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Posted on in Car Wrecks

b2ap3_thumbnail_bike-crash.jpgA bicyclist was recently struck and killed by a drunk driver near I-10 and The Dominion. The deceased was an older man, who had been in a marked bicycle lane, wearing a helmet and otherwise taking all the necessary precautions, but a woman driving a white SUV struck him from the side and he died at the scene. These types of bicycling accidents are not common, per se, but they are more common than they should be, especially since it is fairly obvious that a bicyclist is not going to be as well protected in a crash as the driver or passenger of an automobile. If you have been struck by a reckless or negligent driver, you may be able to bring suit against them to try and recover for any medical expenses you may sustain.

Texas Bike Laws Insufficient

Despite having such a large population, Texas does not have many laws in place which protect bicyclists specifically. A few are on the books - for example, Texas has laws against “dooring,” which is suddenly opening a car door without properly checking for cyclists or anyone else in the bicycle lane. Also, Texas does define a ‘vehicle’ in such a way as to include bicyclists, which grants them both the rights and duties of any other driver. However, many other regulations could be in effect, and Texas either chooses to ignore them or to leave them to the cities to pass individually.

For example, some states have what is called a safe passing law - requiring motorists to leave space, usually at least three feet, when passing a bicyclist, so the bicyclist does not have to correct course or react hastily to avoid the passing car. Texas has no safe passing law. Cities like San Antonio, New Braunfels, and El Paso have their own city ordinances for this, but enforcement may not be as widespread. The same pattern is true with laws regarding bicycle helmet use - no statewide requirement exists, though many cities have passed helmet laws both for children and adults.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX injury lawyerA 28-year old woman was killed after a single-vehicle accident in New Braunfels on August 20, having struck a traffic light pole head-on. She was pronounced dead at the scene, but the crash is listed as still being investigated. Single-vehicle accidents, as this one appears to have been, are difficult to investigate fully, because so often there are factors that do not necessarily appear in a crime scene record. If you have been involved in a single-vehicle accident, it is important to understand that it is not necessarily as easy to hold someone liable for your injuries as it would be with a two or three-car crash.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Can Be Deadly

Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that as many as 55 percent of nationwide deaths in auto accidents occurred in single-vehicle crashes. Almost exactly half of Texas’ recorded crash fatalities fall into this category, with roughly 1900 deaths recorded in crashes like the one in New Braunfels. One might wonder why this would be the case, but there are multiple reasons why single-vehicle crashes can be so deadly. Perhaps the most common reason is that a higher proportion of single-vehicle accidents tend to be rollovers, where the vehicle winds up flipping, and rollover accidents are the single most deadly type of vehicle crash because of the lack of protection in most autos to guard against these crashes. In other words, rollover accidents damage vehicles in ways other types usually do not - for example, damage to the roof of the automobile - and as such, little protection is available.

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Posted on in Work-Related Injuries

Texas injury lawyer, Texas workers comp attorneyOne Texas metalworker is suing two companies due to injuries he sustained while working. He alleges in his suit against Alabama Metal Industries and Automation Temporary Service that they failed to follow all relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, properly train him for his job, provide adequate supervision, and provide necessary tools and safety gear. Because of this negligent behavior, he hurt his right hand at work in October 2015 and suffered medical expenses, physical pain, mental suffering, and lost earnings. Ultimately, the worker is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages for his physical, psychological, and financial injuries.

Workers’ Compensation in Texas

Under Texas law, most employers are not legally required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. When businesses do provide workers’ compensation coverage, injured employees have the ability to get their medical expenses covered and obtain a portion of their lost wages. In this situation, workers usually do not have the right to sue their employer. Workers’ compensation is their exclusive remedy.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerUnfortunately, medical errors are a common cause of death in America. From minor miscommunications to significant, unfathomable mistakes, patients often lose their lives because of one preventable action. One type of potential mistake patients face is nurses or physicians administering medications incorrectly. Drugs can be administered in a number of different ways including orally through pill form, intravenously, or directly into the spinal canal. Some medications can be administered in more than one form while other drugs should only be administered in one particular way. When a drug is given to a patient improperly, it may lead to serious injury and death.

Oncology Nurses Can Avoid Improperly Administering Chemotherapy Drugs

During the Oncology Nursing Society’s 42nd Annual Congress, a presenter discussed the proper, evidence-based administration of vincristine to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Vincristine is a vinca alkaloid that is commonly used during chemotherapy treatment to block the growth of cancer. It is very effective. However, if it is administered incorrectly and directly into the patient’s spinal fluid, it will lead to paralysis, neurological defects, and death. Unfortunately, this mistake can occur when patients receive other chemotherapy drugs directly into their spine. To avoid this error, oncology nurses are encouraged to always administer vincristine through mini-IV drip bags. Not only does using a mini bag prevent incorrect administration, it can also reduce the risk of extravasation, which is the leaking of intravenous drugs into the surrounding tissue. If the drug is never administered through a syringe, then it is impossible to improperly administer it into the spine.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerLearning your child has autism is tough for any parent. There are too many things to consider all at once: What is best for my child? Will he learn to read and write? Will she be able to be independent? How will this affect his future? While physicians and experienced teachers can provide parents with guidance, some parents turn to sources that claim they can treat children with autism or even cure them. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding parents that there is no cure for autism and products on the market that claim to be a cure could pose a significant danger to your child.

Fake Cures for Autism Are Serious Health Risks

Some companies make claims that their products can treat an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by improving the effects of the condition, or can cure autism altogether. It is not possible to cure autism at all. An ASD can affect an individual’s social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication, and often results in repetitive behaviors. Children who are autistic can display a range of symptoms and will have unique strengths and challenges. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an ASD. The symptoms of the condition should only be handled by licensed physicians who can recommend certain types of education and therapy or prescribe medications when absolutely necessary. False cures and treatments not prescribed by a doctor are often substances that could pose serious health risks to children.

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