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  • National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Part 4: The Hidden Costs of Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Sep-2019

    This is the last blog in our weekly series that has been dedicated to spinal cord injury survivors and National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Last week, we dispelled myths and stereotypes by answering frequently asked questions regarding spinal cord injuries. Our final post is about the lifetime costs and hidden fees associated with spinal cord injuries. The Lifetime Costs of a Spinal Cord ...
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  • Distracted Driving Is Becoming a Much Bigger Problem Today

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 25-Sep-2019

    Distractions are everywhere in this world we live in. Whether it’s checking an email, replying to a text, or calling your friend, cellphones have become an integral part of many of our days. Because of our dependence on these devices, many people continue to use their phones while behind the wheel, which is considered distracted driving. However, cellphone usage, while being the most common, ...
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  • New Findings: Are Millennials Actually the Worst Distracted Drivers?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 25-Sep-2019

    Baby Boomers are quick to put the blame on Millennials for being the worst drivers, and the most distracted drivers on the road today, especially when it comes to cellphone usage behind the wheel. Now, this statement isn’t completely false, as Millennials have the highest cellphone usage while driving. However, there are other statistics in Liberty Mutual’s recent survey that shows ...
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  • National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Part 3: What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Sep-2019

    Welcome to the penultimate blog in this special series that is dedicated to spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors and National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Last week, we discussed the peripheral nervous system, the 5 leading causes of spinal cord injuries, and the various treatments available to accident victims with SCI. The purpose of this post, however, is to dispel pervasive myths and shed ...
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  • National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Part 2: The 5 Leading Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 18-Sep-2019

    Welcome back to our blog series that is dedicated to spinal cord injury survivors and National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Last week, we discussed the history of this annual observance and how our firm plans to show our support throughout the month of September! In this post, we are going to examine the central nervous system, the 5 leading causes of spinal cord injuries, and what ...
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  • Spotting and Avoiding a Distracted Driver

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 15-Sep-2019

    We’re sure anyone from Texas who is reading this is overly familiar with the fact that there is an abundance of distracted drivers on the road. Whether you see drivers chowing down on their way to work, replying to an urgent email in traffic, or just outright paying more attention to the party going on in their backseat than they are to the road ahead, driving distracted is one of the most ...
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  • The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC Observes National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Part 1

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Sep-2019

    SCI in the United States Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to data collected by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCSC), there are approximately 249,000 to 363,000 Americans currently living with SCI-related injuries and disabilities, and about 17,320 new cases reported each year. The National Institute of ...
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  • AAA Report Claims In-Vehicle Technology Distracts Older Drivers

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Aug-2019

    Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Despite ongoing advancements in vehicle safety technology, there hasn’t been a noticeable decrease in the number of car accident fatalities in this country. Last year, there were at least 40,000 roadway deaths, only a 1% decrease from 2017 (40,231 deaths). The National Safety Council contributes ...
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  • OSHA Investigates Fatal Construction Accident in Austin

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 22-Aug-2019

    In 1970, Congress established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce work-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths in America. In the last 49 years, workplace fatalities have declined by over 40%. However, there is one industry that OSHA can’t seem to fix: the construction industry. Construction sites are inherently dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor ...
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  • 4 Surprising Accidents That Can Lead to a Court Case

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-Aug-2019

    A single accident or incident can change the course of a person’s life forever. If your actions or conduct are responsible for someone else’s injuries, you could be held legally accountable for their medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. When it comes to personal injury claims, most people tend to think of car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice incidents, ...
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  • Dog Bites: The Danger of Emotional Support Animals on Flights

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Aug-2019

    What Is an Emotional Support Animal? In the last few years, there has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the concept of Emotional Support Animals (ESA). An ESA is essentially a pet – dog, cat, peacock, alligator, etc. – that serves as a constant companion to people with emotional and mental disabilities. To legally qualify for an ESA, a candidate needs to be certified as ...
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  • Types of Paralysis

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Aug-2019

    When the word “paralysis” comes up, many people immediately think spinal cord injury. While spinal cord injuries are the leading cause of paralysis in the United States, there are countless injuries that may lead to paralysis. So, to keep things simple, paralysis is broken down into four categories based on the part of the body that is impacted. Monoplegia Mono is a prefix meaning one, ...
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  • Can a Bicyclist Be at Fault for an Accident?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Jul-2019

    When a bicyclist is harmed in a motor vehicle collision, most people automatically assume that a “negligent” motorist will be held responsible for the accident and any costs associated with the victim’s injuries. After all, bicyclists face higher levels of risk on the road, and drivers legally owe them a duty of care. However, what many people don’t realize is that this ...
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  • What Is an Attractive Nuisance?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Jul-2019

    Children are naturally curious, reckless, and prone to courting danger. Some, in fact, carelessly throw their bodies at the world, not realizing that they’ve let their safety net (mom and dad) back at home. Unfortunately, this predisposition for reckless adventure and exploration can get them into quite a bit of trouble, especially if they meander onto someone’s property and the ...
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  • Paralysis: Life at What Cost?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Jul-2019

    Studies show that spinal cord injuries are the leading cause of paralysis in the United States. With close to 1 in 50 people in the US living with paralysis, and nearly 13,000 new spinal cord injuries reported each year, it’s important to understand how this life-long disability individual’s lives, both financially and physically. Financial Costs of Paralysis There are an estimated ...
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