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July 2018 Archives

Family Sues and Alleges Wrongful Death Against Hospital

Mary Waters and her three children have sued Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and nursing assistant Felecia Thompson for the wrongful death of Douglas Waters, Sr. The suit alleges that Ms. Thompson struck Mr. Waters on the head, neck, and face while she was trying to calm him during an episode of "delirium and agitation." The suit continues to allege that the assault gave Mr. Waters PTSD, which caused him to not have the will to live, which ultimately led to his death. Ms. Thompson was arrested by police and is facing pending criminal claims for injury to an elderly individual.

Electronic Cigarette Battery Explosions

Electronic cigarettes (commonly referred to as e-cigarettes) were designed to offer a nicotine fix without the side effects of traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, a disturbing trend has emerged involving these popular devices. Many e-cigarettes use lithium batteries due to their ability to store large amounts of energy in a compact amount of space. However, the inherent characteristics of lithium batteries can cause these devices to become a mini bomb and spontaneously explode or catch fire in your hand or pocket.

Billions Awarded to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Suit

On July 12, 2018, a jury in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed that asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. The jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the Plaintiffs for failing to warn about the cancer risks. This is an extremely high award for punitive damages and one of the highest in such cases so far. Johnson & Johnson intends to appeal the decision.

Distracted Driving Linked to Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrian fatalities have risen 46 percent since 2009 while overall traffic fatalities are up only 11 percent. Many experts agree that distraction is a factor in pedestrian crashes and that combating both distracted driving and walking would help reduce the number of incidents, injuries, and deaths.

Bicyclists' Injury Risk Potentially Doubled Without Latest Anti-Concussion Technology Helmets

According to a recent study, bicycle helmets that are not equipped with the latest anti-concussion technology are more than twice as likely to result in injuries to cyclists involved in accidents. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) spent months studying the manner in which cyclists are most likely to strike their heads in a crash and then developed a dozen test scenarios for simulating head injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires helmets to pass a series of tests before they can be sold in the United States. However, researchers identified a number of shortcomings in CPSC testing. For example, although one CPSC test measures a helmet's ability to prevent head impact acceleration forces associated with skull fractures and severe brain injuries, it does not test lower-level forces associated with concussions, which are more common among cyclists. In addition, the current CPSC tests do not evaluate impacts to the helmet rim, despite the fact that several studies have shown that a larger number of head impacts occur at the side or front of helmets along the rim. Finally, although researchers found that a cyclist's head is more likely to strike the pavement at an angle during a crash, CPSC drop tests require helmets to be dropped perpendicular to the impact surface. As part of the study, researchers developed a test protocol to address these shortcomings.

Federal Jury Finds Geico Acted in Bad Faith, Awards Plaintiff $2.763 Million

A federal court jury awarded the plaintiff $2.763 million recently because an insurance company acted in bad faith after he suffered injuries in a 2012 accident in which he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.

Pregnant Woman Loses Baby Due to Hit-and-Run

In Houston on Monday, July 9, a man driving an SUV on Fuqua crossed the median and crashed into a vehicle driven by an eight-months-pregnant woman. The man drove off after the crash. After being rushed to the hospital and undergoing an emergency C-section, her baby tragically died.

Mother Sues Clinic for Son's Overdose

Timothy Lewis died of an overdose on May 4, 2017. His mother has filed suit against employees of HOPE Clinic, Cross Lanes Family Pharmacy, and Poca Valu-Rite. She has alleged they operated a pill mill and fatally over-prescribed opioid medication to her son.

I Was Hit by a U.S. Mail Truck - What Do I Do?

Mail carriers have accidents just like any other driver. They are out on the roads all day and, inevitably, collisions occur. If you are hit by a vehicle belonging to the United States Postal Service, you should be aware that your case is different than the typical personal injury case.

Medical Culture Encourages Doctors to Avoid Admitting Mistakes Reporting Medical Errors to Improve Patient Safety

Each year, 250,000 patients die from medical errors - more than motor and air crashes, suicides, falls, poisonings, and drownings combined - according to John Hopkins published research. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet a study shows most doctors would not tell patients or accept responsibility for their mistakes.

Steps to Take After Being Involved in a Fender Bender

Many vehicular accidents happen every day. At the time of an accident, people are usually in a state of shock and cannot think properly about what they need to do in that situation. If you find yourself in an auto accident, you should follow these steps:

Worker Killed in Water Tower Accident

On the morning of July 6, 2018, Karen Reed was having her coffee at her home in Porter, Texas. "I heard a metal on metal noise, a boom. When I heard it I looked at my son who lives next door and said, 'baby that can't be good,'" Reed said.

Woman Killed in Wreck Involving Three Vehicles

Alcohol may have contributed to a crash early Sunday morning that killed a woman. The wreck occurred on July 8, 2018, just before 2:00 o'clock a.m. It happened in the northbound lanes of the West Belt at Bellaire.

Texas Supreme Court Invokes the Political Question Doctrine to Dismiss Dog Bite Case

Like motor vehicle collisions, dog bite cases are not uncommon. Just as drivers are held responsible for the injuries they cause if they negligently cause a wreck, dog owners are held responsible if their dog bites someone due to the owner's negligence or if the dog is known to be "vicious, dangerous or mischievous." However, one of the more bizarre outcomes of a dog bite case was seen recently. The Texas Supreme Court dismissed the case under a constitutional doctrine that most of the public has never heard of and even most lawyers would only vaguely remember from their first year of law school-the "political question" doctrine.

Dollywood Splash Country Sued for $2 Million Following Alleged Spinal Cord Injury

Dollywood Splash Country was recently sued by a woman who claims she suffered a compression fracture and other spinal cord injuries while riding a water coaster in summer 2017. Dollywood Splash Country, a water park subsidiary of Dolly Parton's famous theme park, Dollywood, is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The woman claims that she was injured while riding the RiverRush Water Coaster with her husband and their two daughters, despite following instructions from the theme park's staff. According to the company's website, the RiverRush is a water coaster in which guests are seated on a raft that races through powerful climbs, twists, and turns four stories in the air with riders experiencing four drops along 1,175 feet of track. The park allows a maximum combined guest weight of 700 pounds per raft, with a minimum height requirement of 3.5 feet.

Ikea Facing New Lawsuit from Toddler's Death

The parents of a California toddler crushed to death last year by an Ikea dresser have filed suit against the retailer, alleging the company knew for years that its dressers were unstable but neglected to redesign them.

Settlement Reached for Family of Deceased Son Due to Driver's Negligence

A disregard for speed limits and Texas Transportation Code laws can cost lives and cause injuries, as was the case with 17-year-old Zachary Escobar, a pedestrian. On the night of December 29, 2015, Defendant was operating a Mercedes SUV well in excess of the posted speed limit on Sendera Ranch Drive in Montgomery County, Texas. Defendant negligently and with no regard for the safety and well-being of others struck and killed Zachary Escobar.

Hospital Explosion Leaves One Dead, Fifteen Injured

On June 26, 2018, a small 25-bed hospital in Gatesville, Texas, was the scene of a terrible, but likely avoidable tragedy. Fifteen construction workers suffered burns and shrapnel injuries when an electric generator exploded. Construction worker Michael Bruggman, 44, was killed in the explosion. Questions remain as to whether this tragedy was the result of a faulty natural gas line, or from an issue with the generator itself.

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    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

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    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

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    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

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    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

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    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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