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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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