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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Liability of a Negligent Ship Captain

    As an offshore worker, you work in an industry which poses many potential hazards. Your employer and ship captain should take proper precautions to protect you from accidents and injuries. If they fail to operate with reasonable care and you are hurt or injured in an accident, they may be at fault. In order to understand whether your ship captain was negligent, you must first understand the type ...
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  • Statute of Limitations for Maritime Law Cases

    As a ship worker or employee protected under the Jones Act, you have certain rights if you are injured. When you have been hurt in a maritime accident as a result of a negligent employer or third-party, you should consider filing a lawsuit. It is understandable that filing a lawsuit may not be the first thing on your mind after you have been hurt or lost a loved one. There is, however, a statute ...
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  • OSHA's Regulations on Oilfield Injuries

    According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 450,000 people worked in the gas and oil extraction industries in 2011, with many of these employees working in oil fields on a regular basis. Oilfield work can be extremely dangerous and involve many industrial procedures which require specialized training and equipment to be conducted safely. Unfortunately, the Occupational Safety and ...
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  • Uber & Lyft Accidents: Who Is Liable?

    With the tremendous increase in popularity of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, getting a quick and inexpensive ride is easier than ever before. Unfortunately, despite their convenience, these services have also introduced several complications in regards to liability in the event of a collision, making it difficult for injured parties to pursue compensation following a crash. Rideshare ...
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  • What are the Auto Liability Insurance Policy Limits in Texas?

    Every state has set minimum amounts for auto insurance policies that each driver needs if they want to operate their vehicle on public roads and highways. In Texas, there is a 30/60/25 minimum; this minimum means coverage of $30,000 for each person injured in one crash, $60,000 for all injuries per incident, regardless of the number of people hurt, and $25,000 for property damage. Driving around ...
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  • Dangers of an Overloaded Truck

    Every person who ever interacts with a commercial truck as part of its operation needs to take their role seriously and keep the safety of others as the priority. This list of accountability includes the load crews who are responsible for putting cargo and freight into tractor trailers for shipping and transport. Typical weight limits for 18-wheelers are set at 80,000 pounds of total weight, which ...
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  • Were You Injured by a Drunk Trucker?

    Semi-trucks, 18-wheeler trucks, tractor-trailers, and other types of commercial trucks can be difficult to control even under ideal circumstances, requiring truck drivers to dedicate their full attention to the roads in order to safely traverse the nation’s roads. As such, federal laws dictate that truck drivers who act negligently and operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol ...
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  • Tips for Filing a Successful Injury Claim

    If you have been injured at the hands of another party, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party or their insurance company. For those who have never dealt with the legal system, however, this process can easily become confusing and introduce individuals to certain pitfalls along the way which can minimize or even ...
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  • An Overview of Car Insurance Rules in Texas

    Dealing with insurance companies after a car accident can be a confusing and frustrating experience. Following the confusion and shock of impact, several questions will undoubtedly enter your mind. Who is financially responsible for the collision? Who will pay for my medical bills? Will my insurance or the other driver’s insurance pay for the damages? What do I do if the other driver doesn’t have ...
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  • Can I Get Compensation for Pain and Suffering After a Motor Vehicle Accident?

    If you have been injured in a car accident in the state of Texas, you may be able to pursue compensation not only for your economic losses such as medical bills and property damage, but also for intangible losses such as pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life. Aside from determining who is at fault for a collision, calculating non-economic damages for pain and suffering can be one of the ...
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  • Has Your Vehicle's Takata Airbag Been Recalled?

    In the event of a serious car accident, your vehicle’s airbags are designed to inflate in a fraction of a second and provide life-saving cushioning against deadly impacts. But what happens when these devices that are meant to save your live are manufactured with a potentially fatal flaw? This is exactly what has happened in the case of Takata Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer that is ...
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  • Using Your Smartphone After a Car Accident

    Smartphones and motor vehicle accidents – two terms that are usually associated with each other in a cause-and-effect manner. But did you know that using a smartphone in the context of a car accident can actually be a good thing? While it is important that your never use a smartphone while behind the wheel, these devices can be invaluable tools in the event of a collision to help you document ...
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  • Statute of limitations in a Car Accident Case

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 2.34 million people were injured in car accidents in 2014 alone. Many injuries due to car accidents, however, can go unreported. This may be because victims were unaware of the severity of their injuries or may not have believed that they could afford a lawyer. If you were injured in a past accident, there still ...
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  • How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim?

    In an ideal world, people would get settlements within a matter of days after being in a car accident that caused serious injuries or significant damages. In a less-than-ideal world, it would only take a few weeks at most. In the real world, the circumstances of your accident or incident could mean you might not receive any compensation for months or more. Three reasons your case settlement could ...
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  • How to Determine the Full Value of Your Car Accident Case

    After being in a car accident , you can probably expect to get contacted by an insurance provider, either your own or that of the liable party, relatively soon. If they do not think 100% of the accountability falls on your shoulders, they are going to offer you a settlement amount. But the first question you need to ask will be, “Is this a fair amount?” If history is any indication of what has yet ...
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