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eggshell-300x292In personal injury cases, there are times where an injured party has had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by the accident.

As a result, the plaintiff’s injuries are more severe than they would have normally been had the plaintiff not had the pre-existing condition.

For example: suppose someone is rear-ended in a car accident. One week before the crash, the person had neck surgery.

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elecscoot_750x348-300x139original article found on The Dallas Observer

No matter your walk off life, there’s a better than zero chance that when presented with cheap, two-wheeled motorized transportation on demand, you’re going to give in. There’s also a better than zero chance that once you’ve begun to scoot on your Lime or Bird scooter, you’ve wiped out.

Eating pavement, it seems, is an inevitable consequence for some scooter commuters, raising the question: Who’s responsible for paying for all of these inevitable accidents?

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Safe Driving Over The Long Term

Something drivers quickly come to understand is that there is something to be said for experience. Insurance companies charge higher premiums for younger drivers specifically because of this. If you’re a young male getting his license for the first time, don’t be surprised if you pay $100-$200 a month for insurance, or more.

Meanwhile, if you’re over twenty-five with a clean driving record, you can get a full policy on a motorhome for around $1k a year. While we’re on the age of twenty-five, it’s notable that this age is when you become able to rent a car. If you acquired a license at sixteen, by twenty-five you’ve had nine years of experience. This allows you to understand how people act behind the wheel, and how to be subconsciously aware of what goes on around you.

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36763952_10100840680796264_2022825649617502208_o-566x1024Author: Matt Howerton, Published: 07/10/18, originally from the WFAA

DALLAS — As rental scooters begin to share the streets with bikes, cars, and buses in Dallas, a California attorney already handling over a dozen cases involving the two-wheeled transportation says to get ready for accidents to start piling up.

At the end of last month, council members from the City of Dallas passed regulations for bike share companies that many in the city have been clamoring for.

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bigstock-Children-sitting-on-inflatable-21193889-300x227With summer here, it ‘s a great time to remind everyone of the various dangers and liabilities of swimming pools. Although they can provide a lot of fun, backyard and public pools alike pose a serious risk to those who don’t look out for the potential safety flaws in their summer fun.

Water slides of all kinds can be another serious risk. If a rider is on a slide that has too powerful of a flow of water, they can be potentially thrown from the slide, causing serious injury. Lifeguards or attendants not paying attention to what they are doing may also send too many riders down in quick succession, leading to a dangerous pile-up at the exit of the slide, which may empty into a pool that is not sized or filled properly, creating another potential hazard. Finally, as recent news has shown us, the flawed design, construction, or maintenance, especially of water park slides, can open up possibilities of serious injury and even death.

Even basic safety components of a pool can create lesser-known risks.

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AdobeStock_96275293-1024x683The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is an amazing to explore, but if someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident things can be very different. While accidents caused by negligence can lead to any number of injuries, chronic pain can be especially difficult to manage. If you’re suffering from chronic pain that was caused by another person’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines chronic pain as any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. While acute pain serves the important role of alerting sufferers to a physical problem that needs medical attention, chronic pain is a different story. Chronic pain is simply just pain – and often lasts for a prolonged time. Chronic pain often results from a precipitating injury, and is frequently accompanied by other health problems such as:

  • Fatigue
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According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, just shy of 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in traffic accidents, 11 percent higher from 2016 and 22 percent higher than 2015.

bigstock-people-travel-technology-le-134934635-300x200Each year about 2 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists. In a majority of bicyclist deaths, the most serious injuries are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

A total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015. This represents a 13 percent increase from 2014 and the highest number of bicyclist deaths since 1995.

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drive-vehicle-2-1024x683FRISCO, TX – (original article by Cade Metz of the New York Times) Earlier this month, an orange and blue car with the words “Self-Driving Vehicle” prominently displayed on both sides drove itself through the streets of this rapidly growing city north of Dallas, navigating across four lanes of traffic and around a traffic circle.

The car, operated by the Silicon Valley start-up Drive.ai, will eventually become part of a fleet of autonomous taxis that will ferry locals along a predetermined route between the Dallas Cowboys facility in Frisco and two other office, retail and apartment complexes.

While other companies have tested self-driving cars for years and some are in the early stages of offering a taxi service, Drive.ai’s autonomous vehicle debut on Monday was still notable. It was the first new rollout of autonomous cars in the United States since a pedestrian died in Arizona in March after a self-driving car operated by Uber hit her.

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Deadly Dentistry - Part 6 - Could Dental Malpractice be Considered Murder?

A California dentist, Dr. Claire, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his son, after performing a routine dental procedure. Patrick Claire, a developmentally disabled 36-year-old whose condition resembled autism, died shortly after having a painful wisdom tooth extracted by his father. Patrick died from respiratory failure and cardiac arrest as a result of an overdose of the sedatives morphine and valium. The dentist had been practicing for forty years and had a history of complaints filed against him for sedation-related issues. Morphine is not an approved sedative and Dr. Claire did not have a license to practice aesthetics.

What elevated the incident of death from dental malpractice to suspicion of murder was the testimony of an eyewitness to the entire procedure. Sandra Montoya was the dental assistant at the time and claimed that Dr. Claire did nothing when she tried to alert him that his son was struggling to breathe. She said that the doctor claimed that such was common and his son was prone to having seizures. After Ms. Montoya left work at 5:00 pm the doctor waited an hour and called 911. When police and rescue workers arrived around 6:00 pm they found Dr. Claire half-heartedly administering CPR to his son with a force the equivalent of “honking a car horn with one hand”. Patrick was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Montoya told police that she did not see the doctor administer the required blood pressure tests to Patrick prior to giving him the sedatives and that there were no vital signs monitored during the procedure as required by law.

Although Dr. Claire claimed that he had given Patrick a standard intravenous dosage of valium and morphine, lethal amounts nearly three times the required level to sedate a patient of his height and weight were found in his system including some in his stomach. It was discovered that Patrick had sought medical attention at the local emergency room and was given pain prescription painkillers including novocaine. It is suspected that Patrick, a known local drug user, could have secured the morphine illegally and used it to relieve his pain without telling his father.

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bigstock-Vaping-Man-Holding-A-Mod-A-Cl-227600464-1024x683A former CNBC producer was killed when his vape exploded and lodged in his skull, according to an autopsy confirmed by the medical examiner of Pinellas County.

Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, 38, who went by “Wake,” died on Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg, FL after his vape pen ignited a fire in his bedroom. The autopsy results  reportedly showed the vape not only exploded and sparked the blaze, but it made a “projectile wound” in D’Elia’s skull.

Bill Pellan, Director of Investigations at the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the report.

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