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Recent Posts in Personal Injury Category

  • Bicycle "Dooring" Accidents

    Bicycling has become an increasingly popular activity, in addition to being a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Unfortunately, accidents happen and bicyclists sometimes get hurt. “Dooring,” which occurs when a car door suddenly swings open and strikes a bicyclist, is one such accident and it can cause severe or fatal injuries. If you were injured in a dooring accident, you ...
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  • Texas' Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases

    If you have sustained an injury as a result of the negligence of someone else, then you may wish to file a personal injury suit against them. While you may be entitled to compensation, you are limited in the amount of time in which you may file your suit. This amount of time varies from state to state and is intended to protect potential plaintiffs from facing suits for injuries that may no longer ...
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  • Back Injuries in the Maritime Industry

    One of the most common types of injuries that occurs in maritime industries is the back injury. Maritime labor is frequently exhausting work, involving lots of heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and long hours. As a result, back injuries can sometimes develop quickly through a sudden accident, or over long periods, resulting in chronic, recurring pain. Back injuries can be some of the most ...
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  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Protecting the Rights of Offshore Workers

    The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act is what regulates the land under water off our coastlines. This act, implemented in 1953, designates all land lying seaward of state coastal waters for three miles as the “outer continental shelf,” and gives control of these lands to the Secretary of the Interior. This means the Department of the Interior has the power to grant leases on this land to those who ...
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  • Contaminated Water Could Pose Major Health Hazard

    An industrial zone accident in Corpus Christi may have contaminated the city’s water supply, prompting officials to warn residents not to use the water for any reason. As of December 16 th , officials had lifted a few of the restrictions, but up to 300,000 people were still impacted. The accident happened when between three and 24 gallons of an asphalt emulsifier, known as Indulin AA-86, was ...
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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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  • 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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  • Recent Fires Display Dangers of Oil Refining Industry

    On March 16 th , 2016, two massive fireballs from a refinery fire at ExxonMobil’s Torrance oil refining facility lit up the night sky, forcing closures on local roads and causing a large black cloud of smoke to accumulate under the area’s thick marine layer. This latest fire, sparked when a mylar balloon struck a nearby transmission line, marked the second accident in just 13 months for the ...
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  • Leading Causes of Recreational Boat Accidents

    Boating safety must be a priority for anyone who visits the waters this upcoming summer season. When people act negligently or recklessly on the waves, boating accidents can and do occur. According to statistics obtained by the United States Coast Guard, over 500 Americans will lose their lives to a boating accident each year and even thousands more will suffer injuries that range from slight to ...
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  • Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents

    Petroleum drilling is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Danger can be found in nearly every stage of the oil extraction and production process, placing workers at risk of injury from explosions, toxic chemical exposure, and falls from extreme heights. A report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) shows that more than 4,000 oilfield workers are injured at work ...
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