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Wrongful death accident kills 3 on lake

A Texas family is mourning the deaths of three relatives after a tragic boating accident on Lake Conroe on July 1. The wrongful death accident occurred when a bass boat plowed into their recreational craft. Killed in the accident were a 30-year-old woman, her 29-year-old sister and the younger woman’s 9-year-old son. A 3-year-old girl survived the collision and is expected to recover from her injuries.

Official reports show that a country music artist was a passenger in the bass boat that caused the wreck. The man and his friend, the driver, had been participating in a bass fishing tournament prior to the collision. Both of those individuals were thrown into the water, and the musician suffered injuries that caused him to cancel an Independence Day concert.

Car accident kills 3, injures 3 in Texas

A tragic accident in Texas took the life of two children and their 43-year-old mother. Car accidents like these can happen in an instant, and they can leave you with little knowledge about how to move on with your life. When it comes to your loved one's death, you can seek compensation to help cover funeral costs and medical bills while you get your life back on track.

In this crash, the family was traveling in Texas when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle being driven on the wrong side of Highway 259. Reports indicate that both children were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the children's mother and 42-year-old father were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The man was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening, but his wife later passed away from her injuries. The children were allegedly unrestrained by seat belts in their vehicle.

Military members at higher risk for medical mistakes

Would you trust a military hospital with the life of your child? Although your initial reaction might be, "Of course!" you might reconsider after reviewing some recent incidents that have occurred in Texas and nearby Oklahoma. Consider the medical mistake that led a 21-year-old woman to miscarry and die of sepsis in 2010; she had been sent home from a hospital despite suffering a systemic infection that ultimately took her life and that of her baby. Experts say that she would have survived if she had been properly diagnosed.

Statistics show that nationwide from 2011 to 2013, about 240 unexpected deaths occurred in military hospitals -- those catering to both active-duty servicemembers and our nation's veterans. Despite that high number, fewer than half of the fatal cases were investigated by the Pentagon's patient-safety center. Experts also believe that many cases involving hospital negligence and permanent harm were also omitted.

Sanitation worker loses leg in car accident

Family members of a Texas sanitation worker who lost a limb in a recent car accident are opening up to the media about the incident. The 33-year-old man suffered critical injures when he was pinned between the garbage truck he was operating and a vehicle that struck that truck from the rear. The injuries suffered in the car accident were so serious that one of the man’s legs had to be amputated.

Reports show that the man was working in Longview when the car accident occurred. He was at the rear end of the sanitation truck when he was struck by the oncoming car. The victim ended up being pinned between that vehicle and the sanitation truck. The at-fault driver is not facing any charges at this time, though that could change after a more complete accident investigation.

Wrongful death numbers debated by General Motors

There have been several reports about General Motors over the last year, but now, the numbers of recalled vehicles and the injuries associated with those recalls have been released. Three people suffered wrongful deaths in car crashes related to the most recent vehicle recalls that took place on June 30. Previously, ignition recalls were tied to 13 deaths.

You might have heard about the problems in GM vehicles before, but the exact number of issues and injuries is shocking. The report states that there were 2.6 million vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, that had faulty ignition switches. Those switches had issues that GM allegedly knew about for over a decade. When this recall took place, that started a larger investigation into the state of ignitions in other GM vehicles.

Texas man loses sight after pharmacist's medical mistake

A Texas man is seeking financial compensation from a Houston pharmacy after alleging that an errant pharmacist gave him ear drops to treat an eye infection. The man, age 65, says that he lost sight in his left eye after he was given the antibacterial drops because of a medical mistake. The incident, which occurred in 2012, has been blamed on a labeling mishap.

Although Texas law limits this type of medical professional negligence claim to just $250,000 in financial damages, the man may still be able to recover compensation for his loss of an eye. News reports show that the man's left eye was harmed when he used the antibacterial ear drops, which had been clearly marked with instructions to apply to his eye. The man had been seeking treatment for conjunctivitis -- commonly known as pink eye. The victim reportedly suffers from a variety of health conditions including kidney failure.

Texas prisons invest in fans after wrongful death incidents

They are prisoners, but they still deserve humane treatment. Thousands of Texas inmates, however, face the threat of wrongful death every summer because of one simple factor: the heat. Many correctional facilities in the state lack critical resources to install air conditioning, a situation that can cause both guards and inmates to suffer illness and death. Now, the state is taking modest action to prevent heat stroke and its consequences by installing large fans.

Directors say that the swamp coolers and additional fans were purchased because of the triple-digit temperature readings that have been identified inside several Texas correctional facilities. Attorneys for victims say that the small step is welcome, but it may not have a significant effect on the number of inmates who die every year while they are in state custody. Many have said that the molten temperatures constitute inhumane and unusual punishment, though the state does not appear to agree with that stance.

Wal-Mart truck accident leads to questions of safety

By now, it's probable that most Texans have heard about the truck accident that killed one person and left celebrity comedian Tracy Morgan in the hospital with serious injuries. The truck accident was allegedly caused by a truck driver who had been driving for more than 24 hours without taking time to sleep.

Now, further questions are being asked about the driver's vehicle, which was owned by Wal-Mart, and why the safety equipment on board didn't kick in. Wal-Mart says it has safety systems in its trucks, including a radar system with the capacity to see slowed or stopped traffic ahead as well as an interactive cruise control.

Texas man sues for medical malpractice after wrong kidney taken

A Texas man is seeking financial compensation from a urologist and a radiologist after the wrong kidney was removed during a surgery. The victim, age 55, was reportedly diagnosed with cancer, and physicians told him that he needed to have one of his kidneys removed. Doctors at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth are accused of misinterpreting a CT scan, causing the man's left kidney to be removed, even though his right kidney was the diseased organ. The man and his wife are seeking more than $1 million in damages in connection with the medical malpractice.

The victim says his life is now far less certain than when he was initially diagnosed with cancer. He fears that he will have to begin dialysis, an extraordinarily inconvenient and exhausting process to remove the toxins from his blood. The man may also face a transplant and the possibility of purchasing the expensive medication that comes along with that procedure.

Pair dies in Texas motorcycle crash with car at intersection

The family of a couple killed in a motorcycle accident has been mourning the pair's death in Texas, according to a June 9 article. Like your case, this family has had to deal with the pain that comes from losing a loved one. Fortunately, most cases like this result in the ability to claim compensation for the suffering your family has gone through.

In this case in Texas, a 52-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man were riding their motorcycle when they were broadsided by a car at the west Bexar County intersection along Highway 90 West. They had been at the local hangout, "The Bike Shop," before they were struck. The manager of the local shop called them regular customers. The pair had been on a ride and planning on taking another in the morning with a group that planned on going on a day-long ride through the Texas Hill Country.

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