January 27th, 2015
Fossil fuels are often extremely flammable and, at times, can be considered unstable. So it should come as no surprise that many oil field injuries stem from fires and explosions that occur on a job site.
Reports indicate an oil field incident occurred yesterday in Karnes County. According to KBTX News, the two victims were performing maintenance duties to a tanker truck. But the Texas Department of Public Safety points out that the tank had not been properly cleaned. When the workers ignited a welding torch, the contents of the tank ignited and exploded.
The two workers each sustained burns to a large portion of the bodies and are currently being treated at a local medical facility.
The incident leaves many workers in the extrication industry wondering what to do if they’re injured on the job. The College Station personal injury lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers suggest:
- Reporting the Incident- Be sure to let your employer know about your accident and injury. They can supply you with the necessary paperwork to apply for compensation.
- Seeking Medical Attention- Be sure to see a doctor in order to have your injuries treated after an accident.
- Collecting Evidence- Get statements from witnesses and save any receipts stemming from expenses incurred due to your accident.
- Filing a Claim- You may have the right to file a claim against the party responsible for your work injury.
We hope these tips help you in the event you’re injured while working in an oil field.
January 13th, 2015
As more Texas veterans suffer from debilitating injuries and medical conditions, the need for services for these individuals is increasing. While veterans’ disability benefits is sometimes available to disabled vets, it’s often not enough. This leaves many in need of round-the-clock, long-term care at a reasonable price.
Nursing homes are where many disabled veterans end up, but an emerging group of citizens in Texas are beginning to open their homes and their hearts to disabled veterans.
An article from Foster’s Daily Democrat tells the story of how one woman got involved with the Medical Foster Program sponsored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She now has three elderly veterans who live in her home.
The program started 15 years ago and made a name for itself during that time. A total of 43 Texas veterans have been placed into homes, while more than 900 veterans in 44 other states have found homes through the program.
Fostering disabled veterans not only improves care, it cuts costs as well. Care for a veteran in a nursing home can be as much as $450 per day, while the same care in a foster home can be provided for $50 per day.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we understand the hardships many veterans face, and our Texas personal injury lawyers applaud those working to improve the livelihoods of disabled veterans in Texas and throughout the United States.
December 30th, 2014
For those who receive Social Security Disability benefits, making ends meet on a limited source of income can be difficult each month. That’s why recipients will be happy to find out they can expect an increase in benefit payments in 2015.
The Social Security Administration announced that Social Security Disability benefit payments would increase by 1.7 percent in January. The increase was determined using the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation rates based on fluctuations in the costs of goods and services. The increase in payments will translate to roughly $20 per month.
While the increase in payments is welcome, much of the extra $20 per month will be taken by the 1.3 percent increase in disability taxes.
The College Station personal injury lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers suggest the following options to make the most of your Social Security Disability benefits:
- Regularly Check Your Earned Benefits- You can see the amount of benefits you’ve earned by signing up for a My Social Security account on the Social Security Administration’s website or by taking a glance at the statement the agency mails to you.
- Apply for Other Benefits- If you’re qualified for Social Security Disability benefits, you may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income and other benefits programs.
- Get an Attorney- If you’re applying for benefits or appealing a denial, a Social Security Disability lawyer can help ensure your legal rights to benefits are protected.
December 2nd, 2014
In recent years, more information has come to light about the devastating effects of brain injuries on professional and amateur athletes—especially football players. Despite a greater understanding of these injuries, experts say they expect the problem to get worse before it gets better.
Researchers discovered trauma to the brain can result in the victim developing a disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can result in the victim displaying symptoms such as:
- Memory Loss
- Mood Swings
- Changes in Behavior
A total of 5,000 former and current players for the National Football League (NFL) recently settled a lawsuit that claimed league officials failed to warn them of the serious impact repeat traumatic brain injuries could have on their health. Despite this result, experts say more players will suffer such injuries.
According to KBTX News, one expert said she had identified the disease in the brains of athletes as young as age 18. With players developing the disease before they hit their prime, more cases can be expected in the future. The disease continues to develop even if the athlete quits the game and never suffers another blow to the head.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our team of College Station personal injury attorneys wants to remind you and your loved ones to always wear a helmet during contact sports.
September 30th, 2014
It’s no secret that getting Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult. It can take years for a claim to get processed and approved.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is working diligently to eliminate these issues with the Open Government Plan 3.0. The plan outlines the structural changes needed to get the Social Security Disability program back on track. This goal will be achieved through reforms in four main areas, including:
- Increasing Transparency- The agency hopes to improve the public’s access and knowledge of their inner-workings by providing easy retrieval of data and the documents that are necessary to file a claim.
- Expanding Participation- Increasing the number of users of the SSA’s programs and services—such as My Social Security—has become a top priority.
- Improving Collaboration- Working with other government agencies—like the VA—to ensure disabled Americans have access to the benefits they deserve.
- Internalizing the Open Government Principles- The agency will work in a much more efficient and productive manner if each employee adopts these ideas and applies them to how they perform their duties each day.
The Texas personal injury lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers are hopeful these changes will bring necessary improvements to the SSA’s disability program.
September 2nd, 2014
The law states that veterans of the United States armed forces are entitled to medical care and other benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, a new report is showing the VA and it’s veterans disability benefits program are plagued by “significant and chronic system failures.”
The report examined the care 8.8 million American veterans received at more than 1,700 health care facilities across the nation. It concluded more than 25 percent of whistleblower cases involving the federal government stem from issues with the VA’s services. Furthermore, there are currently more than 50 cases of the VA threatening patients’ health and safety now under review.
KBTX News also explains that the amount of time veterans have to wait to receive insufficient services. While the VA has a goal of getting veterans in need of medical care an appointment within 14 days, as many as 10 percent wait longer than one month for medical care. Another 56,000 veterans wait longer than three months to see doctors, while more than 46,000 others never receive care for conditions related to military service.
So what can you do to help expedite your veterans benefits and medical care? Speaking with a Texas personal injury lawyer may offer you the answers you need.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience, and we can help you get the care you deserve. Call us anytime at (866) 241-4861 to discuss your case.
August 19th, 2014
Abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities across Texas is a growing epidemic. Estimates show that almost 30 percent of disabled and elderly residents will suffer from nursing home abuse this year.
While intentional acts of harm make up a large portion of reported incidents, even more cases are the result of errors made by medical and care staff.
Investigations found 1,060 medication error violations in nursing homes in 2011. By 2013, that number had jumped to more than 1,200 errors reported.
The state is working to address the problem by stiffening penalties for patient safety and health infractions. An article from the Insurance Journal states a proposed law change calls for nursing homes that commits three serious safety infractions within a two year time period to have their operating licenses revoked. Proponents say the reform would allow officials to make swifter moves in addressing problem facilities than the previous laws allowed. Those opposed to the changes say the new laws may shut down facilities working toward change.
The Texas personal injury attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers hope state lawmakers can find a solution that holds nursing homes accountable for their negligence. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, our legal team is here to protect your rights. Contact us today.
August 12th, 2014
The National Centers for Elder Abuse estimate that one-third of patients in long-term care facilities are suffering from neglect or improper treatment. This number is expected to rise as the nation’s elderly and disabled populations continue to grow.
This leaves many people wondering what some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are. Experts tend to agree bruising or open wounds on the body—such as bed sores—are some of the most easy-to-see signs that patients are not receiving the care they should.
Recently, the Texas Attorney General’s office filed suit against several medical facilities after numerous complaints of improper care. An article from the Star-Telegram explains that the investigation began in Nov. 2012 when the family of a paralyzed spinal bifida patient reported their loved one was not receiving proper care for bed sores. His wound soon developed an infection that spread to other parts of his body and ultimately claimed the his life.
The lawsuit is seeking as much as $20,000 in penalties from the facility for each violation that is discovered. Two other suits were filed recently against two different facilities after similar allegations arose.
The Texas personal injury attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers know how frustrating it can be to see loved ones harmed while receiving medical care and applaud the efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s office to curb patient neglect and abuse.
July 29th, 2014
It’s fairly obvious that a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause damage to a victim’s cognitive abilities, but harm can also be done by less severe, mild TBIs.
In fact, an article from FOX News explains a study conducted at Newcastle University examined the brains of 77 participants—44 who had experienced mild to moderate TBIs during the week leading up to the study, and 33 others who had not. They found those who had suffered at TBI had lower scores when aspects such as verbal activity as well as movement of eyes and other body parts were tested.
These conclusions were drawn after researchers examined the results of brain images captured by magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging technology.
The team also found the damage done to the brain by a TBI can be long-term, if not permanent. This was determined by images of the brain that were collected one-year after the initial patient assessment.
The Texas personal injury attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers say this is why it’s so important to recognize the symptoms of TBIs and seek medical attention when they’re suspected. Some of the most common signs of TBIs include:
- Sudden changes in sleep patterns
- Sudden changes in mood
- Memory loss
July 22nd, 2014
Many people cite industry deregulation and tort reform as two reasons why the Texas economy is booming. But economic growth in Texas has come with a serious price tag—reduced worker safety.
Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows Texas has led the nation for the past decade in the number of employees injured or killed as the result of workplace accidents, like oil field injuries, construction accidents, or trucking accidents. Furthermore, employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation coverage to help with expenses after accidents.
This leaves many employees wondering what they can do to better protect themselves from being the victim of an accident. Unfortunately for Texas workers, an article from The New York Times says the best option may be to not get hurt in the first place.
If you do get hurt while on the job, speaking with a qualified Texas personal injury lawyers can help answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights to compensation for your injury.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our legal staff can help you understand your legal rights after an accident. So call us today for a free consultation of your case.