Houston Spinal Cord Injury Blog

Commercial vehicle crash in Texas results in catastophic injuries

The life of a U.S. Postal Service worker is busy. While driving a commercial vehicle, the worker is at risk for personal injury just like anyone else driving a motor vehicle. One Texas worker's life currently hangs in the balance after a two-vehicle crash that occurred in another state on a recent Monday.  

When a Texas worker is hurt on the job, he or she is responsible for reporting the incident to the employer. Most U.S. employers are required to purchase workers' compensation insurance to provide benefits for employees when on-the-job accidents cause injuries to employees. These benefits can help pay medical expenses and replace lost wages and, when necessary, provide training for other work when the injury suffered makes it impossible to continue in the same position. 

Kids' toys in Texas may be on 2018 hazardous product list

Every year, approximately 100 children's toys and products manufactured for use with babies are recalled. A hazardous product is any item that poses a safety or health risk to consumers. Such risks may be caused by poor product design, improper labeling or other issues. Many Texas parents might currently have defective or otherwise hazardous products in their homes right now without being aware of it.

Part of the problem is that parents who are not aware that a child's toy or baby product in their home is on a recall list might continue to use the product or might give it as a gift to another family, or even donate it to charity or a second-hand store. There are numerous consumer advocacy groups that try to keep people updated on current recalls by publishing lists in print or posting them online. Any manufacturer, distributor or sales company that knowingly places a dangerous product into the hands of consumers may be held legally accountable if an injury occurs.

Taking care of your health after a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury can feel like it divides your life into distinct sections of before and after the injury. Dealing with the effects of a traumatic injury is a difficult experience for you and your loved ones. It can also have a significant impact on your health.

Everyone has a different experience after a spinal cord injury and adjusting to this new reality can take time. However, it is still of the utmost importance to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally.

Navigating the aftermath of catastrophic injuries in collisions

You never know when a Texas car accident is going to occur. That is a critical factor that makes vehicular collisions so devastating -- they often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. In fact, even if you see signs of potential danger on the road, such as a vehicle that is swerving over the yellow line, you may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid a crash. When you or your loved one suffer catastrophic injuries because of another driver's negligence, you may need numerous types of support as you try to recover and move on in life.  

It is difficult for anyone who has never been involved in a car accident to understand what accident victims go through in the weeks and months that following a collision. Many people suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and have trouble sleeping, eating and functioning on a daily basis because they are plagued with reminders of the sudden impact that led to their injuries. Others face financial problems when medical bills pile up and they lose time off work during recovery.  

LaCroix sparkling water company facing hazardous products claim

How does the Food and Drug Administration define the word, "natural?" Did LaCroix sparkling water company place hazardous products into the hands of consumers by falsely claiming that all of its ingredients are natural when, in fact, they are not? These are two of many questions that are being left to the court to decide in a class action lawsuit. Those in Texas who drink sparkling water or other products labeled as natural may want to follow this case.

The claim states that this particular company labels its products as natural while knowingly adding ingredients that can cause kidney toxicity, tumors and other adverse health problems in humans. One of the ingredients in question is reportedly known as a component of insecticides. A woman who is a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit claims to have suffered injury by consuming the company's products.

Tragedy strikes family involved in fatal collision in Texas

Every motorist is obligated to remain alert and cautious behind the wheel. It is a driver's responsibility to pay attention to the road ahead, and to react as swiftly and safely as possible if a problem arises, such as a sudden deceleration of the flow of traffic. A mother and three of her children were traveling in Texas from another state when a tragedy occurred. A tractor-trailer driver has been deemed responsible for the fatal collision that resulted in the mother's death, as well as the deaths of her three children.

There were a total of eight vehicles involved in the crash. A preliminary investigation shows that traffic had stalled on the roadway because an accident had occurred. The woman, her three kids and several other passengers were among those who were stuck in the post-accident traffic. They had not been involved in the initial collision, however.

Road rage suspected in Texas fatal accident

Every Texas driver is obligated to adhere to traffic and safety regulations. That does not guarantee that every driver will fulfill his or her obligation. In fact, some motorists are quite reckless behind the wheel, sometimes on purpose. A recent fatal accident appears to be an example of the devastation that can occur when road rage is a causal factor in a collision

At least that's what officials believe may have happened according to their preliminary investigations. Sadly, a 17-year-old boy who was a few days shy of his senior year in high school died when a car smashed into his vehicle from behind. The initial impact was so great that it caused the young man's vehicle to flip multiple times.

Spinal cord injuries and football season in Texas

One of America’s favorite pastimes includes a competitive game of football. Especially in Texas, the friendly rivalry of high schools, colleges or professional teams causes an upswing in competitive players and viewers alike. With more football games, however, comes the presence of serious spinal injuries.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) works diligently to protect individual players from inflicting catastrophic back injuries both on the defensive and offensive sides. Unfortunately, one wrong hit can leave young players paralyzed and in tremendous pain. Understanding the potential traumas that can inform you of ways to protect your loved ones. If your family member experiences a spinal cord injury due to playing football, you want to speak with a knowledgeable attorney in obtaining compensatory damages.

Catastrophic injuries result from recent Texas crash

Three minors were recently traveling in a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old woman. The driver had no way of knowing that the road trip would be the last for one of her passengers, a 9-year-old girl. Sadly, the child suffered catastrophic injuries that proved fatal when a sudden collision occurred between the woman's vehicle and a pickup truck on a Texas roadway.

There are yet many unanswered questions about the accident, including why the 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck veered across his lane into oncoming traffic while rounding a curve. The woman with three passengers in her vehicle tried to avoid a collision by sharply turning her wheel, which sent her into an oncoming lane. As the two vehicles careened out of control, the pickup clipped the front end of the woman's car.

Church construction site scene of workplace injury

Many Texas residents earn their livings in the construction industry. This type of work usually ranks high on most lists regarding most dangerous jobs in the nation. Any number of mishaps can occur during the normal course of duty on a construction site, sometimes resulting in serious workplace injury or even death.  

A recent incident in another state occurred when contractors were working on a project to build a new church in the community. What would have otherwise been a rather typical workday turned into a chaotic scene when a piece of heavy masonry toppled onto one of the men. Various rescue centers were immediately notified, and emergency assistants were dispatched to the scene.  

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