Motor Vehicle Accidents
In Texas, we take driving seriously. Most adults have to drive every day to go to work or go shopping or take and pick children up from school, day care, and other activities. Safe traveling on our local and interstate roadways is something we sometimes take for granted, but the unfortunate reality is that many car accidents—fatal and non-fatal—happen in the state every day. The causes of these accidents range from reckless speeding to failing to yield to running a red light to texting while driving, among many other causes. The common thread through most of these possible causes is negligence and failure to abide by traffic laws.
Under Texas law, if you or your family member(s) has been injured in a motor vehicle accident because of another person’s negligence, you may be able to seek money damages for: medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity and other types of damages depending on the type and extent of your injuries.
When two cars get into a collision, drivers and passengers may be injured, or they might be lucky enough to escape a crash (particularly a minor fender-bender) with nothing more than damage to their vehicles. In collisions involving a commercial truck, such as an eighteen-wheeler or box truck, drivers and passengers are unfortunately much more likely to sustain catastrophic and even fatal injuries.
In addition to the types of negligence that lead to car accidents (distracted driving, following too closely, speeding, etc.) accidents involving large commercial vehicles may also be caused by negligent actions such as: failure by the driver or others to secure a heavy load, failure to maintain the truckin safe condition, or even requiring the driver to work for more hours than is legally permitted (often leading to abuse of illegal stimulants by drivers). The truck driver may be responsible for the accident, but the driver’s employer might also be a responsible party. You need an attorney who understands how to conduct complex investigations into trucking accidents and explore all possible avenues of recovery on your behalf.
Other Vehicle Accidents
In addition to car and trucking accidents, this firm handles cases involving other types of vehicle accidents not mentioned above, including:
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Vehicle malfunction
Workplace accidents, particularly in an industrial setting, are among the most serious accidents that a person may face. Compounding the serious nature of the injury itself is the fact that the process of seeking recourse can be much more complicated in a workplace context. Some workplace injuries may be covered by worker’s compensation insurance. Others may require the injured party to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party or parties.
Your remedies will depend on several factors, including: whether you are a true employee or an independent contractor or sub-contractor, whether any OSHA violations occurred, and whether the injury was caused by defective equipment or other products, etc. Your employer may want you to sign a release, but you need to talk to a lawyer first. It is important to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney so that you don’t inadvertently waive any rights to pursue available remedies.
Construction and Oilfield Accidents
Many workers in Texas are employed in the construction and oil and gas industries. These jobs make up a large part of our state’s economy. Unfortunately, some employers in these industries attempt to cut costs by failing to provide working conditions. Additionally, the work may involve handling dangerous equipment or materials making any injury that is sustained likely to be quite serious.
Furthermore, as anyone who has worked at a large-scale construction or oil and gas job knows, there are probably many companies present at the job site. One company may be there to do heavy-duty construction work, and another company may be providing electrical services, for example. The point is that identifying the responsible party can be very challenging in this type of case. You need a lawyer with the experience and resources to investigate and pursue any and all responsible parties.
We handle cases involving several types of industrial accidents, including:
- Blast injuries
- Boiler explosions
- Chemical burns
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Equipment failure or malfunction
- Exposure to toxic chemicals such as benzene, carbon monoxide, vinyl chloride, etc.
- Forklift accidents
- Gas drilling accidents
- Gas explosions
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Lung damage from inhalation of toxic materials
- Oil rig accidents
- Pipeline accidents
- Processing plant accidents
- Refinery explosions
- Scaffolding collapse
- Shipyard accidents
- Toxic material accidents
- Wrongful death
Injuries from Defective Consumer Products
Baby food, cars, cribs, firearms, hot coffee, lighters, medical devices, prescription drugs, seatbelts, trampolines, yogurt. What does this seemingly random list of items have in common? All of these things have been the cause of consumer injuries and the subject of product liability lawsuits.
When a consumer uses a product as intended and is injured, that personprobably has a viable product liability claim. Product liability law in Texas tends to focus on three broad causes of injury: defective product design, defect in the manufacturing process, and inadequate warnings regarding the safe use and/or risks associated with the use of the product.
Depending on the cause of the injury, the responsible party may be the manufacturer, the designer, or even the seller of the product. If you have been injured by a consumer product, you need to consult with a knowledgeable product liability attorney.