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November 2017 Archives

Texting While Driving Verdict

Many companies are adopting 100 percent cellphone bans when operating a company vehicle. This helps protect the driver, passengers, and other vehicles on the road from being involved in a collision. A lack of cellphone polices can create great anguish for all parties involved.

Big Pharma Gets Slammed with Big Lawsuits Over Opioid Crisis

Counties, cities, and states across the country are suing the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies over their role in the opioid crisis. Most lawsuits are targeting drug manufacturing giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma, Inc., and McKesson. According to many lawsuits, the companies failed to follow federal guidelines and "knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently" released drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin to suspicious physicians and pharmacies. Others assert that the ease of access to opioids is what allowed dangerous substances to be sold on the black market resulting in widespread addictions and even deaths across the United States. Many allege that the pharmaceutical companies engaged in fraudulent marketing in an attempt to hide the addictive nature of opioid drugs.

Distracted Driving Causes Man to Crash into Houston Firetruck

On Thursday, October 27, at approximately 10 p.m. the driver of a Jeep vehicle crashed into the back of a Houston Fire Department truck on the East Freeway in Houston. The accident happened while the Houston firefighters were clearing a minor crash from the road.

Two Bicycle Riders Killed in Crashes

While most were celebrating Thanksgiving and enjoying the holidays, friends and loved ones of two local cyclists were mourning their deaths.

Dramatic Increase in Bounce House Injuries

In last two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of bounce houses. Although they may seem less dangerous than rollercoasters or carnival rides, they can ultimately be just as dangerous and have little to no regulations depending on the state.

Popular Fidget Spinners Sold at Target May Contain Dangerously High Lead Levels According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group

The twirling, hand-held toys are wildly popular at schools throughout the U.S., however there is growing concern that parents may want to refrain from buying the fidget spinners for their children.

Victims of Family Violence or Misconduct Shouldn't Ignore Their Tort Claims

The commission of an actionable tort frequently occurs in the context of, or is the impetus for, a divorce or child custody proceeding. Some examples of potential torts that you may encounter are: (1) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; (2) Assault and Battery; (3) Defamation of Character; and (4) Invasion of Privacy. In Texas-unlike some states-tort and matrimonial actions can be joined in one action. In other words, you may be able to recover for your physical and emotional injuries in the same proceeding as the divorce.

What to Do if You Are Hurt on the Job and Your Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Comp

In most states and with most employers, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits under most circumstances regardless of who was at fault for the injury. However, Texas is the only state that does not require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits to their injured employees.

Shooter Opens Fire on Church's Sunday Service

On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles outside of San Antonio. This mass shooting took place during the church's Sunday service. The shooting killed 26 people and injured 20 others and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

Truck Rollover Snarls Traffic

Recently, a tractor-trailer overturned while taking the ramp from inbound on the Southwest Freeway to southbound on the West Loop 610. Fortunately, the driver was not injured, but his load of cotton was strewn upon the highway, and some fell to the ramp below, blocking traffic for five hours.

AAA Study Reveals Dangers of Touch Screen and Voice Command Vehicle Technology

According to a recent study funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study, drivers using in-vehicle technologies such as touch screens and voice commands take their eyes and mental focus off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time. The technology, referred to as infotainment technology, allows drivers to use touch screens or voice commands to provide directions, play music, and place phone calls, among other options. Many of the latest systems also now allow drivers to perform tasks unrelated to driving like surfing the web, checking social media, or sending a text message.

Former OU Student and Son of Cowboy's Legend Sues Fraternity for Brain Injuries

Blake Novacek, son of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, is suing Oklahoma University-based fraternity Beta Theta Pi and affiliated organizations for significant injuries he sustained after he was hit by a baseball bat in a hazing ritual. According to the lawsuit, Novacek is seeking monetary relief of more than $150,000 from Beta Theta Pi, Beta Theta Pi Corporation of Oklahoma, the Gamma Phi (OU) Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, as well as Shane Muselmann and Gavin Martindale, two members of the Gamma Phi Chapter who were allegedly involved in the incident.

Man Sues Pharmacy Over Wrong Prescription

In 2013, Anthony Gonzales was injured in a car wreck. He was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. In 2014, Mr. Gonzales had his prescription filled at Walgreens. According to his lawsuit, the pharmacist instead gave him Xanax, which belonged to another man with the same name. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has been linked to suicidal tendencies in some individuals.

Steering Wheel Issues

Steering wheels are used every single time we drive around town. However, many of us just assume that this critical component on our cars will operate safely. Every day, we rotate them to the left and right to guide our vehicles where we intend for them to go. Not once do we consider the fact that our steering system is comprised of mechanical parts that can potentially fail. Imagine if your steering wheel were to fail, you would have absolutely no control over where your vehicle was heading. While this is a scary thought, you may be telling yourself, "that will never happen!" You may need to think again.

Ford Recalls Over 1 Million Trucks

Ford is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.A, Canada, and Mexico because of a defect that causes a door to open while driving, placing customers at serious risk of injury. The company reported that a frozen door latch or a bent actuation cable may prevent a door from closing or opening. However, if a customer is able to open and close such a door, the door may appear closed while the latch is not fully engaged, allowing the door to open while driving. This defect only affects F-150 and Super Duty Ford Trucks.

Houston Officials Let Developers Build Homes Inside Reservoirs

Residents that live near the Addicks and Barker Reservoir are now coming to terms with the fact that in big enough rainstorms, their neighborhoods are actually designed to flood. And nobody told them about it.

Family Awarded $23M for Girl Who Suffered Brain Damage at Birth

A jury found Dr. Thomas Myers, a neonatologist, was negligent and has caused ongoing health problems for Tinley Parker, now five years old. They awarded more than $23 million to the family. According to the family's attorney, Tinley suffered massive blood loss at birth and was not fully transfused for approximately three hours after her birth. As a result, Tinley suffered brain damage and now has ongoing health problems, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy. 

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