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Surprise! New law started on 1/1 to cut thousands of dollars in medical bills

After someone is injured in a car accident, they must be treated immediately. They naturally assume their medical bills will be paid quickly -- by someone else. But unfortunately, this doesn't often happen. We strive to get our clients the maximum in-pocket recoveries of money. We also stay on top of all new laws and court decisions that can help them. So we are excited to announce some great news for the victims of car accidents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The "No Surprises Act" took effect on January 1st. So what does that mean and how can that help you?

The best way not to be in a car crash on New Year's Eve is obvious
What is one of the most dangerous nights to be out on our Dallas-Fort Worth roads? That's easy, it's New Year's Eve. While almost all people will make it home safely, a car crash on New Year's Eve happens far too often. The National Safety Council has projected that up to 45,000 people will be injured and 427 will lose their lives during this three-day holiday weekend in the United States. That is shocking.

Saturday was another disastrous day on our area roads. Five people died and many others were injured in five deadly collisions.
  • North Fort Worth: an off-duty police officer was tragically killed when a man ran a red light on Boat Club Road and crashed into Euless Police Department Detective Alejandro Cervantes's car. The extremely intoxicated man also seriously injured the officer's wife and two sons, to make this story even more heart-breaking. The drunk driver had already crashed into another vehicle and was fleeing from that collision. He again tried to hit-and-run but was chased down by witnesses. His blood alcohol content was .144%, which is almost two times the legal limit. The bar that sold him the alcohol, Fuzzy's Tacos, is being investigated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for violating the Dramshop Act that forbids overserving customers. The drunk remains in jail with a $300,000 bond and has been charged with five counts including intoxication manslaughter. It is hard to believe that it was only 1:30 in the afternoon when this exemplary police officer lost his life at the hands of a criminal he would normally have been putting behind bars. Berenson Injury Law made a donation to the family's expenses fund.

Every year at Thanksgiving we express our gratitude for all of life's blessings. There are so many things we are grateful for. We are blessed to have such wonderful clients and team members.  We are grateful that we can do what we love -- helping the victims of car and truck collisions - in a wonderful city in a great state in an amazing country. To show our gratitude, our firm enjoys giving back to our community throughout the year.

Which special charity we chose this Thanksgiving

While most of us will have plenty of food to eat tomorrow and will be safe and warm with our families, there are sadly many people in Tarrant County who don't know where they will eat or sleep. Our North Texas cities are not immune from poverty, homelessness, and mental health issues. It is heart-breaking that over 2,000 people live on the streets of Fort Worth. That is why we are supporting the Union Gospel Mission, a remarkable Christian organization.

An injured passenger has the right to be compensated for his or her medical bills and other damages. But the legal process can be difficult and confusing, especially if you try to handle your case yourself. The insurance company adjuster and lawyer will not want to pay you what your claim is worth. Don't fall for these insurance company tricks. In the meantime, your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages will pile up. What should you do? As a personal injury lawyer, I have handled countless injured passenger cases. Here are answers to questions that my clients have asked me over the past 41 years that should help you.

1. What should I do after the collision?

Hit and Run

Texas pedestrian injuries and deaths have reached all-time highs. Sunday morning’s tragedy on Interstate 20 in Fort Worth was just the latest. Two young women tragically lost their lives and a man was injured after they were in a collision at 2:30 a.m. near McCart Avenue. The three had started to walk on the right shoulder to get assistance when they were crashed into. The police identified the victims as Isabel Vasquez, 20, and Allison Zarate, 12. We extend our sincere condolences to the families and have made a donation to their GoFundMe account.

Drinking and Driving Berenson Injury Law donated $5,000 to support Mothers Against Driving's Walk Like MADD in North Texas. The event took place at its national headquarters in Irving. MADD works hard to reduce the number of drunk driving collisions on our roads. Between its hard work and that of aggressive law enforcement, district attorneys and personal injury lawyers, our astronomical injury and fatality rate will continue to drop. This is an urgent problem in North Texas that must be addressed. Mr. Berenson has seen far too many car and truck wrecks that were caused by a drunk or stoned driver and wants to stop them from happening.
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