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The importance of hazardous energy programs

For workers who perform maintenance on machinery, one of the most considerable risks to their safety is the sudden release of energy. Whether that means an electrical surge or an unexpected startup of the machinery, the injuries involved are often severe. OSHA refers to these sudden releases as "hazardous energy," and employers must protect workers from them.

What does comparative negligence mean for your accident claim?

The aftermath of a car accident is frightening. If you suffered injuries in a crash, you understand how complex it can be to try and put the pieces back together. From dealing with your injuries to facing the mounting medical bills, you may be unsure of where to start and how you can move forward. You may also be wondering about your chances of securing financial compensation through a civil claim.

Moving forward with a claim is often an option for individuals who are victims of accidents caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party. But what about accidents in which the victim may bear at least a portion of fault for the accident? In these situations, the term comparative negligence may apply. This happens when identifying the at-fault party is not simple or clear.

Can you help victims of an automobile accident?

There is not much as terrifying as witnessing a car accident happen right in front of you when you are commuting in Texas. Preventing shock from debilitating your senses is important to help you safely navigate the scene and help the victims as you wait for medical personnel to arrive. 

Being prepared with ways that you can be of assistance to car accident victims before you ever witness a crash happen, can help you to know how to react in a situation that is scary and tense. Before you attempt to help out at the scene at all, make sure you get your vehicle to a place where it will not be a hazard to other drivers. If the accident is in the middle of an open road, consider using your vehicle and its hazards lights to warn other drivers to slow down and watch out. 

Lawsuit filed after detainee dies in detention center

It might be assumed by many in Houston that when a person is taken into police custody, many of their rights are forfeited until their cases can be heard at an arraignment. Yet that is simply not the case. Even in matters related to their arrests, a defendant has the right to seek counsel from a legal or psychological professional and health care treatment if it is needed. In cases involving the latter, needed care should be rendered before a person is even taken in by authorities to be detained. That way any medical issues that they may be suffering from can be addressed to ensure that they are healthy enough to go into police custody. 

When law enforcement officers do not respect that right, the results can be fatal. That is what is being alleged in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who died in a detention facility in South Carolina. In the lawsuit, the family alleges that the man was clearly displaying signs of alcohol intoxication and drug impairment when he was arrested, yet rather than taking him for treatment, authorities took him to the detention center. The lawsuit goes on to claim that the man continued to show signs of distress and even was allowed to ingest more controlled substances, yet he was never ordered to be seen by a physician. He later died of drug toxicity. 

Common reasons why partnership disputes occur

Are you thinking about going into business with someone else? It can be a good thing, but it will most likely not be without its problems. There are a number of reasons why Texas business owners may experience partnership disputes. Knowing what they are may be of benefit to you when choosing a partner.

An article released in late 2018 discusses six different things that contribute to partnerships failing. Some of these may seem fairly obvious, but others may be somewhat eye-opening.

Why are burns so expensive?

It is no exaggeration to say that a burn over a large part of your body could end up costing you almost a million dollars in Texas. According to the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News website, an electruction, on average, could have you in the hospital for almost two months and carry a cost of just below $800,000 for a burn that covers about half of your body.

If you have ever seen these forces at work, you know how easy it is for a high-voltage electrical source to cause extensive damage to your skin, nerves and even your organs. Here are some of the reasons that hospitalization and treatment for these injuries could cost so much compared to other types of issues.

When Does a Workplace Accident Implicate Third Party Liability?


Workers’ compensation is intended to cover accidents that may injure employees in the workplace, regardless of whether the employer or employer were at fault. But this no-fault approach may not apply if a third party was at fault, or if an employer was grossly negligent. In these examples, an injured worker may need an attorney to bring a personal injury suit against a grossly negligent employer or against a liable third party. 

What constitutes wrongful death in Texas?

There is seldom a death considered timely. When someone else’s wrongdoing causes an unexpected death, however, surviving family members are often left wondering how they will manage. This hardship is why some people file wrongful death lawsuits.

A wrongful death is a loss of human life attributable to someone else’s negligence or harmful intent. These cases arise out of many areas including medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents and more.

Texting while Driving is Deadly...and Rampant

As I ride to work on I-10, when the traffic slows, I see about half the drivers looking down at their phones. Surprising? Hardly. Terrifying? Absolutely. It's terrifying that the technology in our hand has such power over our minds, that for a text or a post or an instant message-for their immediate and ephemeral gratifications-we are willing to disregard our own lives and the lives of others. Most of these people have heard about the heartbreaking, maddening, and horrific consequences, but somehow these tragedies are not enough. And this adds a whole new dimension to the problem.

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