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Dallas Motorcycle Accident Claims One Woman’s Life

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2013

May 14, 2013

A Dallas Motorcycle Accident that occurred several weeks ago was responsible for claiming the life of a woman. Reports indicate the crash occurred on Sunday, April 28, at approximately 10:00 p.m., along I-20 in southwest Dallas County.

According to CBS-DFW News, the woman was part of a group of motorcyclists who were riding along the highway. When the group began to slow for traffic, a car that was behind the bikes failed to come to a halt and plowed into the rear end of the victim’s bike. Rescue crews were called to the scene, but the victim died before she could be transported for treatment.

The accident highlights the need for motorists to be more aware of motorcycles as the weather begins to warm across Texas. Studies have shown that one of the most common reasons given by motorists who strike motorcycles is that they simply did not see the bike. This is why it is so vital that an individual focus their attention on the road at all times when driving. Also, motorists should always look twice in both directions before entering traffic at intersections. Another great way for motorcyclists to protect themselves is to always wear a DOT-approved helmet.

The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough recognize the dangers motorcyclists face each time they ride. That’s why the firm hopes these tips will be successful in helping to prevent such accidents in the future.

Dallas Hospital’s Organ Transplant Facility Closed Because Of Medical Error

by Staff Blogger | August 28th, 2012

August 28, 2012

Organ transplants at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas were recently halted due to a potentially deadly mistake. According to NBC 5 News, the hospital voluntarily suspended its transplant program after an organ was transplanted into the wrong patient last month.

A spokesperson for the hospital stated that the decision to halt all procedures temporarily was made after a patient at the facility received a kidney that was meant to be given to another patient. The mistake happened when a staff member incorrectly matched the donor’s ID with the patient’s name. The mistake was discovered shortly after the procedure was completed. Luckily, the patient didn’t develop complications afterwards; however, the mistake showed hospital officials that their system for matching patients and organs for the transplants could use adjustments to prevent any similar potentially fatal mistakes.

The person who was responsible for the mix-up is no longer employed at the hospital and officials say that the program is back up and running after reworking the verification process and having it approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Botched surgeries such as this have been the basis for hundreds of medical malpractice lawsuits. That is why the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful that the new and improved system will better protect the estimated 208 patients, who are currently on the hospital’s transplant waiting list, from costly and potentially life threatening medical mistakes.

Taking Antihistamines While Wearing Contacts Could Lead To Blindness

by fpw | May 29th, 2012

May 29, 2012

While many individuals would not be able to make it through spring allergy season without medications to keep their symptoms under control, some of the drugs they are taking could lead to a plethora of serious health problems.

According to NBC 5 News, one man was taking antihistamines in order to help with the sneezing and itching sensations due to high levels of pollen in the air; however, the medication he was taking was causing his eyes to dry out and become irritated. This problem was compounded by his contact lenses, which were rubbing against his corneas and leading to bacterial infections.

His optometrist, Dr. Jeanette Lee, stated, “These are serious infections. If not treated, they could leave you blind.” She also noted that she has seen a dramatic rise of more than 20 percent of patients complaining of the same issue.

Antibiotics were able to clear up the patient’s severe eye infection, but the doctor suggests limiting the amount of time that you wear contacts if you are also taking antihistamines. If you must wear contact lenses while taking allergy medications, it is important to remember to dampen the lenses with drops regularly and to take them out before going to sleep.

The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest avoiding a Dallas Drug Injury such as the ones caused by antihistamines and dry eyes by staying hydrated while participating in outdoor activities.

Obstacle Races Often Physically Challenging, Sometimes Dangerous

by fpw | May 2nd, 2012

May 1, 2012

A new trend among athletes is participating in obstacle course races. The races pit the individual against a slew of gut wrenching tasks that must be completed. While the races may be a fun way to test your limits, they can also prove to be dangerous for even the most experienced athletes.

Take, for instance, the case of a 30-year-old Dallas, Texas, boot camp trainer who died while taking part in the “Original Mud Run” two weeks ago. According to WFAA-TV News, friends reported seeing him at the start of the race, but he never crossed the finish line. His body was found the next day in the Trinity River. An autopsy has been performed, but the Tarrant County medical examiner is awaiting the results of a toxicology report before naming a cause of death.

Participants said the scene at the river crossing on the day of the race was a state of panic. They claim that there were too many people in the water at the time and not enough lifeguards. Race organizers have argued that they had four lifeguards on duty at the crossing at all times and a roving team to assist with medical issues.

The Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough would suggest that anyone thinking about participating in this type of race think twice before entering. If you do decide to take part, compete with a partner to ensure safety.

Texas Couple Awarded $13 Million In Internet Forum Slander Case

by fpw | April 24th, 2012

April 24, 2012

Many Americans believe that their First Amendment rights allow them to speak freely about anything. However, a Texas court ruled that saying things that are untrue about another person can cause them as much damage as a physical injury.

According to KVUE News, a Clarksville, Texas, couple has been awarded $13 million in damages after they claimed remarks made about them on an Internet chat forum defamed them.

A jury made the decision Friday in the 348th District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, after listening to days of testimony in the case. Court documents show that in 2008, a woman accused the couple of sexual assault at their Ranch. They were later acquitted of the charges but comments on the case made in an Internet forum continued for months to come. Hundreds of false claims and statements about the couple were posted.

Eventually, a lawsuit was filed and a judge ordered that the company hosting the forum where the claims were made to disclose the Internet addresses of 178 posters. One of those addresses later came back to a business owned by a family member of the woman who had filed the sexual assault charges.

The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind the public that making untrue statements about others is a form of bullying that can be considered a criminal offense if it causes someone else emotional harm.