Category Archives: Accidents & Injuries

Injury Attorney Stacey Barrus Receives Avvo Client’s Choice Award for 2nd Year in a Row

San Antonio personal injury lawyer, Stacey Barrus, of Barrus Injury Lawyers has received the Avvo.com Client’s Choice Award for the second consecutive year.  The Client’s Choice Award is reserved for those attorney’s who are highly rated by their own clients on a consistent basis throughout the year.  Congratulations to Stacey Barrus and his team at Barrus Injury Lawyers.

 

3 Reasons People Who Slip and Fall At Walmart May Need to Retain A Lawyer.

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Explains Slip and Fall AccidentsIf you slipped and fell at a Walmart store in the recent past, chances are that the following apply to your slip and fall accident:

  1. Walmart isn’t taking your claim seriously,
  2. They promised to have someone call you back, but you haven’t heard from anyone, or
  3. They denied your claim outright.

As a San Antonio injury lawyer, I have noticed that there appears to be an increase in slip and fall accidents at Walmart stores over the last couple of years.  This is likely due three factors:

  1. The rapid growth of Walmart,
  2. A quickly growing customer base, and
  3. Cost cutting measures taken by Walmart.

Over the last ten years Walmart has been one of the fastest growing grocery store chains in the United States, bringing in new customers and building new stores with alarming frequency.  As such, Walmart is now one of the largest grocery retailers in the United States.

Sports Related Brain Injuries Landing More Kids in Emergency Rooms

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Discusses Traumatic Brain Injuries in ChildrenI was in the emergency room with my daughter the other night due to a sudden asthma attack.  As a San Antonio injury lawyer, I’m always curious to see what kinds of injuries present at the emergency room.  Most of the patients were there for sicknesses, nothing too traumatic or exciting.

However, a new study shows that twice as many children end up in emergency rooms as a result of head injuries related to sports as compared to ten years ago.  The study was released online by the medical journal “Pediatrics.”  The study, entitled Trends in Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury, highlights the following findings:

Here are some highlights from the study:

  • Representative Group – the data included kids up to 19 years of age who presented at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital emergency room for trauma from the year 2002 through 2011.
  • Injuries Represented – the registries of the hospital were inspected to discover how many children received a primary or secondary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury.
  • Sports-Related Injuries – it was found that sports-related injuries accounted for 15.4 percent of these traumatic brain injury ER visits.
  • Dramatic Increase – ER visits for sports-related traumatic brain injuries increased 92% over the study period.

Are Kids Really Suffering More Brain Injuries?

Notwithstanding the study’s findings, it is very unlikely that kids are actually suffering twice as many traumatic brain injuries than in previous years.  However, it’s probable that the study illustrates the increased awareness and attention that parents, coaches, and the general public are paying to these types of injuries.  In fact, traumatic brain injuries have been in the news a lot lately – from the playground to the National Football League (NFL) – we hear more about these types of injuries than ever before.  In fact, recently the NFL and Players reached a $765 million concussion settlement, which shed a vast amount of light on these types of injuries.

Texas Residents Injured in 2 Separate Gas Line Explosions

San Antonio Injury Lawyers Help Those Injured in Pipeline ExplosionsAs a San Antonio Texas personal injury attorney, we have the unfortunate job of witnessing the pain and suffering experienced by out clients as the result of the negligent acts of others.  Among the most catastrophic of personal injuries in Texas deal with the exploration, capture, and transportation of oil and natural gas. In fact, recent gas line explosions recently resulted in death and severe injuries.

According to a Texas news source, two gas line explosions resulted in severe injury and death.  One explosion, reported by ABC News, caused severe disfigurement and burns to a three year old boy.  The injuries caused the young boy to undergo more than 15 surgeries, and resulting in permanently disabling injuries to the toddler.  Additionally, a pipeline explosion in the Houston area resulted in the untimely death of a 67 year old woman.

These are only two examples of the types of devastating personal injuries that are suffered by the negligence of gas companies.  In fact, when gas leaks go undetected by gas or transport companies, over time the leaking gas can find its way into the homes of Texas residents.  When this leaking gas comes in contact with an ignition source, such as a spark or pilot light, deadly explosions can occur. 

Tips for An Accident Free Halloween in 2013

Halloween Safety Tips Provided by Texas Injury Lawyers at Barrus Law GroupEven in Texas, there is a nip in the air as Halloween is upon us.  For the kids, this is one of the most exciting times of the year – carving pumpkins, picking costumes, and of course – the loads of candy the come from trick-or-treating all add to the excitement of Halloween.  However, sadly, as a San Antonio injury lawyer, I have found that Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year, especially for our youngsters.  As such, the Barrus Law Group offers the following safety tips to keep you and your children safe this Halloween:

  1. Proper Supervision – while Halloween is a lot of fun for the kids, adults tend to party it up on Halloween night as well.  And unfortunately, many irresponsible drivers will choose to drink and drive on Halloween, especially in San Antonio, which has an unusually high number of drunk driving related accidents each year.  As parents it’s important to keep our youngsters safe by offering proper supervision during trick-or-treating.  Keeping children inside of residential areas, and shuttling them across busy roadways is one way to help keep the kiddos safe.

Texas Untouchables – How Texas’ Sovereign Immunity Laws Continue to Injure Texas Residents

San Antonio personal injury attorneys.As San Antonio injury attorneys, we handle a great deal of dog bite cases.   These cases tend to take an emotional toll on all involved, especially when a child is the victim of a vicious dog bite attack.   The emotional toll is exacerbated when the violent dog attack was 100% avoidable, but occurred because of the gross negligence of one or more persons.  This is even more devastating when the grossly negligent party was a county officer, such as a Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy.

While many would think that a Bexar County Deputy would be held liable for an act of gross negligence that led to a vicious dog attack against a child, Texas law does not allow city or county officials, which includes Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies, to be held accountable for acts of negligence, except in very limited cases.  In fact, in most cases, city , state, and county entities and their employees are immune from lawsuits – basically they are “untouchable” in most cases involving negligence.   In most cases, where a normal citizen would be held accountable for their negligence, Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies get a free pass.

New Study Reveals Long Term Brain Damage Caused By Even Minor Concussions.

brain-injuries-san-antonio-texas-injury-lawyersWritten on behalf of San Antonio Injury Lawyer Stacey M. Barrus.

Concussions are among the most well known types of brain injuries, and until recently, the long term effects of very minor concussions was thought to be minimal.  However, a recent study has shed some light on the long-term neurological damage caused by even slight concussions or other minor brain injuries.

While it was once thought that minor concussions caused only short-term impacts on a person, a new study reveals that even slight concussions cause serious long-term effects, such as memory loss, and loss of cognitive function.  A new report reveals that approximately 15 percent of concussions result in long-term neurological effects that have significant and debilitating effect on a concussion patient’s life.

The study, published in the journal “Radiology” looked at the brain changes that occur as a result of a concussion.  Researchers found that even in slight concussions, there were significant damages to “white brain matter,” and was often similar to damage seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Accident Victims Raped By The Texas Legislature – How Texas Laws Further Injure Accident Victims and Their Families

San Antonio Injury Lawyers - Barrus Law GroupWritten on behalf of injury attorney, Stacey M. Barrus of the Barrus Law Group in San Antonio Texas.

On most days I love my job as a San Antonio injury lawyer.  I love fighting every day to help injury victims receive fair compensation for their damages after being injured by the negligence of someone else.  However, some cases are heartbreaking, especially when victims and their families are further injured by the very people who are charged with protecting them – the Texas Legislature.

The Texas legislature is the body of elected officials charged with making Texas laws.  Common sense would dictate that these laws should operate for the good of the state, and the protection of the citizens of Texas – however, this isn’t always the case.   In fact, the Texas legislature has “sold out” to big business and the multi-billion dollar insurance companies – many of which are not Texas businesses.  As such, the legislature, bowing to the demands of the behemoth corporations, has enacted laws protecting these large corporations, all at the expense of Texas citizens.