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Texas Construction Zone Accidents A Concern As Weather Warms

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2013

April 16, 2013

As the weather begins to warm across Texas, state officials say there will be a growing number of construction projects breaking ground along the state’s highways. Unfortunately, experts believe the higher volume of highway construction projects will be accompanied by a greater number of Texas Car Accidents.

An article from CBS-DFW explains that a total of 134 people died as the result of construction zone accidents last year. The number could potentially be even higher this year considering more than two dozen projects are scheduled to begin soon along I-35 alone.

To help combat accidents caused by careless motorists, the National Transportation Safety Administration has named this week Construction Zone Safety Awareness Week. The program hopes to educate motorists on the importance of focusing all of their attention on the road when driving. This means putting cellphones down, obeying posted speed limits, and not following other vehicles too closely.

Motorists can expect to see law enforcement closely observing vehicles for infractions of this nature in the coming weeks. They can also expect to be stopped and reprimanded if caught committing a violation.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough and their team of Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve safety for motorists and workers alike along Texas’ highways, especially in construction zones. The firm is hopeful these efforts will be effective in preventing accidents from occurring.

FDA Panel Considers Reclassifying Hydrocodone To Prevent Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 29th, 2013

January 29, 2013

Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are calling for stricter regulations on one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the country, hydrocodone. A story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the move is being made to curb the current abuse rates of the highly addictive painkiller.

Hydrocodone is in a class of medication known as Opioids that also includes Morphine, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Methadone. There are roughly 131 million prescriptions written for Hydrocodone alone each year in the United States and it is consistently listed as one of the top two most-abused drugs in the country each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this abuse was responsible for 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, while 475,000 individuals experienced Drug Injuries associated with the medications that resulted in an emergency room visit.

These numbers are the reason behind officials with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) asking the FDA to reclassify the drug as a Schedule II medication, rather than a Schedule III. This would tighten restriction on how the drug can be prescribed. Currently a patient can have a prescription refilled each month for up to five months without revisiting a doctor. If the change is made, a patient would only be allowed to have a single 90-Day prescription.

The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful the new regulation, if approved, will be successful in reducing the number of drug injuries that occur in the region each year.

Two Construction Workers Seriously Injured In Job Site Accident

by fpw | April 10th, 2012

April 10, 2012

Two highway construction workers in Hurst, Texas, were seriously injured in a worksite accident Friday. According to My FOX-DFW News, the incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. at northbound Loop 820 and eastbound 121.

Reports indicate that the two workers were high above the ground working on a highway column when a bucket crane struck them. The two men were then trapped on top of the pillar until rescue crews could arrive.

Firefighter and paramedics worked for roughly two hours to get the men to the ground. The more seriously injured worker was lowered to the ground on a backboard by another bucket crane. He was then taken to John Peter Smith Hospital by helicopter for treatment. The other worker also was retrieved by the second bucket crane, but suffered less serious injuries and was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital by ambulance.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been called to the scene to begin an investigation to determine what happened so that similar accidents don’t occur in the future. Results from the investigation could take several months to release.

The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the Bureau of Labor Statistics findings that show construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. That is why they are here to help workers who have been injured at no fault of their own at work.

Propeller Accident Victim Rejects $200,000 Settlement With Insurer

by fpw | March 27th, 2012

March 27, 2012

The 23-year-old Dallas, Texas, model and fashion blogger who was severely injured last winter when she walked into an airplane’s rotating propeller has filed a lawsuit against the aircraft’s insurer for damages resulting from her injuries. But according to NBCDFW News, she rejected a $200,000 settlement that was offered on the case earlier today.

The accident happened in December after the woman had finished an aerial tour of Christmas lights in the Dallas area. The pilot claims that he held his arm in front of the woman to keep her away from the propeller, but she walked into it when he glanced away for a moment. The woman lost a hand and an eye as the result of the accident.

The lawsuit came just weeks after the woman was released from a local hospital and began the recovery process. The $200,000 offer was the maximum payout that the insurance policy will allow for a passenger of the aircraft.

The woman argues that she was no longer a passenger in the plane as she was walking on the tarmac at the time of the accident. The lawsuit asks that the courts define the word “passenger” and the phrase “getting out of the plane.”

The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say that it is important to discuss your rights with an attorney after you have been involved in an accident that has left you seriously injured.

Research Shows FDA Drug Warnings Receive Different Responses

by fpw | January 24th, 2012

January 24, 2012

Not all drug warnings are created equally. At least that is what new research from a doctor at the University of Chicago shows. According to MedPage Today, his data confirms that the attention people pay to drug warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can vary greatly.

The researcher examined 49 studies that were published over a 20-year period and conducted extensive interviews with doctors and patients to gather results on how fast and to what extent the studies’ warnings were heeded by doctors. What they found was astounding.

The first thing they noticed was that similar warnings against drugs received different responses depending on the severity of the danger. For instance, they saw that while the use of Avandia dropped after warnings of cardiovascular events, the use of long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) without inhaled controller medications did not decrease after warnings.

They also found that warnings aimed for certain age groups spilled into other age groups. For example, after warnings for antidepressant use in children, decline in adult use followed as well.

The most disturbing discovery was that most physicians do not heed warnings about increased monitoring of patients taking certain medications. For example, glucose testing for patients on antipsychotics did not change after the FDA warned to watch for hyperlipidemia and diabetes in those patients.

The Dallas drug injury lawyers with Ferrer,Poirot & Wansbrough urge citizens to educate themselves on medications recommended to them by a doctor before taking anything. If you have been injured from taking a drug at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.