About Houston, Texas
Houston is a major U.S. metropolitan area, with the City of Houston ranking as the nation’s fourth largest city (after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) and the metro itself ranking fifth in the country by population. The city boasted a population of 2.1 million people in the 2010 census. The Houston metro area was home to 6.08 million people in 2011.
Houston’s economy is based on the petroleum industry, manufacturing, shipping and, as the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, aeronautics. Houston ranks third in the country for Fortune 500 companies, with 25 headquartered here. Those companies include ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Sysco, Kinder Morgan, Marathon Oil, Spectra Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, CVR Energy, Waste Management and KBR.
Heavy industry brings its own costs, especially when companies place profit margin above employee safety. Natural gas and oil field accidents, oil refinery fires, deadly pipeline explosions, chemical exposure, toxic chemical releases, oil spills, petrochemical plant explosions, and heavy equipment and transportation accidents are in Houston area news reports daily. The Port of Houston, one of the United States’ busiest seaports, and the Houston Ship Channel see numerous cargo ship accidents and other maritime accidents.
Houston Area Health Care
Fortunately for those injured in industrial or maritime accidents, or in auto or aviation accidents, the Houston area is also a leading health care center. The internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, which contains the world’s largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions, has 13 member hospitals and is headquartered in Houston.
If you have been hurt in an accident at home or in a private setting, seek medical care immediately. If you have been injured in an industrial, aviation, maritime, construction site or other kind of workplace accident, you will likely be taken to one of several dozen Houston area hospitals. These include:
- Christus St. Joseph Hospital, 1919 LaBranch, Houston, TX 77002. (713) 757-1000.
- East Houston Regional Medical Center, 13111 East Freeway, Houston, TX 77015. (713) 455-6911.
- Kingwood Medical Center, 22999 U.S. Hwy. 59, Houston, TX 77339. (281) 359-7500.
- Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030. (713) 790-3311.
- St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, 6720 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX 77030. (713) 791-1000.
- Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, 6411 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030, (713) 704-4000.
- Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, 1635 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008. (713) 867-2000.
- Twelve Oaks Medical Center Hospital, 4200 Twelve Oaks Drive, Houston, TX 77027. (713) 623-2500.
- The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7600 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054. (713) 790-1234.
- West Houston Medical Center, 12141 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77082. (281) 558-3444.
Legal Resources and Houston Courts
The Texas court system includes municipal courts, justice courts in each county, three types of county courts (statutory, statutory probate and constitutional), district courts, and courts of appeals, which includes the Court of Criminal Appeals and the state Supreme Court, the final word in the state for civil cases.
Houston civil cases typically start in a Harris CountyDistrict Court or County Civil Courts at Law. There are 24 Civil District Courts and four County Civil Courts at Law. (Municipal courts have very limited civil jurisdiction.)
County courts at law (civil courts) have jurisdiction over civil matters up to $200,000 (some courts may have higher maximum jurisdiction amounts). Civil District Courts do not have a maximum jurisdictional limit.
Harris County District Courts
Houston, TX 77002
Harris County Civil Courts at Law
Harris County Civil Courthouse
201 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77002
713-755-6796 and 713-755-6580
Contact the Houston Personal Injury Lawyers of The Law Office of Kevin Krist
The Law Office of Kevin Krist represents people with serious personal injuries and businesses with complicated legal issues in Houston and throughout Harris County and the State of Texas.
If you have been injured in a serious accident, we can help. The Law Office of Kevin Krist handles serious maritime accidents, auto accidents, aviation accidents and work injuries.
Contact The Law Office of Kevin Krist at 281-954-3186 to speak with an attorney about your concerns. Initial consultations are free and confidential, and there is never a fee until you recover compensation.
For a free consultation, call The Law Office of Kevin Krist at 713-284-1660 or contact us online.
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