Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Automobile Accidents: Why You Need an Attorney.

If you've been injured in a car accident due to another driver's negligence, there is no guarantee your medical bills will be covered by that driver's car insurance company. Even if you are paid, you may not be justly compensated.

While a lawyer may not be necessary in every auto accident claim, if you've been injured in an auto accident for which you were not at fault hiring a personal injury attorney can help you receive a fair settlement from your insurance company.
It is possible to obtain a fair settlement without the help of a personal injury attorney, but you run a serious risk of being taken advantage of by the insurance company. Unless you are a law student or personal injury professional, you are likely unfamiliar with all the laws pertaining to personal injury claims. In other words, you probably do not know what you are legally entitled to, and could therefore be taken advantage of an insurance adjuster. Because insurance companies profit by under compensating injured persons, many companies will automatically offer a lower settlement to persons not working with a personal injury attorney. For this reason, many people opt to hire personal injury lawyers even before they have been offered a settlement.

Anyone who has been through a motor vehicle accident knows that it can be a traumatic experience. Whether the accident involved an car, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle, you have the right to take legal action against any person, company, or entity that is responsible -- including private citizens, stores, manufacturers, insurance companies, large corporations, and government agencies. If you have suffered an injury in an automobile accident because of someone else's carelessness, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will evaluate your case with you, to ensure that your legal rights are fully assessed and protected.

There are many potential damage awards available to people who are injured in a car accident. In addition to medical bills, you may be able to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Your family members may even be able to recover for the loss of your companionship if you have become incapacitated. If you don’t hire an attorney, you may not be aware of all of your potential legal rights to recovery. Even with witnesses and a police report saying the other party is at fault, proving that they were negligent can be difficult. Since there are many elements that go into winning a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to hire an attorney who understands the law and who can provide references to cases, citations and other sources of law that support your position. You may be permitted to “discover’ certain information from the other side, and you may be limited in the types of witnesses and evidence you present. There are even restrictions on the kind of questions and phrasing of questions you ask in court. Furthermore, extensive legal research often needs to be done to convince the court or jury to side with you. As such, it is very difficult to prove personal injury liability on your own.

You have only a limited time to sue: In most states, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is between one and two years. If you don’t sue within that time, you give up your right to sue forever. You may also need to file a police report or notice within a given period of time. If you don’t sue in time, if you don’t sue for the right damages or sue the right defendants, and if you lose your case as a result of improperly presenting your information, you will be barred from ever suing again. This means you will have used up your only chance for recovery and you will be stuck with all the costs and bills as a result of the accident that someone else carelessly caused.

 Brent Cordell can explain what you can expect at every step of your personal injury case, and will take action on your behalf -- researching the law, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, conferring with expert consultants, planning legal strategy, and negotiating with insurers and opposing counsel -- all with an eye toward strengthening your position and ensuring your fair recovery.

Railroad & Train Accidents

Railroad accidents usually consist of derailments, collisions with passenger vehicles, collisions with other trains, or accidents due to mechanical failure. Often it is the railroads’ negligence or the operator's negligence that leads to these accidents, which means they could have been potentially avoided had the railroad acted properly. Railroad accidents also occasionally result in hazardous material spills.

Railroad Workers & FELA
Iin 1908 Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (known as "FELA") for the protection of the thousands of railroad workers employed nationwide. FELA established and continues to provide a federal system of legal recovery for for injuries suffered by the railroad worker while on the job. Almost any worker employed by a railroad company will be protected under FELA if they are injured on the job, including those whose primary duties are not performed in or around trains. FELA provides railroad companies and employers with a uniform liability standard when it comes to working conditions and employee safety on the job.
Under FELA, railroad companies and employers owe railroad workers a number of duties, the violation of which can result in a finding of liability under FELA. These include the duty to:
  • Provide reasonably safe work environment, equipment, tools, and safety devices;
  • Inspect the work environment to ensure it is free of hazards;
  • Provide adequate training, supervision, assistance, and help to employees in their job functions;
  • Ensure workers are safe from harmful intentional acts of others;
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations;
  • Prevent use of unreasonable work quotas
FELA provides a federal remedy for injured railroad workers, but it also serves as a kind of guideline for railroad employment safety standards. For example, if a railroad is found to have violated federal standards pertaining to workplace safety, set out in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the Boiler Inspection Act, and the Safety Appliance Act, an injured railroad worker and his or her attorney will have a much easier time proving their case. All that needs to be shown is that the law in question was violated and that the railroad worker was injured.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while employed as a railroad worker, it is important that you understand your legal right to receive compensation for those injuries under FELA. Contact Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Refinery and Industrial Accidents

Houston, Texas is well known for its petrochemical industry, and the associated Oil Refineries and Chemical Plants provide a vital role in our economy.

 But because of the materials used in chemical plants and oil refineries, workers in these settings face very real dangers.
Around the world, plant and refinery employees are injured or killed on the job almost every day. Even more tragically, many of the accidents responsible take place as a result of the negligence of other employees, employers, or third parties.
Unfortunately, workers' compensation does not always cover the full amount to which workers may be entitled for their injuries. Injured plant and refinery workers need an experienced accident attorney who will tirelessly pursue complete restitution for their losses.
Many of the injuries associated with petrochemical and refinery accidents (including burns from explosions and scalding liquid, and spinal cord and head injuries from falls) often prevent the injured worker from ever returning to the job. Most of these injuries result in permanent injury and many others are fatal.
The legal issues involved with a personal injury or death occurring on an industrial or manufacturing plant accident site can be complicated due to the location and ownership of the site itself as well as the many parties in question.
After a worker is injured, representatives and lawyers of the different companies will usually meet to discuss the details of the accident and hire investigators to document the site. But access to the site or the equipment involved is usually blocked for the injured parties, requiring the intevention of an experienced attorney to protect the evidence and investigate the site.

Victims should seek counsel from a trusted and reputable lawyer to determine if they may be able to file a successful civil complaint following any injury in an industrial setting, especially if it was caused by the overt negligence of another individual,

Brent M. Cordell is dedicated to ensuring that individuals injured in these often catastrophic accidents receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a plant and refinery accident expert. We are on your side.

Offshore Accidents & Injuries

Texas enjoys one of the largest and most successful maritime industries in the United States. Unfortunately, the maritime industry results in thousands of accidents each year as a result of the negligence and/or fault of other persons or entities.

Injuries caused in these capacities may entitle the injured party and their family to recovery under the various bodies of law which govern both Texas territorial waters and the international waterways in the Gulf of Mexico.
Offshore or maritime litigation involves some of the most complicated laws that any attorney can handle.

Merchant Marine Act of 1920:
In the maritime industry, people are employed to work on and aboard vessels of various types. These workers are entitled to take advantage of an unique body of law called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act.
Unlike nearly every other body of law, the Jones Acts allows an injured worker to sue his employer for the employer's or the co-employees negligence occurring during work. An employer has a duty to exercise care by providing a reasonably safe work environment, training about safety in the workplace, and by providing adequate equipment.
Unlike the workers' compensation scheme which only allows for workers' compensation benefits, the Jones Act offers an injured employee a far greater scope for recovery. The Jones Act applies to employees who are injured in the service of a vessel or fleet of vessels, when they contribute to the mission of this vessel. Under current law, a vessel includes, jack-up rigs, semi-submersible rigs, ships, drill barges, river casino's, tug boats, shrimp boats, fishing boats, trollers, tankers, crew boats, utility boats, offshore support vessels, and water taxies. If the injured worker is working aboard one of these vessels, and their work contributes, in any way, to the overall mission of that vessel, then they are entitled to sue their employers and/or co-employees for injuries resulting from their negligence.

In addition to workers injured aboard vessels, people who spend more then 30% of their time aboard an identifiable vessel or fleet of vessels, may qualify as a Jones Act seaman, even if they were hurt while on land or while traveling to work aboard these vessels.

A Jones Act seaman does not lose his status as a seaman, simply because he was injured on land. A lawsuit for a Jones Act seaman against his or her employer means a greater recovery of damages that may otherwise be unavailable under most other bodies of law.
Long Shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Long Shore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is a federal workers' compensation scheme that provides far greater benefits then those available under Workers' Compensation statutes. Under this act a longshoremen or harbor worker can recover 66 2/3% of their average weekly wages up to $1,100.00 per/week. In addition, a longshore or harbor worker would be entitled to have their employer pay for all medical expenses that are related to the injury sustained during work.
Aside from the obvious advantages the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act provides in terms of weekly benefits under a special section of the Act, a person injured as a result of the negligence of the vessel upon which they are working may be entitled to sue that vessel and the vessel's owner for any negligence causing injury.
The injured longshoremen would be able to recover these additional damages on top of the weekly benefits and medical benefits owed under the act. This provides the injured worker substantial recovery that would otherwise not be available under many bodies of law.

Any person working on a fixed platform off of the coast of Texas would qualify as longshoremen, under operation of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). This means that any person injured on one of these offshore platforms, should qualify to receive the increased benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, rather then settling for state workers' compensation.

In addition, any person engaged in the loading or unloading of vessels, ship building, ship repair or ship servicing, should qualify as a longshoremen and harbor worker.

You can trust Brent M. Cordell to know what to do if you have been injured while on a multi-purpose offshore vessel, boat, barge, oil rig, or other vessel. Whether you are an injured deck hand who has slipped on sea foam, the family of a seaman permanently disabled in a collision or explosion, or a recreational boater who was hit by reckless or drunk boat or Jet Ski operator, visit www.cordell-law.com to see how we can put our admiralty and maritime law experience to work for you.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mesothelioma and Asbestosis

Significant exposure to any type of asbestos will increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders.
Diseases from asbestos exposure take a long time to develop; most cases of lung cancer or asbestosis occur 15 or more years after initial exposure.The time between diagnosis of mesothelioma and the time of initial occupational exposure to asbestos commonly has been 30 years or more. Tobacco smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a far greater risk for lung cancer than do nonsmokers who have been exposed.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled most are expelled but some can become lodged in the lungs and remain there throughout life. These fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation. People are more likely to experience asbestos-related disorders when exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, are exposed for longer periods of time, and/or are exposed more often. This exposure to can increase the likelihood of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and non-malignant lung conditions such as asbestosis (restricted use of the lungs due to retained asbestos fibers) or changes in the pleura (lining of the chest cavity, outside the lung).

Asbestosis is a serious, progressive disease of the lungs caused by scarring from the inhalation of asbestos fibers: this scarring eventually makes it difficult for oxygen and carbon dioxide to pass through the lung tissue. Asbestosis generally progresses slowly, with a latency period typically 10-20 years after the initial exposure. The disease can vary from asymptomatic (no symptoms) to disabling and potentially fatal. Signs and Symptoms of asbestosis can include shortness of breath, persistent and productive cough, chest tightness and pain, loss of appetite and a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer which may affect the lining of the chest cavity, the outside of the lung (pleura), or the abdominal contents (peritoneum). Most mesotheliomas are caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for mesothelioma, which may appear decades after the asbestos exposure.
Research has shown a clear link between exposure to asbestos and respiratory cancers (cancer of the lungs and mesothelioma) in humans and some epidemiologic studies suggest an association between gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers and asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma claims are different from other workplace injuries and are a special area of the law.

Anyone who worked with or around asbestos could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, but construction workers, factory employees, military personnel and railroad workers are particularly at risk. Because many military tools, vehicles and ships used asbestos as a durable construction material the men and women that came in contact with asbestos during their military careers may now be showing signs of mesothelioma development. But asbestos was used so widely and for so long, an incredibly large number of Americans are thought to be at risk. If you feel that you may have been exposed to asbestos or are now experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma it is important that you consult with a medical professional as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing asbestosis or mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, or if you have been using a device or medication subject to a drug recall contact Brent M. Cordell for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We also represent family members of those who have suffered a wrongful death due to dangerous drugs or defective products.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Legal / Contingency Fees in Personal Injury Cases

The first thing most people consider before hiring a personal injury lawyer is how much it will cost them.  

While each lawyer may have a slightly different fee arrangement, the general rule is that personal injury lawyers charge clients a fee only if they recover money for their client. This is called a contingency fee.

In a contingency fee agreement, the attorney does not get paid for his work unless he is able to recover (get money) for the client. Contingency fee arrangements are common in automobile accident cases and other personal injury cases.

The fee is a percentage of the total money recovery, either from a settlement or a jury verdict following a successful trial. The percentage fee for any given case is always negotiable, and will depend on the details of the case and the likely cost of pursuing it.

Most injury attorneys will pay the cost and expenses of the case up front;  in serious injury cases, a lawyer may pay significant sums of his or her own money to obtain critical evidence, such as medical records, exhibits showing injuries, depositions of witnesses and expert witnesses, accident reconstructionists, scientific testing, background investigation, copy charges, and many other expenses. These case expenses must be paid back out of the recovery, if there is one.  Most lawyers have a clause in their contract that waives expenses in the event that the lawyer loses the case, so that the client does not wind up owing legal fees for an unsuccessful case. 

If you or a loved one have experienced a serious injury as the result of the actions or negligence of another party, if you are experiencing problems in receiving adequate compensation from an insurance company, or if you have been the victim of medical malpractice please contact Brent M. Cordell today for a free consultation. We will use all of our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hurricane Damages

One of the complications of insurance coverage and reconstruction after a hurricane or other major storm is that your home or business is very unlikely to be the only one to have suffered major damage. It might therefore take time to get a claims adjuster out to your property, to get contractors to inspect damage and submit bids, or to find suitable substitute housing for what might turn out to be months away from your own home.

Storm Damage to Homes and Businesses:

Hurricanes, floods and wind storms can cause millions of dollars worth of property damage for homeowners. Unfortunately, many homeowners filing claims and expecting relief from their losses find out that the insurance companies regularly deny or lower property claims related to storm damage. Insurance companies may deny a claim for any number of reasons that range from pre-existing damage to neglect and everything in between.
Although dealing with extensive storm damage can be a very emotional process, commercial property owners and homeowners should document as much as they can to prepare for a claim. If your home has been damaged by a storm, we recommend compiling the following information to increase your chances for a successful claim:
  • Photographic Evidence – Be sure to have photos on hand of the damage caused by the storm to the exterior, interior and property within the home. We recommend taking pictures of the common structures in the house as well as the foundation, too.
  • Estimates, Invoices and Receipts – Keep copies of any repair estimates you might receive. Additionally, be sure to collect any receipts or additional involves for the repairs made on the house. For personal possessions, gather your original receipts if you can and collect the receipts for any replacement items you might purchase. If you rent a hotel or experience additional costs because you are unable to return to your home, be sure to keep those receipts and document all expenses you incur as well.
  • Phone Conversation Notes and Contact Info – If you have any contact with insurance representatives or others related to your claim, be sure to take good notes and record the name of the person that you spoke with. In addition to this information, homeowners often consult with an attorney that understands homeowner insurance litigation and your legal rights as a policyholder.

We currently maintain web portals specifically dedicated to hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Lee. If you have been affected by one of these storms, you can find more information at the appropriate link.

With many years of experience in homeowner casualty loss disputes, Brent Cordell knows how to protect his clients from insurance settlement practices that place the first priority on protecting the insurer's profit. We can identify and counter many of the more frequent tactics:
  • Superficial or hasty inspection of structural hurricane damage
  • Denial of coverage
  • Reservation of rights
  • Interruption of payments before the work is completed
  • Direct payment arrangements with contractors at amounts determined before the work starts
  • Denial of an important part of your proof of loss
  • Threats to cancel coverage if you do not accept a low settlement offer
If the insurer goes too far in delaying investigation, settlement or payment on your claim, our experience with bad faith insurance litigation can protect your interest in full payment. You might also be entitled to additional damages and attorneys fees for bad faith settlement practices.
Our associated attorneys work with clients in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island on all aspects of hurricane loss claims, including living expenses for periods when you cannot live at your damaged home and repair estimates that reflect the true cost and timing of restoring your residence. Whenever necessary, we can arrange for independent estimates if it appears that the expenses necessary to cover your losses are greater than the insurance company's offer.

Brent Cordell can advise and represent property owners when their insurance companies resist full payment on hurricane damage claims. He can help you get the benefit of your insurance protection at all stages of the claims process, from emergency living expenses to complete coverage of repair and reconstruction. Contact our hurricane damage attorneys for a free consultation.

Head Injuries

Every year in America, nearly 100,000 people suffer serious brain injuries that require medical treatment and affect their ability to perform everyday activities. You do not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed or to strike a hard object in order to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Serious head injuries can result from falls, car accidents, sports activities, and work-related accidents. Any kind of trauma to the head or neck region can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear, or swell.

There are two general types of head injuries: open and closed. An open injury means the skull has been fractured, and this kind of brain injury usually results from falls or other accidents in which the head comes in direct contact with a hard surface or object. A closed head injury does not involve a fracture, but can be more serious than an open injury due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of dangerous blood clots inside the skull. Whether a brain injury is open or closed, the most serious of either type can cause paralysis, loss of consciousness, and even death.
Soon after an accident or injury, it may be difficult to know whether you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, especially when no visual indications of serious injury exist. Here are some things to look out for when evaluating an accident victim's potential for brain injuries:

  • Confusion and difficulty remembering recent events
  • Unusual tiredness or sluggishness
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Severe headache 
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
If any of the above symptoms are present soon after an accident or injury, you should seek immediate medical attention. It is also very possible to suffer from a brain injury and still feel fine; many victims have suffered serious brain injuries in an automobile accident yet have still been able to get out of their car and direct traffic away from the scene.
Therefore, if there is any question at all whether a brain injury could have occurred in an accident, it is critical to go to the nearest hospital for a thorough medical evaluation.

If you have suffered a head injury due to someone else’s actions or negligence, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an attorney who is familiar with the medical issues involved.

Time is of the essence, as the insurance companies involved will immediately begin their investigations in order to limit potential liability. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys may be able to help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. If you would like to talk with a representative about your case, please contact us.

Whether a catastrophic injury involves a brain injury, a spinal cord injury or any other injury, Brent M. Cordell is committed to protecting the rights of the injured and help families cope with the physical, financial and emotional issues associated with a catastrophic injuries or fatal accident.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Home or Business Fires

If you have suffered injuries in a fire that was started by defective wiring or other preventable causes, visit www.cordell-law.com for a free initial consultation.

More than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home. Fires in shared structures such as apartments, duplexes, and condos must be contained quickly to prevent spreading to other parts of the building.
Most home and business fires are caused by faulty wiring, gas explosions or improperly stored flammable liquids. Inadequate smoke detectors are also a very serious issue in fire related injuries. Because the tragic injuries and deaths in these cases may involve a variety of issues such as premises liability or defective products, it is vital to the victim's interest that they contact a qualified personal injury attorney immediately.

Accidental fires in mobile homes can be especially dangerous: the rate of death in a mobile home fire is almost twice as high as any other dwelling. Each year, there are more than 22,000 fires in mobile homes, killing 500 and injuring more than 1,000 people. Tragically, children account for more than 20 percent of those lost in a trailer park or mobile home fire.
The major source for these fires relates to heating and the electrical equipment within these dwellings. The design of a mobile home can make it difficult to reach an escape from the fire, resulting in severe burn injuries and the loss of life. It is important to have working smoke detectors and clear short routes to exits in order to prevent injury and save lives.

Products that use polyurethane foam and foam-filled products increase the dangers in these fires. Upholstered furniture and mattresses are a common source of ignition and when engulfed emit a thick black toxic smoke and intense heat, making escape all but impossible.

There may be several legal remedies for the victims and the families (estates) of these incidents. If construction defects, defective products or neglect attributed to a property owner has contributed to the ignition or rapid spread of a fire then the company, manufacturer or individual responsible may be held liable for damages, injuries or deaths.

A qualified personal injury attorney will utilize a team of experts to determine the area of the most severe fire damage, how the fire ventilated, what materials burned and the pattern of damage as well as the arc damage. They will also interview eyewitnesses to find out where they first saw the fire, analyze the accelerants in the fire debris, look at all appliances to determine if one of them could have been the cause and analyze the pattern of fire damage. 

It is important to preserve vital evidence from the scene of any home or business fire. If you or someone you love has been injured in a fire, contact a proven accident and injury attorney or call Brent Cordell at 1-844-8LEGAL8 (1-844-853-4258) to schedule a free consultation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents continue to be a threat on Texas highways despite increased awareness about the danger of drinking and driving, as well as stricter laws and criminal penalties for DUI and DWI.

According to Texas Department of Transportation statistics for 2011, more than 1,000 fatal car accidents on Texas roads involved at least one driver under the influence of alcohol. This represents more than 34% of all people killed in motor vehicle accidents in Texas over the course of the year. Causing the death of a person while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime known as Intoxication Manslaughter and is punishable by jail time in the State of Texas.

Serious injuries due to drunk driving accidents can cause permanent injuries and tremendous suffering. If you’ve suffered serious,life-changing injuries due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver you are entitled to be compensated.
Although a drunk driving accident case may seem cut and dry, the reality is that these types of personal injury cases require specialized investigation. Brent Cordell leads has the experience, tools and resources to undertake the full and complete investigation necessary to pursue your interests effectively.

Texas personal injury law permits the injured or the families of those killed by a drunk driver to file lawsuits to recover monetary compensation and damages. Brent Cordell helps victims obtain reimbursement for their injuries, medical expenses and lost income after a drunk driver collision.

Compensation for a drunk driving accident can include monetary damages for medical bills, earnings lost as a result of not being able to work, pain and suffering and other expenses related to your accident.
One problem in many drunk driving accident cases is a lack of proper insurance – the irresponsible driver either lacks enough coverage or has no automobile insurance whatsoever. This means that your attorney must pursue other avenues of recovery on your behalf, including negligent employers who over serve employees at work functions or bars and restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages to already intoxicated patrons. The Dram Shop Act refers to a Texas state law that outlines the responsibility that servers of alcohol for serving alcohol to an already intoxicated patron. Businesses that serve alcohol can avoid some responsibility by requiring all of their employees to receive a two-hour training course from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on alcohol serving and awareness,  known as the “Safe Harbor”provision. If the serving establishment has complied with the requirements of the “Safe Harbor” provision, then the bar or club may only be held liable of it is shown that the establishment directly or indirectly encouraged violation of the Dram Shop Act.

As you can imagine, evidence that proves a serving establishment encouraged a violation of the act can be difficult to come by. The more time that passes, the harder it may be to find this information.

While you focus on getting better, we will do everything possible to help make you whole again. In drunk driving cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the driver and deter them from repeating the behavior.

After a car accident it is never too early to contact an attorney. You can increase your chances of obtaining maximum compensation for your injury claim by contacting an attorney soon after your accident.  The sooner we are able to gather evidence and contact witnesses, the better chance we have of building a strong case for you.

Houston, Texas personal injury attorney Brent Cordell aggressively pursues personal injury and wrongful death claims against drunk drivers that have caused serious injuries or death. We will bring a claim against the driver, and in some cases, the people or establishments that served alcoholic beverages to the driver.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cruise Ship Injuries

Special maritime or admiralty law and rules usually apply to cruise
liner injury claims cases (assuming the passenger's injury happened at
sea in international waters), even if it is from an infectious disease.

Other rules may apply if the accident or injuries happened in a
location such as Texas territorial waters, or U.S. coastal waters. Without proper legal advice, cruise ship injury liability may be hard to establish.

Cruise guests expect to enjoy a safe vacation while aboard a cruise,
yet many guests are injured or killed as a result of cruise ship
negligence. Inadequate security, failing to maintain the property, and
failure to inspect the property frequently contribute to the occurrence
of serious injury and death. We handle cruise ship liability cases
including serious trip and fall, illness or other injuries.

If you fail to follow the rules on your ticket, you run the
very real risk of the court throwing out your personal injury claim
against the cruise ship company.

Your cruise ticket probably requires you to file in a very
specific jurisdiction (usually Seattle, Miami or Los Angeles) and it
probably also requires you to provide notice of your injury (usually
within six months) and file your lawsuit quickly (usually within one
year of your injury). Because the courts generally enforce these
various provisions, it is absolutely essential that you contact an
experienced cruise ship injury attorney as soon as you can.
We can
assist you with understanding your cruise ship voyage contract and
successfully navigating its various onerous provisions.

It is important to consult with a cruise liner liability
advocate and lawyer immediately to protect your legal rights. Our office
will fight to recover any lost wages, past and future medical expenses,
emotional damages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish allowed by
law for the cruise liability victim and their family.

If you or someone you know has been injured during a cruise you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Contact
Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience,
knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and
your family.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Accidental Burn & Electrocution Injuries

With burn injuries, the deeper the burn, the more severe the damage to the skin and internal tissue. Typically, the severity of burn injuries are labeled in "degrees", e.g., first degree burn, second degree burn, third degree burn, etc. The higher the degree, the more severe the burn, with third and fourth degree burns actually burning all layers of skin and in some cases burning the muscle and even the bone.
Some common causes of burn injury include the following:
  • Construction accidents, such as exposure to hot tar
  • Explosions, such as factory explosions or chemical explosions
  • Auto accidents, such as cars catching fire, exploding, or contact with hot car parts such as muffles or engines
  • Defective products, such as a deep fryer being pulled over by an infant who is doused in hot oil
  • Surgical fires, such as surgical drapes catching fire, fires from electrical cautery devices and electro-surgical units

If you have severe burn injuries caused by the negligence or careless actions of another, or caused by a defective product- you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical treatment and any future special needs or treatment you will require due to the accident or dangerous product.

Whether a catastrophic injury involves a burn injury, a brain injury, or any other injury, Brent M. Cordell is committed to protecting the rights of the injured and help families cope with the physical, financial and emotional issues associated with a catastrophic injuries or fatal accident.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Birth Injuries

A "birth injury" is defined as any type of damage to an infant's body before, during or just after birth. Complications in the process of pregnancy, labor and delivery can result in a wide variety of complications for a newborn baby.

Birth injuries vary greatly - from very minor to being so severe as to cause the death of the infant.

Some common types of birth injuries include:
  • Skin irritations
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Fractured collar bone
  • Fractured arm
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain damage
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
There are many circumstances in which brain damage or brain injuries are caused by mistakes made by doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals during the delivery process; delays in performing necessary C-section deliveries, complications with a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section) delivery, uterine rupture, use of excessive force during the delivery, or a miscalculation in the size of the baby may all result in a traumatic delivery.

Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals will almost never admit fault or offer to pay reasonable damages to cover even the likely economic loss from an injury.

Appropriate discovery is essential to knowing whether there is a case, and to knowing what the likely costs will be that are associated with any permanent injury. Therefore, it is important to consult an experienced birth injury attorney early because records and other information that are vital to knowing whether negligence occurred might be lost over time.
Frequently hospitals and doctors will destroy or lose records within months of the delivery. Also, important witnesses such as nurses and therapists may forget details or move, making it difficult to recover essential facts.
Further, almost any time there is a problem with a patient, the hospital personnel and doctors will meet with their own lawyers to begin formulating a strategy to defend any potential case. Time is an important ally to both sides.

If your infant has suffered as the result of a birth injury , contact Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Aviation Accidents

While commercial aviation is still one of the safest ways to travel, mistakes do happen.
If the airplane is privately owned, then the laws that apply would be similar to that of an auto accident. But in addition to the "rules of the road," private airline accidents often involve a malfunction, which means the manufacturer could also be liable. Private aircraft are covered under the term "General Aviation" and include Air Ambulances: there have been several fatal crashes involving air ambulances and that industry is coming under increased scrutiny.

However, if the injury occurred in a commercial airliner, an entirely different set of rules apply.
The airline industry is heavily regulated and inspected, and airlines are generally considered to be high reliability organizations. Due to the nature of these organizations they must run extremely efficiently in order to provide prompt, and safe service. Unfortunately, they are run and operated by human beings which means that mistakes can and do occur. Men and women in the work place can make poor decisions; the airline as a whole can make poor decisions, and at times they may fail to adhere to the high standards set by the regulatory commissions. Airline disasters are rare, but thousands of passengers are still injured in a variety of accidents every year, both "in flight" and in the airport.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an airplane accident, or have suffered damages due to the actions or negligence of an airline you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

Contact Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.