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Anadarko to pay $5.1M for cleanup and personal injury settlements

Posted on April 9th, 2014 No Comments

Texas-based oil giant Anadarko Petroleum will be settling with people who filed personal injury claims against it, in addition to funding environmental cleanup efforts, to the tune of $5.1 million. The settlement, which is the largest ever won in such a situation by the Department of Justice, was reached on Thursday, April 3.

The case is connected to a decades-long case against Oklahoma energy and chemical company Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary of Anadarko. Anadarko had previously stated that it cannot be made responsible for Kerr-McGee’s pollution cases and had tried passing the liabilities to a spinoff company named Tronox. However, it was deemed by a bankruptcy judge as a ploy to avoid responsibility.

Oil experts, on the other hand, have said this new development is good news for Anadarko, as it can finally be done with a long-time distraction and can now focus on making the company, which has interests from West Texas to West Africa to Algeria, viable for takeover for new firms looking to find new reserves.

Our lawyers at Williams Kherkher have a great deal of experience helping people file personal injury claims and may be able to help you if you too have suffered harm as the result of another person or company’s negligence. Call us at 832-369-8296 today to discuss your situation.

 

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Man sentenced to jail for causing fatal Lake Lanier accident

Posted on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Jeffrey Hubbard was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday, March 5 for killing 11-year-old Kile Glover in a 2012 jet ski accident.

Hubbard was found guilty of homicide by vessel, serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a watercraft, and a traffic boat violation.

According to court documents, Hubbard was operating a jet ski when it accidentally struck Glover and another child on Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is located northeast of Atlanta.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t be responsible for covering expenses related to your injuries. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher understand that Houston accident victims are subject to expensive medical bills. To discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney, call 832-369-8296.

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Harris County woman sues doctor for malpractice

Posted on February 16th, 2014 No Comments

Harris County resident, Brandi Aaron has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Ronald Lindsey for the surgery that he performed on her foot. Aaron claims that the surgery did not provide the promised relief.

In the complaint filed in Galveston County District Court on Thursday, February 6, Aaron claimed that the surgery she underwent in November of 2011 was done improperly, as the fractures in her foot were not fixed during the procedure.

Aaron is seeking an undisclosed amount for damages.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher fight for Houston victims that have been mistreated by negligent physicians and medical institutions. Call our offices today at 832-369-8296 to schedule a consultation.

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Harris County man charged with manslaughter

Posted on February 4th, 2014 No Comments

Emil McMahon, 32, of Crosby was recently charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday, January 29. The charges are related to a September car accident that killed Tania Vercher, 27, and her son, Alejandro, 2.

The fatal incident occurred in east Harris County at 10:30 a.m. when McMahon’s truck crossed the center line of FM 1942 at 72 mph. McMahon’s vehicle hit Vercher’s vehicle head-on, resulting in death for both Vercher and her son.

McMahon was sent to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was subject to toxicology reports which reveled that he was under the influence of controlled substances like morphine, diazepam, marijuana, and soma during the accident.

He is currently incarcerated in the Harris County Jail pending his payment of a $50,000 bond.

The attorneys of Williams Kherkher fight for Houston accident victims and their families. To speak with a member of our legal team, call (832) 369-8296.

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Baby dies when doctor allegedly cracks skull with forceps; parents to sue

Posted on January 20th, 2014 No Comments

Rachel Melancon and her fiancé Allen Coats will be filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. George Backardjiev of the Medical center of Southeast Texas for allegedly crushing the skull of their unborn baby while delivering their baby with use of forceps, resulting in injury to the baby’s cranium.

The infant, who was named Olivia Marie Coats, was brought to the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital after being born on Saturday, December 28, to receive follow-upcare. She died five days later on Thursday, January 2.

A family friend, Cinda Castle, said that Melancon had taken care of herself during her pregnancy, and that everything was going along smoothly, “from ultrasounds and doctor visits and everything during the delivery process right before the forceps was used”.

Medical Center Southeast promised a probe into the accident, with its CEO Matt Roberts saying they have “initiated a review of all aspects of this case”.

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Waco judge sets schedules for West explosion cases

Posted on December 18th, 2013 No Comments

A judge in Waco, Texas recently set the trial schedule of hundreds of lawsuits concerning the explosion in West, which occurred in April of 2013.

The lawsuits are expected to move forward in three groups, which are thought to be wrongful death, property damage, and personal injury. According to the case management orders, the trials will be held at three different times: January 2015, April 2015, and July 2015.

The cases are blaming agricultural fertilizer manufacturer CF Industries Holdings, which is one of the country’s two manufacturers of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, aside from West Fertilizer Co. The company is being sued due to being the manufacturer of the fertilizer that caused an explosion after a fire erupted in the facility.

If you were a victim in the West explosion or other refinery accidents in Houston or the state of Texas, our legal team at Williams Kherkher believes you may be owed compensation for your losses. Call us at 832-369-8296 to find out how we help you.

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Heiress pleads guilty to reckless driving in fatal Virginia car crash

Posted on December 10th, 2013 No Comments

Seventy-four-year-old Jacqueline Badger Mars, co-owner and heiress to Mars Inc., plead guilty on Thursday, December 5 to reckless driving regarding the Viginia car accident that killed Irene Ellisor.

A Loudon County judge fined Mars $2,500 and suspended her driver’s license for six months.

According to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, on October 4, Mars was driving a Porsche SUV when her vehicle traversed the median and struck a minivan, killing 86-year-old Texas resident Irene Ellisor.

Victims of reckless driving can sustain life-altering injuries. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligent operation of a vehicle in the Houston area, contact Williams Kherkher. Call 832-369-8296 to see how our experienced attorneys can help you.

 

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Houston Beltway 8 accident claims one life

Posted on November 30th, 2013 No Comments

On Thursday, November 21, a young man was killed in Houston while attempting to push a broken-down car off of a Beltway 8 access road.

According to the police, the passenger of the broken-down sedan was attempting to push the vehicle to a more secure location when another car hit the sedan, and man, from behind. The impact killed the man at the scene.

The victim is a male between the ages of 18 and 20, though police have not yet released his identity. The collision and subsequent police investigation caused heavy traffic to the Beltway.

The Houston lawyers of Williams Kherkher extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

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Medical malpractice claims not expected to increase in 2014

Posted on November 8th, 2013 No Comments

A study prepared by Aon Risk Solutions and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) showed that the frequency of medical malpractice has been growing by only 2.5% annually and is expected to remain flat next year. The study was presented on Tuesday, October 29 at ASHRM’s annual conference in Austin, Texas.

According to their presentation, the 2.5% in annual medical malpractice severity growth rate is one of the lowest rates in the report’s 14-year history.

Erik Johnson, an Aon Risk Solutions leader and the study’s main author, said the predominant risks for the industry regarding this kind of data “are fairly under control and stable.”

Medical mistakes can be physically and financially devastating. If you have been the victim of medical negligence near Houston, contact Williams Kherkher at 832-369-8296 to discuss your legal options.

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Railroad company in Texas found not negligent in personal injury lawsuit

Posted on November 1st, 2013 No Comments

On Thursday, October 24 the Jefferson County District Court found Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad not negligent and therefore not liable in a personal injury lawsuit served against it by Joseph Egland. The claim was filed on Feb. 7, 2007, claiming that the company’s defective rail car was the cause of his prolonged severe injuries.

The trial started on Monday, October 21 in Judge Gary Sanderson’s 60th District Court. The plaintiff did not receive any financial compensation after the trial, which lasted three days.

Egland, who was working as a longshoreman on a rail car supplied by the company, and another individual were struggling to open the rail car door on June 20, 2005, during which time he injured his shoulder, Egland’s court testimonies showed.

Egland sued for damages for alleged past and future lost wages, medical bills, pain, and bodily impairment.

Taking on large companies after you have been injured by their negligence can be difficult. However, with the help of the skilled attorneys at Williams Kherkher, people in Houston who have suffered due to a company’s recklessness may be better able to get the compensation they need. Call us at 832-369-8296 today to discuss your situation and how we can help.

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