Parents, take note: Bounce houses can be fun. They also can be very dangerous. According to a study released today, the number of children 17-years-old or younger needing emergency room treatment from playing in a bounce house has doubled since 2008. The study also mentions that fewer than 1,000 children required emergency room care for bounce house injuries in 1995, but as of 2010 that number had grown to almost 11,000. Children five-years-old and younger make up the largest percentage of those injured in bounce house related accidents, accounting for more than one-third of all bounce house injuries. These injuries are usually caused by a collision between children inside a bounce house, a child falling by themselves inside a bounce house, or a child falling outside a bounce house. If your child got hurt playing in a bounce house in Galveston, Houston, or Texas City, call a personal injury attorney. You may be able to win damages on your child's behalf.
Sunday morning, a fatal car accident took the life of one Houston area woman. According to reports, the woman's car was rear-ended by another vehicle, which caused her vehicle to slam into a concrete pillar. As of right now, charges have not been filed against the other driver involved in the crash. However, it has been reported that the driver of the other vehicle called a relative to pick her up and left the scene of the accident after her vehicle finally came to a stop in a nearby parking lot. It was not until later that the relative was able to convince her to come back to where the accident took place. Considering all the details of this accident, we would strongly advise the family of the deceased woman to hire a Houston auto accident attorney. On the surface, it looks like they would stand a good chance of winning such a case.
Oil Rig Catches Fire in Gulf
Nearly two years after being at the center of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. History, BP has struck a settlement with U.S. agencies. As part of the agreement, the company faces up to $5 billion in fines and potential arrests of company employees on criminal charges. This settlement stems from the April 2010 explosion of one of BP's mobile offshore drilling units, Deepwater Horizon. Due to the explosion, 11 people were killed, and the Gulf of Mexico was engulfed by oil for 87 days. While the terms of the settlement have yet to be officially released, the reported $5 billion fine would make this settlement the largest ever issued by the Department of Justice. Previously, the record was a $1.2 billion fine issued on on drug maker Pfizer in 2009. If you ever suffer a work related injury on a ship near Houston, contact a Jones Act and Maritime attorney like ourselves. With the right legal representation, you can get fairly compensated for your injuries.
This morning, an 18-wheeler hit and killed a pedestrian in the parking lot of Houston area gas station. The accident took place near the Eastex Freeway at Hopper and the victim has yet to be identified. Right now, police are working to determine the cause of the accident, and whether or not to file charges against the driver of the 18-wheeler. Regardless of the speed at impact, any accident involving an 18-wheeler is very dangerous because of its sheer size. If you live in Galveston, Houston, or Texas City, do what you can to protect yourself from colliding with a big rig. That means try to not follow an 18-wheeler too closely, nor try to pass them when driving. Of course, we understand that with all the freeway driving that goes on in Houston, 18 wheeler accidents are going to happen. If you or a loved one need legal assistance after an accident with an 18-wheeler, give us a call at 409-359-4865, or visit 18 wheeler accidents attorney. You have rights following a crash with a big rig. We can help.
If you are in Houston and get injured in a car accident, then calling a lawyer is a smart move. You deserve to have the opportunity to fight for your rights and get fairly compensated for your injuries. However, when we see people staging car accidents to collect money from their auto insurance companies, it frustrates us and does not make us happy. Car accidents are serious business, and should not be treated as a game. Yet, five California residents did exactly that in 2008. They knew each other, set up the car accident, and then filed false claims with their insurance companies for thousands of dollars in damages. Luckily, they were found guilty for their actions and will spend the rest of their life with a criminal record. It still does not make it right. Across the United States, people are injured or killed in serious car accidents every day. There are numerous parents that have lost children too soon because somebody chose to drive drunk, and many families have dealt with lives taken too soon because someone was not paying full attention behind the wheel. We do not think they would appreciate seeing a group of people intentionally wrecking their vehicles for insurance money.
Accidents happen. Especially when your job involves using heavy machinery on an assembly line in a company facility. However, getting cooked in an oven has to be one of the most gruesome industrial accident deaths we have ever heard about. Even though we have represented numerous clients in Houston that needed an industrial accident attorney, this story really makes us think. Our first thought is what was this man doing inside the oven in the first place? Secondly, after getting inside the oven, what caused the oven to turn on, therefore cooking the man inside of it? Our thoughts truly go out to the family and friends of the deceased. We are sure they are struggling to make sense of what happened, and coping with a tragedy of this nature is never easy. While nothing will bring the man back, they should reach out to an industrial accident attorney where they live. A good attorney may be able to help them win damages in court as well as bring to light the circumstances surrounding this horrible accident. That will not bring their loved one back to life, but it can help ensure that such an accident never happens to another company employee.
Yesterday, a fire broke out at BP's plant in Texas City. According to BP, the refinery caught on fire around 1:30 p.m. in the residual hydrotreating unit, an area of the plant where oil is separated based on its boiling temperature. The good news is despite flames that were over seven feet tall, the fire was successfully put out after an hour-an-a-half, and no one was injured from the blaze. If that was the case, their employees would have been wise to contact a Texas City industrial accident attorney like ourselves. This was not the first time a fire has broken out at this particular plant. In 2005, a fire and explosion that began because of an overfilled blowdown drum killed 15 people and injured almost 200 other workers. Because of that incident, BP faced numerous lawsuits, and the fire and explosion ultimately cost the company over $2 billion after compensating those affected, repairs, and lost revenue. Though yesterday's fire does damage the company's reputation, BP should consider themselves very fortunate that nobody was injured in this fire. Otherwise, they might have taken another serious financial hit. However, considering the company was in the process of selling this particular plant to Marathon Petroleum Corp. for approximately $2.5 billion, maybe they have.