Dallas Maritime Lawyer

December 09, 2011 @ 12:58 PM -- by

As a Dallas maritime lawyer and Dallas boating accident lawyer, I am aware of how a fun outing on the water can turn into a nightmare. On September 12, 2010, eleven people, including eight children, were taken to the hospital after two boats crashed into each other near the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, which is north of Dallas. The boating accident happened at about noon when one of the boats "T-boned" the other. The boating accident involved two boats which were rented by the same group of people from a local boat rental company. 

San Antonio maritime lawyer

December 05, 2011 @ 02:47 PM -- by

As a San Antonio maritime lawyer, I know that it is important to take boating safety seriously. Boating accidents happen quickly and can be deadly. Remember that a boat does not have brakes and water can drown you fast. Boating is not dangerous if a few maritime precautions are heeded. Here are some safety dos and don’ts which should be helpful: 

Transvaginal mesh

December 02, 2011 @ 01:05 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi transvaginal mesh lawyer, I am aware of the numerous problems facing women after the use of this product. This medical device is often referred to as a bladder mesh, a pelvic sling, or transvaginal mesh. Vaginal mesh support systems are often used by doctors to fix pelvic organ prolapse, as well as stress urinary incontinence. However, they have been known to cause serious internal injuries.  

Austin maritime law and low water levels

November 07, 2011 @ 12:26 PM -- by

As an Austin maritime lawyer, I am aware of the hazards of boating on Lake Travis, Lake Buchanan and various other lakes in the area. These are beautiful lakes with clear water, and so they attract numerous water sports enthusiasts. However, the lower water levels in these lakes are causing a spike in water hazards and are forcing officials to shut down various public boat ramps. 

Cantaloupe listeria lawyer

September 16, 2011 @ 01:27 PM -- by

As a cantaloupe listeria lawyer, I am keeping up with the latest in this terrible outbreak. The tainted cantaloupe in question came from Jensen Farm's in Holly, Colorado. Jensen’s Farms has voluntarily recalled more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupe in seventeen states this week because of the potential listeria contamination. These states include Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The United States Center for Disease Control ("CDC") stated that the 22 people infected in this cantaloupe outbreak are in seven states: Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska, and New Mexico. 

Port Isabel and Harlingen lawyer

July 28, 2011 @ 03:30 PM -- by

As a Port Isabel and Harlingen maritime Jones Act lawyer, I am always interested in the early history of this remarkable place in Texas. Port Isabel is found in Cameron County, approximately sixteen miles to the northeast of Brownsville. Port Isabel is connected to South Padre Island by the two mile long Queen Isabella Causeway. 

Port O' Connor lawyer

July 28, 2011 @ 03:23 PM -- by

As a Port O'Connor and Matagorda maritime Jones Act lawyer, I enjoy the history and beauty of the area. Port O’Connor, Texas is a real secret jewel between Galveston and Corpus Christi. It has tremendous birding, sportfishing and beach combing. In fact, the primary industry in the area is sportfishing (bay and offshore) and tourism. Shrimping is also an important industry. Hunters also enjoy the great duck, goose and alligator hunting. The surf fishing on Matagorda Island can be terrific. In the fall, many bull reds are caught, as well as some large sharks. 

Actos Lawyer

July 08, 2011 @ 02:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Actos lawyer, I am paying close attention to recent developments with Actos. On June 15, 2011, the United States Food & Drug Administration ("FDA") released a safety announcement ("Black Box warning") which told the public that the use of the medication Actos (pioglitazone) for diabetes for over one year may cause an increased risk of bladder cancer. Actos is made by Takeda Pharmaceutical. Actos now has to have information about the risk of bladder cancer on the he label of the medication. 

United States maritime lawyer

July 01, 2011 @ 12:28 PM -- by

As a United States maritime lawyer, I am fascinated by the origins of maritime law. The Osceola, 189 U.S. 158 (1903), a United States Supreme court case decided in 1903 is seen today as a paramount case where the Supreme Court determined the central rules maritime personal injury law. The Osceola was bound for the port of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Under the mate’s supervision, the crew, including the injured party, Patrick Shea, proceeded to execute the Captain’s orders. A derrick was put in place to raise the gangway. Once the gangway was swung clear of the ship, the front end was grabbed by the wind. The force of the wind pushed the gangway and pulled the derrick over, which fell and injured Mr. Shea. 

Dredging accident lawyer

June 27, 2011 @ 02:30 PM -- by

As a Texas dredging accident lawyer, I understand the many risks to workers when dredging passes and waterways. Many of Texas’ passes, ports and waterways are not naturally free flowing and deep enough for the various ships that use them. For instance, Port Mansfield, Texas was just dredged within the last few months. These passes have to be dredged so commercial vessels can use them. Dredging is often a dangerous and complicated task for the seamen who keep our commerce flowing. 

The Port of Victoria

June 17, 2011 @ 02:27 PM -- by

As a Victoria Jones Act maritime lawyer, I am impressed with the improvements to the Port of Victoria. The Port of Victoria is a shallow-draft port which was originally opened in 1968. It was first dredged to a depth of 9 feet, and has since been dredged to 12 feet, which is the depth of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The Port serves the city of Victoria, which has a population of approximately 60,000, and the surrounding counties. It has a rail connection by Union Pacific, and has excellent road connections.

The Port of Victoria is a strong industrial center for the construction, chemical, steel fabrication and agribusiness industries. Fortunately, because of the Port’s excellent location, it should be able to take advantage of Texas’ energy-based economy. Indeed, the Port of Victoria should exhibit fairly strong growth with the expansion of oil and gas drilling in the area. 

Personal injury do's and don'ts

June 13, 2011 @ 01:24 PM -- by

As a Kingsville personal injury accident lawyer, I have compiled a list of things to do and not do if you are in any kind of accident.

                                                                                          THINGS TO DO:

DO get medical attention before you do anything else.

DO write down the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses.

Port Aransas history

June 01, 2011 @ 02:57 PM -- by

As a Port Aransas Jones Act maritime lawyer, I am very interested in the history of Port Aransas. Mustang Island, on which Port Aransas sits, was originally called "Wild Horse Island" because of the many wild horses (called "mesterios") which the Spaniards brought in the 1800's. There were many famous pirates on the island at this time also. Jean Lafitte, the French pirate, and his group of buccaneers spent a lot of time on Mustang Island in the 1820's until his death in 1823. People still think that his buried treasure is somewhere on the Island. 

Brazilian Blowout Asthma and respiratory problems

May 27, 2011 @ 01:04 PM -- by

As a Brazilian Blowout lawyer and attorney, I know that some hairdressers or salon workers may have respiratory problems or occupational asthma because of exposure to this product. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) has recently issued a Hazard Alert for those persons using Brazilian Blowout Products. The Hazard Alert occurred when a hair stylist began having nosebleeds, eye irritation, and difficulty breathing while using a Brazilian Blowout product. The Brazilian Blowout product was labeled "formaldehyde-free." 

Asbestos drilling mud (part 2)

May 24, 2011 @ 03:17 PM -- by

As a Houston area and Texas asbestos drilling mud mesothelioma lawyer, I was pleased by a recent drilling mud jury verdict in Mississippi. On May 5, 2011, in Smith County, Mississippi, a state court jury awarded the largest plaintiff’s asbestos verdict in the history of the United States. Thomas Brown, Jr, age 48 and from Brookhaven, Mississippi was awarded $322 million dollars for his future medical expenses and pain and suffering. He was also awarded punitive damages against the defendants.  

Asbestos drilling mud (part 1)

May 20, 2011 @ 03:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Texas asbestos drilling mud mesothelioma lawyer, I understand the history of asbestos drilling mud. During the 1960s through the late 1980s, asbestos was used in drilling mud on offshore drilling rigs, onshore drilling rigs and inland drilling barges. As such, if you worked on these drilling rigs and barges, you might have been exposed to asbestos products. Often, pure asbestos fibers was added directly into the drilling mud. Asbestos fibers would give the drilling mud a thicker consistency, as well as give it fireproof protection. When workers had to dump thee bags of asbestos fibers into the drilling mud, they were often not provided with any proper protective equipment. As such, these workers breathed in pure asbestos fibers, potentially causing them serious harm. 

Topamax birth defects (part 2)

April 26, 2011 @ 01:37 PM -- by

Texas Topamax birth defects lawyers are also aware of other Food & Drug Administration problems with Topamax and its makers. For example, two Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") subsidiaries, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical LLC and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc, were accused by the United States Department of Justice of promoting Topamax in an "off-label" way to doctors for patently unapproved purposes. Essentially, the government held that Ortho-McNeil had hired speakers to promote the off-label use of Topamax. The case was settled, and the makers of the brand name version of Topamax plead guilty. They also paid a $6,140,000.00 criminal fine, as well as $75,370,000.00 for violating the False Claims Act.  

Topamax birth defects (part 1)

April 25, 2011 @ 03:56 PM -- by

As a Texas Topamax birth defects lawyer, I am following the drug and its various problems closely. Topamax, which is made by Ortho-McNeil Janseen Pharmacueticals Inc., has been used to treat many issues. Topamax (which is generically called "topiramate") treats epilepsy in both children and adults. The drug was originally marketed as an anticonvulsant. Topamax is also used to treat children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which is a disorder that causes seizures and developmental delay. Topamax has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of migraines. Psychiatrists have used Topamax and its generic to treat bipolar disorder, as well as to augment psychotrophics. However, one review in 2006 found insufficient evidence for the drug’s use with bipolar illness. Topamax has also been investigated for use in treating obesity and alcoholism and obesity.

Zimmer knee replacement recall

April 15, 2011 @ 03:31 PM -- by

As a Texas Zimmer NexGen knee replacement recall lawyer, I am aware of the problems with this medical device. Knee replacement (also known as joint arthroplasty) surgery is a pretty common medical procedure which has increased quite a bit in the last few years. In 2003, Zimmer, Inc. brought out the NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component. This medical device allowed a greater range of motion for patients than any other previous knee replacement device. The NexGen CR models should last about fifteen years. Unfortunately though, Zimmer has had a significantly higher than expected number of problems and complaints because of loosening and various other serious failures of its "cementless" knee replacement device model. 

Depakote birth defects (part 2)

April 11, 2011 @ 12:10 PM -- by

Since I am a Texas Depakote birth defects lawyer, I follow the various studies dealing with this drug. Another recent study has also shown a much higher rate of problems in babies whose mothers took Depakote while pregnant. This study will be presented in Vancouver, Canada in the Summer of 2011 at a meeting of birth defect specialists. In this study, scientists followed 149 women with epilepsy who took the drug from early in their pregnancies to the time after delivery. This study will show that among mothers who took the drug, 11% had children which had birth defects. The most common birth defect was spina bifida.  

Depakote birth defects (part 1)

April 07, 2011 @ 02:02 PM -- by

As a Texas Depakote birth defects lawyer, I have been following the various birth defects associated with this drug. Depakote is an antiseizure medicine made by Abbott Laboratories. The drug is prescribed in the United States for various neurological disorders, including manic behavior, bipolar disorder, seizures and migraine headaches. Depakote is also prescribed to treat bipolar depression, Bipolar 1 disorder, bipolar disorder in remission, rapid cycle manic-depression, chronic pain, epilepsy and neuropathy. 

The Death on the High Seas Act

April 06, 2011 @ 03:24 PM -- by

As a Texas Death on the High Seas Act lawyer, I focus on the details involved in this ancient act. The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) was originally passed in 1920 to make it easier for widows of seamen to recover damages for future earnings when death occurs in international waters. When a seaman dies as a result of an employer's negligence or because of an unseaworthy vessel, the worker's family may file for benefits under this Act. The incident must occur on the high seas beyond a marine league (three miles) from the shore of any state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory or dependency. The decedent's wife, husband, parent, child or dependent relative may file the claim. 

Reglan

March 29, 2011 @ 04:19 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Reglan lawyer, I try to remain aware of the problems with Reglan and other medications. Reglan, which is also known by its generic name, metoclopramide has been widely prescribed by doctors to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux, morning sickness and nausea. It is also prescribed to treat a person’s short-term heartburn, which is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Reglan and its generic may also be used to help speed up gastric emptying in diabetes patients. Reglan functions as a dopamine antagonist, which raises lower esophageal sphincter pressure. 

Zoloft birth defects

March 28, 2011 @ 01:27 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Zoloft birth defects lawyer, I am aware of the various problems associated with this medication. Zoloft is an antidepressant within a family of antidepressants which are commonly known selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). Although Zoloft has been seen as effective in helping people with depression in many individuals, it also has been linked to various serious side effects. 

Am I covered under the Jones Act (part 2)?

March 21, 2011 @ 11:15 AM -- by

Since I am a Corpus Christi and VictoriaJones Act lawyer, I am aware of the remedies available to an injured Jones Act seafarer. An employer owes a seaman a higher duty of care under the Jones Act than an ordinary negligence case, and the employer can be liable if its breach of that duty, no matter how small, contributed in any way to causing the seaman's injury. In order for a worker to recover under the Jones Act, a worker must prove some negligence or fault on the part of the vessel's owners, operators, officers, and/or fellow employees or by reason of any defect in the vessel, its gear, tackle, or equipment. The Jones Act also provides an injured seaman a remedy against his or her employers for injuries arising from negligent acts of co-workers during the course of employment on a ship or vessel.

Am I covered under the Jones Act?

March 17, 2011 @ 12:41 PM -- by

As a Corpus ChristiJones Act lawyer, I am often asked about how a person qualifies as a Jones Act seaman.  The Jones Act was enacted by Congress to provide protection to persons who are members of the crew of a ship or vessel. The Jones Act applies to inland river workers and offshore crew members who work on jack-ups, semi-submersibles, barges, drill ships, tugs and towboats, crew boats, dredges, floating cranes, tankers, cargo ships, fishing vessels, shrimp boats, trawlers, chemical ships, research vessels, construction barges, diving vessels, cruise ships, recreational boats, and other floating or movable vessels.

Avandia

March 04, 2011 @ 02:09 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Avandia lawyer, I am following the problems which have been associated with the drug. Avandia, (rosiglitazone maleate) is a prescription drug which is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is used to treat "type-2", which is also known as "adult-onset" diabetes. Recently, due to problems with serious side effects, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that Avandia must have a "black box" warning.

Accutane side effects

March 01, 2011 @ 12:48 PM -- by

As a Corpus ChristiAccutane lawyer, I am aware of the various side effects of this acne medication. Accutane (also known as isotretinoin or roaccutane) is an acne medication which is manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals. The drug has been scrutinized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) due to various psychiatric side effects, including depression, suicide, and other very serious conditions. Various studies have also linked Accutane to a higher risk of colon cancer.

Paxil birth defects (part 3)

February 17, 2011 @ 11:50 AM -- by

Since I serve as a Corpus Christi Paxil birth defects lawyer, I am very interested in the lawsuits occurring around the nation because of these birth defects. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is currently defending over 600 Paxil lawsuits which have been filed by families whose children were born with these birth defects. Paxil lawyers helping these people have found evidence that GSK might have intentionally hid information dealing with the causal link between Paxil and birth defects from the Food & Drug Administration. To date, there have been no plans announced to recall the drug because of he link with these birth defects. GSK has settled nearly 200 of these cases dealing with the birth defects. Most of these cases have asserted that the babies born to mothers taking the drug suffered from heart defects.

Paxil birth defects (part 2)

February 16, 2011 @ 12:53 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Texas Paxil birth defects attorney, I am following the various problems with this medication. In addition to heart problems, there are other issues which are found in babies whose mothers used Paxil. These may include tremors, low blood sugar, breathing problems, seizures, and irritability.

In the usual case, these problems happen most likely in the first trimester. However, In July of 2006, the Food & Drug Administration warned that there was a risk of PPHN in babies when Paxil was taken after the 20th week of pregnancy. This warning occurred after a study was published earlier in the year by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Paxil birth defects

February 15, 2011 @ 02:02 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Paxil birth defects lawyer, I am very interested in the ongoing litigation. Paxil, an antidepressant, has been linked to a higher risk of birth defects in the infants and children of women who have taken the drug while they were pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration warned in 2005 that women who take the antidepressant while they are pregnant are twice as likely to have kids with major birth defects as those women who are taking various other antidepressants.

DePuy hip replacement litigation

February 10, 2011 @ 01:09 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi defective medical device lawyer, I am closely following the DePuy hip replacement litigation. In September of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled its ASR Hip Replacement Systems. The recall followed numerous reports of a much higher than reasonably acceptable failure rate. Patients were often having to have another hip replacement surgery within five years. It is believed that the DePuy ASR hip systems have been put in approximately 93,000 individuals. This DePuy ASR hip systems recall will only affect those persons who had hip surgery after July of 2003. Unfortunately, many thousands of individuals have already reported experiencing numerous DePuy ASR hip systems problems. These problems have included swelling, serious or constant and a loosening or dislocation of the DePuy ASR hip systems implant.

Chantix Black Box warning

February 07, 2011 @ 02:25 PM -- by

As a Corpus ChristiChantix and dangerous drug lawyer, it is important to understand some of the problems people are having with the drug. Chantix is a smoking cessation medication owned by Pfizer, Inc. It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 2006. Chantix blocks nicotine receptors, and thus reduces cravings for cigarettes and other tobacco products. It was the first nicotine receptor partial agonist which was approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Chantix is an alternative to various other smoking cessation drugs.

Wrongful death lawsuits

February 03, 2011 @ 02:50 PM -- by
Tagged with: Wrongful Death

As a Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyer, it is important to explain some of the issues involved in a wrongful death lawsuit. These suits are civil actions (as opposed to criminal) which charge another person, company or entity with being liable for the injury which results in the plaintiff’s death because of negligence or a failure to act. The plaintiff (who is the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased) must show that the decedent would not have passed away but for the defendant’s negligence. In Texas, wrongful death suits happen because the Texas Legislature has passed a law allowing them. As such, this wrongful death statutes controls the law.

The History of the Jones Act

February 01, 2011 @ 02:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca Jones Act lawyer, the history of the Jones Act is interesting to me. Prior to 1920, seafarers had very little legal protection against horrible working and living conditions while working aboard ships. With the passing of section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which is now referred to as the Jones Act, workers aboard ships received better safety and better remedies if they got injured. The Act received its name from Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington state, who proposed the law to maintain a good and viable working force on the seas. This was intended to increase the growth of worldwide marine commerce.

Structured settlements (part 2)

January 24, 2011 @ 01:21 PM -- by

These are some of the reasons against structured settlements. Having been a Corpus Christi personal injury attorney for a number of years, I have seen that the pros of structured settlements far outweigh the cons. Here they are:

Structured settlements

January 21, 2011 @ 01:19 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christipersonal injury lawyer, I know about the positives of structured settlements. After a jury verdict or settlement, the injured party can structure the money, where he receives a certain amount over various time periods. Here are some reasons for a structured settlement:

The Tesoro refinery accident

January 19, 2011 @ 01:35 PM -- by

Texasrefinery accident lawyers paid close attention to the Tesoro refinery accident, which occurred on April 3, 2010 in Anacortes, Washington. The accident killed five and severely burned several others. The refinery, which is part of a complex in the upper Puget Sound area, processes and refines approximately 120,000 barrels of oil per day into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The Tesoro refinery also sells liquefied petroleum gas and asphalt. In 2009, state investigators from Washington wrote up the plant for seventeen serious health and safety violations.

Medical malpractice statistics

January 11, 2011 @ 10:21 AM -- by

Medical malpractice appears to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. A recent study at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, approximately 90,000 persons lose their lives each year in the hospital because of medical mistakes.

It is interesting to note that just 5.1% of doctors account for 54.2 % of the malpractice claims which were paid, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank. Since 1990, there were approximately 35,000 doctors who had two or more medical malpractice payouts. However, only 7.6% of these doctors were disciplined.

Construction accident statistics

January 10, 2011 @ 12:55 PM -- by

Construction accident attorneys in Corpus Christi and the United States are often aware of the annual report on work-related fatalities. According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries ("CFOI"), a (preliminary) total of 4,340 fatal work injuries occurred in the United States in 2009. This total is down from the 2008 final count of 5,214 fatal work injuries. Fortunately, the 2009 total reflects the lowest since the CFOI was first conducted in 1992. Based on this count (preliminary), the rate of work-related fatalities for United States workers in 2009 was 3.3 per 100,000 workers (full-time equivalent). This is down from the final rate of 3.7 per 100,000 workers in 2008.

Darvocet and Darvon recall

January 07, 2011 @ 12:09 PM -- by

Many dangerous drug lawyers are aware that the Food and Drug Administration has just announced that Darvocet and Darvon have been pulled from the market. A recent study has indicated that showed Darvocet pills and Darvon medication caused severe Darvocet side effects. These side effects include potentially deadly heart rhythm abnormalities. Moreover, these two medications have been linked to thousands of deaths each year due to overdose. However, the heart problems were mainly what prompted the recall.
 

Levaquin Black Box warning

January 04, 2011 @ 03:28 PM -- by

Corpus Christi dangerous drug lawyers are aware of the ongoing Levaquin litigation. Levaquin is part of a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It is often given to patients with pneumonia or bronchitis and certain types of urinary tract infections. Because of numerous horrific tendon ruptures, the FDA order the manufacturer of Levaquin to issue a Black Box warning on Levaquin.