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May 2020 Archives

OSHA Fines TPC Group Over $500,000 for November 2019 Explosion in Port Neches, Texas

On November 27, 2019, an explosion rocked the TPC Group, LLC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas. OSHA opened an investigation after a butadiene finishing tower caught fire and exploded due to vapor that had formed at the base of the tower. This explosion caused several other explosions and fires, resulting in injuries and damages to TPC Group workers, nearby residents, and businesses. Jefferson County Judge, Jeff Branick, issued orders for the surrounding area due to the severity of the explosion and the carcinogenic nature and combustibility of the leaking chemical, butadiene. Benny Agosto, Jr., firm partner of Abraham Watkins, is currently representing injured workers and victims affected by the violent blast.

Verizon to Pay $125,000,000 to the Family of a New Jersey Woman Who was Crushed and Paralyzed by a Telephone Pole

On the morning of January 27, 2017, Marie Moser Meister was waiting for the bus as she did every day when she was crushed by a telephone pole. The telephone pole in question had rotted through, snapped at its base, fallen over, and landed on an unsuspecting Mrs. Meister. She suffered multiple spinal and rib fractures as well as severe paralysis throughout her body. Mrs. Meister also suffered brain injuries and vision problems in both eyes.

Researchers Report an Increase in Traffic Fatality Rates per Miles Driven Despite Stay-At-Home Orders

According to a recent report by The National Safety Council, preliminary traffic fatality data from March 2020 shows that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal. Researchers compiled traffic fatality data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers reported an eight percent decrease in the overall number of fatalities in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The number of miles driven also decreased by 18.6 percent compared to the previous year. However, the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven was 1.22 in March, up from 1.07 in March 2019. This represents a 14 percent increase in fatality rates per miles driven in March compared to March 2019.

Off-Road Vehicle Rollover Accidents

When designing, manufacturing, and selling vehicles designed to go off-road, occupant safety should be a primary concern. Yet, accident data shows that rollovers among these vehicles are common, foreseeable accidents. Furthermore, data reveals extremity injuries are the most common injures caused by rollovers.

Hit by a drunk driver? Here's what you should do.

Now that the stay-at-home order has eased up, we are likely to see an increase of drivers on the road. As there are more drivers, there is a higher chance there will be impaired drivers on the road as well. So, what should you do if you are involved in an accident caused by an impaired driver?

Harris County Woman Files Lawsuit After Door Malfunction Causes Severed Finger

On March 30, 2020, a Harris County woman filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against BKD Twenty-One Management Company, Inc. doing business as Brookdale Plaza West University, the manager of the subject premises, Brookdale Employee Services, LLC, HCP HB3 West University Houston TX GP, LLC, among others. The woman brought multiple causes of action against the defendants, including premises liability and negligence.

Verizon to Pay $125M to Woman Paralyzed Due to Fallen Pole

On January 23, 2017, Maria Meister, then 50 years old, was injured when she was struck by a pole that fell on her as she waited for a bus. Mrs. Meister sustained multiple fractures in her spine and ribs. She is paralyzed from her mid-chest down and has limited use of her left arm. Additionally, Mrs. Meister suffers from a brain injury and has vision problems. Her family filed suit and has settled for $125 million.

Serious Car Crashes Increase in Austin Even with Fewer Drivers on Roads

For the past six weeks, most Austin drivers welcomed the open roads throughout the city mainly due to recent COVID-19 lockdown orders. Fewer drivers on the road eased the city's congestion, allowing drivers to get to places much faster than times before the state's stay-at-home orders went into effect. While streets and traffic congestion seem to have largely diminished, car crashes resulting in serious injuries have spiked within the city's limits during this time.

Houston, We Still Have a Problem - Drugged Driving

It is no secret that the Houston Metropolitan area leads the nation in fatal crashes involving impaired drivers. Between 2001 and 2016, the Houston area (a nine-county region) had more fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers than any other major metropolitan area in the country. Fortunately, with the help of technology, law-makers, law enforcement, and advocacy organizations, there has been a decrease across the nation in the number of drunken driving deaths in the last several years. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of drugged driving deaths.

TBI's: The Invisible-Injury That Is Very Real

When someone breaks an arm or a leg, it is easy to see the cast (perhaps signed by well-wishers), the crutches (hopefully padded), and the basic difficulties experienced by the person in trying to walk or grasp things as they once did. But there are common injuries that do not always have such outwardly visible characteristics. Yet their existence is just as, if not more so, real for those who experience them.

More Severe Injury Crashes Trending in 2020

Recent data shows that in comparing car crashes from March of 2019 to January and February of 2020, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) found that serious injuries in car crashes have increased by 20 percent. The spike in serious injuries is extra concerning considering the total number of crashes that have occurred are actually down by 20 percent.

Tesla Sued After Its Autopilot System Accelerated into Vehicles Pulled Over on an Expressway in Japan

The widow and daughter of a 44-year-old Japanese man recently filed suit against Tesla, Inc. after one of the company's Model X cars operating on "Autopilot" crashed into a group of people and vehicles on the side of an expressway near Tokyo, Japan, killing the man. According to the Complaint, the driver of the Tesla, who as relying on the Autopilot system, had dozed off shortly before the crash. When a vehicle ahead changed lanes to avoid the people and vehicles on the side of the road, the Model X failed to detect the group on the side of the road, accelerated, and ran directly into them.

FCA Recalls over 180,000 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickups for Power Steering Defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for over 180,000 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups to repair an issue related to the trucks' power steering system. The defect in the power steering makes the vehicle more difficult to steer and increases the risk of a crash.

Five Fatal Car Crashes in 24 Hours

With the stay-at-home order easing up in Texas, it is no surprise people have taken this opportunity to resume the activities they haven't done in a while. Whether it's going out to eat or meeting with some friends, more people are on the road now than there have been in the last month. In the first week of May, there have already been multiple deaths on the road with some attributed to drugs and alcohol.

Boating Accidents Increase During Summer Months

As summer quickly approaches, many people plan spending time on the water. Whether you are a passenger relaxing in a boat or someone who enjoys water skiing, you may be surprised to know that boating accidents are more common than you might think.

Recent Report Shows Drowning is Third Leading Cause of Death Worldwide

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for an estimated 320,000 lives annually. In the United States, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children ages one to fourteen. In 2014, WHO published The Global Report on Drowning, the first report dedicated exclusively to drowning. According to the report, age is one of the major risk factors for drowning and is often times associated with a lapse in supervision. On a global scale, the highest drowning rates are among children ages one to four, followed by children ages five to nine. Researchers also found that males are especially at risk for drowning, with twice the overall mortality rate of females. Some studies suggest that higher drowning rates among males are due to increased exposure to water and riskier behavior in comparison to females.

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Every day across the country people are involved in unfortunate accidents caused by others. Whether it is on the road, on the job, or on someone else's property, accidents of all types cause injuries and deaths to our clients.

  • $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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