What Situations Can Medical Malpractice Lawyers Assist With?

When the consequences of a doctor or hospital’s actions are debilitating and devastating, patients may be left wondering if their situation is one that should be reviewed by medical malpractice lawyers. Before seeking representation, it is may help a patient assess their situation by understanding different forms of medical malpractice.

Hospital

A rather common type of malpractice, hospital negligence is when the staff (doctors, nurses, surgeons, etc.) at a hospital failed to provide the necessary and proper care. For instance, if a patient was in a car accident without any identification and the hospital made decisions regarding the care of the patient that were ultimately damaging, there may be grounds for a lawsuit if it can be proven that those choices made were not in the best interest of the patient.

Doctor

Doctors are our first lines to medical care. They tell us what medications to take, diagnose initial conditions and ultimately set the groundwork for every decision we make for our health. If it can be determined that they did not follow the proper guidelines or were negligent in some way, patients who experience injuries  may be able to seek retribution.

Pharmaceutical

From drug interactions to proper warning labels to overdoses, the drugs we take are often based on recommendations and guidelines set by the pharmaceutical companies that create and distribute them. Should an accident occur where the pharmaceutical company is found to be responsible, patients may be entitled to damages.

When looking into medical malpractice lawyers, it is helpful to gather as much information as possible, including medical records and other notes with specific information, including dates and details. Should the client seek representation, an attorney will guide them through the process in an effort to help them successfully resolve their medical malpractice claim.

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What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Adverse Effects?

Proton pump inhibitors adverse effects have recently been the focus of many news stories. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications that reduce the amount of stomach acid that the lining of the stomach produces. They are designed to relieve the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux. This is a condition in which matter from the stomach moves up to the esophagus, causing a variety of unpleasant sensations, as well as the possibility of permanent damage to the esophageal tract. PPIs are also used to treat indigestion and stomach ulcers.

There is a broad assortment of PPIs available on the market – both in over-the-counter and prescription form. Similarly, there is widespread use of many different proton pump inhibitors. Adverse effects from over-therapy include iron and B12 deficiency, diarrhea, bone fractures, and pneumonia. If there is an indication that PPIs were used incorrectly and severe damage to health occurred, it is possible that compensation could be available. Medical expenses and loss of income related directly to PPI use may be recovered. The long-term effects of PPI usage is causing many people to seek legal counsel to explore their options. An experienced attorney can determine if a legal remedy is warranted.

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The Three Types Of Defective Product Cases That Can Cause Harm

Daily life is full of interactions with any number of gadgets, machines, and other items, any of which may cause harm to the users, warranting defective product cases.

The Three Most Prominent Types of Defective Product Cases

Defective product cases can be split into three different types: (a) design defects, (b) manufacturing defects, and (c) improper labeling or inadequate instructions.

Defects of the Design

Design can be complicated, and a poorly designed product can be dangerous. In these cases, the faulty design may potentially cause injury to the person using the item.

Defects from Manufacturing

Problems in the manufacturing process can easily lead to defective items. For example, a manufacturer may decide to use poor quality materials, or an essential ingredient may somehow not make it into a product, potentially resulting in injury to an individual.

Inadequate Usage Instructions or Improper Labeling

This third type is just as serious as the rest, potentially leading to harm—or worse. Examples of this type include poor instructions on how to operate machinery, or medication with unclear labeling and warnings about possible side-effects.

It is important to note that none of these cases may be as straightforward as they initially seem—which is why many people choose to contact an attorney for help.

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Asbestos Now Leads Tobacco As Primary Lung Cancer Cause

Most people assume that tobacco smoke is the primary cause of lung cancer, however, asbestos related lung cancer has become more prevalent in recent decades. In fact, roughly 4,800 people die each year as a direct result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is fiber-shaped group of minerals that was once used in everything from building construction to household products. When disturbed and inhaled, it can become lodged in the lungs, eventually leading to tumors and disease.

Each year a person is exposed to asbestos causes a four percent increase in the risk of lung cancer, and a decrease in the chance of recovery. Unfortunately, it is known as a silent-killer because many who are affected don’t experience symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Individuals exposed to it in their home or community, and those who mine or mill, or work in another occupation where they are regularly exposed to it are at risk for this and other diseases.

While the EPA has implemented regulations for the public’s exposure to asbestos, and there are programs for the compensation of those affected, no legislature has been enacted to protect those who have been injured.  If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and has lung cancer, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney to explore the options for restitution.

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Back to School Safety

 

Back to School Safety

Preparing children for the new school year often focuses on school supplies and uniforms. What about back-to-school safety?

Take time to talk to your children about safety in their daily commutes to and from school. A new year may mean a new campus, involving a new route or a new bus or carpool driver. Making your children more aware of potential safety hazards can prevent future injuries. Here are some topics to talk about with your children:

  • Crosswalks: Cars are supposed to stop to allow children to pass through crosswalks around school campuses, but distracted drivers do not always pay attention. Instruct your children to stop and check for traffic before crossing the street, even in a crosswalk.
  • Buses: Unlike cars, buses sit up high and have more blind spots. Teach your children about the differences between cars and buses so they know the risks of riding in and crossing the road near a bus.
  • Young drivers: If your children are at a campus where some of the students are of driving age, give them specific rules about whether they are allowed to ride with their classmates who have drivers’ licenses. Young drivers are more prone to distractions and do not have the experience of adult drivers.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, call a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.

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What to Look for in 2017 New Car Models

 

Mercedes new car model

The roll-out of the 2017 model year brings excitement for consumers who are looking to purchase a new vehicle. Much of the attention is going to SUVs and subcompact SUVs.

Many of the most popular SUVs have been redesigned for the new model year, and other automakers are launching new SUVs to compete in this category. New SUVs include the Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga, and Maserati Levante. Toyota is also rolling out a new subcompact SUV: the Toyota C-HR.

It is easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest new models, but all consumers should consider safety features and ratings before making a purchase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both test a variety of makes and models for safety considerations, then make their findings available online for consumer research at www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings and www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.

The IIHS also performed a study on insurance losses by vehicle make and model, then sorted results among Collision, Property Damage, Comprehensive, Personal Injury, Medical Payment, and Bodily Injury claims. If you visit the IIHS website, you can compare model years, vehicle sizes, and vehicle types. Visit www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/insurance-loss-information to start your side-by-side comparison.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, call a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.

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Preventing Texas Water Skiing Accidents

 

Learn How to Avoid Water Skiing Accidents

Learn How to Avoid Water Skiing Accidents

Nearly all of us have watched someone water ski on a lake or seen the sport being enjoyed during a TV show or movie. When it’s done well, the sport looks extremely easy. However, pulling yourself up on skis while a boat accelerates can take considerable practice and an excellent sense of balance. In general, water skiing is best pursued by adults or older teens who are willing to follow basic safety guidelines.

Every year, Texans enjoy pursuing many types of boating activities like water skiing with jet ski and personal watercraft. After all, we have a lengthy coastline – and more square miles of inland water than any other state. Our residents also own numerous boats. In fact, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that our state currently has about 580,000 registered boats. This means we rank number six out of 50 states regarding how many boats are regularly maintained and used here.

Since so many of us enjoy water skiing and other boating activities, we must handle these pursuits responsibly. Here are some general safety tips and reminders that should serve us well.Water Ski accident danger

Ways We All Can Help Prevent or Minimize Texas Water Skiing Accidents and Injuries      

  • Boat operators must remain fully sober and stay focused on their driving. No passenger should ever be injured because the boat pilot was secretly drinking or using any mind-altering drugs that can impair judgment or slow down physical reaction times. Boating under the influence is taken very seriously in Texas. Always have a designated, sober driver ready to handle your boat while out water skiing. After all, those pursuing this sporting activity deserve careful navigation – at a reasonable speed;
  • Good boat drivers must steer their vessels in a straight line whenever possible. It’s never appropriate to zig-zag through the water – unless a sudden change in direction is required to avoid an accident. Boat operators should also discuss the speeds they’ll be using with their water skiers prior to leaving the dock. This type of coordination is critical for both safety and full enjoyment of the sport;
  • Ask one passenger to act as a “spotter” before your boat leaves the dock. You’ll need this adult to carefully monitor each water skier’s safety at all times. Should a problem develop while the skier is holding onto the tow line and waiting to lift up (or when s/he needs to hurry and drop back down in the water), the spotter can immediately give this information to the boat operator. This can help minimize all potential injuries;
  • Carefully inspect all towing and safety equipment before pulling out into the water. The boat operator should personally examine all water skis, tubes, boards, and other equipment to be sure it’s in good repair. All unnecessary gear should be left on the dock and locked up. Boat drivers must look closely at all tow lines to be sure they’re not frayed or likely to suddenly snap. Finally, every passenger must wear a properly fastened and approved life jacket;
  • All tow lines must be kept far away from the boat propellers. Before heading out into the water, tell your water skiers to avoid skiing or dropping into the water close to the boat’s propellers. Serious injuries can occur when people forget this guideline;
  • Always have at least one extra adult onboard, ready to run the boat should the main pilot or skipper become ill. Also, you should agree on some handle signals with your skiers so they’ll know how to let you know if they’re in crisis – and need to get back into the boat;
  • When picking a skier up out of the water, steer slowly and carefully – and then turn off the motor. It’s never wise to try and pull a skier out of the water when the boat propellers are still moving about;
  • Agree ahead of time how long each skier will remain in the water. While it may be fun, waterskiing can easily tire out good athletes. It’s better to pull someone in a bit early than to leave them out so long they have trouble swimming over to the boat once you’ve stopped it.

Should you have some any general questions, you’d like answered out boating in Texas, be sure to visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

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Above the Fray: China’s New Bus Technology

 

Traffic Bus China

One thing Chinese cities and Houston have in common is traffic. Recently, China debuted the first Transit Elevated Bus (the “TEB-1”) to help alleviate traffic jams for mass transit.

The TEB-1 is designed to drive over cars. It is 16-feet high and has a clearance of about 7 feet underneath, so it can keep moving over traffic instead of being forced to stop. The inside of the TEB-1 looks a lot like the Houston Metro. It is 72-feet long and 26-feet wide, capable of holding up to 300 passengers.

The TEB-1 runs on rails laid along ordinary roads. While a design like this might not work in many parts of Houston because of the prevalence of tall commercial vehicles, this concept shows how technology can counter the rise in vehicular traffic throughout America’s large cities.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, call a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.

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Amusement Park Accidents

 

Waterslide Amusement Park Accident

Recent reports of injuries at amusement parks have been troubling. In the last few weeks alone, a 10-year-old boy died from a neck injury sustained on a Schlitterbahn waterslide, three children fell out of a Ferris wheel in Tennessee, a three-year-old boy fell out of a rollercoaster at Idlewild and SoakZone in Pennsylvania, and two patrons were injured on an attraction at Cedar Point in Ohio.

Early August is the last chance to squeeze in a summer getaway before the start of the new school year, but safety must be first priority. Three of these recent incidents involved children. Parents need to take the time to read the rules and regulations regarding each attraction before allowing children to climb aboard. Height restrictions and weight restrictions may prevent children from riding certain attractions.

The amusement park staff should be making sure each rider is qualified to board each attraction, but as adults, you need to take extra precautions to keep you and your children safe. If you aren’t sure a ride is safe, don’t be afraid to ask questions or move on to the next ride.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, call a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.

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Preventing Houston Playground Injuries

 

playground safety danger

Is Your Child’s Playground Safe?

Government statistics indicate that well over 200,000 children age 14 and under wind up having to go to emergency rooms each year due to serious injuries suffered on public and private playgrounds. About 75% of those injures are related to falls. Kids are always at greatest risk when they land on hard surfaces – that’s when they are most like to incur traumatic brain injuries or other long-term injuries or death.

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that one seven-year study documented 40 children’s deaths caused by playground injuries. Roughly 68% of those young people died as a result of asphyxiation or hanging. Such devastating injuries and deaths clearly indicate that all adults must provide highly focused monitoring of kids playing outdoors.

The following list of possible injuries may grow over time since new playground equipment hits the market every year.

Kids Often Suffer from These Playground Injuries

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Deep bruises and severe cuts
  • Serious and often permanent eye damage
  • The loss of fingers or toes – and other types of disfigurement
  • Crushing injuries to many parts of the body
  • Life-threatening blood loss – especially after major falls
  • Far too often, children die on playgrounds — or shortly after reaching hospitals

What Can Families and Schools Do to Improve Playground Safety?

  • Choose the best playground surfaces. Do all you can to help “soften” a child’s fall. Look for playground surface materials like sand, shredded rubber, mulch or even special loose-filled wood chips. Avoid letting your kids ever play on surfaces that include big tree stumps, loose rocks, gravel and uncovered holes of any size;
  • Remind kids never to bully each other while playing. Simple pushing and shoving can easily cause catastrophic falls;
  • Only let your kids play on small and sturdy swing sets. Never let children get into swings that let them pump so hard they can easily fly out of their seats and seriously harm themselves;
  • Just let your children play with others close to their age. Older kids may not want to injure your child seriously – but they may still cause dangerous injuries when they forget how much more they weigh when playing too rough with others;
  • Never let children play on rusty play equipment. Likewise, check to be sure all playground equipment is free of any sharp edges;
  • Encourage the use of all handrails and guardrails. Tell your children that using these items can often help them avoid falling off equipment;
  • Try always to have two adults monitor kids on any playground. This comes in very handy whenever a child is severely One adult can call for help while the other one can gather the kids together and tend to the afflicted child;
  • Keep a fully-charged cell phone on you at all times – for emergency purposes only. Never visit with friends or indoor co-workers while you’re supposed to be supervising children playing;
  • Obtain at least one official playground safety inspection each year. While this mainly applies to school and public playgrounds – it would be very wise to have all of your backyard play equipment inspected each year, too.

Careful adult supervision is the key to playground safety – along with well-made equipment and proper surface materials. Hopefully, adults will work together to keep playgrounds so safe that they will always be a part of our children’s happiest memories.

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