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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.

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.

Wrongful Death

Many of our cases involve the loss of a loved one. In order to achieve full justice, we ensure that we know their story, intimate details of the life lost, and the magnitude of the loss to those left behind. And we are proud to make sure those who relied upon, and loved, the victim of medical negligence, or a wrongful police shooting, or a car crash, or some other tragedy, get back in economic terms, the measure of justice the law provides for them. When a domestic partner, parent, spouse or child has been killed in an accident, the loss is sudden and devastating. In addition to the pain, grief and emotional loss, family members must emotionally and financially try to chart a new life in the future without their loved one. We help you.

Employment Civil Rights

Freedom from sexual harassment, race discrimination and other forms of harassment and discrimination in the workplace is a civil right protected by Federal and State laws. It is illegal to harass an employee and make employment decisions such as refusal to hire, denial of promotion, and firing, where the motive for the harassment or employment decision is based on the employee’s membership in a protected class, such as race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation.

The Cochran Firm has a core belief that through our work, we make this a better world. We are committed to fighting for your rights as an employee when your boss or your company takes advantage of you and violates your rights.

In Texas, most people can’t sue just because their boss is rude, demanding, or just doesn’t like them, or because their job is eliminated or because they are fired without good cause. In Texas a, most employment is “at will.” It is not at will only if you have a contract with the employer that requires good cause to terminate. This means that the employer can hire, promote and fire any employee, as they wish, without needing any particular reason for doing so, as long as it is not for a prohibited reason, such as illegal discrimination or retaliation for opposing illegal harassment of discrimination.

Discrimination occurs when you’re refused employment, passed over for a promotion or a raise, demoted, or fired, and the motive for that adverse decision is that you are a woman, pregnant, a man, homosexual, heterosexual, an African-American, Hispanic, Asian or of other ethnicity, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or of other religious faith, are over 40 years of age, or have Cancer, HIV or other serious medical condition or physical or medical disability, or require a special chair or computer screen or other accommodation for a disability, etc. When an employer discriminates on the basis of a “protected class,” the employee can be devastated both emotionally and economically. A lifelong career may be irreparably derailed. You may find yourself completely black-balled from the industry you trained for, worked so hard to advance in, and planned to retire from.

In the case of being fired, the big issue is: Why were you fired? What was their motive? Generally, there will not be any admission that the supervisor, manager or the company acted illegally. We look at all the circumstances to see if we can point to illegal discrimination as the cause for the firing. If we can show that, these are great cases and we can get you substantial economic justice. On the other hand, if the employer can show some “cause” for an arguably legitimate business decision, such as insubordination, attendance issues, substandard performance, or misconduct, the probability of winning the case will be significantly reduced in the absence of strong, direct evidence that an illegal motive actually was the cause for the termination and the supposedly legitimate excuse was only a pretext for discrimination. Given the complexity of the issues, a thorough, critical analysis is required and we do that with greatly experienced, and highly-skilled specialists in this area of law.

In addition to our Employment Discrimination Law practice, Our Labor Law practice also strives for justice for victims of Employer abuse related to the failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, provision of rest breaks and meal breaks, and other violations of laws designed to protect employees in their work environment. Despite court rulings recently in the news, class actions are still a great tool for the vindication of Employers’ mass violation of these laws. If you or a class of your co-workers have been denied wages, overtime, or breaks, we can help.

Everyday, The Cochran Firm is fighting for the rights of working class people. Whether you have been victimized by harassment and discrimination or lost your job unfairly, or by wrongful abuse by the police, or have suffered severe injuries in an auto accident or caused by a defective product, we use our passion, focus and talents to get you the substantial justice you expect and deserve.

Sexual Harassment

It is against State and Federal law for an employer, supervisor or co-worker to harass an employee on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment or any other protected status harassment violates civil rights. The Cochran Firm is committed to fight for victims’ rights, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to make the workplace better.

Hostile Work Environment

It is against State and Federal law for an employer, supervisor or co-worker to harass an employee on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment or any other protected status harassment violates civil rights. The Cochran Firm is committed to fight for victims’ rights, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to make the workplace better.

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.

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.

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.

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.