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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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  • 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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  • What Evidence Do I Need to Collect After a Car Accident?

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

    Surviving any type of car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Unfortunately, most at-fault drivers won’t take the high road after causing a collision. If anything, they may try to escape liability by tricking their victims into making a statement or apology that jeopardizes their claim. To protect yourself from the machinations of a negligent driver and their insurer, ...
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  • Filing a Claim After Surviving a Car Accident Involving a Police Vehicle

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Jun-2019

    Police officers in Texas serve their respective communities by preventing crime and enforcing state laws. However, it’s not unusual to see a uniformed officer abusing their position by practicing dangerous driving habits, such as speeding, making illegal turns, and even participating in distracted driving behaviors. Of course, sometimes law enforcement officials are pressured or encouraged ...
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  • Understanding Texas' Good Samaritan Law

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Jun-2019

    The term “good Samaritan” originates from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, a famous allegory included in the Christian Gospel of Luke. Over the centuries, this designation has been repurposed into a common metaphor that describes any charitable, helpful, or selfless individual. For example, a good Samaritan can be a person who helps a stranger change a flat tire or habitually donates ...
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  • What Should I Do If My Police Report Isn't Ready?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Jun-2019

    There are a few important steps you must take after a car accident if you intend to file a claim. In Texas, a driver needs to complete a police report after an accident or submit a Crash Report, Form CR-2 within 10 days of the collision if the accident resulted in injuries, death, or property damages exceeding $1,000. However, it can be difficult to complete these actions if you’re driven ...
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  • OSHA's 4 Fatal Construction Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Jun-2019

    The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) has operated under a single mission statement since its inception on April 28, 1971: “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” In the last 48 years, the workplace fatality rate has dropped 62% , and ...
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  • Catastrophic Injuries Defined

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Jun-2019

    You are cautious and careful when on the road. You put your safety and that of your fellow drivers first. You follow the rules and remain vigilant and alert for possible dangers. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of every person who gets behind the wheel of a car. Some people drive in such a careless fashion that they should not even be on the road. If you have been badly hurt in a car ...
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  • Lawmakers Introduce Bills that Target Annual Traffic Fatality Rates

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

    Last April, the Texas Department of Transportation released a report analyzing specific “crash facts” from 2017. According to their research, at least one Texan is killed in a traffic collision every 2 hours and 21 minutes. Sadly – but unsurprisingly, our state consistently leads the nation in having the highest number of traffic fatalities each year – in 2017, that number ...
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  • Workers' Compensation & the Dangers of Returning to Work Early

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

    A serious job-related injury can keep an employee out of work for weeks or months. Unfortunately, employers aren’t above disputing workers’ compensation claims just to safeguard their insurance premiums. Some employers will even manipulate or intimidate their workers just to get them back in the office sooner. If you’ve been injured in a work-related accident, it’s critical ...
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  • Can Employer Negligence Cause Truck Accidents?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Apr-2019

    Each year, an alarmingly high number of Texans are killed or injured in traffic collisions involving 18-wheeler vehicles. Many grieving families and accident survivors struggle to maintain their prior lifestyles in the aftermath of a collision because they’re burdened by medical debts, funeral expenses, and unexpected probate costs. Fortunately, these people may have grounds to pursue ...
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  • Austin Has Been Invaded by an Influx of E-Bikes & E-Scooters

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Mar-2019

    In the last decade, Americans have greatly benefited from advancements in mobile application technology. Rideshare giants Uber and Lyft have completely revolutionized the transportation industry, and their individual success stories have inspired Bird and Lime to try their hand at e-bikes and e-scooters. While these recreational transportation devices aren’t exactly new technology, being ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

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

    What Is a Brain Injury? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider traumatic brain injuries (TBI) one of the most serious public health problems in the United States. Each year, over 2.5 million Americans sustain mild to severe head injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain. These injuries frequently result from traffic collisions, sports accidents, terrible falls, ...
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  • The Traffic Fatality Rate Drops Due to HB 62

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

    In 2017, Texas lawmakers, awareness groups, and various safety organizations noticed a disconcerting increase in the number of traffic collisions and fatalities in The Lone Star State. This tragic rise was accurately attributed to distracting advancements in cell phone technology. According to a Cambridge Mobile Telematics study released in 2017, one in four motor vehicle accidents happen because ...
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  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to PTSD & Depression

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

    On January 30, 2019, Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, Sonia Jain, PhD, and Josepth T. Giacino, PhD posted “ Risk of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression in in Civilian Patients After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Track-TBI Study” on JAMA Psychiatry. As the title implies, this study links mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. While ...
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  • Rainy Day Boating Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 8-Feb-2019

    For many people, boating is a way of life and a relaxing sojourn into nature. However, this isn’t the safest hobby when weather conditions turn sour; in fact, best safety practices indicate that it’s preferable to stay off the water when it’s raining. After all, rainy weather suggests poor visibility and dangerous wave conditions. With this in mind, it’s important to check ...
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  • Why Does Amputation Occur?

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

    Amputations are some of the worst types of injuries, but they are not talked about often. However, there are a number of reasons a person may experience an amputation and it’s important to discover what can be done if amputation is caused by negligence. Reasons Amputation May Happen Amputation may be necessary in a number of situations, including various health conditions and dangers from ...
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  • Traveling Safely This Holiday Season

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Dec-2018

    Between rainy weather, fatigued pilots, and reckless drivers, December is one of the most dangerous months for traveling. Many Americans tend to imagine Texas as a vast desert melting under a hot sun 24/7. Texans, however, have an intimate understanding of just how dangerous this state’s winter wonderland can be. To keep your holiday from turning into a tragedy, the Austin personal injury ...
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  • Understanding the Long-Term Cost of Paralysis

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Dec-2018

    When individuals suffer serious spinal cord injuries, it may result in paralysis. This is a serious and life-altering injury that is often caused by someone else’s negligence. Not everyone knows what this means for the injured individual in the long-run. Unfortunately, some individuals fail to take legal action when someone’s negligence causes a serious spinal cord injury. However, ...
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  • The 12 Injuries of Christmas

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 11-Dec-2018

    Each Christmas, families gather together to open presents and enjoy a delicious meal. While the Christmas spirit is associated with pleasant and merry connotations, there is, unfortunately, a reason emergency rooms remain a popular Christmas destination. To help you avoid any preventable hospital visits, our Austin personal injury lawyers have created a list of 12 common (and avoidable!) ...
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  • What Happens to the Victim of a Spinal Cord Injury?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 3-Dec-2018

    You may have seen very serious instances of individuals suffering serious spinal cord injuries. This can include situations including car accidents, sports injuries, and more. They’re some of the most serious types of injuries and the results are long-lasting. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the serious nature of spinal cord injuries. It’s important to recognize the symptoms and why ...
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  • Treating Thanksgiving Burn Injuries

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-Nov-2018

    The current cultural narrative of Thanksgiving paints a beautiful picture of families gathering together to feast and celebrate their blessings. However, it’s easy for an accident to happen when frantic families are hustling to cook a hearty meal. In fact, countless families race to local emergency rooms each year because of holiday-related burn injuries. According to the National Fire ...
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  • What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Nov-2018

    Far too often, individuals are left to deal with the long-lasting and daunting impact of an injury sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence. Whether it involves a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or any other situation, thousands and thousands of these incidents occur each year. Unfortunately, there are some injuries that may be considered more serious than others, ...
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  • Car Accidents & Texas' Modified Comparative Fault Rule

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Nov-2018

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be interested in filing a claim and pursuing damages that ease your injury-related financial burdens. After all, a beneficial settlement or verdict can award compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, rehabilitative services, and other non-economic damages. However, it may be difficult for you to maximize your claim ...
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