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This article provides information regarding a standard methodology used in Texas Personal Injury cases to maximize settlements in lawsuits through the use of arbitrarily inflated medical costs. It Starts with Referral to a Doctor who is part of the Lawyer’s referral network In October 2015 Joe Cantu was involved in a car accident in Austin,…

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Robert Fuentes

Attorneys Robert Fuentes and Stefan Casso of the The Fuentes Firm, P.C., along with its south Texas counsel David T. Garcia, successfully defended a cattle-hauling company in a personal injury lawsuit brought in Brooks County, Texas. The Thomas J. Henry Law Firm represented the Husband and wife Plaintiffs. This is the second favorable jury verdict The…

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Hailey Shipman

Collecting Freight Charges When A Broker Doesn’t Pay By Brian Schrumpf from The Fuentes Firm published on July 24th, 2018. Too many motor carriers have experienced brokers that collect money from shippers and then fail to pay the motor carrier. The broker may go out of business, file bankruptcy, or be operating a scam brokerage. Fortunately…

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Brian Schrumpf

By: Robert Fuentes &  David Helmey Links to the full opinion here and the amicus brief filed by The Fuentes Firm here. One of the biggest problems facing trucking companies and their liability insurers in personal injury suits is outrageously inflated medical bills. The rates “charged” by hospitals and doctors are generally several times more than the amounts these providers are…

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David Helmey

By Robert Fuentes Recent changes in the law have limited the scope of motor carrier authority and increased the legal exposure to trucking companies that broker freight. Because of these changes, there are many issues that may arise where a trucking company fails to distinguish its motor carrier operations from its brokerage operations. There are 4…

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Robert Fuentes

The Fuentes Firm successfully defended a bus company in a personal injury lawsuit in Houston, Harris County, Texas. The plaintiff, her children and extended family were passengers on the passenger bus. The plaintiff, her children and extended family were all Houston residents. The Defendant was a transportation company based out of Texas that provides passenger…

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Robert Fuentes

The Fuentes Firm successfully defended a Houston-based trucking company in a personal injury lawsuit in Houston, Tx. The Plaintiff, a single mother with five children, was involved in an accident with one of the trucking company’s tractors. The facts of the accident were heavily disputed. The Plaintiff  was driving a non-commercial motor vehicle near downtown Houston when the collision…

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Hailey Shipman

The Fuentes Firm successfully defended a trucking company in a wage claim lawsuit in Houston, Tx. The Plaintiff, trucking company’s former employee, sought damages from the trucking company for non-payment of wages and misappropriation of name and likeness. Robert Fuentes obtained a directed verdict in favor of the trucking company at trial. The Plaintiff claimed the trucking…

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Hailey Shipman

The Fuentes Firm successfully defended an out-of-state trucking company in a personal injury lawsuit in Laredo, Tx. The Plaintiffs, a husband and wife, were involved in an accident with one of trucking company’s tractors and sought $750,000 at trial. The Plaintiffs’ attorney brought in 5 expert witnesses and personally spent over $100,000 on the case. However, the jury was persuaded by Robert…

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Hailey Shipman

Dash Cams: Why You Should Have Them and Why Your Drivers Should Want Them By David Helmey from The Fuentes Firm on November 11, 2016. A comprehensive study by the FMCSA and NHTSA found that of 66,000 injury accidents involving a car and a commercial truck, more than 56% of the accidents were attributable to…

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Robert Fuentes

Certificates of Insurance: Only the Beginning of the Coverage Story By Alexcis Nell from The Fuentes Firm published on November 11, 2016. There is a great deal of misunderstanding among freight brokers, freight forwarders, and the transportation industry generally regarding the weight Certificates of Insurance carry. Many brokers consider Certificates of Insurance binding proof of…

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Alexcis Nell

Limiting Motor Carrier Liability for Loss or Damage to Cargo to $500 via COGSA By Brian Schrumpf from The Fuentes Firm published on November 11, 2016. Motor carriers, freight forwarders, and other transportation and logistics service providers face exposure for loss or damage to cargo, and this exposure can reach into the millions of dollars,…

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Brian Schrumpf

Minimizing Freight Broker Liability for Loss or Damage to Cargo By Brian Schrumpf of the Fuentes Firm published on January 28, 2015. Brokers frequently face claims from their customers for loss or damage to cargo. While the motor carrier that transports the cargo may actually be at fault, customers often look to the broker for…

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Hailey Shipman

The Protections of Pre-injury Release Agreements By Brian Schrumpf from The Fuentes Firm published on November 20, 2014. Pre-injury release agreements are a powerful tool for limiting exposure from workplace injuries of independent contractors. A pre-injury release agreement is a contract in which an individual gives up his/her right to bring a claim against another…

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Hailey Shipman

Certificate Holder, Additional Insured, Loss Payee – What they are and who needs them By Brian Schrumpf Shippers, brokers, and carriers frequently request Certificate Holder, Additional Insured, and/or Loss Payee status from downstream service providers. Each status – Certificate Holder, Additional Insured, and Loss Payee – has a specific meaning and each confers specific rights….

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Hailey Shipman

Represented publicly-traded trucking company at trial obtaining unanimous verdict in favor of trucking company and truck driver that crashed into construction crew in a construction zone. Although the DPS state trooper found the truck driver solely at fault for the accident, Mr. Fuentes successfully showed the jury that the officer did not have complete information…

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Hailey Shipman

Robert Fuentes represented a trucking company in a suit against the trucking company’s former Operations Manager in March 2006. After a 5-day jury trial, the jury was persuaded by Mr. Fuentes and awarded the trucking company a $500,000 judgment. The trucking company alleged the former employee misappropriated the trucking company’s trade secrets and breached his fiduciary duty…

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Hailey Shipman

Texas Supreme Court Holds Evidence of Seat-Belt Non-Use Admissible to Show Plaintiff’s Comparative Fault By David Helmey from The Fuentes Firm published on March 13, 2015. “We hold relevant evidence of use or nonuse of seat belts, and relevant evidence of a plaintiff’s pre-occurrence, injury-causing conduct generally, is admissible for the purpose of apportioning responsibility…

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Hailey Shipman