Tag Archives: Compensation

Child born with cerebral palsy awarded $6.5 million

On Dec. 3, a Texas judge ordered the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood to pay the mother of a five-year-old boy $6.5 million after the child was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, which is a severe form of brain damage, is caused by trauma and not a birth defect. According […]

Ford warns 2013 Escape owners of recall

Big Three automaker Ford Motor Company announced to 2013 Escape owners in Texas and all around the U.S. that it was recalling 140,000 of the crossover vehicles due to a potential fire hazard. The concern was that a fire under the hood could lead to a distracted driving accident or injure consumers directly when oil […]

Patient monitoring could prevent deaths

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured or killed by preventable medical error in Texas hospitals and throughout the country. One woman is fighting to prevent medical malpractice through the passage of a new law that would require hospitals to electronically monitor patients’ breathing after surgery. Known as Leah’s Law, the proposed legislation […]

Increased penalties for hit-and-run accidents

Starting in September, the state of Texas increased the penalty for hit-and-run traffic accidents. Legislators felt that the old law created an incentive for a driver to leave the scene of an auto accident if he or she was intoxicated. The previous penalty for failure to render aid was a third-degree felony with a maximum […]

Tesla stock slips over electrical issues

Texas readers may be interested to know that the fortunes of Tesla Motors continues to fall as a third fire was reported in one of the company’s electric cars. The fires occurred in Tennessee, Seattle and Mexico. Authorities in Seattle have determined the fire in the car was the result of the car accident and […]

A surgical error with a simple solution

When the Joint Commission, responsible for accrediting hospitals for Medicare, issues an alert, Texas and the rest of the country pay attention. The Joint Commission has issued an alert about Unintended Retention of Foreign Objects, which are items that are accidentally left in the patient during surgery. Sponges are the most common item left behind. […]

Hospitals scrutinized over unnecessary stent procedures

San Antonio residents may be concerned about emerging details concerning the use of stents. Many experts believe that stents are often implanted unnecessarily to boost revenues at medical facilities, and several medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed after surgical procedures involving stents went badly wrong. Three whistle-blower lawsuits and five federal cases describe padded fees, […]

Teen driver faces harsher punishment due to new Texas law

A Midland teen that was recently arrested after of a fatal accident may now face a longer prison sentence due to a new law that went into effect on Sept. 1. The law changed the classification of leaving the scene of a fatal accident from a third degree felony to a second degree felony. A […]

Drunk driving accident kills 5 cast, crew members of “Texas”

Six performers and crew members who took part in the “Texas” musical drama were involved in a serious vehicle accident. Only one survived the crash that took place on U.S. 287 in the vicinity of Dumas as the performers were leaving a cast party on Aug. 12. The accident, which occurred less than 50 miles […]