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Injury Claims: Federal or State

Best Lawyers in America 2016

The team at the Altman Legal Group is proud to announce that both Bill Altman and Brad Altman have made the exclusive list for Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the State of Texas. For over 30 years, the Best Lawyers list has been compiled through an exhaustive peer-review process that singles out and selects the Best Lawyers from each state. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected publication for peer-reviewed information and referrals in the legal business. The Best Lawyers list is widely understood to be the most reliable and reputable source of legal referrals in the nation and around the world.

How to Make The List

Each year, there is an exhaustive and comprehensive, multi-faceted, five-step process to making the Best Lawyers in America list. First, a lawyer must be nominated, and you can’t nominate yourself. Second, there is a peer review process where other lawyers give feedback on your work. Third, there is an analysis of that feedback. After that, there is an eligibility check to determine if the lawyer is in good standing with local bar associations. Finally, the results are released to the media. As the most respected legal referral list in America, the results have been published and released through various media outlets including The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and The Wall Street Journal.

Five Steps to Become a “Best Lawyer”

  1. Nomination
  2. Peer Review
  3. Analysis of Feedback
  4. Eligibility Check
  5. Results Released

Peer Review, Analysis and Eligibility

What makes the “Best Lawyers in America” list standout from many other types of referrals publications and programs is that the results are based purely on peer reviews, feedback and eligibility. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee whatsoever to participate in or be included on these lists.

Choosing a “Best Lawyer” For Your Case

When you choose a lawyer from the “Best Lawyers in America” list, you’re getting a lawyer who is well respected within the legal community for dedication, commitment and devotion to their profession and the clients they represent and fight for. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to somebody else’s negligence, whether it was a car accident or at the job site, contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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Concussions, Football And The Courthouse

The American Association for Justice recently released an important report about concussion research and the case for laws protecting youth, amateur and professional athletes. For years, what we’ve thought about concussions and brain injuries has been widely misunderstood. Everybody’s afraid of the ‘big hit,’ and with good reason. Severe concussions are frightening for victims and bystanders. Nothing’s scarier than a player who has been knocked unconscious on the field, but what about the minor repetitive hits that go unnoticed by coaches and other professionals on the sidelines?

What is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. It’s important to note that CTE isn’t just associated with what we traditionally think of as concussion events, where somebody gets knocked out. CTE can occur as a result of an accumulation of undramatic subconcussive hits. In fact, these seemingly minor hits, that happen dozens of times in the course of a football game, are a major risk factor for this brain disease. Players can still be at risk for serious health problems even if they don’t exhibit any immediate symptoms.

What About Youth Athletes?

  • Only one state has any enforcement mechanism for its concussion management laws.
  • Only five states mandate medical personnel to be present at games involving collisions.
  • Only six states require parents be notified of their child’s traumatic brain injury.
  • Just 31 states require concussion training for coaches.

Who is at Risk for CTE?

Anybody who has been exposed to repetitive mild hits to the head could be at risk for developing CTE. Symptoms typically begin within eight to 10 years after the trauma and include disorientation, dizziness, headaches, memory loss, depression, erratic behavior and progressive dementia among other issues. It’s important to note that CTE doesn’t just happen to boxers, bull riders and NFL players, CTE can affect people who only played football for a few years in high school.

CTE Research and Litigation

At this time, Texas does not require parent notification of suspected or diagnosed traumatic brain injury during youth sports. Texas doesn’t require clearing health professional to be licensed physician or trained in TBI management either. The American Association for Justice has designed an incredible website with all the information you need to know about concussions, sports and the laws associated with protecting athletes. They have NFL case information and reports on the latest CTE research.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

Contact Form

Where’s a Lawyer When You Need One?

A Texas Monthly article goes in depth on why it’s more difficult than ever to get a lawyer in Texas. While you might have been led to believe that tort reform has paved the way for a fairer legal system, a system where so-called frivolous lawsuits are no longer a drain on the economy, you might be surprised to learn that ordinary Texans are paying the price. Tort reform and caps on non-economic damages in cases of medical malpractice have made it harder than ever to get a lawyer to represent you in the State of Texas.

What Happens to Injured Victims?

It’s the unfortunate truth that many injured victims across the State of Texas have little or no recourse in the legal system. Simply put, it’s not economically possible for many cases that should go to trial to do so. Caps on non-economic damages mean that a lawyer could have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket upfront for a case where there’s a cap on compensation for victims.

Corporate-Friendly Legal System

It’s a sad fact that the legal system is no longer ordinary-citizen friendly. Even in cases that appear to be big wins for victims, caps mean the victim might not be receiving as much compensation as you would originally hope. These aren’t greedy-lawsuit-hungry people. These are our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones who have been wronged and need recourse in a fair and unbiased legal system.

The Myth of Frivolous Lawsuits

The article goes on to point out that a 1994 Bureau of Labor Statistics report failed to find any decline in the economy in Texas that could be attributed to so-called frivolous lawsuits. In fact, Texas led the nation in new job growth creation that year, the year when tort reform and the myth of frivolous lawsuits were becoming a political force. Additionally, a jury verdict survey found that the midpoint verdict for personal-injury cases in Texas was below the national average in every year between 1989 and 1993. The ‘litigation crisis’ and so-called problem of ‘frivolous lawsuits’ was essentially manufactured by a few businessmen in efforts to increase their bottom line and reduce corporate accountability.

It’s more important than ever to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side after an accident.  Contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

Contact Form

Case Update: Settlement Reached for Young County Woman

In January, we reported on a case involving a client who was rear ended by a Texas Forest Service employee who fell asleep at the wheel. The crash happened on April 17, 2011. When Brenda Nolen, of Young County, was rear ended by the Texas Forest Service employee, her truck was pushed into a gas tank. Thankfully, she escaped the fiery wreckage with her life. She had to undergo multiple surgeries for a neck injury that occurred during the wreck, and her truck was completely totaled. Much to Nolen’s surprise, the Texas Forest Service refused to compensate her for damages. In addition, Nolen’s own insurance company also refused to cover her medical bills that occurred as a result of the crash.

After almost two and a half years, Nolen has finally received some justice. Originally, the State of Texas and her insurance company, State Farm, refused to cover any of her medical bills or damages. She couldn’t even replace her wrecked truck. She had to bring a lawsuit against her own insurance company and the State of Texas for the compensation she rightfully deserved. After months of litigation, both sides agreed to settle. Thankfully, Nolen finally has transportation again. KFDX News Channel Three recently followed up with Nolen.

Both State Farm and the State of Texas originally claimed that Nolen wasn’t entitled to compensation because of the Homeland Security Act. The State of Texas and the insurance company were trying to hide behind an anti-terrorism law that was created in response to the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001. A portion of the Homeland Security Act states that employees of the State Forest Service are not liable for injuries or accidents caused while en route to an emergency.

This case sends a powerful message to government organizations like the Texas Forest Service. The Homeland Security Act wasn’t designed to excuse negligent and dangerous behavior of government employees. It was created to increase command and control for local and state first responders during emergency situations. It’s not a free pass for government employees who injure or kill law-abiding citizens. Together with her attorney, Altman Legal Group’s Patrick Scott, Nolen was able to hold the State of Texas accountable. Nolen no longer has to ask for rides to get to the grocery store or to work. She finally has another truck after almost two and a half years and is beginning to put the pieces of her life back together.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

Contact Form

No Accountability with Texas Forest Service- Young County Woman Denied Coverage by State Farm Policy

Brenda Nolen, of Young County, never imagined her insurance company would refuse to cover her medical bills following a crash. On April 17, 2011, Nolen was rear-ended by a Texas Forest Service automobile. Nolen had to undergo multiple surgeries for a neck injury that occurred during the crash. In addition, she is still without a car. According to the official report, the Texas Forest Service employee fell asleep at the wheel. Both the Texas Forest Service and Nolen’s insurance company, State Farm, are refusing to pay for any damages and medical bills incurred. KFDX News Channel 3 Covered the story.

Unfortunately, Nolen is dealing with two big organizations who are refusing pay her. The Texas Forest Service is asserting that they are immune from the damage caused during the collision under the state’s Homeland Security Act. Patrick Scott, attorney here at the Altman Legal Group was quick to point out that this doesn’t protect government employees from injuring and killing law-abiding citizens. “The purpose of that act was to increase command and control amongst our local emergency responders and they are asserting that these laws apply to every situation where a Texas Forest Service employee injures someone or kills them.”

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

Contact Form