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The elements of a successful wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is one of the most difficult things that any family can go through. Not only does it bring significant emotional duress and mental suffering, it can also bring financial struggles for your family, both immediately after the accident and long into the future.

If you lost a loved one due to the actions of another person or party through negligence or reckless behavior, you have the right to seek compensation for your suffering and financial losses through a wrongful death claim. However, knowledge is power and you can benefit by understanding your legal options before moving forward with a civil claim.

Tired truckers are dangerous drivers

Due to their significant size and weight, large trucks can cause significant damage when they collide with smaller vehicles. Texas drivers who have suffered harm because of a crash involving a semi-truck could be victims of one of the most common dangers involving truck drivers: fatigue.

Fatigued driving is a serious problem in the trucking industry. While there are federal  regulations specify how many hours a trucker can drive consecutively, men and women still get behind the wheel of large trucks while dangerously tired. Tired drivers are dangerous drivers, especially when they are in control of large, heavy vehicles. 

Defective products can cause long-term or permanent damages

Many individuals in Texas and across the country have medical conditions that require the use of prescription drugs. While many of these come with a warning of side-effects, in most cases a patient may not suffer any harm. However, dangerous and/or defective products can pose a significant threat to the health of a person, such as a 10-year-old in another state who was reportedly born with birth defects in relation to the drug Depakote.

A woman and her child were recently awarded a $15 million judgment after a recent lawsuit against the company AbbVie. The company was reportedly responsible for manufacturing a drug for bipolar disorder, which the woman was prescribed during pregnancy. She claims that she was not informed of the potential risks involved with the drug, and that her son suffered birth defects as a result.

Psychological recovery after a catastrophic injury

Life can change in an instant. Since your accident, you have probably had this thought countless times. No doubt, you spend time reflecting on your life before your injury and comparing it to where you are now. A catastrophic accident has changed your life forever.

Whether your injury resulted from a car crash, a fire, or a workplace accident, the marks go beyond the damage to your body. Your accident may have left  psychological scars that may take considerable time to fade.

Man files premises liability lawsuit re fall on slippery stairs

Slip-and-fall accidents have injured countless individuals in Texas and across the country. There are numerous circumstances that can lead to a similar incident, such as inclement weather or inattention. However, some of these accidents occur on account of unsafe conditions on the property of another party, which has lead to numerous premises liability lawsuits throughout the years.

According to reports, a crew removed the slip-resistant foot safety strips from the staircase at a courthouse over a holiday weekend to wax and polish the stairs. They apparently ran out of strips while replacing them, and were awaiting the arrival of new strips, which were supposed to be available on the following day. Unfortunately, before the strips were replaced, a man fell down the stairs at the courthouse and suffered a serious back injury in the process.

Sports stop being fun when your child suffers a brain injury

Spring time in Texas often includes stadiums full of screaming fans, cheering on local children taking part in elementary and high school sporting events. From soccer to baseball, track and field, lacrosse and more, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and neighbors often come out to enjoy rooting for their favorite teams. All that fun comes to a screeching halt when a child athlete gets injured.

Even in practice sessions, many children suffer severe brain injuries and other bodily harm that may not only cut their future athletic goals short but can change their lives forever. Traumatic brain injury is not always immediately apparent after an on-field collision or some other sports accident occurs. In fact, sometimes symptoms don't present themselves for weeks.

Serious or fatal workplace accidents: Pursuing financial relief

Construction workers in Texas and across the country are often forced to operate at heights while on the job site. Safety equipment and regulations might make these instances less intimidating and dangerous, but some level of risk still remains. Falls are some of the more prevalent causes of injuries in workplace accidents in numerous fields of employment. A recent incident at a construction site involving a fall left one man injured and killed another.

According to reports, two men were working out of a third-story window unloading equipment out of a crate that was being hoisted by a lift. At some point, the men apparently entered the crate to continue unloading materials, and it suddenly came loose and fell to the ground, dragging them down with it. One man was hospitalized with critical injuries following the incident, while the other reportedly died at the scene.

Developing a treatment plan after a spinal cord injury

As a construction worker, you know that your job comes with many hazards. If something goes wrong, each of those hazards poses a health risks to you. For instance, some of the most serious, life-threatening, and permanent injuries to construction workers Texas come from falls. In addition to a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and internal injuries, you run the risk of suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury.

Emergency medical and hospital personnel need to work quickly to determine how severe your injury is to construct a treatment program that provides the best chances of a full recovery, if that's possible.

What to do when a loved one has died in a nursing home

You probably remember the day your parent moved into the nursing home you had carefully chosen together. Such times are often highly emotional, and many adult children experience worry and anxiety, wondering whether they made the right choices for their loved ones. Whether your parent spent only a few weeks in residence before passing away, or had been living in the same Texas facility for a longer period of time, it's never easy when the time comes to say goodbye.

Navigating the aftermath of your mother or father's death may be extremely stressful at times. In addition to the intensely personal nature of the situation, you will likely also deal with various practical needs and details that must be addressed. Mourning begins upon learning your loved one has passed, and your grieving process will not necessarily be the same as others.

Certain jobs may include a higher risk for workplace accidents

Companies in Texas and across the country are constantly reviewing and updating safety procedures in an attempt to protect the health of employees. However, some professions are inherently more dangerous than others, which often makes this process significantly more difficult. Despite a vast increase in precautions, workplace accidents continue to take place, and often have devastating consequences.

A recent accident in another state has lead to the death of a man at a steel mill. The man was reportedly contracted by a third-party as a welder. While working at the mill on a recent Thursday, he suffered blunt force trauma to the head, which was apparently the cause of his death. According to reports, no one else was injured in the accident.

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