Texas Construction Accident Attorneys Examine the Importance of Scaffolding Safety

by Keith Adkins | November 3rd, 2015

The Texas construction accident attorneys at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers point out that accidents involving falls and scaffolding are a leading cause of construction accidents today.

Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows an estimated 40 percent of all fatalities in the construction industry during 2014 were the result of a fall. Many of these accidents involved falls from scaffolding and violations of safety standards regarding the general requirements of scaffolding and construction were the third leading cause of OSHA fines last year.

A scaffolding collapse in Houston, Texas, that injured six workers serves as an example of just how common these accidents are. According to an article from NBC News, the incident occurred just after 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at a building located near the intersection of Crawford and Congress. A spokesman for the Houston Fire Department stated OSHA is continuing to investigate what may have caused the collapse.

It’s crucial that construction workers be aware of their rights regarding treatment, care, and compensation in the event of an accident. The Texas personal injury lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain you can learn more about the options available to injured workers by visiting our website.


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Solutions Recommended by the NHTSA as the 2015 Takata Airbag Recall Expands

by Keith Adkins | October 27th, 2015

Several months ago, Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation announced it was recalling millions of vehicles due to defects in its safety devices. The car product liability lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain that in response to the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently held a meeting to discuss how the problem would be solved.

Recently, it was announced that there isn’t enough manpower to repair the estimated 24 million vehicles that need airbags to be replaced. One innovative method officials are considering is allowing non-dealer certified repair shops to help install the necessary replacement airbags.

The meeting came just a day after The New York Times released an article stating that the 2015 Takata airbag recall may soon be expanded. Investigators have shown that side airbags in certain vehicles can also rupture when activated. Researchers believe the chemical propellant used in the faulty airbags may be to blame.

Protecting the health and safety of all motorists is a passion that each member of Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers shares. That’s why our Texas personal injury lawyers are hopeful the actions taken to correct the problems with Takata airbags will help prevent injuries.

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Settlement Reached in West Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit

by Keith Adkins | October 20th, 2015

On April 17, 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, left 15 people dead and roughly 150 more with burn injuries and other wounds. Many of those victims and their families filed lawsuits in the wake of the event, and a settlement was recently reached in one of the cases.

KBTX News reports 280 potential jurors were dismissed from duty at the McLennan County Courthouse earlier this month after it was announced the parties on both sides of the dispute had reached an agreement. The decision will have no impact on the hundreds of other cases filed in connection with the incident.

A petition submitted on behalf of an estimated 200 victims of the West fertilizer plant explosion provides documents from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board showing the blast could’ve been prevented. Officials say the chemicals that ignited were stored in a wooden building with no fire suppression system in place. This means the plant’s owners failed to implement action and policies that could have prevented the blast and subsequent fire.

Officials have said the finding shows more safety policies need to be implemented to prevent future incidents.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our legal team knows the struggles many of those affected by the West fertilizer plant explosion. That’s why our College Station personal injury lawyers are hopeful this settlement helps bring closure to the victims involved. We also hope similar settlements can be reached with others harmed as a result of the blast.

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State Creates “3 Strikes” Rule for Texas Nursing Home Abuse

by Keith Adkins | March 31st, 2015

Nursing home abuse has become a serious problem in many long-term care facilities in the United States, including Texas. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as one-third of the elderly will become victims of nursing home abuse in the next year.

These numbers have prompted state legislators in the Lone Star State to reassess punishments for negligent nursing homes. The new bill creates a “3 Strikes” policy for nursing home and long-term care abuse and neglect.

The bill would allow the state to revoke the license of any nursing home that receives three citations involving abuse or neglect within a two-year time period. It would also provide provisions for the state to hire a non-profit to hear disputes involving appeals to expedite the processing of the claim.

According to an article from KBT News, the bill passed through the state senate unanimously earlier this week and will now be considered by the house of representatives before moving forward.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our staff is aware of the devastating results that abuse or neglect in a nursing home can have on families. That’s why our team of College Station personal injury lawyers applauds the state for taking steps toward tougher regulations.

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Oil Field Injuries Lead Workplace Fatalities in Texas

by Keith Adkins | February 24th, 2015

The extrication of crude oil and the manufacturing of petroleum products is a lynchpin for the Texas economy, accounting for almost 35 percent of U.S. oil production and bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. However, work conditions are not always considered safe in Texas’s oil fields.

Texas oil field injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the mining and drilling industry today. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that roughly 40 percent of the 663 fatalities that were recorded nationwide in the drilling industry between 2007-12 were the result of Texas oil field injuries.

These numbers leave many citizens wondering why this line of work is so dangerous and many believe the answer is because of a lack of regulation. An article from Insurance Journal claims the laws that govern onshore drilling are much more relaxed than those for off shore drilling. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering reform of the policies governing onshore drilling.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we know how dangerous oil fields are for many hardworking Texans. That’s why our College Station personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to keep safety in mind at all times on the job.

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Free Veterans Disability Benefits Counseling Sessions in Central Texas This Week

by Keith Adkins | February 17th, 2015

Veterans of our military branches who are considered disabled due to injuries or illnesses related to their service to our country are often entitled to veterans disability benefits. The processes to get these benefits can often be complicated and frustrating, however.

Many veterans require assistance wading through the legal red tape of veterans disability benefits and luckily for veterans in Central Texas, that help is coming to them this week. Reports indicate the Killeen Heights Vet Center is sending a mobile unit to different communities in our region over the next several days to get disabled veterans in rural areas the assistance they need with disability claims.

According to the Waco Tribune, the first stop is at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Mexia Peer Support Center. Then, the unit will move on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency facility in Marlin, Texas. Stops are also scheduled in Copperas Cove, Lampasas, and Mills County throughout the remainder of the week.

In addition to the free counseling sessions, information will be distributed encouraging individuals to utilize other benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we are aware of how confusing the veterans disability processes and laws can be. That’s why our College Station personal injury lawyers encourage all veterans to consider attending one of the free upcoming counseling sessions in Central Texas.

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Two WorkersSuffer Oil Field Injuries Caused by Tank Explosion

by Keith Adkins | 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.


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Where Do You Turn When Veterans’ Disability Benefits Aren’t Enough?

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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Social Security Disability Benefits to Increase in 2015

by Keith Adkins | 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.


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Experts Say Number of Athletes Diagnosed With Brain Injuries Will Rise

by Keith Adkins | 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
  • Suicide

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.

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