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Elmendorf — 2 Workers Killed, 4 Others Injured in Tanker Explosion at Alamo Junction Rail Park

Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 8:56 am    

On the afternoon of Friday, May 10, 2019, a rail tanker explosion that occurred in Elmendorf, Texas resulted in two worker deaths and four worker injuries.

According to initial reports, about four people were working inside a tanker, cleaning residue inside it, at the Alamo Junction Rail Park, located in the 12500 block of Old Corpus Christi Road, when the explosion occurred.

This explosion killed one man who was discovered inside the oil tanker, and it critically injured another and injured four others. Three of the victims suffered thermal injuries. All of them were transported to hospitals. The critically injured worker became the second fatality in this accident.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, they are not the only ones who suffered the same fate. Workplace accidents are relatively common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the country (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). This can be interpreted as more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

In addition to this, there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2017, with 971 from that number (or 20.7%) being in construction. In other words, one in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction. The leading causes of private sector deaths in the construction industry — which are referred to as the “Fatal Four” — are falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for about 59.9% of the construction worker deaths in 2017.

Workplace accidents are undeniably terrible for the victims and their respective families. That is why, if you are a victim of a workplace accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Workplace accident lawyers are always present, and they will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


San Antonio — Woman Critically Injured in House Fire on Dawnview Lane

Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 9:23 pm    

At around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2019, a fire broke out at a home in the North Side of San Antonio, Texas, and it critically injured one woman.

According to initial reports, the fire broke out at a residence in the 600 block of Dawnview Lane, not far from West Avenue and Basse Road. Firefighters arrived to find the front corner of the house engulfed in flames. Neighbors told them that the homeowner was trapped inside.

Firefighters were able to find the woman in the back bedroom of the house, and they managed to get her out. However, the woman, who is in her 60s, suffered significant burns to more than 90% of her body. She was brought to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the home and $5,000 to a neighbor’s house.

The cause of the fire was not disclosed.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the unidentified woman. Alas, she is not the only who is affected by a fire. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — Woman Set on Fire on South Kirkwood Road

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 8:26 pm    

At around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, a woman suffered serious burns to her skin after she was set on fire at a strip center in southwest Houston.

According to initial reports, the accident happened at 4282 South Kirkwood Road. Chandel Kenawell, 40, reported to the police that she was asleep in the parking lot of the strip center when someone came to her, poured an accelerant all over her, and then lit her on fire. Several witnesses rushed to help Kenawell, but before they could do so, Kenawell was engulfed in flames. She then suffered severe burns and was brought to Memorial Hermann Medical Center for treatment.

Aside from Kenawell’s injuries, the strip center was also damaged, with the cost of damage being roughly $2,000.

As investigation for this accident is ongoing, it has been revealed that Kenawell may have been lying in her statement. John Won, a convenience store owner, told the police that he sold Kenawell a bottle of lighter fluid about twenty minutes prior to the incident. Hence, it is believed that Kenawell caused the fire in the first place. Because of this, Kenawell has been charged with arson.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Chandel Kenawell. Alas, she is not the only one who has ever experienced a burn injury. According to the American Burn Association, hospitals treat about 450,000 patients with burn injuries every year, and this number does not even include the burn injuries treated in hospital clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers, so the exact number might be a little bigger than what is reported. In this estimation of 450,000 patients suffering from burn injuries every year, about 3,400 people die.

Moreover, statistics report that 44% of all reported burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, 33% result from scalding injuries caused by wet or moist heat, 9% result from direct contact with a hot source, 4% account for electrical burns, 3% for chemical burns, and the remaining 7% for other, miscellaneous forces.

Burn injuries can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Burn injury lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


San Antonio — House Fire Kills 69-Year-Old Man

Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 11:58 pm    

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019, a house fire broke out in San Antonio, and it killed one resident.

According to authorities, they saw huge flames and smoke pouring out of the windows of a home in the 100 block of Lemur Drive. Inside the house at the time of the fire were Javier Rendon Sanchez, 69, and his wife. The wife managed to escape with the help of the firefighters, and she was brought to University Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Sanchez, on the other hand, was unable to get out, and by the time the firefighters got to him, he had already died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

Authorities believe that the fire was accidental, but the cause of the fire will be classified as undetermined since the damage hindered firefighters from pinpointing the exact cause.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Javier Rendon Sanchez. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a fire accident. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Newark — Teenager Suffers Burns in Mobile Home Fire

Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 11:12 pm    

At around 4 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized after she sustained injuries in a mobile home fire in Newark.

The fire occurred in the 400 block of Country Living Drive, and when the fire crews arrived at the scene, everyone had managed to get out of the house. The teenager was brought to the hospital with burns to her lower legs. She also suffered smoke inhalation.

A firefighter, who had flu, was also brought to the hospital after battling the fire.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the unidentified 16-year-old girl. Alas, she is not the only one who is affected by a fire. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Tyler — House Fire Kills Three, Injures Two

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 3:25 am    

On Friday, February 8, 2019, a house fire in Tyler killed three people and injured two others.

According to the Tyler Fire Department spokesman Paul Findley, firefighters were dispatched to a house in the 1800 block of North Grand Avenue. They broke into the house from the front and the back, and they managed to remove a 40-year-old man, a 60-year-old woman, and 3 children from the house. They were all brought to Tyler hospitals where they were transferred to hospitals in Plano, Fort Worth, and Shreveport.

Sadly, the man and the youngest child died on Saturday, February 9, 2019, while the woman died on Sunday, February 10. The two remaining children are still in intensive care at Cook’s Children Medical Center in Fort Worth. The victims all suffered from smoke inhalation and burns.

Investigation is still underway for this accident, and so far, all that is known is that the fire originated in the living room and the rest of the room had heat damage. The cause of the fire is yet to be known.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims of this particular accident. Alas, they are not the only ones who are affected by a fire. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Tomball — Woman Charged After Refusing to Treat Child’s Second-Degree Burns

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 1:43 am    

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, a mother from Tomball was charged with injury to a child by omission after refusing to treat her child’s second degree burns.

A witness reported to the deputies who arrived at a home off Northpointe Ridge Lane for a welfare check on Saturday that a child living in the house had second-degree burns that were left untreated for days. When asked, Cybil Menard, the child’s mother, admitted that the child had received cigarette burns previously and that she chose not to treat it as she always refused medical treatment. Because of this, Menard was charged with injury to a child by omission.

She was given a bond of $15,000, which she made, and as a result, she is now out of jail.

The child was released to a guardian at the home.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child just because of the mother’s negligence. Alas, this kind of negligence that results to injury is not that uncommon. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.

A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.

An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — Veteran Suffers Burns After House Fire

Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 1:37 am    

At approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019, a house fire occurred at Texarkana Street and Port Street, and it left a resident with burns to his arm and hands.

According to initial reports, Marcus Gutierrez, a Vietnam veteran, was just watching TV when suddenly something came through the window. When he turned around to see, he saw a big ball of fire, and he put his hands up to protect himself, but he ended up getting burned right on his hands instead. Luckily, he managed to get out of the house with no other injury, and several cats were also rescued, but not all of them survived.

Firefighters are still investigating this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the injuries that Gutierrez sustained because of this accident. Alas, he is not the first victim whose life is affected by a fire. Fire accidents are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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