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March 2017 Archives

Family Files Suit After Patient's Fatal Procedure

In January 2015, the family of Michael Powall filed suit against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Hillcrest Hospital, Dr. Jack Lissauer, and Dr. David Weinerman. The family has alleged that the doctors caused the death of Mr. Powall, then 78-years-old, during a medical procedure.

Church Bus Accident Kills 13 in Texas

On Wednesday, a church van carrying fourteen members back from a spring retreat was involved in a head-on-collision. The collision resulted in thirteen fatalities. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83 outside Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio. Two of the victims were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment after the crash, however, one of those victims passed away late Wednesday night. One other victim was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Deadly Fungal Infections

Last June, federal health officials warned U.S. clinics about the hard to spot Candida Auris, a fungal yeast strain that was first reported in Japan. The limited information has painted the strain with a 60% kill rate and with a resistance to all three major classes of antifungal drugs. Unlike most infections, invasive Candida Auris is based in the bloodstream, and is susceptible to people who are already sick, making this a dangerous pathogen to be present in hospitals.

Crowded Places, Tight Spaces and Drunken Faces: A Recipe for a Car Accident

Every spring, people come from far and wide to Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Rodeo offers many attractions including concerts, rodeo events, livestock shows, and amusement park festivities. Inevitably, with so many people concentrated in a relatively small area, accidents, and injuries are sure to occur. We have seen catastrophic injury cases, including death cases, occur at the Rodeo over the years. I am talking about serious bodily injury and death striking patrons of the Rodeo - not just the bull riders.

Pedestrian Killed by Pickup Truck

Family members are grieving the untimely death this week of a woman who was struck by a pickup. It happened on Monday during morning rush hour. At about 6:00 a.m., the lady was trying to catch a bus. She was crossing the 11,300 block of Beechnut when she was hit by a Toyota Tacoma. A witness found her body on the ground and called 911. After the police arrived and questioned the driver, he was released; evidently, the woman was not in a crosswalk when she entered Beechnut to flag down a Metro bus. The lady, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Falls Are Leading Cause of Death in Construction Industry

Falls cause more deaths in construction than any other hazard, accounting for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Workers who are performing jobs 6 feet or higher on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs are at risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries or even death.

Montgomery County Head-On Collision Kills Two, Leaves One in Critical Condition

Two families are in mourning after a collision in Montgomery County in February that claimed the lives of Jenny Runnels and Lloyd Nelms.

Lawsuits Seek to Hold Railroad and Tour Bus Company Responsible for Train-Bus Crash

On March 7, 2017, a tour bus carrying senior citizens from Texas was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi. The bus had come from the Austin area and was transporting passengers to one of Biloxi's casinos. Four people died as a result of the crash. Those killed have been identified as Peggy and Ken Hoffman from Lockhart, Texas, Clinton Havran of Sealy, Texas, and Deborah Orr of Bastron, Texas. Thirty-five people were hospitalized.

Over 83,000 Accidents Caused by Drowsy Driving Each Year

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 83,000 accidents every year related to driver fatigue. This annual average includes an estimated 886 fatal crashes, 37,000 injury crashes, and 45,000 property damage only crashes. NHTSA recognizes that these numbers are conservative estimates due to the fact that drowsy driving can only be self-reported and not measured like intoxication. Also, drowsiness is not reported when it is caused by other factors such as excessive alcohol consumption or taking medication. Although driver fatigue can cause an accident at any time during the day or night, NHTSA estimates that forty-eight percent of drowsy-driving related accidents occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The majority of these accidents involve a single vehicle, with no passengers other than the driver, running off the road at a high rate of speed with no evidence of braking. Accidents related to driver fatigue also frequently occur on rural roads and highways.

Families of Passengers Sue Boeing

On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 left from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers. It disappeared and is believed to be lost in the South Indian Ocean. The official search for the plane or its wreckage was suspended on January 17, 2017, by the Australia Air Safety Investigative Board.

Rise in U.S. Traffic Deaths

Over the past years, various administrations have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns alerting the public of the many dangers of distracted driving. Talking on the phone isn't the only problem anymore, with just about everything having an app counterpart on phones and many having a hands-free option. It has become apparent that the urge to check a phone is almost irresistible, especially to younger drivers, and contributes to a staggering amount of accidents. It should also be noted that about half of all traffic related fatalities involve the lack of a seat belt, and a third involve a party inhibited by drugs or alcohol.

Texas Legislature Considers Whether to Restrict Cell Phone Usage While Driving on Statewide Basis

Millions of motor vehicle accidents occur each year throughout the United States. For the past decade, at least 3,000 people have died on Texas roads each year. In the last reported year, over 17,000 people suffered serious injuries during automobile accidents in Texas. An unfortunate byproduct of increasing technology in our society has been a marked uptick in texting and driving and related accidents and injuries.

Equipment Crushes and Kills Oil Platform Worker in Brazoria

An oil platform worker was tragically killed this morning in Brazoria County when a pulley system lifting heavy equipment to the top of the platform failed, crushing the man underneath. The platform was located near Highway 35 and County Road 129 south of Pearland. It is not yet clear exactly how the system failed, but an investigation is being conducted.

Parents Sue Dentist and Anesthesiologist After Their Child Dies During Dental Procedure

The parents of Daisy Lynn Torres have filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging their daughter died as a result of anesthesia administered during treatment for tooth decay. Daisy Lynn was 14-months-old when she died.

Patient Awarded $2.5M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In late 2011, Steven Cooper, who served nearly 18 years in the Army, went to the Carl T. Haden VA Medical Center. A nurse practitioner found abnormalities during his prostate examination. Eleven months later, Mr. Cooper was told that he had stage IV prostate cancer. Mr. Cooper filed suit.

Increasing Golf Cart Use in Retirement Communities and Beyond Could Lead to More Injuries

A growing number of people in retirement communities across the country are driving golf carts for more than just sport due to their convenience, efficiency, and low costs. Despite their increased use on public roads, their overall safety record is not tracked nationally, leading to concerns about how they are used and regulated. Golf carts are designed to travel at less than 20 miles per hour and are not required to meet any federal safety standards, including the installation of seatbelts. Regulation comes at the state level. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 2015, nearly 18,000 golf cart-related injuries nationwide required emergency room treatment to people of all ages.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Toddler's Death at Dentist Was Part of Medicaid Scheme

The family of a 14-month-old girl who died while under anesthesia at the dentist has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the toddler's death was part of a Medicaid scheme. The lawsuit was filed against Dr. Michael Melanson, Austin Children's Dentistry, Dr. David Williams, and Texas Anesthesiology Association. In March of 2016, the Torres family brought Daisy Lynn to Austin Children's Dentistry to have two cavities filled. While Daisy Lynn was under anesthesia, the family was told that their daughter had a total of six cavities that needed to be filled. The dentist reportedly told the family that the procedure was normal and necessary. At some point during the procedure, the toddler stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.

How Many People Could Self-Driving Cars Badly Injure or Even Kill Before We No Longer Tolerate Them?

Policymakers and enthusiasts in support of self-driving vehicles echo the promise from autonomous vehicle lobbyists that these self-driving cars will make our roads safer and more efficient. Supporters contend that technology could make those car accident deaths a misfortune of the past.

Botched Surgery Results in Multiple Amputations

According to a lawsuit Carter filed Thursday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Dr. Larry Glazerman mistakenly sliced through her small bowel when removing her cyst. Then he sewed her up without noticing the error.

Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Suffers a Tragedy

A collision involving an 18-wheeler and an SUV occurred on February 19, 2017. This wreck ultimately took the life of the driver of the SUV. Due to the severity of the damage, it was not until two days later that the driver's body from the SUV was identified to be that of 20-year-old Alexander Jones. Mr. Jones was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and held the position of Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Aggie Band. He was also going to be the Commander for the Combined Aggie Band for 2018.

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