Archive for December 2007

Austin Law Blogs

This is a diversion from our regular personal injury and litigation news, but I saw Kevin O’Keefe had a post earlier this week that Austin was the top blogging city in the country. If that’s the case, why are there so few law blogs in town. Aside from this one, the only active law blogs…

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Lawmakers and the Supreme Court, Part 2

Yesterday, we posted about four Texas legislators who filed an amicus brief crticizing the Texas Supreme Court for an opinion in an on-the-job injury case.  Now we have a copy of the legislators’ brief, and it is posted here. To contact Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, Austin Personal Attorney, Austin Accident Lawyer, Austin Injury Lawyer Perlmutter &…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up #40

This is an early edition of the Personal Injury Law Round-Up since I’ll be out of the office tomorrow working a volunteer project at a low income school in East Austin (even personal injury lawyers do some good out there). Perhaps the biggest news of the week, Eric Turkewitz was in a car wreck. He…

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Lawmakers Criticize Texas Supreme Court

In what may be unprecedented, a bi-partisan group of Texas lawmakers filed an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court asking them to overturn their decision in Entergy v Summers. In that August 31, 2007 opinion, the court was faced with the question of whether a premises owner was a “general contractor” under the worker’s…

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Texas Cracks Down On Uninsured Drivers

Yesterday’s Dallas Morning News has an article detailing the legislature’s new plan to crack down on uninsured drivers.  The plan, which goes into effect next month, creates a database of uninsured drivers and makes that database available to law enforcement officials and others.  The plan is summarized by the article as follows: Uninsured drivers will be…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up # 39

Welcome to Personal Injury Law Round-Up # 39 (and our third attempt at it). This week’s edition contains pretty big news on the US Supreme Court front, but first we’ll start off with the traditional look at tort reform. We’ll start off with a bit of good news for those of us on the plaintiffs’…

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Nursing Homes Are Over-Medicating Some Patients

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal has a heart-breaking story about prescription abuse in U.S. nursing homes. The first three paragraphs of the article say it all In recent years, Medicaid has spent more money on antipsychotic drugs for Americans than on any other class of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, AIDS drugs or medicine to treat high-blood…

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Wrong Side, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Patient

“If you are having surgery, make sure your doctor marks the proper surgical site clearly — and initials it.” That’s a recommendation from a recent Washington Post article titled HEADED FOR THE HOSPITAL? HERE’S HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. That sounds a little extreme doesn’t it? While the hospitals may screw something up, surely they’ll get…

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