As you probably remember, in July a woman was riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster at Six Flags in Arlington when she was apparently unable to hold on during one of the coaster’s twists where the riders are upside-down. Tragically, she was ejected from the ride, thrown into support pilings, and fell 75 feet to her death.
Over Labor Day weekend, a malfunctioning underwater light at the Hilton Houston Westchase hotel pool released electricity into the water while the pool was filled with swimmers. Several of those injured were members of a family who had gathered for a peaceful swim during a family get-together. A woman and her two sons, one 10 years old, were among those who suffered serious electrical shock injuries. Tragically, her older son died as a result.
As we discussed in our last post, a series of tragic, often-fatal accidents has been occurring across the U.S. in recent years. Because of poor rear visibility in modern cars and SUVs, 228 people are killed every year, on average, in backup accidents. Perhaps hundreds more are injured. All too often, they’re children under the age of 5 -- mostly when a parent or relative was at the wheel.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals is facing yet another lawsuit over its Type 2 diabetes drug Actos, chemically known as pioglitazone. The Food and Drug Administration and plaintiffs in other Actos lawsuits say that Actos can cause bone fractures, macular edema, congestive heart failure, liver problems and bladder cancer, and this plaintiff, a New York man who took the drug between Oct. 2005 and Feb. 2011, apparently began suffering from bladder cancer during that six-year period.
Texas football fans may be familiar with the ongoing lawsuit against the NFL for allegedly failing to warn their players about the potential of a head injury. We previously wrote about the lawsuit on Dec. 24, 2011 ("Retired NFL players file brain injury complaint"). The plaintiffs have finally responded to a defense motion asking that the case be thrown out because the ex-players are purportedly 'pre-empted by the collective bargaining agreement.' The players in this lawsuit claim the NFL failed to protect their health or warn them about the long-term consequences or dangers of a brain injury.
Texas residents suffering from a spinal cord injury may be interested in new research that has the potential to help them in the future. Severe injuries can result in damage to the spinal cord that can detrimentally affect someone for the rest of their lives. One person who suffered such an injury did comprehensive online research and found out about new technology overseas that could help victims across the world.
Texas residents may be interested in a recent story of a teenager whose family accepted a multi-million-dollar settlement in a lawsuit filed after the boy was severely injured by a metal baseball bat. The teen sustained a brain injury during a baseball game in 2006. He was hit in the chest by a ball that had been hit by a batter using a Louisville Slugger metal bat.
A tragic Texas drunk driving incident has led one family file a lawsuit against the local bar that served the driver alcohol prior to the wreck. The car accident occurred in 2011. An 18-year-old woman was traveling in her pickup truck when she was struck from behind by another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was traveling with no headlights on and at a rate of speed nearing 130 miles per hour. The impact of the accident crushed the pickup truck's cab and dislodged the bed.
A Houston mother is suing after her young son drowned in a swimming pool at an apartment complex. The Texas mother is suing the owners and managers of the Trails at Dominion Park Apartments on Dominion Park Drive in Spring. The woman's son was tragically killed in an accident at the swimming pool inside of the complex on May 19.