Personal Injury

Kountze is a city in Texas’s Hardin County and represents part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical area. Kountze is also the county seat of Hardin County.

Injuries in Kountze

In 2010, the population of Kountze was relatively small with a size of 2,123. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Kountze despite a small amount of information concerning these accidents in 2016. No direct work injuries or fatalities seem to have occurred in Kountze within the last year. No explosions or collapses appear to have occurred in Kountze in 2016. Also, no fires appear to have occurred in the Kountze area within the last few years. This is not to say that these events did not occur in Kountze within this time, but rather given the small number of journals that detail the events in Kountze, it is difficult to determine comprehensively what recently occurred in this area.

Vehicle Accidents

List of Major Roads and Highways in Kountze

Some of the major highways and roads in Kountze, Texas include United States Highway 287 and United States Highway 326.

Occurrence of Motor Vehicle Accidents

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. Several two vehicle collisions have occurred in Kountze since January 2016 including several two car collisions. While 9 fatalities might not seem like a particularly large amount of deaths, this number increases in severity when one considers that Kountze only has a population of a little over 2,000.

Driving Under The Influence

Driving Under the Influence is a serious crime. Drinking alcohol affect one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. It is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol if the driver unable to safely operate the vehicle. If the police suspect an individual is intoxicated, the police can ask the individual to submit to various tests including a blood alcohol content test. Driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above a certain level is illegal in all states. Commercial vehicle drivers must operate commercial vehicles at an even lower blood rate. In addition to a blood alcohol content test, the police can require individuals to submit to a breathalyzer as well. Punishment for drunk driving includes suspension of driving privileges, point on a driver’s license and fines for a first time offender while the charge increases based on an increase in the number of drivers. To help minimize the amount of drunk driving related casualties in Kountze, hopefully an understanding and following these steps will help others avoid drunk driving accidents from occurring.

Driving While Distracted

Because all drivers are susceptible to human error, drivers must be aware of the dangers of driving while distracted. The first step in being able to avoid distracted driving is being able to understand the various causes of distracted driving.The United States government divides distracted driving into three categories: manual in which a driver takes his hands off the wheel, visual in which a driver takes his eyes off the wheel, and driving in which a driver’s mental abilities are taken off of focusing on the road. More specifically, distracted driving includes doing any of the following while driving: using a cellular phone, configuring other devices that are part of the car, talking to passengers, applying makeup, eating, drinking, listening to music that is too loud, smoking, and reading. Being aware of these various methods that cause distracted driving are important to taking steps to greatly limit the number of distracted driving events that occur on the road.

Industrial Accidents

Most of Kountze’s Hardin County contains agriculture operations and several manufacturers including Western of Texas Forge and Flange, Dragon Products, and Timberline Manufacturing. As such, the two dominant industries in Kountze are agriculture and manufacturing. This article will examine the role that the agriculture and manufacturing play in contributing towards accidents.

Forklift Injuries

While there are many types of manufacturing tools and types of equipment that can injure workers, each year some residents in the Kountze area are severely injured in the operation of or by another employee operating various types of forklifts. These machines can cause debilitating injuries and sometimes even fatalities due to substantial medical injuries that result from these cases. Workers are at risk for serious spinal injury as well due to heavy lifting and other disabling injuries to the arms and legs in working with various machines.

Tractor Injuries

More than half of the fatalities among agricultural workers was due to vehicular accidents on a farm. The various types of deaths associated with farm tractors include laborers in the industry. Even if fatalities do not result from a tractor accident, it is not uncommon for the tractor operator to experience severe injury due to being crushed by the tractor. Many of the injuries that farmers experience due to tractor rollover accidents are associated with a lack of rollover protective structures. The rollover structure works best when a seatbelt is used in addition to a rollbar or other rollover protective feature. Many farm accidents can be prevented with proper machinery design, guards, education, and adequate safety warnings. Some tractor accidents, however, may not involve design defect. These accidents may occur due to poor hitching or using the tractor on an incline that is too steep.For parties who are involved with using agricultural events, these parties must be aware of the various types of agricultural damages that can result from these accidents.

Defective or Broken Equipment

Workers in a variety of industries use all sorts of appliances, electric equipment, farm equipment, and hand tools which sometimes cause injuries. When accidents do occur, parties may have claims for personal injury compensation based on how the accident occurred and where it happened. If the product is defective and the defect has been caused due to a manufacturing error or problem from where the item was purchased, parties may have claims against either the manufacturer or the supplier. If the product was damaged due to wear and tear or the product was damaged by the consumer, this would make a claim difficult to win against a supplier or manufacturer. If an electrical fault has occurred with either a plug at a property, there might also be a claim against the party who owned or controlled the premise.

Medical Malpractice

While there are no hospitals directly in Kountze, the hospitals closest are to Kountze are one of the Baptist Hospitals of South East Texas, Harbor Hospital, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Beaumont. Nevertheless, parties should be aware of the grounds for medical malpractice. When a doctor makes a mistake in diagnosis or treatment, this error raises a handful of concerning including the well-being of the patient and the impact that the error has on the patient’s condition. Eventually, there is a lot more to a medical malpractice claim than merely a mistake on the part of a healthcare professional or facility. A medical malpractice claim will analyze the existence of a doctor-patient relationship, the provision of care, the  connection between the care provider’s medical negligence and the patient’s harm, and quantifiable harm to the patient as a result. Defining medical malpractice includes many elements, which can make establishing a medical malpractice case quite difficult. Medical professionals must provide a medical standard of care that establishes the appropriate medical standard of care that should apply to the patient’s case and show in detail exactly how the defendant fell short of meeting that standard. A patient’s legal team must then establish how the medical standard of care was breached or how the defendant doctor fell short of meeting the standard when providing care to the patient. As such, demonstrating a medical malpractice claim can be quite difficult in a court of law.

Toxic Substances

Toxic Waste from Facilities

Employers have a responsibility to protect employees on the job. To protect from toxic waste, protective equipment and preventative measures must be executed and work-related hazards must be corrected when identified. When a company fails to offer these measures or a company fails to correct dangers to help to make work sites safe and to protect workers, substantial injuries and death can occur.

Asbestos Exposure

Most people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis have been exposed to asbestos from a job where they were breathing asbestos fibers. These clients are in need of a mesothelioma lawyer. There has been a growing number of cases involving family members and others who have contracted mesothelioma. Common fields where workers may be exposed to asbestos and increase the risk of mesothelioma for themselves include factory workers, ship builders, brake repair workers, construction workers, insulation manufacturers and installers, and asbestos miners. In recent years, there has also been a growing number of mesothelioma cases caused by second-hand asbestos exposure. If you have been injured by asbestos exposure, you need skilled legal representation.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a carcinogen that is capable of causing several different types of cancer. Benzene affects individuals who work in industrial settings along with those who manufacture Benzene or use it in their daily routine. Benzene is a clear, colorless, and highly flammable aromatic liquid. Benzene is commonly used in industrial settings in a variety of products. Benzene is directly linked to causing several types of leukemias, excessive bleeding, tremors, vomiting, and in the most extreme cases, death. If you have been injured by Benzene exposure, you need the assistance of a skilled Benzene lawyer.