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Texas teen won't be able to sue for medical malpractice

If you've been hurt due to medical mistakes, it's important that you seek out all the necessary legal help you need before you hit a statute of limitations. When that happens, you can no longer file a lawsuit. This is an interesting case involving a teen who cannot sue her doctor in El Paso, Texas, because she waited too long to do so. The teen was born with severe brain damage and had until 2006 to file the lawsuit; she failed to do so until 2011.

The teen has argued that anyone under the age of 18 can't file a lawsuit in Texas. The teen would have to have an adult acting on her behalf to claim medical malpractice. If the parent didn't take the injury to court, then that would violate the teen's right of access to the courts, which is guaranteed by the Texas Constitution.

Young teacher facing long recovery after brutal car accident

A teacher at a Dallas-area high school is facing a long road to recovery after she was involved in a serious collision after her first day on the job. The woman, who is a first-year teacher of family and consumer science, was involved in the car accident on Aug. 14 on U.S. highway 380. The woman remains hospitalized at this time after suffering serious injuries including a punctured lung and fractures to her arms, ribs, legs, foot and hands.

Authorities say that a pickup truck driver was traveling in the opposite direction as the victim when he struck her smaller vehicle. That driver then went on to sideswipe another vehicle, according to initial reports. The victim was transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment, but the at-fault driver also appears to have suffered serious injuries. At this point, that driver is not facing any criminal charges, though that could change.

Woman sues physician for medical mistake with anesthesia

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit after claiming that she has not fully recovered from a medical procedure in 2012 after a physician botched an anesthetic injection. The woman filed the medical malpractice suit in Galveston County, and she is seeking compensation from a single physician. The woman is looking to receive damages for emotional and physical pain, along with medical expenses and lost earnings, among other civil claims.

The victim says that she sought treatment from the physician in July 2012 because she was suffering serious chronic neck and back pain. The doctor injected steroids and anesthetics into the woman's cervical spine area. During one of the procedures, the woman apparently was so heavily sedated that she lost consciousness.

Teen faces $1.1 million bond for causing wrongful death in Texas

A teen in Texas is facing serious charges after he was involved in a fatal DWI. That accident led to the wrongful death of an elderly woman. The teenager, a 17-year-old, is facing multiple criminal charges for the death of the 62-year-old woman and for injuring at least three others who were in her vehicle at the time of the crash.

At the time of the accident, the 17-year-old teen was reportedly behind the wheel of his Chevrolet pickup truck. At that point, he was driving near Expressway 83 and Victoria Road. It was there that he struck the other vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, and caused it to roll over.

4 Texas residents killed in car accident while on vacation

Four Texas residents were killed in a horrific wrong-way crash in New Mexico while they were on vacation. The family, consisting of a 48-year-old mother, 47-year-old father and two elementary-aged children, died on U.S. Highway 550 near Bloomington, New Mexico on Aug. 8. Authorities say the car accident was caused by a 24-year-old male driver who may have been driving while drowsy.

Investigators say that the at-fault driver was fatigued at the time of the collision. The young man reportedly crossed over the highway center line, smashing head-on into the van carrying the four family members. Only one person in the family van was wearing a seat belt. Meanwhile, the at-fault driver was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Woman alleges medical malpractice in needless kidney donation

A Texas woman who donated one of her kidneys to her relative is seeking compensation through a medical malpractice suit against several Bexar County practitioners. The woman, age 31, reportedly donated her kidney to her grandmother; the older woman died less than a year later from terminal cancer. The victim in this case claims that the physicians should pay for medical malpractice because the cancer was not diagnosed before the kidney transplant was finished. In other words, it appears that the woman needlessly donated her kidney to her loved one.

The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the younger woman decided to donate her kidney to her grandmother in February 2012. By August of that year, it was clear that the transplant recipient was suffering from fatal terminal cancer in her brain. The older woman died in January 2013. She was 66.

Texas motorcycle crash kills 1, causes second rider to jump

If you've been in a motorcycle crash in Texas, you know how difficult it can be to get back to your normal day-to-day activities. Your motorcycle accident could have caused you permanent injuries or even left a loved one dead. When you're in an accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, much like the family of this man may want to do.

In his case from Aug. 1, the man had been driving his motorcycle at around noon when he struck the side of a vintage military truck on the highway. The Texas Highway Patrol was able to tell that the truck driver had pulled out in front of the motorcyclist. The truck driver had been entering the intersection of FM 427 and FM 1107 when the motorcyclist, who was heading east, collided with him.

Probation officer files suit for 2012 car accident, claims pain

A Texas probation officer who suffered serious injury in a vehicle accident says she is concerned about being able to return to work after the crash. The woman, who filed a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver in the case on July 22, reportedly says that it is unlikely that she can handle the rigorous physical demands of her job after suffering multiple injuries in the car accident in July 2012. She explains that her chronic pain has prevented her from pursuing her former career goals.

Investigators say that the woman was driving her SUV west on FM 646 in Galveston on July 24, 2012, when the at-fault driver reportedly ignored a red turn-arrow light. The male driver smashed into the side of the woman's vehicle, causing her to suffer injuries to her neck, back, hips and shoulders. The woman claims that the man is at fault for the collision because he failed to stop at the red light, and he incorrectly failed to grant the woman the use of the intersection. Further, he is accused of entering the intersection in an unsafe manner.

1 dead, 1 severely injured in Galveston wrongful death wreck

A car crash along the seawall in Galveston, Texas, left a 72-year-old victim dead and caused traffic to be shut down for more than five hours, according to local news sources. Authorities say that the at-fault driver, a 38-year-old man in an SUV, crashed into the decedent's vehicle while attempting to make a U-turn. The wrongful death accident left the male victim dead, and his wife was also injured in the wreck.

Investigators say the driver was likely intoxicated when he attempted a U-turn while traveling east on Seawall Boulevard. The victim and his wife were traveling westward in their minivan. The defendant apparently smashed into the victims' vehicle on the driver's side. The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while his spouse was transported to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She remains in serious condition. It appears that the pair were on their way to a family gathering at the time of the July 26 wreck. The at-fault driver was also injured, but he has been stabilized.

Man injured in 2-car accident in Texas

If you've been in a car accident in Texas, then you may be facing medical bills and injuries that take time to heal. When you're in an accident that isn't your fault, you shouldn't have to pay for the damages to your vehicle or for the medical bills that accrue. With some help, you can seek compensation, just like this man may choose to do.

This accident in Texas left one man seriously injured after his car broke down for unknown reasons. The police reported that the man was struck outside his 4-door vehicle when he exited his car after it broke down at the light of Texas and East MLK.

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