El Paso Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
When Accidents Change Lives, Our Team Fights for Answers
catastrophe was first used in ancient Greece. It described the sudden, tragic demise
of a character in a play. Today, we use the word catastrophic to describe
life-altering injuries. When accidents happen, survivors are often left
alone to pick up the pieces of their life. If they've sustained catastrophic
injuries, this task can feel impossible. At Arnold & Itkin, our El
Paso catastrophic injury lawyers' mission is to fight for the full, fair
financial compensation that our clients need to live with the devastating
results of accidents.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries change the rest of a person's life. As a result,
many types of injuries fall into this category.
The following are examples of common catastrophic injuries:
Burn injuries are excruciating and require extensive medical treatment. Once healed,
burn survivors might have significant disfigurement and scarring. Motor
function may also be affected, and those who have experienced serious
burns may also suffer from psychological trauma.
Blunt force trauma occurs when part of the body is hit with significant force. When blunt
force trauma occurs to a person's head, they can suffer from cognitive
issues for the rest of their life.
Vision loss changes a person's life by inhibiting their ability to interact with the
world around them. Often, those with vision loss cannot do the same jobs
they had before an accident.
Spinal cord injuries are serious because the spinal column houses the most important nerves
in the body. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, plus other
Acoustic trauma and hearing loss force a person to adapt to a completely different way of living. Acoustic
injuries can inhibit a person's ability to work and earn a living as they once did.
Neck and back injuries can cause a person to live with permanent pain. They can also impact a
person's ability to move and even perform everyday tasks in many instances.
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El Paso Burn Injury Attorneys
Helping Those Suffering from Catastrophic Burns
Burn injuries have the potential to run up hundreds of thousands of dollars
in medical expenses. The cost of treatment increases exponentially when
complications like infections or nerve damage occur. Throughout their
lifetime, a person who has been severely burned may face millions of dollars
in medical care, ongoing therapy, and lost earnings. Fortunately, burn
injury survivors can seek justice for what they have endured.
At Arnold & Itkin, we believe in helping people. Our El Paso burn injury
lawyers represent people from all walks of life who have experienced unimaginable
pain and suffering because of the negligence and carelessness of others.
That includes those who've suffered severe burns in workplace accidents,
from defective products, on offshore drilling rigs, or in truck accidents.
We fight every single day to set things right for our clients.
Causes of Severe Burns & Who's at Risk
Per a World Health Organization
burn injury report, burns are the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the
U.S. There are about 1.4 million burn injuries each year, resulting in
about 54,000 hospitalizations. According to
burn injury statistics presented by the American Burn Association, nearly 3 out of 4 admissions
to burn centers in the U.S. from 2005 through 2014 were the result of
burns sustained at home, 68% of patients admitted to burn centers were
male, and the survival rate for burn center patients was 96.8%.
The following is a breakdown of burn center admissions, based on where
the burns occurred:
- Home (73%)
- Work/Occupational (8%)
- Street/Highway (5%)
- Recreational/Sport (5%)
- Other (9%)
Treatment & Compensation for Burn Injury Survivors in El Paso, TX
Burns may affect all the layers of the skin and even muscle, nerves, and
bone. Some burns are so severe that there is no hope of restoring form
and function to the affected part of the body. Reconstructive surgery,
plastic surgery, and skin grafting may be used to restore skin and other
tissue that has been burned. Physical therapy may also be required to
help a patient relearn specific movements or learn how to cope with limitations.
In the U.S., the cost of primary healthcare for one patient with burns
ranges from about $3,000 to $5,000 per day. However, this inpatient care
only represents about one-quarter of the lifetime costs associated with
a burn injury. That is why our El Paso personal injury law firm works
so hard to protect the interests and rights of our clients and their families.
We know that they may face well over $1 million in medical care alone—not
to mention the earnings they've lost and the pain and suffering they've endured.
What Are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?
There are three primary types, or degrees, of burns:
First-degree burns are minor and only affect the outer layer of the skin.
Second-degree burns affect the outer layer and the second layer of the skin.
Third-degree burns are the most serious and reach the layer of fat beneath the skin.
What Should I Do After a Burn Injury?
First, seek medical attention. This is the most important thing to do after
any type of catastrophic injury. Tell your doctor what happened and follow
your treatment plan to give yourself the best chance at recovering. If
you were seriously burned, you should not hesitate to talk to an El Paso
burn injury attorney. Whether you suffered a work-related burn, were burned
in a car accident, or were injured in a fire or explosion, you may be
entitled to monetary damages that cover all of your treatment and ongoing
care, plus your lost earnings. You may even be able to receive compensation
for emotional trauma, which can be considerable after a burn injury.
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El Paso Wrongful Death Lawyers
Helping Grieving Families File Wrongful Death Claims in El Paso
There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one. Losing them because
of someone else's negligence can leave people not only grieving but feeling
traumatized and helpless. If you have lost a family member because of
another's careless actions, contact an El Paso wrongful death lawyer as
quickly as possible.
Although monetary compensation won't relieve the pain of losing your loved
one, you have the right to seek justice for your loss. Wrongful death
claims force at-fault parties to face the people they hurt, holding them
accountable to you in a way that the criminal court system may not. Not
only will you hold the parties responsible for their actions, but you
can also fight for the financial security you and your family need.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against any individual or business
entity responsible for causing the death of a person through negligence,
wrongdoing, or intentional misconduct.
For example, the following could qualify for a wrongful death claim:
- Car accidents caused by drunk driving, texting, or other careless distractions
- Workplace accidents caused by lack of training or supervision
- Assaults, attacks, or other criminal actions that led to death
- Malpractice by a doctor who failed to identify or treat an ailment correctly
- Drowning accidents due to property damage/premises liability
- Defective products or drugs that caused the user to suffer death
There is a statute of limitations on these cases—this means you have
two years to file a wrongful death claim before it is too late to file.
Contact an El Paso wrongful death attorney to determine if you can still file.
Types of Damages in an El Paso Wrongful Death Case
In Texas, you may be able to claim the following damages:
Economic Damages: You can receive compensation for financial damages on funeral and medical
expenses related to the death, loss of the decedent's future earnings
and benefits, and more.
Non-Economic Damages: This includes damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Punitive Damages: There are cases where you can be awarded in addition to economic and
non-economic damages as a way of punishing the responsible parties for
willful negligent acts.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is filed when a third party is responsible for the
death of another person negligently or through intentional harm; the responsible
parties can be held liable under common jurisdiction. When a family loses
a loved one because of another person's carelessness, they are entitled
to receive monetary compensation. Even if the person responsible for the
death of a loved one has been persecuted with criminal charges, there
is still a chance to file a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim.
If a company rather than an individual caused the fatality, the only way
to hold them accountable is to present a wrongful death claim.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
Although a wrongful death claim can be filed for most accidents that cause
the death of another, it does not cover every incident. Wrongful death
claims need to prove that a person or company caused or could have prevented
a person's death and that the death left family members with economic
or emotional losses. To find out if you have a case, your best option
is to talk to an experienced El Paso wrongful death lawyer.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Although laws vary from state to state regarding the eligibility of the
person who can file a wrongful death claim, close family members of the
victims are usually the ones who have the right to file suit. Children,
spouses, parents, siblings, parents of unmarried children, and other dependents
may come forward with wrongful death suits in Texas. Children and spouses
are given the primary right to file a wrongful death claim, so a parent,
sibling, or another relative will likely not be able to file a claim if
a child or spouse is pursuing one.
To learn more about wrongful death in Texas, visit
Sec. 71 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code.
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El Paso Truck Accident Attorneys
Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers Secured Billions of Dollars for Our Clients
Commercial trucks can weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds—making
them significantly larger than even the most oversized passenger vehicles
you can find on El Paso highways. That's why crashes involving tractor-trailers
and other large trucks are more deadly, often causing catastrophic injuries
or wrongful death.
The El Paso truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are here to
help victims rebuild their lives. Every case we take becomes personal,
and we have a history of securing record-breaking victories. This allows
our clients to cover the costs of medical care, put food on the table,
and replace their income while they heal. We have handled all kinds of
18-wheeler accident cases in El Paso and throughout the U.S. and have
represented carrier employees, independent contractors, and passenger
vehicle drivers. Let us review your options and help you make the journey
back to everyday life. Call our El Paso truck accident lawyers for your
free case review.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
After a big rig accident, hiring an attorney may be the last thing on your
mind. You may believe that the insurance company will treat you fairly
and that you'll get the medical care and money you need when you need
it. Instead, you may find yourself dealing with an insurance adjuster
who thinks the accident is your fault, bills that pile up because you
can't work, and more questions than answers.
Our El Paso 18-wheeler accident attorneys can step in and help with cases
- Cement truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Tanker truck accidents
- Tow truck accidents
- Underride accidents
- Box truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
There are many benefits to hiring an attorney to handle your case. Our
team has experience investigating truck accidents, determining fault,
and identifying all sources of compensation. We know how to take on insurance
companies, big corporations, and the teams of attorneys they deploy to
try to avoid liability. And
Questions to Ask After an El Paso Big Rig Accident
If you were involved in a collision with a big rig, you're probably wondering
whether you have a truck accident claim. This will depend on several factors,
so your best bet is to talk to an attorney who has experience in these
matters. You can also ask yourself a few basic questions to assess the
situation on your own.
After a truck collision, ask yourself:
- Did someone else cause the crash?
- Were you seriously injured?
- Are you unable to work?
- Has the accident affected your quality of life?
- Is the insurance company treating you fairly?
- Are you unsure of where to turn or what to do?
Now is the time to
get these questions answered. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer a free consultation to talk to you about
what happened. We can answer your questions and help you consider your options
18-Wheeler Accident Cases Are Complicated
Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious harm, and any resulting lawsuit
can be challenging to handle. With commercial truck accidents, however,
there are more challenges to consider. Fortunately, our El Paso truck
accident law firm knows what to expect and has the resources (and willpower)
to overcome any obstacle.
Truck accidents are more complicated than standard motor vehicle accidents because:
They are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries. The sheer size and weight of a big rig or 18-wheeler, plus the cargo
it holds, make it a powerful force on the road. When a commercial truck
is involved in a collision, it is far more likely to cause considerable
damage to other vehicles.
Multiple parties may be liable (legally responsible). When two cars collide, there are usually only two parties who could be
at fault: the drivers. With a truck accident, there are other parties
to consider. The
trucking company, the truck driver, the loading company, or the company responsible for
maintaining or manufacturing truck parts could be responsible.
The trucking company may not be forthcoming in providing evidence. Logbooks, employment records, and the truck's "black box" (event
data recorder) are all key pieces of evidence in a truck accident claim.
Unfortunately, some trucking companies have been known to hide or bury
this documentation to make it more difficult to prove the cause of a crash.
State and federal trucking laws will come into play. Complex state and federal laws regulate commercial trucks. When shipping
companies, truck drivers, and manufacturers violate these laws, they can
be held accountable for any resulting collision. In-depth knowledge of
trucking regulations will be crucial in any El Paso truck accident claim
These complications will make an 18-wheeler accident case more difficult,
but they can be addressed. The right strategy and an unrelenting commitment
to finding answers and seeing justice served have helped our El Paso personal
injury firm secure life-changing results for clients who have been injured
in trucking accidents.
Non-Driving Tasks, Trucker Fatigue & El Paso Trucking Accidents
It seems that trucking companies are structured to make accidents almost
inevitable. Truck drivers are paid only for the miles they drive, which
means there are tasks that they perform off the clock. These tasks are
often vital for safety; however, since truckers don't get paid to perform
them, some may leave these tasks undone.
The following are examples of non-driving work that every trucker must do:
- Rig inspections at weigh-ins
- Getting a full night of rest before driving
- Rig repair and maintenance
- Waiting for loading and unloading
- Route planning
If drivers perform these tasks, they may drive long hours to help make
up for unpaid time. Studies have shown that these long drives can lead
to more truck accidents. Fatigued drivers who drive in violation of
hours-of-service regulations put themselves and others on the road at risk. Too many have had to pay
the price for these unsafe practices, and Arnold & Itkin is committed
to holding companies accountable for the harm they cause.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents may be caused by distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving,
and many other factors that contribute to all motor vehicle collisions.
They also involve some causes unique to commercial trucks, like unsecured
cargo, overloaded trucks, poorly maintained vehicles, and blind-spot collisions.
Whether you were injured driving a truck or another vehicle, our El Paso
truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin can help determine what caused
your crash and how to help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild.
What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?
The El Paso truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have seen it all,
and we've helped clients move forward after every kind of truck accident
that you can imagine. Common types of truck accidents include tractor-trailer
and 18-wheeler crashes, dump truck accidents, delivery vehicle collisions,
underride accidents, rear-end truck accidents, and jackknife accidents.
With our wealth of experience handling truck accident cases, you can feel
confident that we know how to secure the compensation you deserve. We
know how the trucking industry works, and we understand the harmful practices
they encourage as well as the tactics they will use to try to avoid accountability.
Let us fight for the justice you deserve after a truck accident has left
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El Paso Car Accident Lawyers
Get Answers After Serious El Paso Motor Vehicle Accidents
Though car accidents happen in a millisecond, they can permanently impact
a person's life. The most frustrating aspect of life-altering crashes
is that many of them are preventable. According to the
Texas Department of Transportation, car accidents harmed 256,338 people in 2019 and killed 3,610. Unfortunately,
those who didn't cause an accident are often the ones who suffer the most.
When negligent parties change a person's life for the worse, our El Paso
car accident lawyers are ready to hold them accountable.
At Arnold & Itkin, we fight for the financial compensation our clients
need because we know it's one of the most important things they need to
rebuild. Whether survivors need help getting compensation from an insurance
company or families of victims need help recovering from the loss of their
loved one, we are standing by to help. Call our El Paso car accident lawyers
today at (888) 493-1629. We've recovered billions of dollars for clients
by never backing down until an offer is fair. Best of all, your initial
consultation with our firm is free!
What Causes El Paso Car Accidents?
Several common factors cause car accidents. It is important to understand
all these factors, as well as figure out which ones were a part of your
accident, because they're all a potential sign of negligence.
Common causes of car accidents include:
Improper vehicle maintenance can lead to brake failure or other serious problems.
Driving under the influence is one of the most common causes of traffic fatalities in Texas.
Road conditions are often ignored by dangerous drivers, especially on rural roads. Drivers
must watch for potholes, surface debris, and adjust their driving to the
demands of weather conditions.
Distracted driving caused 377 fatal car accidents in Texas in 2019. This can be caused by
cell phone use, talking to passengers, or focusing on anything other than
the road around a vehicle.
Fatigued driving occurs when a tired driver gets behind the wheel or when a motorist drives
for too long. It often happens in the trucking industry when drivers are
pressured into finishing quickly.
Vehicle malfunctions can cause collisions that are not the fault of the driver. Faulty vehicle
parts can trigger accidents that could have been prevented if manufacturers
had taken more care.
What Can I Recover with an El Paso Car Accident Claim?
Each car accident has different causes, so every claim is different. Some
of the most common things people require compensation for include lost
wages, medical bills, future care, and the loss of the ability to work.
If you've lost someone in a car accident, you might be able to file a
wrongful death suit to recover their medical bills or funeral expenses.
Finally, many car accident survivors can seek compensation for non-economic
damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship or care, and more.
What Happens If My Insurance Claim Is Delayed or Denied?
If you have a valid claim and believe it's being unfairly denied or needlessly
delayed, you might be experiencing common tactics used by insurers. Insurers
do this because claimants are desperate for the financial compensation
they need after accidents. They'll deny or delay claims hoping to frustrate
a person into accepting less than they deserve. Often, this behavior is
bad faith—an illegal practice. Hiring a car accident lawyer from Arnold &
Itkin will show the insurance company that their tactics won't work on
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El Paso Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Representing Victims of Serious Motorcycle Crashes in Texas & Nationwide
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000. Over 4,990
people were killed on motorcycles in 2017—296 more than the previous
year. It is common for individuals in motorcycle accidents to suffer severe
injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and care. If you sustained
injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, there is still
hope when choosing Arnold & Itkin. You have the right to seek compensation,
and an El Paso motorcycle accident attorney can help.
At Arnold & Itkin, we have the skill, resources, and commitment to
deliver results. Our mission is to help people who have been injured by
the wrongdoings of others. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf
of our clients, and we work tirelessly to help them receive the compensation
they deserve. We have a proven track record that demonstrates we are capable
of helping you get the best possible results for your case.
Riders Are Not Responsible for All Motorcycle Crashes
Some people believe that reckless and negligent riders cause most motorcycle
accidents. This is simply untrue. Crashes can be caused by various external
factors that even an experienced and cautious rider will have no control
over. That is why it is important to work with an El Paso motorcycle injury
lawyer who can investigate what caused your crash and determine who should
be held responsible.
Common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
Negligent Drivers: Motorcyclists are trained to notice and avoid dangers from other cars,
but many drivers are not prepared to look out for motorcycles. When drivers
are not paying attention, not checking blind spots, or swerving into a
lane abruptly, they are more likely to cause accidents.
Driver Blind Spots: One of the main driver errors that cause motorcycle accidents is when drivers
fail to check blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, and drivers
need to check them regularly to avoid accidents—especially while
switching lanes. If a driver fails to put on their blinker or look at
their blind spots, they may collide with a motorcycle while it maneuvers
in between cars and lanes.
Dangerous Roadways: Another common cause of accidents is hazardous roadways. Potholes, uneven
pavement, and similar hazards can be deadly for motorcyclists. In such
cases, the municipality or county responsible for the upkeep of those
roadways should be held accountable.
Defective Equipment: Another commonly overlooked cause of motorcycle accidents is faulty equipment.
There are instances when some parts and pieces of motorcycles can be poorly
designed or manufactured. In this case, the manufacturing company should
be held liable.
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El Paso Bus Accident Lawyers
Representing Bus Accident Survivors & Victims' Families Nationwide
Besides not offering the protection that other vehicles provide to occupants,
buses have a characteristic that becomes tragic during an accident: they
carry dozens of people at once. While all motor vehicle accidents can
be severe, incidents involving buses have the potential to change countless
lives at once.
Worst of all, they're largely preventable. They should never cause anyone
At Arnold & Itkin, our El Paso bus accident lawyers have experience
helping clients recover after a crash. Since our team knows that clients
approach us during one of the most difficult times of their lives, we
refuse to allow them to be mistreated. We fight for the compensation they
need and never settle for less. We're dedicated, constantly focused, and
never back down in our pursuit of the best result for each client. No
What Causes El Paso Bus Accidents?
Bus accidents are dangerous because of how many people are often inside
the vehicle. However, the amount of people inside a bus doesn't make them
dangerous—a set of preventable factors do.
The following are common causes or factors that lead to dangerous bus riding
- No safety restraints for passengers
- Poorly trained bus drivers
- Lack of regular bus maintenance
- Reckless or negligent bus driving
- Bus driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
A lot goes into making a bus trip safe: drivers must be rested, competent,
and trained, and companies must provide adequate maintenance. Manufacturers
must ensure that they produce reliable and safe products. When any party
involved with a bus's operation fails to be safe, the results can be catastrophic
for passengers and others on the road. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys
work to expose the wrongdoing of this kind.
Why Buses Are a Threat to Other Vehicles on the Road
Outside of semi-trucks, buses are larger than nearly every other vehicle
they share the road with. They're heavy, cumbersome, and require care
and attention to operate safely. One of the most dangerous aspects of
buses is how hard they are to stop, thanks to their weight. Even worse,
buses are filled with passengers—an average of 55 at a time. Just
one moment of inattention by a driver can create a dangerous situation
that can kill or permanently injure dozens of passengers, not to mention
other motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists.
Who Is Responsible for Bus Accidents?
Bus accident liability can be complicated because multiple parties may
be responsible. Operators, bus drivers, manufacturers, and other parties
might be entirely or partially liable. This makes it important to hire
a law firm to examine all aspects of a case so accountability is distributed
correctly for your recovery.
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El Paso Work Accident Attorneys
Call an El Paso Work Accident Law Firm That Fights for Clients, No Matter What
Work is one of the most common locations for personal injury accidents.
In fact, the
BLS found that fatal work accidents increased by 2% from 2017 to 2018. Many
work accidents happen when companies fail to provide proper safety training
and equipment, fail to maintain equipment, and neglect other crucial aspects
of a safe workplace. While some companies deny responsibility for accidents,
they must provide reasonably safe work environments. No workers should
suffer because of their employer's negligence.
You can trust our firm for work accident cases of all kinds, including
- Construction accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Gas truck accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Plant and refinery accidents
- Plant and refinery explosions
- Scaffolding accidents
When you call Arnold & Itkin after a work or industrial accident in
El Paso, you're turning to a team that's known for getting the results
that clients need. We fight for accountability, justice, and answers for
people after they've lost everything because of preventable accidents.
When the other side isn't fair, we demand that they do better. When they
are dishonest, we hire experts and use investigations to disprove their
claims. We do this because we know people are counting on us for the compensation
they need to rebuild their lives.
What to Do After a Work Accident in El Paso
After a work accident, you should:
Seek medical care from a doctor and facility of your choice. Make sure you tell the doctor
you were injured in a work-related accident and describe what happened.
Remember, you have the right to choose your doctor and are not required
to see the one your company sends you to. In fact, if you do see a company
doctor, be careful about what you say. Seek a second opinion.
Inform your employer if they aren't aware of what happened. If your company has a workers' compensation
policy, there might be a time limit you have to file a claim using it.
Additionally, informing your employer of your accident helps create a
record that ties injuries to the incident.
Talk to an attorney even if you think you might not have a claim. Often, workers' compensation
is not enough to cover the extent of a person's injuries, and speaking
with a lawyer can help you discover if you have more options. If you aren't
receiving fair compensation, are experiencing delays, or are being unfairly
denied coverage, a lawyer should be ready to help you
The state of Texas is the only one that doesn't require workers to carry
workers' compensation insurance coverage. However, many employers in the
state still choose to have one. Even if your employer has workers' compensation
coverage, you should speak with a law firm after sustaining a work-related injury.
Often, a work accident attorney can help a person secure compensation for
damages that extends far beyond the coverage of a typical workers' compensation
claim. Personal injury lawsuits are meant to hold negligent parties accountable
for failing to protect the well-being of someone. For example, a worker
can hold a company accountable for failing to provide the safety equipment
required to protect them from work-related hazards. Our El Paso personal
injury attorneys can handle any type of industrial injury or work accident claim.
Helping Those Injured in Serious El Paso Industrial Accidents
Industrial jobs have inherent dangers. Yet, just because a job is dangerous
doesn't mean accidents are excused. Employers must make sure workers are
safe and that known hazards are prevented. When they fail to do this,
lives are altered permanently. At Arnold & Itkin, our El Paso industrial
accident lawyers are proud to be the team that stands up for workers after
they've suffered from the unthinkable. After every work accident, we hear
the same thing: nothing could have been done. We know this isn't true.
Some accidents happen because employers cut corners and valuable profits
over safety. No worker should ever have to suffer because of this.
Common locations for industrial accidents include the following:
- Drilling rigs
- Construction sites
Industrial accidents are notable because of how destructive they often
are. Due to the nature of their facilities, industrial accidents are often
explosive and have negative, lasting repercussions for workers.
What Causes Work Accidents?
While work accidents have different causes, many have one common factor:
negligence. Work accidents are preventable and, when employers and other
parties fail to be safe, workers pay the steepest price. Poor equipment
maintenance, equipment failures, slip and fall hazards, failures to comply
with safety regulations, inadequate inspections, and insufficient training
are all examples of what can cause work accidents.
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El Paso Construction Accident Lawyers
Representing Injured Construction Workers in El Paso, TX & Nationwide
Working in construction means facing hazards every day. If companies, site
managers, and other responsible parties take the proper precautions, these
hazards are mitigated, and accidents can be prevented. However, construction
workers unfairly pay for it when corners are cut with their health and safety.
No one should ever focus on cost-cutting and meeting deadlines instead
of protecting workers.
At Arnold & Itkin, we've earned a reputation for fighting on behalf
of the hard-working men and women in the construction industry. Our El
Paso construction accident lawyers are focused on recovering the compensation
clients need to rebuild after accidents. We work to hold insurance companies,
negligent employers, unsafe contractors, and other parties responsible.
Our clients deserve answers for what happened to them, and we work to
obtain them. No matter what. Over the years, we've secured billions of
dollars on behalf of clients because we're dedicated to results, justice,
and doing what it takes to make a difference.
What Causes Construction Accidents?
A specific set of events combine to cause a construction accident, making
each one unique. However, no matter what behavior and how many parties
are involved with an accident, many have the same thing in common: negligence.
Tired workers, undertrained or inexperienced workers, violations of state
and federal safety laws, lack of fall protection, lack of protection for
ground workers, and poorly maintained or defective machinery are all factors
that can contribute to an El Paso construction accident. When approaching
a construction accident investigation, it's important to understand all
the factors that can cause them. Our team has the experience required
to investigate an incident, hire the right experts, and make sure the
right parties are held accountable.
What Is the Fatal Four?
Fatal Four refers to four fatal construction accident types that the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration has identified as the leading causes
of death for workers. Construction's "Fatal Four" are: falls,
struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents. If
these accidents were prevented in 2018, OSHA points out that 591 lives
could have been saved at American construction sites.
El Paso Construction Workers Have Rights
The law protects workers from injury and requires employers to make sure
they're safe. This means if you've been injured while doing construction
work, you're likely entitled to compensation for your injuries.
After construction accidents in El Paso, workers have the right to:
- Seek medical attention from their preferred doctor.
- Report their injuries and pursue compensation for them without the fear
- Pursue benefits or compensation for medical care, lost wages, and more.
- Wait until recovery before returning to work.
- Seek retribution if an employer fires or demotes a person for reporting injuries.
While these rights exist for construction workers, they often have to be
enforced and protected. Our team is familiar with Texas injury laws and
is ready to protect your rights as we fight for the compensation you deserve.
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El Paso Oilfield Accident Attorneys
Helping Injured Oil Workers in El Paso, West Texas & Nationwide
Oilfields have become a common sight in Texas. Locations near El Paso and
across the nation are building blocks of the economy. They extract energy
and help provide the resources that help American commerce thrive. Naturally,
these oilfields attract multitudes of workers who trust that they can
make a living through honest and hard work. These workers deserve safety—and
their employers are required to provide it.
When an oilfield accident causes a person to suffer, Arnold & Itkin
is ready to help. Our team steps in when companies are negligent, and
we fight to make sure clients have the finances they need to rebuild their
lives. Our El Paso oilfield accident lawyers have taken on the largest
energy companies and have secured billions for clients and their families.
If you're struggling after an accident changed your life, we're ready to help.
The Dangers of Working in the Oilfields
Oil rigs, pipelines, derricks, and other components of an oilfield are
inherently dangerous. They require physical work, heavy machinery, and
tight safety procedures to operate correctly. Companies much avoid cutting
corners so the men and women who make their business possible aren't left
to suffer after accidents. When employers fail to provide a safe work
environment, workers typically suffer the most.
Common El Paso oilfield accidents include:
Explosions, Fires & Toxic Exposure: Oil is as toxic as it is flammable, making working with it a dangerous
undertaking. Poor planning, inadequate maintenance, improper safety planning,
and other types of negligence can create situations that change workers'
Falling Objects: Oilfield workers are no strangers to working at heights. However, companies
are still required to protect them from falling equipment and tools as
Malfunctioning Equipment: When dealing with a substance as dangerous as crude and natural gas, it's
important to have reliable equipment. Yet, too many companies neglect
maintenance in the name of saving money. While poor maintenance can continue
for years without an incident, it's almost always only a matter of time
until something tragic happens because of it.
Gas Truck Accidents: The roads connecting oilfields to towns and cities are often hectic.
This means that tired oilfield workers or inadequately trained gas truck
drivers sometimes cause accidents.
Who Is Liable After an Oilfield Accident?
Usually, companies that operate oilfield locations are liable. While they
might try to shift the blame or blame bad luck, companies usually could
have taken precautions that would have prevented the accident. Besides
site operators, other companies, contractors, and site managers can be
liable. Oilfield operations often involve multiple companies. A qualified
law firm will be prepared to help determine who caused an accident.
What Causes Oilfield Accidents in El Paso?
Negligence is often the main factor in oilfield accidents or any land rig
incident. Companies often fail to train employees, have proper safety
standards, or ignore aging equipment. They do this because they've calculated
that the risk of an accident is lower than the profits they'll save by
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El Paso Railroad Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims of Train Accidents in West Texas & Nationwide
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported that over 2,000 train
accidents occurred nationwide in 2011. Millions of Americans have contact
with the railway system every day. It only takes one equipment malfunction
or a moment of negligence for a railroad passenger or worker to suffer
a catastrophic injury.
If you have sustained injuries in a train accident, you have the right
to seek compensation. Train accident claims tend to be complex and are
based on several factors, including how the accident occurred and who
was responsible. An experienced railroad accident lawyer in El Paso can
help you fight for the financial compensation you need to help you pay
your medical expenses and take care of your family.
We have the knowledge and experience needed to hold responsible parties
accountable for their actions. Contact our El Paso train accident lawyers
today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!
Train Accident Facts & Figures
- There is a train collision or derailment every 3 hours.
- At least 500,000 trains transport hazardous material several times per trip.
- Railroads today are in desperate need of updating and improvement.
- The FRA reports that 80% of railroad crossings do not provide adequate warnings.
- Train collisions involving pedestrians have increased over the last few years.
Types of Train Accidents
Below is a list of the most common types of train collisions:
Train Accidents Involving Cars: Accidents involving cars and trains are destructive because of the large
difference in size and speed. These accidents can occur if a conductor
is negligent, causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Another
reason for train and car collisions is improper maintenance and excessive
cargo loads; this can easily lead to derailment or malfunction.
Train-on-Train Collisions: Trains weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds and move at a rapid speed,
so when two trains collide, it almost always has tragic results. For this
reason, the industry has taken significant measures to ensure that safe
operating procedures are implemented in all areas. This means that if
an accident does occur, it is often because the operator or conductor
have acted in reckless or negligent behavior. Train-on-train accidents
almost always can be prevented.
Train Accidents Involving Pedestrians: Pedestrians have little chance of survival against a train going full speed
down the tracks. Unfortunately, many train accidents involving pedestrians
have occurred due to improper railroad maintenance and supervision.
What Are the Common Causes of Railroad Accidents?
Passenger rail services in the U.S. operate with few fatalities. However,
many serious injuries occur annually. Many of the accidents that occur
on trains are derailments, collisions, or faulty equipment.
According to the FRA, railroad accidents are commonly caused by:
- Damaged or out-of-adjustment switches,
- Defective or missing crossties
- Failure to apply sufficient hand brakes
- Failure to comply with restricted speeds
- Failure to control shoving movement
- Worn or broken switch points
- Improperly lined switches
Does Conductor Negligence Cause Train Accidents?
The National Transportation Safety Board, the train company, and other
local authorities conduct thorough investigations after a train accident.
They review the potential causes, including the safety of railroad and
conductor negligence. Conductor negligence is investigated because train
conductors must follow specific regulations and pay close attention to
all of their surroundings. They put hundreds of people in danger when
they fail to follow these regulations. This type of negligence may include
managing the train while intoxicated, driving on drugs, talking on a cell
phone, and any other type of behavior that distracts the conductor.
Who Is Responsible When a Trespasser Is Injured?
In 2006, the Federal Railroad Administration reported that railway trespass
fatalities increased by 14.5%. The railroad owners' and operators' duty
is to ensure that every possible measure is taken to educate the public
of potential dangers associated with railroads. By doing so, they can
prevent railway accidents from occurring
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El Paso Aviation Accident Attorneys
Powerful Legal Help After Serious Airplane & Helicopter Crashes
Accidents involving helicopters and airplanes can be complicated. They
often involve multiple liable parties and deal with comprehensive regulations.
Whether you've been in an accident or lost a loved one because of a crash,
our El Paso aviation accident attorneys have what it takes to fight for
results. Our team is ready to investigate your accident, hold the right
parties accountable for your suffering, and fight for what you deserve.
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About El Paso
El Paso, which means “the pass” in Spanish, is a city located
in southwestern Texas. It is the seat of El Paso County and, as of 2020,
had an estimated population of 678,815 people. El Paso is located on the
Rio Grande River across the border from the Mexican city of Juárez.
The area has a traditional desert climate, with hot summers, little humidity,
and mild winters. El Paso’s elevation is 3,740 feet above sea level
and the city encompasses 256.3 square miles. El Paso is also home to one
of the biggest urban parks in the country, the 24,000-acre
Franklin Mountains State Park. The park is also the westernmost point in Texas.
The first community in the area now known as El Paso was founded in 1850,
and the city has a rich Wild West history that includes a jail break-in
by the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid. It is also said that Billy the Kid
posed as a Texas Ranger while in El Paso. El Paso is known as the boot
capital of the world and was once nicknamed Sun City. It was also called
the Six Shooter Capital at one time. Today, El Paso is known as a culturally
rich city with a thriving economy that is in the top 20% in the United States.
El Paso has a strong military presence, which includes Biggs Army Airfield and
Fort Bliss, one of the Army’s biggest military complexes. It is an attractive
location for businesses and families alike. El Paso is home to Marathon
Medical Center of the Americas, and the
University of Texas at El Paso. The city also hosts the
Sun Bowl every year, a post-season college football game that has been held since
1935. Tens of thousands of visitors come to El Paso each year for La Fiesta
de las Flores and
Music Under the Stars. Popular attractions include the El Paso Mission Trail, the
Plaza Theatre, the
El Paso Museum of Art, and the
El Paso Zoo.
El Paso Links & Resources
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While we can't change what happened to you, we're ready to help you find
answers and demand results. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered
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By reaching out to us right now, you'll have an opportunity to share your
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