Personal Injury

Lumberton, Texas is a city in Hardin County, Texas. Home to the Village Creek State Park, Lumberton is part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.

At the time of the 2010 census, Lumberton’s population was 11,943. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Lumberton despite a small of information concerning these accidents in  2016. No direct work injuries or fatalities seem to have occurred in Lumberton within the last year. There are no reports of explosions or collapsing structures occurring in Lumberton within the last few years. There a handful of reports detailing small fires that occurred in Lumberton in the last couple years that left some injuries. Burn injuries are often received as part of a fire.

Fire Injuries

Individuals who are involved in fires are typically hurt in one of several ways including burn injuries. Burn injuries occur when the body’s tissues come into contact with heat, chemicals, sunlight, radiation or electricity. Burn injuries are frequently severe, painful, and require substantial medical treatment. Burn injuries are divided into three categories based on severity: first-degree burns which involve damage to the outer layers of the skin, second-degree burns which cause damage to the outer layer of skin and the layer underneath, and third-degree burns which destroy the deepest layer of skin and underlying tissue. Parties who seek compensation for burn injuries must demonstrate that the person who caused the burn acted carelessly and that this act was the direct cause of the party’s injury. Burns received from fires leave scars and various other signs of disfigurement. Burn victims may recover compensation for a wide variety of damages including long-term care, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, and physical therapy.

Vehicle Accidents

List of Major Roads and Highways

Some of the major highways and roads in Lumberton, Texas include United States Highway 96 and United States Highway 287.

List of Roadside Accident Statistics

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 there were 2 fatalities related to collisions that occurred due to driving under the influence, 2 motor vehicle collisions that occurred in work zones, 2 fatalities due to distracted drivers, and 1 fatal accident involving a commercial motor vehicles forming 9 total fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents in the county. While 9 fatalities in a year does not seem like not an awful lot of motor vehicle related fatalities, it is worth considering that Lumberton is only 9.4 square miles of land. Some of the accidents that occurred in Lumberton so far in 2016 include a two car collision that resulted in fatalities, a motor vehicle driver who ended up in a collision because the driver struck the accelerator rather than the brakes and a bus that lost control causing the vehicle to roll over. This entry will examine some of the more distinctive types of automobile crashes.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is quite dangerous but more common than ever before. In Lumberton, distracted driving has been the direct cause of several motor vehicle accidents this year. The growth of cellular phone usage and texting while driving has been mostly responsible for the great increase in distracted driving, which given these rising numbers means that this problem should likely continue in Lumberton for some time. Although Texas does not have any statewide laws banning the use of cellphones in the area, many local areas prohibits the use of cell phones. Lumberton, however, does not prohibit the use of cellphones while driving.The most difficult and unfortunate truth of distracted driving accidents is all too often, distracted driving causes motor vehicle drivers to have their attention taken off the road during a second or two, during which time catastrophic injuries or even fatalities can occur. In addition to potential criminal charges, distracted drivers are responsible for the resulting injuries, property damages, and all other outcomes of the event. Distracted drivers are best combatting the potential dangers of distracted by simply refraining from using cellular technology while driving.

Pedal Confusion

In 2016 in Lumberton, there was at least one automobile collision due to a motorist mistaking the pedal with the brake. While one would like to think that motor vehicle drivers always remember certain basic elements of driving like the difference between gas and brake pedals, this is not always true. These accidents can result in substantial physical injury, property damage, and sometimes even fatalities. According to reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Advisory, there are around 16,000 preventable crashes each year due to pedal confusion. In some cases, a driver mistakenly presses the accelerator when intending to brake, in other cases the driver’s foot slips from the brake to the accelerator, and in other cases the driver can simultaneously step pon both petals instead of solely on the brake. These types of accidents tend to occur primarily among drivers under age twenty and drivers over the age of sixty five. To prevent pedal confusion, it is recommended that drivers take the following steps: be familiar with the vehicle before driving, always aim to press the center of the brake pedal, focus on driving and avoid all distractions, exercise caution, and wear smart footwear while driving.

Industrial Accidents

Some of the companies in Lumberton, Texas include Texakota Oil Company, Steinhagen Oil Company, Trest LP Gas Companies, and Lumberton Municipal Utility. Lumberton tends to include companies in either the oil refinery or utility business. In addition to forklifts and cranes being used in this kind of an environment, oil rigs are also placed into use. Workers in these fields are susceptible to a wide array of injuries including spinal cord damage, head injuries, burns, lacerations, and loss of limbs.

Utility Workers

Although utility workers are offered various protections to ensure job safety, there are many times when utility workers are put in high-risk positions. Utility workers are often put in dangerous situations when performing repairs. Also, utility workers often work at great heights, which can result in additional risks if workers are not properly harnessed. Not to mention, utility workers can make grave mistakes that results in substantial explosions. Utility worker accidents can result in severe burns, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, and neck injury. Given these many risks, it is essential that utility workers practice good safety habits. Another great difficulty posed by utility worker accidents is that it can be difficult to determine what party is responsible for the accident. As a result, legal counsel can be essential to ensure that utility workers are given the compensation that is deserved in addition to making sure that claims are pursued against the correct parties.

Refinery Workers

While Texas has more oil refineries than any other state in the country, a large number of Texas residents are also injured or killed working at refineries. It is the responsibility of employers to make sure that refinery workers are kept safe while working. One of the most dominant reasons why workers are injured are gaseous releases. Another, much lower number of workers died due to the construction and maintenance of refineries. Workers who have been injured deserve adequate compensation, which means that workers need the assistance of a lawyer who knows how to win cases against oil companies.

Defective or Broken Equipment

There is not a large amount of agriculture work performed in Lumberton. Given the area’s number of refineries and various other companies, however, there is a large number of electric equipment, farm equipment, and hand tools used. While hand tools are also used at many companies in Lumberton, this article will focus on electric equipment used at oil refineries to process crude oil. Electrical injuries usually result from direct contact with the source of electricity. Sometimes, electrical energies occur as simply as a worker’s body coming into contact with the exposed portions of an electronic appliance can lead to an accident. Other examples of electrical injuries include various forms of unsafe equipment. Workers must utilize the utmost caution and care when handling electrical equipment.

Medical Malpractice

The closest hospitals to Lumberton, Texas are Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Even at top notch medical treatment centers, medical malpractice can occur. When medical attention  fails to meet a certain level of care, medical malpractice is said to have occurred. There are several different types, which include the following: poor treatment that results in brain and nerve impairment, damage to a child during a birth, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, or surgical mishaps.

Toxic Substances

Toxic waste from facilities must be handled with the utmost care and caution to make sure that nobody is injured this process.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is common among several professionals. For individuals who are exposed to asbestos during the course of employment, the individual might have a case against the manufacturer of the asbestos product involved.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a disease that affects a small portion of individuals in the United States. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that targets people who have   been exposed to certain products.The condition develops slowly over time. Employees who are exposed through work to conditions that develop mesothelioma might have a case against the employer. A mesothelioma lawyer is essential in determining if this type of clause exists.

Benzene Exposure

There is strong relationship between benzene and various types of cancer in addition to several other types of disease. Benzene is a product used in making a vast array of products including pesticides, glue, paint, printing supplies, and gasoline.