Why Does Texas Give Employers the Option to Provide Workers’ Comp?

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The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) says that the first workers’ compensation laws in Texas came in 1913. At the time, the legislators believed that employers should have the freedom to decide if they want to provide workers’ comp to their employees. They feared that government run programs would limit the property rights of an […]

Can I Sue My Healthcare Provider If My Baby Dies During Birth?

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A woman, who was being held on drug charges in a county jail in Texas, has filed a lawsuit after she delivered a baby that died while she was in solitary confinement. According to the Wichita Times Record News, Nicole Guerrero is suing Wichita County, Sheriff David Duke, Correctional Healthcare Management, Inc. and nurse Ladonna […]

Houston Woman That Struck and Killed Bicyclist Rearrested in Austin

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A woman that allegedly injured and killed a Houston bicyclist was rearrested at her twin sister’s house in Austin on April 30, according to The Houston Chronicle. Margaret R. Mayer, who was initially arrested on February 5 and freed on a $30,000 bond, was taken into custody again for allegedly violating her bail conditions. According […]

Driver Hits and Kills Austin Man, Charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter

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A man on his way home from work was killed in a crash on April 21 by a suspected drunk driver, according to KXAN. The victim was sitting at a stoplight on the westbound US Highway 290 service road at Springdale Road, when a 34-year-old driver slammed into the back of his vehicle around 3:30 […]

New Study Reveals Austin’s Most Dangerous Streets

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A recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed the most dangerous streets in Austin for bicyclists, according to Culture Map Austin. Using data from the Texas Department of Transportation, the project mapped 1,430 bicycle wrecks reported to local police from 2009-2014. The honor of most dangerous street in Austin went to Guadalupe […]

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Company Sued After Worker is Severely Burned in Galveston County Explosion

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A Galveston County man is suing after sustaining injuries while working at a Texas City facility, according to The Southeast Texas Record. The worker filed a lawsuit on February 27 against Marathon Petroleum Co. LP, citing negligence and gross negligence. According to the lawsuit, the man was working for Wyatt Field Services at Marathon’s Texas […]

Baylor University Construction Worker’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The family of a construction worker killed in January while working on Baylor University’s new football stadium has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and several construction companies, according to The Waco Tribune. The 55-year-old construction worker drowned on January 28 after a hydraulic lift he and another worker were strapped to slipped […]

East Texas Family Files Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

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The family of a man who died after he was allegedly exposed to asbestos has filed a lawsuit against Texaco and Chevron. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Mignonne Patterson, the spouse of the deceased Morgan Patterson, filed the lawsuit on March 5 in the Jefferson County District Court. Defendants named in the lawsuit include […]

Police Arrest Over a Dozen Drunk Drivers on Austin’s No-Refusal Night

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On the night of March 5, Austin police arrested and charged 17 people for driving while intoxicated. This was part of the “no-refusal” initiative that coincided with Mardi Gras celebrations in Austin. The no-refusal period lasted from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday. While drivers can refuse breathalyzer tests to determine their blood alcohol […]

East Austin Neighborhood Residents Concerned Over Asbestos Abatement Project

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A number of people in an east Austin neighborhood are raising concerns over a demolition project that they fear will place asbestos fibers in the air. According to KTBC, a vacant building near Fairway Street and Montopolis Drive is being demolished by a local company, which contracted out an abatement company to get rid of […]