Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Newsletters

What are DWI Penalties in Texas?

Austin Injury Attorney That Handles Drunk Driving Accidents Texas takes drunk driving very seriously. If a driver is caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over the legal limit, the fines, jail time and other punishments can be severe and affect the drunk driver for years. Along with various types of criminal punishments, drunk drivers may face civil liability for any injuries or damages resulting from driving while intoxicated (DWI). What are Texas Alcoholic Limits? Though people commonly know the BAC limit for drivers age 21 and older is 0.08 percent, many do not know that the BAC limit is stricter for commercial drivers. Those who operate semi trucks and other commercial vehicles must remain under 0.04 percent BAC – half the legal limit for other drivers. Additionally, because alcohol is illegal for those under 21 years of age to consume, any detectable amount of alcohol can result in…
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What Do New Workers’ Comp Disciplinary Actions Mean for Texas Workers?

Austin Personal Injury Attorneys Explain Workers’ Comp Violations The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has recently released information about fines levied against companies that failed to provide health care and workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers. In the first ten months of 2014, the DWC has issued nearly $1.8 million in penalties, mostly to insurance carriers. Healthcare providers, employers and other entities were also fined. What Are Common Violations by Insurance and Healthcare providers? The insurance carriers account for 93 percent of the total penalties. Examples of violations include the following: Failing to pay income benefits to injured employees in a timely manner. Failing to pay medical bills on time. Healthcare providers received the second highest amount of fines. Their penalties amounted to $65,600. Their most common violations include: Failing to document an injury in such a way as to allow for continuing rehabilitation or medication when needed. Inaccurate or…
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What to Do If You Are Hurt on the MetroRail

As the city of Austin continues to experience rapid population growth, some hope that the city will choose to expand its public transportation system to meet the demands of its residents. Austin is now considering a proposition to create an urban rail, which will increase the coverage of its MetroRail system. Ideally, this will make travel through the city more efficient. Individuals living in Austin may soon become more reliant on public transportation, such as the MetroRail, and riders should always know what to do if an incident causes injury while aboard one of these rails. What Should I Do After a MetroRail Accident? Just like any other vehicle on the road, light rails can be involved in collisions. These accidents are uncommon, but trains may strike vehicles or pedestrians, causing victims to suffer from serious injuries and wrongful death. Passengers can also be injured in various ways while riding…
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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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