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Federal Officials Warn About Shipping Hoverboards

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This holiday season saw self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards became extremely popular gift items, but a federal regulator issued a safety warning on the shipping of the toys after hundreds were found improperly labeled and packaged in cargo containers. The alert was triggered when investigators with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration intercepted 32 cargo containers filled with hoverboards that were "improperly prepared for shipment of a hazardous material" due to containing lithium batteries.

Do You Need a Maritime Injury Attorney?

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If you find yourself asking whether you need a maritime injury attorney, the answer is most likely yes. Maritime and offshore accidents involve different sets of laws than other personal injury or workers' compensation claims. Depending on the case, there is often a complex framework of federal, state, and sometimes international laws that govern an injured claimants' rights. Those laws include the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the Limitation on Liability Act, and federal general maritime law. To exercise your full rights under these laws, it is crucial to have an attorney with the experience and understanding necessary to navigate a maritime injury claim.

Carbon Monoxide Leak at Beaumont Middle School

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On January 28, 2016, over one hundred students and staff members of Marshall Middle School in Beaumont fell ill after there was an apparent carbon monoxide leak. The leak was said to have originated from a boiler within the school. Around sometime in the late morning, students and faculty members started feeling ill and had trouble breathing. There have been reports that a few children were found unconscious in the hallways and nurse's office, which caused school personnel to call the Beaumont Fire Department. Upon arriving, the firefighters noticed an elevated carbon monoxide levels, and immediately evacuated the school to a nearby High School auditorium before any serious injuries occurred.

Parking Lot Injury Claims

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Every day most of us will use a parking lot or a parking garage for some purpose, whether it be shopping, going to a movie, or one of a number of other activities in our daily lives. Most of the time when we step out of our car to walk to our destination we pay no mind to the dangers we could be facing in those places.

Texas Supreme Court: Owners of Totaled Vehicles May Now Claim "Loss of Use" Damages

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In a triumph of common sense over legal formalism, the Texas Supreme Court held for the first time that the owner of wrongfully destroyed property may recover damages for the loss of the use of that property. This decision brings Texas in line with the majority of jurisdictions that have rejected the traditional rule limiting the owners of totally destroyed property to a recovery only of the market value of the property.

$20M Verdict Upheld by Appellate Court

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Pengxuan "Dean" Diao was 23 years old when a Southern California Gas Co. employee opened a natural gas valve that activated a gas line that ran to the garage apartment where he was sleeping on January 19, 2011. The room filled with natural gas and exploded when Diao woke up and lit a cigarette.

Child Killed in Golf-Cart Crash in Trinity County

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A six-year old girl has been killed in a golf-cart crash in Trinity County, Texas. The tragic accident occurred in the afternoon on Sunday, January 17th 2016. The little girl was visiting with her family on a trip from Bacliff, Texas. According to ABC13, "Officials say two children were in a golf cart when it overturned onto its side while making a turn."

What is Liability?

kick in pants.jpgPart 1 in a series of blog posts about the mechanics of a personal injury case. 

The stodgy definition of liability:

  • the state of being responsible for something, esp. by law.

What "liability" really means:

  • a person or corporation deserves a swift kick in the pants, so to speak, because they screwed up, and hurt or even killed someone.

First Trial Involving General Motors Recall Thrown Out

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General Motors issued a recall last year for faulty ignition switches that resulted in fatal accidents for many affected cars. The switch would fall out of place from its 'On' placement, and knock out power steering, cause a stall while driving, or disable airbags. Despite their claims of fixing the problem, new information alleges that GM knew of the defect for over a decade before acting on it, when a case was brought against them. The information was revealed in an investigation following the claim, as well as shedding light to an estimated 30 million cars carrying the defect.

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