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OSHA Campaigns to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

As summer heats up and heat indexes rise to dangerous levels across the country and along the Gulf Coast, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is hoping to raise awareness among employers and workers about the dangers of working in extreme heat. The campaign’s important message comes down to three words: Water. Rest. Shade.

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What Coverage is Available to Passengers Injured in Uber and Lyft Ridesharing Car Accidents?

Ten years ago, ridesharing car accidents were unheard of. Uber and Lyft weren’t even in existence. Now they’re multi-billion dollar companies with drivers across the country. Of course, the more drivers that these companies have on the road, the more ridesharing car accidents they’re involved in. Injured passengers never got compensated in some of those accidents. Both companies now provide certain insurance coverage for their drivers and Texas has mandated other coverage. What coverage applies depends on what the driver is doing at the time of an accident. Entire blog →

Summer Calls for Extra Care with AC and Other Appliances

Tuesday was the first official day of summer, and that means air conditioners and large appliances are doing extra duty as the days get longer and the temperatures higher. But it also means a greater number of accidents and injuries due to electrocution, fires and faulty equipment. Here, a few tips to keep in mind as you attempt to keep cool and comfortable during the lazy months of summer:

Of course, even when operating equipment safely and according to manufacturers’ instructions, incidents occur and people get injured, many times because of negligence or neglect on the part of the manufacturers or other responsible parties. Stevenson & Murray has handled numerous cases involving burns, electrocution and death caused by the use of defective fans, heaters or air conditions, or other commercial or home appliances. If you have questions about a similar case, contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

Seeking Compensation for Summertime Injuries

Summer is the time for sports and other outdoor activities, and it is also a good time to accomplish some needed tasks around the house. Unfortunately, summertime injuries that often accompany these activities may require both extensive medical attention and financial compensation. This is the time to consider legal intervention, the type available from the law firm of Stevenson & Murray. These are some common summertime injuries that could justify the filing of a personal injury claim:

Water-Related Injuries

Summer is synonymous with water sports, but these activities make water-related injuries a particularly serious threat during this time of year. Asphyxiation resulting from prolonged water immersion can be fatal or lead to permanent disabilities. Pool accidents may result from improper supervision or defective facilities. Boating accidents taking place on waterways or along the Gulf Coast can lead to asphyxiation and other injuries, including serious cuts and broken bones.

Vehicular Accidents

These are the months often reserved for traveling, but traffic accidents on highways can have far more serious consequences than those occurring on city streets. Broken bones, internal injuries, and whiplash are the common consequences of vehicular accidents. A collision with one of the large trucks that rumble along the roads and highways of Texas can be even more serious, leading to crushing injuries or even amputations.

Sports Injuries

Popular summertime team sports include baseball, soccer and, later in the season, football. Sprains, dislocations and knee injuries can be expected when participating in such sports, and some may be serious enough to require specialized medical care. Improper equipment can be a primary or contributing factor in some team sports injuries.

Household Injuries

The summer is a good time to paint, make repairs or engage in other household chores. It is also the time for outdoor barbecuing and backyard recreational activities. Related summertime injuries include burns, exposure to hazardous materials and fractures resulting from falls. Some of these accidents can be blamed on defective products or the careless acts of others.

The Importance of Legal Representation

A personal injury attorney will represent those who experience summertime injuries and help ensure that they receive the compensation that they need. This is why those who have been so victimized should consider seeking help from the law firm of Stevenson & Murray.

Motorcycle Safety Takes Center Stage in May

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, bringing awareness of the unique dangers for motorcyclists and everyone who shares the rode with them. Motorcycles are high on fun, excitement and fuel efficiency, but they are also high on risk. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that deaths occur 27 times more frequently for motorcyclists than fatalities in other vehicles, and injuries occur six times as often.

Wise riders know the best way to reduce risk and increase safety is to get educated and practice good habits. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind as the weather warms and peak riding season approaches:

Use your head. The best tool you have to protect yourself is your knowledge and decision making. Be in the know and get trained about the make and model of your bike, and always keep it in top operating condition. Take advantage of safety and training classes, especially if you are a new owner, and understand a greater level of skill and experience is needed to carry a passenger. Be aware of the key sightline and visibility differences between driving a car and driving in an open-air environment, and practice defensive techniques to account for car drivers that might not see you approaching.

Protect your head. While helmets and safety gear are not legally required for motorcyclists in all states, smart riders protect themselves by wearing DOT-approved helmets and insisting that their passengers do as well. That’s because the leading cause of death and injury in a motorcycle accident is head trauma, and while wearing a helmet cannot guarantee you won’t be seriously injured or die, it does greatly improve your odds of surviving or sustaining serious head injury or brain trauma.

Don’t stop at your head. It can be tempting to ride without proper clothing to protect yourself in a crash, especially in warm climates and during the summer months in general. But doing so can deprive you of a valuable layer of protection not only from the elements but also in the event of a crash or incident where you lose control of the bike. Protective riding pants, jackets and footwear can make the difference between walking away and being transported away from a crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced trial attorney to advocate for your rights. The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators with extensive experience with personal injury cases involving motorcycles. Do you have questions? Call us today to discuss your case in a no-obligation consultation.

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For Accident Victims

Stevenson & Murray is industry renowned for remarkable successes and deep expertise handling complex and sophisticated accident and personal injury cases. From the moment we open a claim through trial and to the last appeal, we are passionately committed to making a life-changing difference for each and every client we represent.

The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators and advocates for personal injury victims. We consider all personal injury cases but specialize in cases involving wrongful death, maritime and admiralty law, trucking accidents, large commercial fires, talc claims, and commercial and industrial accidents.

Have you been hurt in an accident? Contact our offices in Houston today to discuss your rights and legal options in a free consultation with a leading personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney.

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For Lawyers

It is an honor and a privilege to work side by side with some of the best in our industry. Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to work with other law firms. We have a long and proud tradition of partnering with co-counsel to strengthen a client’s case. Decades of experience in our practice specialties and an exceptional record of achievement both in and out of the courtroom position us well to support the case needs of associating firms.

Our reputation as a leading personal injury firm and our uncommon litigation skill provide key advantages to our partners and their clients. Whether you are looking to add depth or breadth of experience to a case, expand jurisdiction or geographical coverage, provide additional resources to investigate or try a case, or leverage our relationships with top experts in numerous industries where we excel, we help co-counsel secure top verdicts and settlements.

Stevenson & Murray is a leading choice for clients and lawyers alike. Our referral business is a source of great pride for our entire team, and we constantly strive to earn and maintain the highest level of respect from our colleagues.

 

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