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Dallas Attorney On How All Parents Should Protect Children From Internet Predators.

April 26, 2010

Over the last decade, a bewildering assortment of laws have been passed recently to protect children from online pedophiles, Internet pornography, and advertisers. Some laws have been challenged and overturned; others have been upheld. Much of the proposed legislation never gets past the committee stage.

The bottom line is: The government is not going to protect your child. Thus, the purpose of this article is to urge you to abide by the checklist below to keep your children safe from predators.

Frightening Statistics Tell The Story: (According to the National Internet Safety Group “Protect Kids) –>

  • 6 Million American children between the ages of 6 through 17 years of age have their own personal Websites;
  • Only 1/3 of households with Internet access are proactively protecting their children with filtering or blocking software;
  • 75% of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their families in exchange for goods and services;
  • Approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation on the Internet have told a parent;
  • 1 out of 5 American teenagers who regularly log on the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web;
  • 1 out of 33 children received an aggressive sexual solicitation within the past year (i.e. asked to meet the child somewhere, called on the phone, offered money or gifts, etc.);
  • 75% of the targets for online predators are age 14 or older. Another 22% are from ages 10 to 13;
  • 75% of children solicited online were not troubled children;
  • 10% of children solicited online did not use chat rooms;
  • Only 17% of children could name a specific authority, such as the FBI, CyberTipline or an Internet service provider, to which they could report and Internet crime;
  • Only 11% of parents could name a specific authority, such as the FBI, CyberTipline or an Internet service provider, to which they could report and Internet crime;

The following checklist is recommended to help protect your children:

  • Install software to filter out harmful Web sites;
  • Only provide child-safe search engines;
  • Never reveal, and make sure your child never reveals personal information online to anyone;
  • Do not share files with strangers;
  • Monitor children’s Web sites;
  • Avoid chat rooms; and
  • Consider spy software;

It is clear that the Internet provides a valuable service for our children, but it also poses great potential for danger. Parents must take appropriate precautions to keep children safe while using the Internet. We cannot rely upon our government to stop these Internet predators from harming our children.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the foregoing, please contact our office at (972) 303-4529 or visit our website for other helpful tips in raising your children in today’s society www.TexasJusticeForAll.com.

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Frightening DWI Statistics In Texas

June 8, 2009

In Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related automobile crash every 19 minutes. Even more astonishing, drunk driving claims an average of five lives each and every day here in Texas.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. In the United States, drunk driving crimes occur more often than any other crime. Approximately, every five (5) hours, someone is killed in an alcohol-related traffic crash in Texas.

Unfortunately, Texas continues to be among the national leaders when it comes to traffic deaths that involve alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2004 in Texas, 1,642 motorists were killed in alcohol-related crashes, second to California by only a single death. In 2004, experts estimate that 70 Texans were injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes every day.

The Department of Public Safety reports that of the 98,349 drunk driving arrests made in Texas in 2004, 303 young people between nine and sixteen years old were arrested for drinking and driving. An additional 9,285 minors between ages 17 and 20 were arrested for driving under the influence. That means more than 11 percent of all the people arrested for drinking and driving were under 21 years of age, the legal age for alcohol consumption in Texas.

Recently, Texas has edged out California once again as the state with the most alcohol-related motor-vehicle fatalities and the highest number of fatalities with drivers over the .08% legal limit. However, these drunk driving statistics have shown improvement, but clearly not enough. In 1982, the highest number of alcohol related deaths were reported, when 2,801 of our fellow Texans died. The lowest numbers were reported in 2005, with 1,544. The percentage of traffic fatalities that were alcohol related was highest in 1982 also, with 66%. That percentage dropped to its lowest level in 2005 also, showing 45% of traffic fatalities as alcohol related.

In 2005 and 2006, out of all traffic fatalities, 39% involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, down from 61% in 1982.

As the hot summer days approach here in Texas, it is important to leave your automobile keys with a designated driver if you are going to drink any alcohol away from your home. Although these numbers are decreasing over the last few decades, the number of alcohol related fatalities and injuries in automobile are still quite frightening. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive!

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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Texas Injury Attorney On The Hidden Home Dangers Of Tipping Furniture

June 2, 2009

Whether you have a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance, furniture tip-overs are a real danger for kids.

Regardless of your child’s abilities and limitations, top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can tip over and seriously injure young children. There are many easy-to-install devices that anchor furniture to the wall, making furniture more stable and tip-over resistant. These devices are designed for dressers, wall units and anything your little explorer might try to climb.

I recommend the following safety tips to help prevent tip-over hazards:

  • If a piece of furniture is unstable or top-heavy, secure it to a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps. Large items such as TVs, microwaves, fish tanks, bookcases, heavy furniture and appliances can topple off stands and fall on children.
  • If possible, use a stand specifically designed for your TV as recommended by the manufacturer or place your TV on sturdy furniture appropriate for its size. Make sure both the stand and TV are properly secured to the wall and push your TV as far back on the stand as possible, out of your child’s reach.
  • If you have a newer, flat screen TV, make sure it’s properly anchored to the wall.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for tips or warnings regarding placement of your TV or furniture.
  • Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
  • Tie up loose cords, as a child pulling on an electrical cord, or tripping on one, could pull an appliance off a stand.
  • Don’t keep remote controls, candy, toys or other items that attract children on top of furniture, as your child might be enticed to reach for these items.
  • Supervise young children at all times.

As every parent knows, children love to play and sometimes think they’re invincible. Even if they can repeat your rules back to you, they may not recognize a hazard when they’re in a dangerous situation. Unless they’re properly secured to the wall, all pieces of freestanding furniture, large appliances or TVs have the capability of tipping over. It’s in your hands as a parent to make their environments as safe as possible.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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Texas Injury Attorney On The Important Issues Regarding Child Car Safety Seats

May 20, 2009

Texas seat belt law states that all children under age of five (5) must be restrained in a child safety seat and that all infants must ride in rear-facing safety seats until they are at least 20 pounds and are at least 1 year old. These laws will likely be changed in 2009, if it is up to the Texas Legislature.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is important to know that all child safety seats are NOT created equal. Your child’s age and weight should dictate which type of child safety seat you choose for him or her. Here are the facts for 3 types of child car safety seats.

Rear Facing Seats:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Texas seat belt law, infants should be kept in a rear-facing seat until they reach the age of 1 and are at least 20 pounds. Many families receive hand-me-down child safety seats from friends and family members. If this is the case, before using the seat, you should consult the NHTSA’s Child Restraint Recall Website at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm. This site has the details of every child safety seat recall since January 1990 and can prevent you from putting your child at risk.

Forward Facing Seats:

When your child has outgrown his rear-facing seat, you should upgrade to a forward-facing child safety seat. This seat should be placed in the car’s backseat whenever possible to prevent the seat from being struck by an airbag in the case of a car crash. Your child should ride in a forward-facing seat until he is around 4 years old and 40 lbs.

Booster Seats:

When the child outgrows his forward-facing seat, you should purchase a booster seat. The child should ride in a booster seat in the back seat until the vehicle seat belt fits him properly without the booster. Booster seats are designed to prevent injury from the seat belt in the event of an auto accident. When the lap belt lays across his upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across his chest (usually when he turns 8 and is 4’9″), he can ride without the booster seat.

In conclusion, one of the most important things about your child’s safety seat is that it is properly installed. To do this, you have to be able to understand the instructions. The NHTSA puts out an annual report on the “ease-of-use” of every safety seat on the market. That list is available on the Internet at http://www.nhtsa.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.9f8c7d6359e0e9bbbf30811060008a0c.

If you still have questions about the installation of your car seat after you read the manual, many local police and fire stations will check the car seat installation for you.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Garland, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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An Attorney’s Outlook On How Insurance Companies Value Personal Injury Cases

March 23, 2009

All insurance companies have different methods for placing a value on your claim, but there are a few factors that are constants in every case. The insurance company will be looking at any property that was damaged, physical and or emotional damage to you, both long and short term, medical bills, and other damages.

To begin, medical bills, if applicable, are factored in separately. These are usually ranked in severity and long term, lasting effects. For example, trips to the ER would pay higher than regularly scheduled doctor visits. Likewise, an injury that took or will take a long time to heal is more “valuable” than an injury in which the victim recovers quickly.

It is very important that the doctors are told every detail about all injuries that may have been caused in the accident. The value of a case increases when the doctor assigns more than one injury code to a patient at the time of the first examination. These injury codes must be in the doctors chart notes. They will not get into the chart notes unless you, the injured party, tell the doctor what your physical complaints are.

There are two types of injuries. The first category comes from an injury that causes pain. Report all of your pain to your doctor. The second type of injury is one that causes functional loss. That means any condition after an accident that limits your normal functioning level in daily activities at home, at work and at play. For example, if you can’t turn your neck fully after an accident, then that is a limiting function that should be reported to your doctor.

Remember, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to set a lower value on your claim than you will want, since they want to limit the amount they have to pay out. It will be up to you (or your personal injury attorney) to build the case for your claim to be a higher value.

They key to building your case will be careful documentation of everything involved in your case. Keep diligent records of every expense, every doctor’s visit, every loss you feel you have suffered due to the accident. The more organized and prepared you are, the less “wiggle” room an insurance company will have in negotiating your settlement. For example if your case is based on your memory alone, or just verbal statements of losses, you case may have much less value, than if you had organized receipts, photographs, witnesses’ statements, etc.

The negotiation process can be very stressful and confusing if you are not used to dealing with these types of situation. Remember, to, that the insurance companies have people on staff who’s job it is to be the best at lower the exposure (financial losses) to the insurance company – they are not in business to be sympathetic to you or your situation. It is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases.

It is both an art and a skill in successfully negotiating a personal injury settlement with an insurance company. Unless you have the experience and knowledge of the laws of your state regarding your case, you will find that you may settle for a lot less than you deserve if you try to represent yourself.

Protect yourself after any accident! Before you speak with anyone concerning your case, find out what your rights are and what compensation you may be entitled to.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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Pit Bull Attacks 88 Year Old Woman & Slays Her Little Chihuahua In Garland Texas

March 23, 2009

On February 11, 2009, an 88 year old Garland, Texas woman started her daily lunchtime stroll with her 5 year old pet Chihuahua who weighs less than 8 pounds. After placing a leash on her little dog inside her garage, she opened her garage door to what was suppose to be a warm and sunny afternoon walk. However, this is one time she wished her garage would not have worked.

As this 88 year old woman walked into her own driveway, she was startled when she looked at a large 65 pound pit bull charging right towards her and her little Chihuahua. She instinctively bent down to attempt to pick up and protect her little companion. However, before she could even reach her little dog, the large male pit bull dog lunged on her knocking her backwards to the ground. The pit bull dog then began to bite the woman’s arms, hands and fingers. Once the pit bull had enough with the elderly woman, the large pit bull began to maul the little Chihuahua right in front of the 88 year old woman. The frail woman could do nothing to stop the brutal attack as she was lying on the ground watching her family pet of 5 years be eaten up by a pit bull.

After several minutes of this brutal attack, finally a bystander came by and was able to pry the pit bull off of the elderly woman and her dog. The pit bull dog was tied to a neighbor’s fence across the alley way.

Then, the hysterical 88 year old woman was finally able to get up off the ground, bend down to pick up her bloody dog in an attempt to save the dog’s life. The dog was still breathing at the time, although barely. Thus, at that time her injuries were not her primary concern. Her main concern was that she wanted to try anything to save her pet’s life.

Having sustained her own injuries, having witnessed a brutal mauling of her family pet, and the hysteria she was undergoing at the time she was in no way able to drive her dog to the veterinarian for treatment. Thus, this 88 year old woman had her 89 year old husband who suffers from Alzheimer disease and dementia, driver her a few miles to the closest animal hospital. Notwithstanding her courageous efforts, the 5 year old Chihuahua suffered a heart attack while initially being examined at the animal hospital.

Thereafter, the elderly woman was taken for medical treatment. As a result of this pit bull dog attack, the 88 year old woman sustained the following injuries: bite lacerations to her arms, hands, and fingers; lacerations to her elbows and knees from being knocked down to the ground; a torn meniscus to her right knee from being knocked down to the ground; an aggravation of a preexisting wrist injury which may require surgery; as well as several other scrapes and bruises. Despite these physical injuries, this woman is now dealing with mental anguish that will affect her the remainder of her life. These symptoms include: inability to sleep; nightmares; continuous crying and grief from the loss of her family pet; lack of appetite; nervousness of entering her own driveway where the attack occurred or even stepping foot outside anymore. To date, this elderly woman’s medical bills exceed $15,000.00.

In addition to the foregoing facts, it is important to note that this pit bull dog had at least two other incidents with local neighbors’ little dogs. Luckily, neither of those incidents resulted in a tragedy like this. Furthermore, the City of Garland has deemed this dog vicious in nature and has ordered that this pit bull dog be immediately removed from the City of Garland.

The State of Texas is one of the few remaining states who have what is called the “one free bite rule”. What this refers to is that generally, a dog owner will not be found liable for damages the dog causes, unless the dog is vicious AND the owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the viciousness. If the animal is vicious or has aggressive tendencies and the owner has knowledge of that propensity, the owner is subject to liability under the law of strict liability. However, if an animal is non-vicious, the owner may still be subject to liability for his or her negligence in handling the dog. In Texas, a dangerous dog is defined as:

(1) a dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and the attack occurs outside of the dog’s enclosure; OR

(2) a dog that commits unprovoked attacks outside of its enclosure that cause a person to reasonably believe the dog will attack and cause bodily injury.

What do you believe is a fair and reasonable amount of financial compensation to this elderly woman in this case? Your opinions are greatly valued and appreciated as it helps an insurance adjuster, mediator, and/or defense attorney come to realize what a Dallas jury would do these days.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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General Compound Bows Recalled By BowTech Archery For Unexpected Breaks

February 19, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with BowTech Archery of Eugene, Oregon, today announced a voluntary recall of The General Compound Bows. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

 

The ends of the bow’s limbs can unexpectedly break during use and send fragments of the bow in the direction of the user or bystanders, posing a risk of injury.

 

To date, there have been 255 reports of the bow’s limbs breaking, including 11 reports of lacerations, abrasions, or contusions when pieces from the breaking bow struck the user.

 

Specifically, this recall involves approximately 8,000 of the “The General” compound bows hunting and target models with draw weights of 60 and 70 pounds that do not have a collet (see illustration below) in the limb. The bows measure about 31 inches long and have draw lengths of 26-30 inches. Hunting models were sold in real tree and mossy oak camouflage patterns. Target models were sold in gray, black, and wood-grain. The bows have laminated wood grips engraved with the word “BowTech” and a label with “The General” on the center pivot point of the bottom limb.

 

This product was sold at authorized BowTech Dealers nationwide from September 2007 through July 2008 for about $800.

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bows and contact their dealer to schedule a free repair. For more information, contact BowTech Archery at (888) 689-1289 anytime or visit the company’s Web site at www.bowtecharchery.com.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured by this defective product or any other defective product, it is imperative for you to contact an experienced defective products attorney, who will make sure that any negligent manufacturers are held accountable for any injuries caused from defective products and that you or loved one are fairly compensated for any injuries.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.