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EastTexasOilFieldAccording to a recent KETK.com report, East Texas is experiencing a new oil boom. That is very exciting for many East Texas residents who will tell you that, even as of 2015, the outlook was bleak and jobs were growing scarce, and things only got worse in early 2016 when the bottom fell out on the price of oil. When prices dipped below $30.00 a barrel, hundreds of oil field workers and employees lost their jobs.

While the oil industry is and always will be cyclical, many people were concerned it would never be back the way it was before. This is due in large part to the over production we were seeing across the United States and OPEC.

Raymond Woodward was interviewed for the special report by easttexasmatters.com. “The state of the oil industry, right now, is in a state of recovery from a very deep slump,” Raymond Woodward, President of BHL Consulting Inc says. “It is improving. Employment is improving. Oil and gas prices are improving. We are on the way up.”

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EastTexasOilFieldThe East Texas Oil Field Is Still Producing In Paying Quanities

According to East-Texas.com, the East Texas Oil Field is still alive and well, with numerous East Texas cities like Tyler, Longview, Marshall and Gladewater all still seeing high levels of oil and gas and other natural resource employment. While that is all well and good for the oil industry, one thing that is for certain is that working in natural resource development, such as oil and gas and salt mines, on the job injuries are going to happen. Working on the rigs, in the trucks, on the lines, in demolition, you name it there is opportunity for danger.

If You Got Injured in An Accident Today, What Would You Do? What Would Your Family Do?

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personal_injury_law-300x215Res Ispa Loquitur is one of those cool old latin legal terms that has made its place in modern law and is here to stay. It is one of the more useful ones, as well, especially in medical malpractice claims.

The term Res Ipsa Loquitur literally translated means “the thing itself speaks”. In law, it means that the occurrence which brought about the injury would not, and could not, have happened absent a negligent act. It is a way of presuming negligence without having to prove it with a lot of evidence. What is a good example of that? A sponge. Yep, a sponge.

….. A sponge that was left in a person’s abdomen during surgery that was left there with “no medical justification for leaving it there.” Yeah, Res Ipsa Loquitur definitely should apply there. Leaving a sponge or other object in a person’s body after surgery can lead to infection and even death. The fact that a sponge or other foreign object was made to remain in a person’s body after surgery can only have happened because someone forgot to remove it. Therefore, the fact that it is even there is due to someone, namely the doctor conducting the surgery, was negligent in failing to remove it. Period. End of story.

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Around 2:34 p.m., DPS officials say 60-year-old Tom Boone III of Wyoming was driving a motorcycle towing a motorcycle trailer on US 87 in Hartley County.

Authorities say a driver turned in front of Boone’s motorcycle, causing him and the motorcycle’s passenger to crash into the vehicle.

Boone was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger was identified by authorities as 60-year-old Rebecca Boone, who was taken to an Amarillo hospital where she later died.

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DogBites2In Texas, a person can find themselves liable for the actions of an animal considered to be “abnormally dangerous”. An animal will be considered “abnormally dangerous” if its dangerous propensities that are abnormal to its class. That means that if the animals breed is typically known for being calm and sweet, yet the animal in question had bitten or nipped at a person in the past, it could be considered to have “dangerous propensities abnormal its class”. A domesticated animal is any animal (i.e. dog, cat, pig, horse, etc.) that is by custom devoted to the service of mankind at the time and place it is kept.

To prove a cause of action for injury by a dangerous domesticated animal, the plaintiff must show that:

1. The defendant owned or possessed the animal;

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(via nbcdfw.com): A driver of a FedEx truck died after being involved in a crash early Saturday morning in Dallas.

Dallas police said the driver of a Honda Accord fell asleep hitting another car. The Honda was able to make it to the side of the road and the driver made it out of the vehicle. Police said the Accord was hit by the FedEx truck, causing the driver to lose control and crashing into the barrier of the bridge.

The semi caught fire in the crash and officials declared the driver, 30-year-old Quantico Smith, dead on the scene.

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CatastrophicInjuryPicIn the field of catastrophic injury law, we are often confronted with the question, “What makes an injury catastrophic?” This seems like a reasonable thing to ask, especially since the term “catastrophic injury” can occur in a variety of contexts, from truck and auto accidents, to work place injuries, to prime time television.

The reality is that I can only provide you with a working definition that is widely used by fellow lawyers and also in the medical community. There is no statute or case law that really buttons down what a catastrophic injury is simply because it can take so many shapes.

Catastrophic Injury Typically Means a Permanent Impairment

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traffic-highway-80-300x142Guest and Gray, P.C. has represented countless Rockwall and Kaufman county residents and their families after devastating 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accidents in our area. When residents of Kaufman and Rockwall counties are injured in a truck or commercial vehicle accident, they know that Guest and Gray law firm will be there to help them hold the trucking company and their insurance carrier accountable for their actions.

Kaufman and Rockwall Counties are Seeing Growth in Number of Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Just in the last few weeks, truck accidents have caused havoc on our local roadways. In the last few years, both Kaufman and Rockwall counties have seen spikes in the number of truck related accidents, injuries and deaths. As more commercial vehicles drive on our roadways, that will only increase the risk of serious injuries to our local residents and those that travel on our roadways. When those types of accidents occur, you need to know who to call. Call Guest and Gray, P.C., your local, experienced truck accident attorneys.

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courtesy of ktbs.com

(MT. PLEASANT, TX) via KTBS.com: -The driver of a 2018 International Truck-Tractor Semi-Trailer (TT-ST) and one of five vehicles involved in yesterday’s crash, on IH-30 at mile marker 162 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, has been identified as Wanda Gebhart.

Wanda Gebhart, a 64 year old female from Pikeville, Tennessee was pronounced dead on scene.

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DogBites2According to Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites in America each year.  Texas leads the nation in dog related fatalities, according to the most recent study of fatalities from 2005 to 2017, there have been 52 fatalities linked to vicious dog attacks, ranging in ages from 85-years old all the way down to just a two month old baby. In 2016, Texas ranked second overall in dog related fatalities.

The funny thing is that Texas, despite leading the nation in dog attacks and dog related death, does not have a statute that covers civil liability for dog bites.

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