School bus collides with large truck in Harris County

Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 5:02 pm    

Earlier today, a school bus and large truck collided at the intersection of the Sam Houston Parkway frontage road and Texas 90 in Harris County. It is not known whether anyone involved in the accident was hurt. According to the Houston Chronicle, witnesses of the accident reported that the bus was just about to turn right in order to get on the frontage road when the collision occurred. At Williams Kherkher, we will continue to monitor this concerning story and will provide more information as it becomes available.


John Eddie Williams, Jr. to receive James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award

Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 10:52 am    

On February 10, Williams Kherkher’s managing partner John Eddie Williams, Jr., will be presented with the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award at the Houston Bar Foundation’s Annual Luncheon. Williams is the sixth recipient of this award, and he currently serves on the board of Community Bank of Texas, the Astros Board of Directors, and the board of governors of the American Association for Justice, the Houston Police Department, and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He has also served as a member of the board of the Houston Bar Foundation since 2009, and in 2014, he served as the chair of the Foundation. John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, are also active in the Houston community, donating their time and money to a variety of worthy causes.


More than 80 people sent to hospital after carbon monoxide leak at Beaumont middle school

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 3:56 pm    

Marshall Middle School in Beaumont was evacuated after a carbon monoxide leak in the school was reported this morning, according to the report Beaumont ISD made with Click2Houston.  According to reports, a number of students complained of feeling light-headed.

Once the school was evacuated, medical responders attended to students and adults at the scene.  Of the people who were evacuated, 79 students and two adults were sent to the hospital for additional treatment.

While officials with the Beaumont Fire Department have reported that they believe the leak originated from the school boiler room, they are not yet sure when the leak may have began.  That being said, officials did say that it would take anywhere between two and three hours for a person to show symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning at the levels they observed.

At Williams Kherkher, we will continue to monitor this situation, and will provide updates as they become available.


Diamond Dreams Gala Raises $1.3 million for Astros Foundation

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 9:20 am    

On Friday night, January 22, the Diamond Dreams Gala took place at Minute Maid Park, raising $1.3 million for the Astros Foundation. The event, co-chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, featured a cocktail-attire dinner, appearances by current and former Astros players, and an after-dinner concert by James Taylor. The Astros Foundation began four years ago as a way to help give back to people around Houston and to support various charities throughout the city. Recently, the foundation has narrowed their focus on raising money to support education, youth baseball, the military, and the city’s homeless population. The Friday night Diamond Dreams Gala was specifically raising money to support New Hope Housing, an organization that strives to provide safe, affordable housing options for Houston’s most vulnerable residents. You can read more about the gala by clicking here.


Pasadena explosion kills one, injures three

Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am    

One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion that took place at a Pasadena chemical plant, near Houston, this past weekend. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant when a contractor’s equipment exploded while performing a “routine function.”

Two of the individuals who were injured in the explosion were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for exposure, while another received treatment for a broken arm. The individual who was killed in the explosion passed away at the plant itself.

Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena police, stated that approximately 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution were spilled as a result of the explosion, though the exact name of the chemical was not released.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.


Hip resurfacing may be a new trend for hip patients

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 10:49 am    

The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, offered at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute in Florida, may be a revolutionary new approach to arthritic hip treatments. The procedure restores the natural shape of the hip joint, providing better stability and higher levels of mobility than a traditional hip replacement.

During the procedure, the surface of the femoral head is shaved down and a cap is then placed over the bone to allow for full motility after recovery. This process is similar to merely capping a tooth instead of taking away the whole head and neck of the femoral bone for replacement, as is done in a traditional hip replacement procedures.

According to Dr. Brett Frykberg, the procedure is best suited for younger men as it does not limit the patients’ ability to engage in activities “such as running, biking, swimming, hockey, and baseball.”

Good candidates for hip resurfacing are active men in their 20s to 60s who suffer from hip pain due to non-inflammatory arthritis–such as osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, or dysplasia–or inflammatory arthritis–such as rheumatoid arthritis, or avascular necrosis.

We at Williams Kherkher file lawsuits against negligent pharmaceutical companies that manufacture defective products or products with negative side effects, such as DePuy hip implants. Seek our legal assistance today by calling our offices at (800) 220-9341.


Three injured in Texas City refinery fire

Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 4:35 pm    

According to an article on abc13.com, three workers were injured in an early morning fire at a refinery in Texas City. Marathon Petroleum Corporation reported that the fire occurred at around 2:45 am, injuring three employees, one badly. According to Marathon, the seriously injured contract employee was sent to a burn center in Galveston, Tex. via LifeFlight, while the two other contract employees were treated for minor injuries and then released.

According to reports, the section of the refinery that caught fire was closed at the time for planned maintenance. The exact cause of the fire is presently unknown and remains under investigation.


High cost of dialysis can lead to kidney failure death

Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 11:16 am    

The high cost of kidney failure treatment is causing many chronic kidney disease patients to die, instead of being able to fight back against the disease, said Dr. Olatise Olalekan, a private medical practitioner in Abuja, Nigeria.

According to Dr. Olalekan, when kidneys fail, it is necessary for the patient to undergo constant dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant in order to survive; however, these procedures are incredibly expensive. Dr. Olalekan says that a chronic kidney disease patient can expect to pay an average $300,000 per month for dialysis treatments, and that’s not counting any additional medications to treat the symptoms of kidney failure.

A recent study found that of the 2.6 million kidney patients worldwide who were treated for the illness, almost 93% of them lived in high- to high-middle-income nations.

Our attorneys at Williams Kherkher work with patients who have suffered serious damage to their kidneys as a result of Fresenius Medical Group’s kidney dialysate GranuFlo. We represent out clients in pursuit of justice and compensation. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more.


Explosion at water-treatment plant near Midland kills one

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 8:46 am    

One person was killed yesterday, January 4, when an explosion occurred at a water-treatment plant near Midland, Tex. According to authorities, Julian Gallardo was working inside the plant, mixing chemicals, when the initial explosion occurred. After the first explosion, residents living near Water Rescue Services reported that a series of smaller blasts took place.

By the time responders arrived at the scene, the entire plant was already engulfed in flames. According to Dale Little, Midland Fire Marshal, it took responders approximately one hour to extinguish the blaze. Little continued that it looked like a chemical reaction sparked the initial blast, but that the explosion would remain under investigation.

No other workers were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, but the building and all of its contents were destroyed.


Attorneys from Williams Kherkher to Volunteer at HBA LegalLine

Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 5:04 pm    

On Wednesday, January 6, several attorneys from Williams Kherkher will be lending their time and their efforts to help staff the HBA’s LegalLine.

LegalLine is a program sponsored by the Houston Bar Association that lets individuals throughout Harris County get legal advice over the phone from licensed attorneys. Harris County residents can call in on the first and third Wednesdays of the month between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm for free legal assistance. Our team is proud to once again have the opportunity to help with such a worthy cause.


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