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Did unsafe playground equipment injure your child?

For most kids in elementary school, recess is the highlight of the day. Getting a chance to burn off some of that energy from sitting in class, playing with friends and enjoying the fresh air can make it easier to sit through the afternoon lessons. Unfortunately, for a few individuals, recess can be a very unfortunate experience. Some children have to deal with bullies that make their lives miserable as soon as they are out of earshot of the teachers. Bullying can have long-term social and mental consequences for the victims. Others wind up hurt due to inadequate supervision or poorly maintained playground equipment. Playground injuries can be incredibly severe. They could involve broken bones, spinal cord injuries or even traumatic brain injuries. The parents of children who suffer injuries on a playground may have grounds for pursuing a civil action against the school where their child was hurt. You need to analyze the nature of the accident Determining whether you have grounds to seek compensation for an injury your child suffered on the school playground is not necessarily straightforward. Many factors can play into the outcome of playground activities and can mitigate legal liability. For example, was your child using the equipment as intended, or did they do something unusual with the equipment that increased the likelihood of an accident or of the equipment failing? Did the equipment break or fail in a way that contributed to your child’s injury? Was there adequate supervision? Finally, how old is the equipment and what maintenance practices does the school have in place? The answer to each of these questions will directly impact the liability the school incurs and your right to seek compensation. Schools with unsafe equipment or improper play services could be liable for any injuries a child suffers. Double check information from all sources Getting accurate details of the scenario leading up to the accident may prove difficult. Young children may exaggerate the story or lie about their own culpability. Similarly, school staff members may misrepresent the details of what happened to reduce the school’s potential liability. You may need to speak with other individuals, including children present at the time of the accident and playground volunteers who don’t have an employment incentive to minimize the circumstances that led to the accident. You have rights when your kid gets hurt at school Although most parents seem to believe that schools don’t have any legal culpability for what occurs there, that is far from the truth. Courts and juries can and do find schools responsible for accidents that leave kids injured. This is particularly true in scenarios where failure to maintain the premises contributed to the accident or negligence on the part of school staff was a factor.

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Can day care workers and teachers be sued for hurting a child?

Most children in America spend the majority of their awake hours under the care of day care workers or at school. While you’d expect for the administrators at their school to properly vet teachers to make sure that it’s safe for them to be around your child, they often make mistakes. Then there are some teachers who go even go rogue. If your child is hurt at their day care or school, then you may be wondering what to do. If your child is hurt at a Waco day care, then you should make sure that they receive medical treatment right away. You then should consult with a Texas personal injury attorney to find who you can hold accountable for what happened. The parents of a child who suffers injuries at the hands of a teacher may be able to file a lawsuit against them individually, in conjunction with their supervisor or against the owner of the facility that employs them. Some of the grounds on which negligence lawsuits may be filed against these parties include if a caregiver, teacher or owner failed to maintain safe premises, if they neglected to properly supervise the child or if they committed a crime against them. While those caregivers or teachers who abuse or neglect children under their care may face criminal charges, they can be held civilly liable for their actions as well. A jury may decide that monetary damages for physical injuries as well as emotional ones are warranted in some of the most severe abuse and neglect cases. An attorney can advise you as to whether you have a valid claim and how you should proceed in your legal matter.

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Truck Accidents

Getting compensation for work-related truck accident injuries

As you may know, workers’ compensation insurance is not a mandatory requirement in the state of Texas. Fortunately for workers, many businesses in the state choose to provide this important coverage for their workforce anyway. In a nutshell, workers’ compensation will step in to cover medical expenses and replace a portion of the employee’s lost wages if an accident occurs and takes the worker away from his or her job. Many of the jobs available in our state involve traveling on Texas roadways. These jobs include truck drivers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers and many others. Because they spend so much time on the road, these workers have an increased risk of experiencing a car or truck accident during the normal course of performing their duties. Injured employees covered by workers’ compensation should have no trouble filing a claim and receiving the benefits they deserve. However, in work-related car or truck accidents in which no workers’ compensation coverage exists, victims may find it difficult to find a satisfactory solution. Regardless of whether you are covered by workers’ compensation, we urge you to get a legal opinion if you are injured in a vehicle accident while working. Doing so can help protect your career while ensuring you get the medical care you need to return to your job as soon as possible. Work-related car and truck accidents are complex by nature. Speaking with an experienced injury lawyer often helps you navigate any legal hurdles that may otherwise prevent you from acquiring the financial benefits you are due. Please visit us online if you need to learn more about workers’ compensation and work-related injuries in Texas.

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Car Accidents

Tips to keep you safe when driving on the highway

When driving on the highway in Texas, it won’t take long to realize that there are safety risks all around. While you can’t control other drivers, you can make personal decisions that enhance your safety and reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. Here are five tips that can help keep you safe when driving on the highway: Follow the speed limit: This starts with knowing the speed limit on the portion of the highway you’re traveling. From there, keep a close eye on your speedometer to ensure that you’re driving at a safe speed. Share the road with others: It’s easier said than done, especially when other drivers are being aggressive, but you should always do your best to share the road. For example, if a person wants to change lanes in front of you, don’t speed up to stop them from doing so. Maintain a safe following distance: This is difficult to do, especially when the flow of traffic is constantly changing, but it’s a good habit to get into. Following someone too closely at a high speed greatly increases the risk of a rear-end collision. As a general rule of thumb, leave a minimum of three seconds stopping time between you and the vehicle in front of yours. Eliminate distractions: One-hundred percent of your focus should be on the road ahead. Don’t get caught up in too many conversations with passengers. Don’t text or talk on the phone. Don’t eat or drink. When you eliminate distractions, you’ll feel better about your ability to remain safe. Watch for dangerous drivers: Your eyes should always be scanning the road, watching for anyone who isn’t taking caution. You could see everything from a person who is texting and driving to a trucker who is talking on a cellphone. There’s no denying that these tips will keep you safe when driving on the highway. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a guarantee when it comes to your safety and well-being. Another driver could cause an accident, thus resulting in damage to your vehicle and serious injuries. If this happens to you, receive immediate medical treatment, contact your insurance company and learn more about your legal rights. You may be in position to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash.

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Certain child injuries are commonplace in the summer

It’s summer. Most children are busy at camp, at the pool, traveling or doing several other activities for the next few weeks until school starts back once again. Since kids are running around here and there, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s an uptick in them getting hurt during the summer months. According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, there are several common ways that children get hurt during the summer. Here are a few: Drownings Many kids spend time at different pools during the summer. Some are staffed by lifeguards and are maintained by third-parties while others are not. Drownings can happen anywhere. Parents and caregivers should always keep a close eye on their kids, even when they put approved flotation devices on them. Pools should be surrounded by a fence or netting that makes it difficult for any child to gain access to it. Caregivers should take time to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) just in case it’s ever needed. Burns When most people think of summer, fireworks and campfires often come to mind. These and hot food and scalding liquids cause the majority of kids’ serious burns over the summer. Parents should never let their kids set off fireworks, should monitor them around campfires and keep food away from edges of tables so that it won’t inadvertently fall on them. Bike injuries Many kids take to the sidewalk or neighborhood streets to ride their bikes during the summer. Sadly, many fall off their bicycles when they hit the uneven pavement or get struck by cars. Texas parents can help minimize the risk of their kids getting hurt by checking to make sure that their bike’s handlebars and seat are properly fitted for them. They should also require their kids to always wear a helmet. In addition, kids should be taught to walk alongside their bikes at intersections and how to use hand signals. If your son or daughter has been seriously injured at a public place or a friend’s house here in Waco, then you should protect your child now! After you get them the emergency medical attention that they need, your next call should be to a child injury attorney who can help you hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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The spectrum of premises liability law

A premises liability claim is essentially a civil lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who was injured on property owned by another party. At the core of the premises liability claim will usually be the allegation that the property owner committed negligence by failing to reasonably manage and maintain the property in a way that would prevent injury to visitors on the property. Let’s take a look at some of the many legal issues that may fall under the category of a premises liability claim: — Slips and falls: Business and other property owners need to keep their walking surfaces slip-free. If a surface is slippery, the property owner must warn those who are visiting the property with signage. The property owner must also quickly clean up any spills or other issues that could result in a fall. — Damaged walkways and sidewalks: A cracked sidewalk represents a hazard that visitors could trip on. An icy sidewalk is also a dangerous hazard that someone could slip on. — Lighting issues: Visitors need to see where they’re going to avoid falling and hurting themselves. As such a reasonable property owner should provide adequate lighting to avoid an accident. – Elevators, stairs and escalators: These are essential for moving from one level to another in a building, but if they’re neglected or poorly maintained, they can result in a serious injury. — Dog bites: Dog bites may fall under premises liability law. When you’re on someone’s property, the property owner must keep his or her animals under control so they don’t harm you. — Swimming pool accidents: If a swimming pool is not reasonably protected by a fence, a child could fall in and drown. Swimming pools represent premises liability dangers in many different ways. Were you hurt on someone else property in Texas? It doesn’t matter if your situation fits into one of the categories above or not. If you got hurt on another party’s property, the property might be negligent and liable to pay for the costs associated with your medical care and other damages.

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What is the attractive nuisance doctrine?

Property owners have a responsibility to protect visitors to their property from getting hurt. Visitors to property can get hurt in various ways. The visitors who can get hurt can be of all different ages, too, including children. That’s where the attractive nuisance doctrine comes into effect within premises liability law. There are three parts to the doctrine and are as follows: The doctrine does not expect children to have an understanding of dangers they could encounter on someone else property. The doctrine places a responsibility on a property owner to prevent injury to children if he or she believes children would have a reason to visit their property. The doctrine allows for the property owner to be held liable for failing to meet the aforementioned responsibility if a child is injured on their property. An attractive nuisance is defined as anything on a property that could be attractive to a child that would cause them to visit the property and explore. The following are some examples of possible attractive nuisances, which must be man-made (eliminating lakes, ponds and other naturally occurring dangers): Lawnmower Pools and fountains Stairs Animals Tunnels The actual definition of a ‘child’ as covered by the attractive nuisance doctrine will differ based on the court where the case is heard. Some courts still view teenagers who are under the age of 18 as children. A child’s curiosity is not always healthy, especially when it leads to an injury on someone else property. An experienced premises liability attorney can explain the attractive nuisance doctrine and how it protects your children. Source: FindLaw, “Dangers to Children: What is an Attractive Nuisance?,” accessed July 21, 2017

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Car Accidents

6 important steps to take after a car accident

If you drive, there’s a chance you could be part of a car accident. If this happens, the steps you take immediately after the crash will impact your future in many ways. Even though no two car accidents are the same, here are six important steps anyone can take if they find themselves in this position: Move to safety: This is a challenge if your vehicle is damaged, but, if possible, you could move your vehicle to a safe place. For example, if you’re part of a highway accident, move to the shoulder of the road. Upon doing so, turn on your hazard lights to warn others of your situation. Check for injuries: Check yourself for injuries, and if possible, assist your passengers. If you or someone in your vehicle suffers an injury, consider the type of first aid you can administer. Call 911: By doing this, you know that an ambulance and police will arrive at the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as you can, while taking their guidance on what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Collect information: It’s difficult to do if you’re injured, but, if you’re able to, collect information such as license plate numbers, insurance details, contact information for witnesses and the location of the crash. These types of details come in handy when filing an insurance claim. Follow the advice of your medical team: You should receive medical assistance immediately after the accident, even if you feel okay. Some injuries, such as bleeding in the brain, don’t always present immediate symptoms. In addition to immediate treatment, stay in close contact with your medical team in regard to your long-term health care strategy. File an insurance claim: Depending on your injuries, you may not be able to do this right away. The first chance you get, contact your insurance agent to file a claim. If you’re unable to do so, ask a loved one to assist you. All of these steps are meant to protect you in some way, shape or form. As you file an insurance claim and learn more about your accident, you can formulate a plan on how to hold the negligent driver responsible. Visit our website for more information on your legal rights following a motor vehicle accident in the state of Texas.

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A 3-year-old is discovered unresponsive in a Robinson school bus

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) has launched an investigation into a potentially life-threatening incident that occurred in Robinson, a city that lies just over six miles south of Waco, early in the morning on Oct. 4. That fateful day, a CPS investigation team announced that a 3-year-old, one of the youngest children that attends a Robinson Independent School District (ISD) school, was found unresponsive inside one of its buses. A spokesperson for the school district notes that the child was found with a seat belt wrapped around his neck around 7:20 a.m. when the bus came to a stop near 1600 East Moonlight. The young boy wasn’t breathing when he was found. Paramedics arriving at the scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the young boy and transported him to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. He was later life-flighted to McLane Children’s Hospital. He remains hospitalized at the Temple facility. The Robinson Police Department (RPD) is investigating the matter. The police chief notes their Criminal Investigations Division (CID) will ultimately decide whether anyone committed a crime in this case. As for the young boy, his condition hasn’t yet been updated. Parents tend to believe that their child’s bus driver and school will look out for their son or daughter’s best interests while they’re in their care. Teachers, bus drivers and other staff members are often overworked and unable to keep a watchful eye over every child under their care. This is often when children get hurt. A personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to hold your son’s or daughter’s caregivers accountable for the harm that they’ve caused them. This may include medical bills, funeral costs and any other expenses related to the incident in which they were involved.

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In a motorcycle crash? Get an attorney’s help for your case

Data shows that riders belonging to the 17 to 25-year-old demographic become involved in the majority of motorcycle crashes. There are many reasons that motorcycle accidents happen. Motorcyclists are most vulnerable to becoming involved in a crash when traffic is heavy such as during rush hour. They also put themselves at risk of getting hurt when they engaged in reckless driving such as cutting short their turns, speeding or splitting lanes. The lack of the protection of the outer shell of their vehicle often results in motorcyclists getting seriously hurt or killed in crashes. Injured motorcyclists who are hurt due to other motorists’ negligence often find it difficult to secure the financial backing necessary to cover their medical bills or lost wages. The reason for this difficulty is that fault is often mis-attributed to the biker. Even though truckers and car drivers are often to blame for motorcycle-involved crashes, insurance companies often attribute fault to the biker for such accidents. They do this because they blame motorcyclists for putting themselves in danger by riding a motorcycle versus a car. Motorcyclists can greatly reduce their chances of becoming involved in a crash by employing defensive driving tactics — but that won’t guarantee an accident-free ride. One of the best things that you can do if you’ve been struck while out riding your motorbike in Waco is to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney can look after your interests and battle with the insurance company while you recover. Please contact our office to learn more about your legal options or continue reading the information we provide on our site.

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