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If you or your family has been involved in an accident and you are looking for answers, contact us to learn what Steven Laird, an experienced serious injury, and wrongful death attorney, can do to help you steer through the aftermath to achieve the best possible end result. See what some of Steve’s clients have to say.

Truck Accident Attorney Steve Laird Recognized Among the Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation

FORT WORTH – Fort Worth truck accident attorney Steve Laird of the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C. continues to earn recognition for his plaintiffs personal injury litigation work, earning repeat placement on the list of The Best Lawyers in America.  

His selection to 2022 edition marks the 11th consecutive year he has been named in the prestigious legal guide, further solidifying his position as one of the country’s top practitioners in this area of law.  

Best Lawyers in America 2022 Truck Accident Personal Injury Steven C Laird

The Best Lawyers in America list has become widely regarded as a respected reference guide to legal excellence. First published in 1983, it is the U.S. legal industry’s oldest peer-review guide for showcasing the country’s top attorneys. Attorneys are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on its lists. Additionally, Best Lawyers honorees are selected through a rigorous survey that includes confidential evaluations by other lawyers in the same and related specialties. To learn more about Best Lawyer’s methodology or for a complete list of this year’s honorees, visit http://www.bestlawyers.com/

Mr. Laird holds more than 40 years of experience litigating and successfully securing favorable decisions for clients involved in trucking accidents and other personal injury claims. He is Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and holds a national board certification in both Truck Accident Law and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  

“Helping clients and families gain justice and sense of resolution is what drives me and every member of this firm,” said Mr. Laird. “It is incredibly rewarding to have that work recognized by your peers.”  

About The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C. 

The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C. is a firm of experienced Fort Worth truck accident lawyers with over 30 years of experience helping victims and their families. The firm is located at 1119 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more about the firm’s representative matters or to schedule a meeting with one of its attorneys, call (817) 531-3000. 

Fort Worth Attorney Seth McCloskey Receives Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law

FORT WORTH – Seth McCloskey, a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird P.C., recently earned Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also holds a national certification in truck accident law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a designation he shares with firm founder Steven C. Laird. Together, the attorneys are only two of 10 lawyers in the state of Texas to specialize in this area of law.

To earn board certification, an attorney must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges, and pass a six-hour written examination.

“When a client is looking for representation, they want someone who has a solid understanding about a specific area law. Seth is an attorney who has and continues to demonstrate that expertise to clients,” said Mr. Laird. “His Board Certification in personal injury law now places him among a prestigious group of lawyers who have earned this elite level of recognition. We congratulate him on this great achievement.”

Prior to joining Laird, Mr. McCloskey worked as a felony prosecutor in the Ellis County & District Attorney offices. He later went into private practice where he represented individuals and families in cases involving serious injury or death. His extensive experience in truck accident law also allows him to be a frequent speaker at industry and legal trade events throughout the country.

Mr. McCloskey is a member of The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40.” In 2019 and 2020, he was selected to the Texas Rising Stars listing by Thomson Reuters. He earned his law degree from the University of Toledo and is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

“This is a personal milestone,” said Mr. McCloskey. “Being board certified will ensure that our clients know they are getting the best legal representation available, whether it be a trucking collision or other serious injury case.”

Board Certification is offered in 21 specific areas of laws. Initial certification is valid for five years. To remain certified attorneys and paralegals must apply for recertification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for their specialty area.

To learn more about the Texas Board of Legal Specialization or find a certified attorney or paralegal in your area, visit www.tbls.org.

McDonald’s Hot Coffee and Other Myths

Rarely does a week pass without someone forwarding me an email complaining of “frivolous” lawsuits. You’ve probably seen them, too. They usually reference the so-called “Stella Awards,” in dubious honor of 79-year old Stella Liebeck. Stella was severely burned when scalding hot coffee spilled in her lap and she sued McDonald’s for $2.7 million. Most people hear only this and automatically assume it was a frivolous suit filed by a greedy plaintiff. Unfortunately, few seem to know the true facts about Stella’s case, such as:

  • Stella was severely injured, suffering third degree burns to her legs and genitals which required hospitalization and multiple skin grafts;
  • Her doctor testified that her injury was one of the worst scald burns he had ever seen;
  • She asked McDonald’s to simply pay for her medical treatment, but they refused;
  • McDonald’s kept its coffee at 180 to 190 degrees, a temperature which by its own admission made it unfit for consumption (hot beverages are typically served from 130 to 150 degrees);
  • Spilled coffee at that temperature causes third degree burns in 2 to 7 seconds;
  • McDonald’s had been aware of the risks of serving super-hot coffee for over 10 years;
  • Over 700 people had been burned previously by its coffee; and
  • The jury’s assessment of $2.7 million in punitive damages representing merely two days’ worth of McDonald’s coffee sales, and the trial judge reduced this amount to $480,000.

Sound frivolous? So the next time one of these emails pops up in your inbox, consider replying to the sender and giving them the real facts. After all, just like Stella Liebeck, that person may someday need a personal injury lawyer, too.

Jury Sides with BNSJ in Cancer Lawsuit

The wife of a long-time BNSF employee alleged that her stomach cancer was caused by years of cleaning chemicals off her husband’s work clothes. He and other workers used creosote in making railroad ties and they testified that they often went home caked in the chemical. The plaintiffs apparently presented evidence linking creosote to the wife’s cancer but it wasn’t enough to overcome the defense that she had a pack-a-day cigarette habit.

Tough case, particularly in Tarrant County, home of BNSF. Hats off to the plaintiffs’ attorneys for teeing it up, though.