Thursday, January 12, 2017

Allen Construction Accident Attorneys

Injured construction workers understand the stress that occurs after a construction accident. If you have been injured on a construction site in Allen, every day that you are unable to return to work compounds your stress. If you have been injured on a construction site, you should speak with a qualified construction accident attorney. While you are focusing on your recovery, your attorney can find ways to obtain the compensation you will need to cover your expenses.

As a construction worker, you are no doubt aware of the many dangers that construction workers face on a daily basis. Even the safest and most well-managed construction sites can pose a number of dangers. Minor errors can have drastic consequences and can result in workers being unable to return to their duties for months, or possibly may render a worker disabled for life. Some of the most common construction accidents include slips and falls, accidents involving ladders or scaffolding, victims being struck by falling objects, machinery accidents, and electrocutions.

As a construction worker, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation after a construction accident. However, it’s very likely that you need more compensation than workers’ comp will provide. Workers’ compensation will cover your medical expenses and only a portion of your lost wages.

In order to help make up the difference between your expenses and what workers’ comp will cover, you should speak to an Allen construction accident attorney. A construction accident attorney can help file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. However, time limitations do apply and evidence can disappear, so the sooner you find an attorney, the better. Call the Allen construction accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 to learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Woman Rendered Paraplegic in Dallas Crash Sues Uber, Honda

A 24 year old woman who took an Uber ride after a night out with friends in Dallas and ended up a paraplegic sued Uber and Honda for her injuries. The woman was on a break from college and was out with friends and called for an Uber ride. She and her friends got in a Honda Odyssey minivan. On the drive, the Uber driver ran a red light. The van was hit by a Ford F-150, which then fled the crash scene. The van flipped and the woman broke her spinal column in the accident.

The woman is now a paraplegic and is paralyzed from mid-chest down. She lives with her parents and they provide her with medical care. Police did not charge the Uber driver, but did charge the driver of the Ford F-150 for causing an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.

The woman and her parents recently sued Uber, Honda, the Uber driver, and the owner of the van the Uber driver drove. The lawsuit alleges that Honda and Uber failed to provide the woman with the safety she expected, and as a result she faces a lifetime of disability. The lawsuit also alleges that the Uber van owner was uninsured.

According to Uber, it requires background checks on its drivers, and will not hire drivers who have had any convictions in the last seven years for felonies, driving-related offenses, and other offenses. The Uber driver and the van’s owner were arrested on misdemeanor charges involving gambling and drug possession in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Uber should have excluded the driver based on those arrests.

This accident illustrates what can happen when employers fail to perform proper background checks on potential employees or independent contractors. If you have been in an accident in the Dallas area because of the negligence of a company, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. They can help. Call them today at 972-231-5800 to schedule a free consultation.

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Lewisville Wrongful Death Attorneys

If your loved one has been killed in Lewisville because of another individual’s negligent or intentional actions, you may be able to sue the wrongdoer for wrongful death in Texas. Under Texas law, a wrongful death case can be pursued if the wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default of one party causes the death of another. Some common situations in which a wrongful death case could be pursued include automobile accidents, medical malpractice cases, and accidental death cases.

There are very strict rules that govern wrongful death cases. Only certain parties can pursue a wrongful death claim in Texas. In order to be able to sue for wrongful death, the plaintiff must be a surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased. Any of those individuals can sue individually, or they can sue jointly. If the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased do not file a claim within three months, the estate can file a claim unless the surviving family members specifically request that the lawsuit not be filed. Siblings are not allowed to file wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. Wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of the death.

There are a number of damages that are available in a wrongful death case. Wrongful death cases are intended to compensate for losses related to the death of the decedent, so the damages that are available include compensation for funeral expenses, lost inheritance, lost earning capacity, lost care the decedent would have provided to family members, the medical expenses of the decedent, and the pain and suffering of the decedent. In some cases, punitive damages may be available, if the defendant’s actions were willful or grossly negligent. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant. Any damages that are awarded are divided among the surviving family members in proportion to the injury they suffered as a result of the death.

If your family member has been killed in an accident in Lewisville because of the wrongful actions of another party, call the Lewisville wrongful death attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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I was shopping in Dallas and was hit by falling merchandise in a store and suffered injuries. Can I sue the store?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Being hit by falling merchandise is actually fairly common in large, warehouse-type stores that have merchandise stacked up, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, Sam’s Club, Costco, and similar stores. Stores often stack merchandise for convenience and to save money. Stacking the merchandise eliminates the need for extra storage, as well as for a warehouse in which to store the inventory.

Merchandise in a store is supposed to be properly secured so that there is no chance the merchandise could fall and hit customers. However, it has estimated that there are thousands of injuries every year caused by falling merchandise. Some common injuries that may occur when a customer is hit by falling merchandise include brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, cuts and bruises, and even death.

Businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers and employees. Clearly, that includes the responsibility of properly securing merchandise. If a business fails to do so, it can be held legally responsible for any injuries incurred. Customers who are injured may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

If you have been injured because of the negligence of a store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Dallas-Fort Worth premises liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Addison Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer in Addison, you likely have a lot on your mind – recovering from the accident, paying your expenses, and getting back on your feet again. You are probably angry about the accident, and you may feel alone and defeated. You likely are not thinking about the complexities involved in filing a claim against the parties responsible for your accident.

Most accidents involving tractor trailers in Addison are preventable, and often drivers are not the only party responsible for the accident. The tractor trailer may not have been properly maintained or manufactured. The truck driver may have been overworked and exhausted or not properly trained. Other vehicles on the road may have contributed to the accident.

After an accident involving a commercial truck, you are likely focused on your recovery and rehabilitation. However, the employer of the truck driver involved in the accident is speaking to an attorney in preparation for your claim. They may try to deny liability for the accident, and may try to trick you into giving up your rights.

Instead, hire a dedicated law firm that can represent your needs and interests after your accident. Having an attorney on your side who can truly represent your needs and interests will better allow you to focus on what matters – getting better so that you can move on with your life. An attorney can help properly investigate the case, determine which parties to file claims against, value your case appropriately, and build a strong case that can be used if you end up in court.

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Addison, call the Addison truck accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Ford Issues Seat Belt Recall

Ford recently issued a recall of over 600,000 vehicles because of failing seat belts. Some Ford Fusions (model years 2013 through 2016), Ford Mondeos (model years 2015 through 2016), and Lincoln MKZs (model years 2013 through 2015) are among the vehicles being recalled.

The problem arises from defective seat belt anchor pre-tensioners, which can overheat and may cause the cable to snap during deployment in an accident. If the cable snaps, a vehicle’s driver or passenger may not be restrained, which may cause injuries. Ford has thus far linked at least two injuries and two accidents to the defective seat belts. Ford is expected to notify vehicle owners if their vehicle has been recalled. As part of the recall, the cables will be injected with a coating which will insulate the cables from heat and will prevent breakage.

Fortunately, no deaths have been attributed to this vehicle defect. In some cases, vehicle defects can cause serious injuries and even deaths. What’s even worse is that in many cases automobile manufacturers are aware of serious defects with their vehicles, but choose not to issue a recall because of the expenses and negative publicity involved. Unfortunately, automobile recalls are often only issued if the automobile manufacturer decides if it is profitable to do so, or if a government regulatory agency steps in and requires the recall.

Being involved in an accident with a serious injury changes the lives of the accident victim. The victim may be left with astronomical medical expenses, and may be prevented from working. They may never fully recover, and could require medical treatment for the rest of their lives. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you have been in an automobile accident because of a defect with the vehicle, call the Dallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Frisco Bus Accident Attorneys

In general, riding on a bus is a fairly safe way to get from one place to another. Most buses are so large that if the bus is involved in an accident, the size protects passengers from injury. However, in some cases a bus crash can injure passengers on the bus.

By law, bus drivers are required to use a high standard of care towards passengers. Bus drivers are considered to be common carriers, which means they transport passengers for hire. Legally, common carriers are required to use a higher standard of care than others on the roads. Despite that legal requirement, bus accidents can and do happen, and they may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Approximately 11,000 bus accidents occur every year in the U.S., which typically results in between 20,000 and 40,000 injuries. Fortunately, most of the accidents do not involve fatalities.

There can be a number of reasons a bus accident may occur. The bus may not have been properly maintained. The bus driver could be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The bus driver may have been driving while distracted, or could be overworked and exhausted. There could be other parties

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a bus, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Bus accident cases can be complex, much more so than standard car accident cases. There may be many parties involved and teams of experts. If you have been injured in a bus accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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