Houston Wal-Mart Taken to Court Over Alleged Slip and Fall Injury
In tort law, a duty of care refers to the obligation a business or property owner holds when providing safety for those on their premises. Larger businesses are expected to uphold this duty no matter the situation. A Wal-Mart in Houston may find itself at the end of a hefty lawsuit if proven to have had violated that duty. Sandra Blevins claims that her knee injury was the result of a slip and fall sustained at one of the grocery giant’s locations in Houston.
The Houston federal court received the case on September 25th after Blevins filed the suit last month. The alleged injury occurred, according to the plaintiff, on August 26th, 2011. Blevins claims she slipped and fell in the store’s freezer section. The lawsuit states that Blevins slipped on a wet surface and landed on her knee, resulting in a debilitating injury. Blevins has faulted the store with failing to provide a safe environment and has acknowledged that the injury was not her fault. The plaintiff is seeking $500,000 in damages.
Debilitating injuries can lead to both physical and financial difficulties. If you have suffered an injury due to another’s negligence, the J. Gonzalez Law Firm of Brownsville can help. Contact us at 956.630.6700.
Brownsville Woman Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter
Consuming alcohol and operating a vehicle is one of the most dangerous and irresponsible actions a person can take. Firstly, you’ll be putting yourself at risk of injury or death and worse, an innocent bystander or driver can face the same danger. A Brownsville citizen has had to learn the horrible consequences of that irresponsibility. State troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety placed 28-year old Jessica Izaguirre into custody on August 4th for her role in the death of 19-year old Alfredo Guerrero.
Guerrero had been changing a tire when he was struck by Izaguirre’s vehicle off of Highway 48 and FM 511. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Izaguirre was immediately placed under arrest following her failing a field sobriety test. A breathalyzer test was also conducted and recorded Izaguirre’s blood alcohol content at 0.122. Records have also shown that Izaguirre was transported Valley Regional Medical Center where a blood sample was forcibly taken; the reason has not been made public.
On Monday, June 5th, Izaguirre appeared at the Cameron County Magistrate Court where she was issued a $500,000 bond. She has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony in Texas with a punishable prison term of two to twenty years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Never allow those who have committed the irresponsible act of drinking and driving to go unpunished. Contact the attorneys of Brownsville’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700 to get started today to build your wrongful death or personal injury case.
Hit And Run Driver Seriously Injuries East Texas Woman
A Mount Pleasant, Texas woman has been admitted to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after suffering serious injuries stemming from a hit and run incident. 49-year old Martha Riley was discovered lying along S. Otyson Avenue in the early hours of Tuesday, May 7th. Authorities responded to the call at 12:30 AM after the victim had been discovered by several citizens. Riley was walking home from work, Pilgrim’s Corporation, when a still-unidentified driver struck her. She was unresponsive upon discovery.
Those who came to her aid told authorities they did not witness the accident. Evidence was found at the scene, which later led police to believe Riley was the victim of a hit and run. The extent of her injuries, suffered to her head and leg, have authorities speculating the vehicle that struck her may have been damaged. The damage may appear on the front passenger side. Riley has been listed in critical condition. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a hit and run driver, contact a Brownsville personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Santa Fe County Jail
The brother of Bobby Baros, Jr. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Santa Fe County Commission and nine of the county jail’s staff members. In April of 2011, Baros was arrested in Espanola, New Mexico on charges of battery against a household member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault against an officer, one charge of assault on an officer and three counts of resisting arrest.
According to the complaint filed by Baros’s brother’s attorney, Jennifer Attrep, the victim requested medical attention after being taken to the Espanola jail. He was taken to Presbyterian Espanola Hospital where the medical staff diagnosed him with undergoing polysubstance abuse withdrawal. He was then transferred to the Santa Fe County Jail. The complaint alleges that upon his arrival, Baros weighed only 90 pounds. He claimed to have been suffering from Hepatitis C and had taken several illegal and prescription drugs including heroin and Xanax. A doctor had prescribed medication to treat his opiate withdrawal but the suit claims he never received any medication.
On the morning of April 24th, Baros was discovered unresponsive in his cell; he had no pulse and was not breathing. The lawsuit states that he did not receive immediate attention and died later at the Santa Fe hospital. The suit is requesting an unspecified amount of damages.
If you or a family member has been the victim of neglect, contact a personal injury attorney from the law office of Brownsville’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Illinois Walgreens Hit With Slip And Fall Lawsuit
A Walgreens in Glen Carbon, Illinois has been hit with a slip and fall lawsuit. The incident happened in December of 2011 when Sophrona Ranson allegedly slipped and fell due to a wet spot on the floor. Ranson filed the lawsuit at the Madison County Circuit Court on April 8th. According to Ranson, she was walking down an aisle in the store and slipped on the wet spot, resulting in injury to her left leg.
She is accusing the Cottonwood Road store of failing to alert customers of the hazard by marking the wet spot. The suit also lists the store’s failure to remove the hazard. Ranson cited medical bills and court costs for the damages sought in the suit, which amounts to $50,000. This isn’t the first time the drug store chain has been hit with a slip and fall case. In 2011, Shana Redfearn of Marshall, Texas sued for $900,000 for a fall resulting under similar circumstances. In Granite City, Illinois, Sharon Robinson sued the chain for a slip and fall injury for $50,000.
If you’re slip and fall injury has resulted in mounting medical bills, contact a Brownsville personal injury lawyer from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Lawsuit Filed For Boat Accident Fatality
A $50,000 lawsuit has been filed in relation to a July 28th, 2012 boating accident that claimed the life of a ten-year old child. The accident occurred on Petite Lake in Lake Villa, Illinois when a boat driven by David Hatyina ran over Tony Borcia. Borcia’s mother contends that Hatyina was both intoxicated and under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident. The lawsuit seeks the $50,000 total for Borcia’s mother as well as more than that amount for each member of the child’s immediate family who witnessed the incident.
Hatyina is not the only one being sued. Renee Melbourn is also named in the suit due to her alleged participation in operating the boat and helping pay for it. She faces no charges. Hatyina does; four counts of reckless homicide and five counts of operating a watercraft while under the influence which resulted in death. He is currently free on a $1 million bond.
If you’ve been injured in a negligent boating accident or have lost someone in the same manner, contact a Brownsville personal injury lawyer from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Ohio Woman Found Guilty In Nursing Home Abuse Case
Tacarra Bryson of Toledo, Ohio has been found guilty of one count of patient abuse against an elderly resident of the Liberty West Nursing Center. The incident occurred in February of 2012 when the nurse’s aide allegedly threw one of the facility’s residents to the floor and struck her in the head. The victim’s name and the extent of her injuries have not been made public. As a result, Bryson is no longer employed at the facility.
The state’s attorney general, Mike DeWine, has stated that he is pleased with the verdict, noting that there is never an excuse for assaulting a patient. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division made up the prosecution in the case. May 15th is the set day for Bryson’s sentencing.
Nursing home abuse should never go ignored. If a loved one of yours is a victim of such abuse, contact a Brownsville personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Elderly Man Struck By Hit And Run Driver In Massachusetts
On Saturday, April 6th, Lowell, Massachusetts police responded to a call of an elderly man who’d been struck by a driver who fled the scene. Authorities have stated that the vehicle driven by the person in connection with the incident is a 1998 Mazda Protégé. At around ten o’clock on the evening of the 6th, a 74-year old native of Pelham, New Hampshire, whose name has not been released by police, was discovered lying unconscious on the median of Pawtucket Boulevard. The passerby alerted 911.
The elderly victim was found to have suffered several broken bones and was transported to Lowell General Hospital. Police have stated that he is expected to survive. The vehicle being sought is believed to have sustained damage to its front and left sides. In Texas, it is a third degree felony to flee the scene of an accident if a person has been injured and can carry a term of two to ten years.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a hit and run driver, contact a personal injury attorney from Brownsville’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Slip And Fall Suit Against Target Settled
A complaint filed against Target Corporation following a June 20th slip and fall incident at their Barboursville location has been settled. The claimant, Henry Prout of Huntington, alleges that he slipped and fell on spilled soda. According to the complaint filed, the store’s failure to properly inspect the aisles for any hazards led to the incident.
The victim suffered several injuries, most notably to his left shoulder which required surgery. Prout sought damages to cover general, special and punitive damages totaling an unspecified exact amount, although it was made public that the total exceeded $75,000. The defendant pushed for the case to be tried in federal court in July due to the costs exceeding the aforementioned amount; anything above it can be removed to federal court.
Don’t allow your slip and fall injury to go ignored. Contact a personal injury attorney from Brownsville’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Lawsuit To Be Filed In Wal-Mart-Related Slip And Fall Accident
In 2011, Marina Andara of Watchung filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. after suffering a slip and fall-related accident at one of the retail giant’s stores in the New Jersey borough. According to Andara, the injury occurred after slipping on a wet spot on the floor on July 9th, 2010. However, in late 2012, the judge overseeing the case dismissed the complaint. However, a two-judge appellate panel overturned the decision and has now allowed the lawsuit to proceed.
The decision was based on the two-member panel determining that the store where the accident occurred had knowledge of the hazard based on evidence gathered. The location where Ms. Andara fell, near the checkout area, was evidence enough to show that the store should have provided a safe environment for customers. However, Wal-Mart attorneys argued that surveillance footage shows no wet spot minutes before the accident happened. The judges rebutted by stating a worker who had walked through the area had not inspected the floor, thus not refuting that the spot didn’t exist. The amount of damages sought in the lawsuit has not been made public.
Contact a Brownsville personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm to assist you in seeking damages for your slip and fall accident at 956.630.6700.