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Former La Espiga De Oro Employee Sues For Relief in Excess of One Million

A Harris County man Jorge Velazquez, filed a complaint in December of 2017 against his former employer La Espiga De Oro, seeking in excess of one million dollars in general and special relief. The injury is due to the alleged negligence and gross negligence of his former employer.

Woman Dies in Accident at Exxon Mobil Refinery

On December 1, 2017, Yesenia Espinoza, a contract worker for Echo Maintenance was killed at the Beaumont Exxon Mobil refinery after she was struck by a piece of piping. Ms. Espinoza was working a project to build a SCANfinig unit, which removes sulfur from gasoline to comply ultra-low sulfur gasoline standards, the sources said. SCAN stands for Selective Cat Naphtha hydrofining.

What to Do if You Are Hurt on the Job and Your Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Comp

In most states and with most employers, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits under most circumstances regardless of who was at fault for the injury. However, Texas is the only state that does not require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits to their injured employees.

Texas A&M Construction Worker Seeking $10 Million After Being Run Over by 9000 Pound Truck

Firm partner Benny Agosto, Jr. files suit on behalf of Benjamin Portillo, a critically injured construction worker for negligence, gross negligence, negligent entrustment, imputed liability, and premises liability, seeking monetary relief of more than $10 million from Gilbane Building Company, Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC, and Derik Matejka, II. According to the lawsuit, the construction worker was run over by a 9000-pound truck at the Cain Garage construction site located at Texas A&M University's campus.

Lack of Fall Protection Still on OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations

The 2017 top violations remain largely unchanged from 2016, with fall protection General Requirements at the top of the lost. However, in 2017 "Fall Protection - Training Requirements", is now added to the top 10 list, at number nine.

Deadly Oil Rig Accident

One worker is dead and another lost a limb after an accident occurred on an oil rig near McCook, Texas. The injured worker remains in critical condition. The drilling site was on Moorefield Road, south of FM 490 near McCook. The incident occurred on September 25, 2017.

Fire at Chemical Plant

Another chemical plant posed a risk in southeast Texas. As reported by news sources, components of the Enterprise Products plant on FM 1942 in Mont Belvieu in Chambers County caught on fire Friday night. The fire was finally contained at about 8:00 p.m., according to an announcement by a local sheriff. The plant was initially closed off, and later both the location was confirmed and the nature of the blaze: a petrochemical fire. The flames were observed shortly after 7:00 p.m. from another plant some six or seven miles away. There has been no official statement of the cause of the fire, though a company executive confirmed that it came from an over-pressurized well. Fortunately, no injuries have yet been reported, though a prior pipeline explosion in 2011 at the company was fatal.

Texas Ranked 5th Most Dangerous State for Workplace Accidents

After a search of 19,937 reports comprised of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) injury reports, the Bureau of Labor Statistics job fatalities statistics, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data reports, the website Zippia was able to determine what the most dangerous states to work in are, along with the most dangerous industry in each state. Unlike previous research which primarily depended on Social Security Disability claims and days on leave (treatment varies depending on the state), Zippia's emphasis on the OSHA data in particular is significant as in 2015, OSHA required employers to report ALL work-related fatalities, hospitalizations, etc., whereas before, OSHA only required fatalities and hospitalizations to be reported if the injuries being reported involved three or more people. Sadly, Zippia's findings did not place Texas in a favorable light.

My Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Compensation. Is That Legal?

If you are hurt on the job in most of the country, you can rest assured that your employer (or its insurance company) has the obligation to pay for your medical bills and pay some of your lost wages while you recover, regardless of fault. You may have to fight with them over the bills, but you know that they have to pay as long as you show the injury was the result of an on-the-job accident. You know this as "workers compensation," and it is mandatory in almost every state in the Union.

Texas gets a 'D' in the National Safety Council Safety Report

According to the "State of Safety" report by the National Safety Council, Texas is one of 26 states which received either a 'D' or an 'F' for overall safety. According to the report, in 2015 a total of 10,208 deaths occurred in Texas. Of that figure, 3,722 fatalities occurred on the road, 6,020 fatalities occurred in the home and community, and 460 fatalities occurred in the workplace.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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