Our Texas Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Accident Recovery Options
We want you to be as informed as possible when pursuing your personal injury claim. This is why we regularly post blog articles to keep you updated on the ever-changing laws, options, and regulations surrounding accident law. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, come learn what our attorneys can teach you about your rights and claim options.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may be concerned about the long-term health effects. Asbestosis is a natural mineral product that was previously used in products such as insulation, cement, vinyl flooring and fire-resistant materials. It was popular in the past due to its resistance to heat and corrosion.
The problem with long-term asbestos exposure is that it can take anywhere from 20 to 30 years to realize the effects. One of the serious disorders associated with asbestos exposure is known as asbestosis. It is a breathing disorder resulting from inhaling asbestos fibers. Scarring of lung tissue and shortness of breath can occur as the fibers accumulate in the lungs.
Symptoms of asbestosis don’t usually develop until there is damage and scarring of the lungs. Asbestosis symptoms typically include shortness of breath, decreased ability to perform physical activities, coughing, chest pain and finger deformity, known as clubbing.
You should seek medical attention if you have been exposed to asbestos for a long period of time, especially if you are experiencing any of the signs of asbestosis. If your condition was caused by someone else’s negligence, such as in the case of a negligent vessel owner, you may be able to hold that person liable for you illness. Contact Attorney Steve Lee for legal advice at 713-921-4171 or 800-232-3711 today.
Workers' compensation is not a requirement for private employers in Texas, but there are still plenty of businesses that are required to have coverage for their employees.
Anyone in Texas who works for a living should know everything that they possibly can about workers' compensation insurnace. If you get injured on the job, knowing as much as you can about the basics can help you establish a successful claim.
By following this link:
you will be provided with the basics on workers compensation insurnace coverage in Texas.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the jo in the Houston area, contact the law offices if injury Attorney Steve Lee for a free legal consultation today.
You should always bear in mind that the cheapest insurance is not always the best insurance.
Those companies that offer such cheap rates are often able to do so because of the way that they treat their policyholders when they file a claim.
A company called AM Best bases ranks insurance companies, but does not base the rankings on their profitability, or the amount of money that they spend on advertising. Rather, AM Best ranks insurance companies based on their willingness and ability to pay out claims.
This is the best way for you to figure out which insurance policy is the best for you. Go to their site and see where you insurance company is on their lists.
As always, if you have been injured in a Houston car accident, contact Attorney Steve Lee for a free legal consultation today.
The NHTSA is offering a service that will automatically text message your phone or PDA with information regarding tires or child car seats.
We recommend signing up for this service as soon as possible, especially if you have children.
According to an article at Insurance.com, insurance rates have risen 1.05% this quarter, and will probably be rising even more for the rest of the year. Since we're all paying more at the pump, higher insurance rates are the last thing any of us need.
If you follow the link, you will find a USA Today article that gives you six different ways to save money on your car insurance.
Just bear in mind that skimping on your car insurance costs can come back and haunt you if you have to file a claim. And as always, if you find yourself injured in an accident and the insurance company is denying your claim unneccesarily, contact our offices for a free legal consultation today.
The article linked above is from the Wall Street Journal, and it is describing how doctors can't wait to come down here to practice medicine. The reason? Tort reform.
In case you weren't aware of it, the State Legislature in Austin placed caps on non-economic damages to $250,000. So no matter how egregiously a doctor screws up and no matter how much of a loss that costs your family, the highest amount that you can get is $250,000.
Dead child? $250,000.
Husband ends up in a wheelchair? $250,000.
It's also interesting to notice that now the doctors are complaining about the medical board that has increased scrutiny of medical practicioners as a compromise for enacting caps. Which begs the question: Are the doctors that are in such a hurry to get down here coming because they want to, or because they know that they will get sued for less?
There is another side to these caps, as well.
An attorney from Dallas named Bob Kraft gives a perfect example of how the rights of victims have been completely trampled upon thanks to the new rules. Follow the link to the article below.
A great article in The New York Times outlines one of the major obstacles to quality healthcare in America.
It isn't the lawyers, or the doctors that people have to worry about. It's the insurance companies micromanaging and denying perfectly reasonable prescriptions, tests and procedures in order to save a buck.
The NHTSA has just released their 2007 statistics of DUI fatalities by state, and the good news is that Texas' rate has dropped considerably.
To read the report, follow the link below.
It's good news for Texas all around, as our traffic fatality rate has dropped 4.8%. For whatever reason, it seems that Texans are taking safety a little more seriously these days.
To read the report, follow the link below.
Hurricane Ike has really done a number on Houston, and while the damage wasn't nearly as bad as it was in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina, we can expect some similar behaviors from the insurance companies.
The link below leads to an article that gives you some very good advice on how to get your claim moving efficiently. A lot of it is common sense, like keeping a record of any and all correspondence with your insurers, and to make sure that you don't rush it when it comes to having your property inspected. Remember, once you accept a settlement from an insurance company, they are usually under no real obligation to come back and take a second look.
Hurricanes are always tricky, in that insurance companies are always looking for an excuse to claim that the damage was caused by water and not wind. But you are not required to just passively sit there and accept whatever decision the insurance company comes to.
If you follow this link:
you will find a pretty interesting article about how two of the biggest insurance companies in the country lost half of their money in the stock market, which as we all know, just took a pretty serious plunge.
The end result is that they want a piece of that eight hundred billion that the government is giving to the financial corporations to keep them afloat.
We have to wonder why insurance companies never seem to make public thier losses in the stock market, which can evaporate half of their wealth, yet feel the need to shout to the high heavens over lawsuits, which don't account for the loss of any of their wealth at all.
Just something to consider.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the Houston area, contact Attorney Steve Lee for a free legal consultation today.
Allstate Insurance recently commissioned a study on the safest cities to drive, and the Houston area did not place very high on the list. According to the study, drivers in Houston are around 25% more likely to have an accident than other drivers.
To read the whole report, follow the link below.
The percentage of people who routinely engage in unsafe driving behavior (cell phone use, eating while driving, messing with the stereo, talking to passengers) is mind boggling. But you should take a moment to think about how many of these bad habits YOU practice on a daily basis.
Never forget that you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that is moving very fast. It would be a tragedy if you caused someone else to get injured or worse because you got distracted from your primary objective.
The two sisters who exposed State Farm's behavior in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are coming under fire by the insurance giant.
The Rigsby sisters were State Farm employees who made copies of internal memos, and then handed these copies over to an attorney. These memos described in detail State Farm's plan to deny Hurricane Katrina claims by blaming the majority of the damage on flooding (which is not covered) as opposed to winds (which is covered.)
While it appears that there was some unfortunate conduct by the attorney that was initially representing the Rigsby sisters, it pales in comparison to the conduct by State Farm, who made blanket denials of claims without even bothering to really see what caused the damage.
A judge that allows the financial punishing of whistleblowers is setting a dangerous precedent. Lets hope that the judge who is presiding over this case comes to the same conclusion.
An article in the Houston Chronicle recently brought up an interesting point. It turns out that an ambulance can get an injured patient to the hospital just as fast as a medical helicopter. This is something worth thinking about considering that there have been three medical helicopter crashes this year.
If time isn't necessarily a factor, then maybe the use of these helicopters should be reserved for when they are truly needed, such as when the accident occurs in an out of the way place.
A crane collapsed in Houston, killing four people. This is a tragedy, and is also incredibly frustrating, as I wrote about this epidemic last month. There needs to be some manner of intense regulation with these machines.