Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Personal injury news…Nissan recall

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Sentra vehicles manufactured from September 11, 2012, through October 4, 2012. Some fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed during the manufacturing process. As a result, a small amount of gasoline may leak from the tank when it is full. A gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tanks as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on April 1, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.

If you are in the Houston area and would like to speak with an attorney about your vehicle subject to this recall, please feel free to call or email me. Eric Gruetzner (713) 370-7100 www.ericgruetzner.com eric@ericgruetzner.com

Man dies after police shock him with Taser

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Those of us who practice in the area of personal injury law have this situation come up from time to time…taser injuries…..

Today the Houston Chronicle reported:

A 38-year-old man died after a confrontation with police officers who shocked him with a Taser at a motel on Interstate 10 in east Houston late Tuesday.

The confrontation began about 11:30 p.m. at the Interstate Motor Lodge at 13213 East Freeway, according to the Houston Police Department.

Police said the man, whose name has not been released, was taken to East Houston Medical Center, where he later died.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

No other injuries were reported.

Police said patrol officers were sent to the motel on an emergency call about a man acting strange. A woman who was working as a clerk said the man appeared at the motel front door and said he needed help. He had wet hair and huge eyes, she told police. The man wouldn’t leave or enter the motel. The clerk called 911.

When Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived, the man refused their help, Officers tried to detain him but he fought them. The officers used a Taser to subdue the man, police said.

He struggled against paramedics as they placed him on a gurney.

As is customary with in-custody deaths, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions will investigate the case.

 

Hurt in a slip and fall accident…now what?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I had a client come to me after he had a bone-breaking fall in a store, and as you might imagine, he had many questions and concerns. It’s not unusual for a slip and fall to produce such a serious injury, but what you do immediately after the accident is critical. First, take care of yourself! Seek out medical attention and get the treatment you need. Don’t talk to anyone about the facts of the fall, especially anyone from the store or the store’s insurance company (remember those folks are looking out for the store’s interests, NOT yours). Next, call me at (713) 370-7100 or email me at eric@ericgruetzner.com and let’s visit about your accident. Texas slip and fall law is stacked heavily in favor of the store-owners, so it is wise for you to consult with an experienced Texas slip and fall attorney as soon as possible about your case! Take care and until next time, stay safe out there, Eric

“After my accident the insurance adjuster is asking for a recorded statement. Should I give one or do I need an attorney?”

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

As an attorney I have represented hundreds of accident victims. Before becoming an attorney I worked for a large insurance company in the commercial claims department, so I’ve seen this issue from both sides and I can confidently say that before you speak to ANYONE from any insurance company, you should consult with an attorney first.

Why? Simple, an attorney has your interests first and will advocate for you. The insurance adjuster has the interests of his/her company and insurance policy holder first, NOT you.

But I don’t have anything to hide, you say. And I do not believe you do, but let me give you a short example. It is routine in a car accident for the adjuster to ask you how fast you were driving immediately before the crash. You may say something like “about 45 MPH.” Now unless you specifically remember looking at your speedometer and it said 45 MPH, you should reconsider answering with such certainty. In a number of cases I have seen the insurance company take that statement (45 MPH) and use an “expert witness” to calculate braking distances and then blame YOU for the accident.

If you had spoken with an attorney, he/she would have asked you when you last looked at the speedometer, etc….before letting you guesstimate your way through a statement.

If you have an Texas injury case that you would like to talk to me about, please feel free to call me at (713) 370-7100 or you may email me directly at eric@ericgruetzner.com.

Answers to your top frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Texas personal injury cases

Monday, October 25th, 2010

As you know, I represent clients who have been injured in accidents of all types.  Before becoming an attorney, I was an adjuster for an insurance company.  So I learned from both sides of the fence just what makes personal injury cases tick, and after being asked by clients to help them understand what is going on, I have written a Texas personal injury FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.

Whatever type of injury you have, please feel free to read up and call me.  Whether a car or motorcyle accident, an eighteen wheeler hit you, a slip and fall, or just about any other type of accident, please read up at www.ericgruetzner.com/personalinjuryFAQ.pdf and then call me.

If you are in the Houston area, please feel free to call me at (713) 370-7100.  In the Dallas-McKinney-Plano area, my number is (972) 346-6501.  Everywhere else in Texas please call (800) 313-1877.

I take injury cases from all across Texas and I welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your situation, Eric