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What is a Parent's Potential Civil Liability for Their Children's Actions?

If you turn on the news today, you often see tragic events: murders, car accidents, gun violence, prostitution stings; these are all horrific events. Most people are familiar with the criminal consequences of something like drunk driving. However, for parents, there could be looming costs for a defense attorney, should their child commit a bad act against another person.

Who pays the price when medication causes you injury?

If you or someone you love is one of thousands of people in Texas who suffer from mental health problems, you likely understand how challenging it can be to obtain proper care and support. Some people hesitate to seek assistance because they're embarrassed by their conditions, while others are currently active in treatment programs but are facing problems associated with medication and/or quality of care.

Perhaps a doctor recommended that you or your family member try using Risperidone. Some claim this antipsychotic drug helps alleviate symptoms related to schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. There are also many children in the U.S. who take Risperidone to treat autism. The drug is sold under various brand names, including Risperdal. The problem is that getting off of such drugs is often as dangerous as taking them in light of potential adverse side effects. If you suffer from a drug-related injury, it's imperative that you know where to seek support.

From the Pharmacy to the Street

Our country is in the midst of an "opioid epidemic." This headline, along with similar sensationalism, appears in a slew of publications from "Time Magazine" to the "New York Times." People are dying from opioid overdoses (medication used to treat pain) at an exorbitant rate. 1 in 5 young adults (ages 25-34) according to "Time Health." There are plenty of other hard statistics (opioid-related deaths doubled from 2009-2016, opioids were related to 1.5% of all deaths in 2016), but causes, strategies, and solutions to the problem remain up in the air.

The 2 top reasons medical devices were recalled in 2017

A five-year study carried out by Stericycle Expert Solutions shows alarming trends when it comes to why medical devices are recalled. Researchers found that 25.7 percent of them in the final quarter of 2017 had software flaws that prevented them from functioning as intended. This wasn't a new trend. This had been the leading reason for recalls for seven quarters.

The lead researcher on the study says the reason that so many medical device manufacturers have been plagued with software failures is that they've often prematurely released their products on the market. He notes that many of these companies find themselves is a rush to put their latest innovative technology on display, so they don't enough time to work out the kinks that their technology may have until after it's already out there.

Civil Liability of Gun Manufacturers

When you are the tragic victim of gun violence, often people think that the criminal law is the best way to remedy the situation. However, there could be other remedies when you are injured because of the criminal or negligent use of firearms. However, current federal law has a generally disbars suits against firearm manufacturers.

A Rocket in Your Pocket

Vaping e-cigarettes is safer than smoking tobacco. This seems to be the general consensus among the population. While the debate about health and lung safety between vaping and smoking warrants its own post, it is safe to assume a rolled cigarette will not explode in your face or pocket. The same cannot be said about the electronic cigarette.

What are the benefits of joining a class-action lawsuit?

If you watch television, then you're bound to have seen a commercial about some type of class-action lawsuit being filed against a pharmaceutical company. One of the primary reasons people join these types of mass lawsuits is to hold those responsible for manufacturing either drugs, vehicles or other consumer products accountable for injuries they've suffered from using them.

Those who often join class action lawsuits generally have different experiences from those who file their own one-off personal injury cases.

Interrogatories During Discovery in a Lawsuit: What is an Interrogatory?

This post is about interrogatories, a specific kind of discovery evidence. If you would like to know more about lawsuits generally, click here.

Problems Beyond Pain

Narcotic painkillers (opioids) can be life-saving for those struggling with chronic pain. They can also provide a strong high for those seeking to abuse these powerful drugs. Where is the line drawn between use and abuse? And more importantly, who is responsible when these drugs are misused and people suffer addiction or death?

A bicyclist is killed while riding her bike near Rice University

A 30-year-old female bicyclist, who'd just set off on her bike after having a lunch date with her husband in Houston's Museum District, was struck and killed by a dump truck on Tuesday, April 24. The woman had apparently just parted ways with her husband, a Rice University employee, moments before the dump truck struck her rear tire as she entered a nearby crosswalk just before noon.

The dump truck driver was apparently preparing to make a right turn from the 6000 block of Sunset Boulevard at the same time that the female bicyclist was preparing to enter into the marked crosswalk. Witnesses reported seeing green lights illuminated for both at the time.

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