- March 22, 2017
- Press Releases
What is Premises Liability
- When the owner of a property is responsible for the injuries suffered by someone on their property.
- There are certain conditions that must be met before a person injured can sue a property owner for their injuries.
- The most important: the owner of the property must have been negligent in allowing the dangerous conditions that caused the accident.
Who Can Be A Victim
- Unfortunately these accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone.
- Both personal and business property owners have the responsibility to ensure that anyone who enters their property is safe from injury or even death.
We Can Help
- The lawyers at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales have aggressively fought and won to protect individuals like you.
- If you were hurt because a business did not take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries we can help to make sure they are held accountable and you are protected.
If you feel that you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, please contact the attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP so that we can assist you and ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.
- April 13, 2016
A Little League baseball game gone wrong has sadly reminded us about the dangers of flying baseballs and debris from broken bats. Twelve-year-old Connor Benge, of Beaumont, was on the pitcher’s mound on Saturday playing the game that he loves. As Connor pitched a fastball, the batter hit a line drive which impacted the boy right behind his right ear. The blow fractured Connor’s skull and violently knocked him down.
“Before you could blink an eye, it was over,” said Connor’s father who rushed from the stands onto the field as he saw the horrific impact. “It was pure panic.”
Connor was airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he spent the weekend in ICU. As of Monday he has been transferred out of intensive care and is recovering from the impact, though the young boy continues to experience intense pain.
Connor joins a long list of baseball fans and players who have unfortunately experienced the traumatic effects of wayward baseballs and flying debris from broken bats. Since the accident, Connor’s mother says the family has been contacted by several Major League Baseball players who have also been struck by flying balls and shrapnel from broken bats.
Connor’s experience is a sad reminder that wayward baseballs and flying debris from broken bats are fast and they could be lethal. Some 1,750 baseball spectators are hurt each year by wayward baseballs hurled into the stands. It takes one of these balls just 1.07 seconds to travel 141 feet. And despite the life-altering injuries which baseball fans at most MLB ballparks are exposed to, the organization has been unwilling to act.
“MLB’s diehard fans deserve better,” said Bob Hilliard, Founding Partner at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, who has filed a federal lawsuit, in an effort to force MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to adopt increased safety measures at all ballparks, including extended safety nets along the foul line.“This is a needless risk. Extending the nets will, as a fact, save lives.”
And despite the tragic incident, Connor’s father says the young boy continues to love baseball. “He’s crazy about it.”TAKATA AIR BAG TRAGICALLY KILLS TEENAGER NEAR HOUSTON
- April 07, 2016
The death toll due to Takata’s defective airbags is on the rise. On March 31st an exploding Takata air bag claimed the life of 17-year-old Huma Hanif, near Houston.Huma, from Richmond, Texas, tragically lost her life while driving her 2002 Honda Civic in Fort Bend County.The defective Takata airbag ruptured after Huma’s vehicle was involved in what authorities classified as a “moderate” crash that typically would not have produced fatal injuries.
However, as the Takata airbag deployed during the fender bender, it exploded, launching shards of shrapnel towards young Huma, causing fatal injuries to her neck. According to Sherriff’s Deputy Danny Beckworth, the investigating officer, if it had not been for the faulty Takata airbag, “Everyone would have walked away.”
Takata’s malfunctioning air bag inflators have already claimed the lives of 10 other people in the U.S. while some one hundred others have been seriously injured. The defect in Takata’s lethal air bag can cause its inflator to explode, triggering a metal canister to blow apart—rapidly hurling dangerous shards of shrapnel and debris onto drivers and passengers.
The attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, LLP have been monitoring the unfolding string of tragic incidents caused by Takata’s lethally defective air bags. While 14 automakers have issued recalls to replace defective inflators in some 24 million vehicles, the progress of carrying out these recalls has been slow. To date only about 27 percent of the defective inflators have been replaced in the U.S.
According to Honda, the vehicle which Huma was driving had been recalled six times since 2011. However, the victim’s family says they never received notice of these recalls, underscoring the need for Honda and other automakers to do more in their efforts to reach car owners.
"Automakers need to get creative and more aggressive about how they're reaching these vehicle owners," said Bryan Thomas of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal regulator has announced they will increase pressure on automakers to achieve higher recall completion rates. The senseless death of young Huma is testament that car companies must do more to ensure that all affected car owners are adequately informed of their defective airbags and to ensure that replacement parts are readily available to correct the dangerous defect.
To find out if your vehicle’s airbag is affected visit: www.safercar.gov and use your vehicle identification number to identify any unrepaired recalls.