A Preventable Attack

Attorney Chris Hamilton was asked to help a theater director after he was attacked in the parking lot of a local Target, resulting in brain injuries. Derek Whitener is the artistic and education director of The Firehouse Theater in Farmers Branch, Texas. On January 14, 2017, he was confronted by two men in the parking lot of a Target in Uptown Dallas after stopping to pick up some groceries. Mishandled Inside the store, Derek told Target employees, including the head of security, what had happened. Despite the fact that he was clearly unnerved, the employees’ response to Derek was clear: Do not call the police. We’ll handle the situation ourselves. The store’s head of security confronted the two men who … Read More

Something in the Water

When a nearby fracking operation contaminated a local rancher’s water supply, caused a flash fire, and left him and his family with severe injuries, attorney Chris Hamilton helped fight back against the oil and gas companies responsible. Cody Murray is a rancher living in Perrin, Texas, a small community about 35 miles west of Fort Worth. On August 2, 2014, he and his father, Jim, went to check the pump house covering a water well on his property after his wife noticed the well spraying pressurized water. Entering the pump house, Murray turned the pump on and was almost immediately hit by a fireball erupting from inside. With barely any time to push his father out of harm’s way, Murray … Read More

McDonald’s Points Fingers

Headlines will always sensationalize the amount one person had to pay another, but at the heart of this case were two teenagers killed in the prime of their lives, and a corporation recognized by every person on the planet that refused to accept responsibility for it. The case against McDonald’s began as an insurance claim. Chris Hamilton was contacted by an attorney representing William and Nicole Crisp, whose 19-year-old daughter, Lauren, was killed in a car accident on February 18, 2012. As Chris listened, he learned that what had happened that night was much bigger than a traffic accident, and involved an incredible act of negligence by a multibillion dollar corporation. What Happened Before she died, Lauren Crisp was with … Read More

Defrauding the Government

For years, a medical company illegally paid doctors to use a device for a procedure that hadn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. When one of the company’s former employees came forward, Chris Hamilton was able to help expose what they had done. Shady Business Practices Atrium Medical Corp. was the manufacturer of the iCast, a medical stent that was used to treat tracheobronchial obstructions. Atrium wanted to encourage doctors to use the device in their patients’ vascular systems. However, the standard for this use is much higher and hadn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Atrium pushed ahead anyway. Esther Grace Sullivan worked for the company from 2007 to 2012 as a sales representative and … Read More

Fighting the Travel Ban

When the Trump administration issued a ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, lawyers from all over the country mobilized to fight it. Rollout Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13769, also known as the Travel Ban, on Friday, January 27, 2017. The order cut the total number of refugees entering the country in 2017 by more than half – from 110,000 to 50,000 – halted the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for a period of 120 days so vetting standards could be assessed and revised, and placed a permanent hold on any Syrian refugees from entering the country. The ban affected those from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia. The ban’s … Read More

Medical Malpractice

When a North Texas woman died as the result of her doctor’s negligence, the hospital refused to accept responsibility. Chris Hamilton was able to get the woman’s husband and two small children the compensation they deserved. Health Issues In the summer of 2013, Katina Clark began feeling numbness in her legs. After visiting a doctor, she learned she was suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder that attacks the nervous system. The disease causes muscle weakness, making it difficult to breath, and those who suffer from it often need the help of a ventilator. With the proper medical care, most people who suffer from GBS make a full recovery. Katina was employed by Acute Surgical Care Specialists, and worked … Read More

Uncovering the Facts

When a Dallas company was tricked into buying another that wasn’t as financially sound as its owners claimed, Chris Hamilton was able to get to the bottom of the fraud and recover the company’s loss. A Good Deal In 2011, Primcogent Solutions purchased Santa Barbara Medical Innovations (SBMI). Primcogent was a distributor of health and wellness products, and SBMI owned the exclusive distribution rights to the Zerona Diamond 2400, a medical laser which was being advertised as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. In its sales pitch, SBMI claimed revenue from the Zerona, manufactured by McKinney-based Erchonia Corp., was strong and only expected to go up. Sales were being given a boost by a contract with Groupon that was helping to … Read More