 2009. An earlier plan to install an overpass at East Yukon Road and State Loop 338, a dangerous intersection in Odessa, failed to come to fruition due to lack of funding for infrastructure. The situation in Odessa is a small-scale example of Texas’ large-scale infrastructure problem.

The Dallas attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand that lack of highway maintenance has a real effect on vehicular accidents in Texas. If you have experienced an accident due to a reckless driver, highway defect, or another negligent party, call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today, and learn about your options for legal recourse.

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