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Monthly Archives: February 2020

WorkSafety

U.S. Workplace Fatalities On the Rise

By The West Law Office |

Over the last decade, the average rate of workplace fatalities has been 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers and cuts in government oversight may very well contribute to more and more. To date, transportation incidents are responsible for more than one-third of all work fatalities and the highest number of deaths at work, with… Read More »

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The Impact Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Having On Veterans

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The Defense Department recently provided the fifth update on the number of US service members who were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) after the attack in Iraq last month, raising the total number of troops injured in the ballistic missile strike to 109. According to the release, of those injured, 76 have returned… Read More »

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Dallas Jury Awards Family of Man Hit by Greyhound Bus $20 Million

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In December, a Dallas jury awarded one family $20 million in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit after they lost their loved one to an accident caused by a Greyhound bus in 2017. According to reports, the victim, Hunter Brown, was traveling from California to Washington when the bus made a rest stop. The… Read More »

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Addressing Psychological Injuries in The Workplace

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We speak a lot about common physical workplace injuries – slipping or tripping and falling, getting hit by falling objects, muscle strains, equipment injuries, collisions, repetitive motion injuries, and others; but what about psychological injuries? They too have become an epidemic in the workplace. Below, we discuss some of the common causes of psychological… Read More »

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Texas Supreme Court to Hear Important Case of Whether Truck Driver’s Employer Caused Intentional Injury by Having Him Work Too Many Hours

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In December, the Texas Supreme Court will hear an important wrongful death case on the concept of intentional injuries when it comes to truck drivers who claim that they are allegedly coerced into driving excessive hours. The case involves the death of driver Fabian Escobedo, who drove for Mo-Vac, and whether the company could… Read More »

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Listeria Outbreak in Texas Kills One Person & Sends Others to Hospital, Including Newborn

By The West Law Office |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in December, multiple illnesses, infections, and hospitalizations, as well as at least one death in Texas was linked to a Listeria outbreak in connection with hard-boiled eggs packaged and distributed by Almark Foods. Symptoms experienced by those affected include balance loss, confusion, headaches, muscle… Read More »

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The Many Problems Associated with Drunk Driving in Texas

By The West Law Office |

There are simply too many drivers who are drinking and driving here in Texas; even though the penalties are up to 180 days in jail and $2,000 in fines. This is especially an issue during the months surrounding holidays such as New Year’s eve. In Texas, New Year’s Eve is prime time for drunk… Read More »

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Notes an Increase in Workplace Fatalities

By The West Law Office |

According to a new report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was an increase in workplace injuries and fatalities in 2018.  Specifically, the Department noted significant increases in two causes of fatal injuries: Deaths due to unintentional overdoses of nonmedical alcohol or drugs and work-related suicides.  Overall, there was… Read More »

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