Dental malpractice is an oft overlooked topic that some experts say occurred in nearly thirty thousand instances last year alone. Granted, a visit to the dentist is considered to be one of the least enjoyable experiences we endure. Many people avoid dentists’ offices for years until they have no choice but to seek treatment for a painful problem.
Then the amount of trust we place in them is nearly limitless. Meanwhile there are a large number of dental mishaps that can occur – and the fault will lie squarely with the dentist. For instance, a person’s dental problem may be misdiagnosed thereby causing anything from the extraction of too many teeth to unnecessary infection from faulty or improperly sanitized equipment. There may be other problems as well – improper administration of anesthesia or dental cosmetic surgery gone awry. In the worst case scenario – dental malpractice can lead to the death of a patient.
While that may seem hard to fathom – it has occurred on a number of occasions. For instance, in one case the extraction of a tooth was so traumatic to a patient that he had a stroke in the dentist’s chair and later died. In another case a patient was not given an antibiotic – which was a regular part of the dental process for patients who had undergone a certain type of medical procedure. The patient developed an infection and died several months later.
When we are experiencing tooth pain – a dentist is a savior. However, take the time to verify credentials before climbing into the dentist chair.
Many people do not realize the good that is being done on an everyday basis by MADD.
Not only does MADD implement extensive educational material in an effort to curtail drunk driving accidents and the needless personal injury and loss of life, but mothers against drunk driving are also involved in the legislative process by calling upon Texas lawmakers to enact statutory changes to curb drunk driving.
One of the many things that MADD supports is mandatory ignition interlock devices for those convicted of drunk driving. Other states have successfully implemented interlock ignition devices to radically reduce the number of second offense DWI’s.
In addition to legislative work and education mothers against drunk driving also serves to be the driving force in opposing drunk driving in Texas and across the nation. I take my hat off to those who tirelessly work for MADD and its lofty goals.
Mothers against drunk driving is national office is located in Irving, Texas and they, in conjunction with local offices such that as in Houston work daily to protect our communities.
To the entire mothers against drunk driving organization, I say congratulations and thank you.
“Car surfing is a form of acrobatics or stunts (or an illegal stunt if performed in public traffic) in which passengers of moving vehicles perform various stunts, including hanging out of the car or ‘surfing’ on the hood or trunk or on the roof of the vehicle”.
It seems the origins of this inane behavior could possibly be traced to a similar act being performed in a popular teen movie that aired last summer. Of course, in the movies nobody gets hurt and everybody looks like they’re having a wonderfully wild and carefree time as a group of young men are pulled by a vehicle while sitting in a shopping cart. Somehow there is a disconnect between today’s youth – who often view these types of reckless behavior as challenges to incorporate into their own life – and the reality that stunts of this nature aren’t fun at all – they’re deadly. It makes me think that teenage movies should come with the disclaimer – do not try this at home.
I doubt anyone is surprised to learn that there have been instances of bodily injury and even death as a result of ‘car surfing’. This leads me to ask parents to discuss this unsafe behavior with their children before the fad takes hold in your own community.
Recent studies have given a fresh life to gadgets known as ignition interlocks. These devices check the blood-alcohol content of a driver before the car will start. The ignition interlock is installed and the driver must blow into the device and passed the test otherwise the car won’t start.
Greg Baumgartner is a Houston accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping injury victims seek civil justice. For a free no obligation consultation with a Texas personal injury lawyer in call the Baumgartner firm.
What we are finding is that these devices have proven to substantially reduced rearrest rates with previously arrested on drunken drivers. One of the biggest issues is repeat offenders who get a break and stay out of jail only to go on and get drunk and maim or kill innocent victims by getting behind the wheel drunk.
It is my belief that anyone who is a first offender for DWI should be required to install at their expense and ignition interlock device. Further, the offender should be required to have the device checked twice a year to make sure it is fully functional.
Not only will they interlock device save victims of drunk drivers but it shows great potential in saving the drunk drivers themselves. Even if a drunk driver is uninjured in a car accident the arrest for DWI can be very traumatizing to their entire family.
Only 13 states currently require interlock devices after a DWI. I believe it’s a good idea.
It may be hard to believe – but it is possible for a person to suffer burn injuries on boats even if you are surrounded by water. The problem is that the requirements for fire safety equipment on boats are nearly nonexistent while the many ways in which a fire can start or a person can receive a burn are varied and lengthy. For instance, if your boat has a galley you might experience a kitchen fire that could quickly spread to the rest of the vessel. Or in the case of a motor boat there may be a leak that could cause an explosion. Why there is even a great possibility for sunburns because the sun reflects of the water intensifying a person’s exposure and increasing the risks. Finally, some boats stow extra fuel – a definite fire hazard to be sure.
One study on boating and fires found that one major problem is that even if a fire extinguisher is on board – as it should be – there is no one who knows how to use it correctly. In addition, the confines of a boat make it challenging to put out a fire before the entire ship is consumed. Experts now believe that boat purchasers and boat owners should participate in some type of training that will give them the skills necessary to react effectively to a fire on a boat.
Don’t wait for legislators to require boat owners to get training on how to handle boat fires. Seek out advice and training on your own – before you take to the water.