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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.

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.

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