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What Texas oil field workers need to know

Oil fields may offer excellent opportunities for many workers. However, like any industry with a great deal of outdoor work and a lot of machinery, oil field work can present numerous hazards.

Knowing about the most common types of accidents and what to do should you suffer one can help you protect your health and finances down the line.

How common are brain injuries?

It is common knowledge among scientists and the medical community that the brain is among the most complex and important organs in the human body. Unfortunately, due to its location on the body, situated inside the head, it is not uncommon during accidents for the brain to suffer an injury.

Any strike or blow to the head could cause a head injury. Minor symptoms could include headaches and temporary memory loss, but severe traumatic brain injuries could lead to long-term or even life-long consequences including depression, a loss of motor skills, sensory losses, unconsciousness or even death.

More full size cars receiving top IIHS designations

For the past few years, two things have arguably drawn car buyers to specific models: crashworthiness designs and crash avoidance systems. Indeed, crash avoidance systems may not be available on every model, but the importance of having a car designed to protect its occupants cannot be overstated. This is especially important as cars become inherently smaller in order to increase fuel economy.

However, automakers still produce “full size” vehicles, and these larger vehicles must meet rigid safety standards. According to a recent USA Today.com report, three vehicles have earned the IIHS’ “Top Safety Pick” designation. 

4 common injuries in the oil industry

There are numerous career opportunities in the oil industry. However, these jobs may come with their own special risks. While great strides have been made in preventing injuries and fatalities while on the worksites, there is much work that needs to be done. Despite a 38 percent drop in fatal injuries in 2015 when compared to 2014, many people still get hurt while working on an oil rig, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is vital for employees and employers alike to be aware of the dangers posed by the oil industry. By being cognizant of the dangers, better precautions can be taken to avoid catastrophes.

Defective product from Mazda or Hyundai may cause injuries

According to new product recalls, some car owners in Texas may be operating dangerous vehicles. Hyundai cars are being recalled due to product defects. Officials are also recalling a few older Mazda sport cars that are each considered to be a defective product.

Hyundai has recalled nearly 600,000 automobiles in the United States in an effort to fix parking brake and hood latch warning light issues. The largest of the two related recalls covers over 437,000 Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe sport utility vehicles from the years of 2013 to 2017. According to authorities, the secondary hood latch features a cable that could corrode and end up failing to latch. This may allow the hood to fly up if the car's primary latch has not been secured. The second recall involves more than 160,000 Sonata and Genesis models from the years of 2015 to 2016, which feature a defect that might allow them to be driven even if the brake is on.

Traumatic brain injury may cause anxiety down the road

Traumatic brain injuries can easily occur as a result of car accidents or other accidents in Texas, such as slip-and-fall accidents. This type of injury occurs when an external force damages the brain. Traumatic brain injury can affect people of all ages, although children in particular might experience psychological effects from such an injury, such as depression, anxiety and phobias, one decade later.

According to a recent study, injury to the brain is related to anxiety symptoms long term. This is contrary to what was thought previously -- that injury to the brain leads only to short-term impacts. The anxiety associated with brain injury has multiple causes, such as brain damage or living in a family environment characterized by anxiety following the injury.

Prescription errors and how the patient can help avoid them

Medication errors are surprisingly common and cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Since 1992, the FDA has tracked incidences of medication errors, and there have been over 30,000. These errors can be caused by poor communication, an error by the physician or pharmacist, or failure to disclose medications you are currently taking.

As the patient, you expect your doctor to prescribe the right medication at the right dosage to treat your condition. Unfortunately, mistakes are made and the results can often be deadly. There are ways you can decrease your risks of dealing with a medication error.

Fatal accident claims 2 lives

A woman who was said to be 19 years old recently lost her life in a tragic Texas pedestrian accident, leaving her family to question how such a young woman could be gone so soon. According to police, she was killed while in the process of trying to help a man who had just gotten into an accident. This man also died at the scene. The fatal accident took place along Interstate 20.

At a little before 2 a.m., the woman was riding in a car with a male driver. The driver suddenly struck a guard rail and lost control of the motor vehicle, at which time the car flipped several times and ejected him. The woman apparently rushed to help her ejected driver.

The truth about late-appearing brain injuries after car accidents

You recently got in a car accident involving whiplash, but you initially felt fine. While there was some shock and slight discomfort, you were confident you were not seriously injured. Now, a few days later, you are experiencing some pain and wondering if it could be related to your crash. Sometimes serious injuries take a few days to present symptoms after collisions.

If you are in any pain after your car accident, it is crucial for you to be medically evaluated. Read on to learn more about the delayed symptoms of a traumatic brain injury caused by "whiplash," and why you should seek immediate medical attention.

What the court considers in a wrongful death claim

Someone close to you, perhaps your parent or child, died as a result of someone's negligence. Among other steps, you may be wondering about the viability of filing a wrongful death claim. The first thing to know is that time is an issue. For example, the statute of limitations to file is two years.

Other common concerns may be whether you have the standing to file and what factors the court will consider in such a case. In general, you can file if you are a spouse, dependent, child or beneficiary. Read on to find out more about what the court looks at.

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