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Just in Time For Christmas!

Still racing arouDOG-2-300x230nd trying to find a last minute gift for your spouse or children? Want a unique present whose shine will never wear off? Need a new best friend?

You’re in luck. And so will 10 large dogs who are braving the cold at our North Texas Humane Society.

Berenson Law Firm wants to help our abandoned furry friends find a forever home. So we have donated money to pay for the adoption fees for 10 larger dogs (over 30 pounds) since they are often harder to place.

If you would like to find the perfect pet, go to the main shelter at 1840 East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Mention us at the front desk.

The dogs available are Cici, Hannah, Bailey, Buddy, Ledi, Sissy, Rosie, Trinity and two others. Their info and photos are online.

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We at Berenson Injury Law have the pleasure of representing the best, friendliest clients in North Texas. I wanted to take a moment and say thank all of the wonderful people who have chosen my firm to help them after their lives have been disrupted by an auto or truck collision.

And I couldn’t do this without my amazing staff. I’m giving them the day tomorrow so they can have an extra long weekend to spend with their families.

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Bill Berenson Injury Law announces that it has successfully obtained the total available insurance limits of $305,000.00 for our client.USE THIS GIBBS

He was driving in Decatur last year when a van without its lights on crashed into his older Mercedes. Liability was disputed, as the van driver said that his lights were on and that the Mercedes driver failed to yield the right of way at the intersection.

The man had to be rushed by ambulance to a hospital where he spent four days recovering from his serious injuries, including fractures.

use THIS CAREER DAY 2016This morning I spoke to five classes at Mendoza Elementary School. 

This is my 12th year Career Day as the school’s sponsor.

This is always one of my favorite days as I try to motivate the third through fifth graders and try to get them to dream big. 

I always begin by having the students fill out a worksheet where I ask them to pick from a list of possible dream careers, including doctor, business man/woman, artist, inventor, teacher, athlete — and yes, lawyer. Of course, most haven’t begun to think about this critical decision, so we talked about different careers and what they do.

I told the kids that they will need to make good grades in all of their academic subjects. I had their teacher confirm that on any given day, he or she might need to know a history fact or how to solve a math problem.

I also made the children promise that they will graduate from high school (there is a high drop out rate) and study hard.

I then had the children promise they will all attend and graduate from a university.

Heady stuff. These were life-changing pledges.

We talked about where they could go (many wanted to go to TCU up the street but several called out Harvard) and that there is a lot of scholarship money to those with the best grades. I donate a number of scholarships each year to these students.

I showed them my college diploma (which always excites them) and told them they could have one if they worked hard.

I asked the teacher if she has one, if she is proud of it, and if she could have gotten her career as a teacher without one to let that sink in.

I asked the kids to give their worksheet to their parents and talk to them about their choices and get advice from them.

I told them that they can achieve anything they want — if they really wanted it and they were willing to work hard.

I said that I had started working at 14 sweeping floors at a pharmacy (for the whopping sum of $1.00 an hour, the minimum wage), have never stopped working hard, and that any one who had a successful career had done that too.

I also reminded that that they had to stay physically fit, eat nutritious foods, and not sit too much playing video games and watching TV. Some know me from their after-school running club and that I love to exercise and that I am a vegetarian, so hopefully they’ll adopt healthier habits.

I think that my my message resonated with many of them.

In a humorous moment, one girl asked me if my career was being the mayor.  And when I told a class that I was an attorney, another girl said she assumed that I was “because I looked like one.” And at the end of one presentation, a young girl sweetly smiled and said “God bless you,” which made my day.

It is my sincere hope that I have made a difference in some of these wonderful children’s lives over the last 12 years.

And I believe that the community must do more to support its schools and help its children to insure that our future is in sound hands.

I believe that it is.

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The Walk Like MADD is an annual event that brings our community together to honor the victims of those who tragically lost their lives in drunk driving collisions.

There are exhibits, tributes, and a 5K (three mile) walk/run to raise money and awareness to end our epidemic of DWI’s.

As a personal injury lawyer, I have to deal with the carnage caused by intoxicated and stoned drivers on a regular basis.

Texas leads the U.S. in the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving — even though we have twelve million fewer people than California.

And the Dallas Fort Worth area is one of the most unsafe places to drive in Texas.

Did you know that just last year, there were over 5,000 collisions caused by intoxicated drivers in the four largest counties in the Metroplex — or a whopping 14 a day?

That’s inexcusable.

Our streets must be made safer.

That’s why Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of my favorite causes and why Berenson Injury Law is the presenting sponsor every year.

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MendozaIt was fun to see “my kids” at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this week. The school is on the north side of Fort Worth in an economically disadvantaged area of town. I picked this school wanting to make a difference.

When I went into the cafeteria, the children in the after-school program got excited, stood up, and shouted “Mr. is here!”

I walked around the room and said hello as they worked on their homework. I asked to spoke to the 80 children and told them how proud I was of them. I urged them to keep studying hard, make good grades, and graduate from high school (there is an substantial drop out rate). I told them they should also graduate from college and professional school too — that anything was possible if they really wanted it.

I encouraged them to start thinking about what job they would like to have later in life. I told them to dream big and never doubt that they could be an attorney, doctor, or anybody they wanted to be.

I also reminded them how important fitness and nutrition were if they wanted to succeed. Readers of this blog know that I am a fitness advocate.

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It was a pleasure to be the sponsor of the first ever running camp in Fort Worth this summer. The kids met down the street from my office at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to run, learn about healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and have fun. Congrats to Heidi Swartz, the hard-working executive director of the marathon, and her staff for starting this excellent activity.

I asked why the children liked to run. Their responcalfses were wonderful.

Jaden, who is eight years old, said that “running makes me feel proud because I achieve my goals. It’s fun because you can race your friends while concentrate on anything I don’t understand.”

“Running makes me feel free,” Rebekah wrote. “Running makes me feel happy and I love to run for causes like cancer. My Papa died over cancer and it is upsetting. I miss him a lot and he loved to run also. I love that a lot.”

Melachi impressively noted that “running has helped me win because of my speed in different sports. I ran track and made it to the Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Florida and placed 3rd and 7th in the nation.”

“Running means I can clear my mind, have fun and stay healthy,” Avery, age 11, observed. “Running is fun because you get to enjoy the outdoors and go FAST!!”

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photo__1496361_bill_at_windowGet more qualified help you need after your car wreck

I chose the field of personal injury because I felt like this area of practice allowed me to best utilize my advocacy skills and make a difference in the lives of people. I am able to make an immediate impact by helping victims get the medical care they need and pay their living expenses, even if an injury has forced them out of work. Long-term, I am able to help clients improve their quality of life after an injury by obtaining the compensation they need to get any further medical care they need and get their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages paid.

I earned the coveted status of Texas Board Certification as a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer in 1992 and have renewed it ever since over the past 24 years.

What is Board Certification?

The State Bar of Texas established the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) to oversee the certification of lawyers who are specialists in their areas of practice. The Supreme Court of Texas has jurisdiction in matters related to the certification process.

Only about 10% of the almost 100,000 attorneys in Texas have earned certification in any of the 21 fields available. Lawyers must undertake a rigorous application, examination, and review process.

We have many good personal injury lawyers in Fort Worth and Dallas. We charge the same fee as non certified lawyers. A person who has been injured in a car accident would be foolish not to hire a more experienced board certified attorney in any area of practice.

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Bill at WindowI am pleased to have been named among the top attorneys in the United States.

The Nation’s Top One Percent Attorneys list has just been published by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

This is the second year in a row this award has been offered and the second year I have been named.

IMG_8791It was fun to again be the judge at “my school” on Monday.  Eleven years ago, I adopted Rufino Mendoza, Jr. Elementary as a community service project. The experience has been a rewarding one.

I have taken a special interest in their after-school running club with my love of running. I also donate money for college scholarships and for other needs during the year.

The Competition

The seven bright students made polished presentations about their leadership skills. I am always impressed with their poise and sincerity. The Power Point slide was this child’s talking point for How I Have Been A Leader. I’m pretty sure we never did anything like this when I was in the fifth grade in 1964.

The students had just been on a field trip to the University of Texas at Arlington and were excited about going to college. Several had decided they wanted to go there and become the first members of their families to pursue higher education.

The first child loved studying the earth and wants to be a geologist because “it sounds so fascinating.”  I enjoyed it when he said that he sometimes fails because he is not perfect — but that “he always learns from the experience.”

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