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As a 5th year Presenting Sponsor and a Fort Worth injury lawyer who unfortunately sees many drunk and drugged driving crash cases, I support Mothers Against Drunk Driving in its fight to stop this deadly problem.

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MADD is the only organization that provides victim support, judicial and legislative reform, technology research, and education to curtail drunk and drugged driving.

The Walk Like MADD is its signature fund raiser, memorial, and rallying cry. The atmosphere is one of sadness, love, and hope.

I always leave feeling like we can make a difference and defeat the deadly drunk driving epidemic that has inflicted our roads in Texas. There is no reason that we should be the #1 state for the number of people who die from DWI crashes.

It’s not too late to form a team of family members, neighbors, or coworkers. And I will match the registration fee in a donation to MADD for anybody who lets me know he or she has signed up.

The walk takes place in the Botanic Garden down the street from my office Saturday morning at 8:30.

Learn more and register here.

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This weekend was extraordinary for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerry Jones, TCU, Dallas Cowboys fans, Lady Gaga fans, and all football fans — OK, practically everyone who lives in North Texas.

The incredible come-from-behind, first overtime game in history was riveting. And our Fort Worth and Dallas stars, Tomlinson and Jones, were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame the night before.

What a game! We’re all still trying to figure out how

  • Brady, only a sixth round draft pick, was able to win his record fifth Super Bowl out of a record seven he’s played in,
  • The Patriots, the best team in the NFL, were blown out in the first half,
  • The team then scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, then marched 75 yards to win the game,
  • Brady passed for 466 yards (282 in the second half),  the most in Super Bowl history,LT
  • Julian Edelman hung on to the ball to make the greatest catch in Super Bowl history,
  • The Patriots were able to score on two extra point tries, the second necessary due to a missed gimme PAT, and
  • The NFL allows the team that wins the overtime coin flip to win the game.

And how about “LT” Tomlinson who

  • Grew up in the Waco area idolizing the Dallas Cowboys,
  • Came to TCU in 1997 and turned around the struggling Horned Frogs,
  • Is ranked sixth in rushing in NCAA history,
  • Led the San Diego Chargers for nine years, gaining 13,684 rushing yards and also 4,772 yards catching the ball, and
  • Still holds the NFL record for most touchdowns scored in a season (31).

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I was again proud to sponsor the C.A.L.F. Program’s 5K and healthy foods cook-off on Saturday. It was rated the best kids running event in the United States a few years ago. And this year a 15K (9.3 mile) run was nicely added for those people training for marathons and half marathons.

As an avid runner (I ran 26.2 miles in Boulder, Colorado last Sunday) and nutrition advocate, we must teach our children to lead robust and healthy lives. Unfortunately too many people have become too inactive and have gained too much weight.

A highlight of the morning was talking to our terrific mayor Betsy Price, who ran the 5K race and is a huge fitness proponent.

Another was helping accept the whopping check in the amount of $200,000.00 that was generously presented to C.A.L.F. by the marathon.


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A woman who was DWI plowed into a police cruiser and seriously injured the officer inside early Friday morning. Ironically, she was just only a few blocks away from the national headquarters of one of my favorite groups, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The Irving police cruiser was blocking westbound traffic at Texas 114 near North O’Connor Road to prevent motorists from entering a road construction zone. But a very drunk Nicole Arreola somehow failed to notice the flashing red and blue squad car lights and the large bright orange alert barrels, an indication as to how impaired the 36-year old Grapevine woman really was. 

The drunk driver plowed into the back of the cruiser, which subsequently slammed into a light pole. The officer was treated at Parkland Hospital for a concussion, an injured shoulder and broken ribs. 

Arreola showed the telltale signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. She at first claimed she wasn’t driving, but finally admitted she had polished off five shots before climbing behind the wheel. The woman blew a .144 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), almost twice the legal limit

The drunk driver was charged with intoxication assault, which carries a two to 20-year prison sentence. I hope she gets nailed and that publicity from this crime and her sentence discourage people from driving while intoxicated.

Time to Walk Like MADD 

Bill Berenson Injury Law is again the Presenting Sponsor of the annual Fort Worth Walk Like MADD event. We participate every year in this truly inspirational event that brings the community together to show our support for victims of drunk driving and our desire to end DWI accidents. 

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I visited the students at Rufino Mendoza Elementary School on the North Side of Fort Worth this week to see how the beginning of the school year was going. “My kids” are off to a great start. I was honored when they burst into applause when I walked in.

I volunteered with the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Adopt-A-School program because I wanted to give back to my community.  I believe that any student who applies him or herself should have the opportunity to excel. Some of the children I first worked with are now in college or working in good jobs.

Last year I donated seven partial college scholarships to fifth grade students to help them reach their goals. During their step-up ceremony, the students wore ball caps with the logos of their dream colleges. They will get even more money if they continue to exceed, which I’m sure they will.

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My firm is honored to again be the Title Sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk and Dash Like MADD. 

I just had the pleasure of meeting with Jason Derscheid, the Executive Director for North Texas, to discuss the event. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of my favorite causes. 

This is MADD’s 35th year (and mine as a personal injury lawyer). Seeing the devastation caused by drunk drivers has made me a proud supporter of this great cause.

The event on October 24th will raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. The 5K walk and run will begin in an exciting new location on Panther Island, cross the bridge, and meander through our pretty Trinity Park. 

If you haven’t participated in one of MADD’s events before, they are moving experiences.

And here’s a thought to cool you off: think how good the lower temps will feel that morning! 

Bill Berenson Injury Law Will Match Your Entrance Fee 

The walk/run is an opportunity for you to show your support for victims of drunk driving and to advocate for stricter DWI laws and stronger education of teens about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving. 

In addition to individual registrations, many families, companies, school groups and friends register as teams in honor of loved ones.

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Berenson Injury Law will match your entrance fee with a donation of the same amount to MADD. 

Please send us an email or call us at 817-885-8000 or toll-free at 1-888-801-8585 to let us know you registered for the Walk Like MADD event. You can register here.

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Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant

Every Cowboys fan – and every Texan – is now a plaintiff in a lawsuit for damages suffered because of the bad call in last Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. 

As if it hasn’t already been a crazy year in the National Football League with the melodramas caused by Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Michael Sams, now comes this fiasco. A inmate in a Colorado jail known for frivolous lawsuits has just filed a petition against the National Football League and its commissioner, director of officiating, and referee alleging that Dez Bryant did catch that ball last Sunday. He is seeking close to $89 billion in damages. Huh?

Plaintiffs named are “Terry C. Hendrix on behalf of Dez Bryant #88, All Dallas Cowboys Fans, and All People in or and from the Sovereign Republic of Texas.”

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2014 Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney LogoHonored to Be Chosen as a Top Tarrant County Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Lawyer Again

Fort Worth, Texas Magazine has listed me as a Top Attorney in the Personal Injury Plaintiff category. I am proud to be chosen for this honor.

Each year, lawyers in the Fort Worth-Dallas region vote for lawyers in their field of practice to be included on the Top Attorney list. A panel of lawyers, themselves Top Attorneys, reviewed the nominations and made the final decisions.

Thank you to my colleagues for your votes for this prestigous award.

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My law firm is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD on November 1. My firm sponsors the walks in Fort Worth and Dallas each year. Participating in the events is an indescribably moving experience. People of all ages, nationalities, races and backgrounds join together to pay tribute to those who have died in drunk driving wrecks and to those whose lives have been forever changed. 

What Drunk Driving Crashes Do To Our Community

During the past three decades representng victims and their families, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible devastation and heartbreak caused by drunk driving accidents

Most recently I saw the tragedy inflicted on four wonderful people who were killed, the paralysis meted out to a fine young man whom I represented in the lawsuit against the drunk driver and the company that owned the truck the teen was driving, and the physical and emotional pain suffered by several other teens injured in the nightmarish “affluenza” case. This devastation never should have happened. We must work vigilently to stop it from becoming almost routine on our streets and highways in Texas.

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I cheered on the large crowd — including our mayor Betsy Price — at the C.A.L.F. 5K Run and Healthy Foods Competiton early Saturday morning at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. My firm was again presenting sponsor. I have also been on the C.A.L.F. Council since the program’s inception in 2009 and I strongly believe in its mission of encouraging our children to be fitter and healthier.

LaDainian Tomlinson’s Support

C..A.L.F. partnered this year with one of the NFL’s and TCU’s greatest football players (#5 in rushing yards in  NFL history), LaDainian Tomlinson, to make the 2014 run and healthy foods competition a huge success. It was an honor to get to meet “LT.”  He was also honored during the afternoon’s big TCU-OU game and must have inspired the team as it knocked off the #4 team in the country.

More than 80 schools and community centers were involved. FitWorth was also a sponsor and another great cause. The highlight was helping accept the whopping check in the amount of $200,000.00 that was presented to the C.A.L.F. program from donations raised by the Cowtown Marathon.

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