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New Texas A&M tech to assist spinal cord injury survivors

An estimated 42,000 veterans of the U.S. military have severe spinal cord injuries or disorders, according to a 2017 estimate. Virtually all use technologies of various kinds, ranging from very tried-and-true to the most advanced technology available, to increase their independence and quality of life.

Texas A&M University and other institutions are creating higher tech solutions all the time, and two young assistant professors funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to make that technology more natural and intuitive to use.

Lack of oversight was a key factor in fatal workplace injuries

In 2018, a tragic accident occurred in another state that resulted in multiple fatalities. The fatal workplace injuries occurred after an oil rig exploded. A safety board recently commented on the incident, stating that the five lives that were lost may have been saved if greater precautions had been taken. Texas oil workers may want to follow this case.

The five men who died in the catastrophic accident had been removing pipe from an oil well, also known as "tripping" in the industry. In a typical tripping exercise, a well would first have been filled with a substance known as drilling mud, which is a fluid that helps offset pressure inside a well and keeps gas and oil from escaping. Attorneys representing family members of the now-deceased workers have said the company in charge of the project deliberately used a lesser quality drilling mud in order to cut costs.

Catastrophic injuries: How Texas legally defines negligence

Texas highways are often the scene of serious automobile collisions. When a person suffers catastrophic injuries as a result of a crash, he or she often not only needs emergency medical assistance but assisted-living care in the days and weeks following the incident. In fact, in many cases, accident victims need daily living support for the rest of their lives.

It's understandable that a person who suffers injury because of someone's negligence or reckless driving behavior would want to seek justice in a civil court. The state agrees that defendants who are proved to have been negligent can be held financially accountable for their actions. To be prompted to award compensation for damages in a personal injury case, however, the court must first be convinced that the defendant was indeed negligent and that his or her negligence caused the plaintiff to suffer injury.

Did employer negligence result in your workplace injury?

Whether you work in Texas or another state, your employer is legally obligated to do certain things to help you stay safe on the job. For instance, your employer must provide proper training and any available safety equipment appropriate to your line of work. If your employer is aware of a particular hazard in the workplace, that information must be passed on to you to help you avoid a workplace injury.

There are definitely some jobs that are more dangerous than others, such as construction-related work, military jobs, working on a railroad and other high-risk employment. However, you could even get injured while working at a desk job in an office. You are especially at risk if your duties lead to repetitive strain injuries or other adverse health conditions.

Speeding often leads to catastrophic auto accidents in Texas

A Texas community has suffered a great loss. Speeding often causes drivers to lose control of steering, sometimes resulting in catastrophic auto accidents. That appears to be what happened in a recent collision that has taken the life of a 15-year-old girl.

Teenage drivers are often inexperienced at the wheel. Because of this, they tend to panic if their tires veer off to the shoulder of the road or some other unexpected issue arises while they are driving. Inexperienced drivers often overcorrect when they try to get their vehicles back on track.

Catastrophic collision injuries often lead to fatalities in Texas

In Texas and beyond, intersections are highly dangerous places where auto accidents often occur. Catastrophic collision injuries are a common result when drivers fail to stop at red lights or are otherwise negligent while navigating crossroads. The Texas A & M community is mourning the loss of one of its students following a recent tragedy.

Investigators are still working on the case; however, preliminary investigations revealed that a 22-year-old college student was stopped at a red light, waiting to turn left at a particular intersection. Before the driver had a chance to safely execute his planned maneuver, another vehicle crashed into his car. Thus, an uneventful scene at a crossroads suddenly became a chaotic event as rescue workers arrived to render aid. Ironically, the driver of that vehicle was also a Texas A & M student.

Catastrophic accident in Katy results in fatality at the scene

In the immediate aftermath of a Texas collision, there is often an increased risk for additional accidents to occur. Motorists may not be able to stop in time if they suddenly come upon pedestrians or a disabled vehicle in the roadway. This is one of many reasons drivers must always remain alert and cautious behind the wheel, as well as adhere to all traffic laws to help keep themselves and other travelers as safe as possible. Otherwise, they risk causing a catastrophic accident, as reportedly happened in Katy on a recent Saturday.

Police say a woman who failed to act with caution is now facing intoxicated manslaughter charges. Additional charges include failing to stop and render aid in a fatal accident. The situation began when police officers were already on the road addressing post-accident issues regarding a collision that had taken place. 

Catastrophic auto accident: 5 lives lost in North Texas

Even just after 10 a.m., Texas highways can be full of traffic. Drivers do not always have time to react if a problem suddenly occurs. This type of unexpected circumstance recently resulted in a catastrophic auto accident that has left an entire community in mourning.

As vehicles were moving along at highway speeds, one particular westbound vehicle left its lane and veered straight into eastbound traffic. Moments later, a horrendous crash occurred that took the lives of five people. Those who witness or survive serious car accidents like this one often suffer emotional trauma that is long-lasting.

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.

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