San Antonio Man’s Death Signifies Need for Work Safety Improvements

On June 15, 2016, a San Antonio man fell 300 feet to his death while working on an eastbound 151 connector. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently conducting research to determine whether the man would have survived if more stringent security methods had been in place. The investigation will focus mainly on determining […]

Hot Car Deaths in Texas Summer Heat Have Already Started

As summer reaches its height, a large number of small children perish inside hot cars. Most recently, in Houston, a 3-year old walked out of his family’s home, climbed into the family’s car to retrieve a toy, and because the child safety lock was on, could not get out of the vehicle. The family noticed […]

Takata Airbag Recall – Largest in United States History

On May 8, 2016, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated an extensive recall of Takata air bag inflators after the agency determined that the inflators’ tendency to rupture has caused at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States. When a Texas driver was killed […]

Texas Landowner Liability Cases

About a year ago the Texas Supreme Court issued an important decision dealing with the legal responsibility that a property owner owes to contractors and subcontractors that are invited onto his or her property to perform work. Most specifically, the case of Abu Tahoun v. Dow Chemical Co dealt with the necessary state of mind […]

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can be just as serious, if not more so, than automobile accidents. In one particularly tragic accident, two motor boats, each capable of speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, collided when each were going approximately 100 miles per hour. One of the two boats was sliced in half. Five people ultimately […]

Amusement Parks Liability: Not all Fun and Games

With the summer fun coming up, it is important to keep in mind that while having fun you must always be aware of the safety risks that come with it. Amusement parks all carry their own unique form of risk. Part of the problem is that there is no oversight body that regulates and licenses […]

NCAA Liability for Injuries to Student Athletes

NCAA Liability for Injuries to Student Athletes In my last post, I discussed injuries to high school athletes. There are unique legal issues attendant to that, since high school is mandatory and a part of the state’s educational infrastructure. College athletics are distinct because colleges are not mandatory. There is no right to a university […]

High School Sports Injuries

High School Sports Injuries High school sports are complicated, highly orchestrated sporting events with some school districts sinking millions into their sports budget and benefactors providing private Learjets to and from sporting events all across the state. Some stadiums cost several tens of millions of dollars with professional sports level equipment and trainers. At the […]

Dram Shop Lawsuits – Liquor Provider Liability

Dram Shop Lawsuits There is no doubt that drinking and driving can be a deadly combination and lead to tragedy. Just two years ago four people died when a drunk driver drove into a crowd at the famous South by Southwest music and cultural festival. Two others were seriously injured. Just this past year the […]

Seat Belt Laws of Texas

Seat Belt Laws Historically Texas courts have barred the introduction of evidence that a particular individual in an automobile accident did not use his or her seat belt. The information could influence a jury or judge when apportioning liability and damages at a trial. Historical reluctance from some courts held even when the Texas legislature […]

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