Houston Spinal Cord Injury Blog

Texas workers may be at risk because of a hazardous product

Landscaping is a thriving industries in many regions. Many Texas residents earn their livings on lawn maintenance crews. It is not uncommon for such workers to have to use weed killer sprays during the normal course of duty in the workplace. A former landscape worker in another state is currently battling stage IV cancer that her attorney says was caused by use of a hazardous product in the workplace.

Roundup is a weed-killing product that is known to be highly dangerous to human health. The attorney's client reportedly questioned her employer numerous times regarding safety issues. She had to carry a tank of Roundup on her back every day, and her duties including dispensing the spray for eight to 10 hours at a time.

Do not ignore signs of a potential spinal cord injury

Many different types of incidents can cause spinal cord injuries. Sometimes this type of severe injury can be caused by a car crash. Other times it can be caused by an athletic accident, a gunshot wound or another trauma.

Spinal cord injuries can become more severe if they are not recognized and treated right away, so it is important to receive a medical examination as soon as possible after experiencing trauma to the head, neck or back. Some signs of spinal cord damage may be noticeable immediately following a trauma. However, sometimes the signs appear more gradually as swelling or bleeding occurs.

Catastrophic injuries result in fatality after Texas collision

Intersections are dangerous places. Every Texas motorist is obligated to adhere to traffic regulations, especially those regarding right-of-way at crossroads. Driver negligence or reckless behavior often causes intersection collisions that result in catastrophic injuries. If a person is later determined to have acted under the influence of drugs or alcohol behind the wheel, he or she may face criminal charges in addition to a civil lawsuit, if a victim or family of a deceased victim files a post-accident claim.

Such an accident occurred at a Lubbock intersection at approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Sunday. There were two vehicles involved in the crash. One of the drivers reportedly escaped the incident with only minor injuries. However, that same driver is now in jail, facing intoxication manslaughter charges and other criminal offenses.

Catastrophic collision in Texas resulted in a young woman's death

Road conditions are often key factors in motor vehicle accidents in Texas. A catastrophic collision that recently occurred took place on a stretch of road that local officials say is often dark, with poor visibility for travelers. The crash occurred on a Sunday evening, involving a car and a tractor-trailer.

Texas State Police troopers who responded to the scene said there are no lights on that particular section of roadway. Lack of visibility may have been a causal factor leading the driver of a car to veer out of the traffic lane. Moments later, the car collided with an 18-wheeler.

Spinal cord injuries always a risk in collisions like this one

When Texas parents send their children to school on a bus each day, they understand there is always a risk of a motor vehicle accident occurring. However, most parents would not be thinking it a possibility that their child's bus will wind up wrapped around the front of a freight train. Serious collisions like the one that took place on a recent Friday afternoon often result in spinal cord injuries or other permanent disabilities.

Sadly, the sudden impact of the freight train colliding with a school bus resulted in the death of a 13-year-old boy who was riding the bus at the time. A younger female student was on the bus as well, and her injuries prompted an air flight to an intensive care unit that was equipped to deal with her serious condition. On a happy note, the young girl was reportedly stabilized and was later able to move out of the ICU.

Texas man suffers catastophic injuries in wrong-way crash

Texas roads can be dangerous to travelers, especially when drivers fail to adhere to traffic laws or are negligent behind the wheel. Those who drink and drive, text and drive or are otherwise distracted place themselves and others at great risk for catastrophic injuries. Such incidents often involve vehicles that have veered into oncoming traffic.

A 37-year-old man was rushed to the hospital with incapacitating injuries on a recent Monday. No information was provided as to where the man was heading except to indicate his vehicle was struck by a vehicle heading the wrong direction in his lane. There is often little to no time to safely react to avoid a crash in such circumstances.

Texas coffee shop employees at risk for workplace injuries

Many Texas residents earn a living in coffee shops. While coffee shops may not necessarily rank high on lists for most dangerous jobs in the nation, those who work as baristas are, in fact, at great risk for workplace injuries. Current data shows that coffee shop workers take approximately 45 percent more time off work for injuries than other restaurant employees.

When accidents happen at work, they don't always occur suddenly. Repetitive strain injuries, common among coffee shop workers, usually develop over time when a worker uses a repeated motion to carry out job duties. Coffee shop employees often suffer from a condition that has been termed "barista wrist," which reportedly causes people to have to miss work for a year or more in recovery.

What will my loved one’s TBI rehabilitation look like?

Those with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be affected in many different ways depending on the type and severity of injury, as well as the part of the brain that is impacted. Because those with TBIs can be affected so differently, the rehabilitation process is tailored to the specific challenges an individual faces.

Brain injury rehabilitation won’t begin until your loved one is stable following his or her injury. The rehabilitation process can occur in many different environments, including at an inpatient rehabilitation center, at a medical facility as part of an outpatient program or even in your loved one’s home. The process toward your loved one’s rehabilitation will probably begin with various tests to determine what areas of the brain are affected and what medications, environmental modifications or types of therapy he or she would benefit from.

Facts versus fiction regarding veterans disability claims

There are currently many U.S. military veterans living and working in Texas. Such residents include those who are full-time active members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps, as well as those serving as reservists or in the National Guard. Sadly, service sometimes leads to veterans disability situations.

When a U.S. military veteran is considering filing a disability claim, he or she may be hesitant as to whether it is the right thing to do. There are a lot of myths and confusion circulating about disability compensation. This post is meant to clarify a few issues, which may in turn help a veteran feel more better informed and able to determine a best course of action.

Catastrophic injuries often caused by tractor-trailer collisions

Every day, in Texas and on roadways throughout the country, unsuspecting travelers get behind the wheels of their cars, assuming they are going to safely reach their destinations. Some will but others will wind up suffering catastrophic injuries in motor vehicle collisions caused by negligent or reckless drivers. Such injuries often include serious burns, paralysis or brain trauma. A recent crash on Highway 380 resulted in injuries to several people.

As is often the case in such situations, preliminary investigations did not answer all the questions regarding what (or who) may have caused the tragic accident to occur. Initial reports state that a tractor-trailer and a sport utility vehicle collided. A witness said the massive truck jackknifed and that the cab of the truck was tipped over.

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