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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Memorial Day: 20 Driving Safety Tips

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

    Each May, patriotic Americans gather together to honor the countless men and women who have died serving our country. Of course, this is also a federal holiday, which means that we get a 3-day weekend to enjoy family barbeques, pool parties, and community observance events. In other words, Memorial Day Weekend is also an excellent opportunity to drink and make merry. Because of these parties and ...
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  • Construction Accidents, Non-Subscriber Cases & Third-Party Liability Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 3-May-2019

    Construction zones are incredibly dangerous to both workers and casual passersby. In fact, according to OSHA, there are approximately 14 construction-related deaths in the United States each day. The construction industry’s “Fatal Four” – falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and caught-in/between objects and structures – are reportedly responsible for over ...
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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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  • The Most Deadly Jobs in Texas

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

    Many professions are intrinsically dangerous because of their exposure to high-risk situations, heavy equipment, and various other environmental dangers. Certain jobs in Texas are more hazardous than others because of their reputation for high workplace injuries and wrongful deaths — which is why it's important to have an Austin personal injury attorney at the Stewart Law Firm. Such ...
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  • Seeking Justice: What Steps to Take If a Loved One Was Lost to Wrongful Death

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

    The death of a loved one can be quite shocking. This is particularly true when the death is unexpected. If your loved one has unexpectedly suffered a wrongful death, keep in mind there are steps you can take to help right this wrong. Now is the time to get organized, learn about your options and figure out where to go from here. If you have a problem of this kind, legal help is vitally important. ...
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  • How Will I Pay for a Funeral Following a Wrongful Death?

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

    Losing a loved one is a tragic situation to handle for anyone. This event can become even more difficult when you believe that your loved one was lost as a result of another person’s negligence. If you’ve been the unfortunate victim of losing a loved one or family member to negligence, you are likely focused on the sorrow and pain you’re feeling while trying to move forward from ...
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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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  • 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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  • 5 Types of Wrongful Death Cases

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 4-Feb-2019

    Death is an extremely hard situation for anyone to go through, but when that death is linked to someone else’s negligence it can leave the family members and loved ones feeling completely lost and heartbroken. The grief of losing a loved one in an unexpected event is something that leaves us with many questions and with very little answers. “Who is responsible for this? How do I seek ...
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  • 3 Interesting Facts About Texas' Wrongful Death Statute

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Dec-2018

    If your loved one was killed due to the negligent actions of another person or corporate entity, you may be able to pursue justice and restitution by filing a wrongful death claim. According to Texas Statutes section 71.001, a plaintiff can legally file a wrongful death claim so long as the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one entity is responsible ...
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  • The Dangers of Prilosec

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

    Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor that is often prescribed to treat severe stomach acid-related conditions. When a patient has too much stomach acid, it can flow into the esophagus and cause severe medical complications. Prilosec treats this condition by shutting down the pumps that produce stomach acid. The problem is that patients also use Prilosec to treat occasional heartburn. In 2003, the ...
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  • What's the Difference Between a Statute of Limitations & a Statute of Repose?

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

    As legal terms, “personal injury,” “medical malpractice,” and “product liability” encompass a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional injuries that are intentionally or inadvertently perpetrated by a negligent party. Before injured plaintiffs can file their claims, they must first reach out to an experienced attorney who can determine if their case ...
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  • The Montreal Convention & Airline Liability

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

    Statistically, traveling by airplane is the safest method of transportation available. In fact, there has even been a notable decline in the number of airplane accidents that occur annually. This is due, in part, to airline companies utilizing state-of-the-art and strictly enforcing standard safety practices. However, when a fatal accident does occur, it usually results in catastrophic injuries ...
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  • Fatal Car Crashes: Important Information for Surviving Family Members

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

    Car accidents are a common occurrence. Sadly, fatal accidents are fairly common as well. Although the family of a person killed in car accident will need time to grieve, it is important for them to remember that there are legal actions that can be taken to help them overcome this tragic situation. If the car accident that resulted in the death was caused by the negligence of another driver, ...
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  • Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim: What You Need to Know

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Jan-2018

    Wrongful death claims cover all sorts of fatal accidents, such as car accidents and medical malpractice. Wrongful death claims can also be filed over product liability issues for defective products or medical devices that cause or contribute to the death of a person. People, companies, and governmental agencies can all be found at fault for a wrongful death if their actions or internal practices ...
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  • Daycare Injuries: How to Prove Negligent Supervision

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 2-Jan-2018

    When you drop your child off at their daycare provider, you assume that their wellbeing will be the facility’s number one priority. However, accidents do happen and your child can end up suffering an avoidable injury. When their injury is caused by the negligent actions of the daycare provider or staff, you are entitled to compensation. In this blog, we talk about how to prove a negligent ...
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  • Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Feb-2017

    Losing a loved one is an experience that can only be made worse when it comes as a result of sudden tragedy. Fortunately for the families of victims who are killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful acts of another, Texas’ wrongful death laws provide the legal channels through which family members can seek justice and economic compensation for their losses. According to Texas Statutes ...
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  • Workplace Injuries Increase in the Summer

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Jul-2016

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that more workers are injured in June, July, and August than during any other time of the year. In fact, one report found that nearly 3,300 workers are injured each day in June. Most of these accidents are the result of a lack of oversight and a lack of enforcement of critical safety procedures and OSHA safety standards. According to statistics, most ...
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  • Takata Dropped as Honda's Airbag Supplier After Massive Recall

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Nov-2015

    Honda Motor Company made the decision on Tuesday, November 3, to end its longtime business partnership with Takata, a Japan-based manufacturer, after airbag defects led to the recall of more than 30 million vehicles. Honda cited “misrepresentation and manipulation of test data” as the primary reason behind their decision to drop Takata as their airbag supplier. Takata is now facing a ...
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  • Wrong-Way Crash Claims Another Life on I-35

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 21-Aug-2015

    This past Wednesday morning, another person was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-35 in Austin. According to police, a 23-year-old woman and her passenger headed the wrong-way by entering the Manor Road exit ramp at about 3 a.m. The woman's car crashed head-on into the victim's car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the city's 65th fatal accident this year. Since Jan. 1, 69 ...
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  • Texas Man Dies in Pedestrian Accident on Interstate 35

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 15-May-2015

    A fatal car-versus-pedestrian crash claimed the life of a 54-year-old man last week. The incident happened at approximately 9:45 p.m. in New Braunfels, Texas. According to police, the pedestrian was trying to cross Interstate 35 when he was struck not far from a TA Truck Stop. The crash happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35. The pedestrian was hit by a Chrysler. The driver of the ...
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