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If you have just suffered the loss of a loved one to a tragic accident, there are no words to adequately address how you must be feeling. An important step, along with grieving and beginning the arduous path to healing, is finding out how to address your loss legally so you can protect your rights as a surviving spouse, child or parent.
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2007 according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of the 267,305 people injured and over 3,400 people killed on Texas roadways in 2007, there were some who were injured or killed by commercial motor vehicles.
A catastrophe, according to Dictionary.com, is a sudden, widespread disaster; any misfortune, mishap or failure; fiasco. Injuries are quite often an inevitable result of catastrophe.
Unnecessary harm perpetrated against the elderly has grown exponentially in the United States over the past 10 years. One study illustrated a 1000% increase in nursing home neglect and abuse, negligence, gross negligence, intentional torts, wrongful death and criminal acts against the elderly since 1995.
Motor vehicle accidents occur when we least expect them – and usually when we can least afford them. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are so much a part of our daily lives that accidents are inevitable for a great many of us. Unfortunately, in our country more than 40,000 people are killed each year, and over 2.5 million are injured from nearly six million crashes.
When bad things happen to our loved ones in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, hospices or other managed care facilities, the initial question is whether the fall, the broken bone, the pressure sore, the medication overdose, or the death was one of pure accident or abuse or neglect. Other tragic events that have been known happen to some nursing home residents include assault, malnutrition, dehydration, mental/emotional abuse, involuntary seclusion, and sexual abuse.
There are few things more devastating than getting a phone call and hearing the voice on the other end tell you that your loved one was killed in an accident on the job. When a horrific explosion rips apart the refinery where your loved one worked, the message you get on the phone is made that much worse when you imagine the destruction and panic that accompanied such a terrible event. After the initial shock of such tragedy settles, the looming question is “Why?”
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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asbestosis is:
A serious, progressive, long-term disease of the lungs. Employees who worked in mining, construction, fire-proofing, paints and plastics production and brake and clutch linings production – mostly in the early to mid-70’s – may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Although not always fatal, asbestosis can lead to two types of cancer, which quite often are fatal. They are lung cancer and Mesothelioma. The costs of living with lung disease of any sort can soar – even if you have insurance. Proper representation will enable you to protect your rights under the law if you are affected by asbestosis.
Benzene is a carcinogen. It has been shown to cause leukemia and other types of cancer. Benzene leaks from underground storage tanks can leak into groundwater. Chad Pinkerton is experienced in handling benzene exposure cases, and is trained to use his skill and experience to fight for you and your loved one’s rights – and to hold the right people responsible for the injury and losses. Chad’s medical training, coupled with his legal expertise and experience, makes him the right representative to have on your side.
Pharmaceutical companies operate based on numbers. The more drugs they sell, the wealthier they get. Yes, they create many drugs and medical devices that help many people, but they also release drugs that do great harm. Drug companies’ negligence is mainly based on their prematurely releasing drugs and medical devices without proper or enough prior research and development.
Fires – explosions – poison gas leaks. These petrochemical or industrial accidents are life changing, if not life ending.
The Texas City British Petroleum (“BP”) explosion in 2005 that killed 15 and injured 170 was a tragic example of corporate negligence. The company’s lack of proper safety protocols for the maintenance and use of dangerous equipment or hazardous materials produced dire and extremely expensive results. British Petroleum is the third largest refinery in the nation with profits of $19 billion in 2005. Innocent people put their trust in this corporate giant to ensure their safety, but BP failed to protect the health and safety of its workers. This explosion was the worst workplace accident since 1989.
Drugs are the key element of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. Companies in North and South America own over fifty percent of that industry. Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline earned 50 billion dollars and 39 billion dollars respectively in 2005.
Clearly, society sees value in managing their health issues with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Companies providing the drugs have a duty similar to those making medical devices. Drug companies must perform adequate research and development as well as warn the public of potential side effects and other issues that arise on a timely and effective basis.
Transvaginal mesh (TVM), sometimes referred to as a bladder sling, is a medical device that is used to provide external support to weakened or damaged organs. The mesh is implanted through the vagina and is used like a sling to provide support for the pelvic or lower abdominal organs. In 2010, more than 75,000 received women receive received mesh implants primarily to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
A large, strong, profitable company is usually made up of many different types of people making important decisions everyday. One wrong decision by a single person or a group of people can affect the many. When millions of dollars are at issue, it can be very tempting to make false claims regarding revenue or bids to the government.
Recent clinical studies have linked numerous antidepressant medications such as Zoloft to child birth defects and other complications if taken by women who are pregnant. Women who take Zoloft or other antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) at any point during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with serious congenital heart deformities or other complications at birth.
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Divorce can be a painful experience, but sometimes ending a marriage is unavoidable. Our priority is to answer all of your questions and to carefully explain the law as it relates to your unique situation. We will then work to create a plan to best advance your interests and protect your rights. Whether you are involved in a contested or uncontested divorce case, our attorneys understand there are complex issues arising from a divorce and will guide you through those stressful moments.
Courts will consider many factors when making a decision on child custody and visitation rights. You need a trusted advisor who can explain the process and provide personalized representation. Often times a child’s best interest is a difficult thing to determine, and one parent may have more rights than the other parent or the parents may share the rights.
Child support is money a parent pays to someone else to help support his or her child, and every parent must support their children financially even when there is no court order requiring it. The amount of child support you are entitled to receive (or obligated to pay) will depend on the noncustodial parent’s (the parent that is not the primary residential parent) net income and how many children he or she is responsible for supporting.
Prenuptial agreements are made by couples before marriage concerning the ownership of their respective assets if the marriage should fail. This way you and your future spouse make your own decisions about the terms of your marriage. Don’t rely on Texas state law to make important decisions for you in the event of a divorce. Find out how well-crafted prenuptial agreements can protect the interests of both parties.
Adoption is when a person permanently assumes all rights and responsibilities of another (usually a child) from the biological parent or parents. Adoption is often a complex and emotional journey for which you will want to be prepared. Let the attorneys at the Pinkerton Law Firm guide you through the Texas adoption process
Modification is the process by which the terms of a divorce decree can be changed. A court may also modify provisions for custody (conservatorship), visitation, and child support and the grounds for such should be discussed with our attorneys.
Court orders may be enforced by asking a judge to hold a person “in contempt of court” and thus may be fined or placed in jail. However, not all court orders are enforceable by contempt. Contact the attorneys at the Pinkerton Law Firm today to find out more about how enforcing court orders.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You do not pay anything unless we recover money damages for you. We pay all expenses in the case. You will only pay the expenses back if we win money for you. You will never receive a bill from the firm on your personal injury case. We work for free and pay all expenses at our own risk until we get you the money you deserve in your case. If we recover money for you, then the firm generally receives 40% of the reward, plus a dollar for dollar return on all expenses. Nevertheless, we work with all our clients to ensure that they are happy with the fee split once the case is resolved. It would be a very unusual circumstance where the client did not receive at least half of the money he or she was awarded and most of the time it is substantially more than half.
You will have to contact the firm through this website or via the phone. You will then need to sign a written agreement. The agreement that you will sign with The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC is typical of those used by lawyers in the State of Texas and the firm only used approved language and provisions from the State Bar of Texas.
The Pinkerton Law Firm has handled a wide array of mass torts, ranging from plant explosions to defect pharmaceutical drugs that failed to warn of harmful side effects. Here is a list of catastrophic events and defective products that the Pinkerton law firm has filed mass tort actions on behalf of those injured: 2005 Texas City BP Explosion; Zoloft and SSRI Drug Defects; 2010 BP Chemical Release; 2011 BP Chemical Release; Trans Vaginal Mesh defects; Port Arthur Oil Spill; BP Horizon/Gulf Oil Spill; 2012 Chevron Refinery Fire, and; 2013 West Fertilizer Explosion.
The Pinkerton Law Firm offers respected family law attorneys that utilize litigation strategy to zealously advocate for our clients. We are able to achieve exceptional results for our clients due in part to our proactive and aggressive pursuit of their goals.
The Pinkerton Law Firm zealously pursues our client’s goals in family law matters. In our most recent divorce trial, for example, the court awarded our client a disproportionate share of the community estate. Many cases, however, are resolved prior to trial through mediation and negotiation. In a recent mediation, our client, the father, was named the parent with the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child. Each case is different and thus is treated with specialized attention to meet the client’s particular needs.
“Chad Pinkerton is always ready to go the distance. He goes for the jugular. In my book, that is the only way to fight.”
– Wayne Dolcefino
“This is a man you want on your side…and, you certainly don’t want to see him on the other side.”
– Houston Attorney
“Brilliant, proven force of nature, roll-in-the mud, bareknuckle-brawling, get-it-on, gun-slinging type of lawyer.”
– Wayne Dolcefino
“Voted one of the TOP 10 Lawyers in Texas.”
– TOPS in America
“One of this generation’s best legal minds.”
Galveston County District Judge
“Chad is a bulldog that is not to be toyed with. The ‘Lawyer Warrior’ is truly a beast. If I see him on the other side, I know I have my hands full. He’s smart and he fights hard.”
– Houston Attorney