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Dallas Attorney On How To Protect Yourself From Fraudulent Census Bureau Workers.

April 26, 2010

Well a new decade has arrived and this means one thing……….the United States Census Bureau workers will begin knocking on our doors.

The general rule is to never give strangers your personal information. But assisting officials in getting an accurate 2010 U.S. Census Bureau count is an important exception. More than 140,000 census workers are charged with counting every person in the United States. The first step is a survey that household residents will receive in March. If the surveys are not returned, residents will be telephoned or visited by census workers. The goal is to gather information such as name, age, gender, and race of each person living at each address.

It’s important that each area’s population is accurately recorded. More than $435 billion in federal funds are distributed across the United States every year based on the population count. In addition, congressional redistricting hinges on decennial figures. All census information collected, including addresses, is confidential and protected by law.

How can you tell if you are talking to a legitimate census worker and not a con artist? It is important to follow these guidelines from the Better Business Bureau:

  • If it’s a U.S. census worker knocking on your door, he or she will be wearing a badge and carrying a Census Bureau canvas bag, a confidentiality notice, and a computer equipped with GPS software to reduce the number of geographic coding errors created by using paper maps. Ask to see the individual’s identification and badge before answering any questions.
  • While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
  • Do not pay any cash or checks to the census workers. Census workers to not solicit any donations.
  • Census workers will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the lookout for e-mail scams in which someone claims to represent the Census Bureau. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.

For more information on the census and advice on avoiding identify theft and fraud, visit www.bbb.org and www.census.gov.

If you would like to read further articles on how you can keep your loved ones safe, please visit our website www.TexasJusticeForAll.com.

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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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Dallas Product Liability Attorney On What You Can Expect In Defective Product Litigation?

April 26, 2010

Most of us use manufactured products every day to improve our physical health, mental health and to make life a little easier. We rely on these products to help us in the way that they are supposed to. Products are tested for safety before being placed on the market. However, sometimes products that reach the open market and consumers are not safe for use. When this happens, people may be injured. Injuries may be caused by products that were defective when manufactured, or they may be inherently unsafe for use. Manufactures have a legal duty to test their products and ensure their safety before they are marketed and made available to the public. If a product has risks, the manufactured also has a duty to warn the general public of any dangerous associated with use. If companies do not adequately test their products or do not produce them correctly, injuries may occur when consumers use them. If this is the case, the victim (or victim’s family) may have a claim for injuries and litigation may be appropriate.

Responsible Parties:

There are different types of products on the market and factual situations that may determine the party liable for injuries from defective products. If the product is medical in nature, the liable party may be the manufacturer, the physician who prescribed the medication or medical product or the pharmacist who administered the drug or medical device. For other types of goods, such as machinery, tools, toys and electronics, the product manufacturer may be responsible for the product defect. The product (or market good) may have been defective in design or in manufacturing. The company liable depends on at what point in the product’s creation the defective condition occurred. The company that designed the product may be different from the company that manufactured it.

Additionally, product manufacturers are mandated to test all products for safety and they must meet government safety requirements before a product may enter the flow of commerce. If testing reveals that a product has the potential for harmful side effects or injuries, the manufacturer has a legal duty to warn consumers of these risks.

Possible Legal Claims:

If a person has been injured as a result of using a defective product, he or she may have remedies at law. The causes of action available to an injured party may differ depending on the product, the severity/or type of injury and other specific facts of the case. Defective product cases will generally involve legal claims of personal injury or product liability. In some cases, there may also be a claim for wrongful death. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff (injured party) must prove to the court that the manufacturer had a legal duty to the consumer, that duty was breached, the breach of duty was the direct (proximate) cause of the victim’s injury and that the injury occurred.

In contrast, if the cause of action is for product liability, the plaintiff must prove that the product was either defective in design, defective when manufactured or that the product’s manufacturer know of harmful risks associated with the product and failed to warn potential consumers. In cases of wrongful death, the victim’s family must prove that their loved one’s death was cased by using the product. There may also be wrongful death cases where the company failed to warn consumers of dangers associated with using the product, or, in cases of medical drugs or devices, the doctor failed to warn the victim of potential risks. Other potential claims in defective product cases include fraud, negligence and/or breach of warranty. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney prior to defective product litigation.

If you or a love one has been seriously injured from a defective product, time is of the essence to preserve the evidence and you should contact an experienced product liability attorney that can help you seek justice in the most efficient manner possible. Please contact our office anytime for a free consultation or visit our website: www.TexasJusticeForAll.com.

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Scott Edgett, Garland Injury Attorney, on Tragic Interstate 30 Auto Accident

July 14, 2009

According to the Dallas Morning News, one man was killed and another was critically injured after they were struck by an SUV on Sunday, July 12th as they filled up their van which had run out of gas on a westbound Interstate 30 service road in Fort Worth.

Floyd Boortz, 78, and a 20-year-old man were filling up their tank near the Cherry Lane exit when a sport utility vehicle exited the highway and crashed into them at about 10 p.m., according to Fort Worth police.

The white van flew into the guardrail while the SUV hit a second vehicle, a Dodge sedan whose owner had stopped to help the stranded travelers, police said. Boortz died at the hospital about an hour later, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The 20-year-old man was in critical condition according to police.

The 35-year-old SUV driver and the Good Samaritan were not injured, police said. A female passenger in the van was uninjured, and a 2-year-old boy also in the van was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Boortz during this tragic time. As for the other victim of this auto accident that survived this auto accident, I wish this victim the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

In such types of serious interstate automobile accident cases it is important for the victims to consult an experienced civil litigation attorney, who can carefully examine and analyze the facts and determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved. I trust the local police department officials are looking into the motorist’s actions and how or why he collided with the other vehicles. Who had the right-of-way there? Was the motorist driving recklessly or under the influence? Was he or she distracted at the time of the car accident? All these are questions that need to be answered.

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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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 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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Don’t Be A Victim Of Auto Dealer Fraud In Texas

May 20, 2009

Auto dealer fraud is a term that describes deceptive and unlawful practices used by automobile dealers, at almost any stage of the vehicle purchase process: from advertising, to negotiation of vehicle pricing and financing terms. This fraud is plaguing Texas and consumers are being taken for hundreds, and often thousands, of dollars.

While a profitable operation of an automobile dealership is reasonable and necessary, these scams are adding millions of dollars each year to the profits of car dealers at the expense of consumers. Texas’ legislation provides that auto dealers shall not engage in bad actions which are arbitrary, in bad faith, or unconscionable. These violations of this legislation often occurs when dealers pressure consumers into purchasing additional products in the form of extended warranties, guaranteed auto protection insurance (also known as GAP insurance coverage), and car care plans on the premise that such products are necessary to purchase the car or to successfully finance your purchase of the vehicle. These additional products are quite often unnecessary and such tactics are in clear violation of the Texas legislature’s intent to protect consumers.

To avoid auto dealer scams, it is imperative that you adopt the following tips which will help protect all consumers from becoming a victim:

1) Never take “spot delivery” of a vehicle – do not drive it off the lot until you are absolutely sure that the financing is done and sealed. Shop during the weekdays when banks are open and be sure that the loan is approved by a bank in its final form before driving away with the vehicle. Most importantly, do NOT sign any form which allows a dealer a “right of recision” to change loan terms after you have taken possession of the vehicle.

2) Shop for the best loan (and loan terms) as carefully as you shop for the best sticker price. Shop around for the best deal and be sure of the following: the exact number of payments; the total cost of your credit in dollars; the name, address and contact information for the bank that holds the loan; and whether there will be any balloon payment at the end.

3) Collect a second opinion on the loan and be ready to use outside financing from a credit union or bank. Before you buy, ask a credit union or your bank what a loan for that vehicle would cost. Also, get a copy of your credit report from a rating agency, and know where you stand. Compare the dealership’s offer with your independent loan. If the independent loan is preferable, do not tell the dealership that you have arranged for other financing until after you have negotiated the sticker price and are on the verge of closing the deal.

4) Make a budget and stick to it. Before you go to the dealership, use what you know about the sticker price and loan to figure out the monthly payment and loan schedule you can afford. These days, most of this information can be found on the Internet.

5) Plan to go away and come back several times before you buy. Stop the transaction if you feel pressured or confused. Just walk away, and stick to your guns. Remember, you are in control, not the auto dealer.

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.