Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Newsletters

Workers Comp and Employees of Nonsubscribing Health Care Providers

Our Austin Injury Attorney Represents Victims of Injuries On the Job When we consider employees in need of workers compensation, we often think about those who handle machinery or heavy equipment that can cause harm if the work environment is unsafe. However, health care provider employees suffer a large percentage of work-related injuries in the state, and they need the assistance of workers compensation. Because employers in Texas are not required to subscribe to workers compensation, many hospitals and other health care provider employees do not receive these benefits if they suffer injuries on the job. How Health Care Employees Can Receive Benefits Some of those health care providers that do not provide workers compensation to their employees may offer an alternative general liability or indemnity insurance, but according to Texas law, this type of insurance does not prevent employees from suing their employers. According to a Texas Supreme Court…
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Stay Safe Walking Around Austin

Important Safety Tips for Pedestrians from Our Austin Injury Attorney This year has already proven to be a deadly one for pedestrians in Texas. There have been several high-profile fatal pedestrian accidents, leading the media, law enforcement and safety advocacy groups to draw attention to the importance of sharing the road safely. Since 2001, there have been 50,000 pedestrian fatalities across the country, 4,500 of which occurred in Texas. While pedestrian versus car accidents are nothing new, the sharp increase across the state has brought much-needed public attention to the issue. No single reason has been proffered for the surge in the past few months, but public policy makers like Dr. Kara Kockelman of the University of Texas Center for Transportation Research have assigned at least partial blame: Texas as a whole is not “pedestrian-friendly.” What Does It Mean to Be “Pedestrian-Friendly”? Cities that are dedicated to protecting the safety of…
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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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What Can Be Done About College Students Drunk Driving?

Our Austin Injury Lawyer Understands the Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated Recently, a university student was charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter for a fatal car accident in Austin, Texas. The student was driving at least 80 miles per hour when he hit another car from behind. This force pushed the vehicle into a head on, multi-car auto accident. The student fled the scene, but police officers caught up with him and tested his blood alcohol content (BAC) level at 0.27 percent, which is significantly above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. This incident is not a rarity – 40 percent of college students say they have been in a car with a drunk driver, and more than 1,400 college students die every year in alcohol-related events. College students drinking and driving causes numerous accidents and wrongful deaths. However, are there any preventative actions that can help deter college…
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