zantac recall 2020

In all the health news of 2020, you may have missed the news about the ranitidine recall. Known widely by its over the counter “OTC” name, Zantac, this heartburn medication has been under the spotlight for containing a contaminant and harboring shelf-life issues that may be tied to causing cancer.

If you have heard the news, or if you have been informed by  your pharmacist or doctor to discontinue Zantac use, you likely have questions and concerns. With regulatory authorities taking action to remove the medication from store shelves and lawsuits pending, where does that leave you? If you or a loved one has used Zantac, who is representing your interests, and what are your options?

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What is the Zantac Recall About?

Zantac  has faced scrutiny from the FDA and other medical patient interest groups due to concerns about the contaminant (NDMA) N-Nitrosodimethylamine. This impurity’s ability to increase, particularly when stored at warmer temperatures, is a major cause for concern because there is some evidence that it is carcinogenic.After several investigations, individual lawsuits, and mass tort lawsuits were initiated, the  FDA officially issued a complete recall  of all forms of the medication on April 1st of this year.

As pending cases approach the trial process, outcomes for victims of the drug’s dangerous complications remain to be seen. People who have been harmed by this medication deserve both physical and financial recovery.  If you have suffered  illness or had medical complications  after a history of using Zantac medication, please call today for advice and options.

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What to Do If You Are Taking Ranitidine

If you are taking OTC Zantac, the FDA recommends that you discontinue use, and speak with your pharmacist or your doctor about safe alternatives. Alternative medications to Zantac which  do not contain the problematic ingredient  NDMA include Pepcid (famotidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole). 

If you are taking prescription ranitidine, speak with your doctor before making any changes to your medications. However, speaking to your doctor right away would be advisable, due to the nature of the recall issued for these medications. Your doctor will make a recommendation right for your health that mitigates the risk of exposure to NDMA or n-nitrosamine impurities.

The above recommendations stand for all types of ranitidine formulation and administration. All forms of the medication have been recalled. Ranitidine has been offered in tablets, capsules, syrup, or maybe injected.

To discard medications that you will no longer be taking, there are FDA recommendations for proper and safe disposal. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, some locations that typically accept unwanted or unused medications for disposal are not currently able to do so. If you do not have a drop off option available to you, please see the package insert of your medication for proper disposal instructions. Some instructions exist online depending on the type of ranitidine medication that you have.

Please note, due to the recall, ranitidine, and ranitidine-containing products are not on store shelves for continued or new OTC use and they are not available for existing or new prescriptions as of April 1st, 2020.

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What Exactly is Zantac (Ranitidine)?

Zantac, an over the counter  (“OTC”)  heartburn drug, has been in common circulation for the last 40 years. Initially available by prescription only, for about the first half of that time, it eventually became available OTC in pharmacies and health supply sections of stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and more.

Ranitidine was formulated to treat  acid reflux and heartburn. The formulation accomplishes this by reducing the amount of acid that the stomach produces, which is the source of these uncomfortable conditions. Since then, the drug has also been recommended and supplied to individuals struggling with other less common stomach conditions such as  Zollinger Ellison Syndrome  and  Gastroesophageal  Reflux Disease.

Ranitidine is part of a group of medications known as  histamine-2 blockers. Manufacturer/Distributor companies for ranitidine include Sanofi US Services Inc., Blake v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Pfizer Inc. Each company is facing ongoing litigation at this time about Zantac, its formulation, creation, conveyance, or effects.

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Zantac Recall 2020 Ranitidine

What’s Wrong With Ranitidine?

Zantac’s rise in popularity has meant that huge numbers of individuals have been made vulnerable to the drug’s related complications. These complications include a number of cancers, especially breast cancer and bladder cancer. Ranitidine is part of an entire class of drugs that are under investigation for carcinogenic properties per the FDA’s June 2020 updated information.

The makers of Zantac cannot claim surprise at concerns with the drug. In July 2018 the first round of actions was taken in the form of  voluntary recalls, and the  FDA began investigating  NDMA levels the following summer. The initial action was taken due to Zantac containing the ingredient valsartan. Since the focus of concern has shifted to NDMA contents and the compound’s increase over the duration of the shelf life, several lawsuits have been filed. The first was in Florida in September 2019, followed soon after by a Colorado case in October 2019. Still, before the FDA recall in April of this year, cases were filed in New York and Illinois in January.

As these cases pend trial, the situation has become increasingly  alarming to the huge consumer base that has utilized Zantac or other forms of ranitidine. The medication was first approved by the FDA in 1983 and by 1988 was the  best-selling drug worldwide. It continued to increase in popularity since then, and even more since the early 2000’s when the drug was made available over the counter.

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Thompson Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Case

When drug makers or manufacturers are irresponsible or negligent in their formulation or production of medications, that is not just a disservice to the individuals who rely on them, consumers deserve justice. Have you experienced complications, illness, disease, or even cancer after using Zantac or ranitidine medication? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.

Thompson Law’s experienced personal injury team is prepared to take your call anytime 24/7. We understand that life emergencies like medication defects, auto accidents, slip and fall injuries, and more can happen any time of day or night. Our goal is to be here for our clients whenever they need us. From your first call, you can expect our dedicated, expert legal professionals to answer your questions and get to work helping you.

If you need help locating medical providers, we can help connect you with excellent resources and get you on the path to financial recovery. For your health concerns or any worries you have about the health history of your loved ones after taking ranitidine, don’t hesitate to  reach out  for advice and options.

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This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have. Do not disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice based on anything herein.

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Super Lawyers

Thompson Law is excited to announce Super Lawyers has once again selected Thompson Law’s Managing Partner Ryan L. Thompson for its prestigious Texas Super Lawyers distinction. An important part of finding a great personal injury attorney is ensuring that they have earned peer recognition and honors. To confirm these honors, look no further than the Texas Super Lawyers List. Looking at this year’s list, and prior-year lists as well can provide an understanding of the quality and consistency of a given firm. Not only has Ryan L. Thompson made the Texas Super Lawyers List for 2020 in the category of Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff, he has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for the last 6 years running.

Texas Super Lawyers and the Texas Rising Stars list is reached through a competitive, multi-step process designed to select the most respected and distinguished attorneys in the state. The process begins with the collection of a diverse group of peer-nominated attorneys. From there, nominated candidates’ professional histories and qualifications are analyzed by third-party researchers. Candidates are evaluated based on 12 key performance categories. Those who make it to the next step of the process are reviewed by a panel of Blue Ribbon peer attorneys who are highly credentialed and distinguished in the profession. Finally, 2.5% of attorneys are selected to become Rising Stars and 5% of attorneys are accepted onto the Super Lawyers List. Through this process, the standout attorneys are selected based on exceptional professional performance and track records of success. They represent the most luminous examples of attorney success in their fields.

From the Super Lawyers Attorney team, and all of us here at Thompson Law, our driving passion is to provide exceptional personal injury legal experience to our deserving clients. Not only do we care about serving justice and winning maximum settlements for those we represent, it also matters deeply to us that our clients are cared for and have a stress-free experience. Many of our own family members and friends have suffered serious accidents. We are motivated by the empathy gained by helping our own loved ones through these difficult periods. We understand the ways that a serious accident can turn a life upside down physically, emotionally, and financially. The most rewarding results that come from what we do are the wins for our clients. In times like these, where we receive recognition for our hard work and success, we take the opportunity to realize what a privilege it is to do the work we do. 

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a-list in 2020

The National Trial Lawyers has once again selected Thompson Law for their 2020 A-List. This list is made up of the 100 most influential law firms advertising nationally in the United States. Each year, the National Trial Lawyers’ A-List organization analyzes and ranks prestigious law firms based on data provided by Nielsen Media Research.

If you’re wondering who the best personal injury lawyer in Dallas may be or where to find accident injury legal assistance in Texas, look no further than The National Trial Lawyers Association’s featured attorneys. Not only is Ryan L. Thompson, Managing Partner of Thompson Law, a member in good standing, but he has also been recognized by the organization in numerous ways. Ryan was honored as one of the Top 40 under 40 Texas Trial Lawyers, is one of the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers, and his Dallas-Fort Worth-based firm has made the A-List for the past two years.

The National Trial Lawyers is an esteemed organization composed of premier trial lawyers from around the United States who have to meet strict qualifications in their practice of civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is solely by invitation, and following nomination, attorneys credentials are rigorously examined in a detailed evaluation process.

Only the most qualified and exceptional attorneys ultimately receive association invitations. These individuals have a notable reputation, influence, stature, leadership qualities, and of course trial success, as these standards are measured in compliance with the state bar. Ryan L. Thompson and Thompson Law are now part of the elite class of legal practitioners to have received The National Trial Lawyers recognition multiple times.

Our greatest desire as a team at Thompson Law is that every client we represent receives the best treatment, fullest recovery possible, and wins their absolutemaximum just compensation. Thompson Law is truly a family-oriented firm. Many of us have seen our own loved ones suffer the pain and terrible difficulty that accidents can cause, so we have great empathy for the challenges our clients face after tragic accidents.

As a premier personal injury law firm, we are passionate about winning justice for the people we serve and work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results for our deserving clients. In moments like these where we receive recognition of our success as a firm, it’s a reminder of why we do what we do. It’s an honor and a privilege every day to represent our clients.

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national trail lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers has once again selected Thompson Law for their 2020 A-List. This list is made up of the 100 most influential law firms advertising nationally in the United States. Each year, the National Trial Lawyers’ A-List organization analyzes and ranks prestigious law firms based on data provided by Nielsen Media Research.

If you’re wondering who the best personal injury lawyer in Dallas may be or where to find accident injury legal assistance in Texas, look no further than The National Trial Lawyers Association’s featured attorneys. Not only is Ryan L. Thompson, Managing Partner of Thompson Law, a member in good standing, but he has also been recognized by the organization in numerous ways. Ryan was honored as one of the Top 40 under 40 Texas Trial Lawyers, is one of the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers, and his Dallas-Fort Worth-based firm has made the A-List for the past two years.

The National Trial Lawyers is an esteemed organization composed of premier trial lawyers from around the United States who have to meet strict qualifications in their practice of civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is solely by invitation, and following nomination, attorneys credentials are rigorously examined in a detailed evaluation process. Only the most qualified and exceptional attorneys ultimately receive association invitations. These individuals have a notable reputation, influence, statureleadership qualities, and of course trial success, as these standards are measured in compliance with the state bar. Ryan L. Thompson and Thompson Law are now part of the elite class of legal practitioners to have received The National Trial Lawyers recognition multiple times.

Our greatest desire as a team at Thompson Law is that every client we represent receives the best treatment, fullest recovery possible, and wins their absolutemaximum just compensation. Thompson Law is truly a family-oriented firm. Many of us have seen our own loved ones suffer the pain and terrible difficulty that accidents can cause, so we have great empathy for the challenges our clients face after tragic accidents. As a premier personal injury law firm, we are passionate about winning justice for the people we serve and work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results for our deserving clientsIn moments like these where we receive recognition of our success as a firm, it’s a reminder of why we do what we do. It’s an honor and a privilege every day to represent our clients.

tesla Autopilot

This past week, another story emerged of a Tesla autopilot failure. A North Carolina doctor’s Model S sedan catastrophically failed when it drove directly into not one, but two police vehicles. The Tesla collided with a police-issue Dodge Charger that was stopped to assist a highway patrol trooper, pushing the Charger into the patrol car, and knocking both officers to the ground. Luckily no one was hurt, because the results could have been much worse, given fatal past precedents.

The Tesla driver had been watching a movie at the time instead of the road. He was charged with infractions related to the state’s “Move Over” law, designed to give an extra lane of space for emergency vehicles stopped on roadways, as well as distracted driving restrictions on the use of a TV in automobiles. The question that must be asked is, did the driver cause the crash or did the autopilot cause the crash?

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Who Is At-Fault in Cases of Self Driving Cars?

While initial determinations of fault in this recent story have already been cited, there are much larger questions about responsibility for autopilot accidents ongoing in our courts, legislative halls, and government agencies at this time. This new technology is not as regulated as you might think, and because our legal system has not yet fully grappled with the implications of the new technology, determining the fault and the cause of these accidents can become very murky and highly contested.

The National Traffic Safety Board issued a report on just this question earlier this year. The role of the NTSB is to investigate crashes and make safety recommendations to avoid such tragedies. In tandem with the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA), they work toward a goal of safer roads and safer driving practices, though the relations between the two organizations are not always smooth.

This report is a case in point, as the NTSB took the noteworthy action of placing some blame for autopilot crashes on the NHTSA. Their concern was that the NHTSA has not demanded enough from automakers such as Tesla when it comes to built-in safety measures and restrictive use of new autopilot technologies.

The NHTSA’s response to the report is that they are reviewing the analysis, and a reminder that all commercially available vehicles require human drivers to stay in control at all times.” This statement is directly at odds with the fact that automakers such as Tesla continue to make technology counter to this guideline freely available to consumers and put such cars out on the road. The NTSB believes the current state of laws and guidelines are not enough effort to maintain the safety of US roads when it comes to autopilot features.

Tesla itself also was deemed a responsible party for the injuries and deaths that have occurred in their vehicles. The allegation is that Tesla has not effectively limited autopilot use. Drivers are still in control of turning on and using the future in circumstances where it is not intended to be used. When asked for comment in the NTSB’s investigations, Tesla indicated that their owner’s manuals state that autopilot is designed for use on limited-access highways with no cross traffic. The company also says autopilot is an assisting system, not a replacement for the attention of the driver. Drivers must be ready to intervene at all times. However, Tesla has faced accusations of fault for failing to limit the use of its autopilot feature to the situation outlined just above. Drivers remain able to turn on the feature at their discretion.

Certainly, although not of particular focus in this report, drivers of the autopilot vehicles themselves have faced criticism and blame for the accidents. It is a duty and responsibility of each driver who gets behind the wheel to remain alert and cautious while driving. It takes the collective effort of everyone sharing the road to keep it safe. This thinking is particularly saddening when the driver is killed in these autopilot crashes. We certainly hope that we see an end to tragic injuries and deaths resulting from vehicle autopilot features.

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What does the Future of Self Driving Cars Hold?

It’s unusual to see technological progress pull back, so it’s likely that autopilot features and designs toward fully self-driving cars are here to stay. What remains to be seen is how our government and auto industries will react. Legislation for agreed upon and consistent product development, testing, deployment and use will be required to consistently manage the risk of this technology. And the automakers, such as Tesla, need to change the way they build and sell these technologies to include better fail-safes and restrictions for careful use.

Improved technology is cause for excitement and optimism, especially if we can look forward to safer, more automated roadways in years to come. The positive implications of autopilot features could mean an end to distracted driving, intoxicated driving, and driver error crashes. We can only hope that there are no more injuries or fatalities as we work toward that future.

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Do You Have a Case?

With over 350 years of combined experience, the team at Thompson Law is uniquely equipped to handle a wide range of personal injury cases. Our experienced attorneys have won over $1.8 billion for our clients, and have served injured accident victims throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas, and nationally. The work that we do at Thompson Law is specifically designed to not only get you the very best settlement or verdict but to deliver an exceptional, 5-star client experience throughout that process as well.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident with an autopilot car, such as a Tesla, or any other type of motor vehicle, Thompson Law is here to help you. Our staff is available 24/7 to take your call or message, provide you with a free on-the-spot consultation, and get you on the path to recovery.

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top 100 settlements

Recently, Thompson Law announced ranking on TopVerdict’s list of Top 50 Settlements in Texas in 2019! Not only did we make the list, we actually had 6 of the Top 50 Settlements in Texas in 2019. Now, the more comprehensive TopVerdicts list of the Top 100 Settlements in Texas has been released. Thompson Law has achieved an additional 7 winning settlements on this list bringing the firm’s count to 13 of the Top 100 Settlements in Texas in 2019! That’s more Top 100 Settlements than any other personal injury law firm in Texas, making Ryan L. Thompson the winningest injury lawyer in Texas in terms of settlements. 

Top 100 settlements

TopVerdict is a respected institution that annually recognizes United States law firms and individual attorneys that have obtained the highest jury verdicts, settlements, or court awards. Rankings are awarded in individual states and nationally in specific legal disciplines. Recognition from this independent organization is different from other publications because TopVerdicts awards recipients based documented performance, not opinions of peers or legal panels. Recognition is prestigious due to the shortlist of recipients compiled by the organization, and is unbiased due to the independent selection criteria. TopVerdict awards are earned, not bought. Thompson Law is part of the elite class of firms to have received recognition more than once, having also been honored on multiple lists in both 2018 and 2019.

Managing Attorney Ryan L. Thompson – as well as attorneys R. Matthew Graham, Ryan Anderson, Scott K. Koelker and Kimberly P. Charter – were honored for the following settlements for injury accidents across Texas:

Segovia, et al. v. Salvador $500,000.00

    • Irving Car Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident

 

Wiscombe v. Reece Albert Trucking LLC, et al. $494,040.00

    • Concho County TX Car Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Gross Negligence, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior

 

Rekieta v. Timco Logistics Systems, et al. $480,000.00

 

Bell v. Tello $400,000.00

    • Dallas Dog Bite, Negligent Supervision, Personal Injury, Animal Attack, Negligent Tort

 

Clinton v. Hannah $375,000.00

 

Tackett v. Pineda $250,000.00

    • Dallas Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Underinsured Motorist, Negligent Tort

 

Milson v. Pardron $200,000.00

    • Cresson TX Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Negligent Tort

 

Olivera v. Ebersold $183,000.00

 

Thomas v. Hatcher Sanitation, Inc. $150,000.00

    • Kaufman TX Car Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Negligent Tort

 

Terry v. James $132,000.00

    • Hurst TX Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Commercial Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Negligent Tort

 

Gilchrist v. Te Snow and Harris Ventures, Inc. $125,000.00

 

Young v. Deere’s Farm & Ranch Services $125,000.00

 

Cheek v. Jackson-Morgan $109,081.00

    • Lancaster TX Car Accident, Personal Injury, Negligent Tort

 

At Thompson Law, we are driven to ensure that every client we represent receives the very best treatment and fullest recovery possible and is delivered their maximum fair compensation. As a family-oriented firm, we have great empathy for the challenges our clients face after serious injurious or fatal accidents. We have seen our own loved ones struggle with the pain and concerns that tragic accidents can cause. We are driven by a passion to win justice for the people we serve and work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results. It’s a privilege to do the work we do for our clients, and it’s also exceptionally rewarding to receive such recognition of our success.

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zantac

You may have heard the recent news about the recalls and problems associated with Zantac, also known by its chemical name ranitidine. Perhaps your pharmacist or doctor has even warned you about the medication. The fact is, this drug has been under the spotlight about some concerning contents and side effects for a couple of years now. Finally, regulatory authorities have taken action to remove the medication from store shelves.

Zantac has faced scrutiny from the FDA and other medical patient interest groups due to concerns about cancer-causing active ingredients and unstable shelf life of the product. Following multiple individual and mass tort lawsuits and related investigations, the FDA officially issued a complete recall of all forms of the medication on April 1st of this year.

As the pending cases and inevitable future cases wait for their day in court, it remains to be seen how victims of the drug’s dangerous complications will fare – both in health and in recompense for their devastating experiences with the drug. If you have suffered illness or may have medical complications after a history of using Zantac medication, call Thompson Law today. We will be happy to answer your call or web inquiry right away and can provide you with information, options and advice – completely risk-free and at no cost to you.

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What is Zantac (ranitidine)?

Zantac is an over the counter (“OTC”) heartburn drug that has been widely available since the early 1980’s. It was available by prescription only for about the first 20 years since its development, and eventually became available OTC in pharmacies and health supply sections of stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and more.

The drug was formulated to treat acid reflux and heartburn by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach, which causes these uncomfortable symptoms. Apart from this most common use and advertised application, the drug was also recommended and supplied to individuals struggling with other stomach conditions such as Zollinger Ellison Syndrome and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

Often referred to and sold under its chemical name, Ranitidine, Zantac is a category of medication known as a histamine-2 blocker. It is produced and conveyed to consumers via a few companies such as Sanofi US Services Inc., Blake v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Pfizer Inc. All of these companies are facing ongoing litigation about their role and responsibility in producing or conferring Zantac to consumers who ended up fighting cancers such as breast cancer or bladder cancer.

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What is the Problem with Zantac?

Since the April 1st statement issued by the FDA, ranitidine products were removed from the market immediately in all forms, including pills and liquid. The substance within the drug that is under scrutiny for its purported carcinogenic consequences is called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Digestion of this substance in large quantities has the potential to cause cancer in humans. The daily consumption limit of the substance is 92 nanograms according to FDA guidelines, as the substance is found in certain foods, such as cured meats.

Zantac’s rise in popularity has meant that huge numbers of individuals may be made vulnerable to the drugs related complications. The medication was first approved by the FDA in 1983 and by 1988 was the best-selling drug worldwide. It continued to increase in popularity since then, and in the early 2000’s the drug was made available over the counter.

Alternative medications to Zantac which do not include the ingredient NDMA include Pepcid (famotidine), Nexium (esomeprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole). Be sure to talk to your doctor before changing any medications or starting a new regimen.

Not the First Time Zantac Has Had Issues

The makers of Zantac are not newly aware of concerns with the drug. In July 2018 the first round of actions was taken in the form of voluntary recalls, and the FDA began investigating NDMA levels the following summer. The initial action was taken due to Zantac containing the ingredient valsartan. Since the focus of concern has shifted to NDMA contents and the compound’s increase over the duration of the shelf life, several lawsuits have been filed. The first was in Florida in September 2019, followed soon after by a Colorado case in October 2019. Still before the FDA recall in April of this year, cases were filed in New York and Illinois in January. As these cases pend trial, the situation has become increasingly alarming to the huge consumer base that has utilized this drug. Due to deficiencies in the study of the contents and stability of the medication, users may be facing an increased likelihood of developing cancer.

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Thompson Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Case

Have you developed cancer or suffered illness or disease after use of Zantac or ranitidine medication? The experienced personal injury team at Thompson Law is standing ready to take your call and help to get you on the path to your deserved personal injury recovery. For your health concerns, or any worries you have about the health history of your loved ones after taking ranitidine, don’t hesitate to reach out for advice and options.

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us one penny unless we win your case for you. You deserve to be protected and you deserve justice after suffering a dangerous and debilitating cancer or illness caused by using a medication that you were told was safe.

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Official Statement From the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested a manufacturer’s market withdrawal of ranitidine, known commonly by the brand name Zantac. This means ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) use in the U.S.

FDA has found N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in some ranitidine products increase with time and temperature posing a risk to consumers, and therefore the agency has requested the withdrawal of all ranitidine products from the U.S. market.

Consumers should stop taking any OTC ranitidine they may currently have. Patients taking prescription ranitidine should speak with their health care professional about other treatment options before stopping the medicine. Multiple drugs are approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine.

Consumers should dispose of any ranitidine products properly, and not buy more of it including compounded ranitidine.

To date, FDA’s testing has not found NDMA in products used for similar treatment like famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec).

To dispose of unsafe medications: Visit the FDA’s recommendation page here.

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telehealth

Remote healthcare has been around for a while but has become much more common during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine period. Lots of patients are experimenting with receiving their routine and non-urgent healthcare through virtual appointments for the first time. And many providers actually discouraged or eliminated in-person appointments in favor of online consultations for these types of issues in order to comply with state and federal business closure measures, to protect their employees, and to prioritize in-person care and resources for those with serious injury or illness during this time.  

With the expanded use of these tools, we need a little more clarity about how these resources are defined and how they work. Telehealth and telemedicine are distinct remote healthcare concepts.  

Telemedicine: remote clinical services, such as consultations with a doctor, assessment of health conditions, physical therapy or mental health therapy appointments 

Telehealth: a broader categorization of remote healthcare services, including telemedicine, but also including non-clinical services such as provider training, healthcare administrative meetings, continuing medical education – essentially various components of a well-functioning healthcare ecosystem. Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration,” by the Health Resources Services Administration. 

How Does Telehealth Work? 

Telehealth services are administered virtually by a healthcare professional to a patient. This can happen over various webcam interfaces such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc., but more commonly occurs over provider-specific portals designed to have increased privacy and security protections. Some of these platforms are web browser based while others are custom applications. The patient and the provider log in for a video call where they can hear each other over their device microphones and see each other through device webcams. Sometimes telehealth is also referring to other virtual platforms for doctor/patient communication – like a portal with a designated messaging system or other check-in features. 

These virtual functionalities are extremely convenient, allowing the patient to meet with their provider from the comfort of their own home, and the provider to meet from a safer office or home setting as well. In addition, during the current crisis, telemedicine access has been expanded so providers can see patients not only from their local practice area, but also from farther away, even in other states. 

Thompson Law works with many practitioner partners who currently offer either in-person visits, telehealth functionality, or both. If you have a need for medical consultation, follow up, or treatment after an accident, reach out anytime to learn more about your options to receive the medical help you need, all while staying safe. You could even say we provide “Tele-Law” services right now, with our staff working from home for social distancing purposes, but still providing our full range of personal injury services to our existing clients and taking new cases every day! 

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Benefits of Telehealth Services 

It’s difficult to find criticism of telehealth options at this timeThe vast majority of conversation around these products and services is that they help serve a need for routine and non-urgent care during this complicated period. Some patients and providers have expressed limited frustrations about the platforms used for virtual calling or work-from-home technology, such as when the tech fails or call resolution or sound quality is low. Generally, these issues are episodic and easily avoidable or correctable through a simple restart or reschedule. 

Safety 

Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home for a consultation. 

Avoid risk of being exposed to illness while visiting a doctor’s office. 

Avoid risk of spreading your illness to others during and in-person visit. 

Avoid adding to the exposure our front line and medical workers are currently facing. 

Efficiency 

Skip the drive too and from the doctor’s office, especially while you are feeling bad. 

Overwhelmed doctors’ offices can see patients more quickly virtually than in person. 

Less cleaning is required for doctors offices than when patientare visiting in-person. 

Minor issues like follow ups or prescription refills can be handled more quickly and easily. 

Cost 

Some health insurance charge patients a lower rate for telemedicine appointments, especially during the current crisis. 

Some providers charge insurance companies a lower rate for these appointments, especially if the appointment duration can be shorter. 

Who is Telemedicine for? 

Telehealth services can really work for so many people from widely varied and diverse groups, but the technology has particular value in rural areas where COVID-19 death rates are higher, and where even in more stable times, there are struggles to recruit and retain talented medical providers.  

The US News & World Report states, “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees health coverage for more than 37 million Americans with Medicare, expanded the type of telehealth visits it would pay for, and last week the federal agency said it would pay providers the same rates for phone calls as it would for video visits.” Advocates hope that expanded telehealth access that has occurred as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain for the long term. Certainly, the benefits to patients and providers are there 

Additionally, younger patients have been open to, and optimistic about, telemedicine for years. Research as early as 2016 found that millennials were extremely disheartened about the state of healthcare and had strong interest in expanded services for medical care, including measures like telemedicine apps and other digital consultation resources.  

Another finding from that study was that individuals with children in the house, parents and caretakers, were also much more likely to desire a virtual option for medical support. Specifically, when asked about situations where care was needed in the middle of the night, respondents with children were 67% more likely to be in favor of telemedicine availability. 

Since that report in 2016, technology ease of use and access has increased dramatically. Younger generations assumed to be more tech savvy are certainly not the only comfortable consumers of this type of tech, as clearly evidenced by explosion of telehealth platforms during the current crisis.  

In the personal injury space, the attorneys and legal experts at Thompson Law have had experience for years with medical treatment involving telemedicine. Our exposure has increased during the recent quarantine period, and our team is uniquely equipped to connect you with great virtual medical resources should you need them. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, need an injury attorney and need help getting medical treatment, please know you have a dedicated and compassionate resource just a phone call away with Thompson Law.  

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What’s the Prognosis for Telehealth? 

Many of the relaxed telehealth guidelines will expire when the COVID-19 national state of emergency period is over. But advocates and users alike hope that the approaches taken during the pandemic can be codified into healthcare law for future practice. The safety benefits, efficiencies for our maxed-out systems, and increased access for underserved communities are collectively too important to give up.  

Particularly since the expansion of telemedicine services accepted by Medicare and Medicaid in response to COVID-19 quarantine measures, other major private health insurance companies like BlueCross BlueShieldAetnaCigna, and more have expanded their accepted offerings too. The efficiencies and benefits at this time may convince these companies to continue current practices into the future. 

The Future of Telehealth for You 

If telemedicine is a service that would benefit your healthcare regimen, check with your insurance provider and healthcare providers about the options available to you. To help you research your options, here are a few additional resources on telemedicine: 

Contact Thompson Law for telemedicine questions related to your personal injury case by emailing or calling anytime. 

Telehealth in Your Personal Injury Case 

It’s true that the personal injury experts at Thompson Law may be well known for incredible case results, strong representation of clients hurt in car accidents, 18wheeler wrecks and other devastating accidents – but we care deeply about the health and well-being of the clients we serve. An important part of considering a case outcome successful for us is seeing our clients make the absolute best recovery possible. For this reason, telehealth resources that help make that recovery happen are extremely valuable to us.  

If you have any questions about your ongoing personal injury case and your how telehealth treatment may be impacting it, reach out to Thompson Law. If you’ve been hurt in an accident and haven’t reached out to us yet – please do so now! The sooner you speak to us in a free, no-risk consultation, the sooner we can show you the resources you have to get on the road to physical recovery and financial relief.  

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During this time of limited movement and activity, you may be surprised to find yourself in need of an attorney for personal injury. Life is complicated enough at the moment, and the last thing you need is one more source of stress, like a lengthy and fruitless battle with an insurance company. Fortunately, the team at Thompson Law is here for you. We continue to provide our full range of personal injury legal services and to take on new clients at this time. And as always, we operate on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t make one penny unless and until you win your case. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, reach out anytime.

Crashes: While Density is Down, Speeding is Up

While the United States experienced a nationwide shut down for COVID-19, towns, cities and metroplexes with famously dense traffic are seeing the most striking increases in roadway speeds. Leading traffic analytics firm, INRIX, has reported that highway speeds in major US cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, IL have reached speeds 75% higher than they would have in the usual pre-pandemic traffic. The Governors Highway Safety Association has found similar results. New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. has seen in increase in speed and traffic violations due to the largely empty roadways. As early as March 27th, the impacts to the emptied roadways was evidenced by the doubling of street camera traffic tickets issued in the city that day compared to the year before.

In less densely packed locales, drivers are also taking the opportunity to put the pedal to the metal. In fact, Iowa State Patrol reported citing over 170 people for topping 100mph speeds over the last month! And, a motorist in a small city in Georgia was reported to have been racing at 172mph!

The Minnesota Star Tribune published an article illuminating the staggering speeding fatality statistics they are seeing during the quarantine period:

The 24 fatal crashes since [Governor Tim] Walz’s order accounted for 28 deaths, the data further disclosed. That compares with 13 last year, 15 in 2018 and 17 in 2017.

Half of those 28 deaths were related to motorists who were speeding or to careless or negligent driving, according to the Traffic Safety office.

Traffic may be reduced on Minnesota roads during this challenging time, but the number of road fatalities is rising,” said a representative from the Traffic Safety office.

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Contributing Risks: Combined with Speeding, these Factors Add to Present Dangers

In addition to drivers taking advantage of cleared roadways to see how fast they can go, there are a few other contributing factors to the risk of collision and increasingly dangerous behavior at this time.

Pedestrians: As people face limited options for unwinding in free time, and the spring weather continues to improve, more and more people are finding their way outdoors for exercise, hobbies, or simply a change of pace from being inside their homes.

“We do have fewer car crashes right now, because there are fewer cars,” said Jacque Knight, a St. Louis-based traffic planner. “But the crashes we do have are likely to be more severe because speed is the biggest determinant of serious injury and mortality — especially for pedestrians.

Trucking Road-Time Restrictions Eased: We previously wrote about this action taken by the FMCSA following the declaration of a national emergency. The crux of the issue is that crucial medical supplies and personnel are required all over the country – urgently and immediately. In order to expedite shipping and remove hindrances to delivery speed, the easing of road time limits allows drivers transporting this critical cargo to forego necessary stops and breaks. While fast delivery of these essential supplies is important, we can only hope that it does not come at the cost of innocent lives, as fatigued truckers speed down the highway with extremely heavy loads and weary senses.

Police are Being Ordered to Make Fewer Traffic Stops: Departments throughout the country have taken a more lenient stance on more minor violations, including lesser traffic citations. The tolerance is designed to help limit police interaction with the public in efforts to comply with safe social distancing. While not all official communications by department leaders make the leniency policy public, it seems word has gotten out. Drivers all over the nation are taking advantage of the opportunity and speeding up.

Thompson Law takes our client’s cases very seriously. Particularly in cases where a pedestrian has been hurt or killed, a commercial vehicle like an 18-wheeler is at fault, or other scenarios where tragedy could have so easily been avoided, we are driven to ensure justice is served for the victims. No one ever plans to need a truck accident lawyer, certainly not a wrongful death lawyer. But, if you or your family have suffered from a tragic accident, know that you have resources, and help is just one brief phone call away.

Dangers of Speeding

It is shocking that after all the years of research and experience we have about the dangers of speeding, people still seem to need a reminder at this time about the serious consequences of this reckless behavior.

Property damage is often one of the first things to come to mind when we think of a car accidents generally. However, as soon as you add “high-speed” to the equation, injuries become the much more pressing concern. As experts in personal injury protection, these are just a few of the devastating consequences we have encountered from dangerous drivers’ failings on the road:

  • Neck and back injuries, including broken or slipped disks and whiplash
  • Head injuries including concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and contusions
  • Skeletal injuries such as broken or fractured bones
  • Muscular injuries such as pulls or strains
  • Spinal cord injuries including paraplegia or tetraplegia
  • Death

Whether you need a truck accident attorney after being struck by a speeding 18-wheeler, an expert commercial accident lawyer after a collision with a rushed delivery van, or have simply been struck by a careless speed demon, the personal injury authorities at Thompson Law are prepared to take care of you and provide the solutions you need. Your dedicated legal team will share guidance on obtaining any medical treatment and will take the burden of fighting the insurance companies and at-fault parties off your shoulders. Reach out to us on the web or give us a call to get started.

What Cities Can Do About Speeding Right Now

With a spike in speeding-related crashes that cause serious injuries and fatalities, many are already asking what can be done to slow things down. With the reopening of cities and states like Texas, we may see a return to more typical policing standards around speed citations. Part of the return to “a new normal” may include upticks in contact and interaction, though with safety precautions such as masks and rolled-up windows.

Additionally, there are measures cities can take. Most cities currently have a vast stockpile of supplies for traffic and event management that are not in use right now without any large crowd activities going on at such places as sports and entertainment venues. These cones, stanchions, gates and other tools for directing traffic and shutting down lanes can be put to use narrowing or closing roads that are causing problems. Using these tools to create additional temporary bike lanes, direct curbside pickup traffic, or generally make areas look like construction sites all encourage motorists to slow down.

Finally, there are things that individuals can do to help. Aside from obviously taking personal responsibility and not speeding when you drive, there are other measures available. Businesses offering takeout and curbside pickup that have parking spaces are setting up booths or stations in those areas to make for easier hand off to customers. There is an additional bonus effect that traffic around these sorts of setups naturally slows to accommodate people parking and walking nearby. And who knows, maybe the Pittsburgh chair can become a nationwide trend?

Perhaps an unforeseen benefit of this moment will come in the form of city planning improvements to make our roads and sidewalks safer, more navigable, and more logical. In the urgency of reaction to the pandemic, we may also see changes like this happen more organically and with less red tape.

The Critical Conclusion

In the best of times, speeding is the third most common cause of vehicular deaths. In the worst of times, like a pandemic, if speeding trends continue as they are, we may find that while the roads are less populous, they are more deadly.

This is not a good time to be hospitalized. Take care while driving so that you don’t make costly mistakes which could put you or anyone else in harm’s way. By risking your safety on the road, risk your own well being and optimal recovery in hospitals focused on tending to COVID-19 patients. Careless actions on the road are always a selfish choice, but this is particularly poignant at a time where our hospitals and healthcare systems are already overburdened. Have compassion for others as you share the roads and stay safe. If things do go wrong, Thompson Law is still here to help.

 

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, 469-444-4444, or toll-free at the phone number below.

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Do you have personal injury questions and need answers? Are you too busy to do hours of research online that just result in conflicting answers? Do you have 15 minutes to spare for a fun and educational experience? If your answers to these questions are yes, we have a show for you!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5th at 1pm, Lion Law Live with lilD is airing on Instagram Live! This conversation is designed to answer personal injury and legal questions from listeners all around the DFW metroplex and beyond. 97.9 The Beat’s lilD will be interviewing Thompson Law’s Ryan “The Lion” Thompson about his expertise in car and truck accidents, commercial vehicle accidents (like when you’re hit by an 18-wheeler or a delivery driver), workplace accidents, and more.

Sometimes, the pain and frustration of these accidents can extend into the process of getting medical treatment and getting the insurance company or at-fault party to pay for the damage. Thompson Law’s goal is to provide an exceptional experience for our clients, by taking the burden of these fights off your shoulders and providing guidance for the steps you need to take after an accident. We want to see all our clients make a full recovery and get their absolute maximum settlement. To provide transparency about our services, we are always happy to answer client questions – now even on Instagram Live!

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Dee “LilD” Porter has a 15-plus-year career in radio, from Louisiana to Ohio to Missouri to Texas. LilD fans love her confident, tell-it-like-it-is attitude that comes from her talent and her hard work to get where she is now. In addition, lilD is the founder of Grinding in Real Life, an initiative to mentor young people, particularly girls, that includes providing paths to goals, discussing issues that matter, and sharing her experience. Additionally, she is an author. Her first book, a memoir titled Route 2 was released last October. Can’t get enough lilD? Tune in to 97.9 The Beat for #lilDLunchBreak Monday-Friday 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

Thompson Law is very excited to bring you this new format for sharing helpful information about our services and our expertise in the personal injury arena. With decades of combined personal injury experience, and over $1.8 billion won for our clients, our firm has a vast knowledge of the issues that our clients face when they have been injured in any type of accident or workplace event. We’re grateful to lilD and all our partners at 97.9 The Beat for their collaboration and work to bring this information to a new platform and share a great event!

Be sure to set a reminder to watch and share with any friends and family who may need this sort of information as well!  And if you’ve been hurt in any accident, call us for a FREE CONSULTATION anytime and speak to one of our accident lawyers in Dallas at (214) 444-4444, our injury lawyers in Fort Worth at (817) 444-4444, our car wreck lawyers in Arlington at (469) 444-4444, or our truck wreck lawyers in Plano at (972) 444-4444.  Wherever you are in North Texas, CALL FOUR AND GET THE ROAR! CALL 4 AND GET THE ROAR!

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Statute of Limitations Disclaimer

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 

214-444-4444,  817-444-4444, 972-444-4444,  469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-800-LION-LAW.

When Will Covid-19 End

After recent announcements from the White House and the Texas Governors office, many businesses are headed on the path to reopening. When Will Covid-19 End, the concerns on everyone’s mind are, “are we ready?” and “can we afford to wait?” This balance is at the center of discourse in our communities, our governments, and our public health institutions. The answers are not easy, and there is certainly much debate on priorities, strategies, and even what information we can trust in this pandemic period.

There are a few crucial questions built into the larger question of how long coronavirus will last. There are the state and federal government decisions about our response. There is the question of containment, testing, and vaccine development – in short, the factors needed to safely return to “normal.” And, there is the role of our individual, local and national stability, and the consideration of the diverse population we are working to protect from harm, in our states, nation, and around the globe. To talk about how long coronavirus will last is to talk about all these issues and more, as this pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of modern life.

First, the News, When Will Covid-19 End

As the US has exceeded the 1 million case mark and is currently poised to reach 1 million active cases, the highest infection rate in the world, announcements came yesterday from state and national leadership that restrictions to social distancing are officially easing.

Nationally: The president issued a statement that his administration is prepared to send all 50 states enough tests for 2% of their populations. So far about 1.6% of the population has been tested, so if all the new tests were administered the number tested would more than double. Public health experts warn that at least 31 states need to dramatically ramp up testing efforts prior to returning to work. In addition, testing needs vary greatly from state to state. Less impacted states like Alaska need around 100 tests per day, while New York requires 100,000 per day. The President also encouraged governors to consider opening up schools and businesses.

State of Texas: Governor Greg Abbott, representing the state with a population of about 30 million, made an official statement on Monday, April 27th announcing that stores, restaurants, movie theaters, museums, libraries, and malls may reopen at limited (25%) capacity on Friday, May 1st. The measure supersedes other orders stated by city mayors, county judges, and other representatives with regional authority in the state. The shelter-in-place order extended through May 15th in Dallas county, for example, is shortened by the Governor’s order.

The decisions made by our elected representatives will have a tremendous impact on our nation’s crisis management and recovery. Time will tell how the newest directives to relax social distancing and reopen closed businesses will impact the trajectory and end results of COVID-19.

Containment is Essential

In accordance with the President’s and the Governor’s previous and latest statements: social distancing is still in effect, and wearing masks in public is still recommended. The 25% occupancy operations for non-essential services are designed to respect the need for continued social distance. Non-essential businesses that can operate remotely are expected and encouraged to continue doing so in efforts to manage density in workplace and business environments. Trips out for any activities should be limited and handled carefully.

If we are to see the curve completely flattened, and truly contain COVID-19, it is essential to avoid a spike in infection rate following these re-opening measures. Contagion-reducing recommendations have been shared and mandated for good reason. Symptoms for infected individuals typically appear anywhere between 2 and 14 days after infection. Many exhibit no symptoms. So even if you are not feeling off or showing signs of illness, you can be carrying the virus, and have the ability to infect others. This long latent stage at the beginning of the virus is a major contributor to how it is spreading so far and so quickly.

If you have contracted and are on the road to recovery, it is extremely important to selfquarantine and follow instructions of any medical providers treating you. Staying home and doing everything possible to eliminate your exposure to others is what can stop the spread. It is recommended that you stay home for at least 7 days after symptoms began, or at least 72 hours after fever is gone and other symptoms are improving – whichever is greater. Do be cautious in judging this timeline, as many have reported a resurgence of symptoms that had abated around the 7-day mark. Johns Hopkins Center has put together an informative list of measures to take to stay safe if you are healthy or have contracted with more details on these recommended stay-at-home timelines.

Expanding Testing Capacity is Paramount

Currently, only 1.6% of the US population has been tested. Public health officials have been explicitly clear that this is not sufficient to gather the necessary data about the spread of the virus to make informed decisions about our current quarantine measures.

This is especially important because with continued study of the virus, more information emerges about the onset symptoms and transmission. On April 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) formally added 6 symptoms to its COVID-19 list, including: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or small. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the longest standing, and most discussed symptoms, with only colloquial and informal reference to the other newly accepted symptoms until now.

Without vastly expanded testing, our representatives are making decisions that impact our health and safety virtually in the dark.

What Needs to Happen to Reopen Safely?

In addition to the containment and expanded testing measures described above, vaccine research, development, and deployment will likely play a critical role in the ultimate outcome of the crisis.

Development of a Vaccine

Experts are conflicted on the topic. Many saying the expected waiting period for a vaccine to come available is 12-18 months away, though some are more optimistic that this can occur within a tighter timeline. Medical News Today recently published an article exploring diverging expert opinions.

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University of Edinburgh, Mark Woolhouse, goes so far as to state that a vaccine cannot be considered a strategy to deal with our current crisis – the development and distribution timeline is simply too long to consider this a true, viable strategy.

On the other hand, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, Sarah Gilbert, whose team is working on vaccine development has stated that she believes a vaccine may be available to the general population as soon as this fall. Her reasoning includes the urgency and global focus on the pandemic, the streamlined trial and testing across labs around the world, and fast-tracked legislative approval via emergency use laws.

Countering the optimism of Dr. Gilbert, is the concern that fast-tracked legislation and deployment does not provide comfort of adequate testing for any vaccine. The availability of a vaccine is not the singular question to solving the problem. Safety of the formulation, it’s predictable and successful use across populations (especially at-risk individuals), the possibility of required multiple doses, and potential mutation of the virus itself are all considerations that may hinder this rapid-rate development.

Still, following creation and testing, the vaccine would then need to be produced at mass scale, distributed and administered – an enormous logistical operation in itself.

What About Antibody Testing?

Sadly, the World Health Organization recently put out a statement that “there is no evidence that people who have already recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from second infection.” While antibody testing may be extremely beneficial for tracking the course and severity of the virus in different populations, this information cannot provide reliable evidence of any steps toward herd immunity at this point.

The Role of Financial Stability in Decision Making

Conversations about the disruption to our economy have accompanied the Coronavirus discourse from the very start. We’ve written a few articles (like this or this or this) about financial impacts of the pandemic, particularly on topics tied to our expertise in the personal injury field. We’re keenly aware that with a shuttered economy, many families are struggling with limited paychecks, or with no income at all.

There is no doubt that leaders in business and government are struggling with the pressures they are facing to operate our communities so that people are able to earn, while protecting those at risk of serious illness or death. With the stimulus bill falling short of the needs of so many these needs are increasingly poignant. In an nation where most people live paycheck to paycheck and an unexpected $400 expense can be devastating, the $1200 check to individuals (if they were lucky enough to already receive it) has likely already been eaten up by rent payment.

Average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Texas is about $1100. And, the initial $342 billion in funding for small business loans ran out in two weeks, prompting an additional allocation of $310 billion – rapidly depleting. Getting individuals, families, and businesses back on solid financial ground is essential to any kind of successful recovery from this crisis.

What About At-Risk Populations?

This is such an important question. The way that we treat our most vulnerable is what really defines our character as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

The tragic fact is that at-risk populations will struggle the most. This has consistently been discussed since the beginnings of this crisis in reference to populations of advanced age or compromised immune health. Over time, more groups have been added to the at-risk category. Those with diabetes and heart conditions most recently have shown correlations to greater severity of symptoms. Increasingly, conversations are turning to the disproportionate impact that the pandemic is having on the economically disadvantaged. Minority communities are more likely to be socio-economically disadvantaged in the US, so poor communities of color are being hit harder by the virus than affluent white communities. It’s devastating that income disparity or race should position some of our citizens to be at greater risk of infection, suffering and death.

What is the Takeaway?

From healthcare workers, to legislators, to kids out of school, to essential workers – the question on everyone’s mind is: when will this end? When is really a moving target, and some experts have raised the possibility that this pandemic could become an endemic, meaning it is a virus that stays with us. Other endemics include three strains of seasonal influenza, HIV, tuberculosis, and four different coronaviruses.

When a new virus strain emerges, what remains to be seen with time is how it can be controlled. Will seasonal (flu) or regional (Ebola) outbreaks periodically occur, or will vaccination be able to effectively eliminate the strain from the population? Yale School of Medicine warns that pandemics happen in waves, so as we garner more experience and data on this virus, and work to develop a vaccine, we may continue to experience spikes of infection rates that require renewed quarantine and social distancing efforts.

In the meantime, as our governments take steps to reopen industry sectors, we are left to largely rely on ourselves, our families, and friends, to weather this crisis safely. Tips here to keep your home safe as we continue to weather this storm. Stay safe.

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Statute of Limitations Disclaimer

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 

214-444-4444,  817-444-4444,  972-444-4444,  469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-800-LION-LAW.

Award for 2020

Thompson Law  is proud to announce that our firm’s Managing Attorney, Ryan L. Thompson, has received a Platinum Client Champion Award for 2020 from Martindale-Hubbell! This is the highest tier at which the prize is awarded, and recognition is conferred based on the quantity and quality of the exceptional client reviews that Thompson Law has received.

Martindale-Hubbell is a legal services information company founded over 150 years ago. The organization is primarily known for its Law Directory which provides extensive information about lawyers and law firms in the United States and beyond. The organization’s tenured history and wealth of valuable information have made it a premier resource for seeking, evaluating, and connecting with lawyers and legal groups.

Platinum Client Champion Award for 2020

Client Champion Awards are a new initiative from Martindale-Hubbell to provide yet another resource for consumers to confidently select a legal firm that best suits their needs and circumstances. Client Champion Awards are bestowed at the silver, gold, and platinum level, with the platinum level allotted only to those firms with the highest number, and very best, client experience reviews. At Thompson Law, one of our guiding values is an ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional client experience. We hope that this driving mission will keep us in the platinum tier for many years to come with Martindale-Hubbell.

At Thompson Law, our sincerest wish, and sustaining motivation, is to see each and every client we represent get the best treatment and fullest recovery possible and to receive the maximum compensation possible. As a family-oriented firm, we have seen our own loved ones suffer the pain and challenges that grievous accidents can cause, so we have great empathy for the plight our clients are facing. We are driven by a passion to win justice for the people we serve, and we work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results. It can be easy to lose sight of achievements in the hustle and bustle of helping more people and fighting so hard, but moments like these give room for pause. It’s an honor and a privilege to do the work we do for our clients. Receiving an award like the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion award only inspires us to work harder for our clients.

For more information, or if you need help after an accident, please visit our contact form, call us locally at (214) or (817) 444-4444,  or call us toll free at 1-800-LION-LAW.

 

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coronavirus

In the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) climate, there is, unfortunately, a large amount of misinformation swirling around. Sadly, some of these incorrect or misleading information comes even from very high profile and high authority sources.

This disarray is confusing and complicates the national discourse around our coronavirus-fighting strategies, not to mention fracturing our sense of unity at a time when we need to be united. A few important areas in need of clarification include access to medical treatment, the status of court proceedings, and the conversations comparing COVID-19 mortality to car accident deaths or recession-caused fatalities.

At Thompson Law, our primary concern is always our clients. We are hoping that this information is helpful to you. If at any point you have questions or concerns about the impact of the current climate on your specific claim or case, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help, and your legal team is still working hard (remotely) to advance your case, help shepherd your treatment concerns, and negotiate for your best possible outcome.

Medical Treatment Availability

The first point of confusion is related to medical care. It certainly feels like every mailing list we’ve ever been on is sending an update right now. Some of these messages are helpful and needed, but some are ineffective, unclear, or even outdated by the time you see them. It’s become hard to keep track of all the updates about each company’s approach. This is only made more complicated when considering access to essential medical care and services during this time.

It is important to know that medical providers are essential services, so they remain open even during shelter-in-place orders. Your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, and any other specialists will likely have revised procedures for visiting the office and maybe limiting or postponing routine or non-emergency appointments in efforts to limit exposure of their patients and staff. If you have an appointment scheduled, call your provider for the confirmation of the details.

Additionally, more and more providers are offering telehealth services. These virtual appointments can be held from the comfort of your home by video conferencing with your doctor. This can be a great option for routine care, minor illnesses, mental health, and even physical therapy appointments.

A new development resulting from the pandemic is the availability of drivethrough clinics. These locations can be extremely effective for rapidly and safely performing tests for individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19. Check listings in your local area if this is a resource that could help you or your family. Be sure to only make use of the service if you truly suspect you have contracted the virus, in order to help preserve supplies and resources at testing locations.

Finally, despite the current uncertainty and changes, it’s especially important to maintain your health. If you are injured or sick, prioritize your care. Make sure that you talk to your providers about your experience and your needs so that you can get the recovery and treatment that is essential to your health and well-being. If you are involved in a personal injury settlement, this is also important for the success of your case. Delays or gaps in treatment can be grounds for insurance companies to deny or delay your claim. Stay safe, and follow the instructions of health experts helping you, but don’t hesitate to speak up for the injury, pain, or illness relief you need.

Court Closures and Delays Due to Coronavirus

What’s happening with courts? Are they open? How will my case move forward? These questions are heavy on the minds of those with ongoing legal concerns during this time.

The changes to court practice and proceedings have been evolving during this crisis. In Texas, all emergency orders from The Supreme Court of Texas can be viewed here. For the time being, court access and procedures have been restricted to varying degrees. Some of the changes are unprecedented, and it is a period of adjustment to work through the restrictions.

Cases continuing as usual at this time are those considered essential, such as restraining orders and family violence protective orders, Child Protective Service hearing, and criminal magistrate hearings. Outside of the essential-designated cases, videoconferencing for trials, hearings, depositions will be allowed, sworn statements outside of the court may be allowed, the statute of limitations on lawsuit filing is extended 30 days past the ultimate lift of the Governor’s state of disaster, and courts must be notified if an individual participating in a hearing has COVID-19 symptoms.

If you are currently involved in a personal injury case, talk to your attorney and legal team. They will be able to guide you through the updated processes we are facing and will keep you informed of ongoing developments and options. A small hope may come in the form of insurance companies better cooperating to resolve claims, and avoiding prolonged, costly legal battles during this complicated time.

With a large number of people impacted by these changes to court operations, we will have systemic issues that will need to be resolved after this crisis. With Thompson Law in your corner, you will have a tremendous resource and dedicated legal experts by your side to help you every step of the way going forward.

What is Deadlier – Car Accidents or Coronavirus?

In addition to concerns around medical and legal facilities, there has also been a somewhat surprising spotlight on the danger of car accidents in the past couple of weeks. People seem drawn to the search for comparisons to the scope of the tragedy we are facing. Reflecting on the mortality and injury rates that result from motor vehicle accidents annually has prompted some to draw a line of similarity to the mortality and infection rates we are seeing due to COVID-19.

The need to categorize coronavirus impacts in relation to more familiar tragedies is understandable. However, comparing the pandemic to car accident losses is not accurate or particularly helpful. First of all, rates of infection and mortality of the virus occur in population-dense areas at a vastly higher rate than the distribution of car accidents. There are 38,000 car accident fatalities in the United States each year. The first COVID-19 death in the nation occurred on February 29th, and less than 6 weeks later, there have already been over 14,800 deaths.

Second, when a car accident victim goes into the hospital, they don’t run the risk of infecting other patients and staff with a car accident injury. Thus, the contagious nature of a virus-like COVID-19 means that it is a completely different and greater danger in the medical environment. When asked about the similarity of the pandemic to car accidents, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Disease (NIH, NIAID) and a senior member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, called this line of reasoning “an irresponsible fallacy.

What About a Recession?

Similar to talk of car accidents, the deadliness of economic downturn and the recession has also been discussed as a point of comparison to the mortality rate of COVID-19. Statements have been made that shutting down the economy in efforts to physically distance the population would do more harm than help. The thinking goes that economic depression and the resulting stress, hopelessness, and depression amongst the population would result in high suicide rates, and the recession fatalities would outweigh lives saved from the virus during the shutdown.

In fact, the evidence from past epidemics and recessions shows the exact opposite. In a recent joint study conducted by MIT and the Fed, cities that take stronger containment measures fare better economically in the aftermath. The research comes from the flu epidemic of 1918, and by comparing similar cities with differing approaches to stopping the spread, the experts were able to isolate and evaluate the economic results of each approach. Cities like Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Los Angeles had fewer deaths and better economic recovery than their counterparts of St. Paul, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, because of proactive and aggressive responses to slow the spread.

A different study, from research publication Social Science & Medicine in September 2017 reported on findings from the United States years 2005-2008, where unemployment levels rose. During this period mortality rates dropped, with notable decreases in cardiovascular disease fatalities, as well as a decrease in a range of causes for adults under 65. This is not the only study to report such findings. There is evidence to indicate an uptick in suicide, including accidental overdose, during recessions may occur. But experts in medicine and epidemiology have attested that the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, if left uncontained, would result in far more deaths than recession-related suicide.

Flatten the Curve

In regard to both of the above-attempted comparisons, there is another important aspect to this pandemic we must consider. While the dangers of recession and car accidents (the latter we know all too well at Thompson Law) are very considerable, the rate at which their impacts occur is spread over time. Even if there is a very large motor vehicle crash involving many people, it’s unlikely to overwhelm an entire hospital, let alone an entire region’s worth of health resources. An uptick in overdose or suicide in an economic downturn also would not overwhelm medical institutions. This is a marked difference from the danger of coronavirus.

We are already seeing health care institutions overwhelmed, as in New York where the Javitz Convention Center and Navy ship the USNS Comfort needed to support the hospital systems by providing extra space for patients and healthcare workers. The danger in overburdening our hospitals is all too clear when we see the experience of other nations like Spain and Italy in this crisis. In order to avoid the same devastating results here at home, it is essential to take containment measures and flatten the curve.

The mass global scale of this crisis does make it unique and unprecedented. Uncertainty about what will happen and how quickly events will progress is understandably worrying. However, there are historic precedents for discrete aspects of our situation that we can look to for guidance. Research from the influenza pandemic of 1918, year over year motor vehicle accident trends, and reputable current day reports provide valuable guideposts for us as we navigate this pandemic together.

Events will continue to evolve and develop, and more challenges will come, but this crisis will eventually end. For now, Thompson Law continues to adapt to our changing circumstances, in a continuous effort to provide our clients and community with the best service possible. We hope to be of aid and assistance by bringing you pertinent, timely information from our areas of expertise that helps you and your family navigate this period.

We are still open and fully operational, able to take on new clients and continuing to work hard serving our existing clients. If we can be of any assistance in the face of an accident or injury you have experienced during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on the web or over the phone.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has uprooted so many aspects of our lives at this point it’s difficult to think of anything that is unchanged. From minor inconveniences like changed shopping habits to major crises like mass layoffs, our communities, state, and nation are grappling with massive change and uncertainty. One of the most concerning impacts of the disruption is that medical institutions hit hard by the virus are in short supply of critically needed equipment and tools. In response to devastating lack of essentials, drastic measures are being taken around the country to mitigate the impacts of these shortages.  

The latest installment in these efforts comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on March 13th. Following the President’s declaration of a national state of emergency, leadership at the FMCSA was able to issue a significant and impactful relief initiative: suspending drive time limits for drivers carrying essential personnel and cargo. This is the first time in history this type of measure was taken on a national level. In the past, only regions directly impacted by major natural disasters have managed to waive these critical restrictions.  

Despite the dire need for supplies and stock, the drive time restrictions are in place for a reason – to prevent dangerous and deadly accidents caused by fatigued drivers. In this time of difficult questions without easy answers, this new suspension raises the issue of what risks we are willing to take to mitigate other dangers.  

What are the specific changes to daily drive time limits? 

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the “daily” drive time limits for professional drivers. While referred to as daily, the requirements actually exist out of the confinement of standard workdays or weeks, since many drivers work outside of traditional routines.  

According to the FMCSA standard, drivers are allowed 14-hour shifts in which they may have up to 11 consecutive hours of driving, IF the shift followed a 10hour off-duty period. Working shifts are limited to 14-hour periods, even if this period does include loading, offloading, or breaks for lunch or a nap. Many drivers manage their schedules to avoid these breaks and naps, maxing out their shifts with the most possible travel time. More mileage and faster deliveries typically mean higher pay in the world of logistics.  

Drivers are required to maintain logbooks of their hours on the road. While falsifying a log book is a felony, and the books are subject to examination by Department of Transportation (DOT) officers, the dangerous activity is relatively common as drivers push themselves to make longer, faster trips for higher pay. 

The dangers of these long shifts have been long recognized (in the US, since 1938), but high-powered authorities are making the case that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Acting Administrator of the FMCSA, Jim Mullen, authorized the official statementwhich completely relieves the drive time restrictions for deliveries related to coronavirus (COVID-19)-fighting efforts. The drivers with specified cargo (see the next section) currently operate entirely outside of the standard 14-hour shift regulations. The only requirement that these truckers, couriers, and drivers must abide is taking a mandatory 8 or 10 hour break following their delivery.  

What deliveries are impacted by the change to daily driving limits? 

Thankfully, not every truck on the road right now is running on an unlimited time clock. The lifted hours-of-service mandate applies to truckers hauling only certain groups of people or certain types of cargo outlined below. These groups include medical professionals or sets of individuals being moved for quarantine purposes, and the cargo and deliveries include items deemed essential for lifesaving activity.  

“FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for: 

      • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. 
      • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 spread in communities. 
      • Food for emergency restocking of stores.  
      • Equipment, supplies, and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19. 
      • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes. 
      • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.  

To ensure continued safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.” –  FMCSA March 13th, 2020 Statement 

Importantly, not all food deliveries qualify for the above relief measure, only emergency restocking (toilet paper is notably absent in the specifications of emergency stock). Additionally, cargo that is a mixture of essential and non-essential items does not qualify for the daily limit leniency. 

How will this impact the rest of us? 

These are unprecedented times that we are living through, and no one can predict with certainty what the implications of this decision will be. We may well see an uptick in the amount of fatigue related accidents. Accidents caused by fatigued drivers often occur due to lane wandering, sometimes as severe as driving off the road or driving into oncoming traffic. Running stop signs and red lights, failure to brake and loss of speed control are also culprits as exhausted drivers eyes close and muscles relax in their drowsiness. 

Many accidents may result in injurydeathproperty damage, but in our experience in the personal injury space, some of the worst damage occurs in the speeding, head-on types of collisions that result from falling asleep at the wheel.  

An additional potential tragedy that alleviating drive-time restrictions may cause is the loss of the precious cargo these exempt vehicles will be carrying. If sterile supplies or delicate medical instruments in a tractor trailer crash are spilled, damage or compromised on the way to a hospital in need, the whole journey was in vain. Cargo loss and property damage are generally much less tragic than severe injury or loss of life, but if the cargo was in transit to save many more lives, the scope of tragedy in that roadway accident may be incalculable. 

Hopefully, with much of the country operating under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, there are less cars on the road. We certainly want as few people as possible sharing the roads with exhausted, overtaxed drivers hurtling their way toward a critical destination. 

What You Can Do to Stay Safe 

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones right now is to follow the instructions of the authorities in your area and stay at home. Stay off the road as much as possible. Leaving the roads free for critical care, essential deliveries, and essential activities helps all of us weather this crisis. 

If you do need to leave home for essentials like groceries, medication, or medical treatment, do so as efficiently as possible. Try to schedule your prescriptions for simultaneous pickup and for longer supply. Medical appointments that can be handled over telehealth should be. And if you need to shop for food and supplies, buy in bulk, but don’t hoard. The FDA recommends buying one week’s worth of groceries per trip. Use what you have, plan your meals, and be efficient so that you are able to stay home for extended periods comfortably.  

In addition, minimize your delivery orders to just the essentials. We can all take care of our communities right now by limiting our own movement, but we can also help others avoid needless time on the road. Delivery drivers are coping with massive workloads right now, and much of this is for non-essential entertainment items and boredom purchases by those stuck at home.  

Finally, and of course, wash your hands, do your best to stay safe and healthy, and help others to do the same. The fewer people that fall ill, the lesser the strain on our healthcare system, and our country as a whole, and the less we will have to resort to extreme measures like the driver daily limits suspension. We all hope to suffer as little damage as possible in this crisis and hope that the pandemic does not breed further tragedy in the form of deadly truck crashes. 

If you have been hit by a fatigued delivery driver, or hurt in any motor vehicle accident, Thompson Law is still here for you. We are open and operating, continuing to take new clients, proceeding to process claims, and advancing cases of our existing clients. Our staff is fully operational in work-from-home capacity, and Ryan “The Lion” and his entire Lion Law team remain committed to seeing every client experience the fullest recovery possible and receive the maximum compensation possible. If you need help, please reach out. 

 

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4’s right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444817-444-4444972-444-4444469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-800-LION-LAW.

Car Insurance Rates & COVID-19

As we continue to come to terms with the greater ramifications of this crisis on all parts of our society, there are increasing calls to government organizations and industries to provide relief and concessions to the public. Early on the morning of Wednesday, March 25th, the US Senate and Executive Administration finally came to terms on a relief package for the COVID-19 national emergency. As the House and Senate are anticipated to quickly move forward on passing the bill into law, developments in aid, relief funding, and commerce regulation continue to evolve and unfold.  

The insurance sector is certainly going to experience change through this crisis. While medical insurance has been dominating our attention through the global health crisis, other insurance formats are also facing new requirements and demands to evolve. As our nation grapples with shelter-in-place mandates, many experts are calling for revised billing practices from auto insurers. If over half the nation is being asked to stay at home, it only follows that fewer cars will be on the road, fewer accidents will occur, and car insurance costs to consumers should be revised accordingly. 

During this period of uncertainty, Thompson Law will continue to sift through the wideranging and frequently changing landscape of the coronavirus crisis to give you the critical details and industry updates related to personal injury. We remain committed to providing you with the services and answers you are counting on from your personal injury attorney. 

Questions or concerns? Please let us know how we can help: 214-444-4444 or feedback@1800lionlaw.com

 

Should auto insurance rates be lower due to the coronavirus pandemic? 

Leading consumer advocate groups are arguing they should. On March 18th The Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Economic Justice co-authored a letter to all State Commissioners of Insurance urging that they instruct insurers to provide offset payments and return of funds for policies that include premium calculations involving miles traveled and traffic rates 

Unsurprisingly, there have been varied statements from different commissioners offices, with different degrees of conformity to the request, and not all statements were made in direct response to the consumer advocate outreach.  

In California for example, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued a statement very much in alignment with the consumer advocacy group recommendation letter. He called on all companies providing insurance coverage in California, including life, health, auto, property, casualty, and other types, to allow a 60-day grace period for premiums and policy changes. This request was made in an effort to help citizens during a troubled financial period and to relieve state institutions from upcoming renewal and course-of-business deadlines that hinder their ability to best serve the public through the crisis. For example, drivers’ license renewal applications and processing will almost certainly be delayed during the coming weeks and months. The grace period would mean that insurance customers facing a delay in their drivers’ license renewal processing would not automatically forfeit their auto insurance coverage due to an “unlicensed” status that is no fault of their own.  

Texas, on the other hand, has not been as consumer well-being oriented to this point. State Insurance Commissioner, Kent Sullivan, has not issued any statement in specific response to the consumer advocacy request letter or made recommendations similar to those above from California. If anything, the responses have been aimed at easing challenges to insurance providers. The most recent statement from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), in fact, is providing a grace period for insurance agent continuing education requirements. TDI has given more specific reprieve to insurance companies, in the form of 15day extensions for handling claims, than they have to customers. The customer protection recommendations are outlined as gentle guidelines to insurers to “work with customers,” and includes no detail or guarantee to TDI protection or assistance for consumers. The full statement is available here 

Thompson Law is licensed to practice in numerous states, including Texas and California, so we are keenly aware of the confusion caused by varying practices and mandates in local cities, counties, and states. As we proceed through this period, it will remain a top priority for our firm to help our clients navigate the changing insurance policy landscape and ensure that we fight for every right and benefit to which you are owed after suffering an accident.  

 

What are insurance industry responses to the coronavirus global crisis? 

Insurance companies responses to the global health emergency have in many ways been lackluster. For links to current statements from major national insurers, visit our previous blogMany insurance carriers are keeping statements vague or declining to make any statement at all, preferring to defer to their regulatory agencies for direction.  

However, the confusion is not limited to insurance companies. The oversight organizations that they answer to have also largely remained vague in statements about the pandemic so far. Much of their recent public discourse can be summarized as “it’s too soon to tell.” While that may be true for impacts of this national emergency, the time to act and to protect citizens from devastating financial impacts is now.  

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) – has noted their priority of consumer health and safety, while calling for input from industry, legal, and regulatory professionals, and further statements and recommendations may be expected to come from the March 20th Special Session event.  

Insurance Information Institute (III) – has not provided a definitive statement on premium offsets, instead of reminding consumers that policy prices are set by longer-term trends, but also noting that consumers who have telematic products installed in their vehicles may see more immediate benefits to their decreased drive miles.   

American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) – has indicated that rates will be adjusted in accordance with a decline in accidents, but has not specifically tied this preemptive adjustment due to national emergency

It seems that as accident rates are likely to drop due to decreased driving miles in the coming weeks and months, we can also anticipate fewer claims that insurers will payout. It follows that insurers should be able to reduce premiums accordingly and at the same time better serve and assist their clients during the pandemic. But as of now, it seems only time will tell how industry leaders and regulators will actually proceed.  

 

Should you cancel or lower your coverage during this time?  

While it may be tempting to eliminate an expense that feels unnecessary right now, lapses in coverage can mean more expensive policy costs when the time comes to begin driving again. Policy premiums are typically dictated by as many as a dozen factors, and a lapse in coverage history can be one indicator that carriers consider risky in your driver history. Perhaps more critically, canceling your policy would leave you totally unprotected in the likely event that you do still find yourself on the road – whether running to the grocery store or heading in for medical care should you or one of your household members become injured or ill. 

As highlighted in the letter from The Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Economic Justice, the largest contributor to moving accidents is the number of cars on the road, and reducing that number has the greatest impact on decreasing collisions. Due to our extremely limited movement right now, many cars are driving less or even zero miles. Non-essential fleet services, school buses, certain public transit vehicles and others are also contributing to our empty streets. All of these factors decrease your risk of an accident, so the insurance premium you pay in acknowledgment of collision risks should decrease accordingly.  

 

What can you do as a policyholder? 

One of the things insurance carriers are encouraging right now is making use of their phone app or online access. With these tools, yoare able to review the details of your plan, evaluate your options, and make the coverage choices that are best for your family and your circumstances. If you are one of the many people stationed at home and finding you have some extra time right now, assessing and editing your policy to suit your circumstances, while remaining in compliance with state minimum coverages, might be a real benefit to your pocketbook and your safety.  

If we can weather this difficult stretch, there may be some silver linings in the longterm financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. After the 2008 financial crisis, auto insurance industry rates declined through 2009 and did not recover to pre-crisis levels until 2011. While there are many considerations to make in the rebuilding of our economy after this crisis, past experience indicates it is safe to hope for some pricing stability in our auto insurance premiums.  

 

Critical Takeaways and Your Best Resource 

Many companies are taking steps to make their services more accessible, affordable, or even free in light of the changes the coronavirus pandemic has caused. It makes sense that major industries, including auto insurance, should follow suit to help provide the consumer relief by adapting their policies and operations in step with changing times. 

Many decisions that are difficult and weighty in the best of times are even more cloudy now. In times such as these, it is even more valuable to have a trusted expert you can turn to for the advice you need. At Thompson Law, we recognize this responsibility and hope that we can be of service to you. If you are in the midst of or beginning a new personal injury claim, your dedicated team of legal experts can advise you on the best way to proceed and help you feel secure in your understanding of your coverages 

In addition to legal expertise, we are also committed to providing exceptional service to our customers, even in the current circumstances. Part of that responsibility includes communicating effectively around the industry and legal updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our firm has always dedicated to providing great technological resources for our customers’ convenience. During this time, this practice serves an additional purpose of allowing us to continue working hard for our clients without compromising safety. This is a difficult and uncertain time for many of us, and we hope that our continued service and communications bring some peace of mind to at least one aspect of your life. Your personal injury claims, cases, and questions remain in good care with Thompson Law. If there is anything we can do to help or any additional clarity we can provide, please don’t hesitate to reach out 

Take care and stay safe.  

 

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It feels like the only topic of conversation in recent days has been the development and spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

While the constant stream of information, changes in recommendations, and climbing numbers can be overwhelming, it is extremely important to stay engaged and aware of these developments. While the fatality rate appears to be considerably lower than that of the last comparable world health crisis – the 2003 SARS outbreak – coronavirus (sudden acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2) has spread more widely and aggressively, infecting over a quarter of a million people worldwide and counting. This rate of transmission has already resulted in 3 times more fatalities in just 8 weeks than SARS caused over 8 months.  As we take drastic measures to #flattenthecurve and practice #socialdistancing, people are dealing with very severe impediments to their ability to stay healthy, safe, employed, and source/pay for the things they need. We are not the first company to make a statement in an attempt to help during this time, nor will we be the last, but we care deeply for the challenges our clients are facing. We stand with our communities through this crisis, and we hope that the following information is valuable in providing needed answers.

Of course, we are here to help our clients with general questions, as well as those related to your specific circumstance or case. Please know that you can reach out anytime 24/7 for assistance to our numerous communication channels, listed for your convenience at the end of this article.

Statements from National and International Institutions 

Despite the volume of information on the pandemic, the directives, updates, and information shared by some institutions are more accurate than others. Look to authoritative, reliable sources for the latest updates and recommendations, such as: 

World Health Organization (WHO) – Up to the minute rolling updates on the status of the pandemic around the globe, research advancements, and safety recommendations.  

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Important scientific-based information about how to protect yourself, resources if you believe you have been exposed or infected, industry-specific advice for prevention, and current national status reports. 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Advice and guidelines for safe food handling, grocery shopping, and food industry guidance.  

Statements from Texas Institutions 

State of Texas – Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order for the following precautionary measures: 

  • Limiting public gatherings to fewer than 10 people 
  • Closing schools 
  • Prohibiting visitors to retirement communities or nursing homes 
  • Limiting bars and restaurants to take-out only service 

These restrictions were put in place through April 3rd and were accompanied by a recommendation for non-essential state employees to work from home. The restrictions are subject to extension based on the recommendations of the CDC.  

TxDOT  Earlier this week TxDOT leadership released a statement of critical initiatives and impacts of COVID-19 on operations, including: 

  • Transportation system improvement projects – work will continue 
  • Remote and online services and resources remain available, though the 12 travel information center buildings will be closed, employees are working remotely, and public hearings are currently canceled. 
  • Roadway signage is being updated with messages including “Give Xtra Space, With Each Other, And On The Road” and “Hands Clean, 2 Beat COVID-19, Be on TX Team” in efforts to help public awareness and good practice.  

Conditions and guidelines are continuing to evolve as expert researchers, analysts and leaders learn more. Yesterday the Dallas Police Department reported that they have officers with confirmed cases of the virus and are taking steps to protect the public and the rest of the force accordingly. As the pandemic situation progresses, it is important that leaders in our community continue taking a proactive approach to maintaining the health and safety of all members of our community. 

Statements from Insurance Providers 

State Farm  State Farm has issued a statement from company leadership including responses to the emergency conditions, with contingency plans in place for customers and for their workforce. Claims are currently being handled online and transparency around working practices for their employees is maintained on their advisory page.    

Farmers  Farmers Insurance is offering remote claims service and is also willing to work with customers needing in-person visits on an individual basis, taking into consideration the current CDC guidelines. Fulltime online account management is ongoing, and they are still operating roadside assistance services should the need arise.  

USAA – USAA has shared extensive plans and details on initiatives in response to coronavirus concerns. The company has taken steps in alignment with its Public Health Emergency Plan. The company’s alignment with military values has proven extremely helpful in responding to the crisis by practicing consistent training and preparedness measures. Current statements on updates to policy and procedure from the company include: 

  • 24/7 phone and digital access to customer support, including a need-based hierarchy of response 
  • Transparency around departmental delays including: check processing, new claims, vehicle repair, vehicle rental 
  • Physical office locations are closed to the public and employees are working remotely. Nonessential work activities have been canceled or postponed in favor of supporting critical services at this time.  
  • Texas organizations have benefited from the USAA’s $1 million dollar donation to relief efforts for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus, such as: San Antonio Food Bank, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, Meals on Wheels, Haven for Hope, and United Way of San Antonio.  

Allstate – Allstate has been less vocal, announcing they are available as a customer resource through customer portals via their website. No specifics were given in regard to changes in daily operations, only a statement that the company is following CDC recommendations. However, in WFAA report this week, a representative of Allstate publicly announced that the company is working with clients on payment plans for bills due at this time. Two premium payments in a row may be skipped without penalty, however any further details require a call or online inquiry to Allstate customer service.  

GEICO – GEICO has released perhaps the least information. Their statement directs customers to utilize online account access for questions and service, warning wait times will be extended.    

Individual practices among insurance carriers vary widely, but what they have in common is indications of delay in processing and increased digital communication. If you have an outstanding claim, it’s an important time to connect with your legal team to get the answers you need.   

What the Current Disruption Means for Your Case 

The most important thing that we at Thompson Law wish for our clients is a full recovery. While we are all doing our best to weather this pandemic, our desire for good health and well-being is only increased. That being said, it can feel like a difficult judgment call to decide whether to stay home in quarantine, or go to your scheduled treatment appointments.  

If you are recovering from an injury after your accident, it is very important to follow the treatment directives of your healthcare provider. Doctors offices, clinics and hospitals are all operating under strict guidelines for best practices of patient care and office sterilization. Speak with your provider about their recommendations for your specific course of treatment at this time, and any concerns you may have regarding COVID-19 and your personal safety. 

In addition to in-person medical appointments, there are other facets of treatment that are important to maintain through this disruption. If you are taking prescription medication, be sure that you are continuing to take and refill your prescriptions as directed by your doctor. Major pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are communicating instructions for pharmacy access, and many are starting to offer home delivery or more drive-thru service. 

Many medical practices are allowing telehealth appointments where they can conduct your visit online via webcam, including telemedicine for coronavirus assessments and monitoring. Physical therapists and chiropractors are offering telemedicine appointments right now so that you can continue treatment from your own home. Check with your insurance provider if this service is covered under your plan. Many are expanding or adding these services due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.   

With the challenges this time is bringing, there is also greater ingenuity and flexibility among medical institutions to work with you. Be sure to prioritize and continue your treatment and recovery as much as it is safe to do so.  

Thompson Law is Here for You 

All of us at Thompson Law certainly sympathize with your concerns during this time. Our coworkers, friends and family all share the same top of mind worries while coronavirus dominates the news and impacts our livesTaking care of our basic needs at present is more difficult for most of us. If you have concerns around the impact to your claim or case during this period, we understand, and we are here for you. 

Thpersonal injury attorneys at Thompson Law are available to help answer your questions. If you have specific concerns about the status of your case, please contact us. If you do not have an existing case with Thompson Law but need personal injury legal assistance, our office remains fully functional. While we are not currently accepting inperson appointments, the below channels of communication are available to you. Our staff is practicing safe social distancing while working from home while a few select team members remain onsite in the office location. These efforts are allowing us to continue working hard for our customers while staying safeIt remains our strongest desire to help and take care of you through these challenges 

 

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And, of course, at: 1-800-LIONLAW 

 

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inside the huddle

Calling all Dallas Cowboys fans! Thompson Law is sponsoring Sports Media’s 2019 “Inside the Huddle,” the Dallas Cowboys’ pre-game show which airs on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. on TXA21 in DFW. 

Inside the Huddle, hosted by the NFL Network’s Jane Slater, is filmed at the House of Blues in Dallas on select Monday nights (see schedule below). Featured guests of the show include Cowboy’s players, coaches, and analysts to break down and discuss previous games.  

Car wreck lawyer Ryan “The Lion” Thompson, will be present to proudly support the Cowboys at each of these shows, along with many others from his team of personal injury lawyers at 1-800-LION-LAW.  

On October 14th, INSIDE THE HUDDLE, will feature Randall CobbDallas Cowboys wide receiver. Cobb was a 2011 second-round draft pick by the Green Bay PackersAfter 8 years with the Packers, which included 470 receptions, 41 touchdowns, and 11 playoff games, Cobb joined the Dallas Cowboys in March of 2019In just 4 games with the Cowboy’s, Cobb already boasts 14 receptions, 157 yards, and a touchdown.  

As Dallas-Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorneys, we understand injuries. Randall Cobb suffered a serious injury in his third year and was out for 10 weeks. After breaking his leg, Cobb returned to the field to continue to be a playmaker in the NFL. After the tough loss against the Packers on Monday, check out Randall Cobb at INSIDE THE HUDDLE at House of Blues on October 14th from 7:30-9:00 P.M.  

A total of 16 shows will air this fall in all outer syndicated markets across the region, which currently include Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Brownsville, Abilene, Waco, Tyler, Shreveport LA, Monroe LA, Little Rock AR, and Fayetteville AR. Last season’s Inside the Huddle Cowboys lineup included Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Joe Looney, Leighton Vander Esch, Tyrone Crawford, Demarcus Lawrence and Kavon Frazier.

Blake Jarwin2 Blake Jarwin (Dallas Cowboy’s Tight End)

blake Zack Thompson (Thompson Law CEO), Blake Jarwin (Dallas Cowboy’s Tight End), Ryan Thompson (Thompson Law Managing Partner)

2019 Inside the Huddle Schedule: 

Episode 1 

JEFF HEATH
SAFETY
September 16, 2019
7:30pm – 9:00pm 

jeff

Episode 2 

BLAKE JARWIN
TIGHT END
September 30, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

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Episode 3 

RANDALL COBB
WIDE RECEIVER
October 14, 2109
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

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Episode 4 

PLAYER
TO BE ANNOUNCED
October 21, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 

Episode 5 

PLAYER
TO BE ANNOUNCED
November 11, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 

Episode 6 

PLAYER
TO BE ANNOUNCED
November 18, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 

Episode 7 

PLAYER
TO BE ANNOUNCED
December 2, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 

Episode 8 

PLAYER
TO BE ANNOUNCED
December 16, 2019
6:00pm – 10:00pm 

Children's Cancer Fund

Thompson Law supports Texas Children’s Cancer Fund in 2019 CBS 11 Pulling Together.

Children’s Health provides expert pediatric health, wellness & acute care services in Dallas and throughout Texas

Thompson Law defeated Standard Insurance in our fight against childhood cancer.  

Texas Children’s Cancer Fund

Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children. Yet, all pediatric cancers combined receive less than 4% of federal funding for cancer research. Thompson Law, along with other competing teams – such as the Grand Prairie police and fire departments, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the NFL alumni cheerleaders, the Dallas Mavericks, and FC Dallas – raised $142,621 and participated in an epic tug of war battle. 

CBS 11 partnered with North Texas Business Alliance and Southwest Kia for the second annual Pulling Together event, a Texas-sized tug-of-war to fight pediatric cancer. The Children’s Cancer Fund is a nonprofit organization based in Dallas that raises funds to benefits pediatric cancer research and treatment programs in North Texas.  If you or a loved one is need of an injury lawyer, you can call us anytime 24/7/365 at 844-308-8180. Thompson Law supports the community with the strength of a Lion!

Children's Cancer Fund Thompson Law wins

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2019 CBS 11 Pulling Together

Inside The Huddle Sponsor

Thpersonal injury attorneys at Thompson Law are sponsoring Sport Media’s 2019 Inside the Huddle” at the House of Blues in Dallas on select Monday nights“Inside the Huddle”, the Dallas Cowboys’ pre-game show, will air on TXA 21 in the DFW Metroplex on Sunday mornings at 9 A.M. “Inside the Huddle” will host Cowboys’ players, coaches, and analysts to break down and discuss previous games. There will be a total of 16 shows that air in all outer syndicated markets across the region which currently include Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Brownsville, Abilene, Waco, Tyler, Shreveport LA, Monroe LA, Little Rock AR, and Fayetteville AR. The show will be hosted by Jane Slater of the NFL Network who will invite a current or former Dallas Cowboy guest each week. Last season’s Cowboys’ included Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Joe Looney, Leighton Vander Esch, Tyrone Crawford, Demarcus Lawrence and Kavon Frazier. Car wreck lawyer Ryan “The Lion” Thompson will be present to proudly support the Cowboys at each of these shows, along with many others from his team of personal injury lawyers at 844-308-8180

On September 16th, “Inside the Huddle” with guest Dallas Cowboys’ Safety, Jeff Heath. Heath collected 9 tackles (7 solo) in Sunday’s blowout win over the Giants.  

Jeff Heath Inside The Huddle

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Running a Red Light May Cost A Life 

The National Safety Council reported that were more than 40,000 traffic-related fatalities and 4.5 million traffic-related injuries on U.S. roads and highways in 2017. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimated that 132,000 of those traffic-related injuries were a result of red-light crashes. Red-light running is the leading cause for crashes in the United States. 1 in 3 Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light collision. Whether it be accidental or intentionalrunning red lights results in dangerous collisions, catastrophic injuries, and many deaths.   

Red Light Crash Statistics  

According to a study done by the American Automobile Association (AAA), the number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, which is a 28% increase in the past 5 years (since 2012). 2 people are killed every day in the United States by impatient and reckless drivers who don’t stop for signals.  

The most recent crash data available shows that 939 people were killed by crashes involving red-light runners in 2017. Red-light running is responsible for 28% of crash deaths that occurred at intersections with traffic signals. Statistics show that nearly half (46%) of fatalities involved passengers or people in other vehicles, with more than 5% being cyclists or pedestrians. Just over 35% of those killed in red light crashes were the actual drivers who ran the red light.  

From 2011-2015 an average of… 

  • 719 people diedeach year in red-light running crashes. 
  • 60 people diedeach month in red-light running crashes. 
  • $390 million was lost in costs due to red-light running fatalities each month. 

The Rise in Red Light Runners 

Last year, some 3.7 million U.S. drivers received a violation for driving through a red light. With technology advancing, many red-light runners have reported “accidentally” blowing through these traffic lights due to a distractionRed-light running is often the result of distracted or aggressive driving and is 100% preventable. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), more red-light running tends to occur during peak summer driving periods such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.  

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Red-Light Running Trends (data from 120 red-light camera programs in 2018) 

  • More drivers ran red lights in May than any other month  
  • More than 1.2 million red-light running violations occurred during the hours of 1-5pm. 
  • 661,005 drivers were cited for running red lights on Friday in 2018, making it the deadliest day for red-light running. 
  • Independence Day weekend moved up to the highest-ranked holiday travel period for red-light running.

Red Light Running Continues to be a Traffic Safety Challenge 

Drivers who decide to run a red light instead of choosing to stop safely, are making a reckless and irresponsible choice that puts other road users in danger. Between 2004-2016, an estimated 10,125 people were killed in red-light related crashes.  The AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index found that 93% of drivers view red-light running as extremely dangerous, yet 1 in 3 drivers (43%) say they had blown through a red light within the past 30 days. 2 in 5 drivers said that they felt it is unlikely they’ll be stopped by police for running a red light. However, running a red light is against the law, and if a driver is involved in a fatal crash, they may be sent to jail. 

Texas Red Light Cameras 

While police enforcement is the best way to get drivers to comply with any law, it is impossible to police every intersection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when implemented properly, red-light cameras reduced the fatal red-light running crash rate in large cities by 21% and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at intersections with traffic signals by 14%. While cameras are heavily opposed by commuters for their fines, when cameras are in place, the odds that the red-light violator would be caught are increased, which discourages violators from taking the odds.  

Dallas Red Light Cameras 

Dallas, which housed 54 red-light cameras on 44 intersections, however, terminated its red-light camera program on June 1, 2019, when Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1631 into legislation prohibiting the use of red-light cameras in the State of Texas. The program was meant to improve public safety through increased enforcement of red-light laws and increase public awareness of the dangers of running red lights. Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Plano, and all surrounding cities have since turned off their cameras and no longer plan to issue tickets. The decision to remove red lights has been a source of controversy in the research community. Some suggested that red-light cameras were also responsible for fender benders due to drivers slamming on their brakes at a red light. Methodologies used to assess the effectiveness have varied and divided officials who argued that the lights circumvent due process did not demonstrably save lives, and exist as a revenue generator.  

Leon Valley (San Antonio Suburb) Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio, stated that moderate to major injuries went down 50% in Texas with the red-light program in place, however, in the first year of their programthe county still had 82,000 drivers run red lights. Data has showthat more than 80% of violators never get a second ticket. After Houston banned its red-light program back in 2010, fatal crashes in intersections rose by 30%, and overall crashes rose 116% according to data provided by the Houston Police Department. In 2015, Houston was named the most dangerous city for red-light running in the nation by the National Coalition for Safer Roads.   

Texas has been known for some of the nation’s deadliest roads. In 2017, it occurred in Texas. In Plano, a city of about 300,000, there was an average of 16 traffic crashes a day before the red-light program was established in 2006. Plano Police Department stated that accidents were reduced by 1/3 with the red-light program. The debate in Texas was dominated by drivers who felt victimized by getting tickets. However, the actual victims are those who are injured due to red-light crashes, and the effects are pretty devastating. Typically, the accidents are high-speed and often deadly. Most red-light accidents result in “T-bone” collisions which is the front-into-side of the carPut simply, in street safety, there is no fun answer.  

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The Real Victims of Red-Light Crashes 

Adrienne Patterson, a victim pedestrian struck by a red-light, was running while trying to cross an intersection in Austin, TX in 2013 and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Patterson testified before the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation against the bill on red light camera ban stating, “Traumatic brain injury affects anxiety, coordination, socialization, exhaustion, personality, relationships, ability to function, depression, seizures, confusion, headaches, decision-making, contemplation, emotions, and vision. These are a few of the things I deal with on a daily basis”  

When a driver runs a red light, it is more likely to cause a significant injury than many other types of accidents due to the high-speeds involved and the un-prepared drivers crossing traffic that have a green light. “T-bone” or “angular” collisions often result in severe injuries and fatalities for the occupants on the side of the car that is hit. The front and rear-sides of the vehicle have significantly more protections that absorb the force of accidents, leaving passengers hit on the side more vulnerable with no 
crumple zones”. Small gaps separate the driver and passenger from a side impact, increasing the chances of catastrophic injuries.  

Call Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys at Thompson Law “Lion Law” 844-308-8180 

At least 2 innocent lives are lost every day due to the impatience and recklessness of other drivers. Our car accident lawyers do everything in their power to protect our children, families, and community from the dangerous behavior of red-light runners.  

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a negligent driver who ran a red light, you need the Lion on your side to fight for you! Don’t wait to get help. Thompson Law will get you set up with medical attention, even if you do not have health insurance and guide you through your road to recovery. Contact Thompson Law today at 844-308-8180 or on our online consultation form  to schedule a free consultation and discuss the circumstances of your accident and how we can help you!  

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Personal Injury Attorney Ryan L. Thompson of Thompson Law

Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that personal injury lawyer Ryan L. Thompson of Thompson Law has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.  The organization was founded in 1993, and fewer than 1% of US lawyers are members.  Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy and provides member with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.  Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement.  Mr. Thompson has been approved for membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Ryan L. Thompson is a graduate of Baylor Law School, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.  Mr. Thompson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Thompson Law, a personal injury law firm headquartered in Dallas, and with other offices in Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas.  Thompson Law is highly regarded for its dedication to helping accident injury victims from a wide variety of accidents, such as:  car accidents, truck accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability/slip & falls, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, dog bites, and many other personal injuries.  If you’re in need of an injury lawyer, call the 4’s at 214-444-4444.

top 20 settlements

Thompson Law is proud to announce that our firm has been awarded a ranking on the TopVerdicts list of Top 20 Settlements in Texas in 2018!

TopVerdict is an institution that annually ranks and recognizes U.S. Law Firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts, settlements, or court awards generally and in specific disciplines throughout the nation and individual states. Recognition from this independent organization is different from other publications because of TopVerdicts awards recipients based on historic facts, not opinions of peers or legal panels. Additionally, due to the shortlist lengths compiled by the organization, and the independent selection criteria, recognition is both prestigious and unbiased. These awards are earned, not bought, and very few firms receive recognition more than once.

Despite this competitive selection standard, Thompson Law is in consideration for the next year’s ranking. As we eagerly await the 2019 top verdicts (currently under review, with publishing beginning in mid-April and continuing through 2020), we are enjoying a time of reflection and gratitude for the award.

Managing Partner Ryan L. Thompson represented the plaintiff in this case against two different insurance companies and their team of lawyers. The plaintiff in the case had been injured in a tragic boating accident, which ultimately resulted in Mr. Thompson securing a settlement of over $1.3 million. The settlement allowed for critical access to the medical treatment required by our client.

The compensation from the settlement will also offer the financial resources necessary to support our client through a difficult period of life this accident caused for her and her loved ones. Reflecting on the experience of winning this settlement, Mr. Thompson shared that, This case presented unique issues related to the liability of the parties involved, however, we were able to vigorously represent our client, and ultimately, achieve an outcome that would support all required medical treatment and ensure our client has the financial resources she needs moving forward from this horrific accident.

A relentless pursuit of excellence in representation certainly paid off, both in the result for the accident victim and less importantly, for the achievement of our exceptional legal team.

At Thompson Law, our sincerest wish, and sustaining motivation, is to see each and every client we represent get the best treatment and fullest recovery possible and to receive the maximum compensation possible. As a family-oriented firm, we have seen our own loved ones suffer the pain and challenges that grievous accidents can cause, so we have great empathy for the plight our clients are facing.

We are driven by a passion to win justice for the people we serve and work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary results. It can be easy to lose sight of achievements in the hustle and bustle of helping more people and fighting so hard, but moments like these give room for pause. It’s an honor and a privilege to do the work we do for our clients, and it’s also a great honor to receive recognition for our success.

For more information, or if you need help after an accident, please contact us here or call 1-800-LION-LAW.

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The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call 4 and get the roar right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, 469-444-4444, or toll-free at 1-469-565-0075.

class action settlement

Attorney Ryan L. Thompson was a member of the legal team that secured the 38th largest class action settlement in California in 2017. The team of attorneys worked aggressively for their clients to protect their best interests and secure the maximum compensation available for their damages and losses.  The settlement amount secured in the case was $1.35 million.

Mr. Thompson left that law firm to open Thompson Law LLP. Since opening the law firm in 2017, the firm has won over $1.8 billion for clients. Over 90 percent of clients receive a cash award for their claim.

Included on the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List

Thompson Law Injury Lawyers were included on the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Texas are selected to be included on the Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, a rating service that recognizes exceptional lawyers who have reached a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition.

Thompson Law Injury Lawyers — “Big Cases and Small, We Handle Them All”

Thompson Law LLP handles a variety of personal injury cases. The firm accepts large class action lawsuits in addition to traffic accidents and other injury claims. If you are injured in any of the following accidents or situations, we encourage you to call 844-308-8180 now for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • 18-Wheeler Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Slip and Fall Claims
  • Oilfield Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Defective Tire
  • Defective Vehicle Parts
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices

Thompson Law LLP Fights for the Rights of Injury Victims

If you are injured through the negligence or carelessness of another party, you deserve compensation for your damages. Let our attorneys fight for your right to recover the maximum compensation available for your claim.

We put our clients first! We care about what you are going through, and we want to help.

We invite you to watch a video by Attorney Ryan Thompson to explain how we can help you during a very difficult, painful, and stressful time in your life.

Dallas Police

A police records clerk for the Dallas Police Department is being investigated for sharing Car Accident Info with an Arlington car accident attorney. A civil suit was recently filed against police records clerk Margarita Monjaras. Monjaras is accused of giving car accident details to Robert Guilhoux, a man allegedly hired by Arlington lawyer Loren Green.

Ambulance Chasing Is Illegal in Texas

Under Texas law, “ambulance chasing,” which is the act of direct personal or telephonic contact with a car accident victim, is prohibited during the first 30 days after the accident. However, the law does allow for lawyers to send out what is commonly referred to as a solicitation letter.

The purpose of making ambulance-chasing illegal is to protect car accident victims from fraud. Although personal Car Accident Info on a police report is generally public information, it cannot be given to a lawyer unless the victim hired the lawyer to represent them.

Plaintiff’s Lawyer Alleges “Criminal Enterprise” and “Civil Conspiracy”

In the lawsuit filed against Monjaras, the plaintiff’s attorney, Tom Carse, alleges that she along with Attorney Green, Green’s assistant Jeffrey Gipson, and Robert Guilhoux are a “criminal enterprise” and involved in a “civil conspiracy.” Phone records belonging to Guilhoux were subpoenaed by Carse. The records showed that Monjaras and Guilhoux exchanged texts and phone calls 68 times. Guilhoux denied knowing Monjaras in a deposition. Attorney Green stated during a deposition that Guilhoux was a non-employee paid for marketing services.

The lawsuit alleges that Guilhoux acted as an accident investigator and went to the victim’s home. Guilhoux is accused of convincing the accident victim to sign an agreement to have Attorney Green as their attorney and medical release waivers. Attorney Green’s firm is accused of contacting Farmers Insurance to inquire about settling on behalf of the victim as well as trying to schedule chiropractic appointments.

The State of Texas allows accident victims who are illegally solicited by lawyers to sue them and recover a $10,000 penalty as well as other financial compensation.

Many Car Accident Victims Don’t Know What to Do After an Accident

Unfortunately, many car accident victims don’t know what to do after they’re involved in an accident. As Dallas car accident attorneys, Thompson Law is honored to help by providing readers with the following tips:

  1. Your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others involved, is the most important thing. Determine if there is a medical emergency. If there is, call 911.
  2. If there’s no emergency, call non-emergency police. The police will arrive and create a police report. The police report is important because it helps the insurance company and the court, if necessary, determine liability. The police will also help the parties exchange personal and insurance information.
  3. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles. Also, take photos of the condition of the road, a photo that verifies the time of day, and something that helps identify the location (such as a street sign if one is near). If you have injuries, even minor ones, take photos of those.
  4. Get medical care. Make an appointment with your doctor or go to an urgent care clinic. It can be hard to tell if you’re injured directly after an accident. Waiting can make even minor accidents worse. Serious injuries, such as internal bleeding, sometimes don’t have obvious symptoms.
  5. Notify the insurance company of the accident.
  6. Call a Dallas car accident attorney to learn about your potential rights.

Thompson Law – Here to Help

Thompson Law has a team of Dallas car accident attorneys on call 24/7. We’re here to help accident victims protect their rights and make sure that they’re treated fairly. Call us right away to discuss your potential case: 844-308-8180. The call is free and confidential.

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Thompson Law’s Guarantee

Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 10 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2020, including the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.