Summer Safety Tips

For those of us in the Austin Independent School District, today is the first day of “summer” so I thought I would mark the occasion by sharing some summer safety tips.

SUNBURN:  The number one summer ailment in Austin has to be sunburn.  Make sure to limit your exposure to peak sun, use sunscreen, and keep covered.  If you experience a sunburn, remember that ibuprofen or aspirin can help relieve the pain. You can also use moisturizing cream and cold compresses/washcloths as long as the skin isn’t blistering.  If the skin does have significant blistering, seek medical care.

HEAT EXHAUSTION:  We all hope this summer won’t be as bad as last summer, but even in a “typical” Austin summer, heat exhaustion is a concern.  Remember to drink plenty of liquids and modify your activities as the weather requires.  But most importantly, be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion.  Common symptoms include:

  • You quit sweating.  If heat stroke sets in, your body can’t compensate and you quit sweating.
  • Pale skin.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea or vomiting.

If you or a friend experience heat exhaustion, know what to do.  Get to a cooler area, apply water to the person (or immerse them in a cool pool or bathtub), and apply ice to neck or armpits.  If the symptoms are severe enough, call 911.

SPORTING INJURIES:  As kids have more free time, the number of sporting injuries increase. Whether biking, skateboarding, or riding scooters or horses, make sure your kids are wearing helmets.  As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen too many head injuries that could have been minimized or even eliminated by a helmet.  Protect your kids.

Make sure that your other sporting equipment is safe.  If your kids frequent playgrounds, make sure that the playgrounds have a safe surface (falls account for over 60 percent of playground injuries).  Watch out for movable soccer or basketball goals that can fall over on children, and if your kid is playing on a trampoline, make sure that they know the safety rules and that the trampoline is well maintained.






Bizarre Wrongful Death Case Arises in Tandem with a Near Death by Bombing

Human emotion often gets in the way of common sense. This case clearly demonstrates that premise.

This is a twisted tale of a doctor, convicted of a bombing that nearly killed the head of the state medical board. That alone would be incredible enough, but there is more to this story. The doctor also was in court dealing with a wrongful death lawsuit. He lost and had to pay $300,000 to the family of a former patient who died in his care. The patient had been prescribed at least ten different drugs before her death in 2003. Her autopsy revealed she died of multiple drug intoxication.

The doctor in question had his license to prescribe narcotics suspended by his state board after several of his patients died from fatal drug overdoses. That is the back story for the rest of this case. Once suspended, the physician then decided to bomb the home of the state medical board chairman, responsible for the sanction. It was retaliation in the extreme and nearly caused the chairman’s death.

The suspension of the doctor’s license to prescribe narcotics was not the first sanction he had received. The man had a history of walking on the wrong side of the state’s medical practices law. There were two further instances in 2003 and 2006, when the state board issued sanctions. The latest out-of-control bombing behavior landed the rogue physician in prison for life on a conviction of a weapon of mass destruction count, among other charges.

Not all wrongful death cases have stories such as this one, but one should be aware that wrongful death does come in many forms, such as a drug overdose or bombing. The way the wrongful death transpires is typically not the issue when a victim’s family speaks to an Austin personal injury lawyer. The issue is whether or not there was negligence involved in the death of the victim. If there was, someone must take the responsibility for that negligence and its consequences.

For someone who has been involved in a situation where they lost a loved one, suddenly and as the result of another’s negligence, don’t second guess the legal outcome. Reach out to an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer and talk about your situation. There are many things you will need to know to make an informed decision about moving forward.

Brooks Schuelke is an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC. Contact an Austin injury lawyer at or (512) 476-4944.

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