Archive for October 2013

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a big celebration for my family.  The kids get dressed up, the cousins and aunts and uncles come over, and we all head out to go trick-or-treating.  But the fun of Halloween also brings increased risks. This year, follow these Halloween safety tips to protect your kids. Go with your kids.  I know,…

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ADHD adversely affects driver’s reactions

Many know that texting while driving affects a driver’s reaction time. Few think about how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects drivers. People are generally aware of the developmental disorder ADHD. They know it can make some individuals restless or hyperactive and typically includes a short attention span. In many situations, this can run from…

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Brett Favre's Admissions Shed Light On Traumatic Brain Injuries

In an interview this week, retired NFL quarterback (and all around tough guy) Brett Favre discussed memory loss issues he’s been having since retirement.  Favre attributes these issues to potential brain injuries he suffered as a player. Favre isn’t alone in these types of symptoms.  We’ve had the pleasure of representing a number of clients…

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Another Austin Wrong-Way Driver Wreck

Last night, two people were killed in a collision when a driver was driving down Mopac the wrong way. Just before 1:00 a.m., APD received calls of a driver driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Mopac.  The APD dispatched several police cars and even a police helicopter to try and intervene, but they couldn’t…

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NY Times Addresses The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case

One of the biggest issues facing injured victims is the public perception of claimants left over from the McDonald’s Hot Coffee case.  The case has been the poster-case for lawsuit abuse, etc. Those of us involved in the system have always known the truth: — that Ms. Liebeck had third degree burns on her legs…

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Checking a player for concussion may not be enough

A 30-year-old football player died as a result of complications associated with degenerative brain disease. When the nation first became aware of the issues surrounding traumatic brain injury, it was noted that is seemed to be confined to older players who had seen their fair share of bone crunching scrimmages during their career. Then, younger…

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Kids Safety: Kids and Sports – How much is too much?

This morning’s Austin American Statesman ran a great story entitled Kids and Sports: How much is too much? The premise of the article, which was written by a Dallas doctor,  is that kids and parents’ increasing focus on some sports is dangerous for our kids. There are a number of issues.  Kids now are much…

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