Trucking accident statistics

December 21, 2010 @ 02:15 PM -- by

Personal injury lawyers in Corpus Christi and throughout Texas need to know about trucking accident statistics, compiled by the United States Department of Transportation.

Recreational boating accident causes

December 08, 2010 @ 02:58 PM -- by

Boating accident/Jones Act/Admiralty lawyers in Port Aransas, Texas understand that many boating accidents are preventable. Many boating accidents involved a collision with other vessels or objects in the water. Vessels may also sink, and people may fall overboard and drown. People may also run aground at a high rate of speed, throwing the boat’s occupant’s against the boat or onto a shallow sandbar. Unsafe fuel use or storage may cause an explosion. Boaters also overload a boat, causing it to capsize. People often ignore the weather or storms on the horizon.

Levaquin lawsuit

December 03, 2010 @ 04:24 PM -- by
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As a Corpus Christi dangerous drug attorney, I am watching to see the results of the first bellwether Levaquin trial, which started November 16, 2010. Levaquin is a popular antibiotic which appears to increase the risk of tendon ruptures. The antibiotic is made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The plaintiff, who is 82 years old, had Achilles tendon ruptures in both feet after taking the drug. At the time the plaintiff took the drug, there was only one line in the medication guide about the risk of tendon ruptures.

Birth injuries

November 02, 2010 @ 04:21 PM -- by
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Corpus Christi birth injury lawyers know the various birth injuries which may occur. Some may be do to medical malpractice, while some are not.

Cerebral palsy

October 28, 2010 @ 03:31 PM -- by

Cerebral Palsy is a disease which often manifests during a child’s early years. It is seen as the umbrella for a wide range of disorders which can affect the control of movement in some manner.

Personal injury accident issues

October 27, 2010 @ 02:02 PM -- by
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Personal injury lawyers in Corpus Christi should explain what to do after an accident. If you are injured in an accident, you need to take appropriate steps. The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You should then call the police and cooperate with them and emergency medical personnel who arrive at the scene. If you are in a car accident, get the license plate numbers of all other cars involved, as well as the names of the drivers, their addresses and phone numbers, and their insurance information. Don’t forget to get the contact information for the witnesses to an accident. Take pictures of the accident scene, the general surrounding area, the instrumentality that caused your injuries, your various injuries, and all property damage. Contact your attorney as soon as possible.

Admiralty and maritime jurisdiction

October 19, 2010 @ 01:45 PM -- by

Admiralty lawyers in Texas understand the basics about maritime and admiralty jurisdiction. The United States Constitution (Article III, Section 2) grants original jurisdiction to federal courts over admiralty and maritime matters. This original jurisdiction is not exclusive though, so many maritime/admiralty cases may be filed in either state or federal court because of the "saving to suitors" clause. The "saving to suitors" clause, found at 28 U.S.C. Section 1333, essentially preserves a maritime suitor’s election to pursue his or her common-law remedies in state court.

Corpus Christi 18 wheeler accident lawyer

September 27, 2010 @ 02:38 PM -- by

Corpus Christi 18 wheeler accident lawyers need to know some of the common causes of commercial trucking accidents. Oftentimes, commercial truck drivers are very patient and skilled drivers. Unfortunately, problems and issues develop which can cause devastating accidents and injuries.

The Louis Majesty cruise ship accident

September 16, 2010 @ 03:45 PM -- by

On March 3, 2010, thirty-three foot high rogue waves crashed into the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty, a cruise ship owned by Louis Cruise Lines. The giant waves killed two people and flooded people's cabins, broke restaurant windows, and sent passengers in search of doctors. Fourteen other people were hurt in the cruise ship accident. The vessel had 1,350 passengers and 580 crew members on board at the time of the giant waves.

The Deepwater Horizon well should be permanently killed soon

September 15, 2010 @ 02:24 PM -- by

Maritime attorneys in Corpus Christi and throughout the United States are pleased to see that the relief well is close to being completed for the Macando well at the Deepwater Horizon well site. Transocean’s Development Driller III rig has successfully drilled about 30 feet since Monday, September 13 as it continues to complete the seal off of the well.

Currently, the relief well is less than 25 feet from hitting the well. The relief well should hit the outer cement shell within a day, maybe earlier. This relief well will then inject drilling mud and cement into the various remaining gaps. This should kill the Macando once and for all. The various injecting and testing processes will probably take about four days. The final effort to permanently kill the well should occur between September 18 and September 28.

BP oil rig accident update

August 05, 2010 @ 02:43 PM -- by
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It appears that BP is on the right track in stopping the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well. Maritime and Jones Act attorneys in Texas and the Gulf region will continue to be busy with claims however. The first part of the "static kill," in which BP used heavy drill mud in an attempt to plug the leak, seems to have been successful and has slowed the flow of oil. The next step is to pump concrete, which could begin right away.

Jones Act lawyers in Corpus Christi and throughout the region are relieved that BP’s "static kill" operation finished well ahead of schedule. It only took eight hours to fill the pipe with the mud, which holds back the oil from flowing. Later this month, a permanent cement plug will be placed in the well. Everything is moving forward in a positive manner, and hopefully the Gulf Coast can return to business as usual as quickly as possible.

Updates on the BP oil rig accident

July 26, 2010 @ 04:17 PM -- by

Oil rig accident attorneys in the Gulf of Mexico are happy to see that Tropical Storm Bonnie only delayed the static kill procedure by seven to nine days. Bonnie fizzled out over south Florida and did not grow to be anything but a small nuisance. As it appears now, the relief wells should be in place and the oil flow permanently ceased by early August.

The static kill procedure requires pumping concrete and heavy drilling mud into the well from the top. The relief well will eventually bore into the well approximately 2.5 miles underneath the ocean floor. It is certainly a possibility that the static kill will plug the leak on its own. The relief wells will be completed, of course, even if the static kill plugs the leak.

The BP oil rig accident containment cap

July 13, 2010 @ 05:33 PM -- by

As a Gulf of Mexico maritime  Jones Act lawyer, I am following the BP disaster closely.  BP is now testing a new cap over the leaking Deepwater Horizon well to determine whether it can stop the largest and possibly most destructive oil spill and oil rig accidents in United States history. Beginning noon Central Time, a 40-foot stack of valves which was affixed on top of the well will stop the flow of oil. With a tight new cap installed on its well, BP plans various gradual tests starting to see if the cap device can stop the oil. If the pressure inside the cap stays within the target range (8000-9000 pounds per square inch) for approximately six hours after the closing of the valves, many believe the cap could then contain the oil.

The BP oil spill accident fund

June 25, 2010 @ 04:01 PM -- by

The BP oil spill fund has been established. Oil rig accident lawyers in Texas need to know that BP will pay $20 billion into an independently managed fund. They will also suspend dividend payments for the year. BP will sell $10 billion of 'upstream' oil exploration assets to helppay for the fund. BP will also ask for contributions to the fund from the various contractors who were involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These contractors will include Transocean, Halliburton and Anadarko.

The oil spill fund will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg has overseen compensation for executives at companies that received federal bailout funds. BP’s fund commitments are much harsher penalties than many investors wanted. Many investors did not want BP to sell any assets or cut investment. This will tend to slow BP’s growth.

The structure of the Texas Courts of Appeals

June 16, 2010 @ 03:28 PM -- by
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Texas has fourteen Courts of Appeals throughout the state.  These courts have intermediate appellate jurisdiction (before you go to the Texas Supreme Court in a civil case or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in a criminal case) in civil and criminal cases appealed from the district or county courts. Each of the fourteen Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over a specific geographical region of Texas. Each individual Court is presided over by a chief justice and several other justices.  Right now, there there are eighty justices authorized by statute for these intermediate appellate courts.

One of the best appellate lawyers now is Todd Smith in Austin, who I was friends with in my law school days.  He also has a tremendous blog which summarizes current appellate issues.

The BP oil rig accident compensation fund will be groundbreaking

June 15, 2010 @ 06:08 PM -- by

It appears that President Obama has asked BP to start up an independently administered reimbursement fund for victims of the oil spill. Maritime accident lawyers in Texas and the rest of the Gulf States are wondering how exactly this will work. This would be fairly unique and would take some of the compensation and claims decisions and issues away from the company.

Congressional leaders and various state officials agreed. It appears that Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and other Democrats sent BP a letter asking that they start a $20 billion account. This would be overseen by an independent trustee and would then be used to pay the claims and other costs.

BP's horrible safety record

June 10, 2010 @ 04:57 PM -- by

In addition to the Deepwater Horizon disaster,maritime and refinery accident attorneys in Texas need to know that BP has had a horrific safety record in its refineries. After the Texas City disaster, one would think that BP would clean up its act. Apparently not.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) checked 55 oil refineries operating in the United States between June 2007 and February 2010. Two of these refineries were owned by BP. Amazingly, those two refineries had 760 citations for "egregiously willful" safety violations. "Egregiously willful" for purposes of OSHA means "committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health." Even more amazingly, the other 53 refineries only received one such violation total. For all 53.

Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident (continued)

June 09, 2010 @ 05:29 PM -- by

Gulf of Mexico maritime and Jones Act accident lawyers in Texas are happy to see that BP is slowly making progress on the oil leak disaster. However, BP noted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 that it is scaling back a bold prediction by its chief operating officer that the gusher would be brought down to a "relative trickle" as soon as next week.

Doug Suttles, COO, now states that BP hopes to have an improved containment system in place by early next week (Monday or Tuesday). BP asserted that although the company is optimistic that it can make solid progress soon in reducing the rapid flow of oil, it will be awhile before the spill can be defined as a "trickle." Additionally, Suttles continues to allege that there are not any big underwater oil plumes which have been found in "large concentrations." arising from the Gulf spill.

Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident (continued)

June 08, 2010 @ 02:09 PM -- by

Offshore oil rig accident lawyers in Texas need to know that the BP and Transocean oil-spill lawsuits may be combined before a judge who is not from the Gulf Coast states. Half of the twelve active federal judges in the New Orleans judicial district have removed themselves from the cases filed by fishermen, businesses and property owners and coastal businesses The judges have various conflicts tied to oil investments or with the lawyers and/or companies involved in the litigation.

Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident (continued)

June 07, 2010 @ 05:46 PM -- by

To date, the oil still flows from the Deepwater Horizon well. Offshore oil rig accident lawyers in Texas and the Gulf Coast are monitoring the situation, hoping for a solution. in mid-August. Unfortunately, BP’s recent effort to temporarily control the flow by cutting off the damaged riser pipe and then capping the pipe to divert the majority of the oil to a ship has not succeeded.

Last week, BP struggled to stop the gusher, slicing off the bent well pipe with huge shears after the diamond-tipped saw got stuck during the operation. The cut was jagged, so placing a cap over the flow of oil to capture it and then funnel it to a surface ship, may be difficult. Since the cut is jagged, the cap may not fit properly.

The relief well should be finished by mid-August, but some experts say it may not succeed.

Deepwater Horizon accident (continued)

May 26, 2010 @ 10:16 AM -- by

Offshore oil rig accident lawyers in Texas and other states will see interesting developments over the next few years.  The giant oil slick presents serious risks to the energy sector. Federal offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico produces about one-third of the United States’ total crude production. Floating oil in nearby waters poses a serious threat of fire and is also a threat to workers’ health. As such, other rigs may have to shut down if the oil spreads to their location.

Shipping may also face serious challenges. Although oil does not usually damage these ocean-going vessels, it can cling to their hulls. They will have to be cleaned before they enter U.S. ports or waterways so they do not contaminate the inland waters. The incoming oily ships would have to transfer their cargo or be thoroughly cleaned.

Deepwater Horizon accident (continued)

May 25, 2010 @ 10:21 AM -- by

Texas oil rig accident attorneys are monitoring the oil spill daily.  The oil spill continues to spread across the waters southeast of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. BP and various federal agencies continue now with their emergency response and control efforts. BP plugged one of three leakage points on May 5, but the oil continues to be gushing out at 5,000 barrels per day. Some estimate the rate could be as high as 60,000 barrels per day. This oil rig accident is not only horrible because of the death and injuries of the workers, but also the terrible environmental disaster.

The Deepwater Horizon accident is a disaster of epic proportions

May 24, 2010 @ 05:48 PM -- by

As a Texas offshore oil rig accident lawyer, I am very concerned about the Deepwater Horizon accident.  On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers. The rig, a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig built in 2001 in South Korea, was owned by Transocean and leased to British Petroleum (BP). The rig sank 2 days after the explosion, causing what may be the worst environmental disasters in history.

Bohai 2 oil rig disaster

April 09, 2010 @ 05:11 PM -- by
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Oil rig accident attorneys need to always investigate the weather and the role it plays in an accident. On November 25, 1979, The Bohai No. 2 jack-up, which was operated by the Ocean Oil Company sank in a storm with fierce winds. At the time of its sinking, it was being towed in the Gulf of Bohai, which is between China and Korea. 72 of the 74 persons on board perished. Apparently, huge waves washed over the main deck and broke a ventilator pump free, causing it to puncture a hole in the deck. Eventually, the horrendous weather and lack of stability casued by the flooding caused the jack-up to capsize and then sink.  The crew was apparently not properly trained on emergency procedures and the use of lifesaving equipment. Contact Texas oil rig accident lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has been hurt and need assistance. Mr. Nelson serves Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Laredo, Corpus Christi and all of Texas.

Usumacinta oil rig accident (continued)

April 08, 2010 @ 02:22 PM -- by
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Oil rig accidents can turn deadly quickly.  At the time of the accident, drilling and exploration was occurring in the Bay of Campeche, about 20 miles offshore from the port of Dos Bocas in Tabasco state. The Usumacinta drilling rig operates under contract to Pemex, the Mexican national oil company. Because of the gas leak, employees donned lifejackets and began boarding the lifeboats. However, the lifeboats began to collapse and break apart due to the fierce waves being generated by the severe weather. In fact, several workers did not survive the conditions and drowned at sea. PEMEX announced that there would be three independent investigations regarding the cause of the accident. Many speculated that the rig suffered some kind of structural or jacking failure. Contact Texas oil rig accident attorney Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has been hurt in an oil rig accident. Mr. Nelson serves Houston, Laredo, Dallas, Galveston, Corpus Christi and all of Texas.

Usumacinta oil rig accident

April 02, 2010 @ 04:35 PM -- by
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Offshore Oil rig accident attorneys need to understand how weather can cause major accidents. On October 21, 2007, the Usumacinta, a mat-supported jack-up rig, was brought into position alongside the Kab-101 platform to finish drilling the Kab-103 well. The Kab-101 platform is a light production Sea Pony type platform.

On October 23, 2007, a cold front passed through the Gulf of Mexico bringing winds of 80 miles per hour and 20 to 25 foot seas. The rough weather caused oscillating movements, which in turn caused the cantilever deck of the Usumacinta to run into the top of the production valve tree on the Kab-101 platform. This caused a serious leak of oil and gas. 22 oil workers were killed as a result of this accident, with 63 injured.

Contact Texas oil rig accident lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has been hurt in an oil rig accident. Mr. Nelson serves Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi and all of Texas.

Corpus Christi Construction Accident Attorney

February 25, 2010 @ 03:39 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi construction accident attorney, I am aware of the numerous types of injuries associated with construction work.  Persons working on construction projects suffer injury rates which are are on the average much higher than other injuries which occur on the job. There are many causes for construction accidents, including: 1. Insufficient worker training; 2. Unsafe equipment; 3. Broken equipment; 4. Dangerous working conditions; and 5. Improper supervision Of course, with all of the new construction projects in the world today which use more sophisticated and more dangerous construction situations, such as modern high-rises, hotels and office buildings, there will be more catastrophic accidents. Personal injury lawyers need to understand the dynamics of a construction site and how catastrophic accidents can occur.

Oil rig accidents

January 25, 2010 @ 02:40 PM -- by

As a McAllen oil rig accident lawyer, I know the risks of drilling.  If you work on an oil rig anywhere in the world, you know how dangerous an accident can be. Injuries suffered to workers on oil rigs are often very serious. They may include, broken bones, serious burns, head trauma and spine trauma. When an oil rig worker is seriously hurt, his livelihood and ability to help his family is in serious jeopardy.


Cruise ship injuries

January 20, 2010 @ 01:19 PM -- by

A Texas cruise ship accident lawyer needs to know that typical maritime law does not always apply to cruise ship accidents. Often, cruise lines have certain provisions in their passenger tickets (which are authorized by United States federal statutes) which change (and often shorten) the time in which an injured passenger may file a lawsuit. Although the usual statute of limitations for maritime cases is three years, these provisions often shorten the time to one year. Moreover, cruise ship lines also have forum selection clauses, which mandate that they can only be sued in a certain place (often Miami, Florida).


The Death on the High Seas Act

January 19, 2010 @ 01:23 PM -- by

The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) applies to persons, including passengers, when the death is caused by a wrongful act on the high seas beyond a marine league from the shore of all states, dependencies and territories of the United States.  DOHSA does not apply to deaths on the Great Lakes or the rivers or lakes within the country.  All suits under DOHSA must be brought in admiralty.  The statute of limitations for DOHSA lawsuits is now three years.    DOHSA actions may only be brought by the decedent’s personal representative, for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s parent, child, spouse, or “dependent relative.”  Children, parents and the spouse do not have to prove dependency to recover. 

RSDS in personal injury cases

January 05, 2010 @ 03:00 PM -- by

As a Starr County personal injury lawyer, I have seen a strange condition that clients have.  Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) is a condition with multiple conflicting and odd, even bizarre symptoms. The one symptom which seems to be consistent is pain, often excruciating. The injured person’s complaints of severe pain often are not accepted at face value because the factor causing the pain is often not the one which is associated with the extreme symptoms.

Personal injury lawyers should understand that RSDS may occur in any area of the body, but the most common is in the person’s extremities. One of the biggest problems with RSDS is the failure of the treating doctors to diagnose it. The typical history of a very slight blunt trauma to a small area of an extremity usually does not result in serious problems to the entire extremity.