General Motors Named in Texas Lawsuit for Faulty Ignition Switch

Auto defects which go ignored by manufacturers can and often cause serious or fatal car accidents. We entrust these manufacturers to strictly follow regulations to ensure their vehicles are safe for the road as well as issuing warnings to owners who may be at risk. A recent Texas lawsuit brings such an auto defect to light. Tiffany Adams suffered severe injuries in a car accident that took place on December 23rd, 2013 while driving in Lufkin, Texas. She has since filed a state district court lawsuit naming General Motors, Delphi Automotive, and Mac Haik Auto Direct as defendants.

A Faulty Ignition Switch?

The lawsuit was filed on the basis that Adams claims the ignition switch of her 2007 Pontiac Solstice was defective, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and collide with a tree. The lawsuit also claims the vehicle’s airbag system was inoperative due to that same defect, thereby failing to lessen injury. The car accident resulted in Adams suffering a broken neck, broken ribs and amputated legs. The victim is currently in the process of recovery.

A Major Recall

Adams’s vehicle is one of over 2 million of several GM models that have been recalled due to defects. Ignition switch failures are known to cause a vehicle’s engine to shut off, thereby affecting important components such as the steering system, airbags and brakes. One of Adams’s attorneys went on record to state that GM was well aware of the defects long before the victim’s accident, which could have been prevented if a warning had been issued.

GM now faces the possibility of awarding Adams compensation for her injuries. Delphi Automotive, the ignition switch’s manufacturer and Mac Haik Auto Direct, which sold the vehicle to Adams, do as well.

Addressing Negligence

Auto companies are required to enforce strict oversight to ensure their vehicles and components operate within safety guidelines. Defects happen, but a company ignoring this fact and failing to recall vehicles they suspect may be affected should not. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm understands the strain of having to deal with a debilitating car accident caused by a faulty product.

Your inability to earn a living or live comfortably due to an accident’s aftereffects can be an overwhelming situation to find yourself in. A personal injury lawsuit stemming from a product defect can lessen the strain of your recovery. Our firm has experience in addressing negligence and securing much-needed monetary compensation for our clients.

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Never deal with a car accident caused by a manufacturer’s negligence alone. Our firm in Brownsville allows the convenience of easily finding the legal assistance you need. Let us help you on your road to physical and financial recovery by contacting us today to schedule a consultation.

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Lawsuit Filed After Worker Injured in Oilfield Explosion

Oilfield work can be dangerous if safety precautions and protocols aren’t enforced. Employers are required to provide training, safety equipment and strict supervision in order to prevent accidents and injuries. An oilfield explosion, though rare, is possible and can be devastating.

One East Texas oilfield worker was recently the victim of such an incident. On March 28th, Oscar Garcia filed a lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum Co. L.P. with the Galveston County District Court. Garcia is not seeking punitive damages from his employer, but from the third-party that he was contracted to do work for.

Alleged Gross Negligence

On February 21st, Garcia was working at Marathon’s refinery on a flare line which was improperly isolated. The explosion that ensued caused Garcia to suffer serious injuries, according to the lawsuit. Marathon employees who were with Garcia at the site allegedly failed to offer any assistance when his body caught fire.

Marathon also allegedly failed to properly isolate the flare line and misinformed the victim that the necessary tools and protective equipment needed to perform his duties would be needed. The lawsuit cites the petroleum company’s “gross negligence” as the reason for Garcia’s injuries.

The Compensation You Need

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has a proven track record of securing the monetary damages its clients need for various cases. We understand that suffering a work-related accident can put a strain on your finances and physical well-being. A personal injury lawsuit can help ease the burden created by medical bills, physical rehabilitation sessions, medication, etc. Seeking the compensation you need should not be another unwanted burden, let us help.

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Dealing with injuries can be expensive. As a victim, it’s unfair for you to have to deal with these costs. Our firm in Brownsville allows oilfield explosion and accident victims the convenience of having the legal guidance they need and deserve. Let’s get started today to see where your case stands.

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Fatal Houston Car Accident Claims a Life, Alcohol Involved

The deadly combination of alcohol and driving is once again responsible for taking a life, this one belonging to a Houston man. The fatal car accident occurred on Sunday, March 9th in Atascocita when Craig Welch, 23, ran a red light and struck a vehicle driven by the victim, Omar Jaramillo. The victim died at the scene of the accident and the other passenger, his mother, was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

A Recipe for Disaster

Welch was reportedly intoxicated while driving during the early morning hours of the 9th. Alcohol and driving are both recipes for disaster as a driver’s focus and attention are greatly limited. The red light at the West Lake Houston parkway went ignored and Welch’s vehicle struck Jaramillo’s, killing him. The victim’s mother was fortunate enough to survive the accident, though she must now face the devastating loss of her son while trying to recover from her own injuries.

A Devastating Loss

Medical expenses are only the beginning of this accident victim’s long road to recovery. One can only imagine the pain and heartache a mother must feel in dealing with the death of her son. However, by pursuing a wrongful death claim, the negligent driver who caused the accident can be held financially accountable in civil court. The damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit can help alleviate the financial burden a victim’s family experiences, such as medical costs, funeral bills, and pain and suffering.

Legal Guidance When You Need it Most

A personal injury attorney can offer the legal guidance and representation you need if you have lost a loved one in a drunken driving car accident. Feelings of helplessness and confusion as to what to do next are entirely understandable. With prompt legal expertise to assist you, the difficulties of seeking a wrongful death claim can be properly dealt with. In Brownsville, know that a personal injury law firm holding your best interests at heart is available to help.

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Texas Warehouse Safety Lacking, Injured Worker Awarded $12.1 Million

On Friday, January 24th, 2014, a Texas jury found Tractor Supply Co. of Texas to be negligent and responsible for a tragic 2012 accident which left an employee paralyzed. The injured victim, Kenneth Edd McGowan, 46, who was unable to attend the trial due to a recent surgery, was awarded $12.1 million. He is currently recovering at a rehabilitation center. Jurors made a decision after only 3 hours of deliberation.

Paralyzed Worker Files Suit to Recover Damages

McGowan was a warehouse worker for Tractor Supply Co. of Texas, of which Tractor Supply Co. is the parent company, and was catastrophically injured on the job in May of 2012.  A forklift caused a 1,000-pound pallet of dog food to fall on his head, resulting in him suffering 18 broken bones in his spine and paralyzing him from the chest down. He retains some mobility in his arms. McGowan subsequently filed a lawsuit against his employer to recover damages for medical expenses and mental anguish. Jurors determined the worker who operated the forklift was not at fault and that the company was solely to blame.

Negligence Must be Established

Forklift accidents can be a common occurrence in warehouses. However, you may only file a lawsuit against your employer if they do not provide workers’ compensation insurance. Your employer must be proven to have been negligent and responsible for the accident in order to receive compensation for damages to alleviate financial burdens such as medical costs. The damages you can recover vary depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your accident.

Taking Action Against Those Responsible

A workplace injury can have a devastating impact on a worker’s professional and personal life. It is important to seek legal representation from a skilled personal injury attorney if your life has been recently affected by an accident that happened on the job. Holding negligent employers legally accountable for any injuries suffered can help you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to. The personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm have the experience in dealing with work-related accidents and holding the negligent party responsible.

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Workplace injuries can be both physically and financially devastating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, contact the Brownsville personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at (956) 630-6700 to begin your financial recovery.

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Fatal Case of Food Poisoning Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Texas woman claiming Bush’s Chicken was responsible for her husband’s food poisoning and death. Angela Scurry lost her spouse two years ago after he ate from the fast-food chain in Killeen and became seriously ill afterwards. The lawsuit alleges Morris Scurry’s illness began in the early hours of the following day in the form of diarrhea and vomiting.

Contaminated Food caused Deadly Bacterial Infection

Scurry was admitted to the hospital for an infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria on November 27th, 2012. This type of infection typically results from consuming undercooked poultry or cross-contaminated foods. He was initially treated and released. However, he was forced to return to the hospital two more times and received the same treatment each time for the same symptoms. Scurry collapsed at his home soon after and was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.

Restaurant Ignored Food Safety, Liable for Negligence

The restaurant chain did not properly prepare the chicken according to the lawsuit. Restaurants are obligated to meet certain food preparation standards to ensure that anything consumed by their customers is of the highest quality. The restaurant’s negligence toward food preparation is what caused the victim’s infection and subsequent death. No amount of money will ever make up for the sudden loss of a loved one. However, the victim’s family is entitled to recover monetary compensation to be used for funeral expenses and lost wages if negligence is established. A personal injury attorney can help victims’ families pursue justice and recover maximum compensation.

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A wrongful death claim can help lessen the financial impact that the unexpected loss of a loved one can have on your family. If you have recently lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, contact Brownsville’s personal injury attorneys from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.

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Strangulation Risk Results in Massive Recall of Baby Monitor Models

A massive product recall has been issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission along with Angelcare Monitors, Inc. The recall was enforced on November 21st and involves Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors. The product had been manufactured between the years 1999 and 2013. It’s been estimated that over 600,000 monitors were sold nationwide by several major retailers. These retailers include Wal-Mart, Babies R Us and other companies specializing in baby products. The recall lists the AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401, AC601, and 4925 models.

Monitors Caused Two Infant Deaths, Put Countless More in Danger

The product recall follows the deaths of two infants, one in California and one in Oregon. Both became entangled in the monitor’s sensor cords, which are placed beneath crib mattresses. The Safety Commission’s recall notice requests that anyone who has encountered difficulties with this product to immediately report the incident to the commission. Parents who purchased these monitors have been instructed to request a repair kit from the manufacturer and to discontinue the use of the product.

Product Liability Laws Protect Consumers from Negligence

Manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to ensure the safety of any product’s use. The general public must also be warned of any potential hazards the product may pose in order to avoid accidents that may cause injury. Corporations must use proper care for the design, manufacture, testing and inspection of their products to ensure they are not dangerous for consumers. Manufacturers can be held liable for negligence if they fail to do so. The death of a baby is tragic and manufacturers of defective products should be held liable for any injury or death caused by their product.

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Those in possession of the recalled monitors should first and foremost ensure that their children are out of danger. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries caused by a defective product, contact the Brownsville personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at (945) 630-6700.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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