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In today’s world, businesses sometimes choose to sacrifice consumer safety to pursue profit. The defective products that result can cause significant injuries and even death to the customers who buy them.

Defective products range from motor vehicles to prescription pharmaceuticals to standard household items. Most people are unaware they’re taking a risk by purchasing them. The most commonly known product defects include:

  • Seat belt failures
  • Airbag failure to deploy
  • Roof structure failures
  • Tire blow out or de-tread
  • Pharmaceutical and medical devices and products

These failures can cause significant injury and damages to consumers, but usually could have been prevented at relatively low cost during the design or manufacturing stage. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, we can help.

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The need for daycare facilities has grown as more parents move into the workplace with full-time jobs or careers. Parents in the US spend millions on daycare bills each month so their children can be safe and well cared for in qualified daycare settings. Unfortunately, children are at higher risk of injury because of their own curious natures and lack of knowledge and experience. Injuries to your child can occur through:

  • Negligent teacher training
  • Negligent hiring or inadequate background checks
  • Unsafe playground areas
  • Negligent supervision of children and/or daycare employees

When a daycare operator is negligent, your child can sustain physical or psychological injuries that require extensive treatment over the course of many years. For this reason, it’s important to get expert help to determine the full nature and extent of any injuries.

At Brann Sullivan, we take these matters seriously. As parents ourselves, we will fight vigorously to get your child the help he or she needs to recover and go on to a bright and happy future.

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Slip and fall injuries occur when a floor or walkway has a defective or dangerous condition that should have been remedied by the property owner. Common examples of causes include:

  • Water or other slippery substances on the ground
  • Leaking pipes or appliances
  • Inadequate or absent indoor matting
  • Sidewalk cracks or disrepair
  • Failure to apply friction materials on painted ground
  • Unmarked changes in elevation

When you are a guest or a customer at a property, you have the right to expect it to be safe from dangerous conditions that could injure you. Slips and falls can cause significant injuries that require medical attention, including head injuries and broken bones. They are also often preventable.

If you’ve been injured as the result of a slip or fall on someone else’s property, it’s critical to contact an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer as quickly as possible. The attorneys at Brann Sullivan will help you understand your legal rights and will begin an investigation that preserves important evidence such as video footage and witness accounts.

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If you have been injured on someone else’s property through a slip and fall on a wet substance or due to an unmarked change in elevation, a crack in a floor or sidewalk or a painted flooring surface you may have a premises liability claim.

Typical injuries sustained in a slip and fall-type injury can include a broken knee, ankle or shoulder or a serious head injury.

An injury can result due to the condition of the premises or because of a negligent ongoing activity on the premises.

In order to ascertain what legal right you may have after being injured on someone’s property, an early investigation of the claim can be vital. It is important to preserve evidence. It is important to understand your status on the premises as an invitee, licensee or trespasser. Further, it is important to understand who is the responsible party for the condition and maintenance of the premises.

Scott Brann of The Brann Law Firm has handled premises liability cases for the past 28 years representing the injured parties.

For more detailed information, please see the premises libility post on our blog.

If you have been injured on someone property please contact us to let us know if we can be of service to you.

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Plant explosion cases require immediate action because evidence of the cause of an explosion can be lost if immediate action is not taken to preserve the blast site. A temporary restraining order can ensure that the blast site cannot be altered and evidence can’t be lost or destroyed by the company or companies involved.

The attorneys at Brann Sullivan have successfully handled plant explosion cases including one Scott Brann argued before the Texas Supreme Court in 1986. If you are involved in one of these catastrophic events, we can assist you in working to obtain full and complete compensation for your injuries and damages.

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Many times, families have lingering questions when a loved one dies. In a wrongful death situation, unfortunately, grieving family members who do not have the assistance of a lawyer can be left without any answers. A personal injury lawyer can help you reach closure by getting the answers you deserve.

The loss of a loved one can mean losing the family’s primary breadwinner, whose income paid the mortgage or rent and provided for household needs. Losing this income along with incurring significant medical and funeral expenses can damage a family both emotionally and economically.

Brann Sullivan Trial Lawyers have helped many families pursue answers after the wrongful death of a loved one-death cause by the negligent actions of someone else. If you have lost a loved one through what you believe to be neglect or negligence, please contact us. We have the knowledge, training and experience to begin an investigation that can help you find the answers and justice you deserve.

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Offshore accidents from the Mississippi to the Gulf and worldwide

Prior to opening my own law firm in Houston, I was an attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski. I worked in the admiralty department, handling all types of maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Personal injury under the Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, better known as the Jones Act, provides remedies for seamen who are injured on the job. The law itself does not define a seaman, but the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified that—

  • the worker must be assigned to a vessel in operation on a navigable waterway
  • the duties of the worker must contribute to the vessel’s function or mission
  • the connection to the vessel must be substantial in both time and nature

An injured or ill seaman is guaranteed all wages through the end of the voyage. During the voyage and the period of recovery, the seaman receives maintenance and cure until reaching maximum medical improvement.

Maintenance

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Utility expenses
  • Food costs

Cure

  • Necessary medical treatment
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medications for the original condition or a secondary condition

Maximum Medical Improvement

  • The condition is no longer changing or improving
  • All treatment is to offer comfort

Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)

This federal law provides financial recovery for the families of seamen and aviators who are killed in international waters. DOHSA applies to:

  • Wrongful deaths on vessels more than three nautical miles offshore
  • Wrongful deaths on aircraft more than 12 nautical miles offshore

Surviving spouses and children are entitled to the continuation of expected future earnings.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

This workers’ compensation law provides for employees who are injured while working, or have illnesses that are caused or worsened by their work conditions. The law covers many types of workers:

  • Longshoremen
  • Harbor workers
  • Outer continental shelf drillers
  • Employees on American defense bases
  • U.S. government contractors outside of the continental United States

Relief provided under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act includes—

  • Medical benefits
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Rehabilitation services

You need an experienced maritime law attorney

I have been working as a maritime lawyer since the earliest days of my career. If you have been injured while working on a vessel or under another maritime circumstance, contact us.

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