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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Black Friday Accidents


How can I protect myself from Black Friday injuries?

Black Friday, the number one shopping day of the year, can draw thousands of frantic shoppers to malls and other popular retail stores.  As you hunt for a parking spot and fight your way through the holiday crowds, you should remain aware of the possibility of injury.  The following is a look at some of the most common Black Friday accidents and how you can protect yourself.

  1. Parking lot car accidents:  According to Farmers Insurance, the number of parking lot accidents increases 25 percent on Black Friday, when compared to an average Friday.  Black Friday leads to crowded parking lots and parking chaos.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Shipping Company Settles Several Wrongful Death Lawsuits Following Tragic Maritime Disaster


In October 2015, as hurricane Joaquin bore down on the Gulf Coast states, Puerto Rico-based cargo shipping company Totes Services made the doomed decision to send its El Faro vessel from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico – despite high winds and unsafe conditions in the seas. Tragically, 33 seamen lost their lives that fateful day when the ship lost all electric power and eventually succumbed to the depths of the ocean. The incident, deemed by the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board as one of the


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jones Act Compensates Qualified Seamen for Offshore Accident Injuries


Q: Are there special laws that cover workers who are injured at sea?

On land, employees who are injured on the job are prohibited from suing their employers for damages but may collect certain compensation for medical expenses and lost income through Worker's Compensation.

But employees injured in Off Shore accidents-- such as fisherman, tugboat workers, and others--are covered under maritime accident laws, and some worker’s claims may also fall within the protection of the Jones Act.

Maritime and Offshore Accident lawyers with Jones Act experience are able to help those workers who work on or near the water recover much more than their onshore counterparts in the event they are injured at sea.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Common Car Accident Injuries: Fractures


What are the most common types of broken bones you could sustain in a car accident?

Millions of Americans will be involved in car accidents in the coming year.  Broken bones are one of the most common car accident injuries due to the immense force involved in the collision.  Fractures can be extremely painful and could even require surgery, potentially leading to lengthy recovery times and the inability to return to work.  Car accident victims who sustain a broken bone will require immediate treatment. Accident victims injured due to the negligence of another driver may be able to seek compensation for their fracture injuries through a


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Texas


What are my legal rights if I am injured in an accident in Texas?

If you have been injured in an accident in Texas, there are several important laws and legal principles that could impact your personal injury case.  Understanding some basics about personal injury law in Texas can help you to protect your legal rights.  Our Houston, Texas personal injury lawyers at Chandler Mathis & Zivley offer the following overview of personal injury laws in our state.


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Popular Competitive Event ‘Tough Mudder’ Settles Several Wrongful Death Lawsuits


“Tough Mudder” competitions have gained increasing popularity over the past several years, primarily due to the fact these races impart multifaceted obstacles courses and consistent terrain changes – in stark contrast to the traditional 10k or marathon-style race. In a typical Tough Mudder competition, contestants travel across dirt pathways, up hills and through aquatic areas – which are typically laced with dirt and natural debris.

 

In 2013, while participating in a Tough Mudder competition in West Virginia, a young competitor drowned completing the “Walk the Plank” exercise.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Death by Personal Injury: What Are the Chances?


Though we all know that death will eventually come to us and that, no matter how proactive we are about our health and safety, it may come suddenly and unexpectedly, we have no choice but to go living our lives. At times, we all experience anxiety about the risks inherent in the process. In a world where terrorist attacks have become all too common, we cannot help but worry about being attacked in the midst of any average day: in the mall, the airport, at school, at the movies, in the nightclub. Things that we do less frequently -- like taking trips, going on daring adventures, undergoing surgery, living through extreme weather events -- only raise our level of anxiety.

According to the National Safety Council, many of our worries are disproportionate to the risks involved.


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Top Causes of Truck Accidents


Can I file a lawsuit if am injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer?

Sharing the road with semi-trucks and tractor trailers in unavoidable, so it makes sense to proceed with caution if you are driving along aside or passing a large truck. Because of their weight and length, trucks can be hard to navigate. Moreover, a tractor-trailer, even traveling at a normal speed, can take a long time to stop. That being said, truckers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating a rig not to injure other drivers.

Truck Accidents at a Glance

There are state and federal laws in place that require trucks to be adequately maintained and inspected regularly.


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $502 Million Over Flawed Pinnacle Hips

What is the latest news over J&J's hip replacement failures?

Medical device maker Johnson & Johnson was recently ordered to pay $502 million in damages to 5 patients over flawed artificial hip devices sold under the Pinnacle brand name. The defective devices were sold by J&J's Depuy unit, and a federal-court jury in Dallas found that company officials were aware of the flaws but failed to warn patients and doctors. In a product liability case, failure to warn is a key element in a successful lawsuit.



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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Years After Officer's Death, Texas County Sues His Family for Medical Expenses


Does the statute of limitations bar a county from trying to recover medical costs after waiting for five years?

In 2010, a Texas sheriff's deputy responded to a call seeking assistance with a traffic stop of a possible stolen car. With flashing lights and siren on, he sped to the scene but, en route, had to swerve to avoid soundproofing that fell off a flatbed truck. Gravely injured, he died eight days later in the hospital.
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