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A Texas family has won a $2.96 million fracking-pollution lawsuit that's believed to be the first jury verdict of its kind in the United States.

Robert and Lisa Parr own a ranch near the north Texas town of Decatur, a 40-acre parcel that had allegedly been polluted by Aruba Petroleum Inc.'s nearby fracking and drilling activities, reports the Los Angeles Times. Deleterious health effects forced the Parrs out of their ranch home and into the back of Robert's business office -- 30 miles east.

Will this set a precedent for future fracking-related lawsuits?

5 Signs You May Need a Car Accident Lawyer

For minor fender benders, hiring a lawyer may be unnecessary. However, for more serious cases where a lawsuit is imminent, you may need a car accident attorney.

Attorneys can help you recover money for damaged property, medical expenses, or collect evidence that could mitigate your liability.

Here are five signs you may need a car accident lawyer.

What Is Proximate Cause?

Proximate cause is an important element in negligence lawsuits, but it can also be a requirement in other types of legal actions, like getting restitution under federal law.

Generally, proximate cause refers to actions that are reasonably foreseeable to lead to the injuries suffered by a plaintiff.

So what does proximate cause actually mean?

Can a Car's 'Black Box' Data Be Used in Court?

While "black boxes" are most commonly associated with airplanes, you might be surprised to know that most recent car models have a "black box" installed as an event data recorder.

This "black box" is typically used by car companies to assess the performance of their vehicles, but the data that's collected on the boxes may also assist police and insurance companies investigate crashes.

So can "black box" data be used in a car accident lawsuit?

What can a disability lawyer do for you that you can't do on your own? Let us count the ways.

When your disability claim has been rejected and you're drowning in medical bills, of if you're just confused about the entire process, you'll want to hire a qualified disability attorney to help you sort out your claims.

Not convinced you need help? Here are five things your disability attorney can do that you (probably) can't:

Jockey's Family Wins $7.8M for Racetrack Death

A jockey's family has been awarded $7.8 million in a lawsuit against a racetrack in Pennsylvania where the jockey died nearly four years ago.

Mario Calderon, the jockey, died after being dragged and repeatedly kicked by the horse he was exercising. Calderon also suffered broken ribs and a bleed on his brain, according to Philadelphia's KYW-TV.

Calderon's family sued the racetrack for allegedly creating an unsafe working environment which caused his death.

What Proof Do You Need for a Disability Insurance Claim?

When filing a disability insurance claim, claimants will need to provide proof of their medical conditions.

Depending on your disability insurance policy, the required proof can include things like a doctor's letter and records from the agency that provides the disability benefits.

So here's a rundown of the claim filing process and how to provide proof of disability:

When juries award multimillion-dollar sums to injured persons, it may seem like a win. But often these awards can be overturned for being excessive.

What does it mean for a personal injury damage award to be excessive? Here's a general legal overview:

It's no joke: Comedian George Wallace has been awarded $1.3 million in damages after a 2007 fall at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas.

Wallace showed he had a sense of humor while winning the jury trial, announcing when he would be closing his show at the Flamingo, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

What kind of damages was Wallace seeking from the casino?

5 Questions to Ask a Disability Lawyer

Disability insurance claims can be complex and are frequently denied (at least initially). A lawyer can help guide you through the process and make it less confusing.

Because disability can be a very personal matter, it's important to choose an experienced disability attorney who fits your needs and is experienced in that area of law. Thankfully, many offer free consultations.

After you scope out a potential attorney (or two), you'll want to find out some basic information about the lawyer and about your claim. Here are five questions to ask a disability lawyer: