PERSONAL INJURY

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Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 2nd, 2014
An individual who has suffered personal injury in either an auto accident, home accident, or even an accident involving premises liability may not be aware of the legal options that may be open to him or her. In addition, many people don’t understand that these types of cases do not require cash up front, but are based on a percentage of the award. Even then, the client only pays if their attorney was able to recover money through a settlement or successful verdict.

Medical History & How It Affects a Personal Injury Case

Submitted by jrlaw on May 30th, 2014

Personal injury cases are not black and white, even if it is obvious the other party is at fault. The defense attorney will always attempt to bring any number of factors into the forefront - including the medical history of the injured party. This is done in order to try and reduce the value of your claim. Even if they claims seem merritless to you, know that thay will use anything they can against you and your case. It's important to be aware of these possibilities and act accordingly.

Injuries at the Gym

Submitted by jrlaw on May 28th, 2014

Texas Gym Injury AttorneyGoing to the gym is just part of the workweek for many Texans. Getting and staying fit can be a continuous endeavor, and there’s nothing as distressing as suffering an injury due to negligence while working out.

There are lots of ways in which you can get injured at the gym. Things like defective equipment can cause serious injuries which may land you in hospital, leaving you with expensive bills as well as lost wages due to being absent from work for a certain amount of time.

Contingency-Fee Lawyers Explained

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 24th, 2014

Are contingency fees fair? Why do they exist? What kind of cases are teken on a contingency fee agreement?

The legal system should be available to everyone that needs it. In fact, the seventh amendment gives all individuals in the United States the right to a fair trial. The Texas injury lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm work on a contingency-fee basis in order to allow victims to bring a case without risking their own money in the process. This simply means that we won’t charge you a cent unless we win the case for you. To most people, this almost sounds too good to be true. In this post, we’ll show you why contingency-fee lawyers are a legitimate part of the legal system, why it makes sense for the client, and why you should seek one out for your case.

Lack of Oversight Creates Dangerous Workplaces

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

The recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and other high-profile disasters have revealed that many workplaces have become genuinely dangerous. According to information from the Guardian, a British newspaper, OSHA, the government agency responsible for inspecting and ensuring the safety of workplaces, has been cut so drastically over the years that it is barely able to do its job. In fact, according to that same article, OSHA would take well over 100 years to get around to inspecting a plant like the one that exploded in West with the resources the agency currently has.

Make no mistake about it, many workplaces out there are extremely dangerous and there is very little oversight at present.

Understanding the Risks

When you take on a new job, it’s a good idea to make certain you are working in a workplace that takes safety seriously. Companies that take safety seriously will generally have an inspector who works privately come in and assess the company’s operations for safety performance. Companies that take safety seriously will also employ written programs that are used to train new employees into the safety requirements of their jobs.

Which Workplace Hazards Are You Most Likely to Face?

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 6th, 2013

Workplace injuries are frighteningly common. Unfortunately, they're also frustratingly easy to avoid, provided that the owners of the business take measures to protect their employees. There are some types of hazards in workplaces that you're more likely to face than others.

Falls

Violations of fall protection regulations were the most commonly-cited violations in workplaces by OSHA in 2012. Falling from an elevation causes some of the most devastating injuries imaginable and, of course, these falls all too often end up killing the victim. If you work at an establishment that expects you to ascend heights without fall protection, you should tip off OSHA about it before someone gets hurt or killed. Scaffolding violations were the 3rd most common type of OSHA violation in 2012, so remember to keep an eye out for employers who don’t live up to standards in this regard, as well.

Communication

One of the most overlooked sources of injury in workplaces is simple communication. According to OHSA, violations related to not living up the standards for communicating hazards were the 2nd most common types of violations in 2012. When an employer asks you to do 100% of a job with less than 100% of the information about the dangers involved, they're asking you to risk your life and limb. Report it and don't take on jobs when you're not given thorough information about the hazards involved.

Unsafe Working Conditions Alleged in Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 3rd, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed by two teenage boys who were injured in their workplace. The lawsuit alleges that the Oklahoma teenagers, who were working on a grain auger, were injured by the machinery due to unsafe conditions in their workplace.

The defendant has been fined by OSHA due to not having workers compensation in place at the time of the accident, according to the Enid News and Eagle. The company is being sued for over $75,000 in damages. According to the reporting, the lawsuits in total alleged that there were five separate counts of negligence on the part of the employer.

Each of the boys lost a leg in the incident. One of the boys was working on the machinery when his leg got caught in it. The other boy attempted to help the boy who was stuck and ended up getting caught in the auger himself. In addition to losing a leg, both of them sustained critical injuries during the incident.

Training and Negligence

Among the allegations made in the lawsuit is that the boys were not provided with adequate training. There are strict OSHA requirements for training for working on certain types of machinery. There are also age restrictions for working on particular types of machinery in the workplace. If an employer violates age limits or if they fail to provide proper training, they may well be held to be negligent if one of their workers becomes injured.

BP Pays $13 Million to Settle Refinery Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 12th, 2012

 

BP Products North America, Inc. has agreed to settle citations issued against them for a sum total of $13 million. The citations were issued against the Texas City refinery. According to reporting on BLR, the refinery had a slew of issues with safety, resulting in an investigation that saw them received 270 failure to abate notices in 2009. In addition, a $30 million fine was levied in 2009 and, in 2010, the company agreed to pay a fine of $50.6 million to resolve the notices.

 

In September of 2005, an incident at the refinery ended up killing 15 workers and injuring many more. As a result of that, BP was cited for $21 million, according to the reporting. The additional fines were the results of failures to correct the deficiencies found after the investigation into the deaths.

EHS Today Article Answers Common Questions About Recording Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 16th, 2012

 

EHSToday.com recently ran an article that will be of interest to some employers. The article comes after a construction company was cleared of charges that they did not properly record some accidents. There are specific regulations that apply to how injuries in the workplace have to be recorded. Unfortunately, many employers don't realize the actual nature of these laws and regulations and skirt them without being aware of it.

When to Record

Generally speaking, employers tend to misinterpret the fact that OSHA has a six-month statute of limitations on certain actions related to workplace injuries. One of the mistakes employers make is failing to record injuries that were not reported until more than six months after they actually occurred. This is not actually how the statue limitations works. If you receive information that a workplace injury has occurred, according to the article, you have to log the injury and properly recorded within seven days. OSHA has six months to issue a citation if you fail to record it but, simply because the injury occurred six months earlier does not mean it doesn't need to be recorded.

National Young Worker Safety Day Encourages Workplace Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 16th, 2012

 

National Young Worker Safety Day was held on June 25 in College Station. The event is the kickoff of a campaign being undertaken by CareerSafe Online that has the goal of educating 1 million students by December 31, 2015. Younger workers are disproportionally likely to be injured in the workplace. In fact, compared to the risk that workers 25 years of age and older face, workers between 16 and 24 are twice as likely to be injured at work.

The Outreach

The idea behind the campaign is to create an opportunity for people between 16 and 24 years of age to learn about how they can stay safe in the workplace. The benefits of this, of course, include making the people who go through the program more employable and more aware of the dangers posed in their workplaces. Organizers hope that those benefits will affect employers, as well.

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