Auto Accidents

When people sustain serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, it can be devastating. They often wonder who is going to pay their medical bills and how they will support their families during the time they are recovering. The auto accident lawyers at the Rucker Law Firm, PLLC can offer critical advice in preserving evidence and preparing your case. Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a Houston personal injury lawyer experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.

You may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We have handled thousands of cases involving an array of injuries as a result of auto accidents including:

  • Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Knee, Shoulder or Back Injury
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Wrongful Death

 

The Rucker Law Firm is dedicated to helping people all across Texas including Houston, Galveston County, Fort Bend and Montgomery County to get fair and just compensation for their injuries. Call now to schedule your free consultation and to find out how the Rucker Law Firm can help you.  Car Accident victims and the families of those who have died in automobile accidents face challenging situations that are further complicated by complex Texas insurance laws and legal issues.  As a business, insurance companies are primarily concerned with limiting their payout and your needs are secondary. While the insurance company may present what you think is an attractive settlement offer, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced auto accident attorney who will put your needs before the insurance company interests. It is always best to discuss your situation with a skilled attorney before you decide to enter into discussions with an insurance representative.

The Rucker Law Firm has years of experience in dealing with insurance companies and handling auto accident claims. We are familiar with the techniques that insurance companies use to influence a quick settlement and usually for less compensation. Insurance companies have a team of investigators, adjustors, agents and legal help to protect them. As the auto accident victim, you need your own team of legal experts to protect your best interests.

Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still recover money for damages and injuries. We handle cases involving uninsured and underinsured motorists. Do not immediately assume the blame for your car accident. Drunk Drivers, defective tires, dangerous road conditions and improperly placed traffic signs have contributed to the thousands of car accidents that occur in Texas every year. At the Rucker Law Firm, our Houston area car accident lawyers will fight to win the maximum settlement for your injuries.  The car accident attorneys at the Rucker Law Firm accept automobile accident cases on a contingent-fee basis, which means that you will not pay us any money if we do not win your car accident case. For a free consultation call the Rucker Law Firm today.

Premise Liability

Do you need a Texas premises liability attorney? The Rucker Law Firm has successfully handled many slip and fall cases, some involving catastrophic injuries and death. We have experience in cases that involve steps, tile floors, wood floors, sidewalks and other surfaces. When needed, we employ forensic experts, such as engineers, who can establish coefficients of friction for various surfaces, as well as an analysis of conditions arising from design inadequacies or the failure to adhere to applicable building codes. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s negligence, contact the premises liability attorneys of the Rucker Law Firm today. The Rucker Law Firm is dedicated to helping people in counties all across the state, including Houston, Galveston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Bend County and all of Texas to get fair and just compensation for their injuries.

 WHAT IS PREMISES LIABILITY?

Premise liability (often referred to as “slip and fall accidents”) is a legal term for an injury that occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting or even a hidden hazard such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground. Property owners are responsible for injuries that occur as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on their property, which the owner knew about, or should have known about. These conditions may be obvious, such as ice or snow on a sidewalk, or hidden, such as a hole in a lawn that may be obscured by grass. In general, an owner will be considered to have knowledge of a dangerous or hazardous condition if it is permanent in nature, since the owner knew, or should have known, about the condition before the incident occurs. In cases of temporary conditions, such as a liquid spill, the extent of time that the condition existed before the incident actually occurred has legal significance. If the spill occurred just before the incident, a property owner may not be liable, since the owner could not have known about the spill before the slip and fall occurred. However, if the spill was present for some period of time before the incident, or occurs in an area subject to frequent spills, then the owner may be liable; even if they were unaware the spill had occurred.

At the Rucker Law Firm, based in Houston, Texas, we have experience and a successful track record representing clients with premises liability injuries involving:

Trip-and-fall accidents caused by dangerous conditions such as holes in a walking area or defective stairways

  • Slip-and-fall accidents caused by negligent maintenance – water or grease on a floor
  • Construction defects that cause personal injury
  • Assault and battery due to security
  • Automatic doors that malfunction
  • Elevator malfunctions like sudden drops that cause injury
  • Poorly secured objects that fall and cause injury
  • Malfunctioning machinery from carnival rides to badly designed brakes
  • Theme park accidents

 RECOVERABLE DAMAGES

Depending upon the jurisdiction and facts of your slip and fall case, the following damages may be recoverable:

  • Medical bills and expenses incurred as a result of the incident
  • Lost income for time from work to recovery
  • Compensation for pain and suffering as a result of the incident
  • General damages.

The people and companies responsible for negligent actions that cause dangerous conditions are liable for the injuries caused. If you have been the victim of these dangerous conditions, you need an experienced premises liability lawyer to make sure your interests and rights are protected. Contact the Rucker Law Firm today.

Whether you are starting a business, engaging in business transactions or in the midst of a legal dispute, it is crucial to have an experienced law firm representing your personal and professional interests. You need a law firm that can look at the big picture of your business’s needs and provide innovative and catered solutions to your legal issues.

SKILLED HOUSTON BUSINESS LITIGATION AND TRANSACTIONS LAWYERS

At the Rucker Law Firm, PLLC we have successfully helped numerous Houston area firms achieve successful outcomes in their business law matters. We are skilled and aggressive in protecting the rights of our clients in issues regarding derivative actions, partnership disputes, intellectual property and other assets.

For more information about how our Houston business law firm can provide you with the legal solutions you need, please schedule a consultation today email us at hgr@ruckerfirm.com or call us at 713-589-2960

 OUR BUSINESS LAW PRACTICE

At the Houston based Rucker Law Firm, PLLC, our Houston Business Law Attorneys have extensive experience in all types of business law, including:

  • Business formation law
  • Business transaction law
  • Business partnership disputes law
  • Contract disputes
  • Governmental relations and public affairs

We can work closely with you on a wide variety of business law matters. There is no better time than now to start working toward your business’s future goals and objectives.

Anyone operating a business will sooner or later face a commercial dispute. When that time comes, Rucker Law Firm can represent you in obtaining a positive resolution through negotiation or, if necessary, litigating your rights through trial.  Rucker offers clients a wide range of commercial litigation services — from positioning them for a quick and favorable resolution through demand letters or settlement negotiations, to handling trials and appeals at the state and federal levels. We are seasoned business people as well as attorneys who understand that providing value is the hallmark of success.  Whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation, we focus on achieving positive results for our clients.

We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes. If your business would like to take legal action against another party, or if you have been named as the defendant in a dispute, we can help. The scope of our commercial litigation practice includes:

  • Breach of contract suits
  • Distribution agreement disputes
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Landlord / Tenant disputes
  • Non-compete covenant disputes
  • Non-disclosure covenant disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Sales agreement disputes

Our experienced attorneys understand how to resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible, while giving our clients the best possible chance at a successful resolution. Contract disputes may be inevitable, but they do not have to turn into significant setbacks.

LABOR AND OVERTIME CLAIMS

Almost all hourly employees and many salaried employees are entitled to overtime pay. Some employers intentionally choose not to pay overtime wages. Other employers fail to pay overtime because they do not understand the law. Regardless, if you worked more than forty hours in a work week, you may be entitled to recover your unpaid overtime plus penalties, interest, and attorneys’ fees.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that most employees in the United States be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime pay at least equal to time and one-half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 hours in a work week.

 Government Relations

 At the Rucker Law Firm, PLLC, we offer expertise in governmental relations and public affairs services, and an understanding of the government process, including the multiple levels and branches of government, and their impact on regulations affecting the business environment. At the intersection of business and government, we help private and public sector clients from companies to associations to non-profits, realize opportunities to advance their objectives and navigate the myriad challenges and obstacles of government.  A strong reputation and deep network of political connections and relationships on both sides of the aisle, and experience and skills in a range of governmental and public affairs services including direct lobbying, public policy development, political strategy, and public relations and messaging, we can consult and advise on legislative and regulatory processes to help achieve desired outcomes and provide solutions.

A background in business issues and strong relationships with the business community, along with experience in economic development and site selection services and knowledge of public finance, tax credit and incentive programs, makes us uniquely able to help corporate clients implement public sector strategies.  Knowledge and experience in public-private partnerships, coalition-building, stakeholder management and public outreach and relations, are all critical components of what it takes to advance your interests and meet your objectives.

Bid Protest

 Bid protests are an integral part of federal contracting and are now filed by many of the largest government contractors.  Federal contractors filed more bid protests at the Government Accountability Office during fiscal year 2008 than they did any other year in more than a decade.  Protests at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims also appear to be increasing.  The growing number of protests reflects several government and private sectors trends as many companies are seeing difficult times ahead, revising business strategies and weighing the costs of protest litigation. Government contract spending has continued to increase while the economy has declined. A successful protest can have long term consequences as government contracts often continue for five to 10 years. 

In deciding whether to protest, a contractor must consider within days the relative strengths of its protest issues and which potential arguments should be pursued.  Offerors must prepare to maximize the value of any debriefing that the agency may provide.  Protests filed within strict deadlines may cause the procuring agency to suspend contract award or performance.  

We have successfully handled numerous protests on behalf of clients challenging contract awards and those seeking to retain awarded contracts. Our practitioners are experienced in the critical areas affecting our clients' ability to compete for and win contract awards:

  • Sole source contracts
  • Task orders and IDIQ contracts
  • Federal Supply Schedule contracts
  • Competitive range determinations
  • Meaningful discussions
  • Organizational Conflicts of Interest
  • Past performance evaluations
  • Disparate treatment and consistent evaluations
  • Best value determinations and cost-technical tradeoffs

We also represent our clients before the procurement agencies of states, cities and regional authorities throughout the country. 

Business Formation

 There are many things to review when attempting to establish a new business entity. The formation of a new business should preferably be done with the assistance and legal advice from a Houston business law attorney. With adequate legal counsel regarding your goals for your business, the correct type of business structure can be determined. Whether you are forming a partnership between two people, are a sole proprietor, or wish to establish a corporation, my firm can assist you with the appropriate legal structure.

Depending on your type of business and the product or service you are producing, there can be a variety of business entities that will be right for you. A small business owner working out of his/her home without employees may be able to establish a sole proprietorship as the best structure for that business. A somewhat larger business with employees and an office will wish to protect some of these assets through a corporation, either an S Corporation or a C Corporation. Both have certain functions that benefit the company, depending on your specific needs. There are also Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and Non Profit corporations that can be established. Whatever your legal needs may be, I am here to help you meet them, from corporate record maintenance & compliance matters to employment agreements to document preparation and beyond.