On April 20, 88-year-old Dwain Spruiell and his wife, Cathy, were hosting out of town relatives when their home suddenly and unexpectedly exploded. The force of the blast leveled their home and shattered the windows at a nearby church. The Navarro County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the explosion, but the home's propane system is suspected to be the root cause.
Once again, tragedy strikes on our local roadways. And, once again, alcohol is suspected.
On March 24, 2017 students from Pleasant High School were returning home after a track meet. The bus was carrying 32 students. An 18-wheeler owned by Rooney Trucking sideswiped the Mount Pleasant High School bus and the collision resulted in the deaths of two people.
Young drivers sometimes feel they are being "profiled" by insurance companies, and depicted as bad drivers. Unfortunately, there is a statistical basis for this stereotype - especially where DUI-related fatalities occur.
The Texas Department of Transportation tracks the demographics of car crashes, including the ages of drivers. In the most recent set of numbers, for 2015, the age group of drivers most frequently involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes was drivers in their 20s:
On early Sunday morning, April 9, 2017, the driver of an SUV entered I-45 at Richey and headed north in the southbound lanes, causing a fatal head-on collision. The incident occurred on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-45 around 5:45 a.m. The impact caused the driver of the SUV's vehicle to spin and catch fire trapping them in the vehicle. The driver of the SUV died on impact, and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by helicopter in serious condition.
A recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion had previously been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. During the two-year study, researchers examined the records of 286 patients who had seen primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in 2009 and 2010. Nearly two-thirds of the patients were under the age of 64, and the majority of patients were female. After receiving an initial diagnosis, each patient sought a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division. Of the 286 patients, only 36 patients (12 percent) had received confirmation that the original diagnosis was complete and correct. In 63 cases (21 percent), the diagnosis was completely changed meaning the patient had been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. In the remaining 188 cases (66 percent), patients received a refined or redefined diagnosis. Researchers did not find any significant differences between provider types.
We have heard a lot lately about the coming age of the "self driving car." With Google, Tesla, and Uber fielding autonomous cars, and traditional automakers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Infiniti not far behind, there has been a lot of concern over whether self-driving cars are safe. With the first self-driving cars have come the first self-driving car crashes, and now we are faced with the question: who is legally responsible when a self-driving car crashes?
Like most maritime accident claims, injuries to longshoremen and stevedores can involve a complex web of state and federal laws. The Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act (LHWCA) and case law interpreting the LHWCA outline three duties that vessel owners and operators owe to longshoremen and stevedores. First, the vessel owner and operator have a turnover duty. That duty requires that owners and operators turn their vessel over to the longshoremen and stevedores without hidden dangers. This duty does not require that ship owners and operators remedy open and obvious conditions or easily-anticipated conditions. The vessel's turnover duty is one of the most litigated duties that vessel owners and operators owe to longshoremen and stevedores.
You probably consider yourself a safe driver: You obey traffic laws, you avoid excessive speeding, and try to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
But even the safest driver has no control over the actions of others. This is especially problematic when considering how widespread and dangerous distracted driving is.
Inspections at 17 hospitals revealed widespread under-reporting of injuries and deaths associated with medical devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to improve the under-reporting following the high profile safety concerns involving power morcellators and contaminated duodenoscopes.