PERSONAL INJURY NEWS

High Worker Fatality Rates in Texas

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 9th, 2014
Texas has led the nation in worker fatalities for seven of the last 10 years!
 
Texas has recently come under fire because of its lax regulations when it comes to worker safety. In fact, recent figures show that the Lone Star State has had more on the job fatalities per year than any other state. Additionally, Texas workers have weak protections and some of the hardest-to-obtain benefits.

What the Texas "Loser Pays" Law Means for You

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 7th, 2014

The state of Texas somewhat recently passed a statute which can affect the face of the legal landscape relating to individuals seeking compensation for personal injury and medical malpractice cases. This new law, also known as “Loser Pays” forces a losing plaintiff to pay the defendant’s legal and associated fees if they fail to win a certain percentage of the money initially offered for the case from insurance agencies.

Sometimes Employers Stonewall About Workplace Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 23rd, 2013

Sometimes Employers Stonewall About Workplace Injuries

If you were hurt in the workplace and you’re facing a situation where your employer refuses to knowledge that you are hurt or refuses to knowledge that they are responsible for your injuries, you are in a situation that is all too common. Some employers will try to shirk their responsibilities to their employees by not adhering to proper reporting requirements for workplace injuries, by not paying compensation when it is due and by trying to harass, cajole or even bully an employee into not saying anything about an injury that they suffered.

2 Killed in Grand Prairie Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 12th, 2013

Two people lost their lives in a car crash that resulted in a fire in Grand Prairie. An article in DFW CBS referenced the police report of the accident, which revealed that the drivers of the vehicle had come into a construction zone travelling at a high speed. Their vehicle swerved and ended up hitting two other vehicles before hitting a cement wall and bursting into flames. Both people in the vehicle died at the scene.

Travelling at a high rate of speed is dangerous enough but, with spring on its way, it’s going to be more common to see construction zones on the highways and freeways. These areas merit some particular care on the part of drivers.

Texas Walmart Sued for Slip and Fall

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 12th, 2012

 

The Spring area Walmart has been sued by a woman who claims that she was injured because of negligence. The lawsuit alleges that, on August 22, 2010, the woman suffered a slip and fall while she was shopping, according to reporting in Ultimate Spring.

 

What the woman slipped on is not specified in the lawsuit. The lawsuit, however, alleges that the slip and fall could've been completely prevented it the floor had been cleaned or if shoppers have been warned.

 

A wet floor with no sign can present a serious hazard to anybody in a retail establishment or any other type of establishment. In fact, if people are warned about the hazards presented to them by a wet floor, it's very easy to not even notice that the floor is slippery and to walk on the surface, risking injury or worse. Slip and fall accidents can be deadly to people, particularly people who are older and who may not be in good condition physically.

Overwhelmed with Dealing with Social Security Claims? Why it's Time to Hire a Lawyer.

Submitted by Anonymous on Feb 15th, 2011

Social security is there to make sure that, if the worst happens, all of us have some way of surviving. Survivor benefits ensure that families don't go bankrupt when the breadwinner in the family dies. If you get disabled, it's designed to provide a safety net to prevent you from being out on the street without a roof over your head or food on your table. In some cases, however, this agency can be extremely difficult to deal with. This is one of the largest of all government bureaucracies and, because of that, you're at risk of being denied benefits for very specious reasons.

If you think about it, part of what an attorney does best is understand complex bureaucracies and how they relate to the people they're supposed to serve. An attorney also understands the rights their clients enjoy and works to make sure that those rights are asserted when appropriate. To make sure that you're not being denied benefits to which you have a right by the Social Security Administration, you should contact an attorney.

Be Cautious, Avoid a Slip and Fall Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

A slip and fall accident can cause serious injury and even death. There are some areas that are serious hazards for these types of injuries and, if you keep an eye out, you can avoid them. There are cases, however, when someone’s negligence may result in your being hurt and when you may want to contact a personal injury law firm.

The doorways of commercial establishments can be serious trip hazards. If the owner isn’t very considerate, they may put down floor mats that tend to bunch up by the doors as people walk in and out. Watch these areas. In some cases, especially in wet weather, these mats can be very heavy and, when they’re not flat, they may cause you to lose your footing and to fall to the ground.

Stairways and ramps are other obvious danger areas. In wet weather, be particularly cautious. In the winter, remember that a layer of snow can easily cover a layer of ice and that you may find yourself tumbling down the stairs or ramp without expecting any trouble at all. Always use the railing to steady yourself on these areas. It’s much better to assume that it is slippery and to avoid an accident than it is to assume the surface is safe and to get hurt unexpectedly.

What is Failure to Diagnose?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 9th, 2010

Nearly half of the claims for medical malpractice filed every year involve a failure to diagnose a condition. For the casual observer, this may seem a bit unfair. After all, there are plenty of diseases and disorders that can easily be overlooked. The law accounts for this and there are certainly cases where even the best doctor in the world wouldn’t have seen the signs of a specific illness. However, when patients present with symptoms that should tip off any competent doctor to the fact that there’s a problem, suing is sometimes the best option.

A failure to diagnose a serious medical issue can have serious, even deadly, repercussions. Cancer that is missed may elevate in stages between visits and become a terminal disease. Diseases such as diabetes need to be addressed immediately after they’re discovered and, if they aren’t, the patient may suffer a lot more misery than they would if their condition was properly addressed. These cases oftentimes end up affecting the health of the patient involved, of course, and they sometimes also cause significant financial damages to the patient.

Radioactive Water-An Overlooked Form of Poison

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 11th, 2009

Once upon a time radioactive water, or radium water, was seen as cure-all tonic by the generation of the 1920s. Both doctors and patients consumed this radioactive water, through crocks lined with radioactive ore or premixed solutions. 

Jeff Rasansky Weighs in on Hazing

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 5th, 2009

We are proud to weigh in on issues around the State of Texas when we see wrongs that need to be righted. Recently Shaun Rabb, of Fox 4 News, came and visited with me about a local case of hazing going to trial soon. The facts are sad and deadly. We took this from the recent coverage at MyFoxDFW:

"A $97 million lawsuit has been filed against Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for the death of a college student from Dallas.

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