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Asbestos exposure and your rights as a victim

Asbestos is a dangerous material that can cause serious health problems for individuals exposed to it. Because of its resistance to heat and fire, manufacturers and builders commonly used this material in a variety of products ranging from everything to car parts to building materials.

Even though this material has not been widely used for common manufactured products since the 1970s, it is still possible that you could face exposure to this dangerous material. Most often, Texas workers in certain industries face the highest risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a known cause of a rare form of very serious and rare type of cancer.

What you should know about defective medical devices

Although medical devices must undergo extensive testing to determine whether or not they are safe, sometimes the dangers of a medical device do not get revealed until after numerous patients have received them. When a device is determined to be dangerous or defective, doctors will usually carry out one of the following two actions:

  • Correction: This involves fixing the medical device's problem but not actually replacing it.
  • Removal: This involves taking the medical device off the market and removing it from wherever it is being used.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refers to both "correction" and "removal" of a problematic medical device as a "recall." The FDA orders a recall when it determines that a medical device could represent a health risk, when it is defective or when it is both a health risk and defective.

Representing Texas businesses in legal disputes

At Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison PC, we represent Texas businesses in a wide array of legal disputes. If your company is facing a business-related disagreement, our team of legal professionals will help you assess and analyze the situation to pinpoint your legal rights -- and the most appropriate strategy you can employ in defense of those rights.

Are you facing a business to business legal challenge?

Could underride guards prevent semitruck accident deaths?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed tests and research on semitruck crashes and determined that the underride guards found on the backs of semitrucks prevented cars from getting stuck underneath trucks during rear end crashes. The IIHS also found that cars that crash into the sides of semis that don't have sideguards slide beneath the trailers and result in catastrophic and fatal crashes.

This is where "angel wings" can help. Angel wings are special underride guards that prevent vehicles from sliding beneath a semi, which usually results in the automobile having its roof torn off -- in addition to the death of the driver and passengers.

Big rigs, big collisions, big problems

Do you get nervous when you're driving on a busy Texas highway and tractor-trailers are soaring past you? If so, you're definitely not alone in your unrest; in fact, some drivers say they're utterly terrified of these big rigs and will often take alternate routes if it means they can avoid them. Although many tractor-trailer drivers adhere to the strict regulations that govern the commercial operations of such vehicles, it's the ones who don't that place you at greatest risk for injury.

It's not uncommon for big rig collisions to result in fatalities. If you survive a crash with one of these massive machines, your injuries may be so severe that your life will never be the same. Sometimes, if you know the risks ahead of time, it can help prepare you to react quickly enough to avoid disaster.

Oil field accident results in death of man in west Texas

Oil field jobs pay excellent salaries to the Texas workers they employ. However, with these great salaries also comes risk. Oil field accidents are common, and many workers have lost their lives as a result of these well-paying jobs.

In a recent oil field accident, a man from Raymondville lost his life on a recent Sunday during a tragic incident in west Texas. According to the Upton County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened at approximately 3:39 p.m. in Rankin.

Beauty blogger gets hit with a $1 million defamation verdict

When a beauty blogger got married at the Petroleum Club in downtown Dallas, she and her husband had a local photographer take pictures of the event. However, after the photographer asked for an additional $150 that was part of the contract, the newlyweds balked at the cost, refused to pay and never got their photos.

Angered by the fee and not getting their pictures, the couple went to the local news media to complain. The Daily Mail soon featured the headline, "Wedding photographer holds couple's pictures hostage," and it ruined the wedding photographer's business. In fact, the woman's photography business failed and she had to close her doors due to a destroyed reputation.

Tips for braking your vehicle safely and under control

There are a lot of negligent and unskilled Texas vehicle drivers who we have to share the road with every day. One area where Texas drivers may be lacking in this regard relates to safe braking technique.

Here are a few tips for braking safely:

Superbug deaths linked to contaminated endoscopes

You made your appointment; you wrote it on the calendar. Perhaps you already went to the drug store and purchased the many items your Texas doctor suggested to prepare for the big day: your colonoscopy. Whether this is your first procedure or you are a pro, it is never a pleasant experience. Now, there may be even more reasons to dread having a colonoscopy or any internal examination that uses a scope device.

Despite the urgings of physicians and medical groups, health screenings may actually place you in danger. Recent studies show that inherent flaws in the design of some scopes may raise the risk of you developing a deadly infection.

Why is transvaginal mesh dangerous?

Doctors use transvaginal mesh to strengthen the structure of the vaginal wall. Transvaginal mesh may be used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which pelvic organs shift out of position due to weakened pelvic muscles. The mesh is also used to treat stress urinary incontinence, a condition that results in weakened bladder control.

Although transvaginal mesh was thought to be useful for treating these conditions, it has since been revealed that the mesh can cause serious health complications. Numerous injured patients have filed personal injury lawsuits relating to transvaginal mesh.

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