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Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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House Fire in Wichita Falls

Last week, a house fire displaced a Wichita Falls family. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the fire broke out sometime before 8:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Rock Point Street. First responders and firefighters were swiftly on the scene of the one-story house fire. At one point, there were no less than 17 fire fighting and law enforcement units on the scene.

Fire May Have Started in the Attic

Initial reports indicate that the fire started somewhere in the attic, above the garage. There were two people and a dog inside the house at the time of the fire. Thankfully, they were all able to escape the flames. Traffic was diverted as firefighters extinguished the blaze, and crews worked the scene. Very few details have been released about the house fire, and the cause is likely still under investigation with authorities.

The Aftermath of a House Fire

Depending upon the severity of the fire, how quickly it spread and how quickly firefighters were able to respond, the aftermath of a house fire can vary greatly. In a best-case scenario, fire damage might only be isolated to a small area of the home with repairs costs and smoke damage being the main concerns. If flames engulfed the entire house, you could be looking at a total loss. Of course, the most dangerous situation is a house fire with loved ones and pets trapped inside.

Burn Injuries and Smoke Inhalation

Smoke inhalation and burn injuries are the two most common types of injuries involved with house fires. Both of these injuries can have painful and long-lasting impacts on the lives of victims. People who have suffered from burn injuries often have to go through multiple surgical operations and skin-grafting procedures. In addition to multiple procedures, most people will live with pain and scarring for years after the fire.

Who to Call After a House Fire

Whether you’re dealing with extensive property damage or smoke inhalation and burn injuries, speaking with a personal injury lawyer is an important step in putting your life back together after a house fire. If you and your loved ones have been injured in a house fire or you have lost your house to a fire, you need to call a skilled personal injury lawyer with fire damage experience as soon as possible. Fire damage cases are time sensitive, and your lawyer can make sure all investigative leads are being followed up on.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Faith Mission Storage House Fire

Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out at a house on the 1200 Block of Austin Street.

According to KFDX News Channel Three, the two-story house was being used as a storage facility for Faith Mission. The house was already fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on the scene. It took 27 firefighters to put out this two-alarm fire.

At this time, fire officials do suspect foul play was involved, since the use of accelerants was detected. There’s no word on whether or not anybody was injured in this fire, or what the potential damages could be, but the structure was said to be a total loss. The cause of this fire is still under investigation with authorities.

Injuries and Damages Resulting from a Fire

Burn injuries and smoke inhalation are two of the most frequently seen injuries that occur after a structure fire. Hopefully, nobody was injured in this fire, since the building was used primarily as a storage facility.

In addition to the total loss of the structure, Faith Mission also presumably lost everything that they were storing in the building.

The damages involved with this type of structure fire could include total cost to repair or rebuild the house, cost to replace the items that were destroyed and a permanent loss of value to the property. There’s also no information on whether or not any neighboring structures were impacted by this fire.

Filing an Insurance Claim after a Fire

There’s no telling how long the investigation could take, but when foul play is suspected, filing an insurance claim can be complicated. Insurance companies are frequently in the business of taking care of their own bottom lines, so it’s important to make sure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve after a fire.

If you think your insurance company isn’t treating you in good faith, you need to contact an attorney with fire damage experience as soon as possible.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage due to a fire that was caused by somebody else’s negligent behavior or willful misconduct, you need to speak with an experienced fire damage lawyer swiftly. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better. Insurance companies can be pushy and slow to pay out on claims, and an attorney can be your advocate as you begin to rebuild your life after a fire.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Fatal Fireworks Explosion in Comanche

Last Thursday, a fireworks malfunction in Comanche killed one person and sent three others to the hospital.

For currently unknown reasons, a trailer holding fireworks exploded unexpectedly. According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth News Channel Five, the incident happened at about 9:00 a.m. The trailer was parked at a baseball field, just west of a high school, when it exploded.

Aerial photographs and news footage shows what’s left of the trailer, and the charred soil next to the baseball field. All Fourth of July activities in Comanche were cancelled after this terrible incident.

Fireworks Explosion Kills One and Injures Three

The explosion took the life of Dr. Russell Reynolds, a local chiropractor and Kiwanis Club member. At least three other people were treated for injuries, and one of them was taken to a burn unit. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, multiple news agencies reported that Dr. Reynolds had some type of certification or licensing for the handling of fireworks.

There’s still no word on the actual cause of this devastating explosion. Very little information has been released about this incident, which is still under investigation with multiple agencies. According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth News, officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the explosion.

Fireworks Injuries by the Numbers

  • In 2012, an estimated 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.
  • 55 percent of those emergency room visits were for injuries to the extremities.
  • 31 percent of those emergency room visits were for injuries to the head.
  • Young people from ages 15 to 24 are at the greatest risk for fireworks injuries.
  • Children under the age of 10 are the second highest at-risk age group.
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

In 2011, of the estimated 17,800 reported fires, there were at least eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civil injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. Although fireworks are a beloved activity for Independence Day and New Year’s celebrations, they’re not without risk.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends leaving fireworks to professionals and avoiding consumer fireworks entirely. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Dr. Russell Reynolds. We also wish speedy and full recoveries for the injured victims.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a staple at Fourth of July celebrations across Texoma. Even with recent rain showers, Wichita Falls and other North Texas communities aren’t out of fire danger. The hot dry temperatures coupled with the city’s dwindling water supply means that even a relatively small fire could have devastating consequences.

As of noon on June 26th, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom has signed off on a fireworks order that set detailed restrictions on fireworks for the next 50 hours. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the governor has been asked to extend the restrictions through the end of July.

Wichita County Fireworks Restrictions

The use of fireworks in an outdoor environment by any person is restricted, even though Wichita County isn’t banning the sale of fireworks. You’re only going to be allowed to use fireworks, if you’re following certain guidelines.

The guidelines include where you can and cannot discharge fireworks, in addition to safe handling practices. People who are celebrating with fireworks are required to have a variety of fire-extinguishing items on hand in the event of a fire.

Additionally, it will also be necessary to have a person over the age of 18 acting as a spotter for potential fires. No fireworks are to be used during periods of high wind, which is 20 miles per hour or greater.

Notifying First Responders Ahead of Time

Finally, any business owner or individual allowing others to ignite fireworks on their premises, with or without charge, must register the activity with the Wichita County Sheriff and their local volunteer fire department at least 12 hours before the activity begins.First responders will take contact information including address and the name and information for the person responsible.

If you plan on using fireworks this Fourth of July, makes sure you’re fully capable of complying with all of the safety guidelines in place. Citizens can read a detailed description of the guidelines at Texoma’s Homepage.

Criminal Charges

Violation of any of these restrictions can result in a Class C Misdemeanor, which can include a fine up to $500. In addition to the criminal charge, offenders should know that if they violate the restrictions and somebody gets injured or suffers some type of property damage, they can be held liable for damages. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. For more information on fire damage cases, visit our website or call us at 940-761-4000.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Fire Destroys 100 Homes in Texas Panhandle

On Sunday afternoon, a fire broke out in Hutchinson County near Fritch, Texas. At least 100 homes were destroyed as the fire burned through the night. Firefighters had the flames 85 percent contained by early Wednesday morning, but about four square miles had to be evacuated.

Initial investigative reports indicate that the fire may have been started by a burning shed. Currently, there’s no word on how that shed initially caught fire. An estimated 2,100 people and 1,300 homes were impacted by this fire, which is still being contained by first responders. Evacuees were sent to area schools and churches to take shelter.

1,500 Acres Destroyed

The fire has destroyed about 1,500 acres of land. According to NBC News, approximately 100 emergency service personnel were dispatched to fight the blaze. Officials with the Texas Forestry Service were also scheduled to conduct water drops by aircraft to assist the firefighters on the ground. Families are expected to be returning to what’s left of their homes and property on Wednesday morning.

Fire Danger in Texoma

Last week, we reported on a fire in Oklahoma that killed one person and destroyed at least 20 homes. With the dry heat and high winds that are characteristic for Texoma during this time of the year, fire danger can be incredibly high. Any small flame can quickly turn into an unstoppable blaze, and citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution this spring and summer. Many counties in Texas and Oklahoma are currently under burn bans. Citizens are even asked to be mindful when barbequing in the backyard. All it takes is one spark to set fire to dry grass. Citizens in Wichita Falls are well aware of the county’s drought status too, and fighting fires takes a lot of water.

Grass Fires are Damaging Too

Ranchers across Texoma know that grass fires can be incredibly devastating. Even if no residential structures are damaged, grass fires can cause irreparable damage to ranch land and grazing areas. The cost to repair and replace fences can be astronomical. Reseeding costs, loss of grazing, loss of cattle production and a permanent loss of value to the land can all be expensive consequences of grass fires. Fire damage cases are time sensitive, so if you have been injured or suffered property damage due to a fire, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

 

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Oklahoma Fire Kills One Person and Destroys 20 homes

On Sunday, a fire that started as a prescribed burn killed one person and destroyed at least 20 homes in Oklahoma.

The fire started in Logan County, Oklahoma. As of Sunday night, the fire was about four miles long and a mile wide. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 acres were burned by Sunday evening. The recent high temperatures and windy conditions haven’t helped fire fighters either. On Monday morning, the fire was about 75 percent contained. CNN reported that the fire in Logan County was the largest of several fires happening in Oklahoma at the same time.

52 Square Miles Burned

As of Thursday, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services, the fires have burned more than 52 square miles since they started on Sunday. About 42 of those miles happened in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 56-year-old Johnnie Ray Knox of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Thankfully, a little bit of rain is now reducing the fire danger in some areas of Oklahoma. According to KSWO Channel Seven News, many at-risk areas haven’t seen much precipitation at all though.

Statewide Emergency

On Monday, Governor Fallin declared a statewide emergency and issued burn bans for 36 counties in Oklahoma. Fire danger was a real concern in Texas last year with incredibly hot and dry weather. Thankfully, fire fighters were able to quickly contain a fire at Possum Kingdom Lake that burned about 39 acres last year. The 2011 Possum Kingdom fire destroyed more than 150 homes before it could be contained. When temperatures are hot and windy, fires can be difficult for fire fighters to contain.

Fire Danger in North Texas

Unfortunately, Texas and Oklahoma aren’t out of fire danger yet. Wichita Falls is currently at a 41 inch rainfall deficit. A fire in Texoma could be absolutely devastating. The National Weather Service just reported that the Texoma area was the hottest location in America on Monday. Wichita Falls hit 102 degrees, and Altus, Oklahoma hit 107 degrees. Texoma residents are urged to exercise additional caution during outdoor activities. Weather conditions are incredibly dry, hot and windy. If a fire gets started, it might quickly burn out of control. Surviving victims of fire damage can often face extensive rehabilitation and long-term recoveries for smoke inhalation and burn injuries. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Knox.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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