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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

OSHA: Worker unhooked himself in Niskayuna construction fatality

When so many parties are involved, how can you assign liability?

Federal labor investigators have finally finished their investigation into the death of a construction worker who suffered fatal injuries when he fell 24 feet at the Iroquois Village Apartments development this past March.

After an intensive investigation, it was found that 37 year old Wilfredo Vazquez had unhooked himself from his safety lines to untangle his leg from a lifeline while doing some carpentry on a small ledge. Within seconds, Wifredo fell to the ground and later died from his injuries.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Samsung washing machine exploded at Plano home, residents say

What should you look out for with products liability suits?

Samsung has been having a rough several months.  It started with the incendiary Galaxy Note 7 and is apparently continuing with an explosive washing machine.

Samsung Product Woes

John Stark and Barry Pyle, residents of Plano, were minding their own business this past week when they heard what sounded like a sonic boom from their laundry room.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Six Cleburne High students taken to hospital after crash

Who is responsible when minors cause automobile accidents?

Automobile accidents are traumatic experiences, especially when they happen to minors. In addition to the sometimes life-altering injuries that may occur, issues often spring up later on when questions of liability arise.  In some situations, multiple parties might be held responsible for injuries and property damage.

High School Students Crash During School Hours

Recently, seven Cleburne high school students left campus for a school sanctioned outing to obtain pallets for the upcoming Homecoming Bonfire.  The students were in two vehicles, at least one of which was driven by a minor.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Distracted Driving a Threat to Texans

What is being done to prevent distracted driving accidents?

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Texas. According to the AAA , distracted drivers killed or injured nearly 3,0000 people last year. The use of cell phones, especially texting, is frequently cited as the reason. Drivers can also be distracted by other passengers, tuning the radio, checking GPS devices and other technological devices, eating or drinking beverages. Some drivers are also known to apply makeup when driving or even read the newspaper.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Dallas Jury Awards $19.7 Million in Medical Malpractice Suit

What are the grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit?

In the summer of 2013, a Burleson woman was admitted to Arlington Medical Center after she experienced leg numbness. The woman, who actually worked at the hospital as a surgical technician for several years, was subsequently diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). This rare medical condition affects the nervous system causing significant muscle weakness that can hamper breathing, often requiring mechanical assistance.

Initially the woman was fitted with a breathing tube through her mouth, but when her breathing did not improve, a doctor placed a tracheostomy tube through an incision in her neck. While she was functioning normally at first, there was a leak in the tube which deprived her of sufficient oxygen.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

More Teacher-Student Sexual Assaults and Sexual Relationships in Texas than in Any Other State

Why are so many sexual relationships between teachers and students occurring in our schools? 

It is alarming to think that parents, with all the other dangers they have to worry about in terms of their children's safety, also have to be wary of their children's relationships with their teachers. The Newtown massacre made all parents acutely and painfully aware that school is no longer the safe haven we once believed it was. Now, the increasing reportage of teachers sexually assaulting, or coaxing their students into sexual contact, brings into question the trust we have been encouraged to have in those who were supposed to be in loco parentis, protecting our children when we cannot be with them.

If you suspect that your child or adolescent is being sexually victimized by a coach or teacher, you should report the matter to the school authorities, have your child checked medically and psychologically, and engage the services of a Read more . . .

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tyson Plant in Texas Exposes Workers to Serious Hazards

Why don't all the government safety regulations prevent exposure to workplace hazards? 

For the past several years, Oxfam has been investigating Tyson poultry plants around the country only to discover dangerous working conditions and many gruesome injuries among Tyson's poultry workers. While Tyson executives maintain that they have policies in place to protect their employees' health and safety, a few weeks ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) confirmed workers' reports. At the Tyson plant in Center, Texas, a thorough investigation revealed 15 serious health and safety violations and two repeat violations.

If you have suffered a personal injury at your workplace, or developed a disease caused by unsafe working conditions, you should contact an Read more . . .

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Texas Woman Awarded $695,000 in Dog Bite Case

Did you know that each year, more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs? For an animal that is known as man’s best friend, that is a shockingly high number. But perhaps the dogs are not the ones to blame for their bites? Information from the Center for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association emphasize the role humans play in causing dog bites, and a recent case from Parker County seems to prove their point.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Motor Vehicle Accidents In Texas

On the way to a vacation, one usually does not expect or anticipate being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident.  This was the unfortunate reality for fifty-two passengers on a charter bus that crashed and rolled over on North U.S. 83 while headed to Kickapoo Casino for a fun and carefree weekend away.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Medical Malpractice Verdict Reversed

Can you guarantee that my case will not be overturned on appeal?

Filing a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit can be overwhelming for a number of reasons. One of these is the fear that even after winning your case the decision will be overturned on appeal and you will end up with nothing. This is a legitimate concern and did happen in one recent medical malpractice case coming out of Texas.

Lancer Windrum went to the hospital in February 2010 due to slurred speech. He was examined by neurosurgeon Dr.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Texas Judge Dismisses Defective Tire Suit Before Trial

What must plaintiffs do to ensure that an accident case can move forward?

Accident cases involving defective automobile tires are not uncommon, and sometimes they result in verdicts in the millions of dollars. But not always. When a horrific vehicular accident occurs, it may not be enough to name a tire company as a defendant. A recent summary judgment in Texas suggests that the plaintiff didn't do quite enough to establish that a tire defect might have been the cause of the car wreck.

The plaintiff in the case claimed that a Michelin LTX tire failed catastrophically, causing a 2000 Ford Expedition to crash.

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