Personal Injury

La Porte is a city located in Harris County, Texas within the territory of Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown. Founded in 1892, La Porte is also the fourth largest incorporated city in Harris County.

As of the 2010 census, La Porte’s population was 33,800. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in La Porte despite a small of information concerning these accidents in 2016. Since 2015, several work related injuries have occurred in Harris County including a gas leak at La Porte’s DuPont plant that was responsible for killing four workers, a generator explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Incorporated that injured several workers, and a contractor worker who was electrocuted while repairing an air conditioner system. Several fires have also occurred in La Porte in recent years including a house fire that resulted in several fatalities and a warehouse fire.

Generator Explosions

A variety of accidents and dangers occur in the industrial workplace. Many industrial plants can be inherently dangerous and the threat of explosions at the locations is not unlikely. Individuals who are hurt due to explosions often face life changing injuries. Explosions in these types of situations can also result in the death of workers. Workers who are far from the explosion but still inside the plant at the time of the event can even be injured by an explosion. Explosions can happen due to many different reasons including small fires, the negligent acts of employers including lack of equipment maintenance, and the failure of employees to follow safety guidelines. Industrial machinery can be quite complex and requires the maintenance of qualified personnel for maintenance. Explosions at plants can be quite life changing so individuals are involved in these types of events should never hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer to handle the case and reach the best possible outcomes.

Electrocution

Electrocution can occur in a number of ways including while operating a defective piece of electrical equipment, careless practices that expose someone to a dangerous electric current, and faulty wiring at a house. Many regulations and codes exist to create regulations to prevent individuals from suffering from electric shock. Injuries relating to electrical shock can be substantial involving fractures, broken bones, head injuries, burns, internal organ damage, nerve damage, and other substantial injuries. Electrocution can also result in death. If you are injured or dealing with the death of a loved one from an electrocution, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer who is experienced in helping victims in their times of need.

Vehicle Accidents

La Porte is linked to Interstate 10 by State Highway 146. La Porte is also close to the Pasadena Freeway. Additionally, many smaller roads exist in La Porte.

Accident Statistics in La Porte

The Texas Department of Transportation reports  that in 2015 there were 78 fatalities due to DUI accidents, 7 fatalities due to work zone motor vehicle collisions, 18 fatalities due to distracted drivers. 34 fatal accidents involving commercial motor vehicles forming 362 total fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. Since January 2016, several accidents have occurred in La Porte including:

  • Two accidents on the La Porte Freeway due to unexplained reasons.
  • A five vehicle pile up involving a commercial motor vehicle and four cars.
  • A motorcycle crash that occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Vehicle Pile Ups

It can be extremely difficult to determine who was at fault in a car accident especially when the event comes down to little evidence. Lawyers have a difficult time triggering the chain reaction of collisions leading to multi vehicle pile ups. Many times a pile up is attributed to either stop and go traffic or adverse weather conditions. Another potential cause of automobile pileups include cars striking potholes or encounter other road hazards. Deciding who is liable for a car accident often comes down to careful analysis by an experienced attorney. In many cases, responsibility is placed among multiple drivers involved in the pile up. The assistance of a lawyer is essential if you are involved in a vehicle pile up to help establish guild and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of possible compensation.

Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to collisions than other types of vehicle drivers. Motorcycle accidents often include injuries that require hospitalization. These accidents tend to involve concussions, brain injury, bone fractures, internal bleeding, and muscle damage. These accidents can occur in a moment when a car swerves in front of a driver. Despite their reduced visibility relative to cars, the failure of motorists to notice motorcyclists on the road is no excuse for some types of driving behavior that trigger motorcycle accidents. The types of damages recoverable in motorcycle accidents include lost earnings, medical costs, and property damage.Motorcycle attorneys are important to hire if an individual is involved in a motorcycle accident to make sure that the damages that are deserved are awarded.

Industrial Accidents

During World War II and afterwards, La Porte’s economy rapidly shifted toward petroleum, chemicals, and shipping. Since 2015, La Port has been home to a DuPont plant and is still home to Americold, a global leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry offering warehousing, transportation, and logistics solutions. Because these industrial companies tend to be involved in the chemical aspect of industries, this page will focus upon these aspects of the page. The type of machinery that tends to be involved in this setting includes electrical equipment including cranes, forklifts, and other similar equipment. When injuries do tend to occur in these settings, the injuries often involve head injuries, brain injuries, neck pain, back pain, spinal cord damages, amputations, cuts, lacerations, and potentially even fatalities.

Defective or Broken Equipment

Agriculture is not nearly as popular in La Porte as electric equipment like forklifts and hand tools used for a variety of practical arts like welding. Accidents at industrial sites tend to involve a large amount of accidents caused by defective or broken equipment. There are many different types of electrical equipment that can break down and cause injuries including forklifts, dump trucks, ladders, and scaffolding. Accidents due to defective equipment can occur for a variety of reasons including dangerous designs, manufacturing defects, or lack of maintenance. Injuries from broken equipment can include a variety of life threatening conditions. If you have been injured due to defective or broken equipment, it is essential to seek out the advice of seasoned and experienced legal counsel.

Medical Malpractice

The closest hospitals to La Port are Bayshore Medical Center and the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. Medical malpractice is capable of occurring at all of these locations in addition to other centers. Medical malpractice can also arise in a variety of situations and an array of different medical professionals. There are several different types of medical malpractice which include: misdiagnosis of a condition as either another condition or not noticing any medical condition at all, surgery mismanagement which includes technical errors by a surgeon or failing to follow appropriate protocol for surgery, birth injury cases involving failures by medical staff and complications that arise during birth, and medication errors in which patients are either assigned an inappropriate medication or not given medication when the patient should be. Victims of medical malpractice need experienced legal counsel to help fight medical malpractice claims. It is important the victims of medical malpractice seek out experienced legal counsel to help ensure that compensation is received.

Toxic Substances

If a company is transporting hazardous waste, the company is required to obtain special permits and licenses to do so. When companies fail to adhere to safety guidelines regarding the disposal of toxic waste, the companies can be found negligent in handling this material.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a fiber with a variety of purposes that it is now known after a period of latency causes several types of cancer. Asbestos exposure is common among individuals who work in a variety of trades. Asbestos exposure is common among individuals who work in high risk professions including insulating buildings, ship building, power plants or refineries where asbestos is used on piping and all types of equipment, construction workers who use asbestos in a variety of situations, pipefitters, plumbers, mining, the textile industry who uses asbestos in heat resistant products, auto mechanics, railroad workers, and appliance shops.

Mesothelioma

Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma which is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs around most commonly the lungs and chest well. Individuals who are faced with situations involving mesothelioma should not hesitate to hire a skilled mesothelioma lawyer.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a sweet, clear material that is produced by the burning of natural products. Benzene is used in the manufacture of detergents, pesticides, plastics and various other environments. Benzene has been shown to be a carcinogen that causes a variety of cancers after a latency period during which no effects are seen. Long term exposure to benzene can affect bone marrow and blood production. Benzene are frequently complicated cases. Hiring a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with benzene cases is one of the wisest decisions that an individual can make during the entire litigation process.