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Accidents in Harris County

According to figures released by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS), accidents accounted for 1,185 deaths in Harris County in 2002. While the statistics are approximately five years old at this point (it isn’t often that you find the most up-to-date stats from government entities) it is still important to note just how many people are injured in Houston each and every year.

What is worse is that so many of these accidents could have been avoided if an individual or party involved had behaved in a responsible manner, but so many of them are ultimately found to be caused by reckless or negligent actions of one or more parties. When you dig into the details of these accidents, you discover that a large number (nearly half) of these fatal accidents are vehicle collisions.

This, unfortunately, is unsurprising, given how many cars are on the road in Houston each and every day. The city has experienced explosive growth over the past decade (or more) and drivers in Houston find themselves in gridlocked traffic from Katy to Downtown, or from Downtown to the Woodlands, and every suburb and neighborhood in this city.

The 577 total deaths in “transport accidents” only tells part of the story. A full 520 of those fatalities occurred in car, truck, or motorcycle accidents, while 20 could be attributed to other land transport accidents (ATVs, bicycles, etc.), and the final 17 could be attributed to water, air, space, and unspecified accidents.

The majority (by a rather slim margin, comparatively) are non-transport accidents, which totaled 608 fatalities in 2002. Of those, 110 individuals died in a slip-and-fall accident, 40 from accidental drowning, 26 from exposure to fire, flames, or smoke, 254 to accidental poisoning, 4 to accidental discharge of firearms, and 174 to non-reported accidents that were not transport related.

Overall, these numbers tell a strong tale of how individuals in Houston are exposed to daily dangers that can potentially lead to fatal accidents. While some accidents are unavoidable, a large majority of them could be prevented if people had taken the proper safety precautions or had behaved in a responsible manner. When it comes to vehicle accidents, people have a responsibility to obey speed limits, drive while sober, and drive without distractions behind the wheel to help prevent unnecessary accidents. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their homes or businesses in a manner that prevents unnecessary falls or slips, and if an area presents a danger to others, they must put up proper signage to warn people of the potential dangers.

Dangerous industries such as factories, refineries, and oil rigs should have proper training and safety procedures in place to prevent workplace accidents such as explosions and fires, which are often very deadly for workers who happen to be present.

All of these precautions can help people stay safe while working, traveling, and going about their daily lives in Houston. While Harris County is a busy area and is constantly growing, it’s citizens must remember to protect each other while living and working in this area.

Job injuries and the Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that, in 2007, worker death tolls were 5,488 for job injuries, which are injuries occurring in relation to one’s job, or injuries that arise due to, and during, employment, and 49,000 for job-related injuries, or injuries which may be sustained even outside of the company’s premises (in connection to this, the U.S. Department of Labor considers as work-related any injury sustained by those working at home or working in a home office, so long as such injury or illness is directly related to the work they are being paid for); about 4 million workers were also reported to have suffered non-fatal work-related injuries. Most of these injuries involved workers in construction sites, where millions of workers are employed and regularly exposed to heavy equipment, sharp tools, toxic substances, and many other possible causes of bodily harm.

Although accidents resulting to injuries or death may occur in any type of working environment, these remain most common in construction sites due to the presence of many different dangerously sharp and heavy tools, hazardous substances, and machinery which, if not correctly operated or maintained, can cause terrible accidents.

Whatever type of accident occurs, this, as stated by a Brownsville accident lawyer, can cause victims face a variety of setbacks after their injury, including painful recovery periods, expensive treatments, lost time at work, and emotional distress. The most common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • Violent acts due to arguments and office politics;
  • Continuous repetitive motion, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and back pains;
  • Getting entangled in machines in factories;
  • Driving as part of work;
  • Getting struck by an object (or by a vehicle – for those working in construction sites);
  • Getting hit by a falling object;
  • Falling from a ladder, the roof, stairs, or any elevated place;
  • Slipping and/or tripping, which happens to be the second most common cause of workplace injury; and,
  • Overexertion, due to carrying, pulling, pushing, holding or lifting heavy objects.

Regardless of the cause of injury or whose fault it may be, a worker is entitled to file for benefits with the Workers’ Compensation or Workers’ Comp. This insurance benefit was introduced during the early part of the 20th century to provide immediate and sure financial assistance to workers who sustain a job-related injury or who develop an occupational illness.

Availing of Workers’ Compensation benefits, though, requires an injured worker to relinquish his/her right to file a tort suit against his/her employer to further seek compensation. This is because Workers’ Comp was established as a trade-off: receive the benefits, but give up your right to sue your employer. However, an injured worker may rather decide not to avail of the benefits for the right to pursue legal action against his/her employer. This is the path taken by those who are confident that they can prove that the accident was intended by their employer, that the employer does not carry Workers’ Comp or, that the injury is too severe or may lead to death, so that the amount of benefits offered does not fully cover the damages caused by the injury.

While allowing workers to receive compensation for any accidental injury is truly a huge benefit, making sure that this benefit should really be accepted is equally important. Thus, seeking legal advice which may help clarify a victim’s rights and legal options may be a necessary move.

How Bad Can a Car Accident Be?

It can be easy to believe that car accidents don’t happen as often as they used to. Sure, they’re always on the news but since just about everyone has a license, it can be easy to feel a false sense of security when you’re behind the wheel, despite knowing that these incidents happen all the time. It’s just so easy to forget that this, too, can happen to you—until it does.

So maybe you’re one of the latter who worries prematurely and that in itself may very well be a blessing in disguise because a cautious driver is a responsible driver. Yet, still, as according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, there are still over 2 million car accidents that happen every single year. With those accidents, hundreds of thousands of people end up injured while thousands don’t even have the good fortune of being able to walk away from such an incident.

A car accident can vary in terms of the damage it can cause. One car accident, depending on the kind of accident that it is, could be as simple as a damaged passenger door or a bent bumper. Inconvenient, yes, but ultimately easier to fix and replace than a human being would. Some car accidents could impact a person’s entire life as it is not unheard of for some incidents to cause lifelong conditions such as paralysis or disfigurement.

The variables differ and it is dependent on those variables to be able to know the damage that a car accident can do. However, there are measures that are in place in order to help victims and survivors of car accidents.

Toy Safety

When raising a child, new parents often question each decision they make in order to keep their child safe and happy. Most parents will admit that they can think of a time they may have been too overprotective, but sometimes paying close attention to a child’s surroundings can prevent them from entering serious danger. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, although toy manufacturers have strict regulations in order to protect children, dangerous toys still make it on the shelves.

Make sure that when a child is playing with an electric or battery operated toy that it is shut off completely after they are done. Not doing so can run the risk of the toy heating up to dangerous levels and burning a child. Sometimes if a toy is not wired adequately, it can heat up rapidly and hurt your child even if it is always turned off after playtime.

If a toy includes or is packaged in a object that can cover and attach to a child’s face – such as a plastic bag – keep them in your sight at all times while they play with the toy, for it can cause a child to suffocate. In fact, any sort of packaging that can cause suffocation should be thrown away before the child comes in contact with the toy.

For younger children especially, be aware of the noise level of their toys if they have sound effects. If a toy is too loud, it can cause hearing damage. The younger the child, the more this is a possibility.

Most toys have some sort of sharp object, so it is important to know the mannerisms of certain children to determine what toys you can trust them with and how much monitoring they need. Sharp objects are hard to avoid, but being more aware of the situation will reduce the risk of injury.

The Story of Noah Conley

Almost any Boston personal injury attorney would agree that people who experience physical or emotional trauma often have to seek medical help. Unfortunately, this was the case with teenager Noah Conley.

In 2013, Conley received serious head trauma after a truck hit him while he was walking to school, according to News-Press Now. Doctors told his mother that he would never fully recover, but thankfully two years later that does not seem to be the case. Noah recently graduated from Cameron High School and will be attending Iowa Wesleyan College in the fall where he will study pre-med and psychology.

Before the accident, Noah was dead set on joining the military, but his injury now disqualifies him from being in the armed forces. His new career goal is to be a neurologist due to his newfound appreciation for how the brain works.

After the accident Noah had to relearn how to walk and write. Also, because of damage to his frontal lobe he had to relearn social skills as well. He said because of this he felt very isolated for some time proceeding he accident. Now, his condition has improved greatly. He still has long term memory problems, but the biggest hindrance for him currently is his short term memory.

Miraculously, he still retained his ability to play clarinet, drums, guitar, and bassoon. He even received a music scholarship for his talents on bassoon. Noah enjoys learning foreign languages, and now knows as much in regards to them as he did before the accident.

Noah, although he has improved greatly, still receives after effects of his injury such a seizures and impulse control problems. The website of the Iowa personal injury lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group says that when trucks are involved in accidents, the consequences are often life changing. This has definitely been the case for Noah Conley.