Semi-Truck Drivers Caught Texting While Driving Face Criminal Penalties.

San Antonio Truck Accident Laywer Discussed Dangers of Distracted Truck DriversIf you are anything like me, driving in front of, behind, or anywhere near an 18-wheeler gives me anxiety.  Maybe the anxiety is natural, or maybe it’s because as a San Antonio truck accident lawyer I am all too familiar with the devastation these massive trucks can cause when involved in an accident.  However, even for those of you who don’t handle Texas truck accident lawsuits, to some extent you likely share my anxiety while traveling anywhere hear these large semi-trucks.

However, as someone who has seen the devastating effects that a truck accident can have on a family who has lost a child, spouse, parent, or sibling as a result of a trucking accident, I believe the anxiety and fears associated with sharing the road with 18-wheelers is well justified.

To make matters worse, it’s not uncommon to look up at a semi-truck driver and see them texting, or fiddling with their GPS or phone in some manner.  And, unfortunately, more semi-truck drivers are texting behind the wheel than you might imagine. 

6 Important Pieces of Information EVERY San Antonio Car Accident Victim Should Collect

San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Properly Documenting A Car AccidentAs a San Antonio car accident attorney, I’m all too familiar with the fact that thousands of car accidents occur in San Antonio every month.  Because so many car accidents occur on Texas roadways, it’s likely that you or someone you know has been in a car crash.  Fortunately, not all car accidents result in injuries, however regardless of whether or not you feel you were injured in the accident, it’s important to collect the following 6 pieces of information after ANY car accident, no matter how seemingly minor it may have been:

  1. The other drivers contact information
  2. The license plate number of the other vehicle
  3. Insurance information from the other driver

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.

Regular Visits To Your Doctor Can Improve Your Chances of Gaining Social Security Disability Benefits.

Disability Claims Lawyer in San Antonio Discusses Important Medical Records.Whether you file a claim for Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Social Security Income Benefits (SSI), it’s imperative that you demonstrate that you have a medically determinable condition that is preventing you from working. This means that a doctor or other medical expert must have evaluated your case, and determined that you are unable to work.  As a San Antonio disability lawyer, I have seen meritorious disability claims denied because of significant gaps in medical treatment during the evaluation of the claimant’s application.

Additionally, you must show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your disability will last at least 12 months or result in death.  Therefore, no matter how severe your injuries are, you must “show” the SSA that you are disabled, and that this disability will last 12 months or more.  “Showing” means providing evidence, which is why continuous medical visits with your doctor are important.  Statements you provide to SSA are probably not sufficient to meet the burden of “showing” them that you are disabled.  In almost all cases, you will need well-documented medical evidence to persuade the SSA that your disability claim should be approved.

Regular visits to your doctor, regardless of whether or not there are new findings, can demonstrate that your symptoms are real, have not improved, or perhaps have grown worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to help your own doctor to properly document your disabling conditions.  Because the notes your doctor makes in your medical record, along with his or her recommendations, appear in the records sent to the SSA, it’s important that you help your doctor properly document your conditions by doing the following:

Negligence May Have Led to Wrongful Death of High School Football Student

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Discusses Wrongful Death Actions in Texas.A recent tragedy in a high school football game has once again drawn attention and criticism of the lack of oversight regarding medical injuries in high school sports.  Recently, Fox Sports reported that 17 year old Chad Stover of Tipton High School in Tipton Missouri suffered a severe injury during a high school football game. Stover was taken to the hospital by Ambulance, where he later died from the injuries sustained on the football field.

As a San Antonio personal injury lawyer, the lawyers at my firm are no stranger to the grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one – we help our clients through these difficult circumstances, but it never gets easier.

Unfortunate events like the death of Chad Stover have brought a considerable amount of awareness to the lack of preparedness, policies, and workable procedures that high schools and school districts have in place to deal with severe injuries. 

Truck Accident News: New Study Finds High Rate of Drug Abuse Among Commercial Truck Drivers

San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers of Barrus Law Group Discuss Drug Use Among Truck Drivers.As a Texas truck accident lawyer, I’m always interested in news about the trucking industry, and trucking rules and regulations.  Last week I read a recent university study, which found that commercial truck drivers suffer from a high rate of drug, use, specifically drugs that are considered to be “mind altering” substances.  While the study does state that the high rate of drug use among truck drivers is likely linked to high hours, insufficient sleep, and poor working conditions, none of those reasons helped put my mind at ease.  For those of us that share the road with these behemoth 18-wheelers, the “reasons” that commercial truck drivers abuse controlled substances probably doesn’t do much to calm our fears regarding safety, nor should it.  In fact, Reuters Health cited a recent study that showed that the “consumption of psychoactive substances” is a risk factor that could lead to a substantial increase in the number of trucking accidents.

In fact, there are more than 500,000 trucking accidents each year in the United States according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Moreover, these accidents resulted in the death of more than 3,700 people, with another 88,000 people being severely injured in 2012 alone. 

Can A Minor Fender Bender Lead to Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury? Yes….

San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries.A car accident has the potential to negatively affect victims in many ways, most notably resulting in personal injuries.  Most commonly, victims suffer from soft tissue injuries that result in back, neck, and shoulder pain.  In extreme cases, victims may suffer broken bones, paralysis, or even death.  However, as an auto accident attorney in San Antonio, I’m painfully aware that in rare cases, these traumatic auto accidents can trigger unknown disorders that the victim was previously unaware of, which a David Moseley, age 31, is now painfully aware.

Moseley, who is undergoing treatment at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock Texas, is suffering from Syringomyelia, also known as SM.  SM is a rare disorder in which the spinal fluid cannot flow normally due to either a congenital defect, or as the result of back, head, or other trauma.

Even in cases where the disorder is congenital due to a malformation of the spinal canal, it often does not affect the patient until the patient experiences some sort of trauma, such as a car accident, or other trauma.

In the present case, Moseley went from being in perfect health to spending most of the last two years in a wheelchair, in and out of rehabilitation facilities, and has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures. 

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. 

#1 Deadly Semi-Truck Maneuver Responsible for Significant Trucking Accidents

San Antonio Truck Accident LawyerAs a Texas truck accident lawyer, I’ve come to realize that perhaps the single most dangerous maneuver that a commercial truck can make is a u-turn on a public roadway.   In fact, these maneuvers are so dangerous, that they are almost universally prohibited my most large trucking companies.  However, this doesn’t stop the majority of truck drivers from attempting these dangerous maneuvers.  In fact, a recent poll among truck drivers showed that the vast majority of truck drivers attempt u-turns in a big rig on a regular basis, even those who knew such maneuvers are prohibited by company policy.  It is well documented that these types of dangerous trucking maneuvers lead to hundreds of Texas truck accidents each year.  Each time a truck driver attempts one of these dangerous maneuvers on a public roadway, he or she is acting negligently, putting the safety of the general public at risk.  Our dedicated San Antonio truck accident lawyers fight hard to hold these drivers accountable when their negligence leads to injury or death.

 What Makes U-Turns In An 18-Wheeler So Dangerous?

Basically, there are three reasons that making a u-turn in a commercial truck is so dangerous: