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You acknowledge that no attorney-client relationship is, or will be, formed through the use of this website, and that you have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality of communications occurring through this website. The hiring of an attorney is a critical decision and should not be predicated solely on comments, recommendations, advertisements, User Content or other posted materials contained this website or any other website. If you send a lawyer or law firm email through this service, your email will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential. You should not send sensitive or confidential information via this email service. The lawyer or law firm to whom you are writing may not choose to accept you as a client. Moreover, as the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment it is possible that your email sent via the Internet might be intercepted and read by third parties.


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, or alter the Terms of Use at any time. Such changes shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. The most current version of the Terms of Use will be linked from the Home menu of the website. You must review the Terms of Use on a regular basis to keep yourself apprised of any changes.

Disclaimer – Privacy Policy – Terms of Use: The material on this website and any and all of the websites of Gooch Law Firm (Gooch Law Firm sites – legalsleuth.com, benzene.lawyer, goochlawfirm.com, mesothelioma.tel, Gooch Law Firm on twitter, or any of GLF websites) is for educational and informational purposes only and is not, nor is it intended to be, and does not constitute legal or medical advice. Information provided by or cited to third parties does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Gooch Law Firm (Gooch Law Firm’s blog/newsletter – Legal Sleuth® or Benzene.lawyer any of its attorneys, employees or clients.  Gooch Law Firm – founded by Joel S. Gooch – has its principal office in Houston, Texas.  If you use (visit, land on etc.), you accept all terms, disclaimers, privacy policy or otherwise as outlined herewith and if you do not accept any of the terms, disclaimer, privacy policy etc., please do not use this website.

The information and services on this website are not intended to and shall not be used as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed. You use the content, information, and services on this website at your own risk. The information and services are general and educational in nature, may not reflect all recent legal developments and may not apply to the specific facts and circumstances of individual transactions and cases. You should consult with qualified legal counsel before acting on any of the information and services on this website. Legal Sleuth, its affiliates and their editorial staff are not a law firm, do not represent or advise clients in any matter and are not bound by the professional responsibilities and duties of a legal practitioner. Nothing in the information and services on this website, nor any receipt or use of such information or services, shall be construed or relied on as advertising or soliciting to provide any legal services (except to the extent otherwise provided by applicable laws or ethical rules in each applicable jurisdiction), creating any attorney-client relationship or providing any legal representation, advice or opinion whatsoever on behalf of Legal Sleuth, its affiliates, their editorial staff or any law firm, lawyer or other independent contributor of articles or other materials to the information and services on this website.

By providing you these materials and by reviewing the information you send or if you contact us or request that we contact you via any means, including submission of a form or by telephone call, the Gooch Law Firm has not agreed to represent you nor have you agreed to retain Gooch Law Firm.  The use of the Internet, telephone calls, websites or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship.  And, by contacting the Gooch Law Firm via any means, including submission of a form or telephone call, you understand that your personal information may be shared with a law firm or other legal representative and that you may be contacted to discuss your legal rights. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form, email, internet etc.

A personal injury/product liability lawsuit can, and usually does, take a number of years from start to finish.  When we accept a case, we commit personnel, money and other resources to try and bring it to a successful conclusion.

Because of that commitment, we conduct a thorough analysis of potential cases before we accept them. Our review to determine whether your case is viable and our decision whether to accept it may take some time for several reasons.  And, before we commit ourselves to representing someone, we try to thoroughly analyze the applicability of the information that an individual provides about their potential case.  

This process may include an investigation of the facts presented and sometimes consultations with experts in the field.   At the same time, we must continue to work on our existing cases and conduct reviews of other potential lawsuits. 

Part of our analysis of your potential case will focus on practical considerations.  Cases may be too small or too unsubstantiated (and therefore too risky) to justify the commitment of our firm’s resources.  

If our time constraints do not fit your needs, you may wish to discuss your potential case with other counsel. Other law firms may approach the investigation of a potential cases differently, such as filing a lawsuit at an earlier date with less substantiation than Gooch Law Firm requires, or may have more time and resources instantly available to investigate a potential case.  As you search for counsel, bear in mind that the statute of limitations can be as short as one year (we are not providing an opinion as to any applicable time deadlines or statute of limitations).

Please be aware that our thorough and selective approach to case analysis may present added risks that one of these events might occur before we are in a position to decide whether to represent you and file a lawsuit on your behalf.

These pages on this website or any website owned by Gooch Law Firm (e.g., benzene.lawyer,  Legal Sleuth®) should not be construed to contain legal advice and is not, nor is it intended to be, and does not constitute legal advice. While we will treat any information provided as privileged and confidential, you should understand that when you provide information about a potential case to Gooch Law Firm, we do not become your attorneys. 

By contacting us about reviewing your potential claim, you have given us your permission to use your information to investigate whether we wish to represent you to bring a case.  But until we both sign a written agreement, we do not represent you and have not agreed to do so.  By providing you these materials and by reviewing the information you send, Gooch Law Firm has not agreed to represent you nor have you agreed to retain Gooch Law Firm.

The material is not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up to date. Gooch Law Firm will, to the full extent permitted under the law, protect your name and confidential information against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use.  Any information sent to Gooch Law Firm by Internet e-mail or through the website, Weblog (Blog) is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis. Transmission of information from this website, Weblog (Blog) does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Gooch Law Firm nor is it intended to do so. The transmission of the website, Weblog (Blog), in part or in whole, and/or any communication with us via Internet e-mail through this site does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship between us and any recipients.

With regard to case evaluations or submissions, you agree that any submission does not constitute a request for legal advice and that you are not forming an attorney client relationship by submitting this or any question. You understand that you may only retain an attorney by entering into a fee agreement, and that you are not hereby entering into a fee agreement by any submission/e-mail/form or other communication. You agree that the information that you will receive in response to the question/e-mail/submission is general information and you will not be charged for the response to this e-mail question. You agree, acknowledge and consent that this matter may be reviewed by more than one lawyer or law firm (other than our law firm) and may be associated with or referred to another attorney or law firm who may contact you. You further understand that the law for each state may vary, and therefore, you will not rely upon this information as legal advice. Since this matter may require advice regarding your home state, you agree, acknowledge and consent that this matter may be reviewed by more than one lawyer or law firm (other than our firm), and local counsel (another lawyer or law firm) may be contacted by our firm for review of, association with or referral of this matter and that local counsel may contact you.

Gooch Law Firm – founded by Joel S. Gooch in Houston, Texas – has its principal office in Houston, Texas. Members of the firm are licensed to practice in federal district courts in the United States and are licensed to practice in Texas unless stated otherwise. We also have affiliations in particular cases with attorneys licensed to practice with state and federal courts in the United States. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, some cases may be associated with or referred to another lawyer or law firm. Your receipt of the information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a contract for representation by Gooch Law Firm.  The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.  

The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice on any specific fact or circumstance.  This website is Attorney Advertising that has been prepared by Gooch Law Firm, P.L.L.C. (a Texas professional limited liability company with its principal office at 440 Louisiana, Suite 900, Houston, Texas 77002, Telephone 844-329-5955) for general information purposes only.  And, your receipt of any such information does not create, and should not be construed to create an attorney-client relationship with Gooch Law Firm, P.L.L.C. or any of its lawyers.  In addition, you should not not act on or rely on any of the information contained here without seeking professional legal advice.

You acknowledge that any reliance on material in email communications is at your own risk. The hiring of legal professionals is an important decision which should not be based on advertising alone. You acknowledge and agree that information from your matter, case or submission may be reviewed by more than one attorney and/or law firm. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, some cases may be associated with or referred to another lawyer or law firm. Most cases we handle are on a contingent fee basis (contingency basis). This information is not intended to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney. No person should act or rely on any information in this site without seeking the advice of an attorney. Please be aware that the sending of an e-mail message to Gooch Law Firm does not contractually obligate Gooch Law Firm to represent you as your attorney. The Gooch Law Firm cannot serve as your counsel in any matter unless you and our firm expressly agree, in writing, that we will serve as your attorney.  Furthermore, Gooch Law Firm does not wish to represent anyone desiring representation based upon viewing this website, Weblog (Blog) in a state where this website, Weblog (Blog) fails to comply with all laws and ethical rules of that state.

You should be aware that the Statute of Limitations (the deadline imposed by law within which you may bring a lawsuit) may severely limit the time remaining for you to file any potential claims you may have. Please do not convey to us any information you regard as confidential until a formal lawyer-client relationship has been established by written contract. Completion of any form, e-mail etc. does not contractually obligate our firm to represent you nor does it form or constitute a lawyer-client relationship or create, and is not intended to create, an attorney-client relationship.

The material and statements in/on this web site (or benzene.lawyerLegal Sleuth®) do not create, and are not intended to create, an attorney-client relationship, and no one in this firm is agreeing to represent you in any legal matter. If you are already represented by an attorney, then no attorney or employee of this firm can speak with you nor provide legal advice to you without the consent of your attorney. Accordingly, if you are already represented by an attorney, please do not contact one of our attorneys or employees without your lawyer’s consent.

This web site does not offer, and is not intended to offer, legal or medical advice. The content on this web site is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal and/or healthcare professional, and you should not rely upon any material or statements in this web site for legal or medical purposes. We recommend that you review this information carefully with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any decisions regarding your health or recommended medical treatment.

If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, you should consult a professional healthcare provider immediately.

While reasonable attempts have been made to insure the accuracy of the information on this web site, our firm cannot make express or implied representations or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of the information. Materials appearing at this web site may only be reproduced in their entirety (without modification) and must include the disclaimers. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. This web site may be considered advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This is not a medical web site. The information contained in this web site is not designed to replace your doctor’s advice. You should always consult with a physician about any of your medical concerns, advice and/or medical condition.

This website may occasionally contain links to third party websites for the convenience of our users. GLF does not endorse any of these third party sites and does not intend to imply any association between the firm and the party(ies) involved. Furthermore, the GLF does not control these third party websites and cannot represent that their policies and practices will be consistent with use of this site. If you use any links to websites not maintained by GLF you do so at your own risk. GLF is not responsible for the contents or availability of any linked sites.  This website is not affiliated in any way with any drug or device and not limited to Zoloft®, Yaz®, Bard Avaulta®, Fosamax®, Prozac®, Propecia®, Actos®, Nuvaring®,Pradaxa®,Avelox® or Tylenol®. Zoloft® is a registered trademark of Pfizer. Yaz® is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare, Bayer Schering Pharma. Bard Avaulta® is a registered trademark of CR Bard Inc. Fosamax® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co. Prozac® is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company. Propecia® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. Actos® is a registered trademark of Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Tylenol® is a registered trademark of McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., a subsidiary Johnson and Johnson. NuvaRing® is a registered trademark of Merck.  Pradaxa® is a registered trademark of Boehringer. Avelox® is a registered trademark.  Any citation to any drug or device does not show an affiliation between the Gooch Law Firm or Legal Sleuth with that particular drug or device.

The information provided on the GLF website is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys information related to legal issues commonly encountered. The information provided is intended to be predominantly informational and designed to increase awareness. This information is not intended to create any legal relationship between GLF or any attorney and the user. Neither the transmission nor receipt of these website materials will create an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver.

Gooch Law Firm does not offer any guarantee of case results. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. It is important that you know that we never release any information given to us on the submission forms to any third party and it is considered a completely confidential and privileged communication. We do not store or release your email address to anyone and do not engage in any kind of spamming activity. We will try to address any concern you may have about how this communication is handled as soon as possible. The submission of information to Gooch Law Firm or one of its attorneys does not create, and the receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. This website presents general information about, among other things, Gooch Law Firm, currently pending lawsuits, and on-going investigations, which is not intended to be legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. Please do not send confidential or sensitive information and/or documents to anyone at the Firm until you have been notified that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Contacting Gooch Law Firm does not, and should not, limit you in any way from seeking legal advice regarding this or any other matter. By submitting this form, you agree that Gooch Law Firm may contact you about this or other potential matters of interest to investors and consumers.

To the extent the State Bar rules require us to designate a principal office and/or single attorney responsible for this site, Gooch Law Firm designates Joel S. Gooch, Gooch Law Firm, 440 Louisiana, Suite 900, Houston, Texas 77002, 1.844.329.5955 as the attorney responsible for this site. We have been connected with or involved in – along with associated counsel taking primary responsibility for the matter, case, claim, lawsuit or litigation as trial lawyers, trial counsel or lead counsel – have successfully represented plaintiffs cases in the fields of intellectual property – patents, trademarks, personal injury and mass torts, product defect and various other areas of law. Our attorneys along with associated counsel enjoy a national and international reputation for professional integrity and the successful prosecution of our clients’ claims.

The material on this web site is copyrighted by the Gooch Law Firm (“Gooch Law Firm”).

We maintain a variety of websites, including:

LEGAL SLEUTH® is our legal website and newsletter that offers a tremendous media resource for anyone looking for information on various legal topics. For All Things LegalTMa legal website and newsletter.

BENZENE.LAWYER is our legal website and newsletter that offers a tremendous media resource for anyone looking for information on various legal topics related to benzene, benzene exposure and the injuries related to benzene and benzene exposure (e.g., job related injuries).

Privacy Policy

Gooch Law Firm, founded by Joel S. Gooch in Houston, Texas maintains the privacy of your message. We do not sell or redistribute your personal information or e-mail address in any manner.

If you choose to contact us via e-mail by completing one of the contact forms on our website, your message is automatically forwarded to a Gooch Law Firm attorney, legal assistant and/or staff. We retain the information you provide us in a database, including your first and last name, home address, e-mail address and telephone number, etc. We may permit co-counsel, referral attorneys, associated counsel, other lawyers, law firms, retained experts or physicians to assist our attorneys in reviewing e-mail correspondence provided that they, in turn, maintain the confidentiality of your message.

If there are any changes to Gooch Law Group’s privacy policy, they will be noted on this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time about the status of our review of your potential case.  Telephone 1.844.329.5955.  Thanks again for contacting the Gooch Law Firm. Effective Date: January 1, 2009.

This Website has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing information about Gooch Law Firm and the services and products it offers. This Website has been compiled in good faith by Gooch Law Firm. However, no representation is made as to the completeness or accuracy of the information it contains. In particular, you should be aware that this information may be incomplete, may contain errors or may have become out of date.

Gooch Law Firm reserves the right to add, modify or delete any information at this Website at any time. This publication and any references to products or services are provided “as is” without any warranty or implied term of any kind.

Nothing contained within this Website should be construed as legal advice, or as establishing an attorney-client relationship.