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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Big oil drives the economy in Texas, but the industry is also responsible for a high number of workplace deaths. “It’s hard to miss the construction boom going on in Texas with the resurgence of big oil. Along with progress, though, often comes greed, underregulation, out-of-control spending and a distinct lack of due attention to safety on construction and other work sites,” said Austin workplace injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. While the economy thrives, Texas workers die. The Lone Star State has led the nation in on-the-job […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – The Senate Appropriations Committee has temporarily suspended a new truck safety regulation, fearing it will actually cause more accidents than it would prevent. “The suspended rule limited how often truckers may drive between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Its intention was to reduce fatigue, and thus reduce accidents. However, the trucking industry responded, pointing out that it would place even more big rigs on the road during daytime hours and, therefore, actually increase the likelihood of accidents,” explained trucking accident attorney Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin, Texas. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Newly married, a husband and wife collided head-on as they drove in opposite directions. Both were killed. “This wreck happened as both parties were travelling on the same road, County Road 87, in Vernon, Texas. The deceased couple left behind three children,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP. Early one Wednesday afternoon, Cristina Munoz and Nicolas Cruz were traveling to their second jobs, each from a different direction. They both worked at the Mahard Pullet Farm, but they never made it there on June […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2014 – The term impaired driving does not just refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. “A recent study, released by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, indicates that the number of drivers under the influence of marijuana has jumped drastically since the drug was commercialized in that state in 2009. This problem could well be happening in Texas,” says Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. The numbers used to conduct the Colorado study were taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – At its Conference & Expo in Toronto this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its board of directors for 2014-15. Leading the association and serving as President for 2014-15 is Paula Barnes of Burr & Forman in Nashville, Tennessee and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP in Rochester, New York continuing his service as Past President of the Board. The Board includes the following individuals: President: Paula K. Barnes Burr & Forman, LLP Nashville, TN President-Elect: Teresa Walker Waller Lansden […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – A 15-year-old was killed in a T-bone crash at an intersection on his birthday. “This is a fairly common accident, and we have seen many T-bone collisions in our office. This particular case, which I am not involved with, happened in Oklahoma, but it could just as well have happened here in Austin,” says Austin wrongful death lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was launched against the two drivers involved and Mitsubishi Motors, alleging their negligence caused the fatal crash. The […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2014 – For those employed on jobsites in Texas, it is vital to understand how workers’ compensation operates. “It’s important for workers to know that the workers’ compensation system in Texas allows employers to offer medical benefits and lost earnings to a worker involved in a jobsite accident,” explains Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Some Texas employers maintain insurance that covers the costs of work-related accidents, insurance which limits an employer’s liability if a worker files a lawsuit seeking damages for personal injuries. However, in the Lone […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2014 – Contact sports participants need to be informed about the serious nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI). “The latest research shows that current football helmets are not properly protecting players when they are hit on the side of the head. Hits there may also cause brain swelling and concussion,” adds Brooks Schuelke, a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Austin with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The ten helmets used for testing by researchers were only capable of reducing the likelihood of TBI by approximately 20 percent, with the most effective one […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – The night was still young for the South by Southwest festivalgoers, excited to be enjoying the event. Suddenly, a car crashed into groups of pedestrians, leaving two dead and many injured. “This event was truly horrific,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a wrongful death lawyer with Austin’s Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “An allegedly drunk driver ran into a crowd of people attending a local festival, crashed into a van, taxicab and moped, killing two and injuring 23. The survivors were taken to a nearby hospital. Some were lucky enough to go home. At […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision that expands coverage of certain treatments for autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, but a lack of specificity in the law means that it can still be difficult to pin insurers down on exactly what will be covered. Policies purchased on the new health insurance exchanges are required by law to cover ten essential health benefits. Among these are “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” This revision is beneficial for people with developmental disabilities; many insurance policies did not previously cover […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – Even a minor blow to the head may cause traumatic brain injury. “How severe a concussion is typically relates to how hard a person was hit on the head. But lately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) are finding out that even a very slight blow is all that is needed to begin the cascade of faulty brain signals being sent through the brain’s white matter,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a noted Austin brain injury lawyer at Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2014 – A Texan whistleblower alleges he was the victim of retaliation after telling federal investigators about his accident on-the-job. “This is not an unusual case, but it does serve to point out the many issues workers face in Texas,” indicates Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP, who is not involved in the case. “The 19-year-old Honduran worker was on a construction site in downtown Austin, when a load of steel fell from a crane. He was hit in the back by the rebar at a high-rise complex at […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Many Americans know DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in relation to the development and deployment of the Internet. Now, they may have something for veterans dealing with TBI. “Researchers for the U.S. military are asking for help to find innovative ways to decode and analyze brain neural signals to allow people with TBI to recover some or all of their memories. The program, based on the familiar computer terminology of RAM (random access memory), is also referred to as RAM, meaning Restoring Active Memory,” outlined Austin traumatic brain injury lawyer, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – The hit and run driver in this case had a history of sideswiping other vehicles and other moving violations. “The victims in this car accident were on I295 when a Toyota Corolla sideswiped them, propelling them into the median strip. The force of the impact caused their Saturn to flip end-over-end, eventually coming to rest on the passenger’s side,” explained Austin auto accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter and Schuelke, LLP. The Saturn driver and his fiancé sustained multiple injuries, ranging from strained ligaments to serious bruising to concussion. The two […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2013 – Workplace injuries are extremely common, more so in high-risk jobs such as logging, as this case demonstrates. “Even though this reported case happened in Virginia, similar incidents happen daily on Texas construction sites. Many of the cases we see involve negligence as being the precursor to an accident,” stated Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. In the case of a Virginia logger, Circuit Court of Greenbrier County Case No. 13-C-181,U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case No. 5:13-cv-24436, the man sustained severe and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – But for a questionable forklift brake, a young Texas man lost his life on-the-job. “The young man severely injured in an accident with a forklift while on-the-job, clung to life for three days, before succumbing to his injuries. The accident happened at McCoy’s Building Supply Center in Lufkin,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “He was only 19-years-old and was the son of the city’s public works director. He was taken off his ventilator once doctors had determined he sustained unrecoverable brain injuries.” Just prior […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – New rules of the road recently went into effect in Texas. The changes are likely to result in more lawsuits. The changes, which went into effect September 1, 2013, are designed to make Texas roadways safer. “Examples of the new road rules include one law that mandates drivers change lanes to allow more room for construction workers and one that hikes fines for illegally passing a school bus while kids are disembarking,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Overall, the changes are minor, but their […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – Every year the death toll for Texas construction workers climbs. In 2012, there were over 500 work-related fatalities, up 20 percent from 2011. “Working construction in Texas can be deadly,” states Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “And, a quick look at the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shows a steady increase, year-over-year of workplace deaths.” The preliminary figures released by the DOL reveal the most dangerous job in Texas is driving tractor-trailer trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles. This likely comes […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – This Texas nursing home case involved the death of a man due to untreated pressure ulcers. “This reported case shocked many. An elderly Texan developed severely infected pressure sores and became dangerously dehydrated, despite being in care at the Gulf Health Care Center – Port Arthur. What was even more disturbing is that he developed them, and died, in a period of less than two months in care,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The nursing home abuse lawsuit statement of claim revealed that just […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Safety regulations are not an investment decision. They are intended to protect real people. “The dust has settled at the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, but not much has been done about lax safety rules and regulations,” stated Austin personal injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. The company is noted to have a significant history of safety violations, beginning in 1985. Over the intervening 28-years, not much has changed. Rules are in place, but are honored more in the breach than in the proper implementation. “Whatever happened to proper regulations designed for the […]


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