Houston car accident lawyers are some of the busiest legal professionals in the city. With the city’s spread out network of roads and heavy traffic, the largest city in Texas has a major problem with vehicle crashes. Sadly, many of these accidents result in serious injuries. The financial recovery can be even harder for a victim as medical expenses, vehicle damage and time lost from work can cost a great deal.
These are the reasons why so many people turn to Houston car accident lawyers when they are hurt in a crash. In some instances, these cases are quickly resolved because one person is obviously at fault. “No doubt” liability comes into play when a motorist rear-ends another driver or makes a dangerous left-hand turn. In most cases, though, the facts are less clear. When liability isn’t certain, the victim will have to demonstrate that the defendant is at fault by proving negligence on their part. This can be done with a combination of on-scene reports (usually by the police), witness testimony and thorough knowledge of state traffic regulations. An experienced attorney can help the victim gather the necessary evidence for their case and will argue on their behalf during the settlement and trial phases.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung cancer, retaining the services of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer may help ease your financial burden. Legal action against responsible parties may provide relief for medical expenses, compensate for pain and suffering, and possibly secure a financial future for your family.
This cancer is usually the result of occupational asbestos exposure. Unlike lung cancer caused by smoking, for example, this cancer does not form in the lung tissue itself, but in the pleura, the membrane surrounding the lung. Since the 1920s and 30s, most U.S. manufacturers have been aware of the risks involved in the handling or aspiration of asbestos. However, warnings weren’t issued to workers until the 1960s. To this day, some companies still exhibit negligence by failing to effectively inform employees of the presence and potentially deadly consequences of contact with asbestos.
In the wake of wide-spread litigation, several large companies have set up trust funds specifically for the compensation of mesothelioma victims. With the help of a mesothelioma lawyer and proper evidence—such as an official medical diagnosis, proof of employment with the company and dates thereof, and possible witness statements corroborating the allegations—these trust funds tend to settle claims relatively quickly. In other cases, court procedures may be required in an attempt to procure financial compensation for the patient. Cases that are resolved in court generally take longer than their trust fund counterparts.
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that is almost always contracted through no fault of the patient. The resulting stresses and life changes are profound, and prognosis is often bleak. While health may never be completely restored, financial compensation and security can provide a measure of relief to the victim and their family.
Anyone involved in a serious car accident is at risk of suffering life-changing injuries. Drivers must control their vehicle and do everything possible to avoid accidents, and if they are negligent while behind the wheel, they will likely be liable for any damages they cause. Victims may be able to attain compensation if they are hurt in a crash, as long as another driver or party was responsible for the wreck.
Every time a person starts their vehicle, they are responsible for a duty of care to others on the road. This means that a driver must operate their vehicle at safe speeds, maintain focus on the road, make appropriate decisions in response to changing road conditions, and ensure their vehicle is roadworthy. When a driver fails to meet these duties, they will typically be considered liable for any serious car accident that they cause. Drivers that violate traffic laws or are under the influence of alcohol will almost always be liable for a crash.
When a person is harmed by another driver, they can opt to seek resolution through a settlement with the help of an attorney. Because these cases are extremely common, they can be worked through faster than nearly any other injury case. This can help the victim get their life back to normal as soon as possible.
Thankfully, a refinery explosion doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, the consequences are devastating. Injuries caused by the blast may range from broken bones to severed limbs and, ultimately, loss of life.
More than 300,000 Texans work for oil and gas companies, with roughly half of them in support and administrative roles. The other 50% performs the “dirty” jobs in the oil fields and offshore, in plants and on rigs. The Houston area is the largest refining center in the world, with about a dozen of them, including the two highest-producing plants in the nation.
If you’re one of the 150,000 or so Texans who work in the hands-on part of the oil and gas sector, you already know that your occupation is challenging and dangerous. Every day, you must trust that your company’s mandated procedures will keep you safe. You rely on the machinery around you functioning flawlessly. You can only assume that your co-workers know their job and were trained properly.
All too often, however, lax safety protocols or equipment malfunction result in accidents. Even a small oversight or equipment failure can trigger a refinery explosion. What if it happened to you?
Survivors and family members of victims may want to consider retaining the services of an experienced attorney to help them get their lives back on track after tragedy strikes. Not only should responsible parties be held accountable to discourage future incidents, but those affected by the event deserve, at the very least, financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost time at work, medical bills, loss of quality of life, and, in the event a death occurred, burial costs and loss of companionship.
Medical researchers have been clear on the link between lung cancer and asbestos for some time. This silicate, which was used extensively for decades, is the primary cause of mesothelioma and other serious health problems. The problem arises from how the silicate forms and how it is used. As the mineral develops, it generates millions of tiny crystals that material manufacturers mix into other building substances. This provides a great deal of heat resistance, which makes it an ideal additive to items that must resist friction or fire.
However, this resistance comes at a price. When the crystals are exposed and disturbed in any way, usually during renovation or demolition, they are swept up into the air and can be easily inhaled by anyone nearby. Once inside the body, the crystals punch into tissues and may settle there for many years. This forces the body to produce inflammation and scar tissue, building a mass that may eventually turn into lung cancer. This asbestos condition is known as mesothelioma, and it is almost always fatal soon after diagnosis.
Courts have consistently ruled in favor of victims of mesothelioma and other similar conditions. This is because employers and material manufacturers that expose workers to the silicate are considered negligent. If you have been forced to work around this material or other dangerous conditions, you may be able to attain compensation for your medical expenses and suffering.
When Metro is involved in a bus or light rail crash, the results are often devastating. These passenger carriers weigh more than other vehicles on the road, so they can obliterate anything they collide with, including pedestrians caught in the middle of a crosswalk. Even worse, Metro responds to these incidents poorly, often leaving victims and their families with little restitution for their incalculable pain.
Metro’s safety record is unknown, because the company uses a deceptive method to cloak its actual safety metrics. Metro records a difference between accidents and incidents, considering the former to be any crash that kills someone, puts someone in the hospital or causes at least $1,000 in property damage. “Incidents” are any crash that does not include any of the three. This distinction allows Metro to declare a better safety record even if it is not true. Another problem is Metro outsources many of its driver positions to First Transit, a Cincinnati-based company that does not figure into Metro’s safety records, further clouding Metro’s record.
No matter who causes a bus or light rail crash, the results are usually tragic for the victims. Metro has been extremely successful in the past in reducing settlements to victims, so fighting against this company is best done with the help of an experienced attorney. With a legal professional on your side, your chances of securing a better settlement will be much higher than going it alone.
It can be difficult managing a work injury claim, but an attorney experienced in the field can provide a lot of needed support. In recent decades, employers have become more aggressive in denying employees’ rights to compensation when they are hurt. This is especially true in Texas, where state laws allow business owners to opt out of workers’ compensation insurance, leaving employees with few options if they are hurt on the job.
When an employee is hurt, they are normally eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and disability. It does not matter how the accident was caused, only that the employee was hurt while working. However, this compensation is usually paltry compared to the real expenses facing a victim, especially when disability occurs. When an employee suffers a work injury, though, an attorney can help the victim explore their options for additional compensation.
More job sites are managed by a number of parties, including contractors, drivers, site managers or technical professionals like engineers or architects. If any of these parties are at least partly responsible for an accident due to their negligence, the victim may be able to bring a suit against them. Also, if an employer does not carry employee liability insurance, a hurt employee can file a claim against them if their negligence was a factor in the accident.
Tread separation cases can involve extremely serious or fatal injuries because a sudden tire failure can send a vehicle careening out of control. This typically occurs when a tire is not manufactured or serviced properly, or when a driver does not maintain their vehicle properly. In the weeks following an accident, injured victims may be left recovering, without any idea when their lives will return to normal. In times like these, having a legal professional on your side can make the transition much easier to handle.
There are a number of tire models that are more likely to be involved in tread separation cases. Firestone’s tires are the primary culprits as the ATX, ATX II, Wilderness and Steeltex have all demonstrated significant manufacturing and design defects in the past.
When a tire suffers a major failure, it is usually because dirt, moisture or chemicals have affected the bonding process between the rubber and steel belting. When the tire’s bond is weakened, it is more likely to give way suddenly, causing the tire nearly to explode. It is important to inspect your tires regularly for any separation or apparent issues. Maintaining proper air pressure is another important consideration. Although these steps won’t stop the tread from separating, they may help lessen the effects of an accident.
Whether an accident is caused by a manufacturer or by a neglectful driver, a victim can greatly improve their chances of securing a favorable settlement by bringing in a personal injury attorney to help them with the legal process.
The combination of power and mass can make a forklift accident extremely dangerous or deadly. These vehicles are typically in use wherever there is a lot of heavy or bulky material to move around, and this makes them a safety risk no matter what the setting is. Because they pose a serious safety risk, it is important that work sites keep a close eye on safety measures and personnel. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to maintain an extensive list of safety procedures, and when they do not, an employer or owner may be liable for any injuries.
A forklift accident commonly occurs when the vehicle is overburdened by too much weight or when the driver strikes a worker on foot. Both of these are preventable as long as personnel manage the work site correctly. Providing optimal sight lines for the driver and giving vehicles plenty of room to maneuver is the best way to avoid a disaster.
If a worker sustains an injury due to a forklift they are usually entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which will provide benefits for medical costs and lost wages. Some injured workers may also be able to file a civil suit against the owner or site manager if negligence appears to be at least partly responsible for the harm. An attorney can help a victim determine if they have a strong case for compensation.
A food poisoning lawsuit is a complicated claim to manage and is best handled by an attorney with experience in the area. This is because proof is hard to come by with these cases. Still, putting up with a contaminated meal is extremely frustrating, and suppliers must be held accountable for their carelessness. That is especially true if you have spent time in the hospital and suffered other medical complications as a result.
The problem with proving a food poisoning lawsuit is that there is a significant lull between consuming the contaminated meal and suffering illness. During this lull, the victim will have eaten additional meals, making it difficult to prove that the restaurant was responsible for the sickness. The victim will need to have medical evidence that shows the meal was harboring a microbial invader, and also show that this microbe caused the infirmity. The best way to do this is with a stool examination performed by a laboratory.
A claim will be much easier to argue if the illness was part of a larger outbreak. For example, if the restaurant tests positive for a certain strain of E. Coli during a government investigation and the victim can show they were sickened by the same strain, the case will be significantly strengthened.
Personal injury attorneys keep their ear to the ground for any regional or national disease outbreaks, so these legal professionals can quickly determine the merits of a victim’s claim.