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ForneyPicForney is a town on the move. Literally. Even those of us who live in the city have to drive to get anywhere we want to go. Nothing is in walking distance. That is okay. As residents of Dallas-Fort Worth we are well accustomed to driving every where we go.

Guest and Gray Law Firm, P.C. has called Forney, Texas home for decades. Scott Gray and his father, Don Gray, served Forney for decades before joining forces with Robert Guest to become Guest and Gray in 2011. Most of our staff and several of our attorneys, including the author of this article, grew up in the Forney and Kaufman county areas (the author is from Crandall. Don’t hold that against me) and we have seen the exponential growth that is happening in our city and our county. Here is looking at you Terrell and Crandall.

What I have notice, just in the past year, is that if I fail to drive on one side of town for a while, when I finally do, there is a new neighborhood where a piece of land once stood. For instance, that I-20 corridor near FM 1641. There is a new neighborhood over there that I didn’t notice for about 6 months. I came back from court that way one day and BAM, there is a neighborhood off to the left. An entire neighborhood. Well, howdy new neighbors.

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Personal-Injury-Law-300x149In Texas, when a loved one is tragically killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, certain family members such as a surviving spouse, child and even parents may bring a wrongful death claim. The estate may also bring a survival claim for damages the deceased suffered prior to their death, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.

Mesquite is a city that has a high number of automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents due to the major highways and interstate that pass through its borders. Highway 635, Interstates 20 and 30 and numerous others allows hundreds of thousands of people to drive in and around Mesquite every single day. In 2017 alone, Mesquite 15 fatality accidents resulting in 16 deaths with an overall number of over 1,600 accidents.

Each family that is made to suffer the loss of a family member deserves the right to go after the person that caused the death of their loved one. At Guest and Gray, the goal of our experienced wrongful death attorneys is to right the wrongs by pursuing the family and the estate’s claims to the fullest extent of the law to obtain the only type of remedy the civil law provides: compensation.

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Mesquite6352Guest and Gray Law Firm has helped countless injured Mesquite residents receive compensation for the injuries they sustained in automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents. We are committed to serving Mesquite and the surrounding Garland and Balch Springs area residents who have been injured through no fault of their own.

Mesquite is crisscrossed by highways and interstates, with 635 and I-30 being the most well known, but I-20 and several smaller highways cross through the city. 635 is by far the busiest as it is a thoroughfare for Mesquite and surrounding areas to Dallas and beyond. It is also the connection to highway 175 and I-20 going East. Constantly, 635 is plagued by major accidents and delays. Hundreds of thousands of people travel on 635 through Mesquite every single day. As a result, the 635 and I-30 corridors have major accidents on what seems like a daily basis.

Mesquite is also a major commercial trucking route. Mesquite is a highly commercially developed city with retail shopping, eating and other commerce throughout the entire city. This means that big 18-wheelers with tractor trailers are constantly flooding the highways and through streets to get to those areas. In addition to that, commercial vehicles use the highways to get in and out of Dallas and the surrounding areas. As a result, Mesquite has seen a major uptick in commercial traffic accidents over the last several years, thanks in large part to the cities renewal program and North Texas booming economy.

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RockwallHarbor2Rockwall is known for a lot of things. Everyone knows that Rockwall is usually acclaimed to be the Wealthiest County in Texas. Although there are short periods, often during oil booms, that Rockwall is unseated from that throne, Rockwall is always near the top. Why? Because it is close to Dallas and other major business hubs, and it is located in a beautiful area overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard. People like that.

Rockwall is also known for Lake Ray Hubbard. A great lake for catching bass and perch. Occasionally, you will hear of reports of an Alligator swimming around. We live in North East Texas. It happens. The lake has drawn a lot of people and retail shopping to the Rockwall area. Theoretically, it is easy to get to Rockwall with access from I-30, the tollway, Highway 67, Highway 205, you name it. The problem is the third main thing that Rockwall is known for: Traffic.

ROCKWALL TRAFFIC IS NOTORIOUS

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If you are injured in an accident or as a result of someone else’s negligence and are taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, the hospital that treated you will most likely file what is called a “hospital lien”.

The lien is a statutorily granted lien and can be found under the Texas Property Code. It states that:

(a) A hospital has a lien on a cause of action or claim of an individual who receives hospital services for injuries caused by an accident that is attributed to the negligence of another person. For the lien to attach, the individual must be admitted to a hospital not later than 72 hours after the accident.
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personalinjury3-300x201Guest and Gray Law Firm is committed to serving Kaufman county and its residents who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.

We get it. Lawyers, in general, get a bad rap. We are portrayed on TV as money hungry people who will do anything to get ahead. We readily admit that there are those in this industry that are that way, especially in personal injury. But, let me ask you this: are there people like that in your industry? I bet there are. There is probably a lot of them, and I would not for one second automatically think that is what you were simply because you work in the same industry as those people. At Guest and Gray, we work hard for our clients.

At Guest and Gray, our goal is to serve the people of our local community and protect them from being taken advantage of by insurance companies, hospitals and medical providers. That is our number one priority. After you have been injured in an accident, a lot of things happen: you are hurt. You need treatment, so you go to the hospital and then probably follow up treatments, etc.. That is expensive. Emergency hospital care can cost upwards of $100,000 depending on the types of treatments performed. On top of that, your car is messed up and either needs to be fixed or replaced. Your own health insurance company will pay for a lot of the medical bills, but they will want a cut out of any personal injury settlement you get. So, they will be hounding you about settling. The at-fault insurer will give you LOTS of run around about how much they are actually going to cover and what amounts they will not. You may be missing time from work.

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Daycareinjury-300x164We entrust daycare facilities with the care of our children and they promised to take good care of them. However, every year in Texas we hear about children being injured while at day care. Whether it be from children being left in hot day care bus all day long, or children being physically abused by day care workers, it seems to happen all to often here in Texas. At Guest and Gray, we have helped numerous families who have had their world’s rocked by an injury to their child at a day care. Whether it is by an intentional act of the employee or daycare, or through a negligent act, Guest and Gray is here to help you protect your little one.

As a parent, you should always be mindful of your child when they come home from daycare to make sure that they are being properly cared for while at daycare. A common theme among our children who have been injured while at daycare is that the parents thoroughly believed it couldn’t happen at their daycare. Why? Because the daycare was so highly recommended or popular in the area, or because they are at a faith-based daycare, etc.. Trust us: it can happen anywhere. So, pay attention to your child. If things seem off, or your child is injured and the daycare cannot explain what happened, you need to investigate. Do not just take them at their word and move on.

There are signs to watch for that will help you figure out whether your child is being cared for properly while at daycare. Each child is different, so the signs may be different for your child, but there is a common theme among our daycare injury cases that have happened in the Forney, Rockwall and Dallas areas that will help us to guide you in protecting your child daycare abuse.

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DogbitesTexas-300x168Ever been bitten by a dog? It is not very much fun. The personal injury lawyers at Guest and Gray Law Firm are keenly aware of this fact. Over the years, Guest and Gray Law Firm has helped victims of dog bites recover top dollar against negligent dog owners.

For the most part, dogs are man’s best friend. Not like those useless cats that just lay around the house and look at you in disgust. Dogs are sweet and caring and love you unconditionally. However, dogs have it in their system the capacity to become dangerous. Certain breeds more-so than others. Pit Bulls, Bull Dogs, and Rottweilers are some of the main dog breeds that people associate with a dangerous capacity to injure people.

However, in Texas, you really cannot just use a dog’s breed as a means of proving your dog bite case. It must be dog specific. This is a good and bad thing. Texas does not have a statute that covers civil liability for dog bites. Rather, in  Marshall v. Ranne, 511 SW 2d 255 (Tex. S.C. 1974) the Texas Supreme Court adopted the view of dog bite law contained in the Restatement of Torts section 509.  That means Texas is a “negligence” or  “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bites. In order to recover damages for a dog bite, the injured person must show that:

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The headline is a misnomer. Lets just scratch that, its pretty much bad and ugly. Texas has some pretty bleak accident statistics when it comes to the holidays, especially Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

The Texas Department of Transportation collects fatal crash statistics for travel periods, not just the Holiday itself. For instance, for the Memorial day holiday, they collect crash data from a 78 hour period and for Christmas it is a 102 hour period. It allows them to cover the travel period for when people are traveling to destinations to celebrate the holiday.

In 2017, Thanksgiving was the single deadliest travel holiday of the year with 73 fatalities in a 102 hour travel period. That is up nearly 20 deaths from 2016 and an increase of 31 additional fatalities from 2015’s total of 42 from the same travel period. Overall, 2017 saw 296 fatalities during major holiday travel periods that included Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. That is an increase of 49 deaths year-over-year from 2016’s total of 247. Thanksgiving alone had 19 more fatalities during its travel period year-over-year.

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m-cc-ups-and-fedex-300x202This time of year, it is not uncommon to see UPS drivers dashing from stop to stop delivering packages, like Santa trying to make it to every child before Christmas morning. Just last week I was driving on Highway 175 towards Kemp and I saw a UPS delivery truck driving faster than I was on the highway and HE WAS ON THE SERVICE ROAD.

That kind of dangerous driving leads to accidents. UPS puts a lot of pressure on these drivers to deliver an almost impossible amount of packages during the Christmas season. That is why you hear about so many drivers simply dumping out packages on the side of the road because they simply couldn’t make their delivery times and were desperate.

By the way, those UPS trucks are big, commercial vehicles, so if that driver doing 75+ mph on the service road had struck another vehicle at that speed, its pretty much guaranteed that there would be significant injuries, and possibly fatal.