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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Defective Smoke Detectors and Aluminum Wiring a Recipe for a Fatal Home Fire

A working smoke alarm on every level of a home and in each bed room is an important safety feature to have in your home. The United States Fire Administration provides information on smoke alarms including the following brochure on What You Need to Know about Smoke Alarms as well as information on defective smoke detectors that you should be aware of and avoid.

As of December 2007, the United States Fire Administration had recalls notices on Digital Security Controls FSA and FSB Series Smoke Detectors, First Alert Onelink Battery-Powered Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms, and BRK Brand Hard-Wired Battery Back-Up Smoke Alarms, Models 4120B and 4120SB. For more information on these smoke alarms, contact the United States Fire Administration or the manufacturers of these products.

Defective smoke detectors and smoke alarms are especially problematic for fires that occur at night, when people are sleeping, when people are disabled, or when the fire is hidden. This is because a failure to warn of a fire can allow the fire to spread. Once the fire has spread smoke can accumulate taking away oxygen and creating toxic fumes that can cause people and pets to pass out from smoke inhalation.

Austin Texas Home Fire Claims (Aluminum Wiring)

When purchasing, renting, or deciding to live in an older home it is important to know when it was built and if it was built with aluminum wiring in it. This is because many homes built in the 1960s and 1970s were built with aluminum wiring that can over heat and cause a fire. Additionally, over time the aluminum wiring in these homes typically deteriorate making the risk of an accidental electrical fire increase.

If you own or are thinking of buying or renting an older home it is important to know if you have aluminum wiring. If your home will have aluminum wiring, it is also a good idea to review the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Recommendation for Aluminum Wiring in Homes and to make sure that your home has working smoke detectors. This knowledge can help avoid a fatal home fire or fire tragedy.

Austin Texas Home Fire Claims (Aluminum Wiring & Defective Smoke Detectors: Increased Risk of Fatal Home Fire)

Both aluminum wiring and defective smoke detectors increase the risk of a fatal home fire that could cause devastating loss of life, serious burns, catastrophic injuries, and significant property damage. It is always best to lower these risk as much as possible for your health and safety as well as that of your family.

Austin Texas Home Fire lawyer handles fatal fire claims and other accidental fire claims that cause serious injuries, significant loss of property, or death. Recovering from a home fire, can be difficult. Not only is there the loss of life or serious injuries to deal with, but the actual clean up and rebuilding. From the fire damage to smoke and fire suppression damage, residential fire claim typically require significant resources to clean up and rebuild the home. As such, it can be extremely difficult to deal not only with the loss of life, injuries, and damages, but to also deal with the builder, insurance company, or other large company that may be responsible for the home fire.

For more information on fatal home fires, defective smoke detectors, or aluminum wiring, please go to the following web page on Texas Fatal Home Fire Claims.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Smoke Inhalation Claims

Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death related to fatal fires. An estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than serious burns. This is significant as it is estimated that in the United States, each year over 30,000 people are killed or seriously injured by fire and smoke inhalation.

Smoke inhalation from an accidental fire can cause difficulty breathing, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other toxic effects that can result in serious injuries or even death. Smoke inhalation occurs when a person breathes in smoke or the products of combustion during a fire. The fire not only uses the surrounding oxygen in the air taking the oxygen that humans need to breathe, but through burning or combustion (the rapid breakdown of a substance by heat) creates smoke which is a mixture of heated particles and gases that are created by burning.

It is impossible to predict the exact composition of smoke produced by a residential fire or industrial fire as every accident fire is different. The products being burned, the temperature of the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to the fire all make a difference in the type of smoke produced. This is especially true when furniture, appliances, and other items made up of plastic or other chemicals is burned. The resulting smoke can be filled with irritants or toxins and result in serious respiratory problems or even death.

Smoke inhalation can damage the body by simple asphyxiation (lack of oxygen), chemical irritation, chemical asphyxiation, or a combination of these. Combustion can use up the oxygen near the fire and lead to death when there is no oxygen for a person to breathe. Smoke itself can also contain products that do not cause direct harm to a person, but they take up the space that is needed for oxygen. Carbon dioxide acts in this way.

Combustion can also result in the formation of chemicals that cause direct injury when they contact the skin and mucous membranes. These substances disrupt the normal lining of the respiratory tract. This disruption can potentially cause swelling, airway collapse, and respiratory distress. Examples of chemical irritants found in smoke include sulfur dioxide, ammonia, hydrogen chloride, and chlorine.

A fire also can produce compounds that do damage by interfering with the body's oxygen use at a cellular level. Carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen sulfide are all examples of chemicals produced in fires that interfere with the use of oxygen by the cell during the production of energy. If either the delivery of oxygen or the use of oxygen is inhibited, cells will die.

Feel free to go to the following web page on Texas Smoke Inhalation Claims for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Insurance Industry Reaps Huge Profits at the Expense of Claimants

The Insurance Industry including Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, USAA, and Progressive have made billions of dollars over the past several years. These record profits have occurred despite many Americans suffering huge losses from major hurricanes and other disasters. A main reason for this profitability in the insurance industry is the aggressive procedures Allstate and many insurance companies have installed to deny and delay paying claims. This tactic of denying and delaying payment of claims has helped the insurance industry to obtain over $44 billion in profits in 2005 and what looks to be almost $60 billion in profits in 2006. It also has taken money from Texas families and businesses that have suffered the loss of a loved one, serious injuries, loss of home & possessions, or covered business losses.

Despite huge profits the insurance industry continues to find ways to not pay legitimate claims. CNN recently did a news story on All State and Farmers Insurance strategy of Denying, Delaying, and Defending all small claims regardless of the validity of the claim. In Defending all insurance claims, they spend millions of dollars defending small claims in a hope that most injured claimants or damaged claimants will give up or accept a settlement of pennies on the dollar. As most injured people do not want to fight a large insurance company or have the resources to survive when they can't work or have lost their home or business, many people with legitimate insurance claims accept low settlements.

For information on Texas insurance claims, go to Texas Insurance Claim Lawyer Jason Coomer's Website.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Eminent Domain, Expropiation, Condemnation, and Public Takings

Eminent domain is the inherent power of the state to seize a citizen's private property without the owner's consent. The property can be taken either for government use or by delegation to third parties who will devote it to public use. The most common public uses of property taken by eminent domain are public utilities, highways, and railroads.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has largely given the "public use" requirement an expansive interpretation and has allowed takings of private property for conveyance to other private parties for "economic redevelopment."

What is Just Compensation?

The protection of the Fifth Amendment does not prevent a government entity from taking private property, but forces the government to pay "just compensation" for the property it takes. This issue is commonly disputed in the Texas courts as many governments want to pay as little as possible to take private land and most private landowners want to obtain as much as they can for their land. Most courts have held the fair market value of the condemned property to be the constitutionally required "just compensation." Its determination is a judicial question, and it is usually determined in a trial by jury, on the basis of the parties' appraisal testimony. In working with private landowners to prove up the value of their land, it is important for their eminent domain lawyer to work with them in obtaining a good expert for a land appraisement.

For more information go to the Eminent Domain and Public Takings Page.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act Claims

Federal Copyright law protects architects that have had their work and designs stolen by builders and businesses. Through the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA), an architect whose work was stolen by a builder can seek damages for infringing structures. In some copyright claims under the AWCPA, architects have claimed that their designs have been stolen and hundreds of homes or other structures have been built using their designs. In pursuing the a copyright infringement claim, the business that stole the design can be made to pay for each infringement.

For more information about an Architecture Copyright Infringement claim feel free to go to copyright lawyer, Jason Coomer, Law Office's Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act Claim Page.

Engineering, Architectural, and Design Malpractice Claims

Engineering, building, and architectural malpractice can lead to devastating accidents including a building collapse, bridge collapse, plant explosion, or dam burst. These accidents can cause catastrophic damages, severe injuries and even mass deaths. In living next to large dams and industrial plants or driving on bridges and using large building, we need to have them design and built correctly. Cheap building products, defective building practices, negligent designs, or short cuts taken in the design or building process are all examples of engineering, building, and architectural malpractice that can lead to a serious accident and extremely dangerous situations.

For more information on malpractice claims go to the following malpractice claim or design malpractice claim pages.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SSRI Birth Defect Claims

Avoidable birth defects are one of the most devastating problems that can occur to a family and a new baby. Parents who should be celebrating the birth of a new child, are often caught off guard when their child is born with severe disabilities and often do not realize that someone may be responsible for the birth injury or defect including drug manufacturers that hid information about medications that can cause birth defects. The family is typically busy taking care of the child with the serious health problems and often does not know that the birth defect was preventable. When they discover the probable cause of the preventable birth defect they are often filled with anger and rage. To find out that their child will have permanent health problems or that they lost their baby because a drug company may have hid research and did not provide an adequate warning of a product's safety can be extremely difficult.

Some medications that have been linked to birth defects include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants (SSRIs). Women that have taken SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy have been found to have babies with a 6-fold increased risk of developing persistent pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening lung disorder. Infants with persistent pulmonary hypertension have abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs and do not get enough oxygen to their bodies and may become very sick or die. For more information on potential Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant Birth Defect Claims, please go to the following SSRI Birth Defect Claim Information Page.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Texas Inheritance Law

Traditional lines of inheritance are breaking down and many assets are being lost to the next generation. Many people with stocks, bonds, oil interests, jewelry, and real estate do not always keep a good inventory of their assets and unfortunately they often die or become incapacitated without telling their loved ones what bank accounts they have, where they keep certain assets, or what real estate, stocks, or other valuable assets they own.

Unlike in many movies and on television, there is often not a team of lawyers and investigators brought in to scour the globe looking for long lost heirs. It happens, but someone needs to get the ball rolling. Unless one of the heirs or a family member or family friend steps up and files a suit with a probate court, property can go unclaimed and become lost. Sometimes the government steps in to reclaim the assets, other times scavengers come in and take it.

An inheritance lawyer can help protect a person with assets from scavengers that come in and try to take estate assets. An inheritance lawyer can also help family members that live far away from a deceased or incapacitated loved one reclaim assets or clear title to property.

As a Texas inheritance lawyer, Jason Coomer helps families clear title to property and reclaim assets and their rightful inheritance. For more information on Texas inheritance law or Texas inheritance lawyer, Jason Coomer, go to the following website:


Friday, July 6, 2007

Texas Will Contest Claims

There are several reasons that a Will may be contested including 1) the Will was written under the influence from another person, 2) the Decedent was not of sound mind when the Will was written, 3) the Will is a forged or fraudulent document, 4) the Will is not up to date and leaves out children or does not take into account a divorce or remarriage, 5) the Will was not witnessed or signed correctly, and 6) the Will was improperly done and does not comply with Texas law.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Asbestos Secondary Exposure Claims

Many families along the Houston Ship Channel were supported by workers that were exposed to high levels of asbestos fibers. Many of these workers unknowingly brought asbestos fibers and asbestos dust home exposing their wives and families to toxic dust fibers that were inhaled. This secondary exposure has led to many secondary exposure claims. These secondary exposure claims are becoming more common in Texas especially along the Houston Ship Channel area as more and more wives and widows of asbestos workers are now coming down with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. If you are the spouse or family member of an asbestos worker and are experiencing severe symptoms including shortness of breath, coughing up blood, night sweats, swelling of the face, weight gain or loss, persistent chronic cough, you may want to be screened for asbestos diseases.

Please follow this link for more information on Secondary Asbestos Exposure Claims

Asbestos Product Dumping

In addition to domestic exposure, some companies have taken asbestos products that cannot be sold in the United States and have sold the product in other countries. This product dumping of dangerous asbestos insulation, asbestos block, and other asbestos products can cause serious problems including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other health problems. Texas companies that dump dangerous products in other countries and cause significant harm can sometimes be brought into the Texas courts to answer for their wrongful dumping and be made to pay money compensation for their wrongful acts.

For more information on Asbestos Product Dumping and Asbestos Products, go to the following web page.

Asbestos Products and Mesothelioma Claims

Today despite OSHA regulations it is estimated that 1.3 million United States employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

Asbestos may also be found in Cement Pipes, Elevator Brake Shoes, Cement Wallboard, HVAC Duct Insulation, Cement Siding Boiler Insulation, Asphalt Floor Tile, Breaching Insulation, Vinyl Floor Tile, Ductwork, Flexible Fabric Connections, Vinyl Sheet Flooring, Cooling Towers, Flooring Backing, Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.), Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.), Heating and Electrical Ducts, Acoustical Plaster Electrical Panel Partitions, Decorative Plaster, Electrical Cloth, Textured Paints/Coatings, Electric Wiring Insulation, Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels, Chalkboards, Spray-Applied Insulation, Roofing Shingles, Blown-in Insulation, Roofing Felt Fireproofing, Materials Base, Flashing Taping Compounds (thermal), Thermal Paper Products, Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations), Fire Doors High Temperature Gaskets, Caulking/Putties, Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops, Adhesives, Laboratory Gloves, Wallboard, Fire Blankets, Joint Compounds, Fire Curtains, Vinyl Wall Coverings, Elevator Equipment, Panels Spackling Compounds, Automotive Parts, Elevator Equipment Panels, Ductwork, Electrical Panel Partitions, Electrical Cloth, Cooling towers, and Chalkboards.

Asbestos Exposure can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers that can be fatal. For more information on asbestos products and asbestos exposure claims, go to the following web page:


Thursday, May 31, 2007

Boat, Jet Ski, & Water Craft Accidents

Every year negligent, careless, and drunk boat & water craft operators cause boating accidents that kill and seriously injure a large number of Texans. In many of these boating accidents, alcohol and young inexperienced operators are the cause of the accidents. In the Texas Hill County, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, Lake LBJ, Lake Buchanan, Canyon Lake, Inks Lake, Town Lake, Medina Lake, and Granger Lake are some of the major places for water recreation and where accidents occur. Many of these accidents are actually covered by insurance and people seriously injured by careless, inexperienced, or intoxicated boat & jet ski operators may have a potential claim for compensation.

For more information on boating accident claims, jet ski accident claims, & other water craft claims follow the below link

Automobile Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers

Texas drunk drivers cause thousands of automobile accidents which kill and injure thousands of Texans each year. Under Texas law, a driver is considered drunk or under the influence if they do not have the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body or if they have a blood alcohol concentration of over .08. It is against Texas law for drunk drivers to operate motor vehicles, water craft, or air craft.

For more information on Drunk Driver Automobile Accident Claims follow this link

Defense Base Act

Blackwater, Halliburton, Kellogg, CACI, Brown & Root (KBR), Bechtel, and Dyncorp are all American companies that contract with the U.S. Government to work in foreign countries. Many of these overseas jobs can be high risk and carried out in dangerous conditions. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed while working for a United States Government contractor please contact attorney Jason S. Coomer to determine what time limits may apply to your possible claim.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Advanced Medical Optics Voluntarily Recalls Complete MoisturePlus Contact Lens Solution

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and their patients who wear soft contact lenses about a voluntary recall of Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics of Santa Ana, Ca.

The company is taking this action as a precaution because of reports of a rare, but serious, eye infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis, caused by a parasite. The link between the solution and the infection was identified as a result of an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Consumers who wear soft contact lenses should stop using the solution, discard all partially-used or unopened bottles and replace their lenses and storage container.

"We believe the company acted responsibly in taking this voluntary action and support their decision to be proactive in the interest of public health," said Daniel Schultz, M.D., director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "FDA and CDC are working closely with the company to collect additional information and we will continue to alert consumers and advise them as more information becomes available."

Acanthamoeba keratitis may lead to vision loss with some patients requiring a corneal transplant. The infection primarily affects otherwise healthy people who wear contact lenses.

Consumers should ask their doctor about choosing an appropriate alternative cleaning/disinfecting product and seek immediate treatment if they have symptoms of eye infection as early diagnosis is important for effective treatment. The symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis can be very similar to those of other more common eye infections and may include eye pain or redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sensation of something in the eye or excessive tearing but Acanthamoeba is more difficult to treat.

It is estimated that Acanthamoeba keratitis infections occur in approximately 2 out of every 1 million contact lens users in the United States each year. However, in a multi-state investigation to evaluate a recent increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis cases, CDC determined that the risk of developing AK was at least seven times greater for those consumers who used Complete MoisturePlus solution versus those who did not. Additional information regarding the CDC results is available at the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm56d526a1.htm.

"The ongoing CDC investigation is a collaborative effort," said Michael Beach, M.D., a Division of Parasitic Diseases team leader with CDC. "We are working with FDA, state, territory, university, and clinical partners in an effort to further understand whether usage or contamination of this solution led to these Acanthamoeba infections."

All contact lens users should closely adhere to the following measures to help prevent eye infections:

  • Remove contact lenses before any activity involving contact with water, including showering, using a hot tub, or swimming.
  • Wash hands with soap and water and dry them before handling contact lenses.
  • Clean contact lenses according to manufacturer guidelines and instructions from an eye care professional.
    • Use fresh cleaning or disinfecting solution each time lenses are cleaned and stored. Never reuse or top off old solution.
    • Never use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses. Neither solution is an effective or approved disinfectant.
  • Schedule regular eye exams with your eye care professional
  • Wear and replace contact lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your eye care professional.
  • Store lenses in a proper storage case.
    • Storage cases should be irrigated with sterile contact lens solution (never use tap water) and left open to dry after each use.
    • Replace storage cases at least once every three months.

FDA and CDC want to gather information related to Acanthamoeba keratitis in contact lens users. Report adverse events related to these products to MedWatch, the FDA's voluntary reporting program: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm; Phone: (800) 332-1088; Fax: (800) 332-0178; Mail: MedWatch, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852-9787.

Consumers who believe they are in possession of the recalled product may call the company at 1-888-899-9183.

Additional information about Acanthamoeba infection is available from the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/acanthamoeba/index.htm.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Chemical Burn Claims

Chemical burns have become more common as the types of chemicals we use continue to increase. They occur when a person's body is exposed to strong acids or alkalids. Common household chemicals include paint thinner, bleach, boric acid, and plumbing decloggers. Other acids and alkalids are commonly used in many work places and can cause serious chemical burns. It is important to follow safety instructions and be aware of dangerous chemicals in work places, storage areas, and around the home.

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Serious Burn and Fire Claims

Third Degree burns are the most serious type of burns and involve all layers of the skin and can include burned fat, muscle and even bone. These burns at first can be painless as the body can be in shock and nerves in the area can be destroyed. However, third degree burns are the worst type of burns and can result in death. Burned areas of the body may appear charred black or dry and white. For third degree burns, immediately call for emergency medical assistance. Until an emergency unit arrives it might be helpful to follow these steps:

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Monday, May 14, 2007

OxyContin, Illegal Promotion by Manufacturer May Cause Health Risks for Consumers

05/10/2007 - FDA informed healthcare professionals of criminal charges and civil liabilities brought against Purdue Frederick in connection with several illegal schemes to promote, market and sell OxyContin, a powerful prescription pain reliever that the company produces. The manufacturer's sales force was trained to make false claims about the product to healthcare professionals, thereby, misbranding OxyContin by illegally promoting the drug as being less addictive, less subject to abuse, and less likely to cause tolerance and withdrawal than other pain medications. These practices falsely promote the product and may cause health risks for consumers.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Antidepressant Medication Products

FDA notified healthcare professionals that the Agency proposed that makers of all antidepressant medications update the existing black box warning on the prescribing information for their products to include warnings about the increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior in young adults ages 18 to 24 years old during the first one to two months of treatment. The proposed labeling changes also state that scientific data did not show this increased risk in adults older than 24 years of age and that adults 65 years of age and older taking antidepressants have a decreased risk of suicidality. The proposed updates apply to the entire category of antidepressants. Individuals currently taking prescribed antidepressant medications should not stop taking them and should notify their healthcare professional if they have concerns. Manufacturers of antidepressant medications will have 30 days to submit their revised product labeling and revised Medication Guides to FDA for review. See the FDA press release for the list of products affected by the proposed antidepressant product labeling changes.

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Investment Scams, Broker Fraud, & Viatical Settlement Fraud Claims

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed complaints against large viatical settlement companies like Mutual Benefit Corporation and ABC Viaticals, Inc. It is estimated by the SEC that over 29,000 investors were bilked out of $1 billion by Mutual Benefits Corp. and about 4000 investors lost about $100 million from ABC Viaticals, Inc.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Austin Texas Motorcycle Accident Claims

Every year tens of thousand of motorcycles invade Austin for the Republic of Texas Biker Rally. It is a great event with lots of fun, good music, and energy coming into the ATX. Austin Texas closes down several streets and most of the locals make room for the visiting bikers to parade up and down the streets of Austin. Many of us enjoy the variety of bikers and motorcycles cruising the streets of Austin. However, these bikers are sometime vulnerable to careless drivers and can suffer serious injuries if they are hit by a large truck, bus, or car. Even a careless move by another driver can throw off a biker to cause a serious crash.

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Texas Professional Malpractice Claims

Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Engineering Malpractice, Programming Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, and other forms of professional negligence are extremely important areas of law because people that go to accountants, engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals need to be able to trust the professional to take care of them. The trust established by the expertise of the professional creates an environment where people are healed and problems are solved, however, it also creates an environment where a professional can intentionally or negligently create great harm. If harm arises, an damaged person or business needs to be protected and may need a Texas Malpractice Lawyer or other individual that can explain what the professional did wrong and what needs to be done to remedy the situation.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Class 1 Recall: Hernia Mesh Patch

The mesh patches that are being recalled were surgically implanted into people to support the abdominal wall after hernia surgery and have a “memory recoil ring” that makes it pop into shape after it is inserted. The recall is due to ring breakage, which can result in a sharp, exposed point inside the abdomen, which can perforate the intestines, cause a fistula, abcess, bowel obstruction, and in some cases sepsis and death. If you have had a recent hernia surgery and are experiencing fever, pain at the incision site, abdominal tenderness or distention, nausea, contact your doctor immediately. Anyone that has had a Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch should receive notice from their hospital or surgeon. However, this isn’t always the case. Therefore, if you have had hernia surgery, it is probably a good idea to contact your surgeon to find out if your patch was recalled. The recall applies to the oval, large oval, and large circle devices.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Wills, Estate Planning, and Texas Probate Law

Wills, Estate Planning, and Texas Probate Law are important areas of the law that allow individuals to plan their legacy. Under Texas Probate Law a person can designate who will take care of their dependants and who will inherit their property and wealth. Utilizing Estate Planning under Texas Law, allows individuals to help their loved ones for years, even decades after they are gone.

Texas Car Wrecks

Texas Automobile Collisions

Every year truck, motorcycle, bus, car, and other automobile collisions kill and seriously injure a large number of Texans. Reckless driving, mechanical error, and alcohol are often the cause of serious collisions. Below is a list of Texas lawyers that handle automobile collision claims, please feel free to follow the links below or submit an inquiry for information.

When driving in Texas, please keep in mind that I35 between Dallas and Laredo is one of the most dangerous stretches of Highway in the United States. It is a major Trucking Route with large fleets of US and Mexican Trucks driving through Texas. Though these trucks are necessary for International trade, they have the capacity to cause catastrophic injuries and death, if they collide with a passenger vehicle. Please try to keep a safe distance from these trucks and stay out of their blind spots. If unfortunately a truck has hit a vehicle you or someone you love was in and you were injured, it is important to consult an attorney to protect your or your loved one's rights. For more information or to determine what type of lawyer you may need, follow the links below, submit an inquiry, or e-mail info@texaslawyers.com.

The Attorney as Knowledge Worker

The Attorney as Knowledge Worker
BY Jason Coomer, Willie Buehler, and Bob Binder

The practice of law, once stretched by new technology, will never be the same. Like it or not, advances in Information Technology (IT) have changed the way lawyers and other knowledge workers collect, process, and produce information. Lawyers unable or unwilling to use new technology tools to collect and manage the vast amounts of information available and needed to practice law in the 21st Century will be at a competitive disadvantage that may put them out of business.

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