Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Newsletters

Is the Number of Dog Bite Claims in Austin Increasing?

Dog bites are on the rise in Austin, Texas. According to Austin Animal Services, residents have witnessed a steady growth in the number of minor and moderate dog bites reported in the past five years. From 2000 to 2008, the annual incidence of moderate dog bites rarely exceeded 250 per year. However, from 2009 onwards, annual dog bite rates have increased to nearly twice those reported fifteen years ago. The shift is likely due to Austin’s pro-dog attitude and rapid expansion. Austin is the fastest growing city in America, with an annual population growth rate of 2.8 percent. Many people are attracted to Austin because of its pro-dog policies. However, many overlook the very serious nature of dog bite injuries. Who is at Risk of Dog Bites? Sadly, dogs tend to bite young children more than any other age group. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…
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Examples of Third Party Claims

Our Austin Injury Lawyers Explain Workers Comp Laws When an employee suffers an injury at work caused by someone other than a coworker or employer, that employee may be entitled to benefits above and beyond workers compensation. When an employee from another company, contractor, non-worker or defective product causes serious injury, the victim may be eligible for a third party claim against whoever caused the serious injury. Victims of on-the-job injuries may not understand the complexities of workers compensation law. Texas has unique laws that determine when employees can receive compensation, when they can file a lawsuit against their employer and when they can file suit against a completely different entity that played a role in the injury or accident. Instances in Which a Third Party Claim May Apply Because a third party claim may apply to a wide variety of occurrences, many conditions determine whether an employee can file…
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How Can I Avoid a Bicycle Accident in Austin?

Get Free Advice by Calling Our Austin Injury Lawyers Today Now that spring has arrived, people are beginning to enjoy the Austin weather from the comfort of their bicycle seats. Austin is home to a large number of cyclists, and city officials are continuing to improve the area to make it more bike friendly. However, the Austin Police Department reported that an average of 300 bike crashes occur every year. Many of these accidents result in significant injuries, and some cyclists even become victims of fatal bike accidents. For tips on what you can do to help prevent these serious crashes, here are some tips for both cyclists and drivers on how to avoid collisions. What Can Drivers Do to Avoid Crashing into Bicyclists? For drivers, just being aware and cautious around bicycles will minimize your chances of colliding with cyclists. Drivers often fail to notice bikes because they are…
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Proposal to Prevent Texas Fertilizer Explosions Immediately Meets Resistance

Austin Injury Attorney Ponders Ramifications of Disaster in West West Fertilizer Company, in a small Texas town also called West, was founded in 1962 and has supplied chemicals to farmers in the area ever since. The facility, which stores 240 tons of ammonium nitrate and 50 tons of anhydrous ammonia on its premises, was last inspected by OSHA in 1985, when the company was cited for improper storage methods and fined $30. Fast forward to 2013: fifteen people were killed and at least 262 people injured in a massive explosion at the fertilizer plant. Schools, businesses and houses were destroyed. Most of the town was simply wiped off the face of the Earth, but it was an utterly preventable disaster. A new bill was proposed last month that seeks to prevent further disasters of this nature. The bill would require: ammonium nitrate fertilizer to be stored in non-combustible facilities regular…
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