Engine Room Catches Fire on Carnival Cruise Ship

Have you ever been on a cruise? Cruises can be a very relaxing time away from home, but that was not the case for the passengers on board the Carnival Triumph ship. This oversize cruise ship weighs approximately 102,000 tons and carries hundreds of thousands of passengers. This particular voyage was carrying 3,143 passengers, along with 1,086 crew members on board.

The trip began on Thursday February 7th and was schedule to arrive in Galveston Texas, early Monday morning. The ship didn’t return to port as planned; however, just 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, a fire broke out in the engine room of the ship. Luckily the fire was able to be extinguished with assistance from the automatic fire suppression system that was installed on the ship. Unfortunately, the fire left the massive sea vessel without momentum and power to continue on with the journey.

In a statement made to USA today, a representative of Carnival reported that there were no passenger or crew injuries or casualties on board. The technical team frantically tried to assess the fire damage and find a way to regain power to the ship. They had called to dispatch to have a tugboat on standby to come and pull the ship to necessary location, and they also informed the Coast Guard of their situation.

The plan was then to have the ship towed to a Mexican port, but the strong Gulf current carried the ship north before that plan could be set into motion. Since some of the cruise ship passengers did not have passports with them, they decided instead to pull into the Mobile port instead to have the ship repaired.

The cruise ship didn’t pull into thee Alabama Cruise terminal, three days after it was originally due to return. Passengers seemed more than relieved as they exited the cruise ship. After the blaze of the engine room fire, a total of 4,200 people were left without electricity and without plumbing- the halls eventually reeked on urine and guests were left in total darkness.

As compensation for their troubles, Carnival has promised to give each passenger $500, a ticket to fly home and a full refund of their trip costs, including any money spent on board. On top of this, they gave passengers a free cruise for the future. As for the Carnival Triumph, that cruise ship won’t be making any more voyages until mid-April. This incident has been blown across social media outlets and has caused Carnival to cancel at least 14 other voyages that were scheduled for departure during February 21 and April 13 of this year.

The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking into the reason behind the engine room fire and what the cause could have been. Fortunately, there no injuries or casualties and all the passengers are able to return home. If you or someone you know has been injured while on a cruise ship due to an act of negligence or a terrible accident, you may have a valid personal injury claim on your hands.

Here at Mukerji Law Firm, LLP we have a broad range of personal injury cases, including cruise ship injury claims. If you were in any way affected by the Carnival Triumph engine room fire or injured while on another cruise voyage, please do not hesitate to contact our Houston office. Our Houston personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims and we will seek justice on your behalf. Contact our firm today and learn how we can help you!

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Dog Bite Costs Soar as the Claims Increase

The costs of dog bites in the Unites States have reached a new all-time high record and the average price of a claim has escalated up 12% from what it used to be. With the cost of medical treatment, settlements and the compensation award, dog bites cost the personal injury industry over $478.9 million in 2011. This makes the average dog bite claim worth $29,396.

The medical costs have grown significantly for this type of injury. Although a dog bite happens in the blink of an eye, the damage is hard to repair. In many cases, a dog bite injury victims need to be rushed to the emergency room for treatment and sometimes kept there for hospitalization until it heals. Animal teeth are so sharp that many times the bite disfigures the victim and cosmetic surgery is in order in order to restore the affected area. In many cases, children fall victim to dog bites and commonly they are bit in the neck, face or upper region and cosmetic surgery becomes necessary.

Insurance companies are complaining about the higher costs of dog bites injuries and the increased frequency of these claims. In 2011 alone, there were 14,292 dog bite claims throughout the United States. Studies show that dog bites cases make up 1/3 of all home insurance liability cases that insurance companies have to payout for. Since the insurance companies first starting tracking the costs of these claims back in 2003, the cost of a dog bite has grown by 50%.

The causes of a dog bite however, have not changed much. The majority of dog bite incidents happen as a result of owner negligence, an underlying illness the dog has, or poor training. Here at Mukerji Law Firm, LLP our team of Houston personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with dog bites injuries and we can help you recover the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Contact our Houston office today or fill out our online free case evaluation to get started.

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New Caney ISD School Bus Accident Injures 5 Students

At around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 26, a school bus carrying 26 students ended up in a ditch in Montgomery County. Five students were transferred to a nearby medical center with minor injuries.

The bus swerved off the road on East Martin Drive at Meadow Lane as the bus driver attempted to get unruly children to sit down shortly after leaving the New Caney ISD 6th Grade Campus.

All injured children are expected to be OK.

For more information on this school bus accident, visit click2houston.com

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Graco Car Seat Recall: You Have to Read This!

Graco, a brand of baby products owned by Newell Rubbermaid, issued a voluntary recall of 3.7 million car seats. After extensive research, testing and listening to complaints, Graco identified that the current car seat buckles on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats can become difficult to open and even get stuck in the latched position over time – especially if they have buildup from foods and liquids.

The problem does not alter the effectiveness to of the buckle or affect the performance of the car seat. However, it is causing frustration with parents, some of which have resorted to cutting the straps to get their kids out of the car seat.

The only buckles affected by the recall are the Signature and the QT buckles on Convertible and Harnessed Booster car seats. If your car seat has a square red button, it is already equipped with a new, non-defective buckle.

Graco has issued a video to help unbuckle stuck belt buckles.

Cleaning may help prevent problems associated with the recall. Watch the video below for cleaning instructions.

To read more about this recall, visit the official recall page here.

Image courtesy of: autos.yahoo.com.

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Big-Rig Five Car Pileup in Kemah Near Highway 146

Around 8:00 am this morning, there was a big-rig crash reported on Highway 146 going northbound. The big-rig crash was unfortunately not a single vehicle accident. There were a total of five vehicles involved in the pile up this morning creating quite the scene.

As a result of the crash, portions of highway were shut down near Kemah. There was is a crew of people sent to clear out the crash site and remove the debris and fuel spills so all northbound and southbound lanes were closed.

As of this morning there were no severe injuries reported. Shortly after the Kemah police shared that there were two people transported to local hospitals for unknown injuries. Highway 146 has also reopened since the incident. It was opened up for moving traffic shortly after 12:20 pm.

Injured in an accident? Accidents happen every day and many times it is at the fault of another. No one likes being in these muddled situations. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious car accidenttruck accident or motorcycle accident in Texas, please don’t hesitate to contact Mukerji Law Firm. We represent the little guys and go after the big guys.

Our lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure that you get properly compensated for any damages or injuries. We are available to answer the phone 24/7 so call today to discuss the details of your case. Our firm can help determine who was at fault, what types of compensation you are eligible for and how much your case could be worth. Get legal assistance to help you recover the full compensation you deserve. Contact our Houston injury firm today for a free case evaluation by calling 713-222-1222.

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2 Injured and 1 Killed in a Houston Pit Bull Dog Attack

Just yesterday there was a serious dog attack in southeast Houston, Texas that unfortunately did not end well. On January 5, 2014 two vicious female pit bulls were seen mauling a homeless woman on the corner of Leonora and Glen Prairie. The attack occurred around 2 a.m. when two men were on their way to buy cigarettes at the local store when they saw a woman lying on the ground with two pit bulls pulling at her body. Immediately one of the witnesses ran over to try and get the dogs off of her while the other young man started knocking on resident doors to get help.

As the 21-year-old tried to scare the dogs away they turned on him, knocked him over and started attacking his hands, arms and legs. The other man also suffered minor injuries. They managed to capture one of the dogs at the scene of the attack and it is now under quarantine. They have found that the dog does not have rabies but it is being held for further examination. There will then be a municipal hearing to determine the fate of the dog.

Neighbors say that this dog is said to have a history of biting and violence and they tend to see dogs roaming freely around the neighborhood. Police are still searching for the second dog and its owner. Studies show that whenever dogs travel in packs like this, there is a much higher chance of an attack like this to happen.

Unfortunately, help came too late for the homeless female victim. She was said to be around 40 years old and a petite build. The 21-year-old man who attempted to come to her aid was treated for minor dog bite injuries at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Sadly this type of attack is not an isolated incident. There have been other fatal dog attacks in Houston over the last year, including the death of a 4-year-old boy last January. Nationwide there were 32 reported fatal dog attacks in 2013 and out of those, 25 of them involved pit-bull mixes.

It is very important that owners do not let their dogs roam free around the neighborhood and that people head the warning when they see a “beware of dog” sign on someone fence. Have you or someone your love been attacked by a vicious dog? If you have sustained injuries as the result of a violent animal, then the pet owner could be held responsible to pay for any injuries or damages.

Contact us here at Mukerji Law Firm for assistance with your Houston dog bite case. We can help you seek fair compensation, so call today to schedule your free consultation!

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A Closer Look at Mukerji Law Firm

Were you injured in an accident in the Houston area? If so, then you need to contact a Houston personal injury attorney at Nielsen & Mukerji today. This law firm can handle almost any accident that you encounter. Whether you were injured in a car wreck, a boating accident, a catastrophic injury accident, a bicycle accident, a construction accident, or a defective product accident Nielsen & Mukerji can help. This firm also handles mass tort claims and nursing home abuse allegations. Has your child been injured? Nielsen & Mukerji is willing to come alongside you and seek justice for your young one. They will help you to seek damages when you child is harmed due to neglect, an animal attack, or any other situation. If you lost a precious loved one in an accident, then you can also file suit for wrongful death. While the firm understands that money will never fill the hole that is left by your lost loved one, the finances may be able to help you with the expenses that arrive after a death. You may even be able to use the money that you may win in order to take a much-needed vacation to recover from your loss.

Whenever you choose to litigate in a personal injury case, you need a hardworking, compassionate, and fearless attorney to come alongside you. You also want a firm that is not afraid to take a case to trial. Many lawyers will do everything that they can to avoid taking a case to court. They will try to negotiate with insurance companies and parties involved. Often if they can’t achieve a settlement this way, then lawyers will abandon a case. But with Nielsen & Mukerji, you will get a lawyer who intends to stand by you the entire process. If things with your personal injury case get complicated, they are ready to take the case to court. Nielsen & Mukerji are also dedicated to personalized service. They want to learn the ins and outs of your specific case and develop a personalized case that they will use to fight for you. They want to get you the maximum compensation they can manage, and they want to do this while treating you as a valued individual. At Nielsen & Mukerji, the lawyers have the experience and credentials to represent you.

Our firm includes attorneys that are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and lawyers that are AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. Attorneys are only AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® if they show expertise and an impressive track record of successes and hard work. Then, attorneys observe their work and rate them based on a set of specific criteria. The rating system is based on peer review, so only those who are noted and accomplished lawyers are respected enough to make the list. Both Eric Nielsen & Sam Mukerji are AV® Rated and Mr. Nielsen is recipient of the rare AV®Preeminent5.0 out of 5 rating.

In addition to this accomplishment, Eric D. Nielsen has been included in both the 2011 and the 2012 Super Lawyers®lists. This is another honor that is only given to outstanding lawyers who have a high-degree of peer recognition and have been noted for their professional achievements. Typically, other lawyers much nominate an attorney for this honor, and then that lawyer must be reviewed and watched to determine whether or not he deserves the honor. With these impressive credentials on your side, you can be sure that you are working with a lawyer you can trust and appreciate.

If you want to get to know the firm a little bit more, then you should check out their Facebook page for more information. You can also get to know them by following them on Twitter. Both of these social media outlets will provide you with important firm information as well as interesting news stories that cover personal injury throughout America. If there are changes to personal injury law, or if a serious catastrophe occurs, the attorneys and staff at our firm will be right there to tell you about the details. Add the firm on Linked In as well, or look them up on Yelp and Yellow Pages. The firm office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and they will take almost any form of payment, from credit cards to checks or cash. The firm can handle almost any medical malpractice claim or other accident situation where you need help.

You can call the firm at (713) 973-1300 for more information about the firm today! Nielsen & Mukerji have a Houston office that you can visit at 2405 Smith Street Houston, TX 77006. If you need representation in pharmaceutical litigation or an ATV accident then don’t hesitate to call or stop by.

If you contact the firm, they will offer you a free case evaluation. This is a valuable resource which can help you to determine whether or not you have a case that is worth pursuing. Sometimes, you may not even realize that there is a possibility for litigation in your accident. If you are not 100 percent at fault for an injury that you received, then it will be a benefit to you to discuss your situation with an attorney at this firm. You may learn that you can litigate, and eventually obtain a substantial settlement for your accident. You can use this money to help you as you recover and take time off work to rest and heal.

Don’t avoid calling because of a language barrier. Mr. Mukerji at the firm speaks Spanish and Bengali. As a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Bar Association, he is certainly capable to take on your case. The other attorneys are here to help English-speaking clients. Every attorney at the firm has been admitted to the Texas Bar. Get started by hiring one of these accomplished attorneys to help you today!

A Closer Look at Mukerji Law Firm

Were you injured in an accident in the Houston area? If so, then you need to contact a Houston personal injury attorney at Mukerji Law Firm today. This law firm can handle almost any accident that you encounter. Whether you were injured in a car wreck, a boating accident, a catastrophic injury accident, a bicycle accident, a construction accident, or a defective product accident Mukerji Law Firm can help. This firm also handles mass tort claims and nursing home abuse allegations. Has your child been injured? Mukerji Law Firm is willing to come alongside you and seek justice for your young one. They will help you to seek damages when you child is harmed due to neglect, an animal attack, or any other situation. If you lost a precious loved one in an accident, then you can also file suit for wrongful death. While the firm understands that money will never fill the hole that is left by your lost loved one, the finances may be able to help you with the expenses that arrive after a death.

Whenever you choose to litigate in a personal injury case, you need a hardworking, compassionate, and fearless attorney to come alongside you. You also want a firm that is not afraid to take a case to trial. Many lawyers will do everything that they can to avoid taking a case to court. They will try to negotiate with insurance companies and parties involved. Often if they can’t achieve a settlement this way, then lawyers will abandon a case. But with Mukerji Law Firm, you will get a lawyer who intends to stand by you the entire process. If things with your personal injury case get complicated, they are ready to take the case to court. Mukerji Law Firm is also dedicated to personalized service. They want to learn the ins and outs of your specific case and develop a personalized case that they will use to fight for you. They want to get you the maximum compensation they can manage, and they want to do this while treating you as a valued individual. At Mukerji Law Firm, the lawyers have the experience and credentials to represent you.

If you want to get to know the firm a little bit more, then you should check out their Facebook page for more information. You can also get to know them by following them on Twitter. Both of these social media outlets will provide you with important firm information as well as interesting news stories that cover personal injury throughout America. If there are changes to personal injury law, or if a serious catastrophe occurs, the attorneys and staff at our firm will be right there to tell you about the details. Add the firm on Linked In as well, or look them up on Yelp and Yellow Pages. The firm office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and they will take almost any form of payment, from credit cards to checks or cash. The firm can handle almost any medical malpractice claim or other accident situation where you need help.

You can call the firm at 713-222-1222 for more information about the firm today! Mukerji Law Firm has a Houston office that you can visit at 2405 Smith Street Houston, TX 77006. If you need representation in pharmaceutical litigation or an ATV accident then don’t hesitate to call or stop by.

If you contact the firm, they will offer you a free case evaluation. This is a valuable resource which can help you to determine whether or not you have a case that is worth pursuing. Sometimes, you may not even realize that there is a possibility for litigation in your accident. If you are not 100 percent at fault for an injury that you received, then it will be a benefit to you to discuss your situation with an attorney at this firm. You may learn that you can litigate, and eventually obtain a substantial settlement for your accident. You can use this money to help you as you recover and take time off work to rest and heal.

Don’t avoid calling because of a language barrier. Mr. Mukerji at the firm speaks Spanish and Bengali. As a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Bar Association, he is certainly capable to take on your case. The other attorneys are here to help English-speaking clients. Every attorney at the firm has been admitted to the Texas Bar. Get started by hiring one of these accomplished attorneys to help you today!

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Two People Killed In Houston Commercial Truck Accident

On November 15th there was terrible motor vehicle accident involving a dodge charger, a larger commercial garbage truck and few other vehicles on the freeway. The crash itself took place around 11:15 in the afternoon on Beltway 8 in Houston. Apparently a few drivers had called in to complain of a large garbage truck that was barreling down the freeway driving in a recklessly and erratically. The driver of the large garbage truck must not have been paying attention when he crashed in Dodge Charger and a few other vehicles who were in line to pay the toll as they were crossing the North Beltway toll both.

The lady drive of the Dodge Charger unfortunately lost her life as her vehicle caught fire and was engulfed in flames. The cab of the garbage truck also caught fire, killing the driver as well. The drivers in the other vehicles that were hit only suffered minor injuries. The trash truck was owned by Global Waste Services.

Fortunately at toll booths there are usually cameras set up, so the footage from that day could be helpful in finding out what happened and why the trash truck was not able to stop in time. Truck accidents can cause devastating damage to other vehicles and can lead to catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. In this particular case, the family of the woman who lost her life could file a wrongful death lawsuit against Global Waste Services and seek out full compensation for loss of income, loss of consortium, emotional pain and suffering and other applicable damages.

The other drivers of the other vehicles who suffered minor injuries can also file injury claims to get reimbursed for any medical costs, pain and suffering and treatment expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Houston truck accident or motor vehicle accident, then speak with a injury lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. We can help determine how much your case is worth!

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