The holiday season is upon us and we want to remind you to pay attention to your surroundings. Here are a few simple tips to keep you safe.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, vigilant of activity around you and attentive to individuals approaching, walking purposely and with confidence.
- Do not allow yourself to be distracted by activity such as talking on your cell phone, listening to music or reading.
- Try to travel with others, walk in well-traveled areas, and at night in well-lighted areas.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions about an injury you suffered from a drunk driver or if a family member was killed, please complete our online contact form or call us at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888. We provide a free consultation.
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.
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.
When an infant dies in a crib questions are inevitably asked as to whether defective equipment was to blame.
On August 23, 2012 a seven-month-old girl was found unresponsive at a home in Hammerly, Houston.
Police said the child was found to be unresponsive. Although she was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital she was pronounced deceased.
As an experienced Houston children’s injuries attorney, I am saddened by this death. Inevitably it raises many questions.
“The child’s grandfather was caring for the baby when he put her down for an afternoon nap, police said. Later, another person who lives in the apartment came home and discovered the infant unresponsive. Police said the baby was found between the railing of the crib and the mattress,” the Houston Chronicle reported.
Police were awaiting autopsy results on the child, before they could determine a cause of death.
It’s not clear what kind of crib was being used, but I’m well aware of the dangers of some kinds of cribs. A potential suffocation risk, led to a number of massive recalls of drop sided cribs in recent years.
More than 10 million drop sided cribs were recalled after as many as many as 32 children suffered strangulation and suffocation deaths.
In December, 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announced that after decades of use, the sale of drop-side cribs was being banned.
The circumstances of the baby death in Houston makes me wonder if a crib with drop sides was, in fact, being used.
Cribs are not the only piece of infant equipment to present dangers to children.
Recently I reported on how Evenflo recalled thousands of Chinese-made high chairs after several incidents of trays detaching, leading to infants falling out of them. At least 8 infants were injured.
If a child is killed or injured by faulty equipment there may be grounds to bring a product liability lawsuit.
If you are the owner of a building or a management company you have a duty to make sure the structure is maintained in a safe condition. Likewise construction companies have a duty to their employees and members of the public to make sure construction sites aren’t hazardous.
You don’t need to be an experienced Houston personal injury attorney to know someone failed in that duty in Galveston, Texas, when a large section of a balcony fell 20 feet onto a busy sidewalk, seriously injuring a woman and scraping the face of an 18-month-old child.
The Houston Chronicle reported on how a large section of material fell from the bottom of a balcony at the Urban Lofts in Galveston on the evening of August 25, 2012.
Police said the sidewalk was packed with visitors who were attending the Art Walk, a weekend art festival.
Witnesses said a chunk of material “the size of two large windows appeared to have peeled away from the balcony bottom,” according to the Houston Chronicle.
My thoughts as a Houston injury lawyer are with the family of the injured woman.
The victim in this case who was minding her own business on a public sidewalk would not have expected to be hit by a falling balcony. She has clear grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the owners or managers of this building which was clearly in an unacceptable state.
Freak accidents like this are thankfully rare but they happen. In a recent article I reported on some of the terrible consequences of elevator accidents.
If you have been injured by a dangerous building, we’d like to hear from you. Call our Houston premises liability or slip and fall attorneys at 713.888.8888 or contact us online for a FREE consultation, Ramji & Associates, your law firm.