Author: Corey K. Ferguson

May 16

Auto Accidents Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in America. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, over 200,000 people were injured in an automobile accident and one reportable crash occurred every 83 seconds in 2011. These are significant statistics that affect real people on a daily basis and in the event that an accident was caused due to the negligence of another driver, injured victims may be able to receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim. If you have been involved in any of the following auto accidents, our firm can be of assistance:

  • Rollovers
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side collisions
  • Road departures
  • Rear-end collisions

It is reported that more than half of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. Driving recklessly, texting while driving, driving while intoxicated and poorly maintained roadways are common factors that lead to injury-causing accidents. Motorcycle accidents and railroad accidents are also common types of road traffic incidents, and both have extremely high injury and fatality rates.

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists
Despite the fact that Texas law mandates liability insurance for all motorists, Texas has one of the highest amounts of uninsured drivers in the nation. It is estimated that close to a quarter of drivers on Texas roadways drive without minimum insurance coverage, which raises the potential for accidents involving uninsured motorists. If you were involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, retaining legal counsel is essential to improve your chances of being fairly compensated. Legal proceedings involving uninsured motorists can quickly become complicated and are often very stressful for victims. By hiring a personal injury attorney from our firm, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we use our experience and legal knowledge to bring your case to a favorable resolution.

Hit and Run Incidents
The Texas Transportation Code §550.021 requires all motorists involved in an injury-causing accident to immediately stop and remain present at the site of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in Texas, but it still occurs with alarming frequency. Whether the person fleeing the scene was an uninsured motorist or a drunk driver, injured victims can feel incredibly vulnerable and unsure of what to do. If you have been injured by a driver who also committed a hit and run, contacting our firm for legal assistance can provide you with the necessary help for the complicated situations that frequently arise in hit and run cases. Our highly experienced attorneys can evaluate your situation, injuries and insurance policy and can help you file a personal injury claim.

Trucking Accidents
Accidents involving semis, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers or other large trucks can cause some of the most horrendous motor vehicle accidents and have a high potential for causing injuries. Although the trucking industry is highly regulated and truck drivers go through extensive background checks and driver’s safety training, they still run a risk of driving while intoxicated, being distracted, texting while driving, being tired or failing to drive responsibly. Because trucks often carry heavy loads and are unable to stop or maneuver quickly, trucking accidents can cause severe and fatal injuries can also cause multi-vehicle collisions.

If you have been injured in a trucking accident, it is strongly recommended that you contact legal representation immediately after the incident. Trucking companies have large resources and employ strong legal teams in order to prevent them from overpaying injured victims. Working with a personal injury attorney form our firm can greatly reduce your risk of being undercompensated. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by large corporations and insurance companies. We are tough litigators and will work hard to fight for your case.

We have represented many clients who were injured in trucking accidents and have obtained substantial recoveries for them and their families. For instance, we have helped a young man get the compensation needed to pay for his medical treatment after the vehicle he was in was hit by a tractor trailer. We have also worked with a man in his 40s who was broadsided by an 18-wheeler whose driver ran a red light. Our client suffered many serious injuries including a broken femur, broken collar bone, two injured shoulders and will likely need a hip replacement in the future. He suffered through many surgeries and was unable to work. Our firm obtained a large recovery to cover his lost wages and future earnings to help support his wife and five children.

We are Here to Help
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, our firm is here to help you through this difficult time and is prepared to fight for your right to be fairly compensated. Auto accidents and their compensation fluctuate considerably from case to case and it is essential that you have an attorney from our firm evaluate the particularities of your accident. We understand that injury-causing accidents can place tremendous financial strain on you and your loved ones, which is why we only work on contingency fees. To discuss your case, fill out a free case evaluation or contact us as soon as possible.

May 15

Dangerous Drugs Attorney

Unsafe Medication
Whether it is prescription medication, over the counter drugs, vitamins or supplements, American markets are flooded by a barrage of pills and medications and consumers are constantly pushed and pulled by the marketing campaigns of the latest and greatest drugs. The laundry list of side-effects rattled off at the end of medication commercials may sound amusing, but there is nothing humorous about the serious adverse drug reactions defective and unsafe drugs can cause.

Pharmaceutical companies and medication manufacturers constantly put pressure on the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to release drugs to the public quickly and with less stringent testing. The amount of drug recalls in the news is enough to show that this practice needs to end. Often, the tests are inconclusive and many times these drugs can cause severe physical injuries and illnesses. Some of the most common hazardous medications or drugs include:

  • Avandia
  • Yaz and Yasmin
  • Actos
  • Topamax
  • Fosamax
  • Reglan
  • Paxil
  • Pradaxa

There are numerous other products whose adverse side effects can cause extreme and life-altering injuries or illnesses. Pharmaceutical companies must be held accountable for releasing products they knew, or should have known, were unsafe for public consumption. If you became sick or were injured as a result of taking these or any other medications, drugs or supplements, or if you used a defective medical product, you may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim.

Fighting for Victims of Unsafe Drugs
Many of the victims who were injured or became sick as a result of taking medications used them with the intention of improving their lives, only to discover that company claims were false and the products they used were dangerous and harmful. To make matters worse, pharmaceutical companies are often extremely large and powerful and have seemingly unlimited resources and financial assets. Our firm wants victims of unsafe drugs to know that we are prepared to handle such cases and will fight on their behalf to be fairly compensated.

The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. has more than 40 years of combined experience and has obtained compensation for our clients in the tens of millions. We want to help clients recover from their unfortunate injuries and work only on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not be charged if we don’t win. Client satisfaction is our top priority, not our pocketbooks. To learn more about how we can help or to discuss the nature of your case, contact the firm as soon as possible.

Apr 21

Construction Site Accidents

Construction sites are a common sight in Texas, as new residential and commercial properties continuously sprout up throughout the state. As with any employer, construction companies have an obligation to provide safe, healthy and adequate conditions for employees who work hard to build and improve the community. Despite numerous safety regulations, the construction sector has one of the highest employee injury rates of any industry, and some of the most potentially dangerous situations.

Federal laws established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and governed by OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, provide a detailed list of regulations and procedures for ensuring that construction workers are kept safe on the job. Despite the efforts, construction remains a hazardous occupation. In recent years, OSHA has stepped up enforcement and efforts aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities at Texas construction sites. In 2007 alone, 144 construction workers died on the job and many more were injured.

Not only are Texas construction sites extremely dangerous, many construction workers who were injured at work receive inadequate compensation. In fact, the Houston Chronicle has reported that many contractor associations are regularly flooded with complaints from construction workers who aren’t given the proper safety equipment or fail to receive proper medical care when they are injured on the job. Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to under-compensation.

Construction Workers’ Rights
The most common construction accidents involve falling objects, falls, electrocution and incidents involving large or heavy machinery. It is up to employers to ensure that their employees are provided with the proper safety equipment, routinely maintained equipment and machinery, safe scaffolding, covers and warnings for holes, weak spots or power lines and that their workers are properly trained. Adequate working conditions can also be applied to sufficient breaks and overtime regulations for workers who must often endure the extreme Texas heat.

If you have experienced any of these accidents, or if you were injured while working on a construction site, it is vital to a successful case that you immediately report the accident and injury and bring your situation to the attention of a qualified personal injury attorney. OSHA regulations can be dense and liability laws are often complicated. Workers’ compensation requirements and insurance regulations can also make these injury claims more difficult. When multiple contracting and subcontracting companies are involved or when there are additional premises liability issues, construction accident cases can quickly become complex.

Contacting the Firm
Even though we have a reputation of winning and have recovered compensation worth tens of millions of dollars, we still take pride in the fact that we are also well known for making ourselves easily accessible and open to every client during their case. If you choose to work with our firm you can be confident that we will have your back every step of the way. If you have an emergency at any time of the day or night, we will answer. That is our level of dedication to our clients. To further show how committed we are, we work only on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees unless we win. Client satisfaction is our main priority, not our wallets.

The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. is experienced in defending injured construction workers and has a strong knowledge of Texas labor and liability laws. We are also familiar with OSHA regulations and will thoroughly investigate your case to determine which regulations were violated and who should be held responsible. Our firm will also fight aggressively to defend your right to fair compensation against the large resources, legal teams and insurance adjustors many contractors and construction companies commonly assemble to protect them from overpaying injured workers. Don’t allow yourself to be undercompensated. To discuss your case and its personal circumstances, fill out a free case evaluation or contact us directly.