There are millions of dog lovers all around the world. In the United States, almost 50% of all households report having one or more dogs. It’s very common to know at least one friend who has a dog or to visit a house that has a dog as a pet. From the smallest Chihuahua to the biggest Great Dane, we always hear the same “Oh don’t worry, he doesn’t bite.” Most of the time it’s true, but not always, especially when reckless or unscrupulous dog owners are involved. In fact, one million dog bites happen every year, which includes 800,000 people who received medical treatment and over 300,000 who needed emergency treatment. While these injuries are not always fatal, they can cause severe pain and disfigurement, scarring a person for life. Children are especially vulnerable to dog attacks, and then must live with the repercussions for the rest of their lives. Can you imagine if it was you or your child that was maimed or killed by a dangerous dog? Those who allow such dangerous dogs to run loose and forever alter another’s life must be held accountable. On average, only 2% of those injured receive compensation for these gruesome and terrifying injuries. Samples Ames strives to help those maimed by dangerous dogs and would be honored to represent you or your family member in obtaining the best justice available in our society for such careless conduct.
All-Terrain Vehicles (Quads/Quad Bikes, Three Wheelers, Four Wheelers) and Utility Vehicles (A truck with load sides designed to carry small loads, such as a Polaris Ranger, also known as “side by sides”) are very common recreationally and commercially. These types of vehicles serve an important purpose in many of our lives, whether for entertainment or, more often, in helping us make a living.
While people use these vehicles as a pastime or for work, they can cause devastating injuries including maiming and killing their riders.
In 2011, there was over 100,000 ATV-related incidents that resulted in a person visiting an Emergency Room. 29,000 or 27 percent of these incidents involved a driver under the age of sixteen. We all want our children to enjoy themselves and have thrilling experiences, but not at the expense of safety. And these injuries can be quite severe. In fact, 75 percent of these incidents result in minor to serious brain and spinal cord injuries.
To avoid injury while driving these vehicles, riders should always wear a helmet and make sure those driving are old enough to do so and have had the proper training and experience. Drivers must also be cautious when turning these vehicles, especially on any type of incline or at significant speed, as these vehicles can easily tip over causing severe injury and death. If you’re involved in an ATV or Utility Vehicle wreck or other similar injury, Samples Ames is available to consult with you at no charge on the best way to move forward.
Perhaps one of the most devastating injuries one can suffer is one that occurs on the job. While accidents can happen, workplace safety is of utmost importance to everyone; we want to go to our jobs, do our work and return home safely at the end of the day. Unfortunately, because sometimes people can be careless, this doesn’t always happen. Accidents can occur because an employer failed to properly train employees or because someone was careless in handling tools or other job site materials. Victims of workplace injuries in the Dallas/Fort Worth TX area need an aggressive personal injury attorney to fight for their rights.
Workplace and Job site Injuries
We work to live; we don’t work to be injured and die. But it happens. People get up in the morning to go to work and leave the job with their bodies aching and shattered . . . or worse. A Texas work injury lawyer at Samples Ames is trained in this area of the law and can help you if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a work-related injury. Whether you are living in Dallas, Fort Worth, or anywhere in Texas, call us today to discuss your case.
When the worst happens and you’ve been injured, or a much loved member of your family has been killed on the job, you need to know where to turn for help. Having the right lawyer can make a great difference in the outcome of your work-related injury case.
How Pervasive Are Workplace Injuries? The Surprising Statistics
If you and your family are among those whose job has affected life and health, you are not alone. The Economic Policy Institute published an article recently stating that:
- On the average, 23,000 on-the-job injuries and 5000 fatalities happen in the U.S. on a daily basis.
- This comes to roughly 8.5 million injuries a year at a cost of $192 billion dollars to individuals, families, companies, and the economy as a whole.
In addition to these injuries and fatalities, hundreds of thousands of workers come down with job-related illnesses that cause time lost from work and result in more than 53,000 deaths per year.
Unsafe Working Conditions that Cause Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries
The types of potential hazards in the workplace are countless. They may include situational work factors including dangers posed by human error and lack of attention to safety, environmental factors, and ergonomics.
Examples of Workplace Hazards
Unsafe conditions on the premises including:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poorly maintained or improperly secured equipment or machinery
- Poor lighting conditions
- Obstacles or debris where workers walk
- Blocked exits
- Extension cords across walkways
- Objects falling from above
Negligent workplace safety practices often include:
- Lack of appropriate safety gear (hard hats, harnesses, safety masks, fall protection, etc.)
- Unsecured chemicals and toxic substances
- Requiring the use of equipment and tools that have been changed from their original condition
- Requiring workers to use equipment for other than what it was intended for
Injury and disease caused by exposure to environmental hazards, for example:
- Loud noises
- Extreme temperatures
- Dusts particles
- Toxic chemicals or materials
People who do sedentary work may seem to have safe jobs, but they can also suffer work-related injuries:
- Repeated stress injuries
- Muscle strains, especially to the neck and back, from sitting at stations with poor ergonomics
Construction Site Accidents
Nearly six million Americans were employed in the construction industry as of March 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction is among the most dangerous of all occupations, reporting an average of 150,000 accidents, 1000 fatalities, and innumerable injuries to workers.
The “Fatal Four”
The most frequent types of construction site accidents often fall into these categories, known as “the fatal four”:
- Falls, often from scaffolding, staging, ladders, roofs, or structural steel;
- Caught-in/between accidents, such as being caught in machinery, crushed between objects or, or crushed by a hydraulic bed;
- Struck by accidents, caused by a falling object, a moving vehicle, or a piece of construction equipment;
- Electrocutions, caused by contact with live power lines or exposed wires, by using defective tools or electrical equipment, or by improperly used extension cords, and so forth.
If you are a construction worker injured on the job, your attorney will perform an investigation to determine if the dangerous condition that caused the accident was fully or partially the result of the negligence of someone other than your employer—a third party, such as owner of the premises, an architect or engineer, a vendor, a subcontractor, a visitor to the site, or the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment or tool. If so, you could potentially have a cause of action against that party.
Workplace injuries are often extremely complicated. For many injured workers, the damage to their quality of life is considerably worse than the damage to their finances. A lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability is a high price to pay, and you deserve to be compensated. This means you need the best lawyer you can find to advocate on your behalf.
Regardless of how minor you may think your injuries are it is important to seek medical attention right away and report the injury to your employer. Your medical bills may be covered under Worker’s Compensation and you could receive partial pay while you are unable to return to work.
In too many cases, victims of workplace incidents and injuries that occur on job sites are often left with serious injuries that can have devastating consequences including the inability to return to work. Samples Ames PLLC can help hold those responsible for your injuries accountable and make sure you get the financial compensation you deserve. If you’re a victim of a workplace accident or you lost a loved one on a job site, call us at (817) 605-1505 or (214) 308-6505 for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and help you determine the best way to proceed.
Even a minor burn can leave disfiguring scars on your face, hands or other parts of your body. Burns must be cared for very carefully to minimize the risk of infection which could lead to additional problems. Too often, burn victims are uncertain what the future may bring; many victims have to have repeated surgical procedures to minimize scarring and these procedures can mean weeks in the hospital and weeks of serious pain. When you are burned because someone acted in a negligent manner, we will hold them accountable for their actions or their lack of care.
The Danger of Burns
Severe burns are often catastrophic injuries that destroy lives. They can be caused by contact with electricity, hot objects, flames, scalding liquids, or chemicals. Burns can be the most painful of all injuries, but the damage they do goes far beyond the pain. Burns can cause permanent damage to vital organs and produce extensive contractures and scarring, resulting in severe physical disabilities, extreme deformity and disfigurement, emotional anguish, and psychological and social problems. Burn victims may also suffer inhalation injury and eye damage. Because these injuries can have severe long term effects, it is important to seek out a skilled burn injury lawyer at Samples Ames who has handled cases involving serious burn injuries. We handle burn cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas.
Nearly all burns leave scars. These are especially damaging when they are on the face because they permanently change a person’s appearance, often causing a burn victim to avoid contact with other people, restricting the ability to function in the workplace or participate in social activities. This can lead to serious psychological issues, including anxiety, stress disorder, and in the worst cases severe clinical depression and suicide. When scarring occurs on a part of the body usually concealed by clothing, the victim may fare better in public but will often avoid intimate relationships which would reveal the disfigurement.
In many cases, burn injuries are caused by another person’s negligence in the workplace, the home, in another’s premises, and in auto crashes. In these cases, the victim may be able to recover monetary compensation for economic and quality-of-life damages with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Treatment of Burn Injuries
Burns are difficult to treat, and they have the risk of life-threatening complications, including infection, failure of skin grafts, breakdown of tissues, and chronic pain. The immediate goals in treating burn patients are to prevent shock and infection, to prevent additional injury, and to heal the wound as quickly as possible. Burns frequently require a series of costly and painful surgeries over a period of years to reduce contractures, improve the victim’s appearance, and limit loss of function. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological therapy are often required to help rehabilitate burn patients.
The typical cost for treatment of moderate burns runs in excess of $200,000. Severe burns without complications cost, on average, more than $1.5 million. Costs for treating severe burns with complications can exceed $10 million.
Keep in mind, even once you are released from the hospital after your initial injuries, you could be facing rehabilitation, additional surgical procedures for scarring and daily pain. In some cases while you are recovering you may need nursing care at home to care for the wounds.The person responsible for your burns should be bearing the financial burden associated with your treatment.
Burn Injury Statistics
- 3,400 people die from burn-related injuries annually. Three-quarter of these deaths are because of infection
- Residential fires account for 2,550 of the fatalities, followed by approximately 300 from vehicle crash fires, 400 from contact with electricity, hot objects, or scalding liquids, and 150 from flame burns or smoke inhalation in non-residential fires
- Approximately 450,000 burn injuries occur every year; 40,000 people receive hospital treatment for severe or catastrophic burn injuries annually; 30,000 of these are treated at specialized hospital burn centers such as Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Causes of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are usually preventable and are a consequence of some individual or company’s negligence. These are some of the causes of burns that are often the result of negligence:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous Products
- Tanker explosions
- Boiler explosions
- Electrical fires
- Forest fires and wildfires
- Chemical burns
- Structural fires
- Hotel, restaurant, or nightclub fires
- Locked or obstructed fire exits
- Exposure to scalding water and steam
- Aviation accidents
Damages that Can Be Recovered from Burns
If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence or by a defective product, having a highly skilled personal injury attorney can make a huge difference in your ability to obtain the treatment you need to move on with your life. You are entitled to make a claim for compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include, among others:
- Expenses for medical treatment, surgeries, medication
- Cost of therapy and rehabilitation
- Loss of earnings and future earning capability
- Out-of-pocket expenses for transportation, child care, and other costs of traveling for medical treatment
- Medical or assistive devices or prostheses
Non-economic damages that you may be able to recover include:
- Physical suffering and pain
- Disability and loss of function
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Loss of ability to participate in marital relations
Retain the Best Lawyer Available for Your Burn Injury Case
Because of the high cost of treatment and the severity of quality-of-life damages, insurance companies will often use their extensive financial resources and sophisticated legal teams to fight paying catastrophic burn claims. To level the playing field, you will need to have the best attorney you can find to prepare your case and battle the insurance company on your behalf. The lawyers at Samples Ames have the skills, legal knowledge, financial resources, and commitment to justice required when fighting the insurance company for your right to a recovery.
Samples Ames PLLC accepts burn injury cases caused by negligence, product defects, or deliberate wrongdoing on a contingency basis, doing all the work to prepare a thoroughly documented and persuasive case—your case. You pay nothing until the resolution of your case, and if we don’t win your case, you will owe nothing.
When you work with the skilled burn injury attorneys at Samples Ames you can feel confident they will do everything possible to help secure a financial award on your behalf. Just because you have to live with the pain and scarring caused by a burn injury, you should not have to face insurmountable financial problems due to repeated surgical procedures and loss of wages. Call Samples Ames for a free case review at (817) 605-1505 and (214) 308-6505. If you do not consult with an attorney immediately, two years after your injuries you lose the right to file a lawsuit.
Upper back pain starts from the neck and extends to the middle of your back. In most cases, upper back pain is caused by a strain, sprain, or tear in your neck or shoulder muscles. Upper back pain and injury is one of the most common injuries suffered in the six million car wrecks that happen every year. Back injuries are extremely common and are also the third most-expensive medical condition after heart disease and cancer. While many back pains can be treated with physical therapy and over the counter medication, some cases require prescription medication, surgery or injections. Upper back pain can be a life-long battle and anyone suffering should receive the appropriate medical treatment. If you have upper back pain due to the irresponsible behavior of someone else, you should not be burdened with the expense of treatment. Our nation is founded on personal responsibility, and if someone else causes you significant injury, they must take responsibility for the consequences. If you have been involved in a collision or other incident and suffer from upper back pain, you should see a doctor immediately and then contact an attorney’s office like Samples Ames to assist you in your case.
Lower back pain is very common among many people all over the world. Many people experience mild to serious lower back pain due to incidents and collisions. Over 40 percent of spinal injuries are actually caused by car collisions every year. Although treatment for the spine can be very complicated and expensive, it is very important to your well-being. Going untreated can cause more pain and injury to your body and can even lead to paralysis. You should not be burdened with such an injury expense because of the irresponsible acts of another. When experiencing any lower back pain, you should see a doctor to be examined, and if it is due to a collision, you should call a personal Injury firm such as Samples Ames Law Firm to assist you with your case and protect your interests.
In most cases, back pain is caused by a strain, sprain, or tear in your neck, shoulder, or lower back muscles. Back pain and injury is one of the most common injuries suffered in the six million car wrecks that happen every year. Back injuries are extremely common and are also the third most-expensive medical condition after heart disease and cancer. While many back pains can be treated with physical therapy and over the counter medication, some cases require prescription medication, surgery or injections. Back pain is often a life-long battle and anyone suffering should receive the appropriate medical treatment. If you have back pain due to the irresponsible behavior of someone else, you should not be burdened with the expense of treatment. Our nation is founded on personal responsibility, and if someone else causes you significant injury, they must take responsibility for the consequences. If you have been involved in a collision or other incident and suffer from back pain, you should see a doctor immediately and then contact an attorney’s office like Samples Ames to assist you in your case.
The spinal column consists of a series of vertebrae stacked on top of one another. Each of these vertebrae have a disc that protects and cushions them while we perform our everyday activities such as walking and bending. These discs consist of an inner part that is similar to a soft gelatin and an outside portion that is tougher and contains the gelatinous substance within it. A slipped disc injury occurs when the outer ring becomes weak and/or torn and the inner portion slips out. A disc can slip out when turning or lifting an object and those who work at a physically-demanding workplace are at an increased risk for a slipped disc. They are also a common result of car wrecks due to the immense amount of pressure applied to the spinal column. The pressure from the collision can cause the disc to slip out and press on the nerves, which can cause extreme back, neck, leg, and hand pain. A common symptom is numbness and tingling in your arms and legs as well as pain radiating down the nerve into your extremities. If you feel this type of pain, it is imperative that you get checked immediately to prevent further injury and begin the healing process. Going untreated can make your injuries much worse and ultimately cost you more pain and money. In fact, a slipped disc injury can cause you significant problems down the road if not properly handled. Any time you are in a collision you should talk to a personal injury attorney to make sure you are properly protected. Samples Ames has experienced attorneys ready to help you with any injury you suffer due to the wrongful or negligent acts of others.
The spinal column consists of a series of vertebrae stacked on top of one another. Each of these vertebrae have a disc that protects and cushions them while we perform our everyday activities such as walking and bending. These discs consist of an inner part that is similar to a soft gelatin and an outside portion that is tougher and contains the gelatinous substance within it. A bulging disc injury occurs when the outer ring becomes weak and/or torn and the inner portion slips out. A disc can slip out when turning or lifting an object and those who work at a physically-demanding workplace are at an increased risk for a bulging disc. They are also a common result of car wrecks due to the immense amount of pressure applied to the spinal column. The pressure from the collision can cause the disc to bulge out and press on the nerves, which can cause extreme back, neck, leg, and hand pain. A common symptom is numbness and tingling in your arms and legs as well as pain radiating down the nerve into your extremities. If you feel this type of pain, it is imperative that you get checked immediately to prevent further injury and begin the healing process. Going untreated can make your injuries much worse and ultimately cost you more pain and money. In fact, a bulging disc injury can cause you significant problems down the road if not properly handled. Any time you are in a collision you should talk to a personal injury attorney to make sure you are properly protected. Samples Ames has experienced attorneys ready to help you with any injury you suffer due to the wrongful or negligent acts of others.
If you’ve been injured in a fall caused by a dangerous condition on property belonging to someone else, you may be able to recover money to compensate you for your financial and quality-of-life damages. Slip, trip, and fall accidents are a type of premises liability case. They happen when a property owner, operator, maintenance contractor, or caretaker fails to maintain, inspect, or repair their property, allowing dangerous conditions to cause serious harm to a visitor or tenant. Although people of all ages are vulnerable to premises injuries, senior citizens tend to suffer the most serious injuries from falls, which often lead to dramatically reduced mobility, loss of independence, and diminished life expectancy.
Who is at Fault?
Anyone who owns, operates, or manages property has both a moral and legal responsibility to take reasonable care to keep it safe, to warn those who come onto the premises of any safety hazards on the property, and to repair them as quickly as possible to avoid anyone being injured. When an accident occurs, the party at fault may be a property manager who is negligent in performing periodic safety checks of a store or office, or a building owner or government entity that allows a dangerous condition to exist in an area of the property accessible to the public.
How Common Are Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents?
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are more common and often more serious than most people realize, and are especially dangerous for older people. Here are some facts that may surprise you:
- Slip and fall accidents send nearly nine million people to the emergency room each year.
- Falls cause brain damage, spinal cord injuries, serious fractures, organ damage, neck and back injuries, lacerations, scarring, sprains and strains, chronic pain, and death.
- Falls are the second leading cause of death in the home and in senior citizen communities.
- Falls cause around 25,000 fatalities every year, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that around 8,000,000 non-fatal fall injuries occur in the United States annually.
- CDC data show that falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls.
- Falls are the second most common cause of death on the job, after motor vehicle accidents.
- Workplace slip and fall accidents cause more than 300,000 injuries per year, or one every two minutes, on average.
- Traumatic brain injuries from falls are responsible for almost half of all fall-related fatalities among the elderly.
- Uneven and hazardous public walkways are the cause of nearly half of all slip, trip, and fall injuries.
Conditions that Cause Falls
Falls happen frequently on walkways, driveways, ramps, stairs, ladders, in messy, cluttered areas, wet and slippery floors and pavement, and on uneven surfaces. Merchandise that has fallen from poorly-stacked shelves and spilled food in the aisles can also cause falls, and construction and other job sites are also common places for falls to occur.
Property owners can prevent falls on their premises by:
- Keeping electrical cords away from areas where people walk
- Cleaning spills and immediately
- Placing barriers and warning signs around wet, slippery, or uneven areas or anywhere a tripping or slipping hazard exists
- Keeping stairways well-lighted and in good repair
- Fixing potholes and repairing uneven surfaces in parking lots and sidewalks
- Keeping sprinkler heads far from walkways
Failing to take these precautions can result in liability for injuries or wrongful deaths that result.
Steps to Take after a Fall
There are steps you can take to help secure your right to recover compensation for your damages after a fall on someone else’s premises, which will help your premises liability attorney prove your case and obtain a full and adequate recovery for you:
- Call for help and report the incident to the owner or manager of the property immediately.
- Write down the name of the property owner or manager and the person to whom you reported the accident.
- Note the exact time of your fall.
- Get contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Take photos with your cell phone camera, showing the condition that caused you to fall.
- Get medical help immediately. If necessary, have someone call an ambulance. Tell the doctor and ER personnel where you fell and how the fall occurred.
- Save your clothing or footwear worn at the time of the accident, without cleaning it.
- Contact a skilled Dallas-Fort Worth who specializes in premises liability cases.
- Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or company representative and do not sign any medical authorizations, releases, or other documents unless your attorney instructs you to do so.
Under Texas premise liability laws, the reason you are on the property is also a factor if you are injured on someone’s property. There are three classifications that are used to make this determination which are:
- Invitee – The property owner or the person who is controlling the property and makes the premises available to customers, tenants or other user of a facility has a duty to ensure their safety at all times. Broken banisters, unsafe stairwells and even poor security that results in your injury can be pursued under Texas personal injury.
- Licensee – When your meter reader shows up to read your water, electric or fuel meter, they have an expectation they will be safe. It is up to the property owner to ensure these persons are warned of any hidden dangers they are aware of to prevent injury.
- Trespasser – When someone enters a property without permission or invitation they are considered a trespasser. The only duty of care they may expect is to not be injured by a deliberate act of the owner; for example, booby trapping a stairwell to prevent burglary.
If you have suffered an injury on someone’s property that you believe could have been avoided had you been properly warned of danger you should contact Samples Ames PLLC at (817) 605-1505 or (214) 308-6505 to determine if you can file a personal injury lawsuit under Texas’s premise liability laws. Property owners are required to ensure their premises are safe enough to enter without unreasonable danger of injury.
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