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Acting and behaving responsibly so as not to put anyone’s safety on the line is everyone’s duty besides being just what is expected of all of us. Thus, acts due to recklessness and negligence can be considered as either civil or criminal offenses which should be met with the specific punishment that these deserve, most especially if these cause injury on someone.

Any harm suffered by a person due to another’s careless behavior is called personal injury. Even if the injury were sustained through an accident, the law will still hold someone responsible – the party whose negligence has caused the accident and the injury it has resulted to.

There are various types of accident-related injuries, many of which happen on the road involving trucks. One really alarming news about road accidents, though, is the overwhelming rise in the number of road crashes that involve commercial vehicles, such as pick-ups, oil tankers and gravel trucks, in Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

Eagle Ford Shale boasts of a sedimentary rock formation which is famous for its production of great amounts of dry and wet gas, condensate, natural gas liquids or NGLs and oil. This gas and oil producing rig is recognized as the largest oil field discovered in the US during the last four decades. Unfortunately, with the oil boom in Eagle Ford Shale, which covers about 23 Texas counties, is a shocking increase in the number of road crashes, so that many have dubbed the area as “the death trap.”

For a period of three years, the number of truck accidents in Eagle Ford Shale and its surrounding counties has skyrocketed to more than 400%. Most affected are the counties of LaSalle, Dimmit and Karnes, where majority of the active oil wells are located. Congestion, exhausted oil workers (working on 16-hour shifts) and commercial truck drivers in a hurry to make deliveries, are believed to be the reasons behind the accidents. With more than 500 trucks a day (from less than 5 before 2008, the year oil was discovered in Eagle Ford Shale) now plying the area and its surrounding counties, truck accidents have become a common site in the area.

Some of the companies which have joined Petrohawk in conducting operations in Eagle Ford Shale, include Atlas, Apache, Anadarko, Lewis Petro, EOG, SM Energy, and Geo Southern. As the Texas oil boom is believed to hit its highest yet, this means more trucks, and probably more accidents, in next many years.

Truck accidents cause serious damage to property and can cause serious injuries that will forever change the victim’s way of life; it can even lead to the victim’s death. Though an accident, if the liable party is clearly a truck driver, or any employee, working for any of the companies conducting operations, then you can bring the guilty party to justice and legally receive compensation for your sufferings, financial losses and medical needs.



A premarital agreement makes clear to those entering into marriage how their assets and properties, acquired either before or during marriage, ought to be distributed in case of divorce, legal separation or the death of one of the partners. This type of agreement is actually a contract that is aimed at protecting the financial interests and future of both spouses, in case the marriage does not work out and gets dissolved.

Though some engaged couples find the premarital or prenuptial agreement a means of taking away romance in their relationship and substituting it with mistrust, many others see it as a wise financial security, opening up more rooms that will make the couple more financially generous and open to one another.

The practice of entering into a premarital agreement takes it roots during the early 19th century, a time when women, who entered into marriage, was recognized only as an “extension” of her husband. Back then, there was a law called coverture which required a woman to relinquish her legal rights to her husband upon marriage. Due to this law married women lost their rights to get an education without her husband’s consent, transfer properties, sell or own anything or even receive salaries for work that they themselves rendered. If ever allowed by her husband to work, she ought to surrender to him everything she earns. Even in divorce, there was no guarantee that she will get anything of what she might have worked so hard for.

The cruel effects of the coverture law were eradicated by the Married Women’s Property Act which introduced and enforced the prenuptial agreement in 1848. It was this Act that gave back to married women all their rights, during and after marriage. Some of the real and actual advantages of the agreement are: preservation of inheritance and family ties; security over both business and personal properties made before marriage; and, assured protection of the financial security of the children.

Premarital agreements also allow for swift court decision on division of properties during a divorce case, saving the couple from the headache, worry, money and time that lengthy discussions will require. Financial experts advise engaged couples, though, who will decide to enter into a premarital agreement, to discuss the issue honestly, openly and candidly, so as not to make it sound and appear hurting or insulting to anyone.

Seizures are usually results of brain damage or injury, which affect a person’s feelings and activities through sudden flows of electrical movements in the brain. While some seizures have very minimal effects, others can immobilize and render you fully exhausted or unconscious, making you remembering nothing just before and after an attack.

Though not a disease, seizures manifest many other diseases; these neurological disorders oftentimes cause serious physical harm too. Determining whether a patient will suffer from seizures or not requires different tests, like EEG or electroencephalogram and neurological exam. Regardless of the result, if the brain injury, which causes your seizures, is a result of someone’s acts of carelessness or negligence, then that someone is required to help correct the injury he or she has caused.

New Jersey is one state where some of the nation’s top lawyers help people whose brain injuries are caused by someone else’s negligent acts, get the compensation that they deserve from the liable party. Due to the complexity of the law, the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, whose professional dedication and resolve in fighting for your best interest, becomes a necessity.

Seizures can recur, especially if you are suffering from a brain injury or any brain abnormality; if the seizure occurs at the time when the brain gets infected or upon getting injured during an accident, then the chances of developing epilepsy is increased.

There are different types of seizures and each requires a treatment a little different from one another. These types are divided into two main groups: primary generalized seizures and partial seizures.

Primary generalized seizures are those that simultaneously involve both sides of the brain; these start with an extensive electrical discharge. Under this type are:

Absence seizure is a brief episode of staring that lasts from 10 – 20 seconds; its ends as swiftly as it begins. Children, even normal ones, aged between 4 and 14 can experience absence seizure; those who experience it have higher rates of social, educational and behavioral problems, though. Its complex form involves signs, like rubbing the fingers together, slight tasting movement of the mouth, blinking of the eyes and muscle relaxation or contraction.

Atypical absence seizures usually last for about 5 to 30 seconds; it begins and ends slowly. An attack involves staring, lips slightly jerking or eyes blinking. This normally start before the age of six and continues into adulthood.

Myoclonic seizures involve short, shock-like jerking of the muscle or group of muscles and last for about a second or two. There may be just one or, sometimes, multiple jerks. These begin during childhood; attacks can happen anytime, though. Even non-epileptics may experience myoclonus – usually when you are just about to fall asleep or during hiccups. People of any age can experience a myoclonic seizure.

Atonic seizure, also known as drop seizure or drop attack, lasts for about 15 seconds. The muscles suddenly lose strength, causing the person, who stays conscious, to drop whatever he or she is holding before falling to the ground him /herself. Atonic seizure usually starts during childhood.

Tonic seizures usually occur during sleep and last about 20 seconds. If awake during an attack, a person will fall to the ground. Anyone can experience these seizures.

Clonic seizure involves rhythmic jerking of the arms and legs; it may affect both sides of the body. Though a rare kind of seizure, even babies can experience it. It may disappear on its own or may require prolonged medical treatment.

Tonic-clonic seizures last for about 1 to 3 minutes; medical help should be given to people whose seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes. If the seizure extends to more than half an hour, though, or if a person experiences 3 seizures without normal periods of interval, he or she ought to be given emergency treatment. Long or successive attack, called convulsive status epilepticus or the grand mal, is a dangerous condition. This is usually what we have in mind whenever the word seizure is mentioned. It can affect children and adults alike.

Partial seizures start with an electrical release in one area of the brain only. Often, no particular cause can be pin-pointed for this type of seizures though these can occur due to tumor, stroke, brain infection, head injury or genetic factors.

Simple partial seizure lasts for about 2 minutes. It affects people in different ways, depending on the part of the brain that is affected first. During an attack the person stays alert, remembering everything that happens. Anybody can experience this type of seizure which may be controlled through medication.

Complex partial seizures last for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. An attack can render a person tired or confused for hours. Since it affects areas of the brain, the person losses awareness of everything, though his or her eyes may remain open; it can also wipe out from one’s mind memories of what took place before and after the attack. Anyone can have this seizure, but most especially those with brain infection, tumor, and head injury.

If your seizures are due to a brain injury that was caused by someone else and, make sure that you ask the assistance of any of the state’s highly-qualified seizure lawyers, whose help may win for you the claims that you seek for damages which include lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and medical bills.

About 2.5 million miles of pipelines extend through all corners of every US state, supplying homes and commercial establishments with water, oil, petroleum, natural gas or other hazardous liquids. These pipelines run from production areas (as many as 34 states produce natural gas, which is used in all 50 states) to distribution hubs and then to every populated area nationwide.

Many of these pipelines, though, are never given proper maintenance and monitoring, subjecting metals to corrosion and welded joints to possible damages. There are also cases of use of sub-standard materials and neglected damaged parts or worn out parts.

Since these are hazardous liquids that run through these pipes, the safety of the general and unaware public is put at great risk. In fact, in the year 2012 in one state alone, no less than 80 natural gas pipeline explosions and fires were recorded by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA, which is responsible for the inspection and regulation of pipelines; the PHMSA is a division of the US Department of Transportation. As many as 38 of the 80 reported explosions were classified as “significant” and significant, according to PHMSA, is that which results to severe injuries or deaths, explosion or fire, release of at least 50 barrels of liquid and damages amounting to $50,000 or more.

Combining this recorded number with those from all other US states, it is clearly evident that pipeline safety is a key concern which ought to be given significant consideration by the general public and, most of all, by state regulators. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, explosions do not just damage and destroy properties; these can also injure anyone in the near vicinity. In some cases, these explosions may be the result of another party’s negligent actions. Failure to properly maintain or regularly inspect these pipelines may lead to a tragic accident, and the liable person or persons should be held responsible.