Scott Robelen – Personal Injury Attorney

Hi. I’m Scott Robelen. For the last 15 years, I’ve been the managing attorney of litigation in the Dallas office for the law firm of Bailey & Galyen. I’ve been a practicing litigation attorney for 30 years. We handle an array of cases and we have an array of experience levels. The least of our experience levels are a minimum of ten years for our attorneys. Some of our attorneys have been practicing for 40 years. So we handle all types of cases. Trucking cases, medical malpractice cases, a lot of insurance cases where the insurance company simple won’t pay. We handle a lot of catastrophic cases where people have suffered from life-changing injuries, and we’ve helped them secure enough financial prosperity to help them live comfortably for the rest of their life. That’s what we do. So if you’ve suffered a catastrophic or serious injury, do not wait to hire an attorney. I can assure you, the people on the other side of your case, already have their lawyers on it.

Scott Robelen – Personal Injury Attorney

Hi. I’m Scott Robelen. For the last 15 years, I’ve been the managing attorney of litigation in the Dallas office for the law firm of Bailey & Galyen. I’ve been a practicing litigation attorney for 30 years. We handle an array of cases and we have an array of experience levels. The least of our experience levels are a minimum of ten years for our attorneys. Some of our attorneys have been practicing for 40 years. So we handle all types of cases. Trucking cases, medical malpractice cases, a lot of insurance cases where the insurance company simple won’t pay. We handle a lot of catastrophic cases where people have suffered from life-changing injuries, and we’ve helped them secure enough financial prosperity to help them live comfortably for the rest of their life. That’s what we do. So if you’ve suffered a catastrophic or serious injury, do not wait to hire an attorney. I can assure you, the people on the other side of your case, already have their lawyers on it.

Personal Injury Overview

I’m Steve Maxwell, I’m a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law Specialist with the Bailey & Galyen Law Firm. My office is in Downtown Fort Worth at the Summit Office.

I have been practicing law for more than 40 years, and I have been Board Certified in my specialty area of Personal Injury Trial Law for more than 35 years.

Over the last several years I have concentrated my practice on major personal injury cases, specifically including trucking, wrongful death, and serious injury cases.If you’ve been involved in a bad truck wreck, you know how this can so dramatically and drastically impact your life. So if I can be of any help, if something like that happens to you, don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Recovering Compensation after an Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver

The Rights of Victims in Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidentAccording to studies, there are nearly 40 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in Texas every single day. Nearly 40% of all traffic fatalities in Texas in 2016 involved a driver under the influence of alcohol. The unfortunate reality—many DWI/DUI defendants in Texas are repeat offenders—a national study found that nearly 60% of convicted drunk drivers continued to drive, even though their licenses had been suspended. Because of the dramatic premium increases that can result from a DUI/DWI, many of those drivers are on the road without insurance or with minimal insurance. That can complicate matters significantly, particularly in Texas, where drivers are required by law to carry insurance to cover losses to other parties.

Here’s a checklist of the things you want to do when you’ve been hit by an intoxicated driver in Texas:

  • Tend to your injuries first — Before you do anything else, make certain you get the medical care you need. Be willing to go to the hospital by ambulance, if necessary. If you are able to move under your own power, go to an emergency room, an urgent care facility or your personal physician as soon as possible, for two reasons. First, the sooner you get treatment, the better your chance of full recovery. Second, the longer you wait, the greater the risk that you’ll suffer an intervening injury, making it more difficult to prove fault.
  • Gather information — In Texas, you’ll pursue recovery for your losses from the at-fault party or his/her insurer. Get contact information from the driver who caused the accident—name, address, phone number, e-mail address and insurance provider. Identify all witnesses and get contact information from them. Get out your phone and take pictures of anything related to the accident—skid marks on the road, the weather conditions, the damage to all vehicles, any injuries you have suffered.
  • Determine whether you have UM/UIM coverage — If the other driver was drunk, there’s a significant likelihood that he/she either had no insurance or had minimal insurance. If that’s the case, pull out your own motor vehicle insurance policy to determine if you purchased additional coverage for accidents caused by uninsured or underinsured motorists. Your insurance policy may seem like Greek to you—don’t count on your insurance agent volunteering information about UM/UIM coverage—it’s better to have your attorney review the policy.
  • Look for other potentially responsible parties — You’re not limited to bringing a claim against the other driver. If you can show that a third party was negligent, and that it caused the accident (in part or in whole), you can seek damages from that person. One of the first places to pursue compensation after a drunk-driving accident is the person and/or establishment that served the alcohol, under dram shop and social host liability claims. You will likely need to show that the person serving the alcohol either knew the other person was intoxicated, or served a quantity sufficient to lead to inebriation. Other potential avenues of legal action include:
    • Product liability — if the accident was caused by a dangerous or defective product, such as a vehicle part
    • Vicarious liability — Where the person driving the vehicle did not own the car, but the owner knew or should have known of the driver’s history or risk of driving while intoxicated
    • Respondeat superior — Where the drunk driver was in the course of his or her employment at the time of the accident. You may have a claim against the employer.
    • Roadway defects — Where the accident was caused, in some way, by dangerous conditions on the road

Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Bailey & Galyen

At the law office of Bailey & Galyen, we fight for the rights of people who have been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of others. To set up a free initial consultation, contact us online or call our offices near you. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Texas Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay More than $1 Billion

Texas Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay More than $1 Billion

Pinnacle Hip Implants Found to Be Defective

On December 1, 2016, a federal jury in Dallas returned a verdict against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, holding that the company’s Pinnacle hip implant was negligently designed, that the company knew of risks associated with the product, and that the company failed to adequately warn consumers of those risks. The jury awarded six plaintiffs damages in excess of $1 billion-$32 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. Johnson & Johnson had rejected a $1.8 million dollar settlement offer before trial.

The plaintiffs, who are California residents, say they suffered serious injury after receiving the DePuy product, including bone erosion and tissue death. They allege that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy falsely advertised that the Pinnacle hip implant, with its metal-on-metal design, was more durable and had a greater life than competing products that use plastic or ceramic parts.

Though plaintiff’s attorneys laud the verdict as a “loud and clear” message that Johnson & Johnson needs to address the legal issues related to the Pinnacle implant, most legal experts don’t see any movement any time soon. Attorneys for both companies say they will appeal the verdict and will ask the appeals court to suspend any further trials related to the hip implant.

The company faces more than 8,000 lawsuits tied to the device, all of which have been consolidated in the federal court in Texas. Last week’s verdict was the third “test case” regarding liability for the Pinnacle. Johnson & Johnson were found not liable in the first case, but were hit with a $500 million jury award in the second trial. That verdict was subsequently reduced to $151 million, based on Texas law.

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At the law office of Bailey & Galyen, we provide a free initial consultation to every client. To set up an appointment with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney, contact us by e-mail or call our offices at one of the convenient locations listed below. We will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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