J.D. Silva & Associates Blog

Blog Authors

Latest from J.D. Silva & Associates Blog

Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be absolutely devastating; and while nothing can bring them back, seeking compensation for a wrongful death can lessen the family’s financial burden. There is limited time to act, however, and if legal action is not taken in time the family may lose the chance to make a claim. The statute of limitations in Texas for wrongful death is two years from the date of the victim’s death, with very few exceptions. To help protect your family’s legal rights and preserve the ability to pursue legal action, contact our team of wrongful death attorneys today…
Driving next to an 18-wheeler is a daily occurrence for most Houstonians, as there are hundreds of semis on our highways at any given time. While they are essential to moving goods across the country, 18-wheeler accidents have been on the rise over the past few years, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. On average, there are at least 500,000 semi-truck related accidents each year in the United States. Just last month in Houston on I-10, there was a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler that flipped onto an exit ramp and burst into flames. The exit ramp on I-10 East…
Being arrested for a DWI (driving while intoxicated) can be a frightening and confusing experience that no one wants to go through. Many people charged with a DWI have no prior offenses, are new to the criminal justice system, and don’t know what to expect from the process or if they should even hire a criminal defense lawyer. Even though drunk driving is among the most common criminal charges in Texas, that does not mean it is any less serious than other crimes. Drunk drivers can face serious jail time, expensive fines, and loss of mobility if convicted. Criminal cases,…
Being involved in a car accident in Houston is a stressful and often painful experience. It can be an even worse experience when the driver who hit you flees the scene and leaves you to deal with the aftermath of the crash alone. Hit and run accidents are among the most common types of car accidents in Houston, and they often leave victims scared and unsure of what to do next. Texas is ranked among the top ten states in the county for its high number of hit and run accidents, which means you will likely experience one while living…
Houston is known as the “Energy Capital of the World” and is home to more than 5,000 energy-related companies and 10 refineries. These Houston refineries use toxic chemicals, high temperatures, and tremendous pressure to process 2.6 million barrels of crude oil each day. With the volume of oil produced each day being produced under these dangerous conditions, it comes as no surprise that catastrophic refinery explosions occur on a regular basis. These Houston refinery explosions can be devastating to both industrial workers and Houston area residents who have to deal with the fallout of an explosion. These explosions are typically…
Car accident injuries are incredibly common in Texas, as one person is injured in a car accident every two minutes and three seconds according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Whether hit by a distracted driver at an intersection or rear-ended by a speeding driver on the highway, all car accidents cause some form of damage. The most visible damage is typically from the impact to your car, but car accidents can also cause serious damage to your body that may not be immediately visible. Car accidents involve a large amount of force being applied very quickly during a…
In Texas, drivers are required to show proof of being able to pay for any car accidents they cause. The easiest way to do this is to buy auto liability insurance coverage. Auto insurance financially protects drivers by paying for car repair and medical bills for the victim of a car accident the driver causes. What happens, though, if the responsible driver that causes an accident does not have auto insurance? Or if you are the victim of a hit and run accident? What if the driver only has the minimum amount of insurance and your injuries are severe or…
The time after a loved one passes is often filled with sadness, anger, grief, and frustration. If they passed due to the negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act of another person and/or a business, their death can be considered a “wrongful death” in Texas. While it may not be the first thing a family thinks about after their loved one’s death, Texas law imposes a time limit – called a statute of limitations – within which a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed before time runs out. If a wrongful death case is not filed in time, it can be immediately…
Houston is a city with multiple diverse skylines, including Downtown, The Uptown Galleria area, the Texas Medical Center, the Energy Corridor, and more. Many of the skyscrapers in these city centers have enormous glass windows that shine brightly throughout the day. Regular window cleaning is an important part of building maintenance. Who keeps these windows clean and streak-free, providing mile-long views of the city? Houston’s professional high-rise window washers. High-rise window washers keep windows clean and clear for workers, residents, and visitors to see for miles across the city; however, window washing is one of the most dangerous jobs in…
While many Texan families have loving, well-mannered pets that provide joy and comfort to their home, some pets are not as even-tempered and will bite a stranger, friend, neighbor, or even a family member. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are on average 4.5 million reported dog bites in the United States each year with almost one quarter of those animal bites requiring medical care. In many of these cases, the person bitten by the animal may have the legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party involved. With an…