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Hidden injuries caused by a car wreck

After a car wreck you may think you are okay, not injured, only to find out later that you’ve actually been seriously injured.  How does this happen?  Why do “hidden injuries” occur?  It is because our bodies have a instinct called the “fight or flight response” that kicks into high gear when we are in harms way. You might not discover you are injured until the danger has passed.  The attorneys at Wells, Purcell and Kraatz are familiar with these type of hidden injuries.  Injuries such as whiplash may not be apparent immediately, symptoms usually appear the next day. Hidden Injuries Caused… Read More

What you need to know about the new driving & texting law in Texas

Authorities across Texas will soon be scouring the roads for people who are texting behind the wheel. A statewide ban takes effect today. A law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott last month will replace the patchwork of local restrictions that some municipalities adopted. Supporters of the bill hope it will make the roads safer; 1 in 5 crashes involves driver distraction, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In places like Garland, officers have already been monitoring school zones for offenders zipping through while texting, Garland police spokesman Pedro Barineau said. Now, they’ll expand that scrutiny to the whole city. Some officials say the… Read More

Safe boating tips for your next lake trip…

With summer in full swing, the lakes and rivers of Texas are filled with boaters eager to escape the heat and enjoy refreshing waters. However, it is important to be cautious as crowded waters increase the dangers of boating season. Unfortunately, these fun-filled outings can sometimes turn tragic. In 2016, the Coast guard recorded 4,158 boating accidents. Those accidents involved 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries. Where the cause of death was known, 76% of the boating accident victims drowned. Moreover, of those drowning victims, 85% were not wearing a life jacket. Unsurprisingly, alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in… Read More

Tips to stay safe this holiday weekend- including a new app that helps in emergencies!!!

The long holiday weekend is just ahead and many of you will take to the highway, fire up the grill or enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks. The American Red Cross has steps you can follow to safely enjoy your holiday. HIGHWAY SAFETY Experts say millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross reminds everyone to buckle up, observe speed limits and to not drink and drive. Be well rested and alert and give your full attention to the road. Don’t use your cell phone. Five more tips you should remember… Read More

Summer is here- how to prevent playground injuries!

Adult Supervision Is the Number One Way to Prevent Playground Injuries Seventy-five percent of playground injuries take place on public playgrounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 200,000 children age 14 or younger are treated in emergency rooms each year for playground-related injuries. More than 10 percent of these are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and the rate of TBIs is rising. Because public playgrounds are numerous and easily accessible, most kids spend their time on these rather than private playgrounds. Thus, the largest percentage of playground injuries take place on public facilities. Monkey bars and climbing equipment are responsible… Read More

Texting while driving will soon be illegal in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill that creates a statewide ban on texting while driving. Texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting while driving ban when the law takes effect Sept. 1. Texting would be punishable by a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenses. With 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas now caused by the growing problem of distracted driving this bill is great news for Texas drivers. The danger on the highways will only increase as a new generation of… Read More

Tips for staying safe this Memorial Weekend

Are you hosting or attending a Memorial Weekend party where alcohol will be served? The first summer holiday weekend is here and it is time to think about safety when making plans for driving… Drunk driving is one of the biggest killers on American roadways. In 2016, almost 30 percent of traffic fatalities were caused by wrecks involving an impaired driver, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths. Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving Choose a designated driver before you head to the party. If you plan on drinking at the party, download the app for a car service (ex. Uber) BEFORE… Read More

250,000 die due to medical mistakes every year… 1 in 3 people will experience a medical error

Medical errors, including wrong diagnoses, botched surgeries and medication mistakes, are the third leading cause of death in the the United States. 250, 00 Americans die to due doctor errors each year, which is greater than any major medical condition except heart disease and cancer. One in three patients who are admitted to the hospital will experience a medical error. Recently in North Texas several patients who underwent routine cataract surgery claim they are experiencing partial or total blindness as a result.  The patients say they went into Key-Whitman Eye Center in Febuary for cataract surgery. The cataract patients who underwent… Read More

Dog attacks increase during the summer….

Summer is approaching and during the summer months there is an increase in the number of dog bites. Often the number of dog bites can double compared to the colder months. There are many reasons the number of dog bites increase in the summer, but more often than not this is simply because more people are outside and walking their pets. Dog bites cause devastating injuries that can stay with a victim for life. Dog bites can also cause long-term psychological trauma that may require years of counseling to help a victim overcome their fear. If you have been a… Read More

Mobile Apps to Prevent Distracted Driving

Every single day, drivers are hurt or killed due to a wreck related to distracted driving. These deaths are preventable. Distracted driving is a very real danger that continues to grow. Cell phones and smartphones have played a big role in the increase of distracted driving wrecks. They are NOW also playing a role in solving the problem! Some app developers are working to create ways to help make your phone a tool to fight against distraction! Choosing a Distracted Driving App When choosing a distractive driving app, consider the following: Is the app compatible with your phone? Does it have the… Read More