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At the Cochran Firm Dallas, we offer a wide range of legal services to our clients. We believe that everyone deserves skilled, committed legal representation, and that’s just what we provide. Our attorneys have experience in a number of fields, which means we’re probably capable of helping you no matter your legal needs.

Our firm’s founder, Johnnie Cochran, was committed to the American legal system and worked tirelessly his whole life to improve it so that it served everyone, no matter their racial or economic status. We continue that work today. If you live in Texas and you need skilled legal representation, please call the Cochran Firm Dallas at 1-800-843-3476 for a free initial consultation.

Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm Dallas have seen how someone’s negligence and misconduct can affect another person’s life. The tragic reality is that you can do everything right only to find yourself with mounting hospital bills and severe pain as a result of another person’s mistakes.We don’t think that’s right. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping the people of the Dallas area pursue justice and compensation for their injuries.You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.If you’ve been hurt by another person’s negligence or misconduct and you need a skilled personal injury attorney in the Dallas, Texas area, please call the Cochran Firm Dallas at 1-800-843-3476 for a free initial consultation.Types of Personal Injury Cases

We talk about “personal injury law” as if it’s one large, uniform area of practice, but the reality is there are a lot of different kinds of cases that fall under the personal injury umbrella. All of these cases come with their own unique standards and procedures.That’s why it’s so important for you to find a personal injury attorney who has experience with the specific type of case that is relevant to you. At the Cochran Firm Dallas, our personal injury attorneys have handled:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Wrongful death

If your case doesn’t seem to fall under any of these categories, that doesn’t mean we don’t handle it. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with our personal injury attorneys.

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Civil Rights

The heart of the Cochran Firm lies in civil rights law, civil rights litigation, civil rights trials, and making this a better and more just society through enforcement of our Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights.

The most common civil rights cases we take involve people who are wrongfully shot and seriously injured or killed by the police. Some of the people we’ve fought for were wrongfully harassed, TASED, or beaten by the police.

We are the leaders in civil rights law in California, and have been known for this commitment by the community we serve, law enforcement, and their lawyers. We have earned the respect of the bar and bench in this area. Our Managing Partner, Brian Dunn specializes in such cases and is known to be California’s finest civil rights trial lawyer.

Who polices the police? The Cochran Firm. We know that our police are so often heroes. We understand that every day they go to work they lay their lives on the line for each of us. We believe that they must make snap decisions, life or death decisions, under stress and rapidly evolving situations. Nonetheless, their power is awesome. We, as a society, delegate to the police the right to use force against us, and in some cases, the right to use lethal force against us, the citizens, the people who live, work, and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness here.

There is a balance which must be struck between the awesome and deadly power the police are entrusted with and their need to protect and serve the community and not overreact or emotionally choose to cause harm out of proportion to the threat they have before them, in our society. The Cochran Firm, through its work, enforces that proper balance.

We probably take more civil rights cases to trial than any other firm, and our commitment is significant. If we cannot help you, we will make sure someone else who believes as we do how vital civil rights cases are will help. We take the most significant cases involving police misconduct.

CRPS

Dallas RSD and CRPS Attorneys

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD or RSDS), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic pain syndrome that is often characterized by a severe burning pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, swelling, excessive sweating and tissue discoloration. It typically focuses on one limb but in some cases, travels to other areas.

Diagnosing RSD / CRPS is difficult and specific measures are taken to evaluate the patient’s pain and the potential causes. The condition has become more accepted in science over the years, giving hope to those suffering that they will receive the support needed to have the best life possible under the unfortunate circumstances.

RSD / CRPS is Life-Altering

The physical symptoms and pain associated with RSD / CRPS can be truly debilitating, affecting all aspects of the patient’s life. When the pain is at its peak, it can be all-consuming, leaving the sufferer immobile and feeling helpless. It can prevent those with the disease to hold down a regular job, putting the patient and their family under added economic stress. A lifetime of medical treatments can be financially devastating, and it’s common for those with RSD to go on permanent and complete disability.

In addition to the physical symptoms of severe pain, the mental and emotional toll can harm relationships with friends and family, and often leads to loneliness and isolation. Coping with RSD is simply and enormously overwhelming and life-altering.

There are a variety of needs and professional assistance required to deal with and manage RSD and getting the proper treatment and support is vital for a better life. With the condition being permanent, the importance of seeking experienced legal help to make life more manageable can relieve some of the negative effects it has on a patient’s life.

Depending on the case, a patient could need a pain management doctor, life care planner, location rehabilitation expert (especially around employment), economist, and other physical rehabilitation specialists. These professionals also have a critical role in RSD / CRPS personal injury cases.

RSD/ CRPS Personal Injury Cases

There are several important factors that contribute to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) personal injury cases, including:

  • Official medical diagnosis of RSD / CRPS
  • Extensive review of medical records
  • Expert testimony

For those with RSD, regular treatment is needed and can be quite expensive, taking a significant financial toll and adding stress to an already overwhelming situation. By pursuing a personal injury claim, some of the financial burden can be lessened, allowing the patient to focus on the most important factors – managing their symptoms and maintaining relationships for emotional peace and support.

If the onset of this condition is the result of an injury from an accident or negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation if a personal injury claim is made within the time limit allowed by law.


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Diagnosis

Sadly, it’s often quite difficult to diagnose RSD / CRPS and there isn’t a simple test to figure out if the patient has it. Diagnosis is based on the patient’s medical history and signs of the symptom, as listed in the criteria. Tests are often conducted to rule out other diseases and conditions that may present similar symptoms. Most experts believe cases of patients with RSD should be overseen by a neurologist.

For official diagnosis, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) characterizes CRPS by a discreet set of diagnostic criteria:

CRPS-1 (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

  1. The presence of an initiating noxious event, or a cause of immobilization.
  2. Continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia with which the pain is disproportionate to any inciting event.
  3. Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of the pain.
  4. This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

Note: Criteria 2-4 must be satisfied.

CRPS-2 (Causalgia)

  1. The presence of continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia after a nerve injury, not necessarily limited to the distribution of the injured nerve.
  2. Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow, or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of the pain.
  3. This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

Note: All three criteria must be satisfied.

Experienced RSD Lawyers

You deserve an attorney who understands what you’re going through.

If you’re dealing with the serious and complex pain and life changes associated with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), there may be money you deserve that Pope Taylor, LLP can recover for you. You deserve a lawyer with in-depth knowledge and understanding of RSD, and dedicated to paving the way to a better future. The Pope Taylor, LLP team has the experience and approach you need and deserve.

The Cochran Firm Texas stays on top of new research, cases and treatments, to better serve clients and remain as experienced and trusted RSD attorneys. The attorneys at The Cochran Firm have extensive experience handling RSD cases and has a solid understanding of the pain associated with the condition. Bryan Pope is the current chair of an RSD / CRPS litigation group and lectures to other lawyers about RSD and related cases.

The Cochran Firm Approach

The lawyers at The Cochran Firm may be able to assist or refer RSD/ CRPS patients whose injuries have resulted due to negligence. If a civil suit is filed, The Cochran Firm would assist the patient with seeking monetary compensation based on the laws and evidence that supports this type of personal injury claim.

Don’t deal with the pain and frustration of having RSD alone – contact our office to discuss your situation.

This information serves as an overview for RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) & CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) as it relates to personal injury law. This information is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or medical advice.

Auto Accidents

We all have certain obligations to each other when we’re driving. We have to share the road safely and courteously; otherwise, the crowded Dallas streets would become chaotic. Unfortunately, while most people obey the rules of the road and drive safely, too many do not.

That’s where our auto accident attorneys come in. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, our personal injury attorneys  can help.

Our auto accident attorneys can help you pursue justice and compensation for your injuries.

If you’re a resident of the Dallas, Texas area and you need a skilled auto accident attorney, please call the Cochran Firm Dallas at 1-800-843-3476 for a free initial consultation.

Common Causes of Accidents

The basic cause of most cases our auto accident attorneys handle is negligence. One driver simply doesn’t follow the appropriate rule and violates standard procedure, and you get hurt. This is unacceptable, and we don’t think you should have to suffer in silence.

Our auto accident attorneys have handled cases caused by:

  • Distracted driving (especially driving while texting)
  • Drunk driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Insufficient attention to the road
  • Unwillingness to adjust to road or weather conditions
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Defective vehicles

We know what to look for when handling your case. Our auto accident attorneys will investigate your crash to determine the cause; we’ll examine police reports, closely look over the scene of the accident, interview witnesses and speak to medical experts.

Having determined the cause, our Dallas auto accident attorneys understand how to make a compelling case in front of a jury or how to negotiate with the other side in the case.

Compensation

No auto accident attorney can promise you a specific monetary settlement or award, and the specific compensation to which you are entitled will be determined by the precise circumstances of your accident.

However, we can usually pursue compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)

Our auto accident attorneys will explain the process to you at your free initial consultation and tell you what to expect.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas area and you’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence, our auto accident attorneys can help. Please contact the Cochran Firm Dallas  today for a free consultation.

Defective Products

When you buy a product, you have a right to expect that the product was competently and safely designed and manufactured. Manufacturers have an obligation to create products that work as advertised and do not put customers in danger.

However, too many companies fail to meet this obligation. Whatever the cause of their mistake, the result is too often an innocent person getting hurt. The defective products attorneys at the Cochran Firm Dallas stand ready to help if you’ve been hurt by a manufacturer’s errors.

Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience with defective products litigation.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas area and you need an experienced defective products attorney, please call the Cochran Firm Dallas at 1-800-843-3476 for a free initial consultation.

Types of Defective Products

Many kinds of products can prove dangerous if designed or manufactured poorly. However, our defective products attorneys have seen a number of common cases. They include:

  • Defective vehicles
  • Defective drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Defective toys
  • Defective furniture

If you don’t see a category that seems to fit your product, don’t worry. We offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. Speaking with us about your case costs nothing and might help you receive the justice you deserve for your injuries.

How our Defective Products Attorneys Can Help

The companies that manufactured or designed the product that injured you will often try to argue that you were responsible for your injury. They will put experts on the stand to argue that the products were well-designed and well-made and claim that your own mistakes caused the injury.

At the Cochran Firm Dallas, we know how to win defective products cases. We have years of experience with these claims and understand what to expect.

Our defective products attorneys can help by:

  • Evaluating your claim to determine if you have a case
  • Investigating to determine the cause of your injury
  • Lining up expert witnesses to testify to mistakes in the product’s design or manufacture
  • Finding medical experts who can testify to your injuries

Our attorneys are experienced in the court room and the negotiating room. We’ll fight for you and represent your interests.

If you’ve been hurt by a defective product in the Dallas, Texas area, please contact the Cochran Firm Dallas  today for a free consultation.

Discrimination

One way workers are taken advantage of is through a pervasive hostile environment in the workplace. This can occur in many ways. Often, the employer, supervisor, or co-worker does or says things that makes you, the victim, feel uncomfortable because of his or her sex, race, or religion. Hostile environment sexual harassment in the workplace does not need to include a demand for an exchange of sex for a job benefit. It is the creation of an “uncomfortable environment.”

This creation of an uncomfortable environment occurs in many ways. It could be people you work with telling sexual stories or racist jokes around you, after you have told them this bothers you, after the employer knows, yet nothing is done to stop it. It could be working for someone who uses sex as a term of employment, or makes you uncomfortable by putting their hands on you and commenting on your physical attributes. It could be some people referring to you as a terrorist just because of how you look, or your religion.

Wages & Hours Laws

Employers are required to pay a minimum hourly wage, and overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Some employees are “exempt” from the overtime requirements if certain criteria are met. Employers are also required to provide employees adequate rest periods and meal breaks. The Labor Laws also provide other protections to employees. It’s also illegal for an employer to discharge an employee in retaliation for the employee’s assertion of his or her rights to fair wages, hours and conditions of employment.

Any individual employee whose rights are violated may sue to recover damages for his or her loss. When an employer of hundreds or thousands of employees violates the labor laws with respect to their entire work force or a sizable portion thereof, an aggrieved employee may bring a class action for the benefit of all similarly situated employees to recover all unpaid wages, penalties, interest and costs of suit.

Employers’ abusive violation of these labor laws inflict constant and recurring injuries on workers and their families. Employers willingly violate the law because they are able to get away with it most of the time, resulting in substantial savings in the cost of doing business and lucrative profits. Individuals’ lives are devastated by the callous pursuit of profits at any cost. The Cochran Firm seeks to end Employers’ widespread, unlawful and largely unrestrained abuse of workers by endeavoring to hold Employers accountable for their violation of the wage and hours laws.

Impact Litigation

Because we are The Cochran Firm, people know we make a major impact on both law and society. Many of our cases lead to press conferences. Some matters we get involved in lead to changes in the laws. We have a big impact through our work here, and we’re proud of that. Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was never afraid to make a social and economic impact through the law, fighting for a righteous cause, whether popular opinion was for it or against, when the cause is right, you gotta fight. And if the case is outrageous, often punitive damages follows.

We are not afraid to tell it like it is, and when the facts are outrageous, then we do not simply seek economic justice in fair compensation, but we also seek to punish the wrongdoer and deter them from doing the same harms again in the future. This form of justice, or “damages” is defined as punitive damages. What leads to punitive damages is conduct that is considered so outrageous it is despicable. This is the case when someone intends to harm another, or acts in reckless disregard of the likely result that others will suffer greatly if they continue doing what they’re doing, yet they continue to act in that manner.

In the right case, we’ll seek punitive damages against many different types of defendants under various facts, but examples that fit this right to seek punitive damages would include lawsuits against car companies that knowingly choose to make a vehicle that rolls over easily, and when it does, the roof’s so weak it collapses. Or we’ll seek punitive damages against a place that ignores someone’s elderly parent to the point where they are malnourished, dehydrated, with painful skin breakdowns, yet no one seems to care. Or against an employer who has acted intentionally to cause its employee harm or has engaged in despicable or fraudulent conduct in conscious disregard of an employee’s rights. The case must show this general set of outrageous facts, and we specialize in making sure these things are known about and not hidden, and obtaining justice.

A corporation can be held responsible to pay punitive damages if an officer, director, or managing agent intends to injure a plaintiff or acts despicably with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others or subjects a person to cruel and unjust hardship. A corporation can be held responsible to pay punitive damages if they are shown to put people over profits, and this decision is ratified by an officer, director or managing agent of the corporation.

“Malice” means conduct which is intended by the defendant to cause injury to the plaintiff or despicable conduct which is carried on by the defendant with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.

“Oppression” means despicable conduct that subjects a person to cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of that person’s rights.

“Fraud” means an intentional misrepresentation, deceit, or concealment of a material fact known to the defendant with the intention on the part of the defendant of thereby depriving a person of property or legal rights or otherwise causing injury.

Whistle Blower Termination

It is against public policy (and therefore illegal) for an Employer to discharge an employee in retaliation for the employee’s protected activity in the interest of public policy. Generally, “protected activity” falls into four categories: (1) refusing to violate a statute; (2) performing a statutory obligation (3) exercising a statutory right or privilege; and (4) reporting an alleged violation of a statute of public importance, commonly know as “blowing the whistle.”

“Whistle blowing” is, perhaps, the most well known form of protected activity: E.g., reporting the employer’s violation of workplace safety laws to OSHA; reporting the employer’s insider trading to the SEC; reporting the employer’s tax violations to the IRS; reporting the employer’s insurance fraud or MediCare fraud to appropriate authorities, etc.

An employee does not have to actually “blow the whistle” to be protected. Simply refusing to participate in illegal conduct is protected. Thus, it would be unlawful for an employer to discharge an employee because they refuse to engage in violations of workplace safety laws, insider trading, tax law violations, insurance fraud, etc.

Likewise, employees are protected when they engage in legally sanctioned conduct, such as making a workers compensation claim, filing a complaint with the labor department about wages and hours violations, filing a complaint with the EEOC about sexual harassment or discrimination, labor union activity, etc.

It’s hard enough to deal with the day-to-day stress of work. No one should lose their job because they are honest and law biding. The Cochran Firm is committed to making employers who break the law pay for the damage they cause to hard-working, honest people.

Disability Discrimination

Under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employer must provide a “reasonable accommodation” to an employee with a disability if the accommodation makes it possible for the employee to perform the essential functions of his or her job. When an employee with a disability requests an accommodation of their disability, the employer must engage in an interactive process with the employee in good faith to determine if and what reasonable accommodation can be made so the employee can continue doing their job. Failure to so engage in the interactive process and failure to provide a reasonable accommodation is a violation of a disabled persons civil rights. Additionally, these violations are typically committed in conjunction with the termination of the disabled employee’s employment.

The loss of a job is a serious set back for most people. For a person with a disability it can be tremendously devastating. Finding a new job can often be an almost insurmountable challenge when prospective employers know of your disability.

At the Cochran Firm we truly care about the well-being of all individuals and discrimination against the disabled is particularly egregious. Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness. We proudly represent the disabled in pursuit of justice and equal opportunities the law provides when such injustices occur.