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NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE

March 25th, 2020|

Thousand and thousands of elderlies are affected by nursing home negligence each year. The result is everything from serious injury to wrongful death. Just under four million people live in nursing homes, and that number is constantly growing. Just under half of all people living in nursing homes have reported being victimized due to neglect, and almost ninety-five percent report having witnessed said neglect. Numerous nursing homes are understaffed, and what staff they have is under trained and ill prepared to provide the delicate care the elderly require. A recent study determined that many nursing home workers feel that they are underpaid for the job they are required to perform. Further studies have shown that this particular state of mind leads to carelessness, negligence, and in certain cases abuse. If a nursing home fails to provide adequate care for one of their patients, which in turn causes injury or wrongful death, then that patient and their family may be entitled to compensation for their damages. When the odds of your loved one being victimized by nursing home negligence is the flip of a coin [...]

PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO YIELD IN TEXAS

March 25th, 2020|

Anyone who has driven across state lines knows that most traffic laws are similar throughout the country. Similar, but not identical. Some laws, like those governing right of way and yielding, can vary considerably from state to state. Most drivers are safe and courteous enough to yield appropriately to others. But in heavy traffic such as rush hour, the same drivers can exchange safety for assertiveness, heightening the risk of accidents. Texas's failure-to-yield laws are designed to curb overly aggressive driving and mitigate the risk of collisions. Defining Failure to Yield in Texas Like so much legislation, Texas's failure-to-yield laws are an attempt to turn common sense into hard and fast rules. For example, Section 545.152 of the Texas Transportation Code requires that traffic turning left give way to opposing traffic going straight through. Other sections of the code address yielding the right of way: Section 010 requires all vehicles approaching an intersection to yield to traffic that poses an “immediate hazard” to the clear movement across the intersection: vehicles, in other words, that have already begun to go through. Section 545.101 describes the requirements for turning at intersections. Several sections [...]

SIX SAFETY TIPS TO HELP YOU KEEP ON TRUCKIN’

March 25th, 2020|

Trucking accidents are on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, fatal accidents involving large trucks increased nearly 17% to more than 4,200, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most of these fatalities occurred in smaller passenger cars struck by large trucks. The risk posed to smaller vehicles by large trucks led the federal Department of Transportation to impose safety guidelines aimed at preventing serious accidents. Here are the six most important of those guidelines. Watch Your Speed Speeding is a major cause of fatal trucking accidents in Texas. Always stay below the posted speed limit, and be aware of special speed limits imposed on large trucks. You need more time to stop safely than a passenger car does, and speed limits are designed to ensure that everyone can respond appropriately to an obstacle or weather event. In Texas, the weather can change suddenly and violently; don't be complacent about your speed, even when conditions seem perfect. Avoid Distractions It's tempting, especially hours into a long haul, to let your attention wander. Don't. Distracting yourself with mobile devices or other diversions isn't just [...]

WHY HIRE A LAWYER IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS FROM THE ITC DEER PARK PLANT FIRE

March 25th, 2020|

Officials for ITC have gone to great lengths to downplay the true severity of the fire and smoke plume. These attempts to mislead the public are an indication of what's to come. ITC is in damage control mode as we speak. Toxicologists have come out stating they believe the public is being misled. The bottom line is that ITC is not here to help you. They are here to make sure they pay you the least amount possible. They are out for the best interest of themselves—not you or everyone else who has been injured as a result of their actions. ITC is also asking everyone who has been injured or suffered losses stemming from the Deer Park fire to sign a Claim form and participate in its recently-announced compensation program. Unsurprisingly, on page 5, under section 4, it specifically states “NO PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY OR ON BEHALF OF ITC WITHOUT THE CLAIMANT EXECUTING A RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS AGAINST ITC AND ITS UNDERWRITERS” This means, if ITC agrees to pay you for your medical bills incurred thus far OR offer to give you [...]

DRIVING SAFELY AND AVOIDING ACCIDENTS WITH 18-WHEELERS

March 25th, 2020|

In 2017 alone, the State of Texas experienced over 3,700 motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Texas roads. Of the 3,700 fatalities, 1,118 of the deaths were caused by crashes involving trucks, truck-tractors, and semi-trailers. Crashes with 18-wheelers, trucks, and semis can happen for a variety of reasons. Usually, the driver of either parties can be the cause of the accident, be it the driver of the 18-wheeler or the driver of the other vehicle. Regardless of who may liable, these accidents are preventable and certain defensive driving skills can prevent a collision with an 18-wheeler. In this article we will discuss several driving skills that you can use to help steer clear of a crash with an 18-wheeler. 1. Stay clear of an 18-Wheelers Blind Spot Weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, semi-trucks require significantly more accelerating and braking distance than your typical truck or passenger vehicle. The semis also can be over 40 feet long, creating multiple and large blind spots for the driver. Because of these characteristics, it is important to be aware of a trucker's blind spot. There are four primary blind spots that [...]

WARNING: LAWYERS FOR ITC REACHING OUT TO INJURED RESIDENTS OFFERING $1000.00 TO RELEASE ITC OF LIABILITY FOR INJURIES

March 25th, 2020|

DEER PARK, Houston – Multiple calls have come into our office claiming ITC is offering individuals and businesses a way to get compensated for the Deer Park fire. Many of our clients have informed us lawyers claiming to be employed by ITC have reached out to them via phone offering $1000.00 to not file a lawsuit against them.  Business owners have told us they are being approached at their place of business. We would like to warn everyone that by receiving this payment, you are potentially releasing ITC of any claims you may have against them for their negligence. The issue is if six months later you are diagnosed with a form of cancer, but you accepted the $1000.00. Many of the calls we have been getting from people involve the same pattern of symptoms, which range from spitting up blood, vomiting, headaches, etc… It is obvious these people are sick. What we don't know is the extent of the damage ITC has caused to people's health. If you're unsure what to do, seek medical attention. Then, speak to an attorney. If you need help [...]

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