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Mesquite Personal Injury Law Blog

Burns can cause unexpected health complications

Almost everyone suffers a burn at one time or another, and while painful, the injury is usually not severe. However, according to the National Institute of Health, burns are most common in young children and the elderly, and the statistics show that more than two million people require treatment each year. The effects of severe burns range from infection to joint problems, and some of these devastating medical issues can be traced back to negligence.

Multi-vehicle fatal accident on I-10 leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Traffic was closed for hours on Interstate 10 close to Vidor after an 18-wheeler collided with two trucks on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the multiple vehicle crash at approximately 12:15 p.m. Sadly, the fatal accident left two people dead and two more injured.

An Isuzu flatbed truck was headed west on the interstate in the inside lane when the driver slowed down for upcoming traffic. As the truck began to decrease its speed, a Kenworth tractor semi-trailer read-ended it. The semi then crossed the concrete divider and entered eastbound traffic, where it struck an oncoming Ford pickup in a head-on collision.

Getting the care you need after a traumatic brain injury

Brain injury is a national epidemic, according to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance. It is estimated that more than 144,000 Texans sustain brain injuries each year. That is one every four minutes. More than 381,000 live with a disability caused by a brain injury.

Fatal accident in Texas claims life of man, injures woman

A car crash involving a semi-tanker trailer colliding with a pickup claimed the life of a Texas man early in the night of Jan. 1. The fatal accident occurred on Interstate 35 at approximately 8:15 p.m. on that Sunday evening. Officials report that that the apparently-disabled pickup was stopped in or near the outside shoulder of the interstate near Troy, around mile marker 314. While it was sitting there, it was struck in the left rear by the semi-tanker trailer.

The 24-year-old driver of the trailer suffered no injuries. Sadly, the driver of the pickup, a 59-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup, a 56-year-old woman, was taken to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple for treatment of her injuries, which were reportedly non-life threatening.

Apparent wrongful death of family prompts overdue road changes

When disaster strikes near a holiday, people may forever associate that holiday with sorrow and grief. This may be true for loved ones of a Texas family who met a tragic end on Christmas Eve. Even as they struggle to cope with the evident wrongful death of the family, loved ones may also be asking questions about the accident and why authorities did not heed many warnings about a dangerous stretch of highway.

The road includes a sharp curve that comes up without warning. A rancher whose property runs along the highway has complained to state authorities for over 10 years about the number of accidents at the curve. Not only has the man had to repair his fence numerous times after vehicles crash through it, but he has witnessed some horrific accidents and terrifying near misses. His requests for reducing the 75 mph speed limit and installing warning signs along the road went unheeded until this past Christmas Eve.

Texas car crash claims mother, critically injures father

While many in Texas were planning holiday dinners and attending family gatherings, one family assembled with their loved ones for the funeral of their mother while standing vigil by their father's hospital bed. The two were victims of a car crash in which the driver of the other car may be facing serious charges. As the details of the incident become known, the children of the victims are looking for answers and calling for justice.

The accident occurred when a young driver struck the couple's car with such force that it split the car in half, sending one part crashing into a nearby parked car. The 68-year-old woman in the passenger side died at the scene, and her husband was rushed to a nearby medical center in critical condition. The husband suffered eight broken ribs and swelling in the lungs, which required doctors to place him on a ventilator. The 22-year-old driver of the other car was treated and released.

Injured vapers say e-cig is a defective product

The irony is that some people use electronic vaporizers because they were told they are safer than smoking cigarettes. However, recent events are changing people's minds. So far, over 100 incidents of e-cigs exploding have been made public. Some believe that number may be a low estimate and that many others in Texas and elsewhere have not reported their injuries from the defective product.

The problem seems to be in the battery. Lithium-ion batteries, similar to those related to recent cell phone explosions, overheat randomly, exploding at most inopportune times. When one is carrying the device in his or her pants or shirt pocket, the explosion tends to ignite the clothing, causing horrific burns to the legs, groin, chest and arms. When one is using the product, an explosion damages the teeth, face and eyes.

Newer technology could record helpful plane crash data

Traveling by plane is getting safer each year. While the number of travelers flying out of airports in Texas and beyond increases, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities continues to decline. However, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board believes that even one plane crash is too many, and that it is past time to replace old methods with new technology.

Outdated practices place airplanes at risk of crashing. One example is the black box -- the flight data recorder. Although incredible technological advances have been made, locating the black box after an airline crash depends on decades-old guesswork. This, of course, is assuming the accident site is located. For example, the crash site of Egypt Air Flight 84 -- downed in the Mediterranean earlier this year -- has not yet been found.

Facts about brain injury

A single blow to the head can have catastrophic effects on the remainder of your life, and in many cases, it can leave you needing long-term or permanent care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year in America, and that TBIs play a role in about 30 percent of all injury-related fatalities in the United States. Because TBIs vary considerably and no two brain injuries are exactly alike, the symptoms associated with each can fluctuate from one victim to the next. Furthermore, symptoms tend to vary based on the severity of the TBI. Here is an overview of symptoms commonly associated with TBIs.

Friendly golf game ends in brain injury after violent argument

Golf has long been considered a gentleman's game. It is different from many sports in that the rules are generally enforced by the players themselves, and the behavior of the participants is typically polite and civil. However, a recent afternoon round of golf proved that assumption to be wrong after a dispute over an ill-shot ball escalated into violence that left one Texas man with a brain injury.

A 27-year-old man and his three friends were just ending their late afternoon game at a golf club when a ball from another foursome was hit toward them. When the man picked up the ball and threw it off the green, an argument ensued between the two groups. One man from the other group swung his club at the 27-year-old's head, knocking him to the ground. Reportedly, the man continued to beat him with the club.

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