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Failure to diagnose left patient with severe brain damage

Far too many Texas residents know how frustrating it can be to go to a doctor and not receive any relief. Obtaining the right diagnosis is sometimes like running a marathon. When a doctor takes the easy route and makes a diagnosis without further testing, the patient is the one who suffers the damage. A failure to diagnose a condition properly could end up leaving a patient with a debilitating and permanent injury from which he or she may never recover.

For instance, if a woman's doctor had taken the time to perform additional testing when the woman first went to the doctor, she might not be suffering from severe brain damage today. Based on the woman's symptoms, the doctor said she suffered from anxiety and failed to order additional tests. Over the next eight months, the woman's condition worsened, and finally, she received an MRI that revealed she suffers from a hereditary condition called Wilson's disease. Unfortunately, the diagnosis came too late to prevent the damage to her brain.

What potential consequences do you face if convicted of DWI?

If you were arrested on suspicion of DWI, you need to know what is at stake. The potential consequences of a conviction can be harsh and could affect many aspects of your life. Texas law provides for jail or prison time, fines and the loss of your driver's license for specific time periods, depending on whether this is your first conviction for drunk driving or your third. Depending on the circumstances, you could also face additional penalties for aggravating factors.

If this is your first offense, you face jail time between three and 180 days, the suspension of your license up to one year and fines that reach into the thousands of dollars. A second offense within five years of the first one raises the potential jail time to between one month and one year, the loss of your license for up to two years and escalating fines. A third offense could result in your incarceration for a minimum of two years and maximum of 10 years, higher fines and the loss of your license for two years. In addition, for a second or third offense, you could be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle that keeps you from driving if any alcohol is detected in your system.

5 ways to stay safe and avoid medication errors

When you turn to a doctor or other health care professional for treatment of a condition, you trust she or he has the knowledge and experience to come up with a successful treatment plan and prescribe you any medications that will help you feel better. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and issues with medication are a big part of that. Before you blindly trust your health care professional or pharmacist to have your best interests in mind, educate yourself about what you should do to stay safe from medication errors.

Early morning head-on collision causes 4 deaths

Driving the wrong way on a highway or otherwise ending up in the path of an oncoming car greatly increases the risk of being involved in a devastating crash. In Texas and elsewhere, a head\-on collision all too often results in fatalities. The damage done to the victims always inevitably extends to their families as well.

The families of four people changed forever on a recent Tuesday morning. Around 5:19 a.m., a 45-year-old man and his 38-year-old passenger were traveling north on U.S. 287. At the same time, a 69-year-old man and his 57-year-old passenger were traveling south on the same roadway. Unfortunately, the southbound driver was in the northbound lanes of the highway at the time.

How do common birth injuries happen?

A new birth should be an exciting time, but unfortunately sometimes things can go wrong. Birth injuries happen in many ways and affect one or multiple areas: the baby's nervous system, face or brain, for example. In these cases, pinpointing an injury's exact cause can be tricky. They may be the result of high risk factors, in which trained doctors and nurses did everything correctly. Other times, however, they result from medical mistakes that can be costly.

Should a failure to see a motorcycle be a car accident defense?

Every Texas driver is responsible for paying close attention to the road and any other vehicles. Motorcycles tend to be more of a challenge to see because of their size, but that does not excuse a driver in a car accident. Knowing that some vehicles are more difficult to see should only increase the awareness of other drivers. Remaining vigilant of these smaller vehicles, as well as bicycles and pedestrians, should be a priority for every driver, especially in an urban area.

If one driver here in Texas had paid closer attention to the road and the traffic, a motorcycle rider might still be alive. According to reports, the 20-year-old motorcyclist was traveling west on RR 12. At the same time, a vehicle was pulling out onto the roadway from an apartment complex.

Key signs to watch for if you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse

As parents and other loved ones age and it becomes difficult for you or other family members to care for them, it is often easier to entrust them to a nursing home or assisted living facility. These facilities are designed to care for the elderly with everything from basic tasks like grooming and bathing, to medical treatment for serious diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. But when leaving family members in the care of others, the possibility of nursing home abuse or neglect may weigh heavily on your mind. If you fear that the facility is mistreating your loved one, here are several signs to watch out for.

Mental health issues plague mother facing capital murder charge

Thousands of people here in Texas and across the country suffer from a variety of mental health issues. Those issues make their lives challenging, and some of them might even become violent. The question is whether they should be incarcerated or given the help they need. This question could play a significant role in a case involving a mother facing a capital murder charge.

Reports indicate that the woman's father-in-law watched her take a knife from the kitchen and head toward the bedrooms. He then heard the screams of his 5-year-old granddaughter. When the mother returned to the kitchen, he claims she began stabbing him as he attempted to disarm her.

Steer clear of construction zone accidents

Construction zones are dangerous for both workers and motorists. When on foot, both workers and visitors to such a jobsite are at risk of being struck by moving equipment. Motorists driving through the area are at risk of having an auto accident. Everyone should be aware of the kind of work that goes on in a construction zone and make every effort to stay safe.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death

According to a study done by patient safety researchers, medical errors have climbed into third place, after cancer and heart disease, as a leading cause of death in the United States. The findings, which were published in the BMJ, or British Medical Journal, underscore the prevalence of serious medical mistakes that include everything from giving a patient drugs that were meant for someone else to removing the wrong body part during surgery.

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