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Over Prescribing Antibiotics

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Research published by Jama Internal Medicine found that only half of diagnosed patients with the 3 most common bacterial infections are receiving proper treatment. The study was from the data of a group of 44 million patients, meaning that only around 22 million received the recommended treatments. The other half has been shown to receive broad-spectrum antibiotics such as azithromycin, which poses a serious problem for strengthening superbugs. Already there have been reports on these antibiotic resistant strains of bugs, and the blame lies in practices such as these, where errors fall in the millions and provide potential ground zeros. The more broad-spectrum antibiotics are used, the greater the potential they stop working.

Traffic Fatalities on the Rise

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Although cars and trucks now come with more safety features than ever, more people are dying on our nation's roadways. In the first six months of 2016, there have been almost 18,000 deaths. That number represents a 10.4 percent increase over the same time period in 2015. Sadly, traffic fatalities also increased from 2014 to 2015.

Food Truck Explodes Causing Third Degree Burns to Cook

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A food truck, known as Porky's City Grill, located at 11616 Hempstead Road, Houston, Texas 77092, in the parking lot of Empire Tools, exploded on September 28, 2016 causing severe debilitating injuries to an employee. More specifically, on or about September 28, 2016, Brenda Guajardo Alvarado was working inside of the food truck preparing food for customers when she noticed that the warmer to heat the food was not working. Ms. Guajardo, who has several years of experience working in food trucks, proceeded to check the warmer by turning off the gas. Ms. Guajardo noticed that the climate control to determine the temperature was not on and no heat was emitting from the gas line. Ms. Guajardo located a lighter that the food truck provided, in attempts to light the burner. Suddenly and without warning, an explosion occurred, causing severe, third degree burns to Ms. Guajardo. Authorities rushed to the scene and Ms. Guajardo was rushed by ambulance to Memorial Herman in the Houston Medical Center, where she remained in the burn intensive care unit for weeks.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against HISD Principal

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On the evening of September 11, 2016, Bertha Lazcano was making her way down U.S. 290 in Houston, Texas. Meanwhile, Orlando Reyna-Principal at Houston Independent School District's Madison High School-was also driving down U.S. 290, heading home after leaving Brick House Tavern. Mr. Reyna lost control of his truck and struck a construction barrier that sent his vehicle airborne. Unfortunately, the truck landed directly on top of Mrs. Lazcano's Toyota RAV4. The impact of this collision led to Mrs. Lazcano's instantaneous death.

Travelers Should Verify Cruise Ship Cleanliness Before Traveling

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides reporting on the cleanliness of many cruise ship vessels that hail from United States ports, giving travelers the opportunity to determine the historical cleanliness of cruise ship vessels prior to travel. The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program makes reports available to the public as they are completed.

Mother Killed on Side of Road by Semi-Truck

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On October 10, 2016 a mother of two was struck and killed after pulling over to check on an odd noise that was coming from her vehicle. When she got out of the car and closed her door, a semi-truck sideswiped her and kept driving. Her mother and two children were inside the vehicle and witnessed the tragic events unfold. She was a working mother who was loved by her children, friends, and was passionate about her profession as an esthetician. Investigators are still looking for the driver that never stopped.

Sporting Event Injury

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Getting hurt at a sporting event is very possible and this type of injury falls into two general categories. The first is the standard premises liability claim such as a slip and fall. The other category is a more specific sports claim that occurs when a fan is injured by a baseball or hockey puck to the face. Getting hit in the face by a hockey puck usually doesn't happen while shopping for groceries. So what happens when a fan at a hockey game gets injured?

Bus Slams into 18-Wheeler in Fort Bend County Injuring Seven People

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On Wednesday, seven passengers on a commercial bus suffered injuries, including broken bones, after a bus crashed into the back of a big rig in Fort Bend County. The bus was attempting to pass an 18-wheeler on Highway 59 near FM 360 when the crash occurred. According to DPS Sgt. Carl Currie, the bus driver noticed something strange with the bus and lost control, running into the back end of the 18-wheeler. An investigation into the incident is still ongoing, although troopers said citations could be a possibility.

Nursing Home Arbitration

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Across America, nursing homes have been using the private justice system of arbitration to quietly deal with practices such as abuse, sexual harassment, or even wrongful death to reduce legal costs at the expense of their patients. Upon entry, patients sign a contract with a clause that mandates arbitration for anything a nursing home could be held liable for. In many cases it is argued that the elderly do not fully understand what they are signing. These clauses have disturbing consequences; in Murrysville, Pennsylvania a 100 year-old woman was murdered by her roommate and initially blocked from court as a result of such a clause.

Family Alleges Man Died of Mold Infection from the Hospital

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Daniel Krieg, 56, died on July 9, 2016. His nephew has filed a lawsuit against UPMC Montefiore alleging "professional negligence" by the hospital. Mr. Krieg died from multi-organ failure due to sepsis approximately one year after undergoing a kidney transplant at UPMC Montefiore.

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