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Friday, July 12, 2019

Texas Inheritance Law Information For Families Unfamiliar With Texas Probate Law by Central Texas Inheritance Lawyer

Texas Inheritance Law Information For Families Unfamiliar With Texas Probate Law by Central Texas Inheritance Lawyer Jason Coomer

Texas Inheritance Law for families unfamiliar with probate can be extremely difficult.  Not only have they lost a loved one, but they also often have to navigate Texas courts, financial records, insurance companies, deed records, and banks.  Further, some have to deal with upset and sometimes aggressive family members as well as other greedy people who are attempting to claim wealth from the deceased loved one.  Understanding the basics of Texas Inheritance Law and when it is time to call a lawyer can be extremely helpful in navigating this difficult time.  Below are a few basic concepts and answers to basic questions that can helpful.

Common Texas Will and Probate Questions

What is a Will and is it necessary?

A Will is a document which states the intentions and wishes of a person to take place after their death including what happens to and who gets their wealth.  A Will is not necessary under Texas law, but if you do not have a Will and you die, your wealth is distributed according to Texas law and this can sometimes result in increased legal costs to determine heirs and unintended estranged heirs or laughing heirs receiving large amounts of inheritance.  If you have significant wealth, want specific loved ones to receive it, and want your loved ones to have fewer legal expenses after you pass; it is best to have a Will.

Should I write a Will myself or use a "do it yourself" Will kit? 

The complexity of a Will can very greatly from a short hand written Will called a "Holographic Will" to a several page complex Will that creates testamentary trusts and has several contingencies.  Overall, if you have significant wealth, it is often best to contact an estate planning attorney to answer questions, draft the Will, and explain specific options and potential traps.  In handling probate cases, I have run into several "do it yourself" Wills and Holographic Wills that have caused 1) significant controversies in families resulting in legal battles, 2) unintended consequences caused by transfers to minors, wards, or persons on social security disability, and 3) complete legal messes and trapped wealth requiring several attorneys and court appointed ad litems to resolve.  In short, be careful if you have significant wealth and decide to do it yourself.  Saving money in the present can cost significant amounts to your loved ones in the future.  

Does a Will need to be filed? 

No, if the person who passed has little to no wealth or all their wealth has passed through a Trust, non-probate assets, or other means, there may not be a reason to probate a Will.  However, if a person has a valid Will and wealth in their estate including real property their Will should typically be filed for probate.

Does a Reading of the Will need to take place?  

No, this is a Hollywood myth.  Normally, there is no reading of a Will.  The Will be filed for Probate and all beneficiaries in the Will should receive a copy of the Will pursuant to Texas law.  An unnecessary reading of a Will can result in some extremely difficult and awkward situation.  That being said, many family members review Wills together and can cooperate in agreeing how to handle the probate process.  

What is an Executor? 

An executor or executrix is a person who is named in a Will to manage the deceased's estate, fulfill the deceased's wishes, and follow Texas legal requirements regarding legal notices and inventories.  An executor or executrix will not be appointed until a Will is probated and letters of testamentary are issued.  In other words, a person named as executor has no power or authority until a Will is probated and they are appointed.

An executor or executrix should be a responsible person that you trust.  They do not have to be a resident of Texas, but they have to be a competent person over the age of 18 years of good character who is not a convicted felon.

Most people who are named as an executor or executrix hire a lawyer to represent them in Probate court and to ensure that they comply with legal duties.  The person who serves as executor or executrix can be removed or sued for breach of fiduciary duty if they to not follow the Will or Texas law.  The estate will typically pay the executor's or executrix's attorney's fees and costs.

Contested v. Uncontested Probate 

There are two type of probate lawsuits contested and uncontested.  Uncontested probate lawsuits include Will probate lawsuits and Suits to Determine Heirships where there is no dispute between the heirs or beneficiaries regarding who gets what and the value and validity of estate assets or estate debts.  It is typically best to have a Texas probate lawyer, if you are filing an uncontested probate lawsuit.  Contested lawsuits include Texas Will Contests, Texas Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuits, Texas Real Estate Partition Lawsuits, Texas Financial Elder Abuse Lawsuits, and Texas Inherited Business Lawsuits.  A Texas probate lawyer is almost always needed and highly recommended, if you are in a contested probate lawsuit.

Contingent, Hourly, and Hybrid Attorney Contracts

Most Texas probate lawyers work on hourly contracts where the family of a deceased has to pay the lawyer a retainer and then the lawyer bills against the retainer until it is depleted, then additional money will need to be paid if additional work needs to be done.

However, in some situations family assets cannot get transferred or collected by their rightful heirs or beneficiaries because the heirs and beneficiaries cannot afford the upfront cost of probate and other transfer costs. In these situations, a Texas Contingent Probate Lawyer who works on a contingent or hybrid contract is needed to help heirs and beneficiaries transfer estate property to rightful heirs and beneficiaries.  In these situations, the Texas Contingent Probate Lawyer will typically need to see evidence that there are actual significant assets in the estate and confirm that the potential clients are the rightful heirs and beneficiaries of the estate. In these cases, bank statements, life insurance policies, royalty statements, mutual fund statements, retirement fund statements, real property deeds, property tax information, and other evidence of the estate assets can be useful in determining the approximate value of the estate and if a contingent contract for probating the estate can be viable.  For more information on Texas Contingent and Hybrid Probate Lawsuits, please feel free to go to the following web page:  Texas Contingent Probate Lawyer and Texas Death Benefit Collection Lawyer.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Valsartan Cancer Health Risk: Persons Taking Valsartan Should Be Aware of Several FDA Recalls on Tainted Valsartan Medications that May Cause Cancer by Texas Valsartan Cancer Lawyer

Valsartan Cancer Health Risk: Persons Taking The Generic High Blood Pressure Medication Valsartan Should Be Aware of Several FDA Recalls on Tainted Valsartan Medications that May Cause Cancer and Other Health Issues by Texas Valsartan Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer 

The drug high blood pressure medication, Valsartan, has been under a recall worldwide because it was tainted with a known carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).  Persons who have been taking Valsartan since 2012 should be aware of the recall and consult their pharmacist, physician, and/or the FDA if they have any questions regarding the recall or if they think they have a tainted drug.  Additional information regarding this recall is also listed below on this web page.  Further, if you or a loved one has been taking Valsartan and have have been diagnosed with cancer, liver damage, or tumors, you should contact your health care provide to discuss the potential cause of your health issues as well as report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor and FDA as soon as possible.  For more information on the recalls, please go to the following web page: Valsartan Cancer Health Risk Information.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Weed Killer Lymphatic Cancer Health Alert: Recent Studies Have Shown Some Herbicides May Cause Lymphatic Cancer by Texas Lymphatic Cancer Lawyer

Weed Killer Lymphatic Cancer Health Alert: Recent Studies Have Show Herbicides including Roundup Weed Killer Are Probably Carcinogenic and May Cause Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma by Texas Lymphatic Cancer Lawyer Jason Coomer 

Recent scientific studies have determined several herbicides including Roundup weed killer and other weed killing products containing glyphosate are probably carcinogenic to humans.  Further, recent civil lawsuits have proven that these weed killers may cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and other forms of lymphatic cancer.  For this reason, people who have been regularly exposed to herbicides including  farmers, agricultural workers, horticulturists, groundskeepers, commercial gardeners, ranchers, and anyone else who has regularly used Roundup or other weed killers with glyphosate should be aware of this health risk.  Further, if these exposed people or their families suspect they may have lymphatic cancer, they should contact their health care provider to test if they may have lymphatic cancer.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web pages: Texas Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Lawyer and Texas Lymphatic Cancer Lawyer.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma NHL and Lymphatic Cancer

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a term for various different types of cancer of the lymphatic system that results from lymphocytes or white blood cells which have undergone genetic changes. The condition presents as enlarged lymph nodes without pain, abdominal pain or swelling, chest pain, cough, and weight loss.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can cause many symptoms, such as:
  • Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin;
  • Soaking night sweats;
  • Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain;
  • Weakness and tiredness that don't go away; 
  • Unexplained weight loss;
  • Fever; and
  • Pain, swelling or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
A physician can typically diagnose lymphatic cancer including Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma NHL with a physical exam, blood tests, a chest x-ray, and a biopsy. Choice of treatment is based on the type, stage, and severity of lymphoma and overall health of the patient.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Loss of Family Wealth in Texas and Throughout the United States is on the Rise by Texas Family Wealth Lawyer

Many Texas Families are Losing a Significant Amount of Wealth Through Elder Financial Abuse and Failed Multigenerational Transfers by Texas Family Wealth Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

A significant amount of family wealth is lost every year through failed multigenerational transfers, lack of information, and financial elder abuse. This loss of family wealth is estimated to be over $50 Billion each year.   This loss of family wealth is especially common in several situations including 1) families who are spread out throughout the United States or the World, 2) families faced with a sudden loss of the person controlling the family's wealth, and 3) families who become victims of fraudsters and ruthless opportunists who take wealth from the elderly or those with diminished capacity.

In many of these situations, an experienced family wealth lawyer can help prevent the loss of wealth and in some situations can help reclaim wealth.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web pages: Texas Out of State Probate and Inheritance Lawyer Information, Texas Probate and Inheritance Lawyer Information, and Texas Elder Financial Abuse Lawyer Information.

In the State of Texas alone billions of dollars in bank accounts, oil royalties, insurance money, safety deposit box contents, stocks, retirement funds, real estate, and other wealth is stolen, forgotten about, becomes lost, or is unclaimed.

Most Elder Financial Abuse Involves a Family Member, Caretaker, Stock Broker, Financial Planner, or Financial Adviser by Texas Guardian Fraud Lawyer, Texas Power of Attorney Fraud Lawyer, Texas Alleged Elder Financial Abuse Fraud Lawyer and Texas Alleged Elder Financial Abuse Lawyer 

A recent study has found that Financial Elder Abuse and financial fraud against the elderly are on the rise.  Further, that most elder financial abuse crimes involve a family member, financial planner, financial adviser, or caretaker.  This elder financial abuse and fraud is most commonly committed against woman over 80 years old.  This financial exploitation of elderly persons can include changes in investments; buying real property and vehicles for people; large cash withdraws; selling inherited real estate; gifting mineral interests; excessive use of ATM or credit cards; unnatural changes in a will, power of attorney, beneficiary designations or financial documents; documents signed under duress; theft of valuables or money; transfers of money, mineral interests, oil royalties, or assets; forgery of checks, financial transaction documents, or other documents; isolation from family, friends, community, or other stable relationships; and use of medications to subdue the elderly person.

For more information on elder financial abuse, please go to the following web page: The United States of Elder Fraud – How Prevalent is Elder Financial Abuse in Each State? 

Many Families have Spread Out Across The United States and Throughout the World, Therefore it is Often Helpful to Hire a Texas Probate Lawyer to Assist with the Texas Probate Process and to Handle Estate Issues

Many families have spread out throughout the United States and around the World.  For the family member that lives out of state and has never been through the Texas probate process, it can often be challenging to understand what should be done under Texas probate law.  At a time when they want to grieve the loss of their loved one, they are often forced to deal with difficult issues including:

    1) Who should be in control of their loved ones' estate?
    2) What needs to be done to have an administrator or executor appointed?
    3) What are probate & non-probate property?
    4)  What should be done to protect estate property?
    5)  Is a Will necessary?
    6)  What can be done with Estate property?  Can it be sold or transferred?

When faced with these decisions, it is often helpful to speak with and hire a Texas probate lawyer to help take care of probate issues.  A Texas probate lawyer can help "out of state" family members through the probate process and help move an estate through probate.

This unclaimed property often occurs when someone unexpectedly dies or becomes incompetent.  When this person is the head of a household or controls a family's wealth, records can often be lost and assets can often go unclaimed.  This is more common when families do not live close to each other and/or do not communicated about financial issues.  Much of this lost or unclaimed wealth is collected by the states and held for rightful owners including heirs and beneficiaries.  However, it is not uncommon for large corporations including oil companies, insurance companies, brokers, financial advisers, and banks to keep unclaimed assets.  


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Texas Partition Action Lawyer Represents Landowners Who Want to Sell or Partition Their Real Property by Texas Partition Action Lawyer

Texas Partition Action Lawyer Represents Landowners Who Want to Sell or Partition Their Real Property by Texas Partition Action Lawyer Jason Coomer

Sometimes co-owners of real property cannot agree on how their property will be used or if it will be sold. In these instances, it is sometimes necessary to file a real estate partition action to divide or sell the property.  This situation often arises when multiple family members inherit real property and when people jointly purchase property.  In these situations, one owner typically wants to keep the property, while other owners want to sell the property.  Further the owner that wants to keep the property often can't afford to buy out the other owners and insists that the other owners pay their share of taxes, maintenance, and insurance year after year.  When this situation arises the best course of action is typically a partition action to force the partition or sale of the real property.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web page: Texas Partition Action Lawyer Information.


Forced Sales of Texas Real Property

Not all real property can be partitioned or divided, in fact houses, commercial property, lake house, condominiums, and several other types of unique real property cannot be partitioned.  When a Texas court finds that real property in a partition action cannot be fairly divided, the Court will order the real property sold through a forced sale.  The owners then divide the proceeds of the sale of the real property.     

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Healthcare Professionals Can Earn Large Rewards By Properly Exposing Fraudulent Misbranding and Off-Label Marketing Schemes by Misbranding Whistleblower Reward Lawyer

Healthcare Professionals Can Earn Large Financial Rewards By Properly Exposing Fraudulent Misbranding of Medical Devices and Off-Label Marketing of Drugs by Misbranding Whistleblower Reward Lawyer and Off-Label Marketing Whistleblower Reward Jason S. Coomer

Many health care professionals have become aware of the strong influence that drug companies and medical device companies now have in determining community standards of care for medication use and medical device use in patients.  These drug companies push drug samples into many hospitals and often use powerful forms of manipulation including fraudulent research, false representations to key medical doctors, and kickbacks to get their drugs placed on hospital formularies and have their medical devices used.

Because of the immense power and influence of drug companies and medical device companies, it is becoming common to have drug marketing executives, medical device marketing representatives, medical device executives, and drug sales representatives influence what drugs and medical devices are used in whole communities.  In many situations the drug companies and medical device companies are more powerful than individual doctors who understand which are the best products for their patients.  This drug company manipulation and medical device company manipulation of the medical community can be extremely dangerous because it takes important medical decisions out of the hands of individual medical doctors and allows the drug companies to push potentially dangerous drugs for off-label drug uses as well as medical device companies to push ineffective or dangerous medical devices for unintended uses. When these fraudulent practices threatens lives, it is important for healthcare professionals to step up and expose healthcare fraud.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web pages: Off Label Marketing Scheme Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Information and Medical Device False Branding Whistleblower Lawyer Information.

Drug Companies and Medical Device Companies Are Making Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Through Fraudulent Schemes: Successful Whistleblowers Can Receive Large Rewards for Exposing These Fraudulent Schemes 
The drug and medical device industries' main goal is to make a profit.  Each drug company and medical device company is trying to sell as much of their drug or medical device as they can regardless of the potential danger to patients or if there are cheaper more effective alternatives available.  If the marketing executives and sales representatives can get their drug placed on a hospital formulary or make the medical device the standard of care in a community, they are able to make lots of money.  Once this is accomplished there are economic incentives to keep expanding the use of the drug or medical device to new off-label uses.

Recently several large drug companies and medical device companies have been caught fraudulently marketing drugs and medical devices for off-label purposes.  These drug companies and medical device companies have had to pay Billions of dollars for Medicare Marketing Fraud Off-Label Lawsuits, Medicaid Marketing Fraud Off-Label Lawsuits, and other health care fraud lawsuits.   Despite these large fines, Drug Companies and Medical Device Companies have continued this practice because they are making profits of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars.  Thus, more healthcare professionals are needed to expose these continuing schemes.  These healthcare professionals can earn a percentage of the fraud exposed creating financial rewards of hundreds of millions of dollars.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web page: Whistleblower Reward Lawsuit Information.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Deadly Collisions and Other Fatal Automobile Accidents Should Be Investigated to Prevent Similar Accidents by Texas Fatal Car Wreck Lawyer

Fatal Automobile Accidents Including Deadly Collisions Should Be Properly Investigated To Determine the Cause of the Fatal Accident and Help Prevent Future Similar Fatal Accidents by Texas Deadly Crash Lawyer and Texas Fatal Car Wreck Lawyer Jason S. Coomer  

Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Texas and in the United States.  What is extremely aggravating is that many of these accidents could have been prevented, if the cause of prior deadly accidents were properly investigated.  Whether an accident was caused by a product defect in a vehicle, dangerous road construction or design, or a drunk driver, identifying the cause of a deadly accident can often help prevent future accidents by removing unsafe vehicles, conditions, and drivers from our roads.

True Investigations of Deadly Accidents Are Rarely Done

Unfortunately, many deadly accidents are only investigated by law enforcement whose main goals are often to safely clear the accident scene and get traffic moving again.  These investigations are typically done very quickly without substantial documentation.  Understandably, many first responders have more immediate concerns than to do a thorough investigation regarding the causes of a fatal accident.  That being said, reviewing the accident report and speaking to first responders can often be beneficial in determining the actual cause of the accident.  

In addition to law enforcement, insurance companies, trucking companies, and other businesses also investigate deadly accidents, but unfortunately their goal is typically to limit their insured's or company's liability for the deadly collision.  These investigators are professionals paid to determine how an accident is not their client's fault.  Some will ultimately determine that their client has some fault, but investigators who commonly determine their company or their insured were at fault for deadly accidents typically do not succeed at insurance companies or in liability departments of large corporations.

Families of Victims Killed in Deadly Crashes Should Have Full Investigations of the Fatal Accident and May Have the Right to Compensation

If a family member of yours was killed in an automobile accident, truck collision, or motorcycle crash, it is important that you have a thorough investigation done of the deadly accident or crash.  It can help prevent future fatal accidents as well as make the responsible parties compensate the family of the victims.  For more information on accident investigations and potential compensation for family members, please go to the following web pages:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Texas Pedestrian Fatal Accidents Are Increasing as Distracted Drivers Are Creating Dangers for Pedestrians in Crosswalks by Texas Pedestrain Fatal Accident Lawyer

Texas Pedestrian Fatal Accidents and Texas Crosswalk Accidents Are Increasing as Distracted Drivers Are Creating Dangers for Pedestrians in Crosswalks by Texas Pedestrian Fatal Accident Lawyer and Texas Crosswalk Accident Lawyer Jason Coomer

Across the United States, 6,227 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2018, this is the highest number of people killed in pedestrian accidents in nearly 30 years. Texas is one of five states where over half of these fatal pedestrian accidents occurred.  Please see Why Pedestrian Deaths are at a 30 Year High.  The rise in fatal accidents has several potential causes, but distracted drivers and increased traffic are two of the more significant factors.  As such, it is extremely important to protect yourself from distracted drivers when you are walking or running near traffic areas as well as when you are driving, riding a bike, on a scooter, or on a motorcycle.

Texas Pedestrian Accident Claims and Texas Crosswalk Accident Claims

When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the damage to the pedestrian can often cause serious injuries or even death.  In almost all pedestrian accident cases, the accident causes significant injuries and damages that all insurance and other sources of recovery should be considered.  Having an experienced lawyer review the case and potential sources of recovery is often critical in being able to pay for necessary medical treatment, lost wages, physical impairment, mental anguish, and other damages suffered in the accident.

For more information on Texas Pedestrian Accident Claims, please go to the following web pages:  Texas Crosswalk Accident Lawsuit and Texas School Crossing Accident Lawsuit Information and Texas Fatal Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit Information.

Texas Driver's Handbook (Cautions Drivers that Pedestrians have the Right of Way) 

The Texas Driver's Handbook is very clear that pedestrian's have the right of way on Texas roads.  It warns drivers to avoid turning their vehicles into a deadly weapon and to always be aware of any pedestrians.  This rule is especially true when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk or in a schooling crossing.  In these situations, pedestrians always have the right of way.  Please be aware of pedestrians when you are driving, especially when you are in school zones and around crosswalks.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Rideshare Safety Alert: Texas Rideshare Lawsuits Are on the Rise as Rideshare Drivers Cause Wrecks and Assault Passengers by Texas Rideshare Lawyer

Rideshare Safety Alert: Texas Rideshare Lawsuits Are on the Rise as Negligent and Intoxicated Rideshare Drivers Cause Wrecks and Criminal Rideshare Drivers Assault Passengers by Texas Rideshare Lawyer Jason Coomer

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services are now common throughout Texas.  Many people use rideshare services for their transportation needs when traveling in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.  From using rideshare for a night out on the town to taking an Uber to the airport, getting into a vehicle with the wrong rideshare driver can result in serious collisions or sexual assaults.  Hopefully, you are never in a rideshare accident and you are never the victim of a rideshare crime or rideshare accident, but if you are it is important to understand the basics of Texas rideshare lawsuits and gather information regarding any accident or crime that occurs during a rideshare.  For more information on this topic, please feel free to go to the following web page:  Austin Rideshare Lawsuit Information.

Rideshares Are a Convenient Form of Transportation 

Some of the advantages of taking a rideshare is that you do not have to pay close attention to traveling to a location, parking at that location, or battling traffic.  Moreover, you can even travel after a few drinks or a night out.   However, despite these advantages, it is important to still be aware of your environment including the actions of your rideshare driver.  Below are a few tips in dealing with potentially problematic rideshare drivers.

Negligent and Intoxicated Rideshare Drivers

If you get into a rideshare vehicle and discover the driver is intoxicated, it is import to protect yourself by safely ending the ride as soon as possible.  Likewise, if you experience reckless or negligent driving during a rideshare, it is important to protect yourself and seek to safely limit the danger by ending the trip as soon as possible, then reporting the negligent or reckless driver.

Sexual Assault and Other Crimes Committed by Rideshare Drivers

If you meet or get into a rideshare vehicle and immediately do not trust the rideshare driver, it is important not to get into their vehicle or safely end the rideshare as soon as possible.  This tip is especially important if you are traveling alone, intoxicated, traveling to an unfamiliar place, or are without means of communication to call for help, if necessary.  If a crime has been committed during a rideshare, it is important to get someplace safe and out of the control of the rideshare driver.  It is also important to gather all the evidence you can of the crime and report the crime to law enforcement as well as the rideshare company.  If necessary, a lawyer can often help report the crime and gather evidence of the crime.  

Most Rideshares Are Safe But Remember the Rideshare Driver Is In Control 

Overall most rideshare travel is safe and convenient.  Most drivers want high ratings from their passengers and will work to transport their riders safely to their desired location.  However, when you get into a strange vehicle with a rideshare driver, remember they are in control.  Your safety and life are now in their control.  Be smart and safe while using rideshare services.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Texas Pedicab Accident Lawyer Handles Texas Pedicab Accident Lawsuits by Texas Pedicab Injury Lawyer

Texas Pedicab Fatal Accident Lawyer and Texas Pedicab Serious Injury Lawyer Handles Texas Pedicab Accident Lawsuits Where People Have Been Seriously Injured or Killed in Pedicab Accident by Texas Pedicab Injury Lawyer and Texas Pedicab Fatal Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer 

Pedicabs often travel in congested traffic areas and can have accidents that cause serious injuries or death.  Texas pedicab accident lawyer, Jason Coomer helps people who have been injured by the negligence of careless, reckless, and negligent drivers including pedicab operators. He investigates automobile versus cyclist accidents as well as automobile versus pedestrian accidents that have seriously injured or killed people.  For more information on Texas Pedicab Accident Lawsuits, please go to the following web page: Texas Pedicab Injury Lawyer Information.

Texas Back Injury Lawyer Handles Serious Back Injury Lawsuits Including Texas Herniated Disc Lawsuits by Texas Back Injury Lawyer

Texas Back Injury Lawyer and Texas Operated Back Lawyer Handles Serious Back Injury Lawsuits Including Texas Severed Spinal Cord Lawsuits, Texas Crushed Disc Lawsuits, and Texas Herniated Disc Lawsuits by Texas Serious Back Injury Lawyer, Texas Traumatic Back Crushed Disc Lawyer, and Texas Herniated Discs Lawyer Jason Coomer

Serious back injuries including disc herniations and damaged vertebrae can be some of the most painful and difficult injuries that a person can suffer.  These injuries often cause pain and paralysis as well as require significant medical treatment.  Moreover, traumatic injuries to the back can often cause permanent impairment resulting in lost work.   Back injuries often occur through traumatic events such as car accidents, serious falls, and being struck by falling objects. For more information on this topic, please go the following web page: Texas Serious Back Injury Lawyer Information.
   
Traumatic Back Injuries Can Include Severed Spinal Cords, Crushed Discs, Bulged Discs, and Herniated Discs Which Require Surgery or Treatment 
The human spinal cord is basically a bundle of nerves which is surrounded by 33 bones or vertebrae.  Located between each vertebrae is a spinal disc which is a liquid filled disc shaped pouch.  These discs are stacked on top of one another and act as shock absorbers allowing the spine to flex, bend, and twist.  When functioning properly, the vertebrae and discs protect the spinal cord allowing nerve impulses to travel from and to the brain to other parts of the body.  This allows us to experience sensations, move our bodies, and control many bodily functions.

Unfortunately, a traumatic back injury can cause significant damage to a person's back including to a person's vertebrae resulting in impingement and lack of support requiring surgery.  Traumatic injuries can also cause crushed discs, bulged discs, or herniated discs which may also require surgery. Damage to vertebrae or discs typically require an MRI and experienced neurologist or orthopedic doctor to identify.  For this reason whenever you or a family member are involved in a serious car accident, traumatic fall, or are struck resulting in serious injuries to the back, it is often best to seek good medical treatment and examination to determine the full extent on an injury.  

The human body has remarkable healing potential, but it is important to make sure that back injury is properly treated and any significant damage to a back is not made worse by attempting to push through the pain or while on pain medication.  

Friday, March 8, 2019

International Telecommunications Bribe Lawyer Represents Telecom Professionals Who Want to Anonymously Expose Telecom Industry Bribery Schemes and Earn Financial Rewards by International Telecom Bribe Lawyer

International Telecommunications Bribe Lawyer Represents Whistleblowers Who Have Original Knowledge of Large Telecommunications Industry Bribery Schemes And Want To Collect Financial Rewards For Properly Exposing Bribes to Government Officials by International Telecommunication Bribe Lawyer & International Telecom Bribery Scheme Lawyer Jason Coomer

International telecommunications professionals who have original knowledge of large telecommunications bribes can earn large financial rewards by anonymously exposing these telecom industry bribery schemes through an international telecommunications bribe lawyer.  The telecommunication professionals are encouraged to use an international telecommunications bribe lawyer because the lawyer can confidentially review the potential bounty action as well as anonymously report the illegal telecom bribe for the professional.  The lawyer's confidential review can determine the strength of the potential bounty action and properly report the corruption whereas the anonymous reporting can help protect the telecommunications profession's identity.  For more information on this international telecommunications bribe bounty actions, please go to the follow web page: International Telecommunications Bribe Bounty Action Information.

Telecommunications Professionals Should Understand That Telecom Bribes Can Be Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Illegal telecommunications bribes and kickbacks to government officials are most common in Russia, China, Mexico, Brazil, and India.  These countries have long standing traditions of corruption where large companies pay bribes to government officials for large telecommunications contracts.  Telecommunications professionals who work in these countries are strongly encouraged to expose any large telecom bribes.  The telecommunications professionals should also be aware that telecommunications companies who pay bribes to government officials or provide illegal kickbacks to government officials for telecom contracts may be violating the foreign corrupt practices act and may be subject to criminal actions as well as to these large bounty actions.

Below are examples of recent telecommunications bribes that have resulted large settlements for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
 
Mobile Telesystems Pjsc and Its Uzbek Subsidiary Enter into Resolutions of $850 Million with the Department of Justice for Paying Bribes in Uzbekistan
Moscow-based Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS), the largest mobile telecommunications company in Russia and an issuer of publicly traded securities in the United States, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, KOLORIT DIZAYN INK LLC (KOLORIT), have entered into resolutions with the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and agreed to pay a combined total penalty of $850 million to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan.  In addition, charges were unsealed today against a former Uzbek official who is the daughter of the former president of Uzbekistan and against the former CEO of Uzdunrobita LLC, another MTS subsidiary, for their participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving more than $865 million in bribes from MTS, VimpelCom Limited (now VEON) and Telia Company AB (Telia) to the former Uzbek official in order to secure her assistance in entering and maintaining their business operations in Uzbekistans telecommunications market.

VimpelCom Limited and Unitel LLC Enter into Global Foreign Bribery Resolution of More Than $795 Million; United States Seeks $850 Million Forfeiture in Corrupt Proceeds of Bribery Scheme
Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Limited, the worlds sixth-largest telecommunications company and an issuer of publicly traded securities in the United States, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, Unitel LLC, entered into resolutions with the Department of Justice today in which they admitted to a conspiracy to make more than $114 million in bribery payments to a government official in Uzbekistan between 2006 and 2012 to enable them to enter and continue operating in the Uzbek telecommunications market.

In a related action, the department also filed a civil complaint today seeking the forfeiture of more than $550 million held in Swiss bank accounts, which constitute bribe payments made by VimpelCom and two separate telecommunications companies, or funds involved in the laundering of those payments, to the Uzbek official.  The forfeiture complaint follows an earlier civil complaint filed on June 29, 2015, which seeks forfeiture of more than $300 million in bank and investment accounts held in Belgium, Luxembourg and Ireland that also constitute funds traceable to bribes, or funds involved in the laundering of the bribes, paid by VimpelCom and another telecommunications company to the same Uzbek official.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Texas Ruptured Aneurysm Lawyer Handles Antibiotic Ruptured Aneurysm Lawsuits by Texas Ruptured Aneurysm Lawyer

Texas Ruptured Aneurysm Lawyer and Texas Stroke Lawyer Handles Antibiotic Ruptured Aneurysm Lawsuits and Antibiotic Stroke Lawsuits by Texas Ruptured Aneurysm Lawyer and Texas Stroke Lawyer Jason Coomer

Recent scientific studies have shown that several antibiotic drugs may cause an increased risk of aortic aneurysms which may cause fatal aneurysms and strokes.  Persons taking antibiotics including Avelox, Baxdela, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, and Noroxin should be aware of the potential dangers and health risks.  More specifically, persons with cardiovascular issues should discuss the potential health risks of Avelox, Baxdela, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, and Noroxin with their medical provider prior to any long term use.  For more information on this topic please go to the following web page: Ruptured Aneurysm Health Risk: Persons Taking Antibiotics Including Avelox, Baxdela, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, and Noroxin Should Be Aware of a Potential Increased Health Risk of Ruptured Aneurysms.

Fatal Aneurysms and Fatal Strokes Related to Long Term or Short Term Use of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Should Be Reported to the FDA and Prescribing Medical Doctor

If you have been taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics including Avelox, Baxdela, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, or Noroxin and have been diagnosed with an aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, brain aneurysm, ruptured aneurysm, or a stroke; or you have lost a loved one that was taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics including Avelox, Baxdela, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin, or Noroxin and the lost loved one was diagnosed with an aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, ruptured aneurysm, or stroke, please report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor and FDA as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Texas Lost Investment Lawyer Represents Investors Who Have Lost Significant Wealth Due to Financial Professional Fraud, Negligence, or other Malfeasance by Texas Lost Investment Lawyer

Texas Lost Investment Lawyer Represents Investors Who Have Lost Significant Wealth Due to Financial Professional Fraud, Negligence, or other Malfeasance by Texas Lost Investment Lawyer and Texas Investment Loss Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Recent decisions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have imposed over $1.4 billion in penalties on several top investment banks, brokerage firms, and brokers.  There are also numerous stories about investment fraud and people who have lost significant wealth due to the malfeasance of financial professionals.  As such, it is important to protect yourself when investing money as well as to keep track of all the money you have invested.  Further, if you believe that a significant amount of wealth has been taken from you or a loved one, it is important to gather all records regarding the investment including any financial statements, sign up documentation, online records, and any written warnings or warranties that might have been made.  After reviewing this information you feel that your financial professional has not been honest and has caused you to suffer significant investment losses, your best bet to recover your losses from investment fraud or securities fraud losses may be to speak to an experienced lawyer regarding your investment losses.  For more information regarding Texas lost investment lawsuits, please feel free to go to the following web page: Texas Lost Investment Lawyer Information.

SEC Bounty Actions Create Economic Incentives To Encourage All Persons With Knowledge of Illegal Insider Trading to Properly Expose Illegal Insider Trading

In addition to Texas Lost Investment Lawsuits, large financial investment firms who are committing large and systematic investment fraud, may be the target of SEC Bounty Actions.  These Bounty Actions are designed to detect large scale and systematic investment fraud.  By offering large rewards for proper reporting of investment fraud, investors and financial professionals are encouraged to report large scale fraud schemes.  These Bounty Actions require original knowledge securities fraud including executive insider trades, hedge fund insider trades, private equity fund fraud, false misleading information on a company's financial statements, false information on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, stock manipulation schemes; or embezzlement by stockbrokers.  For more information on SEC Bounty Actions, please go to the following web page: SEC Bounty Action Lawsuit Information.

Several Forms of Investment Fraud Can Be The Basis for Texas Lost Investment Lawsuits and SEC Bounty Actions

In reviewing any investment, an investor should know that investing in the stock market or any investment can be a risky proposition. Markets and investments can fluctuate and the majority of investment losses result from such fluctuations rather than from stock broker fraud or misconduct. However, investment fraud and malfeasance do happen, and there are several forms of stock broker misconduct including:
  • Churning
  • Excessive Trading
  • Unsuitable Investments
  • Misrepresentation
  • Purchase of Unsuitable Securities
  • Investing in Variable Annuities/Variable Universal Life Policies
  • Risky or negligent Retirement Planning
  • Unauthorized Trading
  • Failure to Advise of Risky Investments
  • Unauthorized Risk Profile Changes

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Texas Government Contractor Fraud Lawyer Helps Whistleblowers Report Fraud and Collect Rewards by Texas Government Contractor Fraud Lawyer

Texas Government Contractor Fraud Lawyer Helps Whistleblowers Report Government Contractor Fraud and Collect Rewards by Texas Government Fraud Lawyer Jason Coomer

The Federal False Claims Act allows professionals who properly expose government contractor fraud to earn large rewards.  Federal government contractor fraud can include Defense Contractor Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Road Construction Contractor Fraud, Public Works Contractor Fraud, Technology Contractor Fraud, and other types of federal government contractor fraud.  For more information on government contractor fraud, please go to the following web page: Federal Government Federal Fraud False Claims Act Lawsuit Information.

Health Care Fraud Under the Federal False Claims Act and State Medicaid Fraud Statutes

The United States Department of Justice, several state attorney generals, and many whistleblowers have been cracking down on fraud that is being committed against the United States and other government health benefits including Medicare Fraud, Tricare Fraud, Nursing Home Fraud, Hospice Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Off Label Drug Fraud, and Pharmaceutical Marketing Fraud.  The Federal False Claims Act has helped the federal government recover over $59 Billion from parties committing government fraud.  A large portion of this recovery is Medicare fraud/Medicaid fraud which is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.  For more information on Health Care Fraud under the Federal False Claims Act and State Medicaid Fraud Statutes, please go to the following web pages: Health Care Fraud Information, Texas Medicare Fraud Lawyer Information, and Texas False Claims Act Medicaid Fraud Information.

Large Financial Rewards Are Being Offered to Professionals Who Properly Expose Large Scale Defense Contractor Fraud

Approximately five hundred billion dollars ($500,000,000,000.00) in defense contracts have been awarded to defense contractors in the state of Texas since 2002.  Including in these defense contracts is an estimated 10 to 20% fraudulent defense contracts. For this reason, the government is offering large financial rewards to people with original knowledge of significant defense contractor fraud including the sale of defective weapons, vehicles, ammunition, technology, and equipment that has been committed by any of these contractors.   These rewards are designed to encourage professionals with original knowledge of large scale government fraud to step forward to expose government fraud.  The first step for many of these professionals is to obtain a confidential review of their potential case to determine if their potential case may be a viable whistleblower reward case.   For more information on Defense Contractor Fraud, please go to the following web page: Texas Defense Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Information.

Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyer Handles Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawsuits, Government Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Davis Bacon Wage Qui Tam Lawsuits, Government Contractor False Certification of Goods and Services Lawsuits, and Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawsuits

Government contractor procurement fraud has increased as some government contractors and subcontractors have defrauded the government by providing defective goods, cross charging, made false certification of services provided, charged for services not provided, charged for goods not provided, violated the Truth-in-Negotiations Act ("TINA"), and made improper cost allocations. Whistleblowers that have independent knowledge of procurement fraud committed against the government by government contractors and subcontractors can blow the whistle on the procurement fraud and if they are the first to provide notice of the fraud can recover a large financial reward for helping the government identify and stop procurement fraud.  For more information on Government Contractor Procurement Fraud, please go to the following web page: Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer Information.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer Represents Patent Owners Who Want Contingent and Hybrid Contracts by Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer

Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer Represents Patent Owners Who Want Contingent and Hybrid Contracts by Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer and Texas Contingent Patent Litigation Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, represents business owners, inventors, and other patent holders in a variety of technology areas. In representing patent holders against large corporations on contingent or hybrid contracts he often builds strong litigation teams with scientific knowledge of many areas of technology including Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Software, Digital Rights Management, Communication Protocols, Data Encryption and Access Control, Biochemistry and Protein Engineering, Wireless Communications, Internet Search Technology, Clean Energy Technology, Compression Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Automation Technology, Big Data Technology, Data Security Technology, Logistics Technology, Augmented Reality Technology, Internet of Things Technology, Cloud Technology, Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, and Energy Technology. He also commonly brings in litigation teams with deeps pockets and the ability to litigate against large corporations who have infringed on patents and are willing to spend a significant amount of resources to litigate a patent litigation lawsuit.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web page: Texas Technology Patent Litigation Lawyer Information.

Texas Contingent Patent Litigation Lawyer and Texas Contingent Business Litigation Lawyer Represents Clients in Patent and Business Litigation 

Handles Contingent Patent Infringement Litigation and Other Contingent Business Litigation
Texas Contingent Patent Lawyer Jason Coomer works with clients from throughout the United States and the World on patent and business litigation.  In doing so, he understands that many businesses and individuals require contingent contracts to properly litigate their cases.  As such, he commonly reviews large patent litigations cases and other large business litigation cases to determine if he and his co-counsel can take the case on a contingent or a hybrid contract.  In reviewing this cases, he needs to be able to review sufficient evidence to show that there is a likelihood to win significant damages if he and/or his co-counsel take the case.  In handling large contingent patent and business litigation cases, he commonly works with other Business Litigation Lawyers throughout the United States and the World.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web page: Texas Contingent Patent Litigation Lawyer and Texas Contingent Business Litigation Lawyer Information.

 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Texas Uber Crash Lawyer Handles Texas Uber Crash Lawsuits by Texas Uber Crash Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Texas Uber Crash Lawyer and Texas Uber Accident Lawyer Handles Texas Uber Crash Lawsuits and Texas Uber Accident Lawsuits Where Uber Drivers Cause Serious Injuries or Fatal Injuries by Texas Uber Crash Lawyer and Texas Uber Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer 

Uber is a rapidly growing company that provides a convenient method of transportation for millions of users.  However, some Uber drivers are careless, reckless, or intoxicated drivers who should not be driving and are a danger to Uber passengers and others.  Texas Uber crash lawyer, Jason Coomer, handles Uber accidents where a careless, drunk, reckless, or negligent Uber driver causes an accident which results in personal injuries or death.  He represents people that have been injured in crashes and the families of those who have been  fatally injured in accidents.  For more information on this topic, please go to the following web page: Texas Uber Accident Lawyer and Texas Uber Wreck Lawyer Information.

As Uber Continues to Expand Texas Uber Accidents Are Increasing

Every year truck, motorcycle, bus, car, and other automobile collisions kill and seriously injure a large number of Texans. In fact, auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Texas and in the United States. Many of these accidents are caused by drunk drivers, over worked negligent drivers, under maintained vehicles, and careless young drivers.  Additionally, a growing number of these accidents are being caused by Uber drivers who 1) are drunk or intoxicated, 2) driving carelessly, or 3) are tired and over worked.

If you believe that your Uber driver is drunk or intoxicated, driving recklessly, or is dangerously tired and overworked, it is important that you first protect yourself, then report the dangerous activity.  If your Uber driver causes a serious accident, it is important that medical treatment is given to anyone seriously injured and that a police report is made of the accident.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Military Tinnitus Lawsuits and Military Hearing Loss Lawsuits Are Being Filed On Behalf of Military Service Members Who Were Given Faulty Earplugs by Texas Military Tinnitus Lawyer

Military Tinnitus Lawsuits and Military Hearing Loss Lawsuits Are Being Filed on Behalf of Military Service Members Who Were Given Faulty Earplugs Which Failed to Protect Their Hearing by Texas Military Tinnitus Lawyer and Texas Military Hearing Loss Lawyer

Faulty Military Earplug Lawyers are filing lawsuits across the country on behalf of military service members who have suffered hearing damage as a result of faulty military earplugs. These lawsuits allege that 3M Company furnished U.S. service members with earplugs that it knew were defective. Further, these military hearing loss lawsuits allege that 3M dual-ended combat earplugs may have caused thousands of military service members to suffer from hearing related injuries. If you have suffered hearing related injuries due to your military service after using the 3M dual-ended combat earplugs, please report the adverse condition to a medical doctor as soon as possible.  For more information on military tinnitus lawsuits and military hearing loss lawsuits, please go to the following web page: Faulty Military Earplug Lawsuit and Military Tinnitus Lawsuit Information.

Military Tinnitus Lawsuits and Military Hearing Lawsuits Allege That Faulty Earplugs Have Caused Injuries to Military Service Members Resulting in Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

The suits allege that the numerous veterans and active duty military have suffered hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) because the 3M duel-ended combat earplugs did not properly protect them against loud noise and sounds such as gunshots, loud machinery, and battlefield explosion.

Further, many of these military service personnel are now symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus.  Below are a few symptoms that have been reported.
  • Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  • Muffled speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations and avoidance of some social settings