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March 2015 Archives

CDC report: 65 percent of truck driver fatalities caused by crashes

Statistics show there are currently upwards of 2.6 million people driving trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds on the roads and highways throughout the U.S., meaning the long-haul trucking industry is alive and well.

Texas Supreme Court ruling further shields insurance companies from lawsuits

When an insurer in the Texas workers' compensation system is accused of bad faith -- failing the policyholder -- the Division of Workers' Compensation, which is part of the Texas Department of Insurance, is in charge of policing the insurer. Such policing may involve cease and desist orders and fines.

Misclassifying workers in Texas common

Workers must be classified as employees to be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits if they are injured in an accident. In Texas, misclassifying workers is quite common, especially among workers in the construction industry. When workers are classified as an independent contractor instead of as an employee, employers are not responsible for providing workers' compensation benefits.

Injured on a Texas oil rig? Know your options for compensation

After being injured on an oil rig, in order to get the medical care, rehab, lost wages and other compensation you need, you may have to sue your employer. That is unfortunately the reality for many workers in Texas.

1 in 5 Texas construction workers suffer an on-the-job injury

Population growth in the Lone Star State is very healthy. Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth are some of the fastest growing cities across the nation. With more people comes the need for more construction, and ours is booming. Approximately one million people in Texas are construction workers, but how safe are the working conditions?

Collision in Houston Ship Channel a reminder of maritime risks

The recent collision of a chemical tanker and a bulk freighter in the Houston Ship Channel is a reminder of the risks maritime workers face on a daily basis. "This was a significant collision causing significant damage to both vessels," said a U.S. Coast Guard captain.

Texas oil rig explosion takes lives of 3 men, all of the same family

Oil rig accidents in the Permian Basin continue to take a human toll. Recently, near Rankin, Texas, 40 miles south of Midland, an oil rig explosion took the lives of three men, all of whom were part of the same family from Andrews.

Retaliation and workers' compensation claims

Workplace injuries can lead to serious medical bills and lost wages. Injured workers have rights and can file a workers' compensation claim after an injury. Unfortunately, some injured workers face retaliation despite laws in Texas that protect workers from being treated differently or fired after filing a workers' compensation claim. 

Department of Labor: Fewer than 40 percent of eligible workers seek workers' compensation

In the 1960s, the medical researcher Irving Selikoff established a link between asbestos particles and lung disease, and his work was instrumental in persuading the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to start regulating asbestos.

Common causes of TBI also common causes of work injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, but research continues to show that even the subtle effects of TBI can permanently alter a person's health and behavior. In fact, brain injury is one of the major causes of disability and death in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths.

How are wrongful death damages determined?

For any person who has suffered the loss of a beloved family member due to an accident or the negligence of another party, the grief can be virtually unbearable.

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