Nov 13 2012

The Dangers of Zometa


A New York federal jury found Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. liable for personal injury jawbone damage to Barbara Davids who took the drug Zometa. The verdict, is the second-largest among similar cases over Zometa.

The point of the drug is to treat high calcium levels in the patient’s blood, and the suspected cause is cancer. It is used for patients who are going through chemotherapy because it slows down the ability for of the bones to releasing its calcium and it does not allow the bones to breakdown.

Doctors will often administer the drug into the veins, and it will often last fifteen minutes. When the consumer takes the drug, they face the following side effects. The most common side effects are: fever, shortness of breath, constipation, anemia, and nausea. In addition, the patient will have the following side effects at the injection site: tenderness, pain, or bleeding.

Some of the more serious side effects include but are not limited to: rashes, itching, anorexia, abnormal liver function, vomiting, anxiety, bone pain, confusion, insomnia, anorexia, secondary infection, coughing, agitation, chest pain, and urinary tract infection.

There are less common side effects, but some users do experience the following side effects: mucus infection, leg swelling, dehydration, blood clotting, and inflammation of the eye. It could change the eye so people have blurred vision, and it may increase the person’s desire to urinate.

In addition, some of the other side effects are: heartbeat irregularities, chills, swelling or pain in the jaw, and mood changes. The person may also experience tingling in the extremities. You may also see brushing or bleeding at the injection site. If you experience any of these side effects, you should contact your physician.

It is not recommended that pregnant women take the drug because it can cause harm to the fetus. If you suspect your pregnant, then tell your doctor immediately.


It may be possible to have an allergic reaction to the drug, and the symptoms of that include: difficult breathing, swelling in the tongue, rashes, swelling on the face, hives, swelling in the mouth, face, lips or tongue and usual hoarseness.

Some of the less common side effects include: depression, gout, asthma, diabetes, dry eyes, thirst, ear pain, bronchitis, inability to orgasm, abnormal dreams, urinary incontinence, eye hemorrhage and much more. It is no wonder that Barbara Davids won her law suit because there are so many possible side effects!

If you feel that you are suffering due to the drug Zometa Ramji Law Firm can help fight for your compensation today!

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Oct 25 2012

One Employee is Killed, Another is Seriously Injured in Explosion at Refinery Ran by Sugar Land Company


As injury lawyers working in an area with numerous oil, gas and other industrial facilities, we are always conscious of the potential for serious industrial accidents to workers.

CVR Energy, a company based in Sugar Land, Texas, has made headlines in recent days over an explosion at its facility in Oklahoma City, that killed one oil refinery employee and left another critically injured.

 

The Houston Chronicle reported the blast at a boiler inside the refinery to the south of Oklahoma City on September 28, 2012, injured Russell Mann of Davis and claimed the life of Billy Smith, 34, of Pauls Valley.

 

CVR Energy Inc. released a statement saying it is working closely with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies to find out what caused the explosion.

 

According to CVR’s website the Sugar Land based company acquired the facility when it purchased Gary-Williams Energy Corporation in 2011. The oil refinery has a daily capacity of 70,000 barrels of crude and produces diesel fuel, gasoline, military jet fuel, solvents and asphalt.

 

This accident in Oklahoma is of considerable interest in Texas, given the large number of refineries and the fact a Texas company runs the refinery where the explosion took place.

 

When accidents like this occur the plant operator can be held liable for a personal injury or a wrongful death.

 

Although accidents are fairly rare in the petroleum industry they do happen. Given the nature of the product, when they do occur they can result in severe burns, death or catastrophic injuries.

 

In some instances companies dealing with toxic substances have been accused of failing to protect employees.

 

Recently federal prosecutors accused Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services of Texas of illegally transporting hazardous materials, causing the deaths of two employees.

 

If your or a loved one have been hurt by an industrial accident or by toxic exposure in Texas that you believe was due to the negligence of an employer or another party, we’d like to hear from you. Call our Houston Personal Injury Attorney at   713.888.8888 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

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Oct 17 2012

War Veterans Are Involved in More Accidents After Returning from Deployments


Many of our war veterans have seen horrifying scenes on the streets of Baghdad and Kabul.

Research suggests some of the chaos of the war zone is being brought home with them. A recent article in the New York Times quoted the case of  Todd Nelson, a 39-year-old retired Army master sergeant from San Antonio.

A car bomb that exploded close to his truck in Kabul in 2007, left him severely burned with broken bones and blind in one eye.

“Back home in Texas months later, he resumed driving but didn’t realize he was aggressively cutting off other drivers and getting angry when vehicles moved into his lane until other people pointed it out,” the New York Times reported.

As an experienced San Antonio car accident injury lawyer, I’m sad to say this is not an isolated case. Many war veterans are experiencing problems driving when they return home to the USA. And it’s putting other drivers at risk.

The New York Times reported a large insurance company that takes out policies for active-duty troops, USAA, released a study of troops returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan, earlier this year.
It revealed the number of crashes caused by the troops was 13 percent higher in the six months following a deployment than in the six months just before deployment.
The most significant increase, 23 percent, was found in Army soldiers, followed by a 12.5 percent rise in Marines.
The more deployments a soldier had, the more likely he or she was to be involved in a crash. The evasive driving techniques instilled in troops in the war zones have only added to their problems back on the roads of the United States, leading them to be jumpy and to swerve at the first sign of danger.

Currently, the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System is working with Fujitsu Laboratories of America (FLA) on research intended to bring about better treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in war veterans, Information Week reports.

The research is looking into the problems many war veterans experience in driving cars, leading to a higher-than-average accident rate.

 

The VA investigators will be gathering data on the reactions of veterans in certain situations as they drive while administering treatments that include “cognitive appraisal and breathing re-training.” Sensors will be fitted on their cars as part of the program.

 

It’s all part of a driver rehab program that a third of all VA hospitals are offering to help veterans get back on the right road.

 

As an experienced Houston auto accident attorney, I hope these men and women who have served their country can be successfully integrated back to driving at home.
If you have been hurt in a car accident contact our Houston Injury Attorneys. For a free case evaluation by an experienced Texas auto accidents injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.

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Sep 28 2012

Trader Joe’s Recalls Suspect Peanut Butter After Mass Salmonella Outbreak


Trader Joe’s says it’s recalling a brand of peanut butter as a precaution amid reports it may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.

 

But you don’t have to be an experienced Houston personal injury attorney, or to have a long memory to recall how devastating food poisoning outbreaks linked to peanut butter can be.

 

On September 22, 2012, officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said peanut butter from the store appeared to have been linked to at least 29 illnesses in 18 states.

 

The FDA is investigating Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. The retailer has taken the product off its shelves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said children under the age of 5 and the elderly face the greatest risk from this product. People with weak immune systems may also be in greater danger from the recalled peanut butter.

The agencies described a “fast-moving outbreak” of a strain called Salmonella Bredeney. Symptoms usually set in within 12 to 72 hours of eating the product. They include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
Outbreaks of food poisoning in peanut butter were rare until a few years ago. However, in 2009, more than 500 peo­ple were struck ill with sal­mo­nella after eat­ing contaminated peanut but­ter. Sadly there were nine deaths in that food poi­son­ing out­break, result­ing in wrong­ful death lawsuits against a manufacturer in Lynchburg, Virginia.

If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product you have a case to seek compensation and should consult an experienced Houston injury lawyer.

 

A mass food poisoning outbreak almost inevitably follows some negligence or lapse in hygiene at a processing facility.

 

If you or a family member have been hurt by a defective product or suffered from serious food poisoning, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.

 

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Sep 26 2012

Two Are Injured in Another Crash Involving a Houston METRO Bus

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A Houston METRO bus has been involved in another accident with injuries. Two passengers were treated at a hospital after a collision with a pick-up truck.

I have written about crashes involving a number of METRO buses in recent months. In some cases bus drivers have been to blame.

But a pick-up truck driver appears to be at fault for the crash that occurred on the afternoon of September 22, 2012

The Houston Chronicle reported two passengers were transported to local hospital after a pickup ran a red-light and hit the bus.

The accident occurred at the north-bound feeder road along U.S. 59 near the intersection of Laura Koppe, at about 4:30 p.m. The location is about seven miles north of downtown, according to police.

 

“Two occupants of the bus were transported to hospitals with minor injuries,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

In July 2012, I reported on a crash with injuries that involved a public transit vehicle in Houston. A METRO bus and a pickup collided on the 610 Loop service road n south Houston on the morning of July 13, 2012.

On May 1, 2012, I reported on a more serious accident involving a METRO bus in downtown Houston.

Preliminary investigations suggested a bus crashed into the back of a number of cars before coming to a stop on a median. METRO said eight vehicles were involved in the crash, but at least 11 were seen to be damaged at the wreck scene by reporters.

Bus drivers appeared to have been at fault in those two crashes.

When a driver runs a red light he or she is clearly the at fault party and can be liable for injuries caused at the scene.

If you have been hurt in a bus crash or another type of crash contact our Houston Injury Attorneys. For a free case evaluation by an experienced bus accidents injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.

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Sep 24 2012

Man From Sugarland is Killed on a Horse Carriage Ride in Galveston by Suspected Drunk Driver


When you take a ride in a horse drawn carriage you don’t expect it to be your last.
But in a recent accident in Galveston, a tourist who took a horse drawn carriage rode was killed when a suspected drunken driver slammed into the back of the carriage. Four other people were injured in the accident, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The dead tourist was identified as Bobby Mc Kelvey, 57, of Sugar Land, Texas. His wife Renee Mc Kelvey, 46, was injured but was listed in a stable condition at Galveston’s University of Texas Medical Branch.
The other people who were injured in this accident were the operator of the carriage,Joe Hodsdon, 26 of Galveston and Holli Vowell, 18, of Galveston County, another passenger. Their injuries were not life threatening.
Police pointed to the inherent dangers of horse drawn carriages which afford little protection to people who ride in them.
The driver of the car that hit the carriage failed field sobriety tests, police said. He was charged with three counts of intoxication assault and one count of intoxication manslaughter.
“Police said the car slammed into the back of the carriage near the intersection of 21st Street and Avenue L as it was headed south to the beach. The victims reportedly had celebrated a birthday and were en route to the Hotel Galvez & Spa at 20th Street and Seawall Boulevard,” the Houston Chronicle reported.
Police said accidents involving horse drawn carriages are very rare.
I’m sad to say as an experienced Houston auto accident injury lawyer, accidents involving alcohol are not.
In a recent blog I described how a man from San Antonio was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a crash that wiped out four members of his family.
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Sep 22 2012

Officials Test Smart Technology that could Cut Auto Crashes

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Smart technology that could prevent or reduce the seriousness of many auto accidents is being tested by researchers in the biggest pilot project to date.


Researchers have fitted almost 3,000 cars, buses and trucks with “connected” Wi-Fi technology as part of a year-long safety initiative to improve traffic flow and make the road safer by avoiding auto crashes.
Vehicles and infrastructure will be able to “talk” to each other in real time, a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated.
The trial on the streets of Ann Arbor in Michigan began on August 2012 and forms an important part of a 12 month safety pilot project by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As an experienced Houston auto injury lawyer, I can see this technology has potential to make our roads safer, although its effects may not be felt until some time into the future.
I have reported on numerous crashes at times of peak congestion in Houston.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and elected officials and community and industry leaders attended the launch at the University of Michigan campus in August 2012. They said the largest road test to date of connected vehicle crash avoidance technology, offered great potential.
“Today is a big moment for automotive safety,” said Secretary LaHood. “This cutting-edge technology offers real promise for improving both the safety and efficiency of our roads. That is a winning combination for drivers across America.”
The project is the world’s first test of connected vehicle technology under real road conditions.
“The test cars, trucks and buses, most of which have been supplied by volunteer participants, are equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication devices that will gather extensive data about system operability and its effectiveness at reducing crashes,” stated the NHTSA press release.
NHTSA officials say the safety technology could help drivers “avoid or reduce the severity of four out of five unimpaired vehicle crashes.”
Under the test vehicles will send electronic data messages and receive them from other vehicles making them aware of dangers such as hazards of an impending collision at an intersection with bad visibility, a car switching lanes in the blind spot of another or a rear end collision with a vehicle stopped ahead.

“Vehicle-to-vehicle communication has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety – but we need to understand how to apply the technology in an effective way in the real world,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

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Sep 20 2012

Man Dies After Being Stunned with a Taser in Houston


The death of a man who was Tasered by police at on a freeway in Houston has once again raised questions over the safety of the equipment that’s meant to stun suspects.

Denis John Chabot, 38, was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital  on September 1, 2012, after he was stunned with a Taser, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Chabot became “agitated and paranoid while visiting a friend at a motel in north Houston,” the Chronicle reported.

The hotel manager had called security when Chabot refused to leave and the situation escalated. According to reports, Chabot continued to act aggressively toward the security guard, leading to police arriving at the scene. The Chronicle reported Chabot ended up running on the North Freeway.

“Officers attempted to protect him by blocking traffic, but he continued to run. He was then stunned with a Taser, police said,” the report in the Houston Chronicle stated.

While the man who was Tasered by police had a troubled past, the fact this incident ended in his death alarms me as a Houston wrongful death attorney.

There have been a number of wrongful death lawsuits brought against the manufacturer of Tasers.

In 2011, the family of a teenager from North Carolina was awarded $10 million after he died when he was shocked twice by a police Taser in Charlotte.

The award was made against the manufacturer of the equipment after a jury found that Taser International failed to provide adequate warning or instructions about the potentially lethal electrical stun gun, the Insurance Journal reported.

During the case the company based in Scottsdale, AZ, claimed the 17-year-old had a heart condition, which caused his death. A medical examiner testifying at trial disagreed with that the statement.

Sadly deaths through Taser guns are not as rare as many of us may think. CBS reported there were about 70 in 2009 alone in the United States.

In 2005 a heart doctor told the San Francisco Chronicle electric stun guns pose a potentially lethal danger to the heart. “Tasers might interrupt the rhythm of the human heart, throwing it into a potentially fatal chaotic state known as ventricular fibrillation. When 50,000 volts of electricity from a Taser surge across the body, it can instantly incapacitate a person,” the newspaper reported.

If a family member or a loved one has been killed by a piece of dangerous equipment , we’d like to hear from you. Call our Houston wrongful death attorneys at  713.888.8888 or contact us online for a FREE consultation, Ramji & Associates, your law firm. 

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Sep 15 2012

Cap Means Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes are Problematic in Texas


If you have ever made the heart wrenching decision to put an elderly parent or other family member who can no longer cope with living on their own in a nursing or residential home you know you want them to receive the best standard of care possible.

Unfortunately, recent cases in Texas have highlighted how some homes fall well below the standards we expect.

In 2011 KHOU.com a Houston-based TV station highlighted a wrongful death lawsuit that was brought against a nursing home in League City, Texas.

It accused the Regent Care Center of League City of “nursing home of neglect, claiming staff put a resident to bed after a fall caused bleeding and head trauma.”

The report said Rachel Mohr, 78, was shouting for help and was discovered on the floor next to her bed, according to the lawsuit. It said she suffered head trauma and was bleeding.

“She was neurologically alert, coherent and in severe pain,” the lawsuit claimed. “She was placed back in bed and was later discovered nonresponsive.”

These kinds of cases disturb me as aHouston personal injury lawyer.

Alarmingly a recent article in the Dallas Morning News suggested caps on damages in Texas means nursing homes can get away with elder abuse because medical malpractice lawsuits are less likely to be brought.

It’s been that way since 2003 when the Texas Legislature approved changes that capped noneconomic damages in lawsuit at $250,000.

And because elderly residents can’t show they have lost earnings the cap means $250,000 is the most they can receive. It’s not much for the loss of a life or a serious injury.

“Mounting a medical malpractice case is expensive and time-consuming, and lawyers say they simply can’t afford to pursue a case with a maximum award of $250,000. So the threat of lawsuits against Texas nursing homes has virtually disappeared — along with their incentive for quality care,” stated the Dallas Morning News.

The newspaper highlighted an ongoing protest by Bill and Kelly Putnam against Signature Pointe on the Lake, a home in Dallas where Kelly’s 80-year-old father died in 2008.

“But it’s also aimed at lawsuit restrictions in Texas, which they say put them on the sidewalk instead of in a courthouse,” reported the Dallas Morning News.

If an elderly relative has been hurt at a nursing home please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or  (281) 888-8888.

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Sep 10 2012

Safety Fears as the Fastest Road in the Nation is Completed in Texas

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As an experienced San Antonio auto accident injury lawyer, I help many victims of car crashes who have been hurt by speeding drivers.

I was, therefore, alarmed to read on the Associated Press that Texas will be opening a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country.

Construction crews have already started posting 85 mph speed limit signs on a section of toll road that is being completed between Austin and San Antonio. The signs started to go up early in September, 2012.

Speed limit sign
Chris Lippincott, an official with the State Highway 130 Concession Co., told AP the 41-mile segment is due to open to drivers by Nov. 11. He said the “Texas Department of Transportation has determined that the area may be safely traveled at 85 miles per hour.”

The company building the road is part of a consortium led by Spanish toll road firm Cintra.

Texas has some of the fastest speed limits in the county. It currently has 80 mph speed limits on some highways in rural West Texas, AP reports.

In a recent article Slate.com asked if higher speed limits cause more accidents. The answer is apparently no, but accidents at higher speeds are typically more serious.

“They do cause more severe ones. Accidents that occur at high speeds are more often fatal, since high-velocity objects collide with greater force. Overwhelmingly, studies show that freeway deaths increase with freeway speed limits, although it’s hard to know how much of that upturn stems from the greater volume of overall traffic that’s drawn in by looser speed regulations,” stated the article.

The key to road safety is uniform traffic flow. Accidents are more likely to occur when cars move at divergent rates, the article states.

In a recent article I wrote about how excess speed has caused a spate of fatal accidents in Houston. Drivers have even traveled too fast during congested rush hours, often with devastating results.

For a free case evaluation by an experienced Houston or San Antonio Auto Accidents attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at   (713) 888-8888 or   (281) 888-8888.

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