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Bad medical outcome depends on definition of success

There are different ways to define success. For a child success might mean finally advancing out of diapers. For an aspiring driver success might mean finally passing the necessary tests -- even if it takes two or three times to do it.

When someone in Texas goes into a hospital or a clinic for a medical procedure, chances are good that success in the patient's mind means coming out of it better than he or she was before and anything less might prompt suspicions of medical malpractice. Seeking compensation then is a patient's right. And it might be due if clear negligence can be shown. In some cases it might depend on how success is defined.

Speedy settlement isn't always best tactic after car accidents

When we suffer any form of life trauma there is an understandable desire to try to get past it as quickly as we can. No one wants to dwell on the pain and misery that a catastrophic accident can create.

At times, it may be smart to move fast, but not after an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a crash, the most important thing to do is concentrate on getting better. And if the injury is particularly serious or life altering, then the chief goal needs to be on figuring out what will be needed to make the most of life going forward.

Battle line forming over anticipated truck speed limiter rule

Have you ever been driving down the highway and suddenly come across a chunk of tire tread across the road? You don't know where it came from, but the size of it suggests it came off a tractor-trailer truck.

Imagine if you had been driving beside that truck when the failure occurred. It's not small chunks of rubber flying at you. It's a strand of steel belted rubber several feet long and ten inches wide. If your first move is to take evasive action, it could lead to you losing control and getting seriously hurt in an accident.

Act swiftly in building strong medical malpractice case

Quality medical care is something we all value, both for ourselves and for our loved ones. When substandard medical care results in serious injury to a patient, one of the means of compensation we have at our disposal is medical malpractice litigation. When it comes to the medical care provided by doctors in VA hospitals, though, suing for medical malpractice isn't as easy due to certain legal protections, though it can be done.

The federal government can be held accountable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for government doctors and other medical professionals whose acts of negligence result in the harm of a patient. One of the key things to keep in mind about these cases, though, is that there are time limitations as to when these claims can be brought. 

Waking from coma means joy, challenges for mom, child, family

Doctors appeared to have given up hope on any sort of future for Sharista Giles. Her family never did, and now that hope has been rewarded. The 20-year-old woman woke up from a coma last week. She fell into that condition back in December after suffering a serious brain injury in a car crash. She was riding in a car with a friend who fell asleep at the wheel.

This move toward recovery for Giles after four months of unconsciousness is newsworthy in itself, but what makes the story even more compelling is that she was four months pregnant at the time of the accident. And now that she's awake, she has learned that she is a mother.

Bad data can lead to bad medical care and injury

The age of the computer isn't particularly long, but it's been underway long enough that there are more than a few axioms now ingrained in nearly everyone's thinking. One of them is the notion of garbage in, garbage out.

What it means is that the quality of a computer's output depends on the quality of the data it receives. If the information going in is bad you can expect something bad on the other end. This is perhaps more troubling for the healthcare industry than almost any other.

Many factors can lead to birth injuries

All birth-related complications are not created equal. Some are the result of genetic defects or issues with the womb environment. Others may be the result of difficulties during the term of the pregnancy, labor or delivery.

In the latter situations, if the medical personnel fail to deliver the expected standard of care, the outcome could be a preventable birth injury. Where such conditions are suspected, the right to seek compensation for the damage caused may exist. The way for a Texas family to make the call is by consulting with an attorney experienced in birth injury claims as soon as possible.

2 killed in head-on collision on Texas highway

A two-car accident in the Flint-Gresham area of Texas claimed the lives of two individuals and injured three others on March 4 around 6:17 p.m. The crash occurred on Old Jacksonville Highway when a truck being driven by a 30-year-old man going southbound crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an SUV traveling north and carrying four passengers.

The driver of the SUV, a 41-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene when ambulances arrived. The front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital and died shortly after from the car collision injuries he suffered.

Head-on collision with truck kills Texas woman

A crash that occurred at around 9:20 a.m. on Highway 11 claimed the life of a woman from Wood County. The crash occurred on Feb. 25 about 7 miles east of Winnsboro. The 42-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. Her body was taken to the Batey Funeral Home.

According to police, a tractor trailer in the westbound lane crossed the centerline while on a curve. The truck hit the woman's car head-on in the eastbound lane, resulting in her death. The 56-year-old man driving the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash. Police released little information about the cause of the crash. Road conditions may have been a factor. No information was released in regards to charges the 56-year-old man may face.

Man goes on apparent hit-and-run rampage with stolen car

A man has been taken into police custody after a dramatic incident in which he has been accused of stealing a car and using it to run multiple pedestrians down. The spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated their belief that he deliberately targeted pedestrians, but they have not yet speculated as to what his motives may have been. Two of the people that were hit have died, and another two have been taken to hospitals in San Antonio for treatment.

The alleged rampage began when the 40-year-old man apparently hit a pedestrian in a parking lot at the corner of Iowa Street and Pine Street in San Antonio. Instead of getting out of the car to help, the man has been accused of reversing the vehicle and running over the pedestrian a second time. The person who was struck was dragged by the car for a short way and succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

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