Crane collapses on Elan City Lights apartments in Dallas

A crane collapsed onto the Elan City Lights apartment complex in Dallas, Texas, killing at least one person and injuring multiple people on June 9, 2019. Dallas Fire-Rescue report that the investigation is “extremely fluid.”

Their spokesman, Jason Evans, went on to tell reporters that crane caused multiple collapses in both residences and the parking garage. He also reported that two victims were listed in critical condition. Three other people were listed in “serious” condition. More victims may be found as the investigation continues.

Some areas are still too dangerous for officials to access. Mr. Evans also reported that their number one priority is accessing a living area where all five stories inside the structure have collapsed. CNN reports that live-rescue dogs are being used to search for people trapped in the debris.

Collapsed crane owned by a company with offices in Houston, Texas

Elan City Lights is at the corner of Good Latimer and Live Oak in Downtown Dallas. The crane appears to be owned and operated by Bigge Crane, a company that has offices in Houston, Texas. It was on a construction site near the Elan apartments.

Crane collapses typically occur because of safety failures. While it is too soon to say why this crane collapse occurred, it is crucial that survivors and the families of people who were killed in this crane collapse launch an independent investigation. An independent investigation means you don’t have to rely on the company’s biased reports or on the government to release their conclusions. You can find out why the crane collapsed. The investigation will also determine who is responsible in time for you to hold them accountable in a court of law.

Why survivors and victims’ families should conduct an independent investigation into the Elan City Lights crane collapse

Construction sites tend to have multiple layers of safety rules and insurance policies to protect people. But sometimes, companies and their employees choose to prioritize profits over safety and ignore the rules. That’s why we recommend you consult an attorney as soon as possible. You have to protect your legal rights, which the right attorney can do immediately.

At our firm, we’ve handled multiple crane collapse cases and have obtained historic $17.72 million and $44.37 million verdicts on behalf of clients whose loved ones were killed in similar circumstances. We know how quickly companies get to work “cleaning up” these locations. And how easily evidence can be damaged or destroyed. We get to work right away, filing a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent any evidence from being moved, tampered with, or thrown away before our independent experts can conduct a thorough investigation.

Was this a freak accident? Or could it have been prevented?

CNN also reports that a severe thunderstorm watch was issued at 11:25 a.m. this morning. It included the Dallas-Fort Worth area according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. The National Weather Service reports that the watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CDT. He reports, “This was in response to a Mesoscale Convective Complex, a group of organized thunderstorms which originated in Oklahoma earlier in the morning. The same system produced localized flash flooding and strong storms with high winds in Oklahoma City during the morning.” Kyle Roberts, a meteorologist for WFAA in Dallas tweeted this timelapse of the weather:

Construction companies and crane companies are required to have safety policies in the event of severe weather. An independent investigation will reveal if there were such policies in place. It will also reveal if the policies were followed and if they did have time to take steps to prevent the crane from collapsing. It is important to find out if the company knew about the severe weather warning and how they responded. 

Modern cranes are designed to withstand 140 mile per hour winds. They also have onboard computers, which record whether or not the brakes were set. It will also tell us if the crane was allowed to swing freely in the wind, which is the current safety protocol for high-wind situations. 

Dallas crane collapse lawyers help victims get fair and just compensation

To find out how we can help you if you’ve been injured in this crane collapse, or if your loved one was killed, contact us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form.

Our firm’s mission is to fight for people who have been injured by a company’s negligence. We have a track record of success in crane collapse cases. We know how to get you the answers and compensation you are owed.

Use our secret formula to win your legal case

When you file a civil lawsuit against an insurance company or large corporation, they see it as a declaration of war. These companies have the resources to hire highly trained armies of lawyers and adjusters. And they do. Their goal is to have these adjusters trick you into ruining your case and have their lawyers delay the process until the deadline has passed for your case to go to court. They also spend millions of dollars on disinformation campaigns to make sure you fall into their traps, rather than informing you of your legal rights.

These companies claim to be on your side, but they only care about one thing – making money. Your lawsuit threatens their bank accounts. That’s why they go into battle mode to make your case go away.

We know these companies’ insider secrets. We used to represent them. However, we quickly realized the people harmed by these companies needed the help of highly trained attorneys, too. But it was hard to find high quality legal representation out there for everyday people. That’s why VB Attorneys only helps people. We don’t represent insurance companies or large corporations. We put our extensive experience to work so that you can get the same quality of legal representation as the billion dollar companies.

At our firm, we tell you the truth about your legal rights and tell you what to expect in your case. Knowledge is power. That’s why we’re telling you the insider secrets to winning your case. And we’re doing it for free.

Our secret 7-step formula makes us different from other law firms. This is why:

We put the free consultation to work for you

The first step to winning your case is talking with our lawyers about your case. Our consultation is always confidential. And it’s always free. It’s important to have this conversation at the beginning of our relationship because it helps us figure out our plan of attack.

During the free consultation, we:

  • Gather as much information as possible from you about your case. If you have any files or documents, we make copies or scans of them.
  • Answer all of your questions.
  • Discuss why you pay only when we win your case.
  • Review everything and determine if you have a legal case.
  • Explain your legal rights.
  • Go over any potential issues or roadblocks so you know what to expect.
  • Lay out our initial game plan for your case and go over it with you.
  • Help you make an informed decision about what to do next.

Talking to us about your case will help you make sure you have picked the right firm for your case. You get answers to your questions. You also get to set your own expectations and goals for what’s about to happen. And we’ll make sure you know your legal rights so you don’t accidentally do anything to hurt your case.

Adjusters are trained to trick you into believing they’re on your side. They want you to accidentally give them information that could hurt your case. Or sign some forms that actually prevent you from ever suing them for your injuries. You’re facing highly trained adjusters and experienced insurance attorneys. And it can feel like you’re all alone. That nobody’s on your side in an injury case.

We’re changing their rules. You have a constitutional right to be compensated for the damage caused by a negligent person or company. We arm you with the information you need to defeat the adjusters and insurance attorneys. That’s why some people come away from the free consultation armed with the information they need to settle their case on their own. Others realize they actually do need an expert to help them. We put our decades of experience, nearly perfect success rate, and specialized knowledge to work for you.

Our expertise puts your case on track to succeed from day 1

Choosing who to hire as your attorney can mean the difference between getting the compensation you deserve or getting nothing.

Lawyers are allowed to say they handle all types of cases, but only a handful of attorneys actually have a track record of success. An even smaller group of attorneys are allowed to say they’re experts in their areas of the law. What that means is that unless you hire a lawyer who is Board Certified by their state’s Board of Legal Specialization, and that lawyer has a history of getting good results for people who have cases that are similar to yours, you probably won’t get the best result possible for your case.

At our firm, three of our attorneys are board certified. Brian BeckcomVuk Vujasinovic, and  Curtis Bickers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. All decisions at our firm are made with Brian, Vuk, and Curtis’s approval.

Attorneys have to prove they get great results to become Board Certified

Fewer than 2% of all lawyers in Texas are Board Certified in any specialty. That number is similar across the board in the United States. So when you’re looking for a lawyer for your case and they aren’t Board Certified, you should probably keep looking. Board Certified attorneys have to win cases, pass a rigorous examination, and be recommended by other attorneys and judges. And they have to keep winning cases in order to keep their certification.

When you hire a Board Certified attorney, you’re sending a signal to the insurance company and the insurance attorneys that you mean business. That you won’t be tricked or trapped into a lowball settlement. That you know your rights and you’re serious about holding them accountable for all of the pain and suffering they’ve caused you and your loved ones.

An attorney who isn’t Board Certified won’t have the experience or the track record to get you the results you deserve. Often, we get calls from people who have hired attorneys who aren’t Board Certified. They’re a year into the lawsuit process and nothing’s been done. They’re frustrated and don’t understand why their attorney isn’t making things happen. Typically, when they choose to switch to our firm, they start seeing results right away.

We work harder and smarter than any other firm in the country to get you results

As soon as you hire us for your case, we get to work. Our legal team starts investigating right away. We work differently than most law firms. Most law firms assign you to an attorney and a paralegal and that’s it. You get our entire team.

  • We make sure your case gets filed in the best possible court
  • We protect all of the evidence in your case
  • We investigate your case
  • We conduct discovery, which means both sides exchange information and documents related to your case
  • We get the testimony of witnesses, corporate representatives, and experts
    • Your medical records will be crucial to proving your injury claim. We also work with independent medical and economic experts to figure out what medical care you will need to live a normal life. They help us translate a lifetime of medical care into a dollar amount we can fight for in court.
  • We prepare you for your own testimony
  • We get all your medical and billing records to prove your injury
  • We get all your wage documents to prove your lost wage claim if that’s part of your case
  • We assist you with medical treatment issues
  • We help you find ways to get your bills paid while you’re recovering from your injuries
  • We pay all of the up-front expenses necessary so you have the best chance of winning your case
  • We take as much time as necessary to do the work in order to win your case
  • We communicate with you regularly to make sure you’re informed and can make the right decisions for your case
  • We prepare your case for court

Legal cases can take anywhere from 12-18 months, or even years depending on how complex your case is. It is important that you make sure we know how to contact you. If you move, if you get a new phone number, if your email address changes, we need to know right away so your case isn’t delayed because your legal team has to track you down.

You must be honest with us. The fastest way to ruin your case is to lie to your attorneys. You may think it will make things better for the case, but it never does.

If you have hired us for your injury claim, your most important job during the lawsuit process is to get better. When you become our client, we work with you to make sure you have access to world-class doctors. You still have to do your part. You can ruin your case if you stop going to your appointments, if you re-injure yourself by not following your doctor’s orders, or if you are seen doing activities your doctor has told you not to do.

One reason it is so important that you do everything your doctors tell you to do is that you’re most likely being watched by the insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for hiring investigators. They are trying to catch you doing something your doctor has told you not to do. If your doctor has said you can’t lift or carry dog food, don’t lift or carry dog food. Always assume you’re being watched and filmed.

This is very important: if you are hiring an attorney for an injury or death case and they ask for money up front or want you to pay them by the hour, you’re hiring the wrong attorney. Good, ethical, and experienced attorneys in our area of the law work on a contingency fee basis.

A contingency fee means that you pay absolutely nothing until and unless we. win your case. In the event we do win your case, we are paid a percentage of your recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis for a few reasons:

  1. Lawsuits are expensive. Most people who need to pursue their constitutional right to be compensated for the injuries caused by a negligent person or company are already facing a mountain of medical bills. Adding another bill discourages people from seeking justice.
  2. We take on all the risk. And we don’t get paid unless you do. The contingency fee arrangement incentivizes us to get you the best result possible in the shortest amount of time.
  3. You deserve to hire the best firm for your case. If you were paying up front, out of pocket, you probably wouldn’t be able to afford a legal team with the resources, experience, and track record to beat the other side in court. This fee arrangement encourages you to shop around, interview multiple attorneys, and choose the firm that’s right for you.

So if the consultation isn’t free, if the attorney talks about a fee schedule, or if you’re asked to pay thousands of dollars up front, you’re talking to the wrong lawyers.

We maximize your settlement to put money in your pocket

There’s a reason people think of lawyers as being greedy. Some are. Other attorneys actually put in the work to get you a great result. We believe you get what you pay for.

At our firm, we don’t get paid unless we get you money in your pocket. We take on all the financial risk when we accept your case. We pay for court costs, experts, and more. If you need medical care, depending on the case, we cover the cost of that. One of our goals when we take injury cases is for you to recover as much as possible. That’s why we make sure you have access to world-class physicians and specialists and get the medical treatment you need.

Getting money in your pocket seems obvious. That’s a main goal of filing a lawsuit, right? But many attorneys don’t have the experience needed to maximize the money in your pocket. Whether it’s enough knowledge of the law to make sure your lawsuit covers all of your claims or the negotiating skills necessary to get you the most money possible, many lawyers don’t have what it takes. We do. See for yourself.

Like many of our clients, you’re probably going through one of the worst experiences of your life. It’s an understatement to say that catastrophic events, especially injuries and deaths, are life-changing. And getting back to “normal” can seem impossible.

Whenever we accept a new case, we start a dialogue with our clients about what “normal” means for them. And what it would take to get their lives back to normal. One reason why we have these conversations is because your goals are unique. For some people, the goals are learning to walk again, coping with PTSD, finding a new career path. For others, it’s being able to plan for retirement or pay for the medical care in the future. Whatever your goals are, they are important to us.

Also, a major part of what a jury looks at in a lawsuit is if you’ve mitigated your damages. In plain English, it means you need to be able to prove you’re trying to get back to “normal.”

If you have an injury claim, proving your case will include getting medical treatment and finding ways to go back to work, if possible.  In cases where your damages are all financial, that can mean proving you’ve taken steps to improve your situation.

It’s our job to make the case to the jury that you deserve to be compensated for your losses. We argue that, because you’ve tried everything possible to make up for the damage done to you and cant, that you are legally entitled to be fairly and justly compensated.

We can’t begin the settlement phase of your case until you’re as fully recovered from your injuries as possible. We collect all of your medical records and bills, along with your lost wage information, and work with experts to calculate your past and future monetary damages. Then, we take all of that data and those numbers to the insurance attorneys and insurance company in the form of a settlement demand. If they don’t accept that number, we keep working.

If the initial settlement demand isn’t accepted by the other side, we work with the courts and the insurance attorneys to schedule mediation. At mediation, both sides present their cases to a trained mediator. We argue why you deserve to be compensated for your past and future lost wages, your past and future medical bills, your pain and suffering, and your mental anguish. In some cases, the company has been so negligent, you also get to ask that the company pays you what’s called punitive damages. This is compensation on top of what you can normally ask for in an injury lawsuit.

Many cases settle at mediation. However, some cases don’t. If your case still hasn’t settled after mediating it, we will continue to work on reaching a satisfactory settlement agreement as we prepare your case for trial. Most cases, over 95% of them, settle before a jury reaches its verdict. Our firm won’t hesitate to go to Court, which sends a signal to most insurance companies that we believe in your case so strongly, we’re willing to take the risk.

Once you’ve agreed on a settlement, we still have work to do. We negotiate any liens and outstanding medical or case-related bills you have. Our goal is to get as much money as possible in your pocket, so we work to make the settlement agreement as favorable for you as possible. We then sit down with you to review the settlement agreement, sign all of the paperwork, and then make sure you receive your final settlement check.

Our biggest secret is hard work. Many firms will take a case and then realize how much work it will be and want you to either settle it for peanuts or take your case somewhere else. There are also tons of “trial attorneys” out there who haven’t stepped foot in a courtroom in years. We are in the courtroom every day. We spend tens of thousands of hours on cases – whatever it takes – to work your case up the right way. Our near-perfect success rate is that high not because we’re lucky. It’s because we out-work the competition. 

We invest the time and resources into every case we take. If you have a complex case, you’ve come to the right place. Call us now at 877-724-7800 to find out how we can help you.  

Two metal workers hire VB Attorneys after being hit by a work truck

Two metal workers have hired our firm to represent them in a commercial vehicle case. A work truck  owned and operated by Lonestar West Enterprises, LLC, hit their truck on May 8, 2019. Our clients are metal workers from Houston. They were working in Odessa, Texas, at the time of the incident. They were driving southbound on FM 1882 in Odessa when a work truck driving the opposite direction veered into their lane, crashing into the driver’s side door of our clients’ truck. The force of the impact sent our clients’ truck spinning and caused the work truck to lose its front left tire.

The police and EMTs responded to the wreck. Our clients suffered multiple injuries in the wreck. They were transported via ambulance to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa for treatment. They are still recovering from their injuries.

Driver claims broken steering wheel caused company truck to crash into oncoming traffic

A statement made by the driver of the work truck caused our clients to seek representation. The driver of the work truck reportedly said the steering wheel “broke off” as he was driving down FM 1882, causing him to lose control. Our clients want to find out why the steering wheel broke off and who was responsible for putting an unsafe truck on the road. They want to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they have caused our clients.

Companies are responsible for making sure their vehicles are maintained and safe

Companies have a legal duty to keep the public safe. That means, when companies own and operate vehicles, the company must maintain the vehicles and make sure they are safe. Drivers must be qualified, trained, and supervised.

As we work up this case, we will be thoroughly investigating the crash and events leading up to it. Curtis Bickers is the lead attorney on this case. His track record of success in these types of cases speaks for itself. He is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This certification means he has specialized expertise in this type of injury case.

In addition to investigating the crash and the company, we will determine if any part of the steering system on the truck was defective or had a recall notice on it. If the company knew about a defect but failed to correct it, the company could be held accountable. If the part manufacturer or car manufacturer knew about a defect or known issue with a part of the steering system, they could potentially be held accountable.

As the investigation continues in this case, we will provide updates.

Consult an attorney as soon as possible after being hit by a company truck

Crashes involving company vehicles are different from regular car wrecks in several ways. In addition to being held to a higher safety standard by the law, companies that own and operate vehicles are required to hold larger insurance policies. That means that when a company vehicle hits another car, the company and its insurer get to work to minimize their liability. Wrecks cost companies a lot of money.

Often, a company representative or an insurance adjuster will go to the scene of the wreck. In the past, clients have told us that the company representative arrived on the scene before the police. Other clients have said that company reps not only arrived before the police, they started picking up evidence. Bottom line – companies will already be hard at work finding ways to make your case go away. You’re at the hospital and the adjusters and company are already launching an investigation. Their investigation has one purpose: find a way to avoid being found responsible for your injuries.

Our experienced car accident attorneys know all the tricks companies and the insurance adjusters try to pull after you are injured in a wreck
In fact, we wrote an article about the top five ways companies trick victims of commercial truck wrecks out of being fairly compensated for their injuries. We get to work right away so that you don’t get tricked out of your legal rights. Our job is to protect you and your claim so that you can focus on getting better.

If you are in need of an aggressive car crash attorney you are looking in the right place. Give us a call today at  877-724-7800 or fill out a free, confidential contact form to learn more about how we can help you.

Are you sabotaging your construction site injury claim without realizing it?

You may be sabotaging your construction site injury claim without even realizing it. Even if you haven’t filed your claim yet, you might be making mistakes that could ruin your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Many of these mistakes are made because corporations and insurance companies deliberately misinform you of your legal rights. If you were wondering who is on your side in a work injury, it’s not your employer or the insurance company. The good news is that when you hire a work injury attorney, they are on your side. The best way avoid sabotaging your claim is to consult a work injury attorney right away.

5 ways to sabotage your construction site injury claim

Construction site work injuries tend to be more serious than injuries in other industries. Because of this fact, companies and their insurance companies spend millions of dollars each year figuring out ways to avoid paying you anything for your injuries. That’s where we come in. Our extensive experience helping people injured working in the construction industry means we’ve seen every trick, every trap, and every tactic these companies use to try and get you to sabotage your own claim.

The top five ways these companies try to get you to sabotage your own injury claim include:

1. Tell you they have worker’s compensation insurance when they don’t.

In Texas and some other states, companies aren’t required to subscribe to the state’s worker’s compensation insurance program. The company may call their insurance plan “worker’s compensation,” or lead you to believe they have some sort of coverage when they really don’t have any. This tactic has caused many thousands of workers to file worker’s compensation claims with the Texas Department of Insurance, only to discover there is no worker’s compensation. This delay can be incredibly damaging to your physical recovery and your chances of being compensated fairly.

2. Tell you not to file an incident report.

Incident reports are crucial to your work injury claim, so if your company tells you to not worry about filing the incident report,  you should take this as a major red flag the company is up to no good. We’ve helped clients who were told the company would fill out the report, that all they needed to do was sign at the bottom. They then discovered the company wrote a false report that placed all the blame on them. But their signature was on it, so the company used it to say they agreed with the fake report. We’ve helped clients who were told not to fill out an incident report. But when they filed their injury claim, the company denied the injury ever happened because there wasn’t an incident report on file.

The fact of the matter is that you are not legally required to sign an incident report – or any paperwork – in order for your claim to be processed. The incident report is important in proving your case in court, but the company and insurance adjuster are able to process your claim without one. If you’re stuck in a situation where the company said you didn’t need an incident report, write one yourself. If there were witnesses to the incident, you can ask them to either sign on to your report or write statements about what they saw.

3. Make you sign papers in order to see a doctor

Companies can’t prevent you from getting medical attention by claiming you have to sign forms first. Legally, companies cannot withhold medical care from you. This is a way to get you to sign away your legal rights.

We’ve had companies go into hospital rooms and tell patients still under the effects of anesthesia after emergency surgery that they had to sign papers right then and there. They were told to sign them in order for the company to pay for the very expensive emergency surgery that just happened. What the company was really doing was getting our client to sign away his right to file a lawsuit against the company. He had no idea what he was signing. He was just ordered to do it.

4. Don’t tell you about third party claims

A third party claim is when a company or an employee of another company is responsible for your work injury. For example, if you are working for a scaffolding company and a person drives a forklift into the scaffolding, causing you to fall and seriously injure yourself, you can pursue a third party claim against the forklift driver’s employer at the same time as when you file your work injury claim. Third party claims can be very valuable. Many construction site injuries are caused by third parties, so it is important that you consult an attorney about your case to make sure. You may be walking away from a lot of money if you don’t ask about any potential third party claims.

5. Try to say you can’t file a claim because you’re an independent contractor

Some companies will try to prevent you from filing an injury claim by calling you an independent contractor. However, if you truly are an independent contractor, the company’s effort has backfired. Independent contractors can file third party claims against the company responsible for their injuries. So if you truly are an independent contractor, you may have a very valuable claim on your hands.

The bottom line is that companies don’t want to pay you anything for your work-related injuries. They do not care about how loyal you are or how hard you worked for them. Their responsibility is to make money. And compensating you for your injuries reduces their profit margin.

Take these steps to protect your rights after being injured in a construction accident

First, seek medical treatment. Having your injuries documented is important to proving your case in court. The second step to take is to make sure there’s an accurate account of what happened. Whether it’s the company’s official report or your handwritten report, document everything. Third, consult an attorney right away.

Before you consult an attorney, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who is responsible for my injuries? Did any other companies have employees working at my job site?
  2. What happened in the moments leading up to me being injured? Who did what and why?
  3. Was my supervisor on site when I got injured?
  4. How could the incident have been prevented?
  5. Was I given the right safety equipment for the job? The right training?
  6. Was any equipment broken? Defective?
  7. Was any paperwork completed or signed after I got hurt?
  8. Did the company violate safety rules?

Even if the answer to these questions is “I don’t know,” they will help prepare you for meeting with a work injury attorney. At the initial consultation, they will review your case with you. Having as much of this information as possible will help them analyze your case properly.

What if the company violated OSHA rules?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards and provides training, outreach, education, and assistance to companies and workers. OSHA rules are in place to protect you, but that doesn’t mean companies always follow them. If you were injured because your company ignored OSHA’s safety rules or if you lost a loved one because the company didn’t follow OSHA safety rules, you have a legal right to hold the company accountable.

One example of the consequences of violating OSHA safety laws is the result we obtained for 43 workers injured in a plant explosion. On February 8, 2011 an explosion occurred at a natural gas storage facility in Southeast Texas, injuring dozens of workers. 43 of the construction and refinery workers hired us to help them get the medical care they needed to recover from their injuries and to hold the responsible companies accountable. Multiple companies had employees at the site, which was owned by Enterprise.

OSHA obtained a warrant to investigate the explosion. The agency found that Turner Company failed to give its employees proper instructions and failed to supervise them properly. OSHA also found that Enterprise did not give workers the correct procedure to follow so that they could avoid over-stressing the pipe that ultimately exploded. Based on OSHA’s findings and our own independent investigation, our lawyers proved that the company had not taken measures to protect the workers even though there had previously been two accidents in the same area.

What damages can an attorney help you recover?

Many fatalities occur at construction sites which result in a serious injury or death. State and federal workplace safety rules and regulations protect construction workers. If you have been injured on a construction site, you may be able to be compensated for:

  • past and future lost wages
  • your medical bills and future medical expenses
  • past and future counseling costs
  • the cost of physical therapy
  • mortgage and rent costs
  • your pain and suffering
  • loss of consortium for widows or widowers

Each case is unique, however getting the company responsible for your injuries to compensate you fairly can require the help of an experienced attorney. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to file a lawsuit and expose their unsafe practices in court in order for you to be paid the money you are legally owed for your injuries.

If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident or are confused on what to do next, contact our firm for a free consultation today. We will make sure have the information you need so you don’t accidentally sabotage your claim. Give us a call at 877-724-7800 now. We will answer all of your questions, help you understand your legal rights, and help you decide what your next steps should be.

Watch this video to find out why you should consult our attorneys about your case:

My thoughts on the Hurricane Harvey trial

I’m sitting in courtroom 11B immediately after the close of evidence in the largest case of which I’ve ever been a part.

In August of 2017, I was working as a briefing attorney for Harris County Judge Larry Weiman as I watched Hurricane Harvey flood the majority of the city in which I grew up. A few months later, I had been hired by Vujasinovic & Beckcom (VB Attorneys) in part to help with a 5th Amendment takings case against the Army Corps of Engineers based on the design and operation of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

At the time, I knew almost nothing about takings law outside of a couple of cases that we covered in my constitutional law class. Since then I have seen a claim that I thought would be barred by sovereign immunity (it’s not – the 5th Amendment supersedes sovereign immunity) develop in to a case that I feel very confident in. And I have been lucky enough to spend the last two weeks watching the case in which I was confident turn into a very strong trial performance by attorneys that I both like and respect.

In short, the legal claim is that the Army Corps of Engineers built and developed the Addicks and Barker reservoirs with the intent that it flood a certain area behind the dams. But some of that land is privately owned land. The land owners have a property right (the right to exclude) in keeping flood waters that the government controlled off of their property. The 5th Amendment gives the government the right to take someone’s property, but requires that they be given “just compensation.” Our claim was simply that the homeowners were not given that just compensation.

It has been an honor to be able to represent thousands of people who had their lives flipped upside down by the devastating impacts of having their homes flooded and to try to ensure that our city can recover. Professionally, I have learned a lot in seeing the development of such an enormous case with millions of documents, dozens of witnesses, and plenty of extremely sharp attorneys.

I will keep on learning from each day that I “practice” law, but this was absolutely a keystone event for the first year and a half of my practice of the law. We will have closing arguments after post-trial briefing on Friday, September 13th, 2019. Hopefully a decision will be rendered soon thereafter and we can begin to put all of this in the rear view mirror. To all of you who have had to deal with me being gone, tired, or stressed: thank you for putting up with me!

Why oil rig workers face real danger during helicopter transport

Offshore oil rigs can be dangerous—even deadly—work environments, and even getting to work can create serious risks for the men and women who spend long hours laboring on platforms and rigs around the world. Helicopter accidents at sea injure or kill oil rig contractors and employees during air transportation to or from worksites. A study of offshore injuries and fatalities concluded that getting to work was the most dangerous part of an offshore worker’s job. In fact, multiple accidents have taken place involving helicopters transporting to and from rigs and platforms:

  • On March 10, 2019, a Bell 407 helicopter owned and operated by Bristow crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Both people on board died.
  • On January 13, 2018, a helicopter crashed carrying employees of an Indian oil company to an offshore rig in the Arabian Sea. At least five people died.
  • On February 27, 2017, a helicopter owned by Westwind helicopters crashed in the marshy waters of Bayou Barre, killing the pilot. It was returning to Louisiana after completing a passenger flight to drop someone off on the South Timbalier, an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • On April 29 2016, a helicopter crashed off the coast of Norway, killing all 13 people on board.
  • On June 11, 2014, a helicopter owned by Westwind Helicopters sunk just under 200 yards away from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing both the pilot and a passenger.
  • On May 30, 2014 another Westwind helicopter crashed and fell off a platform near Marsh Island, Louisiana, while carrying six people. Nobody was injured.
  • On May 8, 2014 a helicopter transporting workers to a Russian-owned rig crashed off the coast of Ghana, taking three lives.

This list represents some of the recent offshore helicopter accidents. It illustrates the need for improved safety at every stage. Companies need to address safety from the point of manufacture to maintenance. Mechanical failure is listed as the culprit for far too many of these tragedies.

How to prepare pilots and workers for an emergency during air transport to offshore rigs and platforms

Helicopter pilots who transport workers to offshore rigs generally undergo training to help limit the severity of a crash when something goes wrong. However, safety training and emergency planning can’t stop every accident – and that danger is seriously compounded when:

  • Safety training is skipped, rushed, or inadequate
  • Equipment malfunctions or is not maintained properly
  • Safety procedures aren’t followed
  • Companies don’t put the priority on the safety of its workers at sea

HeliOffshore, the global safety-focused association for the offshore helicopter industry, has partnered with government agencies, oil and gas companies, and other partners to improve safety on personnel transfer flights. Their goal is to reduce the fatality rate to zero. HeliOffshore’s Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) is set to upgrade. HTAWS gives pilots between 6 and 30 seconds of additional warning of a potential collision.

Helicopters are essential to the offshore industry and the maritime industry. From transporting crews to offshore rigs and providing life-saving emergency rescue services, helicopters do what other aircraft and vessels can’t. This means that governments should examine safety regulations and find ways to improve them. And that companies should prioritize state-of-the-art safety equipment, software, and training.

How the offshore helicopter transport industry can improve safety

“Safety failure” stands for multiple types of failure. It includes a manufacturing defect that slips through testing and quality control checks because the company wanted to maximize profits. The failure of a company to implement safety rules about flying in severe weather is also a safety failure. Another safety failure is the company’s failure to follow industry standards when it comes to maintenance or use. Safety failures include hiring inexperienced pilots or pilots with spotty safety records. The list goes on.

Most safety failures are preventable. But reducing the number of safety failures in the offshore helicopter transport industry requires that the industry and governments prioritize safety over profits.

Dr. Rob Hunter, head of flight safety at the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), told the Telegraph, “In offshore helicopter operations in support of the oil and gas industry, the fatal accident rate is around one per 250,000 hours.” This is much higher compared to the commercial airline industry. Commercial airlines experience one fatal accident per 10,000,000 hours. However, planes cannot fly in many of the situations for which helicopters are used. These statistics are unable to account for that difference.

One solution would be for governments to increase safety standards while providing incentives to upgrade or buy new helicopters. We know that safety regulations are effective in reducing the number of crashes and fatalities. The British Civil Aviation Authority, their FAA, is implementing new safety regulations after the 2016 crash that killed 13 people off the coast of Norway. These new safety rules include increasing safety measures on board helicopters as well as prohibiting helicopters from flying in dangerous weather.

Cut through the confusion after an offshore helicopter transport accident

Often, you will face a confusing maze of companies, owners, contractors, adjusters, and mysterious paperwork after a crash. Companies try to avoid being held responsible for a crash. They purposefully make things confusing for you. In addition, you may have a Jones Act claim, depending on your job. These claims require specialized expertise in maritime law.

Also, companies, especially in the United States, take action only when their bottom line is threatened. An injury or wrongful death lawsuit is not only your constitutional right, it is often the only way to hold the company accountable for their safety failures and to prevent future incidents. That’s where our team of offshore helicopter accident attorneys can help you.

We have the experience you need to investigate the crash, determine who is responsible for your loss, and hold them accountable in court. With our track record of historic and record-breaking verdicts and settlements, including multiple 8-figure results, we have the experience you need to get the results you deserve. Start winning your case. Call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form.

Eight things your company does as soon as you get hurt working in the maritime industry

Maritime and offshore companies often act like they are taking care of injured employees. You, like many maritime and offshore workers, may want to wait before hiring an attorney for their Jones Act claims. Many employees often “feel” like the company is taking care of them and watching out for their best interests. You may be in the same boat.

Then, the company seems to suddenly turn its back on you. This will turn out to be after most of the deadlines on a Jones Act claim expire. The company stops benefits, stops helping with medical care and wages, and may even fire you. Since the company strung the situation out for so long, you have no recourse.  All the important deadlines have passed and you’ll be unable to sue.

Common “tricks” your employer may use to defeat your Jones Act injury claim

Employers and vessel owners work hard to minimize their liability for accidents and injuries—and they don’t always play fair. Injured Jones Act workers should watch out for company attempts to:

  • Get you to see a company doctor. There is good news for Jones Act mariners. Under the law, you have the right to see your own doctor after you’ve been injured at work. And your company, under maintenance and cure, will cover your medical bills.
  • Offer a low settlement. Your lost wages, medical bills, and living expenses add up quickly. If you accept a settlement offer before you’ve fully recovered from your injuries, and the money runs out, you’re stuck. If you accept a settlement offer before you find out that your injuries are career-ending, you’re really stuck. The true cost of your injury could be more than the company is offering. Possibly tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars more.
  • Have you sign away your rights. If you sign forms you don’t understand or accept the company’s initial settlement offer, you might be signing away your Jones Act rights. These are valuable rights that allow you to recover your lost wages, medical bills, expenses, future medical bills, and future lost wages. If you aren’t 100 percent sure what you’re signing, review it with an attorney.
  • Prepare an inaccurate report about your injury. Typically, the company will downplay their own fault for causing your injury. They may blame you for your accident. They may claim you weren’t seriously injured. For these reasons, usually the company won’t give you a copy of your own accident report.
  • Take recorded statements. The company will try to take recorded statements from you and your co-workers, and those statements could hurt your claim. The company tricks you and your fellow employees into giving statements that are bad for your claim. Your co-workers feel obligated to go along with what the company says about your accident because they don’t want to jeopardize their jobs.
  • Hire a private investigator. The company may hire a private investigator to follow you around and secretly videotape you. Then, when you assert a Jones Act claim, they will pull up these videos. They will use them to claim you weren’t injured as seriously as you claim.
  • Get copies of your private medical records. You are not required to sign forms for release of personal records. The company will try to get you to give up your full medical record, then send the records to a company doctor, who will write a report that downplays your injuries and returns you to work prematurely.

​These are just some of the things your employer is doing behind your back while you are trying to recover from your injuries. While they are doing these things, they are telling you that they are looking out for you, and looking out for your best interest. They are also probably telling you not to talk to any attorneys about a Jones Act claim.

The truth of the matter is this: your company is only looking out for itself and trying to find ways it can pay you as little as possible for your injury. The company tells you one thing, and does the opposite behind your back.

Talk to an attorney right away to find out how to protect your claim

If one of the above scenarios sounds familiar, get legal advice immediately. Injured seamen should get legal advice immediately because there is no doubt the company has attorneys on their side working to protect the company. The legal team at VB Attorneys has often given “behind the scenes” legal advice free of charge to injured workers to make sure they don’t start off way behind the company if legal action becomes necessary.

VB Attorneys has represented hundreds of people injured while working on the water, and you can call the firm today to start getting answers. We review your case for free, and with no obligation, so that you can make informed decisions about your Jones Act claim and protect your rights.

What reading the news can teach you about buying car insurance

TMZ reported on Wednesday, April 25, 2019, that “Storage Wars” star Barry Weiss was injured in a bad motorcycle wreck. Mr. Weiss and his friend were riding their motorcycles in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles when a car allegedly pulled out of a parking space in front of them and then stopped. They hit the back of her car.

Barry’s friend suffered a broken knee, elbow, and wrist. Barry suffered serious chest and leg trauma and is still in the hospital. He has undergone multiple surgeries since the crash.

While Mr. Weiss and his friend recover from their injuries, their troubles aren’t over. In cases such as this, where both sides can make legitimate arguments as to why the other side should be held responsible for this wreck, there is no quick resolution.

Stop thinking of insurance as a nuisance

The Storage Wars star’s current situation teaches us a good lesson about buying car insurance or motorcycle insurance. When we buy car insurance or motorcycle insurance, we see it as a hassle. It’s another bill we have to pay, and it seems ridiculous why we should buy anything other than the cheapest policy offered.  That idea should be turned on its head – getting the right policies can save your life.

Yes, there are legal requirements that you buy a certain amount of insurance when you buy or lease a vehicle. But in most states, those required minimums are not going to cover your bills after a wreck. Repairing your car and yourself typically will cost more than the $30,000 minimum limit required in many states. That’s why it is important you buy as much insurance as you can possibly afford.

Why you should add PIP, U/UIM, comprehensive, and specific motorcycle policies to your insurance coverage

In cases like Mr. Weiss’ if you have the right insurance coverage, you can use your own insurance to pay for your medical bills and vehicle repairs while you wait for the lawyers to fight your case in court. This is called Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. It’s a no-fault plan that covers you and your passengers if you are hurt in a wreck.

If the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck doesn’t have insurance, you’ll want to make sure you have Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist insurance (U/UIM). This policy is similar to PIP in that it helps you no matter what the situation is.

These are must-have policies whether you drive a car or motorcycle. Also, ask your insurance agent about comprehensive coverage. Many states require you to carry liability insurance, but no state requires you to have comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive coverage typically covers if your car is vandalized, if your windows are broken, if your car is caught in a flood, if your car catches fire, or if a falling object damages your car. This policy helps you pay for car repairs and even help you replace your car if it’s a total loss.

There are additional policies for motorcyclists that cover accessories, trikes, custom bikes, multiple bikes, and more. Insurance policies don’t just protect you if someone hits you, the right policies protect you even if you’re at fault for the wreck.

Know what to do after you are hurt in a wreck

After you are hurt in a wreck, all you should have to focus on is getting better. Unfortunately, modern society has different ideas. That’s where an experienced attorney comes in. At our firm, we take care of everything else so you can focus on healing. We inform you of your legal rights as well as what to expect from the insurance companies. Also, we help you figure out all your options and insurance policies to help you get the care you need as quickly as possible. Ultimately, we remove the roadblocks to getting the compensation you’re owed.

If you need help getting the medical care and compensation you need after a wreck, consult our attorneys now. Call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form on our website.

Fatal I-70 crash was not “an accident”

On April 25, 2019, an 18-wheeler slammed into a group of cars that were stopped in traffic on Interstate 70 just west of Denver, Colorado. 28 vehicles were involved in the wreck, including other semi trucks. A fire broke out, and four people were killed. Four days later, Robert Corry, the attorney for the truck driver responsible for causing the fiery crash, said, “It was an accident.” He compared the wreck to a “surprise situation.”

People responsible for causing wrecks must be held accountable

The word “accident” implies that nobody is responsible. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration studied the factors behind car crashes and found that 94% of of wrecks are caused by human error. Somebody, somewhere is responsible for the deaths of four people and the injuries of at least ten people. Choices were made, actions were taken or not taken. By people.

In 18-wheeler wrecks and commercial vehicle crashes, the number of people who could be responsible for a wreck grows much more quickly compared to a regular car wreck. For one thing, commercial vehicles are held to a higher safety standard, as are their drivers and the companies behind them. Truck drivers are trained professionals. Their companies are required to hire safe, professional drivers, supervise them properly; make sure they receive all the safety training they need to continue to do their job safely; and make sure their equipment is in safe, working order.

As investigations into this wreck progress, the number of companies and people who could be responsible for this wreck might increase. If the brakes were defective and the manufacturer failed to warn the trucking company, victims and their families might have a case against the manufacturer. If the repair shop failed to report that the brakes were bad, they might be partially responsible for the wreck. Getting justice after a wreck as complicated as this one requires the help of attorneys who have experience handling very complex cases.

Trucking company behind I70 crash has an extensive history of safety violations

The truck driver in the April 25, 2019, crash was arrested and charged with four counts of vehicular homicide. The truck driver told investigators his brakes failed just prior to the crash. He is employed by a company based out of Houston, Texas.

His employer, Castellano 03 Trucking, has a history of safety issues. Safety inspection records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveal that Castellano 03 Trucking has violated truck safety rules 30 times since late 2017. And at least 10 of those violations include issues such as “brake tubing and hose adequacy,” “brake out-of-adjustment.” One violation from December 2018 reports, “Driver cannot read or speak the English language sufficiently to respond to official inquiries.”

Castellano 03 Trucking’s history of violations and of hiring drivers who cannot speak English well enough to talk to safety officials gives us reason to believe the company is more concerned about making a profit than about the safety of their drivers and the people sharing the road. Good, safe trucking companies don’t have inspection records like that. Good, safe drivers won’t work for companies with safety violations.

Companies that fail to make sure their trucks are safe are putting their drivers at risk. And, by extension, they’re putting all of us at risk, too. The I70 crash was a matter of when, not if, based on the company’s track record. That’s why the truck driver’s attorney was wrong when he called the wreck an accident.

Victims and their families deserve justice after 28 car pileup caused by 18-wheeler

The law protects people who are injured by dangerous trucking companies and truck drivers. The I70 crash victims and their families have the Constitutional right to be compensated for the harm caused by Castellano 03 Trucking, the truck driver, or any other party found to be responsible for the crash. You have the right to conduct an independent investigation in order to determine who is responsible for your losses, injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. You have the right to your day in court – to make your case to a jury.

Cases like these can be important for victims and the families of people who were killed. They can help you send a message to the responsible parties that their dangerously unsafe behavior is not allowed to continue.

Of the several reasons to consult an attorney as soon as possible after a crash like this is, making sure all the evidence is preserved and protected is the most important thing a lawyer can do. At our firm, when we are asked to help people with catastrophic injury and death cases like this one, we get to work right away. We file a Temporary Restraining Order to make sure all of the evidence is safe – to prevent it from being damaged, destroyed, or lost. We also hire independent experts to investigate the case and examine all of the evidence.

The result of the independent investigation helps your attorneys determine their plan of attack. These results also help you understand why the crash happened and who should be held responsible. It can help you process your trauma and emotions. The results of independent investigations help your attorneys determine who made which decisions and when. Which enables them to sue the people responsible for your injuries and losses. Also, your attorneys should have the experience and track record to know, based on the independent investigation, whether or not any settlement offers are fair.

What justice looks like after a wreck like the 28 car fatal crash on I70

Trucking companies and insurance companies know one language: money. That means, if a company is putting profits over safety, you sue them for money in order for them to get the message that they must stop this behavior. The truck driver in this case is being criminally charged over the deaths of four people. But that means everyone else responsible for this wreck will continue doing business as usual.

Whether the brakes were defective, who knew they were defective, when people knew they were defective, who made the decision not to replace the brakes, who made the decision to hire this driver, and who made the decision to put this truck on the road knowing the brakes were defective are key questions to finding out who is responsible for this tragedy. A civil lawsuit allows you to take the results of the independent investigation and use them to hold all of the responsible people and companies accountable.

It takes thousands of hours of work and a significant amount of money to hold these companies accountable. That’s why only a few law firms are actually qualified to handle cases as complex as this one. It takes a track record of winning record-breaking verdicts and settlements in 18-wheeler cases and wrongful death lawsuits to get justice for you and everyone injured or killed in this wreck.

To consult our team about how we can help you get justice after this wreck, call us at 877-724-7800 now to get started. You may also fill out a contact form on our website. We will answer all of your questions, help you understand your legal rights, and help you make an informed decision about your next steps.

How much does it cost to hire VB Attorneys?

It costs nothing to hire our law firm.

We work on your case on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless we win your case. If we win your case, we charge you a percentage of the recovery and get the case expenses reimbursed. Everything is up front, in a clearly-written contingency fee contract, and there are no surprise “costs” or “fees” to you.

This is different from most law firms, which charge an hourly fee or a fixed fee. In an hourly fee arrangement, the lawyer charges you by the hour, sometimes hundreds of dollars an hour. You get charged for the legal work whether the lawyer wins or loses. You get charged the same amount of legal fees whether you get a large settlement, a small settlement, or no settlement at all. Also, you have to pay expenses as you go, which can be in the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Fixed fee” lawyers charge a flat rate, which can also be thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the case. Most fixed fee lawyers also make you pay case expenses as you go. Unlike hourly or fixed fee lawyers, if we take your case, we advance all case expenses so that no money comes out of your pocket unless we win your case.

The Benefits of Contingency Fee Arrangements

The benefits of the contingency fee arrangement are numerous. First of all, if you have been injured, you are already dealing with mounting bills and financial pressure. Adding thousands of dollars of case expenses and lawyer fees on top of the financial pressure only increases your stress levels and can put you in an even worse financial situation.

Also, hourly fee or fixed fee arrangements don’t necessarily align your lawyer’s interests with your own interests. If the lawyer gets paid regardless of whether you win or lose the case, then the lawyer may not have the same incentive to win your case. In fact, the longer the lawyer works on the case, the more money they make.

With contingency fee arrangements, we don’t get paid anything unless we win your case. And we don’t get paid until we win your case. That means when you hire us, we have a strong incentive to win your case for you, and to get your settlement without undue delay. Since we are advancing all case expenses, we also have a strong incentive to get your case settled or get you a victory in court as soon as we can.

Additionally, with a contingency fee arrangement, you’ll rest easier knowing that you are not going to be responsible for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer fees if you lose. You can focus all of your efforts on recovering from your injuries and securing your financial future.

The legal process in a serious injury case can be very expensive. We have handled cases that required us to spend tens of thousands of dollars – even cases where the costs were in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Because we advance case expenses, we are essentially putting our “money where our mouth is,” which ensures you that we believe in you and in your case. Unlike most law firms, we have the financial ability to invest the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in your case–whatever is necessary–and we back up what we say by spending the money necessary to win our clients’ cases.

If you have any questions about contingency fee arrangements, the cost of bringing a lawsuit against a corporation or insurance company, or the cost of going through the legal process, then please don’t hesitate to call us now at 877-724-7800.

We believe in disclosing to our clients right up front the cost of the case and the cost of hiring our law firm. We are completely open and transparent about all of the costs and fees, and it’s all put in writing.

Why is Merck being sued over the Zostavax vaccine?

In 2006, Merck’s Zostavax vaccine was approved by the FDA as a shingles vaccine. It was marketed to reduce the risk of getting shingles (aka the herpes zoster virus) in people over the age of 50. However, for more than half the people who received Zostavax, shingles was the best outcome they could expect.

Merck’s decision to sell a defective vaccine has seriously injured thousands of people 

Shingles typically affects people over 60 years old. It is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. The hallmark of shingles is a rash or blisters that cause an incredibly painful burning sensation. It affects your nerves, which means it can cause a large number of other injuries. Some of the injuries caused by Zostavax include:

  • Shingles
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (this includes Allodynia)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Aseptic Meningitis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Neurological problems that appear at least seven days after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, including:
    • Encephalitis
    • Meningitis
    • Facial paralysis (this includes Bell’s Palsy and Ramsay Hunt)
    • Loss of hearing
    • Balance problems
    • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Acute cardiovascular events (dysfunction within blood vessels), including:
    • Heart attack
    • Ischemic stroke
  • Cardiac issues, including:
    • Exacerbation of chronic heart failure
    • Cardiomyopathy
  • Vision problems, including:
    • Vision loss
    • Eye infections
    • Retinal damage
  • Pneumonia including other lung issues
  • Skin infections including bacterial superinfection
  • Lupus
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Why is Merck’s Zostavax vaccine defective and dangerous?

Merck used a live, “attenuated” version of the varicella virus in the Zostavax vaccine – the herpes zoster virus. The varicella virus causes chickenpox and shingles. An outbreak of chickenpox causes the varicella virus to go into a latent state. The virus then stays in your nerve cells for the rest of your life. It can reactivate itself as the herpes zoster virus as you get older by traveling from your nerve cells to your skin, manifesting as shingles.

Once the herpes zoster virus has been reactivated and the group of nerve cells it has attached itself to has been fully infected, the group of nerve cells is destroyed. The virus then spreads to the next group of nerve cells, then the next, and so on. This is how the virus replicates itself, traveling throughout your body. The virus can reactivate itself in any of the nerve cells where it remains latent and produce new nerve inflammation and damage whenever it reactivates. If it reactivates itself in the ears or eyes, it can cause severe hearing damage and blindness.

The extreme damage, pain, and suffering it causes is why there was a need for a shingles vaccine for people over the age of 50. When you reach 60 years old, your risk for getting shingles increases dramatically. However, Merck’s decision to use the live virus in its vaccine has caused millions of people intense pain and suffering – even death.

Merck knew the vaccine wasn’t safe and chose to sell it anyway

Investigations have shown that Merck failed to do its due diligence and prove that this vaccine was safe and effective before selling it to people. In fact, we now know that Merck knew of the risks and sold this vaccine anyway. The company’s disregard for your safety and well-being has led us to hold them accountable.

That is why we have been appointed to the leadership committee for the Zostavax multi-district litigation (MDL). Our goal is to help you hold Merck accountable for putting your health in danger and get the best result possible for your case.

These cases are not part of a class action lawsuit. There is no class action lawsuit against Merck in regard to the Zostavax vaccine. Your injuries, pain, suffering, and losses are unique to you.

If you qualify to file a Zostavax lawsuit against Merck, your case will be decided on an individual basis. To find out if you qualify, call us now at 877-724-7800 for a free and confidential consultation.