Almost every adult has signed a contract with a clause requiring arbitration in the event the parties are unable to resolve a conflict relating to the contracted goods or services. These mandatory arbitration agreements often appear in contracts relating to employment, credit cards, car rentals, contractor services, phone services, car loans, home-building and investment accounts. An overwhelming majority of the time, companies include forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to gain an advantage over individuals and consumers.
Patrick O’Hara recently resolved a lawsuit on behalf of a plaintiff against CenterPoint Energy and one of its employees. While stopped for a red light near the edge of Spring, Texas and Houston, Texas, the plaintiff was rear-ended by a CenterPoint energy truck. The driver diverted his attention from the road in front of him for a brief period of time and was unable to stop in time when he approached the intersection. The plaintiff was taken from the scene of the collision by ambulance to a hospital. The plaintiff suffered injuries to her head, neck and back.