February 2020 Archives

Daycare Death: Austin Family Files Lawsuit

Daycare abuse and neglect is a serious matter no child nor parent should ever have to encounter. An Austin daycare has been sued by the parents of a 5-month-old infant who died while at the daycare.

Houston Nursing Home Hit with Wrongful Death Claim After Resident Died of Head Injuries

On February 4, 2020, the son of a former resident of The Village of River Oaks ("the nursing home") filed a lawsuit in the Harris County District Court against the nursing home. The son filed the lawsuit individually and on behalf of his father's estate, while two other family members brought the lawsuit individually, all alleging the nursing home failed to provide a reasonable care for its resident, which resulted in the decedent's ("the decedent") death.

$9 Million Verdict for Injured Worker

A North Dakota jury set a record with its $9 million verdict in favor of an injured oil field worker. The verdict allegedly represents the largest single plaintiff verdict for an oil worker in North Dakota history.

Chemical Accidents Lead to Increase in Investigations

In the last two years, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has launched investigations into seven separate chemical accidents or explosions in the Houston area. Prior to 2018, the CSB only conducted roughly one investigation per year. Investigators believe that the massive increase in accidents which require an investigation by the CSB is due to a variety of factors such as the large number of chemical companies in the Houston area, the age of the infrastructure, and companies being allowed to self-regulate. Many of these explosions and fires have directly led to the deaths of workers, bystanders, millions of dollars in property damage, and the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents who risk being exposed to toxic chemicals. The sheer number of chemical accidents even surprises veteran attorneys who have experience representing plaintiffs in these accidents. "We see two or three in a year, or one major event - but in the past two years or so, there have been so many fires and explosions", said Benny Agosto Jr., who recently spoke with Bloomberg Environment on the frequency of these accidents.

Injury and Property Damage Tolls Rise in the Watson Grinding Explosion Fallout

On Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:24am, an explosion occurred in Northwest Houston at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Plant. Residents in the area experienced a rude awakening that left many homes damaged, people injured, and two employees dead. Estimates thus far have declared over 450 homes damaged, ranging from categories described as "minor" to other property owners faced with crumbling ceilings, shattered windows, and cracked building foundations. Debris from the explosion scattered across Northwest Houston as far as a half-mile radius, causing damage to over 200 homes and businesses in the surrounding area.

Two Girls and Grandfather Electrocuted at Houston's Moody Park File $25 Million Lawsuit

On September 11, 2019, two young girls and their grandfather were electrocuted when they encountered a high voltage electrical box in Moody Park. Both girls were knocked unconscious and had to be revived. One girl went into cardiac arrest and suffered severe burns across her body. Doctors later confirmed that the girl's muscles were dead, and she had to have surgery to remove the dead muscle. Her grandfather also suffered ruptured muscles and double vision after the event. The day after, Mayor Sylvester Turner ordered an investigation into the cause of the incident. He also ordered the immediate replacement of electrical ground boxes in all city parks, starting with Moody Park.

Infant Sleepers Recalled Because of Risk of Suffocation

Graco, Summer Infant, Evenflo, and Delta Children are recalling more than 165,000 infant sleepers because they pose a risk for suffocation for babies. The recall notices posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website state, "Infant fatalities have been reported with other manufacturers' inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, or under other circumstances." Parents are advised to immediately stop using the products and to contact the companies for refunds. There have not been any reported deaths related to the newly recalled products; however, at least 73 infant deaths have been linked with the inclined infant category.

Another Massive Recall on Infant Incline Sleepers

In 2019, a mother of an 11-month old baby girl found her little one lifeless in her inclined sleeper bed. The baby girl had rolled in the sleeper and was unable to breath, causing a lack of oxygen in her body and brain.

Eighteen-Wheeler Drivers Are Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel and Causing Accidents

According to a federal lawsuit, a Tennessee truck driver's employer forced him to drive 49 hours without a proper break while making shipments for Amazon. Unsurprisingly, the exhausted truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel, leading to a major accident.

Dram Shop Act

Each year thousands are affected by the negligence of persons driving under the influence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes. That would equate to one person every 50 minutes.

Defective Fuel Pumps in 2018 and 2019 Toyota and Lexus Models Stall Abruptly, Prompting Recall

Toyota and Lexus recently recalled about 696,000 of its 2018 and 2019 vehicles due to a defect with the fuel pump, which causes the vehicle to unexpectedly stall or hesitate while driving. Some of the vehicles subject to the recall are the 2018-2019 model year Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and RX 350; certain 2019 model year Lexus NX 300, RX 350L, and GS 300; certain 2018-2019 model year Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, and Tundra; and certain 2019 model year Toyota Avalon and Corolla.

Self-Driving 18-Wheelers Being Tested on American Roads

A company has plans to map out highways and roads in Texas and New Mexico to prepare testing phases for its self-driving 18-wheelers. The company has been testing self-driving minivans in other states, but now has eyes on something bigger - self-driving freight trucks.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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