Month: January 2018

Jan 31

Motorcycle Accidents Attorney

Statistics compiled over the years have provided conclusive evidence that motorcycles run extremely high risks for being in road traffic accidents. Even if riders are properly trained and aware of their surroundings, they are still in danger of passenger vehicles whose drivers fail to see them. Due to the fact the motorcycle riders have much less protection than drivers in trucks or cars, injuries in motorcycle accidents are very frequent and often severe.

Nationwide studies have determined that, on average, the likelihood of motorcycle riders being injured in a road traffic accident is over 95%, with nearly half of the injuries being serious or life-threatening. In the Lone Star State, crash reports published by the Texas Department of Transportation show over 10,000 recorded incidents of motorcycle riders who were injured or killed in 2011 alone. These casualty rates are much higher than other states because Texas does not require all motorcycle operators to wear helmets. According to the Texas Transportation Code §661, motorcycle riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet provided they have proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course.

With a high potential for injuries, fatalities and the lack of a helmet law, Texas motorcycle riders who have been injured in traffic collisions often require extensive and expensive medical treatment. Common injuries suffered by motorcycle riders include soft tissue damage, bone breaks, facial damages, and brain trauma, even if a helmet is worn. The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. wants to ensure that injured motorcycle riders are able to pay for the medical attention their injuries require by letting them know about their rights and the common problems inherent to motorcycle accident cases.

Undercompensated Riders When it comes to filing a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents, victims should be aware of the possible difficulties that may arise. Unlike auto accidents involving only passenger vehicles, motorcycle accidents can make determining liability and compensation increasingly difficult. When insurance companies become involved, motorcycle riders run the risk of being undercompensated or even held liable for causing the accident.

The unfortunate fact is that many of these injured motorcycle riders often receive little or even no compensation in accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers. This is often due to insurance companies capitalizing on the unsafe practices associated with motorcycle riders. Claims of motorcycle operators using unsafe speeds, lane changing and lane splitting are common methods used to shift blame and culpability away from drivers of passenger vehicles, especially in cases involving sports bikes.

Without qualified legal assistance, you may fall victim to these allegations and may receive unfair compensation. Our firm is capable of handling cases involving motorcycle accidents and is prepared to defend you rights against insurance companies whose goal is to pay as little monetary compensation as possible. Texas Law, for example, has no explicit stipulations prohibiting lane splitting and still holds drivers accountable for accidents occurring as a result of their negligence or failure to be aware of their surroundings.

Our Firm Can Protect Your Rights The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. is familiar with motorcycle laws, the ways in which insurance companies assess damages and compensate victims in motorcycle accidents and the common strategies used to relieve drivers of passenger vehicles from culpability. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and have recovered compensation for our clients in the tens of millions. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to the favorable outcome of your case that you contact the firm as soon as possible. Do not allow yourself to be under-compensated for an accident you did not cause.

Jan 20

Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

Although public scrutiny of conditions in nursing homes is on the rise, nursing home neglect is still frequently overlooked. Nursing home neglect, which can include abuse, often results in the decline in health of elderly residents who are often already frail and can potentially be fatal. Nursing home liability is different than premises liability because these homes were specifically designed to care for individuals who often require a great deal of attention. Nursing homes are also commonly contractually obligated to provide certain types of treatment and care for different residents, and are held to strictly enforced safety regulations.

Families or elderly individuals who make the decision to live in nursing home facilities place a great deal of trust on employees and administrators to ensure that they or their loved ones with be properly taken care of. Families often spend a great deal of money to provide the care, medical treatment and support their aging family members require. Elderly people who are no longer able to do simple tasks or adequately take care of themselves depend heavily on staff members for a number of situations at all hours of the days an night. Because the residents of nursing homes are highly vulnerable to sickness, illness and other ailments, neglect, even if unintentional, can have severe and possibly fatal results.

Common Signs of Neglect Neglect in nursing homes can be habitual or isolated instances. In either case, when there is evidence that an elderly resident is being inexplicably injured or subjected to unhealthy conditions, it is important to speak up and determine if there is negligence involved. There are many forms of nursing home neglect, which can include some of the following:

  • Basic needs
  • Personal hygiene
  • Medical or psychiatric
  • Emotional
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Although some of these forms of neglect can result from oversight or genuine mistakes, employees must still be held accountable for acting without reasonable care. They are entrusted by families and elderly residents to act with a great deal of responsibility and decency, and when they fail to do so, they must be held responsible.

Neglect in nursing homes can also be very difficult to detect. Even with regular visits from family members and loved ones, elderly victims may be unaware or unable to articulate the extent of staff neglect. If you believe a family member or loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, there are a few common signs that may be helpful in determining the extent or type of negligence:

  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Unexplained injuries, bruises or welts
  • Arguments or tension between staff and residents
  • Unsanitary conditions

It is important to be aware of the physical and emotional condition of your loved ones and for the general conditions and conduct of the nursing home facility and staff members. If you suspect that caregivers are not providing residents with the proper care and support it is important to report reasonable suspicions to administrators or seek the assistance of qualified and experienced legal aid.

Neglecting Simple Needs

Neglect of personal hygiene and basic needs are some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect. Clean clothes, bed sheets, oral hygiene, bathing and general cleanliness are simple tasks many residents require help with. Failing to do even the simplest procedures can result in serious health consequences for victims whose health is already in decline. Bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration are common consequences of basic need neglect, but residents can also suffer extreme illnesses or diseases.

The medical needs of elderly residents are also an extremely important responsibility for nursing homes. Aside from providing the required medical care and administering the proper medications, staff members must treat even the smallest medical issues with the proper amount of concern. Allowing cuts, scrapes or burns to go untreated can result in serious infections for residents whose immune systems are increasingly weak. There have been many cases of fatalities and serious illnesses resulting from minor medical injuries that were left untreated

Emotional neglect or abuse is even more difficult to identify than physical neglect. Overworked employees may take their stress and anger out on elderly residents, or may not adequately care for individuals who display signs of mental and emotional instability. Emotional neglect can be extremely detrimental to residents' well-being and many elderly victims frequently become isolated and depressed. As with other forms of non-physical damages, emotional neglect is difficult to describe, but can still take its toll on elderly victims who fail to receive the proper help or treatment.

All of these forms of neglect are extremely distasteful and unnecessary, and they are also unfortunately difficult to identify. Employees entrusted with the well-being of elderly residents have not only a legal obligation to provide care, but also face a social stigma of harming individuals who are commonly and increasingly defenseless. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home neglect, it is important that you speak up to find justice for victims and hold those responsible for nursing home neglect liable for their carelessness. By having an attorney assist you in a personal injury claim for nursing home neglect, you can defend not only your rights, but also the right of other elderly residents who deserve to be treated properly and with compassion.

End Neglect with Our Help The reluctance or inability of elderly victims to speak out about nursing home neglect makes it difficult to hold nursing homes accountable for their negligence. With the help of an attorney from our firm, you or your loved ones can be confident that we will take your case personally do what it takes to determine if the needs of elderly residents have been compromised or if there are any instances of abuse. The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. strongly believes in defending the rights of helpless victims who are unable to stand up for themselves. If you would like to discuss your case, please fill out an online case evaluation or contact the firm as soon as possible to take the steps to make it heard that nursing home neglect will not be tolerated.

Jan 12

Offshore Injuries Attorney

Along with the rest of the Gulf Coast region, Texas is a hotspot for the offshore oil industry. Workers in this industry are often involved in construction, drilling, refining and other processes used in finding and producing crude oil or other natural resources. The petroleum industry is highly globalized, and as a result, market competition can force companies to increase production, speed and output of their goods and services at the risk of worker safety. Coupled with the fact that offshore workers deal with extremely dangerous conditions, equipment, machinery and potentially toxic chemicals, and the offshore oil industry's potential for accidents and injuries can be as high as the construction industry and industrial sector.

Seamen, dockworkers and other employees in the petrochemical or natural gas industry frequently suffer injuries due to unsafe conditions on offshore platforms, spars, barges and other various vessels. In addition, the drilling, transportation and refining sectors of the oil and gas industry injure and kill countless offshore and deep-water workers each year. Our firm wants to help these injured victims and their families put their lives back together and make sure that these companies are held accountable for their negligence.

Offshore jobs are notorious for being one of the most dangerous occupations, and although many regulations have been constructed to protect workers, many are still routinely injured and they often receive inadequate compensation. In fact, the US Chemical Safety Board has recently announced a heightened investigation and analysis of the oil and gas industry's offshore safety practices throughout the Gulf Coast. This is an excellent way to reduce offshore injuries, but when they do occur, offshore workers still need legal representation to fight for their right to be fairly compensated.

Offshore Workers: Protect Your Rights The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. wants to help the victims injured in offshore accidents take the steps to ensure that there are fairly compensated. By filing a personal injury claim with the help of an attorney from our firm, you may be able to receive compensation that will cover the medical care and treatment your injuries require, any lost wages or future earnings and the potential to be reimbursed for the pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment or quality of life you and your family may have experienced.

Our firm has a reputation of success and has recovered compensation for injured victims in the tens of millions. Our experience, work ethic and dedication to our clients has made our firm stand out from the rest. Time is an important factor in these personal injury cases and we urge you to fill out a free online case evaluation or contact the firm as soon as possible to discuss your case and how we can help.