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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, employees working for offshore oil and gas operations are seven times more likely to die on the job than the average U.S. worker.

The risks associated with these maritime jobs have been covered since the 1920’s, thanks to a Merchant Marine Act known as the “Jones Act.” The Jones Act allows seamen working on these offshore drilling sites to file claims and collect settlements from their employers in cases of employer or fellow employee negligence.

The Jones Act requires that all equipment is safe and suitable, all personnel are trained and efficient, and all facilities are equipped for building and repairing vessels.

Types of Offshore Injury

Offshore workers commonly experience maritime injuries including:

Injured maritime employees are entitled to a variety of benefits under the Jones Act. First, they are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, both those already paid and any future costs of recovery. Compensable medical expenses may include the costs of future surgery, ongoing rehabilitation, and transportation costs. Those who cannot return to work are entitled to past and future lost wages as well as costs for vocational retraining. Because serious injuries severely limit the types of jobs available to the victim, the Jones Act also allows damages for lost earning capacity. Additionally, injured workers are entitled to payments when they are temporarily or permanently disabled. In cases where the injury is caused by negligence, the victim is entitled to damages for pain and suffering.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you, or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of their work offshore, you may be entitled to the compensation you so rightly deserve. Contact the Carlson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation, consultation. If you are looking for prompt, personal and proven representation for your offshore injury, Jones Act claim or any other Maritime Law claim, The Carlson Law Firm is here to help. Our team of attorneys, specialists, and research associated has the experience and resources to guide you through your legal journey and help you secure the best results possible.

Threats to your child’s safety can come in many shapes and sizes. You might not know it, but something as simple as, say, a button battery, can actually cause serious injury and even death in small children.

The National Capital Poison Center has issued a warning because of the number of button battery injuries is on the rise.

So what exactly is a button batteries and why are they so dangerous. They are small round batteries found in small electronics, such as:

These small, shiny objects are very appealing to infants. When a button battery is ingested, it gets stuck in a child’s throat, the saliva triggers an electrical current that causes a chemical reaction that can burn the esophagus. Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed.

Swift medical intervention is an extremely important step when parents find an opened remote control or a missing battery that may have been swallowed by an infant or young child. Children with suspected battery

Tips For Protecting Your Children:

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

When filing a Personal Injury Claim in Texas, one of the first and most important actions to take after a personal injury occurs is to enlist a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you file a claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years.  This means that you have two years to file a personal injury claim for. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can provide a level of representation that has been given recognition with awards and accolades that can be used to your advantage.  With the number of attorneys at our firm, we have the ability to provide the comprehensive representation you need for your case.  For The Carlson Law Firm, each client is unique and each case should be handled uniquely.  For personalized service with quality you can trust, contact our firm today!

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. That dreaded phone call saying your child has been injured. This terrifying turn of events has actually happened to many parents in Texas and across the nation.

The facilities we trust our children to, such as daycares, after-school programs and camps, aren’t providing the quality of care they are required to, and children are being hurt because of this negligence.

Daycare workers are responsible for the care of all the children in their charge. When they fail to maintain a reasonable level of care, they are acting negligently and can be held legally liable for their actions. If your child has suffered harm at the hands of a child care employee, whether it be physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse or child neglect, we may be able to help you fight for the justice you and your children so rightly deserve.

Signs Of Daycare Abuse and Neglect To Watch Out For

Daycare abuse can easily go unnoticed, which is why knowing exactly what to look for can help you to identify a problem early on, before it’s too late.

How To Choose The Right Facility For Your Child

Parents following these tips to ensure that their children are being placed in a safe and secure learning environment.

What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help

If you believe your child is being harmed at his or her daycare center, after-school program, camp or any other child care facility, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced daycare abuse attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We care, we can help.

 

 

 

Files from daycareabuse.com, familyeducation.com

AJ Harrison was driving his UPS delivery truck, about to make his last delivery for the day on May 7, 2013. As Harrison approached his destination, he turned on his blinker and began to slow in preparation for his turn. When traffic was clear in the oncoming lane, AJ began to make his turn into a private drive. An Amigon Trucking 18-wheeler, which had been travelling behind Harrison, attempted to pass AJ’s truck on the left side by crossing a double yellow line.

Though he admitted seeing the turning UPS truck, the 18-wheeler driver barely applied the brakes before ramming his 40-ton vehicle into the driver’s side of the UPS truck, sending it spinning down Highway 36 near Hamilton, Texas.

The UPS truck was a total loss. Harrison’s career as a delivery driver was also soon to be determined a total loss.  Immediately following the incident, Harrison lost consciousness, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. It was noted that he had cuts on his scalp, and his skull was fractured. He also suffered internal organ injuries.  

Harrison had to be airlifted by an AirEvac Helicopter to Scott & White Hospital’s emergency room in Temple, Texas.  Since then,  he has continued to suffer from headaches, blurred vision and dizziness. Unable to return to his job at UPS, Harrison found work with a friend building deer blinds for hunters.  

Harrison sought out the help of the team at The Carlson Law Firm when Amigon refused to pay for the damage they had caused.  The company dissolved, and the owner/driver moved out of state.  

The Carlson Law Firm used its team of investigators to locate the faulty driver and to force Amigon’s insurance company to do as they had contracted to do.  

“It is a shame that insurance companies do not willingly pay when liability and damages are so clear,” said Carlson partner Todd Kelly. “But when they do refuse justice, by closing off the financial access to medical care, it is gratifying to be able to provide care to our deserving clients.”

Harrison received a $1,000,000 settlement, which will help to make up for the considerable harm that he suffered from the neglect of the Amigon driver, and will serve as a reminder to others to drive these deadly vehicles to act as the professionals that they are required to be.

“Our client is a nice, hard-working Bell County citizen out doing his job who was severely injured due to a truck driver’s unsafe driving on our roads,” added attorney Julie Peschel. “ Forcing the insurance company to pay what they owe helps our client and his family move forward and is another step toward making companies take responsibility for their actions.

 

January: It’s the calm after the holiday storm, the month of new beginnings and the coincidentally the month for divorces.

Recent studies have shown a drastic increase in the amount of divorce filings in the month of January, compared to other months throughout the year.

The reason behind the increase? Researchers believe that the stresses of the holiday period and financial worries are the main cause of the filing surge. The majority of lawyers will see a 25-30% increase in business in January.

According to an analysis of divorce filings by FindLaw.com, a legal-information website, between 2008 and 2011, divorces spiked in January, continued to rise through February then peaked in late March.

In that same analysis, FindLaw.com says searches for “divorce” and related phrases such as “family law” and “child custody” jumped 50 percent – from a little more than 10,000 in December 2010 to nearly 16,000 in January 2011, and continued to surge through March.

According to Family Law attorney, Rekha Akella with The Carlson Law Firm, the majority of marriages break down for the same reason: a difference in needs, wants and goals.

“Parties will normally go their separate ways when they don’t communicate and make sure they are working towards the same goals, for instance, a couple may decide they want to live in a small town. A few years later one spouse may decide they are compromising and would prefer to live somewhere else. If the couple is unable to agree on a solution, they may decide to split,” explained Akella.

But not every couple decides to go through with a divorce once they’ve met with an attorney to discuss their options.

“Some couples end up reconciling before we even reach the filing stage. Sometimes couples just need to contemplate the reality of divorce before they are able to have an open and honest conversation that leads to a reconciliation.”

If a divorce does end up being the right option for you, Akella suggests you keep a few key things in mind.

“Your kids are the most important thing to consider. Remember that the judge will make all decisions that are in the best interest of the children, not in the best interest of the adults,” she explains.

She also suggests that those who are considering a divorce understand that “playing dirty may end up hurting you more than your spouse. Many divorces can be peacefully resolved.”

Akella is a firm believer that parties should try and work things out amicably before going into a courtroom with guns blazing.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

Filing for divorce has many aspects involved. It is a process that is best accomplished with the assistance of an attorney from our firm. We can be your guide through the situation and walk you through each step of the process. No matter what the grounds for divorce, we understand that this is a difficult situation, which is why we are available to help. Since 1976, our firm has served clients across Texas. On our team we have a certified family law specialist. We currently provide Family Law services to those residing in both Bell and Williamson Counties.

Contact us anytime for a free, no obligation consultation.

 

One man is dead following an accident that occurred early Friday morning on Interstate 45, 10 miles north of Madisonville.

According to Department of Public Safety officials, Marcus Harrison, 58, was travelling south on the highway when his vehicle struck a large piece of equipment that had fallen off a trailer and was lying in the roadway.

The driver of an 18-wheeler that was carrying the equipment had left the road and hit a cable barrier in the median. As the driver attempted to steer back into the roadway, the large item fell off of his trailer, and into lanes of traffic, reported a DPS Trooper.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not hurt.

According to officials, Harrison is from nearby Buffalo.

What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help

Many truck accidents are caused out of negligence of either the driver or company. If you, or someone you love, have been involved in an 18-wheeler truck accident that resulted in injury or death, our firm can provide the assistance you require.  This is not a situation you will want to handle on your own because it can prove to be long, complicated and frustrating.  Our firm can help you prove negligence to get you the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve. For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers at the The Carlson Law Firm today for a free consultation. We care, we can help.

 

 

University Hospital, San Antonio’s level-one trauma center released its annual trauma report, which takes a closer look at the three major causes of injury in the San Antonio community. According to the report, falls were the number one cause of injury in the city. A total of 596 adults aged 65 and older were seen by University Hospital’s trauma team after falling. Fall injuries made up 30% of all injury causes in 2015.

By The Numbers:
-246 of those 596 patients suffered bleeding in the brain.
-The rate of death climbs by 19% if a brain bleed is present.
-90 of those patients with a brain bleed were also taking blood thinners

The Risk Of Blood Thinners:
Even a minor falls can become extremely serious if you are taking a blood thinner. These drugs are prescribed to patients to treat conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Bleeding that occurs when a fall is suffered may not be able to be stopped, if the patient is on blood thinners.

Hazards That Can Cause A Fall:
Not all falls are caused by old age, as balance, coordination and strength often decline as a person ages. Many falls are caused by hazards that could have easily been prevented. These include but aren’t limited to:
-Slippery floor
-No handrails
-Uneven concrete
-Potholes
-Ice
-Objects underfoot
-Broken tile
-Slippery bathtubs

Obligations Of Property Owners:
If there is a spill or other dangerous situation on a premise, it must be properly marked by a sign or other warning. If this is not the case, substantial compensation for the injury could be yours. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, our firm can be your legal guidance through the situation.

At The Carlson Law Firm, we can use our skills to help determine liability. We have investigators working for our team who work hard to find honest evidence. You may be facing a substantial amount of medical bills or other hardships that you deserve compensation for, and an attorney from our firm can help you receive that which you deserve. It is important to work with a Texas Slip and Fall attorney who understands your situation and can help you through the process of rebuilding your life. At The Carlson Law Firm, we are committed to helping you get back on your feet and building a healthy future, so contact our firm today! We have offices in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and Bryan, and we are prepared to help you!

It can be extremely frustrating for families to discover that their loved ones are being mistreated at a facility that they entrusted with their care.

As of today, there are over 3.2 million adults living in long term care and nursing home facilities across the United States, while up to 40 per cent of adults will reside in a nursing home at some point in their lives.

According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, nursing home abuse can increase a residents’ chance of death by 300 percent in the first three years following the abuse.

Whether intentional or not, elder abuse is elder abuse.

An important step in protecting the rights of our elderly loved ones is to learn the dozens of warning signs associated with nursing home abuse and neglect. With this knowledge you’ll hopefully be able to help your loved one before the problem progresses.
Below are just a few of the more obvious signs of elder abuse.

Weight Loss: While medication can affect a person’s appetite, this isn’t the only cause of weight loss in elders. Nursing home facilities are responsible for ensuring that all residents receive the necessary nutrition and hydration they need to maintain a healthy weight and remain in good health.

Bruises: Similar to weight loss, certain medications can make a person more susceptible to bruising, but bruising is rarely accidental. If you notice bruises in patterns or clusters, or bruises that re-appear, this can be the sign of intentional bruising. A study in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Bruising as a Marker of Physical Elder Abuse, reported that bruises occurring as a result of physical elder mistreatment are often large and occur on the face, lateral right arm, and back of the torso.

Reclusiveness: You probably know your loved one better than anyone else. If you notice that they are becoming less social and are experiencing mood swings, it may be a result of elder abuse or neglect.

Poor Living Conditions: Sometimes evidence of nursing home abuse does not directly deal with your loved one, but rather the state of the conditions they reside in. Check out their room for bed bugs, unsanitary bathroom stalls, or cracked windows for example. If a nursing facility fails to maintain their facilities, you can almost guarantee they are also failing to maintain the standard of care for your loved ones that you expect.

Taking Action Against A Negligent Nursing Home

By proving that the nursing home staff has subjected your family member to some form of elder abuse, you may be able to recover financial compensation for everything from medical expenses to damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.  You can claim similar damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Keep in mind that by taking legal action now, you will not only be helping to secure justice for your family member, but you also will be saving others from suffering similar abuse by holding the guilty parties responsible.

Contact A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Who Cares

Don’t let another day pass without an experienced advocate on your side in your fight against a negligent nursing home or managed care facility. Contact us for a free consultation with a one of our experienced Texas nursing home negligence attorneys, or visit any 1 of our 11 locations.  We serve victims of nursing home neglect and abuse and their families across Texas and nationwide.

No appointment is required during normal business hours, and bilingual staff members are available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients.  Se habla español.

Despite attempts made to minimize the risk for pedestrians crossing busy roads in San Antonio, 40 percent more people were struck and killed by vehicles in 2016 than in 2015. A total of 65 pedestrians were hit and killed by cars last year, according to the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department.

To combat the ever-growing issue, the city introduced its Vision Zero initiative back in 2015, in an effort to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the community. Their goal: Zero fatalities on San Antonio roadways.

However, as evidenced by the increase in pedestrian deaths in 2016, it’s not working.

The San Antonio Police Department says the majority of pedestrian accidents happen at night, when a person is crossing a big road and not at a crosswalk. According to TCI, 75 percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night.

Residents of so-called “pedestrian hot-spots” are calling for more street lights and more crosswalks.

Pedestrian problem continues into the new year

A 75-year-old man was hit and killed on Jan. 2nd on Guadalupe Street, near the intersection of Zarzamora Street. According to the police, the victim was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

The impact knocked the elderly man about 20 yards. The walker he has been using ended up even further down the road.

This particular intersection has been labelled as troublesome for pedestrians. According to residents in the area, the sidewalks are in very poor condition, rendering them difficult to use for the disabled. Several complaints have been made to the city, according to residents.

Ensure Your Safety

With the rise in pedestrian accidents not only in San Antonio, but also across the country, it is even more important to ensure your safety as both a walker, or biker. Here are a few tips for staying safe on the side of the road.

  1. Be Seen: Wear bright colored clothing and reflective materials. Carry a flashlight at night and always cross the street in well-lite areas.
  2. Be Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors by always using a sidewalk, when available. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic. Staying sober will also decrease your chances of being hit by a vehicle. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing headphones so that you’ll be able to hear your surroundings.
  3. Be Careful: Only cross roads at marked crosswalks and intersections. Obey all traffic signals, including the walk/don’t walk signs. Look in every direction before crossing.

Protecting victims across the state of Texas and beyond

When motorists fail to obey the rules of the road and carelessly ignore bicyclists and pedestrians, it is a recipe for disaster. At The Carlson Law Firm, we fight for the victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents throughout the communities in Texas, including San Antonio, Austin, Killeen and many others.

Our team of experienced Texas personal injury lawyers can handle a wide range of pedestrian accidents and injury cases, including:

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you, or a loved one have been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation one of our skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.

We serve accident and injury victims nationwide. Call us today for your free, no obligation consultation. We have bilingual staff members available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Se habla español.

 

According to investigators from the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board, electrical problems caused a chairlift at a small ski resort in Colorado to hit a support tower, sending a Texas woman 25 feet to her death.

A report released by the board on Monday details problems with the chairlift’s electrical drive/control system, which “contributed to a rare dynamic event that occurred on the lift at the time of the incident.”

Kelly Huber, 40, of San Antonio, died after falling onto hard-packed snow in the Dec. 29 incident, which occurred at Ski Granby Ranch. 

Huber’s two daughters, ages 9 and 12, also were thrown out of the chair and were injured in the incident.

Investigators also concluded “that environmental factors, weather, and the occupants of Chair No. 58 did not contribute to the cause of the incident.”

According to an autopsy, Huber suffered a traumatic rupture of her aorta, the main artery leading away from the heart. She also suffered other blunt force injuries.

What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help

When a loved one dies as a result of another’s careless actions or negligence, the law does not take this situation lightly. Victim’s families may be able to receive compensation for the wrongful death of another individual to care for those who are left suffering as a result of the accident, with the help of a skilled wrongful death attorney.

Here at The Carlson Law Firm we have a team of dedicated and experienced professionals who are committed to helping others. For your free initial consultation, simply contact any 1 of our 11 offices across the state of Texas. We are available to help you 24/7.