A defective product is a liability issue, and when said product hurts someone, the manufacturer or designer should be held responsible for their negligence. In today’s world of mass production, quality controls are more important than ever. However, companies often cut corners with item prototyping and testing, carelessly putting dangerous consumer items on the shelves. Sometimes, such flaws can put a person at risk for severe or fatal injuries. With the help of an experienced attorney, though, a victim may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries.
If a person is hurt by a defective product, the liability typically rests on the manufacturer or designer of the item. If the item’s flaw is structural in origin, such as a crack in the body of an appliance or the use of inferior parts, the manufacturer will shoulder the responsibility for any injuries. If the item in question is inherently dangerous based on its construction or purpose, like an ATV that emits a dangerous amount of heat around the rider’s legs, the item’s designer will take the blame.
These claims can also be slotted into a third category. If the documentation that comes with the item is inadequate and this leads to injury, the victim may have a claim. For instance, if a container of hazardous chemicals is not labeled as such, a victim may have a claim if they expose themselves to the substance without realizing the danger.
The type of claim will have a significant impact on how the case is managed, and some claims can be categorized in more than one area. This is a primary reason victims often turn to experienced attorneys to help them with their claim.
It can be nearly impossible for a family to recover from a drowning, but a lawyer can at least make sure that the responsible party is held liable for their negligence. For decades, safety ordinances associated with pools were poorly enforced and ill-defined, leaving children at major risk every time they entered the water. Pools are often overcrowded, poorly maintained, and manned by lifeguards that are either inattentive or untrained. Any of these can be a significant factor when an accident occurs.
Every pool must keep its lights, fencing, ladders and drains in good condition, or they will do more harm than good. This is particularly true of drain covers. Until recently, some drain covers were highly likely to entrap children that strayed too close to them and pinned them under the water, making a fatal drowning inevitable. A lawyer will verify that the pool owner has installed safe drains and lights, in accordance with city, state and national laws. For instance, it is now illegal to install drains that can cause entrapment. To do so is negligent.
There must also be safety equipment present in the event of an accident. Shepard’s hooks and life preservers are just a couple of the required items, but many pool owners fail to provide even these simple pieces of equipment.
Families who have lost a loved one in this way can be left wondering why, and how they can possibly move on. An attorney can’t provide all of the answers, but they can ensure that no one else is harmed by the negligent party’s recklessness.
When birth defects are present, an attorney can help a family pursue legal action against a doctor or other healthcare provider that was acting in negligence. Babies in utero are extremely vulnerable to any number of environmental risks, such as dangerous prescription drugs or reckless delivery procedures. In most cases, a family won’t even know how their child was harmed by negligent medical practices, in part because a doctor will not admit fault when the complication is discovered. This is especially true when the child is handled roughly during delivery. If there are any severe complications present, the hospital may claim that the reckless procedures were a medical necessity for some poorly defined reason. In short, parents should strongly consider lawyer assistance if their child has been affected by severe complications.
Prescription drugs like isotretinoin, lithium, ACE inhibitors, warfarin and some antibiotics can result in serious birth defects. An attorney that has experience in the field will know which medications a pregnant woman can take safely and will be able to review a woman’s medical records to see if there are any dangerous drugs present. It’s not always clear why some pregnant women are given dangerous medications. Some doctors don’t pay attention to research or just disregard the risks because they don’t believe in it. In any case, giving known teratogens and other risky medications to women during pregnancy is negligent and grounds for legal action.
However, fighting a medical malpractice or drug injury case can be difficult, as the defendant will often have a team of lawyers on their side to fight the claim. That’s why victims should always consider a lawyer who has experience in drug injury cases and has a history of taking on powerful institutions.
Many vessel owners don’t take the risk of a boat accident seriously, believing that the open water and their skill will help them through any dangerous situation. This recklessness often leads to trouble, and the results can be tragic. Every year, more than 4,000 wrecks claim about 700 lives, and the vast majority of these crashes could have been prevented with just a little care and extra attention. And in the event of a wreck, the risk of death is still rather low if there is adequate safety equipment onboard. Unfortunately, vessel owners often fail in this regard as well.
A common place for a boat accident is in a harbor or other high traffic areas. The primary cause has always been operator inattention, as many vessel owners only take their vessel out when entertaining guests. However, there is also a severe lack of formal training among many vessel owners. In fact, the state of Florida found that about half of the wrecks that occur in the state involved an operator with no formal navigation training. That’s like a driver getting behind the wheel before taking driver’s ed. Excessive speed, mechanical failure and alcohol use are all common factors in vessel crashes as well.
If a wreck does occur, lifejackets and preservers can greatly improve a person’s odds of surviving. With this in mind, it is frustrating to know that authorities cite thousands of vessel owners every year for not keeping enough lifejackets onboard in the event of a crash.
When a person is hurt in a wreck, the injuries can be long-lasting or even permanent. An injury attorney can help a victim sort out the unique laws that govern the waters and help them aggressively pursue a claim against the negligent parties.
In today’s stories, we will cover a troubled 18-wheeler and a bus accident.
A Hazmat team responded this Monday afternoon to an overturned 18-wheeler in northwest Harris County. The incident occurred on De Zavalla Street and Market Street in Channelview, TX. After overturning, the tanker truck’s container was breached resulting in a large oil spill which has closed off the affected intersection. The extent of the oil spill and the long term environmental affects will not be known for some time.
At least thirteen students and a bus driver were injured after two school buses from the Houston Independent School district (HISD) were involved in a head-on collision Monday afternoon in northeast Houston. The incident occurred on the 5500 block of Bacher Street and Bonaire Street. According to HISD, the students are from Burrus Elementary and Elmore Elementary School.
In today’s stories, we have the usual array of accidents dealing from 18 wheelers to SUVs causing serious injuries and fatalities.
A car wreck Friday evening claimed the life of a man in south Houston. The man came to the assistance of his son whose vehicle was inoperable and stranded near Highway 288 and Almeda Genoa around 9:30 p.m. According to local authorities, the man accidentally stepped out into the lanes of traffic and a vehicle struck the man. The police continue to investigate the potential contributing factors of the incident.
The next day on Saturday afternoon, Jasmine Griffith, a 16-year-old, lost control of his mother’s SUV shattering through an apartment wall causing serious injuries to a female relaxing in her living room. Griffith was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his shoulders and back while injuries to an underage passenger in the SUV are unknown at this time. The incident happened at the Woodstone Manor Apartments on Land’s End Drive in southwest Houston.
Several hours later, Jose Martir Salazar-Ramirez caused a fatal wrong-way crash on the 1500 block of Gears Road resulting in intoxication manslaughter charges. Salazar-Ramirez was driving a Mitsubishi Galant along with several passengers when he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic striking a Ford pick-up. An ambulance transported the highly intoxicated Salazar-Ramirez as well as a passenger to a local hospital in critical condition. Ever Medrano, the second passenger in the Mitsubishi Galant was instantly killed at the scene of the incident. At least seven victims from the Ford pick-up were transported to several nearby hospitals.
Finally, a tragic story our of Fort Worth results in five people dying in a blazing accident after a tractor trailer collided with multiple vehicles on Interstate 30. According to local authorities, the 18-wheeler crashed into several vehicles that were stopped along Interstate 30 attempting to assist a motorist who had previously been involved in a single-vehicle collision. Four people died at the scene while last victim was pronounced dead at a local medical center. After the impact, the 18-wheeler was engulfed in flames. Beside the five fatalities, at least twelve people others sustained injuries. The police are investigating the potential contributing factors into the incident.
In today’s stories we have several auto-pedestrian accidents causing serious injuries.
A 5-year-old child is in critical condition after a 68-year-old female struck him Monday afternoon in northwest Harris County. According to local authorities, the incident occurred on the 7500 block of Silent Wood Lane. A neighbor pulled the young boy out from under the vehicle with a car jack. Emergency personnel responded to scene transporting the minor boy to Memorial Hermann Hospital to treat serious head injuries.
For the second time in less than a week, an unfortunate fatal accident occurs on the campus of Argyle High School in Argyle, TX. According to local authorities, Jose Moran inadvertently struck and killed his own 22-year-old son Daniel Moran with an 18-wheeler. The younger Moran died at the scene after getting caught by the right rear tires of the big rig. Two fatalities within such a short timeframe proved to be too much for Northstar Builders Group, who stopped all operations pending a much needed review. It has previously been reported the Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the death of Julio Ledesma who died several days prior in a structure collapse.
In today’s stories, we will feature several fatality incidents.
A 21-year-old man drowned after a jet ski struck the tube he was riding in east Harris County Sunday afternoon. The man and a companion were getting pulled in a tube by a jet ski in Banana Bend Beach when a second jet ski struck their tube. According to officials, the second jet ski was attempting to catch up to the first one when the fatal impact occurred. The victim somehow lost his lifejacket in the process and drowned. Local officials are currently investigating if alcohol was a contributing factor in the tragedy.
A hit-and-run accident claims the life of man in southeast Houston on Sunday night. According to local authorities, an argument broke out between several families on the 4900 block of McKinney Street. Jose Torres, a 60-year-old man, attempted to intervene in the fight, yet was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up in the process. Although the Houston Police Department interviewed the driver, no arrest was done.
An alleged drunk driver is in serious condition after striking the side of a Dodge Challenger and then losing control impacting a pole and flipping her GMC Envoy SUV Saturday evening. The incident occurred on North Shepherd near West 34th Street in North Houston. An ambulance transported the intoxicated female to a local hospital. Afterward, local authorities found beer inside the vehicle.
Earlier in the day, a 64-year-old man lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident on I-10 near Dairy Ashford. According to local officials, the man lost control of his motorcycle throwing him and his 68-year-old female passenger. The man died from his injuries while the female sustained a leg injury. The motorcycle impacted the rear of another vehicle prior to coming to a stop.
In today’s stories we have several industrial construction accidents in the Dallas area.
An activity center under construction at Argyle High School caved in Thursday morning killing one worker and injuring three others in Argyle, TX, six miles south of Denton, TX. Witnesses place the dead worker on a crane when the metal structure came twisting down onto the three other workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the potential causes of incident and identified the affected workers as subcontractors of Warnick Metal Building Erectors of Haltom City. The architecture firm Corgan of Dallas noted some of the facility was pre-fabricated, thus potentially implicating the manufacturer.
A crane tipped over and crashed into the Dallas Museum of Art resulting in injuries to the crane operator Friday morning. The crane was in the process of setting up a tent in the parking lot when the unfortunate incident occurred. The impact caused cosmetic damage to the side of the Dallas Museum of Art, yet it is unknown whether any structural damage was sustained by the building itself. While no one died in this incident, it is a perfect example how quickly things can change when cranes are involved.