Looking for a Truck Accident Settlement?

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A truck accident settlement can provide significant financial support to anyone who’s been injured in a trucking accident. Accidents that involve a large truck, such as a tractor-trailer, often cause serious long-term damage. Damages aren’t just limited to personal property; these accidents can also inflict physical and economical distress. Some victims suffer injuries that result in numerous doctor visits, surgeries, and huge medical bills. And if a victim is unable to work due to a truck accident, he or she may not be able to pay their medical expenses or other regular expenses.

Several factors can contribute to a truck accident, such as driver fatigue or inexperience. The truck driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or simply negligent. Even if a truck driver is remorseful, this doesn’t erase the physical, economical and emotional scars.

If you have been a victim of a tractor-trailer accident, or if a truck accident claimed the life of your loved one, you deserve compensation. A truck accident settlement won’t turn back the hands of time or bring back a loved one, but it can provide the financial means to begin rebuilding your life. You can use settlement funds to pay your living expenses while out of work, pay off your medical debt, or replace the income of a lost loved one. The amount of compensation available to you will vary based on several factors. Restitution is often higher in cases of serious injury or death.

Truck accident settlements are complex because they involve not only the truck’s driver, but also the driver’s employer. In this situation, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. If you were injured in a truck accident, call the Law Offices of Pat Maloney at (210) 226-8888, or contact us at www.patmaloney.com. We are experienced personal injury lawyers who fight for justice. We’ll do everything possible to get you the maximum truck accident settlement possible.

4 Things That Can Make Your Car Accident Lawsuit Difficult


A reckless driver or an impaired driver can cause a collision that significantly impacts your life. If this happens, you need a personal injury lawyer to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. However, just filing a car accident lawsuit doesn’t guarantee a win—even if you’re faultless. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as possible, and may try several tactics to make your car accident lawsuit difficult. They will fight to devalue your claim or look for ways to avoid paying restitution.


Here are four things that can complicate your car accident lawsuit:

    1. 1. Police report. Sometimes, police officers responding to an auto accident will assign fault at the scene. Insurance companies will have access to the police report, so if the report shows that you received a traffic citation, the insurance company may try to find fault with you to impede your lawsuit.


    1. 2. Pre-existing medical conditions. The insurance company will also obtain a copy of your medical records, which will reveal whether you had a pre-existing medical condition prior to the auto accident. If you are unable to work after an auto accident due to back pain or other chronic pain, the insurance company may argue that these ailments existed prior to the accident and are therefore ineligible for compensation.


    1. 3. Lack of representation. The insurance company is highly experienced and they know all the loopholes to look for to get around a claim. If you don’t have background or expertise in personal injury law, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side. Otherwise, representing yourself can be an easy win for the insurance company.


    1. 4. Statute of limitations. You don’t have to file a car accident lawsuit immediately after an accident, especially since some physical injuries do not manifest themselves until weeks or months later. However, you will need to file suit before the statue of limitations expires. The statute of limitations for car accidents varies by state, but is typically one to three years.


If you need a skilled lawyer to handle your car accident lawsuit, contact the Law Offices of Pat Maloney at (210) 226-8888 and schedule your free consultation, or contact us here. Call today; we can help you get the settlement that you deserve.

Suffering from Auto Accident Injuries? Pat Maloney Can Help

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Are you dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident? Have auto accident injuriesinterfered with your ability to work and provide for your family? The physical pain from a car accident can last for weeks, months, or even years. Some people are unable to return to work after a major accident, and disability insurance isn’t always enough to cover living expenses and medical bills.


Serious car accidents are not uncommon. These can result from inattentiveness, speeding, negligence, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Auto accident injuries can include whiplash, knee injury, brain damage, and broken bones. Some injuries require life-long treatment. But even if your injury is treatable and you’re expected to fully recover, you may still have to deal with costly medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of the event. This is the time to call a personal injury lawyer who specializes in auto accident injuries.


As the victim of an auto accident, you’re entitled to fair compensation. The Law Offices of Pat Maloney understands your ordeal and we are prepared to take on the insurance company and fight for your rights. The insurance company isn’t on your side; they may delay settlement offers or fail to offer a fair settlement. In the meantime, you may be falling behind on your mortgage or fielding collection calls from the hospital.


If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, let the Law Offices of Pat Maloney handle your claim. We offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and discuss the best way to proceed. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we understand the law and we know the value of your auto accident injuries. We take personal injury very serious and we’ve helped many victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. Call us at (210) 226-8888 or visit www.patmaloney.com for more information.


Local Drilling Stats and Numbers From An Eagle Ford Shale Lawyer

As an experienced Eagle Ford Shale lawyer, I’ve learned a lot about our state, our resources and, of course, the Eagle Ford region over the years. If you live in the area, have interests in the area or are looking to invest in exploration efforts in the Eagle Ford Shale, be sure to check out my guide to local stats and numbers below.


Here are some must-know facts about the Eagle Ford Shale:

    • Size – At 50 miles wide and 400 miles long, the Eagle Ford Shale is one of the biggest resource deposits in the country. It averages 250 feet thick and extends as deep as 12,000 feet below the surface!


    • Growth – In 2009, there were only 40 oil leases that were actually producing. In 2010, the numbers climbed to 72, in 2011 it was 368, and in 2012 it jumped to 1,262. Last year, more than 2,500 leases were producing. Altogether, since the Eagle Ford Shale was first drilled in 2008, the number of producing leases has increased by more than 6,000 percent.


    • In 2014 – Between January and March alone, more than 800,000 barrels of oil were produced in the Eagle Ford region per day. An additional 3,496 cubic feet of natural gas was also discovered daily.


    • Area – Karnes Country is the biggest oil producer in the region, and as an Eagle Ford Shale lawyer, I can tell you that this is one of the most sought-after areas for new leases. Coming in close behind are La Salle County, Gonzales County and McMullen County.


    • Economic Benefits – According to a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Eagle Ford Shale may add close to 70,000 full-time jobs to the region by the year 2020. It is also expected to add a whopping $21.5 billion to the local economy.

Want to learn more about the Eagle Ford region? Interested in exploring resources or mineral rights there? Then contact an Eagle Ford Shale lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today.

OSHA Construction Safety 101


OSHA has standards and regulations for all employers, no matter what industry they’re a part of. There are, however, a few sectors considered more dangerous than most. For these, OSHA has created industry-specific safety standards all employers must follow. One such industry is construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 4 percent of all construction workers are injured on the job every year. Due to this high rate of injury, there are numerous OSHA construction safety standards all employers in the industry must follow.

OSHA Construction Safety 101

Some highlights of these OSHA construction safety standards include:

  • First aid and medical care must be made available and easily accessible for all employees. If there is no hospital or physician reasonably accessible to the construction site, a person with valid first aid training must be on site at all times.
  • All fire protection equipment must be maintained, and fire extinguishers must be made available. The employer also should have a fire protection program in place.
  • All work areas, passageways, and stairwells must be kept clear of scraps, nails, and debris.
  • Any combustible debris must be removed regularly, and a safe means for its removal must be provided.
  • There should be on-site containers for hazardous or flammable waste. These must be kept separately from other waste and trash, and be fitted with a cover.
  • All construction areas, stairs, ramps, shops, storage areas, and offices must be lit with natural or artificial lights while work is in progress.
  • Protective equipment and gear must be provided for all employees. This includes equipment for the eyes, face, head, and extremities, as well as protective clothing, respiratory devices, protective shields, and more.
  • There must be an adequate supply of water in all places where workers are present. Water containers should be marked as such and used only for water and no other liquids.
  • Toilets and urinals must be provided on site. When there are 20 employees, there must be at least one toilet. For 20 to 200 workers, there must be one toilet and one urinal for every 40 workers. If there are 200 or more workers, there must be a toilet and a urinal for every 50.
  • All power tools and equipment must be maintained and kept in good condition. All belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, and other moving parts of these tools must be guarded, to prevent employee contact.
  • All scaffolding should be able to support its own weight, as well as at least four times its maximum intended load.
  • All ramps and walkways more than six feet above ground must have guard rails in place.
  • Any equipment or vehicles left unattended must be fitted with reflectors or lights.
  • All vehicles on the site must be equipped to emit a signal when reversing.


There are hundreds more OSHA construction safety standards, covering everything from the demolition of chutes and the use of explosives to on-site cranes and training requirements.

Violations of OSHA Construction Safety Standards

Since construction sites are such dangerous places, it’s crucial that employers follow the OSHA construction safety standards to the letter. If they don’t, they may be issued a violation from OSHA, which will require them to amend the issue. If the employer fails to fix the issue, they may be issued additional violations, or they could face fines or jail time.


OSHA has the authority to conduct random inspections and ensure employers are following all safety regulations. They also may conduct inspections in response to employee complaints. Any employee who sees safety hazards or risks on their job site should get in contact with their local OSHA office immediately.
After an Injury

Were you hurt because your employer failed to follow OSHA construction safety standards? Call the Law Offices of Pat Maloney at 210-226-8888 today or Contact Us Here.