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2-vehicle collision kills 3 Kingsville residents

The vast majority of Texas drivers never encounter problems on the road. However, in the rare few incidents, tragedy strikes and a catastrophic auto collision results in death and/or serious injury, and lives are changed forever in an instant.

This is what happened in a two-vehicle collision on a recent Friday in Duval County. Five miles outside of Hebbronville, a Highway 359 collision resulted in the death of three individuals who hail from Kingsville.

What’s the deal with asbestos? Why is it so dangerous?

Perhaps 10 or 30 years ago (or more), you worked in an industry that used a substantial amount of asbestos. At the time, you may not have given much thought to the clouds of dust you worked in on a regular basis. Maybe you’re an immediate family member of someone who worked under these conditions. If so, you may be at risk for an asbestos-related illness.

Even though the use of asbestos has drastically decreased in recent decades, you could still suffer exposure. Most people exposed to asbestos these days encounter it in their work. In addition, if you live or work in an old building, the materials used may have contained asbestos. You don’t have to worry, though, unless damage to any of the building materials containing asbestos (such as tile or insulation) occurred. If so, you may also be at risk for an asbestos-related illness.

3 reasons dangerous drugs are taken off the market

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may pull a pharmaceutical drug off the market after it has been revealed that a medication is dangerous. Unfortunately, these efforts -- although they may be essential to saving many lives and preventing many injuries -- could come too late. In fact, it's not uncommon for many people to get hurt before regulators become aware of the dangers of a drug that previously passed FDA approval to be sold on the market.

When the FDA takes a drug off the market due to health risk, the action is referred to as a "recall." Sometimes, the FDA does not trigger the recall, but it's a decision made by the drug manufacturer. Here are the most common reasons why these recalls happen:

  • Health risks: Initial studies of a medication might prove that the use of the drug is safe, but later studies -- after the drug is being sold on the market -- could reveal problems and risks that were previously unknown. For example, tests or usage statistics might reveal that a drug can cause a heart attack or stroke.
  • Drug interactions: Certain drugs can interact with other drugs. In some cases, these interactions can be fatal or result in long-term illnesses. When it's discovered that a drug interacts with certain foods or common medications dangerously, the FDA or drug manufacturer might choose to take the medication off the market.
  • Packaging or manufacturing errors: A drug might be labeled inappropriately at the factory. Perhaps manufacturers forget to include a special warning. Or, perhaps manufacturers packaged a drug with a faulty seal. These kinds of errors might inspire a manufacturer or the FDA to take a particular drug off the market until the packaging problems can be resolved.

Your hip replacement did not leave you dancing for joy

When the pain in your hip became unbearable, you finally went to the doctor who determined that the joint was deteriorating. Your physician may have scheduled you for surgery right away, and you began the long, painful process of recovering from hip replacement surgery. This may have included wound treatment, medication and hours of physical therapy to learn how to use your new joint.

Your hope was that hip replacement surgery would allow you to walk without pain and perhaps regain some of the abilities you had lost. However, this was not to be, and now you are facing more surgery and more pain and suffering.

Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison Jones takes on "Big Pharma" in opioid epidemic

A recent lawsuit filed on behalf of McLennan County aims to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit was recently covered on Fox 44 News.

"The claims against them are for not telling the truth about the addiction nature of the drugs as well as the harms and hazards that they could cause," said Matt Morrison, attorney at Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison Jones Law Firm.

4 types of toxic exposure claims

When most Texas residents think of personal injury claims, they think of a physical injury caused in an accident -- like a slip-and-fall incident or a car collision. However, many personal injury claims arise out of toxic exposure to harmful substances.

Exposure to a toxic substance can happen in many different ways. Here are four of the most common types of toxic exposure claims:

  • Asbestos exposure: Imagine you work in an old office building, or you live in an old apartment complex. Unbeknownst to you, the building is infested with asbestos, which wouldn't normally be a problem except that a construction company has been doing extensive demolition work without properly containing the asbestos dust. This could result in toxic exposure to carcinogenic and dangerous asbestos.
  • Hazardous waste: When you improperly dispose of hazardous waste, it can enter the water table, and it can enter the air as well. This can cause serious and even fatal health problems for community members who come in contact with the substances.
  • Toxic chemicals: It's not unheard of for individuals to be exposed to toxic chemicals. Perhaps it happens on the job, and an employer negligently failed to equip employees with necessary safety equipment to keep them safe. Industrial cleaners, for example, can be very dangerous. Sometimes employers do not adequately train their employees regarding how to deal with these substances safely.
  • Contaminated water: If a company dumps dangerous chemicals near a swimming area, it could endanger the public and cause serious health problems.

What's involved in a toxic tort claim?

Toxic tort claims relate to physical injuries. The word "tort" is another term for injury. In toxic tort claims, the injuries were caused by dangerous substances. These substances may have been introduced into the environment by a negligent person or company, and the injured parties may be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties who negligently released the chemicals into the environment.

When pursuing a toxic tort claim, victims must prove the following:

Depakote: What you should know about this drug

Numerous potentially dangerous drugs are on the market and being prescribed to patients in Texas and throughout the country. One of these drugs is Depakote. Depakote is prescribed as an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer. Individuals suffering from bipolar syndrome, epilepsy, manic depression and migraine typically receive prescriptions for this medication.

Often Depakote is used in conjunction with antidepressants because it doesn't act as one itself, even though doctors use it in treatment for bipolar syndrome. However, Depakote has been associated with serious side effects -- especially in recent years. This has prompted personal injury lawsuits. Patients should know about the risks and dangers of using this drug.

Your loved one is gone. Will life ever be normal, again?

The day you received the phone call that informed you of your loved one's death may have started out like any other Texas day. In fact, up until the moment you heard the person's words on the other end of the phone line, you may have been carrying out any number of usual tasks, such as going to work, taking out the garbage or making supper for your family. The moment you heard the words, "There's been a serious accident," however, you knew your life was forever changed.

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident takes grieving to its most intense levels. The sheer shock and unexpectedness of your tragic loss may have left your mind reeling in such a state that you were barely able to form a clear thought. Anytime a close family member dies, it activates a grieving process; however, when your loss was sudden and untimely, you may need some extra support.

Child bath seats are dangerous: Don't use them

It seems like every other day a clever inventor has created something to make the lives of parents and their small children easier. However, when an item is created that hasn't been used for years and years, the inventor and customers might not be noticing real dangers associated with the product.

Let's take child bath seats, for example. A bath seat is a way for parents to solve the hassle of their child continuing to flip over in the bathtub. The bath seat, affixed to the bottom of the tub with suction cups, gets your child to stay upright, so you can bathe him or her easier. The danger, however, lies in the chance that the bath seat will tip over.

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