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If you have a loved one who lives in a Houston nursing home, you expect the professional staff to provide the highest level of care. In some cases, however, the residential settings where elders should receive respect and compassion become more akin to prisons.

Elder abuse — from stealing money to verbal harassment and even physical violence — occurs when nursing homes mistreat their residents in some manner. Relatives who rely on nursing homes to care for their older family members may live far away or may not be in a position to continuously monitor living conditions. Unchecked, nursing home abuse can cause great emotional, financial and physical harm to seniors.

Nursing homes provide a variety of nursing and medical services, and elder abuse in institutional settings can qualify as medical malpractice. If you are a loved one of a senior who is suffering — or if the mistreatment is directed at you personally — it’s critical that you work with experienced legal experts to understand the options for stopping the nursing home abuse and seeking compensation that your loved one deserves.

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Over six million car accidents occur each year in the United States. Fortunately, most of them involve only property damage - damage to the vehicle as opposed to the occupants. But one in three accidents involve personal injury to the driver or passengers and out of that number, two out of every ten accidents lead to fatal injuries.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. The following is a list of the top ten things you should do if you are in an automobile accident:1. STOP. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one.2. PROTECT THE SCENE. You can prevent further accidents by setting up flares, or keeping your flashers on. If it is dark and your lights don't work, you should have a flashlight to keep you safe while you wait in your disabled car or by the side of the road.3. CALL THE POLICE. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is a good idea to call the police. You may need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company, even if it is just to make a claim for damage to your vehicle. The vehicles involved in the accident should remain where they are, unless they interfere with traffic.4. MAKE AN ACCURATE RECORD. When the police arrive, make sure you tell the investigating officer(s) exactly what happened, to the best of your ability. If you do not know certain facts, tell that to the officer. Do not speculate, guess or misstate any of the facts. If you are asked if you are injured and you are not sure, say you are not sure, rather than no. Often, the pain and injuries from motor vehicle accidents become apparent hours after the actual collision. You should also make sure statements made by other persons involved in the accident are accurate as well.5. TAKE PICTURES. If you happen to have a camera in your vehicle, or a cell phone equipped with a camera, you should take pictures of the vehicles if there is visible damage. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph them as well. However, you should in no way interfere with the on-going police investigation. If you cannot take pictures at the scene of the accident, take them as soon as possible after the accident.6. EXCHANGE INFORMATION. Typically, the investigating police officer obtains this information. However, if the police do not respond to the accident, you should obtain the name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident, drivers and passengers alike. You should also obtain information about insurance by asking to see the insurance card for all vehicles involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, you should get information from them as well so that you or your attorney can contact them in the future. If police respond to the accident, the investigating officer usually will provide all drivers with a police report number. You can use that number later to obtain the police report. If the accident occurs on a state highway, you must request the report from the state police.7. REPORT THE ACCIDENT. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Many policies require immediate reporting and full cooperation. Find out if you have medical benefits as part of your insurance coverage. You pay extra for that type of coverage - known as "medpay" - so you should use it. In fact, if you have medpay coverage, you are required to submit your accident-related medical bills to your insurance company. Medpay coverage is primary for accident-related medical bills. Once medpay benefits are exhausted, private health insurance becomes your primary insurer. Medpay benefits are available to all the occupants of the vehicle. Your insurance rates should not increase as a result of submitting claims for medpay coverage.8. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Often, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. Most of our clients report feeling the most pain a day or two following an automobile accident. Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician. Even in accidents involving minor impact, you can sustain a serious and permanent injury to your spinal cord. If you lost consciousness or were dazed for even a short period of time following the collision, you may have suffered a concussion or closed head injury. This can cause cognitive and behavioral changes if left untreated.9. KEEP A FILE. Keep all your accident-related documents and information together. This information should include a claim number, the claim's adjuster who is handling the claim, names and phone numbers of all contacts, receipts for a rental car and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident.10. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Perhaps the most important thing you should do after an accident is to consult your attorney. Your attorney can protect your rights and make sure valuable evidence is not destroyed. Often, insurance companies want to take statements immediately after an accident. It is important that you have received legal advice before providing such a statement. Your attorney can advise you on issues ranging from how to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle to how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment available. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no legal fee unless the attorney recovers compensation for your injuries.

For More Information and a free consultation from car accident attorneys in Houston please call (281) 643-2000 today!

If you or someone you love was recently injured in a tractor trailer accident, contacting a Houston injury attorney may help you recover compensation for the expenses you are burdened with. The process of collecting damages from the party at-fault for your accident can be complicated; however, our tractor trailer accident attorneys have the experience needed to navigate these types of claims.

It’s common for these claims to be filed against the trucking company that owns the vehicle. Having an experienced attorney well-versed in handling cases against large-scale defendants is imperative to obtaining the full compensation deserved. Our attorneys have successfully handled personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers, and are extremely knowledgeable in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations that may affect your claim.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi truck accident, you may have legal recourse. To learn how our TX Personal Injury attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses, call us today for your free case review. (281) 643-2000 #TruckAccidentLawyer #TractorTrailerDevastation #InjuryLawyerHouston

WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE AFTER A TRAIN ACCIDENT?The statistics are shocking: almost every 115 minutes a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Every 90 minutes a train collides with another train or object or is derailed. And there are 5,800 vehicle train crashes in the United States each year, resulting in 1,000 deaths. Train accidents can occur as a result of track defects, equipment defects or signal defects or because of human errors. In each of these instances, a third party can be held liable.When a train accident occurs, victims can sustain serious injuries. If a railroad manager, engineer, supervisor or other employee was liable for the accident, you can file a personal injury claim. The question you can ask yourself, to determine if another person was liable, is "could somebody have prevented the defective equipment, property or tracks and thus prevented the accident from occurring.Common causes of train accidents include collisions with other trains, collisions with cars, collisions with pedestrians, derailments, on-board accidents and mechanical failure. Anything from excessive speed to poor track maintenance to driver fatigue or intoxication can cause an accident. If you were involved in a train crash, what should you do? You should first preserve any evidence that you can. Secondly, if your vehicle was involved in a train crash, you should contact your insurance company.Getting a Houston personal injury attorney on your side is imperative, an Injury Attorney can help you identify what parties could be held liable, help you locate witnesses, help you examine train wreck evidence, help you hire an accident reconstructionist and other experts such as train operators, mechanics and designers, and help you negotiate with insurance companies.

Getting a Houston personal injury attorney on your side is imperative, they can help you identify what parties could be held liable and help you negotiate with insurance companies. Call The Law Offices of Shane R. Kadlec today for a FREE Case Review.

Workers' compensation exists to help protect employed people from the potentially severe financial hardship that results from a workplace injury or an illness acquired because of their job. Injured or sickened workers often have to deal with lost wages while also paying for expensive medical care after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, some workers who get hurt may discover that there isn't a workers' compensation insurance policy in place for their employer. Although such coverage is mandatory in most states across the country, Texas does not require that employers carry workers' compensation insurance.

Some companies carry special insurance policies that protect them from liability when a worker gets hurt. Others gamble and take the risk of incurring potential liability if a worker gets hurt on the job. If you suffer a serious workplace injury and then discover that your employer does not offer workers' compensation, it does not mean you have to cover the cost of your care yourself.

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