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Fort Worth’s Bike-Share Program ROLLS out!

It is an exciting time for the city of Fort Worth as the bike-share program starts. http://fortworthbikesharing.org/ The city’s bike-sharing program began Monday, and cyclists are hoping it will gradually change the city’s car culture, two wheels at a time. Wells, Purcell & Kraatz are thrilled that a bike station is located near our office (Magnolia) in the Near Southside. What are your thoughts on the bike program? Read more here Fort Worth bike-share @ startelegram.com

Breaking News

Tragic crash kills three on Jacksboro Highway… http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/28/4809622/3-killed-in-fiery-collision-on.html#my-headlines-default As Texas attorneys practicing for over 25 years, we have litigated all manner of personal injury cases. We use this blog as a place to write articles on many topics and as a means of sharing news stories relevant to personal injury accidents. If you have input on this post or would like to share an experience or question, please complete the form below. Our office staff are also available to answer your questions @ 817-335-5525.

West, Texas explosion, Ways to Help

“Our hearts are broken after hearing about the tragedy in west Texas on the heels of the terrible situation in Boston. Several Fort Worth firefighters are on their way now to assist our west Texas partners. We’ll pray for their safe return, and we will continue to pray for all the victims and their families.”- Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price Wells, Purcell & Kraatz send our sincere gratitude and prayers to the first responders and heartfelt sympathy to all of the people and families affected by this tragedy. Below are ways you can help: The Central Texas Blood and Tissue… Read More

Bus Bound for Casino Crashes

According to reports the bus veered across a busy freeway and crashed after a possible tire blowout.  Carter Bloodcare is seeking blood donations, saying supplies were low before the crash that injured 41 people. To donate, contact Carter Bloodcare at 800-366-2834 orwww.carterbloodcare.org http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/11/4769446/2-killed-41-injured-as-bus-bound.html We use this blog as a place to write opinion / editorial articles on a variety of topics and as a means of sharing news stories relevant to personal injury accidents. We would like to hear from you. If you have input on this post or would like to share an experience or question, please comment in the… Read More

Subrogation Disputes over Personal Injury Recoveries

Even though you pursue a third party personal injury claim, you still have medical bills to pay before the claim is settled. Many people have their health insurance cover medical expenses while their case is ongoing. After all, they or their employers pay insurance premiums for the purpose of receiving health care, so they may as well benefit from the policy. What is subrogation? What many people do not realize is that health care insurance companies often seek reimbursement of medical expenses when injury victims receive a settlement or award through verdict. This practice is called subrogation. Subrogation used to… Read More

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice: Doctors Do Not Have Enough Insurance When recovering damages in a medical malpractice case, two main factors are involved: The seriousness of the injury The source of compensation for damages Unless injuries are serious, which would allow for a large settlement or award, the costs to bring a malpractice case may be prohibitive. The party to the lawsuit must also be a source of compensation, whether through insurance coverage or available assets. The Wall Street Journal addressed medical malpractice insurance in an article entitled “In Malpractice Trials, Juries Rarely Have the Last Word.“ The article described two different cases,… Read More

Medicare and Medicaid Subrogation Is a Long Bureaucratic Process

Just as insurance companies seek reimbursement through subrogation, Medicaid and Medicare also have legal rights to subrogation. Medicare’s rights to subrogation in personal injury or wrongful death settlements are outlined by 42 United States Code 1395y(b)(2)(B)(iii). Medicare liens The main difference between Medicare and other liens is that Medicare liens take priority when attaching to settlements or judgment awards. The insurance carrier paying a settlement, attorneys, and personal injury client are all liable for reimbursing Medicare. If the Medicare lien exceeds the total amount of recovery, Medicare obtains all of the money, including expenses and lawyer’s fees. Your attorney can… Read More

What Do Uninsured Motorist Claims Cover?

During tough economic times, more drivers on the road are uninsured. According to the Insurance Journal, 14.3% of motorists in the United States in 2011 were uninsured. This translates close to one in seven drivers. At 15%, the percentage of uninsured motorists in Texas is a bit higher than the nationwide average. Odds are higher than most people would think for a collision involving an uninsured motorist. When another driver is at fault in an accident but has no insurance, you may have a tough time recouping your losses. Uninsured motorist coverage solves this problem by covering the damages caused… Read More

Truck Crashes in Texas

Big rigs, semis, and tractor trailers are all names for large trucks. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) defines a large truck as a truck weighing over 10,000 pounds. The fact is that many large trucks reach up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Because truck crashes are often devastating, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, the government heavily regulates the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has numerous rules and regulations that strictly monitor hours and service, maintenance, cargo loading, drug testing, insurance coverage, and licensing. Causes of truck accidents According to an FMSCA study, the… Read More