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Industrial vehicle accident on Austin construction site kills one

AUSTIN, TX – One person was killed in an industrial vehicle accident while on a construction project in East Austin Monday afternoon.

According to The Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter page, paramedics responded to the incident on South SH 130 and Harold Green road at about 1:00 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead upon officials’ arrival at the construction site.

Information regarding what kind of vehicle killed the victim or how they did has not yet been released. Those details will be provided as they are made available by Austin-Travis County authorities.

This is a series of articles presented by Gibson Hill Personal Injury as a way of keeping our Austin community safer and informed about traffic incidents and other news. Blog posts should not be taken as legal advice. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Austin workplace accident injury lawyers of Gibson Hill today for a consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, or other expenses.


Construction worker injured Wednesday in downtown Austin

AUSTIN, TX – A construction worker was injured Wednesday and had to be rescued by emergency crews from the Austin Fire Department and the Austin-Travis County EMS.

KXAN reports that the rescue occurred around 3 p.m. at Fifth Street and Brazos Street, located in downtown Austin.

The construction worker was on the 21st floor of a building at the time of the rescue.

We will continue to monitor this story and our team will update our blog as more information becomes available.

This is a series of articles presented by Gibson Hill Personal Injury as a way of keeping our Austin community safer and informed about traffic incidents and other news. Blog posts should not be taken as legal advice. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call the Austin workplace injury lawyers of Gibson Hill today for a consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, or other expenses.


Family of COVID-19 victim files wrongful death lawsuit against nursing home employer

AUSTIN, TX – The family of an Austin nursing assistant who died of COVID-19 in April is suing the nursing home where he worked, according to a report by KXAN.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on Wednesday and concerns  the April 17 death of nursing assistant Maurice Dotson. The suit seeks to hold the workplace responsible for not taking earlier actions to prevent the deaths of patients and workers due to the novel coronavirus.

According to the lawsuit, West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and its operator Regency Integrated Health Services failed to provide adequate protective gear for its workers tending to sick patients.

An excerpt from the lawsuit states that “Regency put profits over the safety of its patients and staff by failing to provide personal protective equipment (“PPE”) during the COVID-19 pandemic,” and “unnecessarily exposed its patients and staff to unreasonable risks of serious harm” due to a lack of provided protective gear.

Also, according to the lawsuit, Texas Health and Human Services “conducted a surprise inspection of West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Defendant was cited for several PPE violations” around March 26.

KXAN’s report describes Dotson as a model employee who chose not to abandon needy patients in the nursing home.

Attorney Kathleen Kearney said that Dotson “treated [the patients] with respect and dignity, and then his employer didn’t give him that in return.”

Dotson died of COVID-19 on April 17 at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, and his family could not be by his side due to coronavirus visitor restrictions in place at the time.

The family is suing for more than $1 million dollars in relief and is seeking a trial by jury.

Regency, the defendant, did not issue a comment on the case.

This is a series of articles presented by Gibson Hill Personal Injury as a way of keeping our Austin community informed and safer. Blog posts should not be taken as legal advice. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, call the Austin workplace injury lawyers of Gibson Hill today for a consultation.