An explosion injury is uncommon in the oil and gas industry, but it can be extremely serious when it does happen. Though drilling platforms are much safer than they were just 10 or 20 years ago, they still face major risks when in operation. When a massive accident rocks an offshore platform, it is typically due to a blowout, which is a sudden buildup of pressure in the drilling column followed by a rush of liquid or gas to the surface. A blowout can quickly turn into a much more dangerous conflagration, causing deadly burns and trauma to anyone nearby.
A blowout is normally prevented with a series of safety checks tied to monitoring equipment on the platform. These checks typically consist of a concrete casing and weighted drilling mud to keep the pressurized liquid and gas down in the column. At the surface, safety technicians keep an eye on pressure readings in the drilling area, and if they reach dangerous levels, the platform may need to stop drilling and reroute pressure away from the column.
When a platform fails to do this in time, though, methane gas or other hydrocarbons can rocket to the surface, where they can be readily ignited by any open flame. In most cases, workers near a blowout and subsequent conflagration will experience an explosion injury.
The best response to being involved in an accident is to speak to an attorney. Oil and gas companies work quickly to reduce their liability following accidents, and this can put victims at a disadvantage when it comes time to file a suit.
Six students on a Houston Independent School District school bus were transported to local hospitals after a motor vehicle collision on Highway 288 yesterday morning. According to witnesses, the school bus struck the rear of another vehicle after it came to a sudden stop when another vehicle cut it off. The school bus carried students from Lockhart Elementary and MacGregor Elementary. Two of the students went to Texas Children’s Hospital, while the remaining four students went to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
A five-vehicle pile-up this morning on Westheimer Parkway and South Barker Cypress caused multiple injuries and a roadway closure near George Bush Park for five hours. According to local authorizes, a Subaru lost control while heading westbound on Westheimer Parkway veering across the eastbound lanes and striking a tree as well as a Jaguar, a Toyota, and a Ford SUV. The dramatic collision ended with all of the smaller vehicles in or around a nearby lake. Emergency personnel rescued the drivers of these vehicles to local medical center. The authorities continue the investigation as to the cause of the incident. The rescue and clean-up effort is what caused the eastbound lanes of Westheimer Parkway to close for an extended period.
There are few things as tragic as a drunk driving death, in part because these accidents should never happen. These fatal accidents involve a disproportionate amount of younger motorists and children, so the problem affects our most vulnerable. Every day, about 30 people are killed by impaired motorists, and the material costs of these accidents is close to $200 billion.
In nearly all cases, a drunk driving death represents a breach of duty on the part of the impaired motorist. Vehicle operators must maintain safe speeds, control of their vehicle, and pay full attention to the road and their surroundings while behind the wheel. Because alcohol has a tendency to dull a person’s reactions and affect decision making processes, impaired motorists are generally unable to fulfill these duties. As a result, drunk drivers are negligent as soon they back their car out of a parking spot.
Families of slain loved ones often turn to personal injury attorneys to hold the negligent motorist responsible for their indiscretion. With the help of an attorney, no facts will be overlooked, and the victim’s family will have a better chance of securing a fair settlement. If the case goes to trial, the facts will have an impact on those determining the outcome, whether a judge or jury. Although a settlement cannot bring your loved one back, it can minimize the emotional toll to some extent as it will help with the financial toll of medical bills and burial costs.
Caroline McChrystal, 70, of Austin died Tuesday afternoon after a serious collision involving her vehicle and two tractor-trailers on Highway 290 in Bastrop County. According to authorities, a tractor-trailer lost its load of rocks and debris after it swerved left into the opposite lanes of traffic to avoid impacting another tractor-trailer waiting to make a left turn. The rocks scattered across Highway 290 and struck the McChrystal vehicle killing her at the scene and injuring her husband. Emergency personnel transported several individuals to a nearby hospital. Highway 290 closed for several hours while clean-up crews completed their work.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified Maratte Edgar Pearson, 48, of Hemphill, TX as the victim involved in a head-on collision yesterday morning. Ms. Pearson was traveling westbound on Highway 21 while Mike Miles McCauley, 42, and a passenger were approaching from the opposite direction in an International utility truck. Mr. McCauley and the passenger sought medical attention from a local medical center. The local authorities continue investigating the potential cause of the tragic incident.
JoAnn Giles, 68, of Flint, TX died Monday morning after a serious collision with another vehicle near Whitehouse, TX. Ms. Giles was traveling eastbound on Hwy 346 when she hydroplaned veering sideways into and oncoming SUV. Ms. Giles died at the scene of the incident. Larysa Boggess, 37, of Tyler, TX and her 8-year-old son were injured and transported to local medical facilities in the area.
Juan Manuel Alba-Alonso, a 40-year-old, is facing intoxicated manslaughter charges after allegedly driving while under the influence and fatally injuring a motorcyclist over the weekend. According to the local authorities, Mr. Alba-Alonso was traveling northbound on the 8600 block of Winkler Drive in a Nissan Titan when he struck a motorcyclist approaching on Garland Drive in southeast Houston. The 27-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene of the incident while Mr. Alba-Alonso was treated at a local hospital and transported to jail.
An ATV rollover changed the life of an 11-year-old girl of Van Zandt County after seriously injuring her on July 5, 2014. Keylee Latham was pinned under the ATV after it rolled and caught fire melting her clothes. Keylee sustained third and fourth degree burns to her arms, legs and back. Additionally, the crush injuries to her legs caused by the heavy ATV resulted in the amputation of one leg below the knee and parts of the other foot. To date, Keylee continues to battle infections and hopes to begin rehabilitation soon. Initially, emergency personnel transported Keylee to a Dallas area medical facility, but she recently came to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. Keylee’s parents, Lisa and Shane Lathum, moved to Galveston with Keylee to be close to her.
A head-on collision in Fort Bend County claimed the life of at least one person and injured two others yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred on FM 2218 near Pleak Road as a black vehicle struck a red SUV. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to save the driver of the vehicle. An ambulance transported several people to a local medical facility, yet one person passed away from their injuries.
Border Patrol Agent Tyler R. Robledo, a 34-year-old of Eldorado, TX, died Friday morning in a head-on collision while in the line of duty near Carrizo Springs, TX. According to local authorities, Agent Robledo was traveling on FM 2644 in his service vehicle when a 2009 Dodge vehicle struck him. Although a helicopter transported him to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Agent Robledo passed from his severe injuries. The driver of the Dodge vehicle died at the scene of the incident. Agent Robledo is survived by his wife and several small children.
Jorge Garcia Martinez, 25, of Hidalgo, TX died in single-vehicle collision on Thursday September 11, 2014 in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. According to the Louisiana State Police, Mr. Garcia Martinez was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control of his 2007 Ford veering off the roadway striking a tree. Mr. Garcia Martinez was ejected from his vehicle. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the incident as well as the seatbelt in the 2007 Ford.
Santos Ontiveros Avalos, a 58-year-old of El Paso, TX, pass away after a severe collision with a big-rig on Interstate 20 near Pecos, TX. Mr. Avalos was traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 when his vehicle overheated forcing him to pull over onto the shoulder. According to passenger Richard Guadalupe Cardenas, Mr. Avalos turned on his intermittent flashers while on the side of the road. The big-rig was also traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 and failed to control speed striking the Avalos vehicle in the rear. Mr. Avalos died at the scene of the incident while an ambulance transported Mr. Cardenas to a local medical facility in Pecos, TX.
A violent head-on collision claimed the lives of both drivers and injured a three-year old child in Baytown, TX on the evening of Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The collision occurred in the 3800 block of North Main Street with Hartman Drive. According to local authorities, Russell Hargrove, a 33-year-old of highlands, TX, was driving his Ford pickup northbound on North Main Street when he lost control entering the southbound lanes of traffic impacting a Toyota pick-up. Michael Hollaway, 59, was driving the Toyota Tacoma. Emergency personnel transported the 3-year-old child to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The incident is still under investigation as beer cans were present at the scene.
A big-rig veered out of its lane of traffic Wednesday morning causing a horrible traffic mess. The big-rig was traveling northbound on Highway 59 entering the westbound 610 Loop when it started scraping about 250 feet of the overpass guardrail prior going over it. The big-rig fell 46 feet onto the 610 Loop. The driver of the tractor-trailer survived the single-vehicle incident after emergency personnel rescued him from the rubble. An ambulance transported him to a local hospital to treat his extensive injuries. The incident is under investigation as there was no apparent cause for the tractor-trailers leaving the roadway. The debris clean-up crews and damage assessment to highway structures closed area for about seven hours.
Heather Jones, a 21-year-old of Beaumont, TX, died in single-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon after veering off the roadway and striking a utility pole. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ms. Jones overcorrected attempting to gain control of her 2008 Hyundai prior to crossing over the opposite lanes of traffic and impacting the pole. Although Ms. Jones died at the scene from her injuries, a child who traveled with her survived the incident. An ambulance transported the minor to a local medical facility.
People hurt in an accident involving a FedEx truck often need injury lawyer assistance to ascertain the circumstances of the accident and determine who is responsible. Though this freight company regularly receives accolades for its commitment to safety, it contracts nearly 45,000 drivers to deliver packages around the country every day. The sheer number of hours traveled by its fleet means that accidents are going to happen, even if the company itself maintains strict safety procedures.
When an accident does occur, it is usually due to the driver ignoring necessary safety regulations for the sake of speed. Delivery drivers are typically paid by the number of packages they deliver, so risk-taking is incentivized to an extent. This means drivers are more likely to speed, make sudden turns, and reverse their vehicle if they pass a destination. In their haste, workers may forget to engage the parking brake or push themselves beyond reasonable limits, leaving them fatigued while driving. When any of these is the reason for a FedEx truck accident, an injury lawyer may be able to help the injured party get the compensation they deserve.
Personal injury attorneys are highly connected professionals and can thoroughly investigate a crash on behalf of the victim. The details of the wreck will be used to build the victim’s case in an effort to get a favorable settlement during the negotiation process.
A dog bite injury can be serious enough to warrant medical treatment and time spent at home convalescing. During this time, a victim will miss work and may be in a great deal of pain. In some cases, a canine attack can cause an infection or long-term nerve damage to the area. In short, man’s best friend can sometimes cause severe damage, both financially and physically. Victims also have to contend with laws that protect the owner from liability in many circumstances, adding insult to injury.
In Texas, every canine owner is protected by the “one bite rule.” This rule states that the owner is not liable for the injury as long as they had no reason to suspect the canine was aggressive. Determining whether or not the canine is truly aggressive following a dog bite injury is subject to much ambiguity, so the victim is often left with a difficult burden of proof to bear.
Meeting this burden means talking to witnesses and neighbors, along with retracing the events leading up to the attack. For example, if multiple witnesses or neighbors will testify that the owner let his canines run loose or neglected them, they will likely be held liable. If the owner is in violation of animal control laws at the time of the attack, they won’t be able to use ignorance of the animal’s aggressiveness as an excuse.
When an asbestos attorney gets involved in a case, it is typically after the victim has been diagnosed with a deadly condition, like mesothelioma. This material is part of the silicate family of compounds, all of which are mined and removed from large chunks of rock. Its physical structure consists of thousands of tiny fibers that are extremely delicate. When removed from the rock, these fibers offer excellent fire and corrosion resistance. What they also offer, however, is the possibility of severe health problems.
Though the health risks involved with asbestos exposure have been tracked for some time, it was a popular additive in a variety of construction materials until just a few decades ago. It was widely used as insulation in older homes, wrapped around pipes or added to wall or ceiling matted insulation. It is also found in older vehicles to reduce heat buildup in braking systems. This means that firefighters, electricians, construction workers, plumbers, miners, shipyard workers and aircraft maintenance workers are the most likely to approach an asbestos attorney for help. After prolonged exposure to the material, it is common for workers and people living in older homes to develop serious respiratory problems, or worse.
The primary risk with this silicate is the size of its fibers. The fibers are so small they can penetrate cell nuclei and wrap around cellular DNA. Because they are nearly weightless, they are readily suspended in the air when the material is disturbed, rubbed, or abraded in any way. When inhaled, the fibers penetrate the lungs and force the body into an immune response. White blood cells attempt to engulf the fibers, but with their spear-like shape, they pierce through the white blood cells, killing them. The body then deposits scar tissue in response. Over time, this tissue can become fibrous or cancerous, resulting in a condition known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma only has one known cause, which is exposure to this material. Those diagnosed with mesothelioma should consider speaking to an asbestos attorney to discuss their options.