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Sunday, September 30, 2018

State of Texas Data Reveals Vaccine Exemptions have Quadrupled Over Last Decade

One of the longest running medical debates surrounds the use of vaccinations. While some parents have no issue with vaccinating their children, while others are unhappy with the government mandating their children’s medical decisions.

Conscientious Exemptions

More and more, the state of Texas is receiving conscientious exemptions from state-mandated vaccinations. Last year alone, more than one percent of Texas students – both public and private schools – received such exemptions. Last year’s numbers are very telling, as the state saw four times as many exemptions as the 2007 – 2008 school year. According to state data, this rate has increased every single year since then.


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Fewer People Want Self-Driving Cars After Uber Accident

Are self-driving vehicles safe?

Many of us have long dreamed of the day when we could stretch out in the backseat while our car seamlessly drives us to our destination. Mass production of fully autonomous cars is just around the corner, but with the technology so near, now public support is waning in the wake of the serious Uber accident. As more self-driving vehicle accidents happen, and the public continues to fear these innovative new vehicles, the quest to release a fully autonomous car to the public could stall.

The Arizona Uber Accident

Self-driving cars are touted as being far safer than traditional automobiles. Statistically, driver error is the number one cause of..


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Maritime Accident Lawsuits Require Special Legal Training

Q: Who is responsible for maritime accidents?

Texas offshore accident attorneys help those working offshore obtain compensation for injuries experienced while working on a shipping vessel, boat, barge, fishing boat, yacht, or oil rig as provided under a federal law called the Jones Act that protects seamen. This law allows injured seamen to seek compensation from their employers where the captain, crew, or vessel owners’ negligence caused the worker’s injury.

Sometimes, non-workers are also injured or killed in maritime accidents.


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Houston Police Encourage Exceeding Bike Safety Laws

During a recent news conference in Houston, Texas, the police demonstrated how they enforce the city’s Safe Passing Ordinance, a law passed in 2013, which requires that drivers give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them.

The police explained that they enforce the ordinance with the use of a C3FT, a device that is mounted on the handlebars of an officer’s bike. The C3FT works by bouncing ultrasonic waves against passing cares to determine how much space they are allowing when passing.

Vulnerable Road Users and Ordinance Enforcement

To date, 53 people have been sited and 33 others have been issued warnings under the law. Since the ordinance has been passed five years ago, 23 cyclists have been killed in Houston.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Digital Health Products Could Give Rise to Product Liability Cases

Could the maker of a digital health product be liable for injuries arising from its use?

The rise of digital health products has generally been associated with health improvements. Apple Watches, Fitbits, and smartphone apps that count our steps, monitor our heart rate, and detail our sleep are usually thought to benefit consumers. Similarly, less mainstream digital health products, like wearable patches for diabetics, can actually save lives. Who is liable, however, when one of these devices malfunctions and causes or contributes to the wearer’s injuries?


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Third Party Liability in Construction Accident Cases

Q: Can construction workers injured on-site ever sue for personal injury?

Texas construction site accidents can have devastating consequences for construction workers as well as innocent bystanders.

Workers injured in on-the-job accidents are often misinformed and don't realize they may still sue the manufacturer of unsafe or defective products or goods which may have caused their injury in a


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Supreme Court Confirms Appellate Court Medical Malpractice Decision

Recently, the Supreme Court of Texas upheld a decision by the Court of Appeals for the 14th District of Texas regarding a medical malpractice case over the death of a woman, confirming that the evidence of causation was legally sufficient.

The Treatment of Shannon McCoy

Shannon McCoy suffered brain damage and quadriplegia after experiencing pre- and post-delivery complications in September 2004. She was admitted to the Hospital of Texas to give birth to her first child.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Water Tower Accident Kills One in Texas

Who is liable for accidents occurring on city or state owned property?

Water towers stand tall in most towns across Texas, providing a source of water for the area. Water towers are constructed at a considerable height so as to allow water to be sufficiently pressured. Typically owned by a local municipality, water towers do require maintenance and updating. In Porter, Texas tragedy struck when a worker was killed in the water tower. A steel panel in the process of being lifted into the air crashed into the open water tank, killing one of the four employees within it.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dance Lessons Learned in the O.R.

Q: Is dancing in the operating room malpractice or multitasking?

When the music strikes, some people can't resist breaking into a little Texas two-step or other trendy dance moves. But if a surgeon is cutting the rug while cutting the patient in the operating room, a personal injury lawsuit may result.

Recently, a state medical board suspended a surgeon for "being a threat to public health" due to alleged multiple incidents of her hip-hop dancing that were reportedly videotaped during patients’ surgical procedures.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Pedestrians Aren’t Always Safe on Sidewalks

Q: Who can sue after a hit-and-run accident?

DWI car accidents in Houston are responsible for causing serious personal injuries and fatalities. This is particularly true when the victim of the car accident is an innocent pedestrian who was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Without the protection of a car of their own, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles often die at the scene or shortly thereafter from the blunt force and trauma of their injuries.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pool Safety Tips for Summer

Do I legally need a fence around my pool?

Summer time in Texas is hot, and swimming pools offer people of all ages much needed relief from the heat. Millions of pools dot the landscape across Texas, from residential pools to public pools, water parks, and much more. With proper supervision in a safely constructed pool, swimming is an enjoyable activity. At times, however, pools become the site of...


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