Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Hampshire Woman’s Pharmaceutical Liability Lawsuit May Reach Supreme Court

In 2004, Karen Bartlett, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, begin taking the generic medication sulindac, an anti-inflammatory medication. Unfortunately, Bartlett soon began to suffer from one of the drug’s side effects, a condition known as toxic epidermal necrolysis, which left her with burns on 65% of her body and rendered her almost totally blind. Bartlett sued […]

Featured Link — MedTerms Medical Dictionary

There are now many medical dictionaries online, but one of the best is MedTerms, at Here is a description from the site: MedTerms medical dictionary is the medical reference for Our doctors define difficult medical language in easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. MedTerms online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell […]

Dallas County Cracks Down On Jury Duty No-Shows

I’ve been practicing law in Dallas for more than 40 years now. And for every bit of that time Dallas County has had a problem with people who are called for jury duty not showing up to serve. One reason it’s been a problem for so long is that there has essentially been no enforcement […]

Memorial Day

As you go to your picnics and family gatherings today please remember the reason for this holiday — to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom. PBS has a wonderful Memorial Day site where you can post and read comments about service members from any of our nation’s wars. Take […]

Friday Fun

Did you know that we yawn, not because we’re sleepy or bored or need more oxygen, but in order to be cool? More precisely, in order to cool our brains. This video is really interesting, but I yawned all the way through it.

Social Security Disability Trust Fund May Be Depleted In Four Years

This guest post is courtesy of Mr. Jim Loxley of My Compensation. It was recently reported that the Social Security and Medicare programs will run out of funds at an earlier date than previously predicted. An annual report written by trustees of the two funds stated that the shorter timelines point towards the urgency of […]

The Tattered Safety Net for the Disabled

For those of us who care about the injured and disabled, recent political talk of cutting back on the already meager benefits available for those who need them the most is troubling. The Washington Post recently ran a good article about the Social Security disability system. Here are excerpts: Most warnings about skyrocketing entitlement spending […]

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Falls Short in a Response to Hot Coffee — The Movie

I’ve written before about the excellent documentary Hot Coffee — The Movie. The subject of course is the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case that has been so distorted by the proponents of tort reform. That case, or actually the false or misleading propaganda about that case, has done more to harm the civil justice rights […]

Investigation Reveals “Serious Gaps” in Federal Food-Safety Efforts

An investigative story exceeding 2,800 words on the CNN website reports on “serious gaps in the federal food safety net meant to protect American consumers of fresh produce, a system that results in few or no government inspections of farms and with only voluntary guidelines of how fresh produce can be kept safe.” The piece details […]

Friday Fun

Are you old enough to remember the Ed Sullivan Show? I used to watch it as a kid. Well, OK, as a teenaged kid. It was mostly boring, but there were occasional flashes of brilliance, such as this acrobatic sister act:

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Minor Car Accident — According to State Farm

Over the years our firm has had many hundreds of car wreck cases against State Farm insurance. In almost every one of the cases that involved low property damage, State Farm made the claim that our client couldn’t be injured in such a minor impact. But now we learn that on their Web site State […]

Stricter Seat Belt Laws Get Teens to Buckle Up

A report published last month by the American Journal of Public Health and reported on in HealthDay provides some good news for parents. Stricter seat belt usage laws do seem to have an influence on teenagers. The bottom line is that in states where police are allowed to stop cars for no other reason than […]

CDC Report: Accidental Deaths Among U.S. Children Are Declining

A new report on accidental deaths among U.S. children received extensive coverage, mostly from online sources. Most sources portrayed the findings as a step in the right direction, but also emphasized the fact that deaths among this population due to some factors, like prescription drug abuse, are on the rise. USA Today reported, “The number of […]

FDA Issues Safety Warning for Fentanyl Patches

CNN‘s “The Chart” blog reports, “The US Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer advisory Thursday, reminding parents, caregivers, and medical personnel of the deadly consequences posed to children from accidental contact with, or ingestion of fentanyl patches, which are marketed under the brand name Duragesic.” The agency warning says “there have been 26 incidents […]

Friday Fun

This optical illusion has been around a while, but I still think it’s one of the best. Stare at the red dot on the woman’s nose for about 30 seconds, then look at a blank surface such as a wall or ceiling, and blink rapidly. You’ll see the “negative” become a color photograph!

U.S. Highway Deaths Decline, But Not In Texas

Here’s an interesting fact: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s early estimate of traffic fatalities in 2011, deaths declined nationwide but remained about the same in Texas. The report was released recently and covers only the first nine months of 2011. It will be amended at a later date. The preliminary report shows […]

Texas Financial Responsibility Law: Minimum Auto Liability Insurance Limits Have Increased

After an intolerable number of years at the same very low minimum limits, Texas automobile liability laws were changed over the past several years. The minimum policy amount went from $20,000 to $25,000, and then to the current $30,000. This information is from the Texas Department of Insurance. Texas law requires people who drive in […]

NHTSA Launches Child Safety Seat Web Site reports that the “National Highway Transportation Safety Administration…is trying to….walk parents through the child-safety-seat guidelines according to the most up-to-date regulations.” adds that the “website does this via a simple overview based on a child’s age, helping a parent decide when to switch the child from a rear-facing to a forward-facing car seat.” says […]

Studies Show Percentage of Young Licensed Drivers Declining

People my age were able to get learner’s driving permits at the age of 14. That’s pretty scary in retrospect, and I’m glad teenagers now have to wait until age 16. Back then, my friends and I couldn’t wait to get our licenses and drive. Apparently things have changed. Young people today don’t feel the […]

Friday Fun

Do you think this is a great photograph, or merely a good photograph? Well, you’re wrong. This is a drawing! You can see equally realistic drawings by Paul Cadden here.