Personal Injury

The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016

Firm’s big jury awards total more than $1.5 Billion

HOUSTON – The National Law Journal has recognized The Lanier Law Firm on its annual list of the nation’s Top 100 Verdicts for two trial victories in federal court against pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson. Both jury trials involved the claims that J&J hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left the victims facing surgeries, pain and other debilitating conditions.

In December 2016 the firm secured a verdict of more than $1 billion on behalf of six individuals, while in March 2016 a federal jury returned a verdict of $502 million on behalf of another group of patients who were injured by Pinnacle hip implants. Continue reading “The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016”

Family of Sprint Car Driver Sues NASCAR’s Tony Stewart for Wrongful Death

New York lawsuit says Stewart acted negligently, recklessly in Kevin Ward’s death

LOWVILLE, New York – Attorneys representing the family of deceased sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who ran over and killed Mr. Ward during a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014.

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Medical Malpractice; Definition of Health Care Liability Claim

Ross v. St. Luke’s Hospital, No. 13-0439, May 1, 2015 (Houston 14)(opinion by Johnson, J.)(concurring opinion by Lehrmann, J., joined by Devine, J.)

Digest: A personal injury claim asserted by a non-patient who slipped and fell in a non-patient area is not a Health Care Liability Claim and therefore is not subject to the expert report requirements of the Texas Medical Liability Act.

Summary: Plaintiff Lezlea Ross, after visiting a friend at the hospital, slipped, fell and was injured in an area near the exit doors where the floor was being cleaned and buffed. She sued the hospital, which moved for dismissal on the grounds that the plaintiff’s claim was a Health Care Liability Claim (HCLC) as defined by the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMA) and that the plaintiff had not filed an expert report as required by the TMA. The trial court granted the motion to dismiss, and the court of appeals affirmed. The Texas Supreme Court reversed and held that the plaintiff’s claim was not an HCLC.

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The Lanier Law Firm Taking On West Texas Trucking Oilfield Injury Cases

With ‘big oil’ comes big risks. The oil boom unquestionably has boosted the West Texas economy, but it’s done so at a price. That is why The Lanier Law Firm and I are now representing clients who have been injured in truck accidents involving oil and gas operators, as well as workers injured in dangerous oilfield accidents.

West Texas is known for its vast stretches of seemingly never-ending highways and roads, but those roads now have become what one resident describes as a “death trap.” Another resident was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that navigating the Midland-Odessa highways is like “driving in a pin ball machine.”

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Jud Waltman Featured In Texas Lawyer Magazine

Judson A. Waltman is the managing attorney for personal injury, product liability and maritime litigation for The Lanier Law Firm in Houston.

This year produced two distinct and important changes that will impact Texas personal injury practitioners going forward. These changes came in the form of new rules governing health insurer subrogation rights, and the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to severely curtail trial judges’ ability to issue spoliation instructions.

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