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Texas Petrochemical Explosion Displaces & Injures Thousands

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An estimated four explosions at chemical plant Texas Petrochemical left more than 50,000 people displaced on Thanksgiving in southeast Texas, while others were sent to the hospital due to various injuries. Now, a review of the facility’s history reveals that negligence may very well be placing the company’s workers and surrounding communities in danger…. Read More »

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One Child Is Injured or Killed Every 20 Minutes Due to Tip-Over Accidents

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According to the latest reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 460 children have died from tip-over accidents between 2000 and 2018 and, on average, one child is injured in one of these incidents every 20 minutes; usually due to climbing or pulling themselves onto furniture or an appliance. Most of the deaths… Read More »

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McDonald’s Is in Trouble Again for Injuries Caused by Their Playgrounds, But Are They Alone?

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According to the latest reports, playground equipment installed at McDonald’s restaurants around the country has led to a number of injuries in children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company that makes the equipment – Soft Play – has now called a number of the “Spider Climb” equipment, which was exclusively sold… Read More »

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Lawmakers Move Forward in Trying to Get Ahead of Drunk Driving Incidents

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Every day in the U.S., almost 30 people die in drunk driving accidents (the equivalent of 11,000 in 2017 alone). That equates to one death about every 48 minutes. As a result, a number of lawmakers have now proposed legislation, called the “Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone (“RIDE”) Act, at the national level that… Read More »

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E-Cigarette Company Juul Hit with Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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We’ve discussed just how dangerous vaping-related lung diseases are, and how the first vaping-related lung disease death occurred here in Texas in October. Pursuant to the negligence with which these products were produced and placed onto the market, the main producer of vaping products, Juul, was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit in late… Read More »

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Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Increase in Texas

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According to the new report released by the Texas Department of Workers’ Compensation, worker illnesses and injuries increased last year in Texas, the majority of them involving sprains, strains, and tears. Specifically, private employers recorded close to 180,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses last year throughout the state, with 30 percent of them being… Read More »

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New Studies & Appeals Court Decisions Highlight Just How Detrimental Workplace Injuries Can Be

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Employers and those representing states will often minimize the effects that workplace injuries have, as well as what can be considered part of the current injury, in an effort to minimize payouts. However, one recent study and appeals court decision could have significant effects on the ability for claimants to include certain costs in… Read More »

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Vaping Product Company Juul Faces Numerous Lawsuits for Injuries & Wrongful Death

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Juul—the main company that produces vaping and e-cigarette products—is facing a number of new lawsuits in connection with the many injuries—as well as wrongful death claims—that their products are associated with. In addition, in October, a former executive with the company also filed litigation, alleging that Juul shipped out one million contaminated e-cigarette pods… Read More »

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19 Straight Years of Daily Roadway Deaths in Texas

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Texas has long been above the national average in traffic deaths per capita; second only to Florida. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, almost 67,000 people were killed – and tens of thousands more injured – on Texas roads; just in the last 19 years. Sadly, 2019 marks Texas‘ 19th straight year of… Read More »

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Another Death in Texas After Exposure to Naegleria Foweleri

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A little girl in Texas recently passed away after contracting a rare brain eating amoeba – Naegleria foweleri – from swimming in a local river, the Brazos River. Sadly, very few survive once they have contracted the bacterial infection (these infections have a 97 percent fatality rate), which typically enters through the nose. In… Read More »

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