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Travel Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. Millions will hop a plane or train to visit loved ones and even more will take to the highways. The American Red Cross offers these tips people can follow to have a safe trip over the upcoming holiday.  DRIVING TO GRANDMA’S HOUSE Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. Watch weather predictions for your entire route so you know what to expect along the way.  Make sure you follow these steps to have a safe trip:… Read More

Celebrating a Safer, More Just America

People Who Make a Difference The 2015 Justice Served Awards honor each of these nominees for their commitment to a safer, more just America. Tell us which story moves you the most (see our nominating criteria below), and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a free subscription to Consumer Reports.  Dr. Stephen Loyd advocates drug testing for doctors. Doctor Calls for Drug Testing of Health Care Workers Dr. Stephen Loyd knows a thing or two about drug addiction among physicians and other health care workers. The prominent Tennessee doctor of internal medicine started taking narcotic painkillers to relieve stress… Read More

The Roles Of An Accident Attorney And An Injury Attorney.

Employees who get sick or incur injuries as a direct consequence of their employment are eligible to collect worker’s compensation benefits. The benefits are usually meant to sustain them while they recuperate and are always awarded as either both medical care payments and cash for lost employment opportunity or either. The guidelines, regulations, and stipulations for claiming these benefits constitute the legal structure of particular states. The structure covers how, why and when benefits can and should be awarded for work-related injuries or injuries and inconvenience caused by bodily incapacitation due to negligence, accidents or mere chance. Since these structures are detailed… Read More

Demystifying Wrongful Death Claims

When a person passes away because of the fault of another entity or person, the survivors of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. An injury attorney can help get compensation for the loss of the survivors such as lost companionship, funeral expenses, and lost wages. The following is a review of what wrongful death claims are, when you can make a claim, who can sue, the elements of a wrongful death claim, and the damages that can be recovered. What is a Wrongful Death Claim? A wrongful death claim arises when one dies because of the fault of someone else.… Read More

How Do You Prove Fault In A Slip And Fall Accident?

Slip and fall accidents injure and even kill thousands of individuals every year. The most serious slip and fall cases involve faulty stairs, slippery floors, and uneven pavements. The main question is, who is at fault for these slip and fall accidents? Sometimes, it might be the property owner, but other times, it could be another entity’s fault. The natural part of life is that things are going to spill and smoother surfaces are going to become uneven, which are factors that each individual needs to take into account. A property owner cannot always be held liable following a slip… Read More

What is a lemon?

A lemon most commonly refers to new cars with a substantial defect that is not fixable even after a reasonable number of repair attempts. Every state in the country has their own lemon laws that protect consumers from lemons. Federal law also provides additional protection by detailing guidelines for coverage by the manufacturer’s warranty. The BIG catch, however, is that the burden of proof is on the owner of the lemon to prove that the car qualifies for replacement or a refund. How to Make Lemonade from a Lemon Most lemon laws state that buyers are entitled to remedy if their… Read More

How to Help the Texas Flood Victims

Central Texas was slammed by massive flooding this weekend that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes. Many of our Texas neighbors have been displaced. KVUE has set up a GoFundMe account for those affected in Hays County, one of the hardest hit areas. Go here to donate and use the hashtag #HelpHays to spread the word. Here are other ways you can help the flood victims: In the Austin area: The Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting monetary donations. The fund’s name is the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Go to the organization’s website to donate. The… Read More

Dog Bite Claims on the Rise

  Children Are Most Often the Victims Dogs, we love them! They are many times our closest companions and considered one of the family. But any dog can be territorial and unpredictable when they feel threatened or when defending puppies, owners or food. “Our dog has never bitten anyone before” is a common refrain to those who respond to dog bite situations. The numbers tell the story. More than 4.5 million people are bitten each year in the United States, one in five requiring medical attention, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Half of the victims are children… Read More

Another Tragic Truck Crash

Another really tragic reminder about the dangers of large trucks on our local highways. In this very sad news story, 17 people were hurt last night, four died at the scene and another in a local hospital.  According to the story in the local newspaper, several people were in the roadway to help the victim of an earlier crash at 2:30 a.m. when the truck hit them. Both the Star-Telegram and National Public Radio had news stories about truck safety in the last several months:  On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers; In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom; Government… Read More

Medical Devices Go Awry

Fast-Track Approval of Medical Devices Called Into Question The United States is the largest medical device market in the world with sales expected to reach $133 billion by 2016. In most cases, medical devices save and improve lives. Unfortunately, not all devices undergo the same rigorous review process before hitting the market. A number of new medical devices can and do bypass scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a fast-track approval process called the 510(k) program. If a manufacturer can prove that its product is “substantially equivalent” to an existing product, it can avoid stringent premarket… Read More