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Scaffolding fall can result from faulty equipment or human error

We frequently walk underneath them on San Antonio sidewalks. Walking beneath scaffolding may bring two thoughts to mind: (1) what if it falls on me? and (2) I wouldn't do that job for $1 million. Neither thought is unfounded. Scaffolding does fall and workers can be badly injured or even die as a result of the fall, as can passersby.

For the purposes of this article, let us focus on the worker. Suspended several, or even hundreds of stories in the air, while trying to concentrate on a construction task or window washing, takes a special expertise and steady nerves. Like any piece of equipment, scaffolding parts can fail. 

What is an occupational disease?

When it comes to workers' compensation claims, it is safe to say that most people are familiar with injury-based claims that result from on-the-job accidents. There are other ways, however, that workers can find themselves in need of workers' compensation assistance that are not the result of falls, accidents involving machinery or other direct physical injuries. One of these is an occupational disease.

Although great strides have been made since the days when occupational diseases were first identified, and both federal and Texas government agencies strive to prevent their occurrence, these work-related afflictions still can and do occur.

Eight deadliest roads for motor vehicle accident in Bexar County

Each year, the Texas Department of Transportation has the grim task of identifying the roads across the state that are more likely than others to be the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. In 2013, 189 people died in traffic accidents in the county.  Of those, about six per month involved alcohol.

As of October 2014, data shows that accidents involving drunk drivers are trending down this year. But the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is proven to be a particularly deadly time of year. 

Texas cellphone driving restrictions can vary by municipality

Although many states have enacted statewide legislation restricting or banning the use of cell phones by drivers, Texas has elected to leave to each town or city in the state much of the decision on whether or how much to limit such activity.

Some state-level preclusions on cell phone use by drivers do exist. These include an initial six-month prohibition on the use of drivers with learning permits, regardless of age, while drivers who have not yet reached their 18th birthday are legally banned from using any wireless communication device while driving.

Tinsman & Sciano, Inc. congratulates Aaron Valadez on passing the Texas Bar Exam

Tinsman & Sciano, Inc. congratulates Aaron Valadez on passing the Texas Bar Exam and welcomes him as the firm's newest attorney. Aaron, a 2014 St. Mary's University School of Law graduate, took the Attorney's Oath of Office before The Honorable Sandee Bryan Marion of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio (pictured). Prior to obtaining his law license, Aaron was a law clerk at Tinsman & Sciano, working closely with attorneys Richard Tinsman and Sharon Savage. Congratulations, Aaron!

When you've been injured, you need to know who's on your side

There are some incidents in life that may not build character, but they can certainly reveal it. One example of this phenomenon can occur when you have been injured in an automobile accident.

Insurance company advertisements tend to emphasize how friendly they are. They're your good neighbor; you're in good hands with them; they are on your side.

TexasBarCLE Seminar - November 20-21

Join us in Houston for Prosecuting and Defending Truck and Auto Collision Cases 2014, where our own Dan Sciano will present, "Demonstrative Evidence and Technology in the Courtroom." Register now for this live seminar, November 20-21, at the Hilton Houston Westchase: http://www.texasbarcle.com/materials/Programs/2988/Brochure.pdf. Seminar hosted by TexasBarCLE, and co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Elderly pickup driver causes head-on collision near San Antonio

There is always some risk involved in driving. Not only do you need to ensure that your own faculties are in check, but you also have to be conscious of other drivers who may not be sober, alert or entirely competent in some other way.

Recently, for example, an elderly man was apparently responsible for a head-on collision on the freeway near San Antonio. Reports say that he was driving in the wrong direction, although the full circumstances are still not fully known.

What is the Division of Workers Compensation in Texas?

The system of workers' compensation is a creation of the state government. In order to properly administer and oversee workers' compensation claims, Texas has created the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers Compensation.

A key function of this agency is to control the distribution of workers' compensation benefits to employees in Texas who have been injured while on the job. It also provides workers' compensation benefits to the families of employees who have lost their lives because of accidents at work.

Jury hears particulars of drunk driving crash

A former Texas millionaire is standing trial for DUI manslaughter. The prosecution claims that in 2010, while allegedly driving drunk, he ran a stop sign and smashed into another car, killing the driver.

The allegedly drunk driver was tried and convicted in 2012 and initially received a sentence of 16 years in prison. His attorneys had the first conviction overturned due to improper behavior by a juror; the retrial is in progress now. The trial is hampered by the fact that the cars involved were released to the insurance companies and sold after the first conviction.

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  • Richard Tinsman & Daniel J.T. Sciano. Board Certified | Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Association for Justice | formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) | Member 2013
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