On Saturday, October 1, 2016, attorneys and staff from Sammons & Berry, P.C., participated in the “Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure” at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.   Special thanks to Summer Bokhary (Associate), Grace McGregor (Paralegal) and Deanna Guerrero (Paralegal) for representing the firm in this great event! Deanna, Summer & Grace

On September 28, 2016, a jury in Madison County, Illinois entered a unanimous verdict in the amount of $7.5 million against Union Pacific Railroad Co.  The case was filed by a railroad worker who developed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) as a result of exposure to creosote on railroad ties he installed over the course of

On April 28, 2015 a Los Angeles County Jury returned a $13 million verdict in favor of a 73-year-old woman who contracted a deadly disease from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co. Judith, a retired office clerk, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2014.  Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on average there are 11 fatal truck accidents every single day in this country, killing nearly 4,000 people each year.  According to a recent investigation by CNBC, fatal truck accidents are up 18% since 2009, but because trucking deaths are scattered in small numbers across the country, they often get overlooked in the

In 2006, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its opinion in Brainard v. Trinity Universal Ins. Co., 216 S.W.3d 809 (2006).  Touted by insurance companies as a great victory and lamented by plaintiff’s attorneys as an pro-insurance aberration, the Brainard opinion has taken on a mythical life of its own with many defense attorneys and insurance companies arguing

Click the following link for the full article: Mo. Supreme Court Rules Railroad Injury Judgment not Subject to Taxes.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – According to documents produced by BNSF Railway Company, many Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) were installed on locomotives and railcars.  The materials identified include: fabric wrap on water and steam lines; fabric wrap on compressor and governor lines; gaskets; and brake and clutch linings.  Likewise, Asbestos-Containing Materials were also present in various building materials including:  floor

MARYSVILLE, KANSAS – Local news reports state that early on Tuesday morning, ten cars on an eastbound freight train derailed in Union Pacific’s Marysville, Kansas yard.  (click for article)  Although none of the derailed cars contained any hazardous materials, the derailment comes at a time when significant debate is raging regarding the safety of rail transport of hazardous

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – a railroad worker employed by the BNSF reportedly died this morning after falling into a grain car.  According to news reports, the unnamed worker had apparently been trying to move the grain from the railcar into the trailer of semi when he fell into the grain car.  The worker was dead by the time rescuers

The American Association for Justice has recently published its listing of “The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America – How They Raise Premiums, Deny Claims, and Refuse Insurance to Those to Need It Most.”  Among the insurance companies listed are Allstate (No. 1); State Farm (No. 4); Farmers (No. 7) and UnitedHealth (No. 8).  A