Archive for April, 2012
Monday, April 30th, 2012
The Barber Law Firm just launched their new website, which is located at www.barberlawfirm.com. The site is easy to navigate and offers consumers who need to choose a personal injury law firm a lot of information about the Barber Law Firm.
One exciting new feature of the website is the Testimonials section. There, previous clients of the firm offer their experiences in working with us in both writing and in video. The new website also prominently features awards we’ve been given from various organizations. Sometimes, it can help to hear from a person who’s worked with us, or an organization in the legal field, in order to make a decision about whether or not to choose us to handle your case.
We have also added a lot of videos to our site, in which we explain answers to a lot of frequently asked questions, such as “What’s a Fair Settlement” and “What to Do When You’ve Been Injured on the Job.” These videos can help explain answers to common questions that clients may be curious about but don’t want to take the time to call a law firm and ask.
The new site also gives a lot more ways to connect with us. First, there’s a page in Spanish to reach out to potential Spanish-speaking clients. The website provides a handy link both to a form to email us, as well as a link to write an email from your own account. Phone numbers and contact information for all of our offices are easily accessible.
We hope you like the new site. Feel free to provide us with feedback on it. If you are looking for a personal injury law firm in the metroDallasarea, contact the Barber Law Firm. We are eager to help you get the compensation you deserve for your accident.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
A 24 year old construction worker fromPlanodied Wednesday after being hit by a forklift while working on the construction site for the newParklandhospital. The worker suffered internal injuries, and was transported to the currentParklandhospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident. The investigation could last six months. According to OSHA officials, the construction company is cooperating with the investigation. The construction project began in 2010 and is expected to be completed by July of 2014.
Workers, such as the man in this accident, who are injured while working on the job, are entitled to fair compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and more. Under federal law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Under the workers’ compensation program, injured workers are then entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages that are due to time off from work because of the injury. If an employee is permanently injured, he or she could receive extra compensation, depending on the injury.
Have you been injured in an on-the-job accident? If so, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. However, workers’ compensation cases can be complicated. If you have been injured on the job, contact aDallasworkers’ compensation law firm that will help you get all the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact the Barber Law Firm today at 817-329-5095 to learn more.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Tragically, a police chase in theDallas area Monday morning ended in a fatal crash which took the life of an innocent father of three.
The accident occurred after police inGarlandwere called to the scene of a domestic disturbance about 4:30 a.m. When police officers arrived, the suspect was sitting on the driver’s seat of a car, slumping over. Police broke the window, waking him up. The suspect sped off, dragging the officer who broke the window. The police chased the suspect, and he crashed his vehicle into a small truck less than a minute later, killing the driver instantly. The suspect was pulled from his vehicle, which was on fire, and transported him to the hospital in critical condition. He will most likely be charged with murder, among other charges.
Unfortunately, accidents caused by high speed police chases are not uncommon. According to the NHTSA, approximately 400 people each year are killed in high speed police pursuit cases. Approximately 40 percent of all high speed police chases end in collisions and 20 percent end in serious injuries or death. Although the fatalities frequently involve innocent bystanders or the suspects, police fatalities are often a result. On average, approximately one percent of police officers who die in the line of duty do so in vehicle pursuits.
In this accident, there was probably nothing the innocent victim could have done to avoid the accident. He was driving through a green light at a normal rate of speed when the suspect hit him at an extremely high rate of speed. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid being caught in a police chase. Be alert while you are driving. This includes using your rearview and side view mirrors frequently to check the vehicles around you. Don’t use your cell phone or other electronic devices that could distract you from the road. Also, don’t use headphones or any other device that could result in your not hearing police sirens.
If you’ve been an innocent victim of a high speed chase inDallas, contact theDallascar accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-329-5095. We will analyze your case to determine if you have a cause of action against one of the parties involved.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Childproofing can be an overwhelming job for new parents. The list of potential dangers can seem never ending. However, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has compiled a helpful list of 12 safety devices it recommends to make your home safe for children.
First, be sure to install safety latches or locks for drawers or cabinets that contain any medicines, cleaners, matches or lighters, knives, or other sharp objects. To help prevent children from entering rooms that contain dangers, use door knob covers or door locks.
Water can be dangerous in several ways for children. First, use anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads. If you have a pool or spa, completely surround the pool or spa with a tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates.
In order to prevent injuries from falls, use corner and edge bumpers to prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges. Safety gates can prevent children from falling down the stairs, or can keep children from entering rooms. To prevent falls from windows, balconies or decks, window guards and safety netting should be used.
There are also a lot of hidden dangers for kids. It’s also important to install carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or fire injuries. Although many parents don’t think about it, window blinds can pose strangulation hazards. It’s important to use a tassel on each cord. Many parents also don’t consider the dangers of furniture or appliances tipping over onto children. Be sure to anchor the products to the floor or attach them to the wall. Electrical outlets can also pose a risk of electrocution – be sure to use outlet covers or outlet plates.
Although childproofing may seem overwhelming in the beginning, with the right safety devices you can ensure your home is safe for your children. If your child has been injured by a dangerous device, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or the retailer of the product. Contact theDallasproduct liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-329-5095.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Scientific advances the past few decades have brought us wonderful medications that can drastically improve the lives of those patients taking them. However, simple mistakes in prescribing or administering such medications to patients have taken countless lives. Unfortunately, medication errors have been estimated to account for about one-quarter of all medical malpractice cases. Often, those medication errors turn out to be fatal.
There are many types of medication errors that can occur in the prescription, distribution, or administration of different types of drugs. These mistakes can be made by any medical professional, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.
Some types of medication errors include:
- Giving the wrong dose. A doctor may prescribe the wrong dosage, which could result in an underdose or an overdose. A nurse could fail to administer the correct dosage. Or, a pharmacist may fail to correctly fill or label the prescription, which could result in the wrong dose.
- Interactions among drugs. Sometimes, if a patient is taking more than one medication, those medications could interact with each other in a dangerous way. This could occur if a doctor failed to ask a patient if he or she was taking prescription drugs. Or pharmacists may fail to note that a patient was prescribed two drugs that could interact.
- Receiving the wrong drugs. This could happen in a variety of ways. A doctor may write down the wrong drug. A nurse could administer the wrong drug. A pharmacist could accidentally grab the wrong drug when filling a prescription.
- Failing to warn about a drug’s side effects. Many drugs come with very serious side effects, which could affect patients in dangerous ways.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a medication error inDallasthat resulted in injury or death? If so, you may have a potential claim against a health care professional. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will work hard on your case.
Saturday, April 7th, 2012
A new study shows that young women in the U.S. who choose to drink and drive are now at an increasing risk of being involved in a fatal accident. In 1996, men had double the odds of a fatal crash as women with the same blood-alcohol level. However, in 2007, the gap had closed, and now men and women with high blood-alcohol levels have the same risk of fatal crashes.
Researchers aren’t clear why more young women who are drinking and driving are being killed, but they believe it may be because women are taking more risks while driving than in previous years. Unfortunately, between 1996 and 2007, the risk of a fatal car crash doubled for sober men drivers as well. Researchers believe this is because distracted driving is on the rise.
Also, although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, regardless of a driver’s age or gender, his or her risk of being killed in a car accident increases as their blood alcohol levels rise. Drivers with a blood alcohol level between .02 percent and .049 percent, which is well below the legal limit of .08 percent, faced a three times higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers.
Accidents attributable to drunk driving are especially tragic, because they are so senseless, and because everyone of driving age should know the dangers of drinking and driving. However, thousands are killed in the U.S. each year by drunk drivers. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in which alcohol was a factor, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-329-5095. We will work hard on your behalf to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
In a tragic accident that occurred Saturday night, a man fell from a platform and was dragged beneath a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train and was killed. The accident occurred inCarrollton. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although it’s possible DART was not responsible for the accident that occurred Saturday night, common carriers do have a responsibility to keep passengers safe. “Common carriers” are those whose business it is to transport individuals from one place to another for compensation, and whose services are open to the public. Some examples of common carriers include commercial buses, trains, subways, airplanes, taxis and ferries.
Common carriers owe their passengers a special duty to passengers. In general, common carriers are required to use the highest degree of care and diligence in transporting passengers to their destinations. The common carriers must have the equipment and skill to transport passengers.
Although common carriers do owe a high degree of care for their passengers, they are not considered insurers of their passengers’ safety. They are only required to exercise that degree of care that could reasonably be expected. If a passenger is injured, it’s not automatically the responsibility of the common carrier – the accident could have been caused by the passenger’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a common carrier accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 as soon as possible. It’s important to preserve evidence and investigate the accident before it’s too late.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
A motorcycle rider was tragically killed in an accident Wednesday night in Dallas. The accident occurred on Northwest Highwayat Pickwick Lanewhen a female driving a Hyundai turned east onto Northwest Highwayand hit a motorcycle that was driving westbound on Northwest Highway. The motorcyclist, who was about to celebrate his 24th birthday, was speeding. He died at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai suffered only minor injuries.
Speeding on a motorcycle poses serious risks, primarily to the motorcyclist, but also to other drivers on the road. In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in theU.S.in accidents involving motorcycles. An additional 82,000 were injured. Among fatal accidents, approximately 35% of those bikers were speeding. That means almost 1,600 people in theU.S.died because they were speeding on a motorcycle. In addition, 27 percent of motorcyclists in non-fatal accidents had prior speeding convictions. Speeding is an especially big problem with motorcyclists under the age of 30.
Drinking and driving can be a contributing factor – when people drink, they can lose their inhibitions and do something they might not normally do. About 28 percent of all motorcyclists in fatal accidents have blood alcohol concentrations over the legal limit.
It’s always tragic when a young person loses his or her life because of an avoidable accident, such as this motorcycle wreck. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck with a motorcycle, call theDallaspersonal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will advise you on the best course of action to take.