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Burn and other injuries from vaping on the rise across the country

When people purchase a product, they generally trust that it is safe for them to use. Most of the time, that assumption is correct, but there are instances where a dangerous or defective product still makes it into the marketplace. E-cigarettes, or vape pens, have been a source of recent criticism due to being linked to strokes, seizures, heart attachks, respiratory issues, burn injuries and even fatalities across the country, with two deaths right here in Texas.

The most recent death connected to vaping occurred just last month. Health professionals say that the woman was receiving treatment for a lung injury due to her use of e-cigarettes. This is the second fatality in Texas tied to vaping, with the product being responsible for over 200 cases of illness across the state.  If you or a loved one have experienced a stroke, seizure, heart attack, lung collapse, burn or other respiratory issue and suspect this was a result of vaping, you may be entitled to recovery for your losses.  

Wrongful death claims and gross negligence in the workplace

On Dec. 17, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the number of work-related fatalities in 2018 showed an increase for the fourth time in the past five years. According to the American Society of Safety Professionals, most workplace accidents are preventable, given the innovations and all the tools available to employers in Texas and across the country. More and more employers nationwide face wrongful death claims filed by surviving family members who claim that employers' gross negligence led to the deaths of their loved ones.

Employers are mandated by law to comply with the safety standards set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Americans with Disability Act affords further protection, and yet, occupational accidents continue to claim more lives of workers each year. The ASSP recommends that employers commit to voluntary consensus standards for their particular industries, in addition to the mandatory standards.

How a brain injury can impact you and your family

When a person suffers a major injury, it can have a far-reaching impact on the entire family. For example, when one person has a brain injury, he or she may be unable to work or may need constant care. The person's medical needs can be extensive and costly, and all of these things can directly and indirectly affect his or her family's finances and daily needs.

From mild concussions to permanent brain damage, a brain injury will have serious implications. If you or a loved one suffered this type of damage as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you do not have to suffer alone. While it cannot reverse the damage done by a traumatic brain injury, a personal injury claim may help you secure the financial resources necessary to address your needs. 

Auto accidents: Parking lots can be hazardous during the Holidays

At this time of the year, many people in Houston and elsewhere find themselves with not enough time for everything they have to do. With functions, get-togethers with friends, buying gifts and everything they need for the meals they planned for the holidays, rushing around is par for the course. The places where the roads of all the frantic shoppers cross are parking lots, and determining the parties responsible for the resulting auto collisions could be challenging.

Understanding who has the right of way could prevent many parking lot collisions. A driver who backs out of a parking stall does not have the right of way, and when two vehicles collide while both are backing out, they might both be partially responsible. Drivers in the parking lot's driving lanes have the right of way, and anyone backing up or exiting the parking bay pulling forward and hitting a moving car will likely be held financially accountable.  So as you finish all those last minute errands in preparation for Old Saint Nick's visit, please remember the rules of the parking lots.  

Port Neches Plant Explosion

Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, an explosion at the TPC Group Operations plant in Port Neches resulted in injuries and damage to homes in the area. A mandatory evacuation was initiated for everyone within half a mile of the facility, as the fire continued to spread after the initial explosion.

It is believed that only a few people were injured by the event - suffering broken bones, burns and other injuries - the majority of the damage was allegedly to homes surrounding the facility. However, physical injuries from plant explosions are rarely discovered immediately after such incidents.

Wrongful Death Claim Regardless of Workers' Compensation Coverage

Employers nationwide, including here in Texas, must protect the health and safety of their employees. Their responsibilities include compliance with federal and state safety standards including but not limited to OSHA. Even if an employer has workers' compensation coverage, if an employee dies due to an employer's gross negligence, the surviving family members may pursue financial relief by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  

A recent tragic workplace fatality in Houston may prove to be such an incident. Last week, a devoted husband and father passed away when the trench in which he was working collapsed. Reportedly, there was only one other worker on a work site where pipes were being installed. Firefighters who rushed to the scene report that at the time of the incident the worker was in a seven-foot deep trench.  

Electrical burns can be more serious than they appear

The human body is an alarmingly successful conductor of electricity. An electrical current can easily pass through the body, and even if the harm appears insignificant, it can cause severe damage and/ or scaring to the skin, muscles, heart, brain or other internal organs and can often result in death.  Different circumstances can lead to electrical injuries, and many involve the negligence of other parties. 

The potential risks are extensive and beyond what many would consider.  Coming into contact with power cords, power outlets, wiring or electrical appliances with exposed electricity, or even a tree branch near uninsulated or unsecure power lines can cause serious electrical injuries or death. If exposure occurs as a result of someone else's negligence, compensation for injuries and losses are available to victims in the Texas Civil Courts with the help of experienced attorneys.  

How Not Wearing a Helmet May Hurt Your Motorcycle Collision Claim

Texas has more lax motorcycle helmet laws than some other states. While there are some regulations and rules you must still follow, it is possible for you to legally operate a motorcycle without a helmet.

Even though you are allowed to ride without a helmet, there are a multitude of reasons why you shouldn’t. Safety reasons aside, if you are injured in a motorcycle collision – even if it is another driver’s fault – you may find that your personal injury compensation will drop as a result of you not wearing a helmet.

40-foot fall causes workplace injuries to construction worker

Last week multiple rescue units and firefighters responded to a construction site involving the expansion of a YMCA facility in Wichita Falls, Texas - An emergency call went out after a 40-foot fall that caused serious workplace injuries. A fall from such a height is sure to cause severe or even fatal injuries.

Reportedly, the construction worker was on a scissor lift that tipped over for reasons yet to be determined. Although investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident, it might take months to gather and process all of the information. In the meantime, the victim will have to deal with mounting medical bills, lost income and possible long-term disability. Workers' compensation insurance coverage is optional in Texas, and the injured worker will likely have questions about financial relief.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits may seem fairly straightforward: a person is killed due to the negligence of another, and another person subsequently brings a lawsuit on the decedent's behalf. Yet who exactly can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

In many states, it is left up to the personal representative of a decedent's estate to initiate a wrongful death claim. That makes sense given that damages for such an action are awarded to a decedent's estate. It is then through the administration of the estate that those affected by their passing are compensated for their loss.

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