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New Braunfels Personal Injury Law Blog

The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act and consumer products

People throughout Texas rely on consumer goods to fulfill a variety of needs. Whether people are purchasing food, medicine, makeup or clothes, they expect that the products are safe for consumer use. While more often than not, consumer goods are perfectly safe, there are situations where consumer products present risks to individuals. Product labels are an important part of helping to identify specific risks that a product might pose to an individual.

As a result, federal law has stepped in to create standards for product labels on commodities. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers are required to label many commodities under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act.

When is reporting medical device malfunctions mandatory?

Texas residents can suffer from a variety of medical conditions. These medical conditions may be simple to treat and require very little care. However, others may suffer from more serious conditions. In these cases, medical devices may be used to help keep the person healthy. Individuals in Texas trust that these devices have been manufactured correctly.

Truck accident in New Braunfels injures pedestrian

When Texans think about a truck accident, they may think about an accident between two vehicles. They think that a truck hit a car or another truck. However, this is not always the case. A truck accident can affect anyone near or on Texas' roadways. When a small vehicle or individual is involved in the truck accident, the accident can be extremely deadly.

Recently, in New Braunfels, Texas, a truck accident occurred between a tractor-trailer truck and a pedestrian. According to news reports, the accident occurred near the intersection of Ewald Lane and South Texas Highway 46. Details about why the accident occurred are sparse. Police continue to investigate the accident to determine how it occurred.

Truck rollovers can be prevented in Texas

Texas truck accidents are serious. A truck accident can cause traffic delays and serious injuries. When another vehicle is involved in a truck accident, Texans in that vehicle can suffer severely. The large size of these trucks cause even minor accidents to be dangerous.

There are many types of truck accidents. One serious type of truck accident is rollover accidents. It is important to understand the cause of these accidents, so they can be prevented.

Do trucks hauling hazardous materials have a duty to report?

Commercial vehicles are used for a number of purposes throughout Texas and the United States. In many situations, commercial motor vehicles are used for transporting commercial goods to and from the state of Texas. This transportation allows individuals to have access to cheap consumer goods made all over the world. Without these trucks, many Texans would not have access to the goods many have come to enjoy. However, large motor vehicles are also used for other purposes.

Commercial vehicles are often used to transport hazardous materials. These hazardous materials may be byproducts of manufacturing within the state of Texas. Or, they may be transported to waste management sites. In any case, hazardous materials present a danger to individuals on Texas' roadways. If an accident was to occur, individuals can be injured as a result of those materials.

Do not let your grief overshadow your Texas legal rights

A sudden accident can be devastating for families in Texas. No one really expects a car accident to result in the death of a loved one. When Texans think about car accidents, they usually think about fender benders or temporary injuries, like broken bones. However, all too often, Texas car accidents result in fatal injuries.

For the family, a state of grief and shock can endure. People may not know where to even begin to recover from their devastating and sudden loss. Their emotional pain can cloud their ability to make sound decisions about the family's financial future.

Limits on exemplary damages in Texas

Texas residents who are seeking damages in wrongful death suit may be trying to recover exemplary damages. Exemplary damages are damages for non-economic losses that occur as a result of another person's negligence. These losses can include the loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship and society and more. These punitive damages are often important to families as they start a new life without their loved one.

However, in a wrongful death suit, exemplary damages are only available in certain situations. Under section 41.003 of the Texas damages code, exemplary damages can only be awarded if gross negligence caused the injuries. Additionally, the jury must unanimously award the damages and agree on the amount of such damages.

What are exemplary damages?

Accidents occur every day in Texas. Some of these accidents are minor but others are life-threatening. When an accident takes the life of a loved one, Texas citizens may be on aware of their legal rights. Some may discover, that they have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In this lawsuit, families of victims can receive compensation from negligent parties. If the negligence of another causes the death of a loved one, you may have the right to compensation.

There are many types of compensation that families may seek following the death of a loved one. One type of damages are exemplary damages. Many families may wonder what exactly constitutes an exemplary damage.

Seeking compensation after elevator or escalator injuries

Texans who enter a shopping mall or a building in which there are elevators and escalators might not give a second thought to using these conveniences. However, it is an overlooked fact that elevators and escalators can often lead to people being injured and suffering lifelong pain and physical problems. There are even incidents in which people have been killed. When this occurs, it is important that the person who was hurt or the family of the person who died understands how to seek compensation for their loss.

Escalators can malfunction, stop abruptly or fall apart entirely with people using it. An elevator's cord can snap, it can open when it is between floors, or the doors might open before a person realizes there's no elevator there and they can fall into the shaft. The injuries that people have suffered in accidents of this kind can range from broken bones, lost limbs, cuts, bruises, paralysis and even death.

Fatal truck accident in Texas kills woman and injures toddler

For many, the only way they can get around in Texas is by driving. Others make their livings on the road. The number of people who are on the road makes it inevitable that there will eventually be a crash of some sort. Some of these are so serious that they result in fatalities. Considering all the issues that can arise after a fatal car crash, it is important that those who were involved have a full understanding of how they will be influenced by the loss of a loved one and are aware of the potential of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

An early-afternoon accident between two pickup trucks led to the death of a woman and injuries to a child. The accident happened at approximately 1 p.m. as a Dodge truck was hit and t-boned by a Chevy truck that had a trailer attached to it. The 60-year-old woman in the Dodge was killed. A young child, age two, was also in the truck. She was flown to the hospital and was reportedly in critical condition. The 23-year-old driver of the Chevy was placed under arrest due to alleged drunk driving. He faces charges for intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.

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