David Yates News

It's true what they say, "A sucker is born every minute"

By David Yates | May 16, 2007

There's an old adage that says, "Always look a used car in the mouth when the dealer says 'it's a bargain.'" Or is it, "Never by a used car without investigating its history?"

Food tray puddle causes slip at hospital, Christus sued

By David Yates | May 16, 2007

While visiting a patient at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Anita Brice slipped in a puddle of water allegedly left by a leaky food tray, twisting her ankle. She was rushed to the emergency room and then sent a bill for her treatment.

Distributor says supplier trying to subvert its business, steal trade secrets

By David Yates | May 15, 2007

Aztec Distributors has filed a restraining order and injunction against its longtime business partner, Illinois Tool Works (Wynn Oil Co.) Aztec claims Wynn is attempting to squirm out of its contract, subvert Aztec and pilfer all of its clients.

91-year-old man falls out of wheelchair, family files wrongful death suit

By David Yates | May 15, 2007

Mark Sparks A senior citizen, who had a history of refusing to stay put, fell out of bed and died of low blood pressure three days after the episode.

Fire claims man's life, family sues

By David Yates | May 15, 2007

An Uvalde County family, acting as wrongful death beneficiaries for Leonardo Hernandez Flores, is suing the companies they claim are responsible for letting a fire get out of hand and consume the life of their benefactor.

Forklift driver "bumps" truck, injures driver

By David Yates | May 14, 2007

A routine pick up for a truck driver left him permanently brain damaged when the forklift driver "bumped" into a side rail of the truck.

Man suffering a heart attack told to "get back to work"

By David Yates | May 14, 2007

A seaman serving aboard a tugboat informed his captain he was having a heart attack, but Anthony King was told "to go back to work." He is suing Frazier Inland Marine, Inc. for failing to provide him with necessary medical care.

Alleged poor workmanship lands contractor in court

By David Yates | May 14, 2007

Glen Morgan is alleging the construction company he hired to construct portions of his Beaumont residence breached its contract by performing poor workmanship on his home's roof.

Rusted 'new' car leads to suit against Mike Smith

By David Yates | May 14, 2007

"An elderly gentleman" says the "new" car Mike Smith Autoplex, Inc. sold him was damaged by floodwater. He claims the dealer knew the bottom of the car had been rusted out but fraudulently and deceptively sold the vehicle as if it were in flawless condition.

Rita lawsuit filed, this time by insurance company

By David Yates | May 14, 2007

In stark contrast of the recent trend of Beaumont residents suing their home insurance provider for unpaid claims submitted after Hurricane Rita, Trinity Lloyds Insurance Co. is preemptively pursuing legal recourse against Lyndell Shults.

Child will require nursing care due to hospital error, suit says

By David Yates | May 10, 2007

A misdiagnosis and treatment of a minor at St. Elizabeth Christus Hospital has led the patient's parents to file a medical-malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and its subsidiaries.

Testimony continues in $3 million med-mal trial

By David Yates | May 10, 2007

The medical-malpractice trial, which began in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court May 3, is nearing its climax. The family of the belated Richard Bernard Salter allege the lack of action and incompetence of numerous Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital medical personnel ultimately led to his death.

Contractor says Sabine Pass school hasn't paid for renovations

By David Yates | May 10, 2007

Nearly two years after the renovation of the Sabine Pass Athletic Complex, ICI Construction claims that it still hasn't received full payment of the $1.8 million the school district owes for the gym's restoration.

Welcome mat created water hazard at store, plaintiff says

By David Yates | May 10, 2007

Patricia Harris has extracted the term "water hazard" from the realm of golf and applied it to dollar store welcome mats.

School bus fender bender leads to lawsuit

By David Yates | May 9, 2007

A fender-bender involving a Beaumont Independent School District bus has one boy's mother up in arms and ready to take on the school district.

No such thing as double jeopardy when it comes to tort law

By David Yates | May 9, 2007

Bryan Blevins There is no such thing as double jeopardy when it comes down to tort law. While he was alive, Carl Larkin sued a petrochemical plant and received a claim for his "non-malignant asbestos-related disease." Now deceased, his wife is suing on Larkin's behalf for a "different malignant asbestos-related disease."

Silsbee man cites FELA, sues railroad

By David Yates | May 9, 2007

Steve Young James Smart, a Silsbee resident, has filed a lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court against the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., a Delaware based Company.

Beaumont man sues for injuries at Washington chemical plant

By David Yates | May 8, 2007

A Beaumont resident injured while working at a chemical facility in Anacortes, WA has hired the Provost Umphrey Law Firm to extract compensation for his medical expenses.

Minor sexually assaulted by man donning phony scrubs

By David Yates | May 8, 2007

A man donning phony scrubs, posing as a physician, slipped into a hospital room and sexually assaulted a female minor.

Welding machine tip over causes injury, suit filed

By David Yates | May 8, 2007

Terry Thomas is suing the Rental Service Corp. for improperly placing a welding machine on a trailer.

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