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September 2012 Archives

Texas Supreme Court won't re-hear workers' comp case

Back in June, we wrote about an important workers' compensation case that was decided by the Texas Supreme Court. The case involved a worker who fell while he was carrying a bundle of supplies while working for a supply company in Galveston. The worker needed hernia surgery as a result of his fall, but the day before, his employer's insurer cancelled the procedure.

OSHA finds asbestos-related safety violations at Texas work site

We often write about the devastating effects of exposure to asbestos. All too often, workers in Texas die prematurely because of illnesses they sustained after being exposed to asbestos on the job.

Major pipeline explosion kills 30 near Texas-Mexico border

As we often discuss, serious accidents occur during the construction and maintenance of pipelines, many involving fires and explosions. In a tragic example of this, a gas pipeline explosion just south of the Texas border in Mexico left 30 dead and 46 injured on Tuesday afternoon. The blast occurred at a natural gas distribution center outside the border city of Reynosa.

Family of deceased drilling rig operator sues employer

Unfortunately, work-related injuries are common across all industries in Texas, but the oil and gas industries see more than their fair share of accidents, some of which are fatal. When a workplace injury or death was the result of negligence on the part of an employer, it is often possible for the injured worker or the worker's family to bring a claim for compensation on that basis.

Texas family sues after asbestos exposure claims life of father

As we often discuss, asbestos dust and fibers can create an extremely unsafe work environment. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration set rules limiting how much asbestos workers can be exposed to. Unfortunately, there are still some employers that fail to abide by these rules, and workers in Texas and elsewhere suffer the consequences.

Texas worker claims he was fired after filing workers' comp claim

When a worker is injured on the job in Texas, he or she is generally able to apply for workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation benefits do not depend on who was at fault in the workplace accident. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against workers for filing workers' compensation claims. Unfortunately, some employers still do this.

An important message behind the Labor Day holiday

Recently, many people in Texas and the rest of the United States celebrated Labor Day. As an article from the Huffington Post pointed out, while most people think of Labor Day weekend as a time set aside to attend cookouts and enjoy one last summer vacation, there is another important meaning behind the holiday.

Texas couple sues trucking company after accident on I-10

Anyone who has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck knows that it can be a matter of life or death. The sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers make them no match for a passenger car. Unfortunately, trucking accidents occur all of the time Texas, where freight transportation makes up much of the highway travel.

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