Author Archives: Jay Butchko
What’s The Difference Between A TBI And An ABI?
Sudden extreme motion or other force usually causes a Traumatic Brain Injury. Medical conditions, like strokes and birth complications, usually cause Acquired Brain Injuries. Unlike TBIs, ABIs, which are usually related to hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), often occur slowly over time. Over five million Americans live with a TBI or ABI…. Read More »
Left Hook And Right Cross Bicycle Accidents In Texas
Since 2010, bicycle crashes in Texas have seriously injured more than 10,000 people. Other than thin plastic or foam bicycle helmets, which many riders don’t wear, bicyclists are completely exposed to danger. Given the size and speed of today’s cars and trucks, that danger is considerable. That’s especially true in the kinds of bicycle… Read More »
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
When pedestrians are killed or seriously injured, these incidents may be unintentional, but they are not accidents. People accidentally leave the water running. They don’t accidentally strike pedestrians who are in a crosswalk or directly in their path. When people make such mistakes, they should accept the consequences of those mistakes. In this context,… Read More »
Do I Automatically Get A Wrongful Death Settlement?
Out-of-court settlements, which resolve over 95 percent of the wrongful death claims in Texas, end cases sooner. As a result, survivors get their checks sooner and are able to move on with their lives sooner. These resolutions also give both parties more control over the outcome. However, there’s no guarantee that an insurance company… Read More »
Feds Look To Change Trucker Safety Rules
Since the pandemic lockdown, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has repeatedly watered down key safety laws. The latest effort moves in the opposite direction. A 2017 review of the 2015 FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act determined that the current safety record system was “sound.” But the National Academies of Sciences suggested that… Read More »
Contributory Negligence And Car Crash Claims
Insurance companies in the United States earn more than $1 trillion per year. They have the resources to hire defense lawyers who often charge more than $1,000 per hour. These attorneys spend lots of time researching the ever-changing law, looking for legal loopholes that reduce or deny compensation to victims. All these loopholes basically… Read More »
Hit And Run Driver Slams Into Ambulance
Two firefighters were seriously injured when an SUV t-boned an ambulance. The driver immediately fled the scene and is still at large. The wreck happened near the intersection of Parker Road at Airline Drive at around 3 a.m. According to HPD, an ambulance, which didn’t contain any civilians, was driving southbound on Airline when… Read More »
The Five Types Of Car Crash PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects about half of all car crash victims in Texas. Contrary to popular myth, PTSD is not a fright-related processing disorder. Instead, it’s a stress-related brain injury. Car crashes, military combat, sexual assaults, and other extreme trauma events alter the brain’s chemical composition. The amygdala (part of the brain that… Read More »
Legal Options In Dog Bite Cases
In 2021, homeowners insurance companies paid almost $900 million to settle dog bite injury claims. Texas had one of the leading per-case averages, at almost $40,000 per settlement. These incidents often cause catastrophic physical and emotional injuries. Both kinds of injuries usually never entirely heal. Doctors, emotional therapists, and physical therapists do their best…. Read More »
Grocery Store Falls From The Inside Out
Slip-and-fall injuries at grocery stores are, by far, the leading cause of customer and employee injuries. These incidents are also responsible for the majority of grocery store liability insurance claims. Especially if the victim has a pre-existing condition, slip-and-falls usually cause serious injuries, such as broken bones and head injuries. These wounds often cost… Read More »