Personal Injury

Mauriceville is a city in Orange, Texas and part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Established in the late 1800’s, the city of Mauriceville is relatively small with a total area of 8.5 square miles.

Reports reveal that the population of Mauriceville was 3,252 at the time of the 2010 census.

Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Mauriceville. In recent years, personal injury accidents that have occurred in Mauriceville include the following:

  • Several devastating house fires due to unknown reasons.
  • Flooding disrupted the homes of numerous Mauriceville residents.
  • A boiler in Mauriceville broke which prompted authorities to request that individuals boil water prior to drinking it.

Common Causes of House Fires

It is reported that residential house fires take the lives of around 3,000 individuals each year. Fires are dangerous because the events can turn from small to raging in the course of only a few minutes. By understanding the most common types of fire hazards and knowing what objects around which an individual should exercise caution, an individual can best prepare for residential house fires. Common causes of house fires include leaving cook food unattended, using electrical cords that are worn out or frayed, overloading power trips which can cause the strips to spark and cause a fire, a malfunctioning electrical appliance, flammable objects that are placed too close to heat sources, leaving candles unattended, using a stove incorrectly, and leaving a lit cigarette unattended. When house fires result in fatalities, these fires tend to occur in homes without fire sprinklers or appropriate alarms.

Vehicle Accidents

Highways and Interstates in Mauriceville

Texas 12 runs through the center of Mauriceville. There are also many other smaller, unmarked roads that run through the area.

Statistics About Roadside Accidents

In 2015, there were numerous accidents in Orange County, the area in which Mauriceville is located. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 in Orange County there was 1 fatality due to driving under the influence, 2 fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in work zones, 3 fatalities due to distracted driving, 1 fatality due to a commercial motor vehicle crash forming 19 fatalities in Orange County. In the last year, there have been numerous accidents in the Mauriceville area including:

  • A three vehicle accident including a freight liner truck, a utility van, and a pickup.
  • A school bus was struck from the rear by a vehicle.
  • Vehicle 1 was speeding, lost control, traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic, and struck vehicle 2 head on. Vehicle 1 resulting in the death of one of the drivers.
  • A motorcycle collided with a vehicle causing substantial injuries.

Multiple Vehicle Accidents

These claims can be difficulty from a liability standpoint and an insurance claims perspective. When three or more vehicles are involved in a crash, parties can become involved in trying to pinpoint exactly how the accident occurred and who is responsible. Not to mention multiple vehicle accidents can be caused by a variety of conditions. Multiple vehicle car accidents do not always occur in busy corridors. Instead, multiple vehicle accident can occur in regions of the country like Mauriceville where there is not a high volume of traffic. Other causes of multiple vehicle accidents include vehicles that follow each other too closely, vehicles that stop too suddenly, or vehicles that change lanes without signaling to other drivers. Only one driver need cause this type of accident to create a multiple vehicle car accident. Weather conditions that leave the roads slippery can also play contributing factors in these types of accidents.

School Bus Accidents

A school bus is often very safe and reliable mode of transportation. Many school buses transport millions of students each year while managing to keep the number of injuries incurred while traveling on a school bus extremely low. More children tend to be injured while boarding and unboarding from school than while riding in the vehicles. When school buses are involved in accident, these accidents frequently result from the inability of other drivers to properly obey adequate safety distances from the school bus.

Motorcycle Accidents

While a pleasure to drive, motorcycle accidents can result in substantial injuries including brain and spinal damage in addition to sometimes even fatalities. Motor vehicle collisions involving motorcycles tend to occur for several reasons including: the inexperience of the motorcycle drive to operate a motorcycle in a variety of conditions, the speed of the motorcycle which in cases of great speed can decrease the maneuverability of the vehicle, cars that make left turns without properly accounting for other motorcycles, alcohol use which greatly decreases the maneuverability of a motorcycle, and unsafe road conditions which can make a motorcycle very difficult to navigate. Individuals who involved in motorcycle accidents should first seek medical attention then make sure that law enforcement is contacted to document the accident and collect information about how the accident occurred.

Industrial Accidents

The term “industrial accidents” evokes images of a catastrophic nature, but industrial accidents can also refer to small, isolated events. Some of the companies in Mauriceville, Texas include Mauriceville Film Plant, Woodridge Land Company, Mauriceville Municipal Utility, Cleveland Construction Incorporated, and Wichos Mobile Home Movers. These corporations represents a variety of industrial companies and unfortunately industrial accidents can take place in nearly every type of company. Employees are especially at risk of injury in environments involving defective cranes, faulty scaffolding, and various other equipment. Fortunately, workers who injured on the job can claim multiple compensation from several different sources including worker’s compensation and private lawsuits. Industrial accident lawsuits, however, can prove quite difficult because multiple parties involved which means it might be difficult to determine exactly who is liable for any injuries that might have been incurred.

Defective or Broken Equipment

Unfortunately, each year millions of people are injured and some even killed as a result of defectively designed or manufactured products. In some situations, product manufacturers or distributors fail to issue sufficient information regarding warning risks along with the product. Some of the most common types of defective products include automobiles, seat belts, airbags, prescription drugs, medical devices, electronics, cleaning products, and tools. Defective equipment cases can prove to be quite complicated because a variety of parties can be found liable for causing the injury. Parties that might be found responsible for defective products can include manufacturer, retailer, and wholesaler. When products do cause injuries, a product liability lawsuit can be classified as a defectively manufactured product, a defectively designed product, and failure to provide adequate warning. In some product cases, more than one category might be applicable. A defectively-manufactured product lawsuit is a lawsuit in which there was an error in the making of the product. A defectively-designed product lawsuit means the product is inherently dangerous or was defective in how it was designed. A failure to warn lawsuit arises if the manufacturer or distributor of the product failed to provide sufficient warnings about the product’s intended use.

Medical Malpractice

The closest hospitals to Mauriceville, Texas are The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Baptist Orange Hospital, and Harbor Hospital of Southeast Texas. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can occur wherever an individual is treated for a medical condition. Another unfortunate aspect of medical malpractice  is that medical malpractice takes patients who are already in weakened positions and makes the patient’s position even worse. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include: birth injuries in which a child suffers mental or physical impairment as a result of accident, misdiagnosis in which a patient’s condition is either incorrectly diagnosed or a medical professional fails to diagnose a patient at all, surgical errors which can involve a variety of failures to adequately perform surgery, and medication errors in which a patient is either not prescribed the appropriate medication or an incorrect dosage of the medication is given to the patient.

Toxic Substances

Toxic Waste from Facilities

Toxic waste is a dangerous material that is linked to a variety of diseases. As a result, certain safety protocol exist regarding how corporations and other organizations should dispose of toxic waste. Unfortunately, these companies do not always follow these safety protocols. When employees or other individuals are injured by toxic waste, lawsuits can be brought against companies for failing to obey toxic waste regulations.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos appears naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers. Until asbestos was determined to the cause of several types of cancer, asbestos was used in a variety of products

Exposure to asbestos is common among individuals who work in manual labor or certain other issues. The shipbuilding industry is particularly well-known for using asbestos in its boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks the lining of an individual’s organs including most often an individual’s lungs. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and can take many years to develop after initial exposure. Most individuals who have contracted mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos in a work capacity including most often pipe fitters, electrical and telephone engineers, carpenters, and other members of other trades.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a sweet-smelling and colorless chemical that is used in the creation of a variety of products including plastics, nylon, detergents, and other products. Individuals who work in some industries are susceptible to benzene exposure including individuals who work at chemical plants, construction sites, oil refineries, printing presses, and steel mills. Exposure to benzene can eventually lead to several types of leukemia.