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How Can Your Hair Help to Clean Oil Spills?

The most common method of cleaning up oil spills is to use toxic chemicals and synthetic materials. However, there is now another natural and more environmentally friendly option: human hair. Your hair has specific natural properties that can actually help clean oil spills in rivers, lakes and oceans using only a few materials.

How Is Human Hair Used to Clean an Oil Spill?

One of the worst offshore oil spills in American history was in 2010 at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For over 80 days, millions of gallons of crude oil flooded into the Gulf of Mexico, killing nearby marine plants and animals. The huge oil spill also affected shoreline communities and damaged surrounding neighborhoods. The methods that were used to clean that spill included expensive and dangerous chemical dispersants, oil skimmers, fires and barriers that were made of synthetic materials.

The new method of using hair, however, is the cheapest and most environmentally sustainable alternative that has been found. Human hair is hydrophobic and biosorbent, which means it repels water and can gather heavy metals, oils and other contaminants. This resource is also abundant and renewable, and it can be easily made and distributed. Hair booms are made out of pantyhose and human hair, and they can be large or very small depending on the spill.

Hair booms and hair mats are still not being used on a mainstream scale, and most federal authorities have not picked up on this new resource for larger oil spills. If you would like to know more about oil spill news, visit our website, or contact our office in Houston at Stevenson & Murray.

What Is the Process of Filing an Unseaworthiness Claim in Texas?

A very common term in the world of maritime law is “unseaworthiness.” Under maritime law, a seaworthy ship is a ship whose crew, equipment and hull are reasonably satisfactory in factors such as design and maintenance. In other words, a seaworthy vessel is able to perform its intended duties in its operation. On the other hand, an unseaworthy vessel is a ship that does not provide a maritime worker or seaman with a safe and suitable environment in which he or she can perform his or her work.

What Is Unseaworthiness?

If a seaman or maritime employee is injured, all that he or she needs to prove is that some condition or aspect of the ship, equipment or crew was not reasonably fit for its original and intended purpose, and he or she was injured as a result. Examples of unseaworthy conditions include:

Should I File an Unseaworthiness Claim Against My Employer?

If you are an injured seaman or maritime employee, you may be eligible to file an unseaworthiness claim. This claim can help to seek damages you suffered due to the dangerous equipment or ship condition that caused your injury. These damages can include lost wages, medical expenses, disabilities, etc. If you and your maritime attorney can collect the proper evidence and documents, you have the ability to prove unseaworthiness.

If you have been a victim of an unseaworthiness accident due to your employer’s negligence, you should consider speaking with an experienced maritime accident attorney. Contact Stevenson & Murray today for a free case evaluation.

How Can I Protect My Home From a Fuel Oil Spill?

Throughout the state of Texas, there are a number of oil fuel stations and discharge locations associated with the possession and delivery of fuel. Problems can occur, including pumping fuel into the wrong pipes or pumping fuel into old and defective fuel tanks. Oil spills result from these mistakes, and these spills can detrimentally affect the surrounding environment by harming nearby vegetation, wildlife and human health. Homes can also become unlivable due to persistent hazards near and at the property due to a fuel oil spill.

How Can I Protect My Home From a Serious Oil Spill?

If you or a family member suffered injuries due to an oil spill near your home, you could possibly be compensated for your injuries through a lawsuit. Contact Stevenson & Murray today for your free case evaluation.

How Can I Sustain an Amputation Injury as a Maritime Employee?

Being a maritime worker can be a risky and dangerous job, not only because of the dangers involved with the job itself, but also the chance of unseaworthiness and negligence that can occur. One of the most serious injuries that can occur is an amputation. Losing a limb can be a devastating injury, and no one should have to experience that at their place of employment. If you work in the maritime industry, then you may be able to recover compensation for an amputation injury.

How Can I Lose a Limb as a Maritime Employee?

Amputation injuries may be caused by:

Treating and recovering from an amputation is not easy. Intensive surgery is required, as well as a prosthetic, occupational therapy, and mental health assistance. All of these costs will add up fast, but thankfully you have several ways to recover for these damages under maritime law. If you have suffered a loss of limb due to your maritime employment, then you should contact our maritime attorneys immediately. We could try to help you get all of the compensation you deserve from someone’s negligence.

How Do Texas Helmet Laws Protect Me in a Motorcycle Accident?

The state of Texas has many motorcyclists who travel to and from their place of employment or school. Many states like Texas, however, have debates on whether there should be strict helmet laws placed on people who ride motorcycles. Biker advocacy groups have argued that states and municipalities should let the riders decide what’s safe, whereas doctors and safety advocates argue that helmets should be required. Helmet law supporters often cite the number of preventable deaths that happen each year when riders decide not to wear their helmet on the road. Almost 250 people in Texas died in 2015 because they weren’t wearing a helmet, so it’s important to know why there are motorcycle helmet laws and why they were created.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Texas

As a motorcyclist in Texas, you are required to meet a few demands if you decide to not wear a helmet:

Formerly, a motorcyclist in Texas was required to have a minimum of $10,000 in health insurance coverage if he or she would like to be exempt from the helmet requirement. However, this rule was appealed in September 2009.

The personal injury attorneys at Stevenson & Murray know that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your mode of transportation. However, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then we can represent you in court and may be able to get the compensation you need for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation

For Accident Victims

Stevenson & Murray is industry renowned for remarkable successes and deep expertise handling complex and sophisticated accident and personal injury cases. From the moment we open a claim through trial and to the last appeal, we are passionately committed to making a life-changing difference for each and every client we represent.

The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators and advocates for personal injury victims. We consider all personal injury cases but specialize in cases involving wrongful death, maritime and admiralty law, trucking accidents, large commercial fires, talc claims, and commercial and industrial accidents.

Have you been hurt in an accident? Contact our offices in Houston today to discuss your rights and legal options in a free consultation with a leading personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney.

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It is an honor and a privilege to work side by side with some of the best in our industry. Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to work with other law firms. We have a long and proud tradition of partnering with co-counsel to strengthen a client’s case. Decades of experience in our practice specialties and an exceptional record of achievement both in and out of the courtroom position us well to support the case needs of associating firms.

Our reputation as a leading personal injury firm and our uncommon litigation skill provide key advantages to our partners and their clients. Whether you are looking to add depth or breadth of experience to a case, expand jurisdiction or geographical coverage, provide additional resources to investigate or try a case, or leverage our relationships with top experts in numerous industries where we excel, we help co-counsel secure top verdicts and settlements.

Stevenson & Murray is a leading choice for clients and lawyers alike. Our referral business is a source of great pride for our entire team, and we constantly strive to earn and maintain the highest level of respect from our colleagues.


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