Ryan Haun

Our Technology is Rapidly Becoming a Critical Survival Tool

2017 was a year that brought with it deadly natural disasters from forest fires that consumed residential, commercial, and agricultural land to torrential rains, winds, and monumental flooding that devastated homes, neighborhoods, and government buildings. With each disaster, it has become progressively more evident that technological resources have secured ones’ survival. Whether as an individual or as an emergency responder, technology is now, more than ever before, coming to our rescue. That evidence is readily found in the smartphones that have become one of our everyday accessories. When trapped in our cars by flash flooding, sheltered in our homes damaged by high winds, or isolated by impassable roads or bridges, social media and the apps on our phones may very well make the difference in our survival. Whether it is the tracking app, the communication capabilities or the platforms of social media, there is the ability to reach out to a myriad of rescue networks. It was social media that brought rescue teams from across the country to the Texas Gulf Coast with boats and manpower; it was emergency response technologies that launched drones to accurately identify critical high-water threats and locate those individuals who were most at risk. And, it was the management reporting technology that afforded emergency responders the ability to collect real time and historical data allowing for the monitoring of pending problems and the execution of a calculated plan to minimize loss of lives. As we approach still another tropical storm season, be ever mindful of how your technology can best insure your safety and well-being.
Ryan Haun

The Storm Is Not Over

Even though Hurricane Harvey was 8 months ago, much of the damages are still being dealt with. Rockport, TX is a town of 10,323 residents that were all affected by the storm. 94% of the homes were damaged and 30% of the homes are unlivable. Families are still displaced nearly a year after the rain has stopped falling and the wind has stopped assaulting the town.
Ryan Haun

Insurance Policies are like Cars

Insurance is like a car. You have to do maintenance on it. Ryan Haun recommends taking out your homeowners insurance policy annually to read it and understand it and make any necessary changes. Review your coverage, checking policy limits and making any necessary changes to reflect household changes. These changes could include growth to your family and/or added property, like cars, Schedule an appointment with your insurance agent to go through the policy annually. Maintaining your homeowners insurance policy like your car can help you avoid common pitfalls that we encounter in our practice.
Ryan Haun

International Women’s Day: Arabella Mansfield

Happy International Women’s Day! The 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress. This has never held more importance thanks to the recent momentum of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp. March 8 marks a day to accelerate gender equality. Over 1 million people supported the first International Women’s Day over a century ago. This century-old tradition celebrates the achievements of women.
Ryan Haun

Emeline, A Houston Case of Black History

1847 Harris County case Emeline, a free person of color v. Jesse P. Bolls highlights a monumental legal victory. Emeline came to Houston as a free woman in the early 1840s, where she and her sons were forced back into slavery by Jesse P. Bolls. They remained Bolls’ slaves for the 18-month duration of the case. She was an illiterate, biracial woman and made the bold decision to take legal action to sue her slaveowner.
Ryan Haun

Injured in an Uber? You’re not Alone

There is no question that ride sharing has changed the way we drive.  As airport parking approaches $20 a day, it makes sense to get a ride to the airport.  In its first eighteen months in Houston, Uber reported providing 3.5 million rides to more than half a million users.  Chances are, if you live in Houston, you’re going to encounter an Uber, whether it is from the back seat or in your rear view mirror.  But what happens when you get into an Uber accident?
Ryan Haun

The Truth About Slip and Falls

If you are hurt at a store, it can feel like a cruel joke.  Tort reformers seem to point to slip and falls as fraudulent claims and most lawyers will laugh you out of their offices before you even sit down.  But there isn’t a lot of useful information out there for injured people trying to navigate a difficult system.  Whether you talk to one lawyer or to ten, there are some things you need to know about making a slip and fall claim.
Ryan Haun

FDA Issues Warning About Invokana Side Effects

In late 2015, the FDA required a diabetes drug known as Invokana to relabel its product, warning consumers of serious side effects caused by the drug.  If you or someone you know has taken Invokana, you may want to read further to determine if legal action is a good fit for you.
Ryan Haun

What to do when you have a weather claim

So your worst nightmare comes true – your biggest investment is damaged due to an event that you have no control over.  You look to your insurance policy, but rather than finding answers, you find forty pages of fine print.  The reality is that most policyholders have never read their insurance policy.  It is important to understand exactly what you are required to do to protect yourself and your family from further losses.
Ryan Haun

To Appraise or Not to Appraise? 

Buried in a standard homeowners insurance policy is a section that for the last hundred years was rarely used and even less frequently interpreted by Texas Courts.  The section I am referring to is the “appraisal clause.”