As Memorial Day approaches Texans are going to be flocking to swimming pools. Swimming pools are a great place for families to relax on a hot day. But they can be dangerous, and fatal swimming pool accidents can happen in an instant. Anyone taking small children to a pool should keep safety in mind at all times.
The loss of a loved one is always hard for a family. But the loss can be especially hard when a family member's death is sudden and unexpected. And when the death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or party, a family's suffering can be overwhelming. Whether the death resulted from a fatal car crash, truck accident, medical malpractice, drowning or another cause, the survivors have the right to compensation.
Texas readers of this blog may have heard about an allegedly dangerous defect in the ignition switches of some General Motors vehicles. GM has allegedly been aware of the defect for more than ten years. The switches are installed on about 2.6 million vehicles worldwide, primarily on small cars including the Chevrolet Cobalt. The alleged problem with the switches is that they can move out of the "on" position on their own, causing the car to stall and disabling the air bags and power steering.
A previous post in this blog discussed the dangers posed by truck driver fatigue. But drowsy driving is not limited to over-the-road truckers in Texas. Driving while sleep deprived is a serious problem that can affect all motorists and can lead to death or serious injury in a car accident. Some studies have suggested that anywhere from 15 to 33 percent of auto accidents involve over-fatigued drivers.
A Harris County man is the latest victim of faulty airbags installed on Honda vehicles, according to a lawsuit filed in late January. The lawsuit arises out of a fatal accident that occurred on January 18 on Cypresswood Drive in Houston. A 35-year-old Spring, Texas man died in the crash.
When you visit a physician or health care facility in Texas, you have certain rights under state and federal law. These include the right to have your health care information kept private. You also have the right to quality health care. Doctors and hospitals are held to the standard of care of competent practitioners in their field of specialty.
Texas law enforcement personnel put their lives at risk every day to protect the safety of citizens. In late October a Harris County sheriff's deputy was tragically killed in the line of duty when another vehicle slammed into his patrol car. Last month the driver of the other vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
When someone is killed by another person's negligence or wrongdoing, certain family members of the victim have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for their loss. Under the Texas wrongful death statute, the lawsuit is for the exclusive benefit of the deceased victim's surviving parents, spouse and children. The jury in its verdict will apportion the damages among the surviving family members who are entitled to recover.
Modern medicine has brought countless benefits to Texas residents. One of the biggest developments in medicine over the last few decades has been the proliferation of medical devices for implantation in patients' bodies. These devices include cardiac pacemakers, stents, medication delivery pumps, plates, screws and other hardware, as well as hip, shoulder and knee replacements.
Recently in Tomball, Texas a woman in her 40s was hit by a vehicle as she walked along a road near Spring Cypress. She was reported to be in critical condition after the accident and was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital. According to Harris County deputies, the driver left the scene. At the time this post was prepared the identity of the driver and the make and model of the vehicle were unknown.