Personal Injury

Named after Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson County is a county in southeast Texas that forms part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Established in 1835 as a municipality of Mexico and organized as a county in 1837, the county seat of Jefferson County is Beaumont. Jefferson County has the highest population in the four county Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of 2010, the population of Jefferson county was 252,273. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Jefferson County. In recent years, there have been several fires in the Jefferson County area. Jefferson County has also seen many worker related injuries since January 2015, some of which include:

  • A worker who was killed when others were changing an exchanger on an elevated platform due to a section of pipe that broke off and fell on one of the workers.
  • A worker who was killed after falling into a 200 degree wastewater pit.
  • A ship loader that fell on a worker’s foot leading to an amputation
  • A man who was killed while operating a bulldozer.
  • A worker who was struck and crushed by a gangway because the gangway became separated from the barge.

Falling Objects

Falling objects might be a remote issue but when these events do occur, substantial injuries and even fatalities can occur. Falling objects as small as pieces of pipe in Jefferson County can lead to substantial injuries. When the objects that fall are large, these objects need only fall a short distance to create extensive damage. The reason for falling objects include lack of sufficient training of workers, failure to uphold safety standards, and failing to provide the proper equipment to prevent objects from falling. In cases when an object falls due to a defective or broken product, the manufacturer of the defective project might be liable. When workers are injured by falling objects, workers should not hesitate to contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing workers who have been injured in similar accidents.

Amputations

Unfortunately, every day serious accidents occur requiring medical attention, sometimes including events that necessitate partial or complete amputation. In addition to objects that can fall on someone, there are many parts of the body that could become caught in equipment or parts of a car resulting in required surgery. It is not uncommon for severe motor vehicle accidents to require the amputation of body parts. By hiring a lawyer who specializes in injuries requiring amputation and accidents, an accident victim greatly increases the chance of a positive outcome in a case.

Bulldozers

Working on a construction site is a dangerous job with accidents frequently occurring involving falling debris, objects (or sometimes workers) falling from heights, and accidents occurring with large construction equipment. In fatal workplace accidents at construction sites, the Department of Occupational Health and Safety Administration will conduct a full investigation into the worker’s death which will include interviews of involved workers and management. These investigations frequently serve as a method for defining the law in certain fields. Manufacturers of bulldozers are frequently trying to avoid work-site accidents. One of the methods that manufacturers currently utilize is to install cameras around vehicles so that driver can look at monitors to have a better idea about blind spots. Bulldozer accidents, however, still occur for a myriad of reasons. If you find yourself involved in a bulldozer accident, do not hesitate to contact a skilled and seasoned lawyer.

Vehicle Accidents

Highways and Interstates in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is served by numerous roads including Interstate 10, United States Highway 69, United States Highway 90, United States Highway 96, State Highway 73, United States Highway 287, State Highway 73, State Highway 82, State Highway 87, State Highway 105, State Highway 124, State Highway 326, and State Highway 347.

Statistics About Accidents in Jefferson County

In 2015 in Jefferson County, the Texas Department of Transportation reports that there were 6 fatalities related to driving under the influence, 193 motor vehicle work zone crashes, 1 fatality due to a distracted driver, 2 fatalities due to commercial motor vehicle accidents forming 27 fatalities in the county. Since January 2016, Jefferson County has seen a variety of accidents including:

  • A commercial motor vehicle rollover resulting from a rear end collision.
  • A multi vehicle collision after a truck crossed lanes.
  • A man who was run over his truck while attempting repairs
  • A vehicle collision that resulted in a fire.
  • A commercial motor vehicle due to a sudden medical condition.

Roll Overs

Roll overs are some of the worst types of commercial motor vehicle accidents possible. Roll overs result when a truck’s wheels lose contact with the road and the truck ends up on either its side or upside-down. Due to the high gravity of commercial motor vehicles, these trucks are particularly susceptible to rollovers. Some of the more specific reasons why rollover accidents occur include drivers who attempt to drive too fast or safely negotiate a curve, drivers who make sudden changes in steering or oversteering to deal with obstacles on the road, improperly loaded cargo which shifts inside the vehicle causing an imbalance of weight that leads to the vehicle rolling over, and drivers who fail to successfully drive vehicles.

Run Over

Sometimes, individuals attempt to fix cars and even worse accidents occur. Often, devastating events like being run over by a vehicle occur by failure to strictly observe established safety protocol. When individuals are run over by automobiles, these events frequently end in substantial injuries like spinal or brain damage and often even fatalities. Victims who have been run over by automobiles should not hesitate to contact skilled lawyers to secure medical treatment.

Industrial Accidents

Jefferson County is home to a variety of industries and companies which include the following: Chevron, ExxonMobil, the Port of Beaumont, Philpott Motors, Mid-County Extended Care Hospital, Sun Oil Company, DuPont, and JK Chevrolet. Given the wide range of businesses practiced by these companies, one can sense the array of industrial services provided by companies in Jefferson County. These companies tend to employ a variety of machinery like forklifts, cranes, and other types of heavy equipment. When accidents occur at these types of companies, the injuries tend to involve a variety of damages including head and spine injuries, laceration, amputations, cuts, and various other injuries.

Defective or Broken Equipment

While agriculture is a viable industry in Jefferson County, this page focus more on the equipment used by the largest companies in Jefferson County like Chevron, ExxonMobil, the Port of Beaumont, Philpott Motors, Mid-County Extended Care Hospital, Sun Oil Company, DuPont, and JK Chevrolet. These companies tend to use electrical equipment like forklifts, crane, and other types of heavy industrial equipment. These companies also use hand tools required for specialized trades like welding.  Manufacturers are required to ensure that their products meet certain established safety codes prior to purchase by customers. In an effort to increase profit margins, some manufacturers do not pay enough attention to ensuring that safety protocols are correctly met. When clients are injured by defective or broken equipment, it is essential that customers contact skilled and experienced lawyers who will ensure that the most positive results possible are reached.

Medical Malpractice

The closest hospitals for residents of the Jefferson County area are Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, and Harbor Hospital. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can occur wherever an individual is treated. Because medical professionals are responsible for the recovery of individuals, these professionals are held to a high standard of responsibility. Individuals need to watch out to make sure that the individuals are not receiving adequate and appropriate care. A basic understanding of the most common types of medical malpractice can equip individuals with some knowledge that will help detect potential cases of medical negligence. The most common types of medical malpractice include surgery errors in which mistakes are made during a surgery or hospitals fail to meet established safety protocol, birth injuries which include failure to diagnose treat the condition of expecting mothers or fetuses or failure to anticipate and properly respond to complications involving pregnancy, diagnostic errors in which doctors fail to recognize conditions, hospital negligence in which improper training results in which hospitals fail to properly care for patients, and medication errors in which medical professionals prescribe the wrong medications or incorrect dosages of the proper ones. Anyone who suffers from any type of medical malpractice should not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable lawyer in the field.

Toxic Substances

Corporations and other types of organizations sometimes need to dispose of toxic waste. In disposing of this type of material, companies must make sure to follow certain safety protocol and regulations. When companies fail to meet these standards, accidents occur.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a material that is used in a variety of products. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to many negative consequences. Individuals who work around asbestos often enter a period of latency during which no signs of the disease are seen followed by the onset of numerous potential illnesses. Among other diseases, asbestos has been linked to several types of cancer.

Mesothelioma

Perhaps the most well-known illness caused by asbestos exposure is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the protective lining around an individual’s organs, which most often occurs in one’s lungs. Working with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer will help an individual determine the strategy an individual should follow to reach the best potential outcome.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a clear, sweet smelling chemical that is used in numerous products including some detergents. Much like asbestos, benzene exposure can have substantially negative results with an individual. Also, much like asbestos, individuals enter an extended period after benzene exposure followed by the onset of symptoms of the disease.