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b2ap3_thumbnail_fort-worth-oilfield-injury-lawyer_20220624-163948_1.jpgTexas oilfields are a crucial part of our nation’s infrastructure. The men and women who work these often dangerous jobs keep our cars driving, our heat on, and our packages delivered. But oilfield jobs are not without risks, and every so often the risks are so serious that victims of oilfield accidents are incapacitated or killed. For example, just a few months ago, a mother and father of young children were killed when they succumbed to fumes from a gas leak at a pump house while their children waited for them in a car. 

Tragedies like these affect extended families and communities, but for the immediate family members, the loss or handicap of the person who is often the family’s sole breadwinner has long-term implications for a family’s financial future. If you or a family member have been injured or killed in an oilfield accident, seek legal help before settling with the responsible party. 

Common Oilfield Accidents

While the circumstances surrounding every injury differ in certain respects, many injuries sustained by oilfield workers share similarities. Some of the most common injuries happen during the following situations: 

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IL injury lawyerBeing violently robbed is one of the most terrifying experiences that can happen to a person. The loss of property often pales in comparison to the fear, trauma, and physical injuries that a victim of robbery may experience in such an event. Following the event, lost sleep, flashbacks, and nausea are common, as are long recovery times from broken bones, lacerations, and even gunshot wounds.

If you have been seriously injured in a Texas robbery, you may feel like you are left to heal and recover alone. Fortunately, you may have options for taking legal action in a personal injury lawsuit.

Who is Responsible for an Injury During a Robbery?

While robberies that happen in a private home or on a city street may leave no one responsible but the perpetrator himself, you may be able to recover civil damages for personal injury in addition to the criminal punishments he will face.

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TX injury lawyerDog attacks in Texas can present serious dangers, especially to young children. Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs every year in America, and almost a million of those bites require immediate medical attention. Sometimes, the consequences of a dog bite can be devastating, requiring extensive reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, and more. If you have been personally injured by a neighbor’s dog, you may want to know if you can take action.

Texas Follows the One-Bite Rule

Texas law allows the owner of a dangerous animal to be held strictly liable for injuries caused by the animal if the animal was known to be dangerous. When animals attack people or act as if they want to attack people, owners must be hyper-vigilant about ensuring their animal does not have the opportunity to cause others harm. For dogs specifically, this often means the dog has already bitten or tried to bite someone and an owner must keep them leashed at all times.

However, even if a dog owner did not know their animal was dangerous, a victim may still be able to recover compensation if they can prove the dog’s owner was negligent. For example, people are often bitten by a neighbor’s dog when the dog is allowed to roam off-leash and leaves the owner’s property. In this case, the owner letting the dog roam could constitute negligence, especially when the dog attack was not provoked.

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Park Cities workplace injury lawyerWinter can be a dangerous season for those whose line of work involves spending time outdoors or exposed to weather conditions. Even in Texas, winter weather can increase the danger faced by workers facing the elements. There are steps employers can take to help protect their employees from the dangers of cold or frozen weather, but some do not. Depending on the circumstances of your workplace injury, you may have a personal injury claim against your employer. If your employer is a non-subscriber and you do not have access to worker’s compensation coverage, filing a personal injury lawsuit with the aid of an experienced attorney may be the only way for you to receive financial compensation after an injury. 

What Types of Workplace Injuries Are Common During the Winter?

While those who work primarily outdoors are generally at the greatest risk for winter workplace injuries, others may be at risk as well. Those whose job causes them to drive around a lot may also be at an elevated level of risk. Common types of winter workplace injuries include: 

  • Slip and fall - One of the most common types of workplace injuries even in good weather, workers are in even greater danger of slipping and falling during winter storms. These accidents can be quite serious, especially for older employees. 
  • Frostbite - People working outside in freezing weather should have adequately protective clothing and opportunities to warm up. More serious cases of frostbite can even result in the loss of extremities, especially fingers and toes. Frostbite injuries sustained at work have the potential to be permanently disabling in these cases. 
  • Car accidents - In severe weather, the roads can be extremely dangerous. Those whose line of work involves driving or riding around may be at heightened risk of getting hurt in a serious accident. 
  • Heavy equipment - Operating heavy machinery in icy conditions can become extremely dangerous. When large equipment loses traction or any component fails due to extreme weather, very serious accidents can result. 
  • Hypothermia - Hypothermia is a medical emergency that can cause permanent damage. Those who work for long periods outdoors in the winter must be adequately protected against the elements. If a worker shows signs of hypothermia, like confusion or sudden sleepiness, the response must be immediate. Too often, hypothermia becomes much worse because the situation is not appropriately addressed. 

While some winter work injuries are unavoidable, others can be prevented by a reasonably safety-conscious employer. If you got hurt at work this winter, a qualified attorney may be able to put you on the path to receiving compensation. 

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TX injury lawyerWe expect that the products we buy and use every day are reasonably safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Dangerous products end up on the market all the time - and people can get hurt. From exploding Pyrex baking dishes to dolls with sharp motors in their mouths, product defects are everywhere. As a general rule, a product is considered defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for the standard consumer. The question is what types of flaws render a product dangerous. If you were hurt by a dangerous product, you will want to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to receive compensation.

What Three Types of Product Defects Does Texas Recognize?

There are multiple kinds of problems that could render a product unreasonably dangerous. One product may be dangerous because it catches fire, another because it is missing a warning label, and yet another because it contains lead. In Texas, three general categories of product defects are recognized:

  • Design defect - The design of a product is defective if it creates unnecessary risk to users and a safer design could have been used. Products that are inherently dangerous even if they are well-designed, such as chainsaws and fireworks, are not considered to have a design defect just because they are dangerous. The particular design of that item must be more dangerous than similar products, having omitted a safety feature.
  • Manufacturing defect - A manufacturing defect happens when the design of the product was safe, but something went wrong during the manufacturing process. The design may not have been followed correctly, or a component could have been switched to a cheaper but more dangerous substitute. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a manufacturing defect and a design defect. A skilled attorney may need to investigate to make this determination.
  • Marketing defect - This type of defect may also be called a warning defect. When a product presents a danger that would not be obvious to a reasonable consumer, the seller must include a warning label. If a product is only dangerous when used incorrectly, then instructions that enable a consumer to use the product safely should be included. This could also include marketing dangerous products meant for adults, like electronic cigarettes, to children.

It is the seller’s responsibility to ensure that a product he introduced to the market is safe for use by reasonable consumers. It can be difficult to tell which type of product defect caused your injury in some cases, so you will want to consult an attorney who has experience with defective product injuries.

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