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Daycare Provider Charged in Death of Infant

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

An Iowa City daycare provider has been charged in the death of a 7-month-old child that was found unresponsive at the daycare and later passed away.

Provider Intoxicated While Watching Children

According to KCRG, Windy Young was acting as a daycare provider for children between the ages of 7-months and 3-years-old. On October 18, 2017, a 7-month-old in Young’s care was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Court records state that Young admitted to having 10 to 12 cans of beer before her initial daycare arrival. Records also say alcohol was found in Young’s system more than eight hours after she started watching the children.

Young was arrested on April 18, 2018 and has been charged with Negligent or Abandonment of a Dependent Person.

Daycare Injury Statistics

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, at least six out of ten — nearly 13 million — infants, toddlers and preschool children are enrolled in daycare. These centers are supposed to be providing substitute care for your children, but sadly we find that sometimes they may cause more harm than good.

  • According to the CPSC, approximately 31,000 children under age 4 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries at child care settings on average.
  • 8% of the child care settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards.
  • 24% of the child care settings did not have safe playground surfacing.
  • 13% of the child care settings did not use child safety gates where necessary.
  • 26% of the child care settings had loops on the window blind cords.
  • 5% of the child care settings had products that had been recalled by CPSC.

Contact an Experienced Daycare Injury Attorney

If your child has been injured after an accident or abuse at a daycare center, contact Thomas J. Henry. Parents put their trust in the staff of a daycare facility to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. It is unacceptable for a child to be subjected to abuse or an unsafe premises while in their care. If your child was seriously injured due to the negligence or abusive actions of daycare staff, call our experienced child injury attorneys today. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your child’s case properly. Call for a free case review.

Former Texas Emergency Operator Jailed After Hanging Up on Thousands of Calls

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

A former emergency operator in Texas was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months probation for hanging up on thousands of 911 calls.

911 Operator Hung Up on Emergency Calls Dealing with Homicide and Robbery

According to Reuters, a Houston jury found Crenshanda Williams, 44, guilty of misdemeanor interference with emergency telephone calls on Wednesday.

The prosecution states that Williams systematically hung up on thousands of people trying to report emergencies, including homicides, robberies, and reckless drivers. Prosecutors also claim that Williams told investigators that she often hung up because she did not want to talk to anybody at those times.

Williams worked for the Houston Emergency Center for a period of 18 months, ending in 2016. Attention was drawn to Williams when supervisors observed an abnormally high number of “short calls”, typically defined as those lasting less than 20 seconds.

A database at the center which tracks who disconnected a call – the operator, the caller, or both – showed that Williams regularly hung up on thousands of callers.

Failures and Intentional Disconnections in Emergency Dispatch Systems Are Not Uncommon

Whether intentional or not, failures, disconnects, and lack of communication by emergency dispatches are not as uncommon as we may like to believe.

As recently as last month, an Ohio teenager died in the back of a Honda Odyssey after becoming trapped in the rear well under the third-row seat.

Records show that the teenager called 911 multiple times using Siri, providing dispatch with his location and a detailed description of his vehicle; however, his first call was disconnected, and information provided during the second call was not relayed to officers at the scene.

In June, a dispatcher allegedly hung up on an emergency call dealing with a New Mexico teen who was shot while at a party. The teen died of his wounds, and a lawsuit has been filed against the dispatcher.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry, we focus on personal injury matters and achieving the maximum recovery for you and your family. Our firm has the resources to take care of you and your family during the legal process. Our lawyers are dedicated to each and every client and their unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. Contact our personal injury attorneys — available 24/7, nights and weekends — for a free legal consultation.

60% of Teen Crashes Are Caused by Driver Distraction

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

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Year-to-year, teenagers have consistently had a higher rate of crash than any other age group in the United States. This is not surprising considering their inexperience behind the wheel. However, as driver inexperience compounded with new exacerbating factors like driver distraction, the risks to teen drivers has become even greater.

In fact, distracted driving may now be the leading factor in car accidents involving teens, with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety attributing 60 percent of all teen car crashes to distracted driving.

Texting and Social Media Mean Teens Are More Likely to Be Looking Down While Driving

The AAA Foundation’s findings were based on an eight year study tracking teen driving behaviors.

During their research, the AAA Foundation noted that talking and attending to other passengers in the vehicle accounted for 15 percent of crashes involving teens while cell phone use accounted for 12 percent of crashes. Another 11 percent of crashes were attributed to attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle.

Researcher’s also observed changes in the ways teens use their phones as technology has changed. During the early years of the study, teens were often found to be talking on their cell phone in the moments leading up to a crash; however, by the studies end, researchers noted that teens were more likely to be looking down at the phone in order to text or use social media.

“Many teens are texting or using social media behind the wheel more often than in the past, which is making an unsafe situation even worse,” said Georjeane Blumling of AAA Tidewater Virginia.

A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute previously found that texting increases a driver’s risk of crash by 23 times.

Changes in Distracted Driving Coincide with Smartphone Use

According to TeenSafe, increased instances of distracted driving seem to coincide with the rise of smartphone ownership. From web browsing, to social media, to nearly unlimited apps, smartphones offer more potential distractions than a basic cellular phone.

Just since 2014, the percentage of smartphone users among teens between the ages of 12 and 17 has increased from 71 percent to 92 percent. Among individuals 18 through 24, smartphone ownership has jumped from 85 percent to 99 percent.

A 2016 study found that 76 percent of respondents between the ages 13 and 24 said they were addicted to their digital devices (compared to 59 percent among all individuals). With that, there is little wonder why drivers are so quick to put themselves at risk by reaching for their cellular device.

Contact an Experienced Distracted Driving Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.

25 Children Hurt After Dump Truck Rear-Ends Texas School Bus

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

More than two dozen children and adult chaperones were taken to Houston-area hospitals Wednesday following a traffic collision involving two school buses and a dump truck.

Early Reports Suggest Dump Truck Rear-Ended One of the School Buses

According to KWTX, the collision occurred when a dump truck rear-ended a Navasota Independent School District school bus. The impact from the initial collision caused the first bus to collide with a second school bus from the same school district.

Police say 25 students and five adults were transported to nearby hospitals with various injuries.

The two school buses were part of a three bus fleet transporting elementary school students to a Houston museum. Early reports indicate all the injured students were fifth-graders.

Police are still investigating the accident.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

 

H-E-B Recalls 2.5 Million Light Bulbs, Laceration and Fire Hazards

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

H-E-B has issued a recall for 2.5 million halogen light bulbs following reports that they can shatter while in use in a lamp or light fixture, posing laceration and fire hazards to consumers.

About the H-E-B Light Bulb Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that they are aware of 14 reports of light bulbs shattering while in a lamp or a light fixture. One customer reported lacerations to his hand, while another reported burns to his hand and cuts on his foot.

The defective light bulbs were sold at H-E-B stores in Texas and online at www.heb.com between August 2015 and December 2017. The light bulbs were sold in 2-packs for about $2.20 and in 4-packs for about $4.

The bulbs were sold in 25 watt, 40 watt, 60 watt, 75 watt, and 100 watt varieties in either clear or soft white colors. The tops of the bulbs will have “GTC” and the wattage and lumens values printed them.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled halogen light bulbs and return them to H-E-B for a full refund.

Products Names and UPCs of the Recalled H-E-B Light Bulbs

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

Product NameUPC
GTC A19 HAL 60W 1500HR SW 4PK4122043932
GTC A19 HAL 75W 1500HR SW 4PK4122065268
GTC A19 HAL 100W 1500HR SW 4PK4122017409
GTC A19 HAL 60W 1500HR CLR 4PK4122017463
GTC A19 HAL 75W 1500HR CLR 4PK4122017576
GTC A19 HAL 100W 1500HR CL 4PK4122065608
GTC A19 HAL 40W 1500HR CLR 2P4122084562
GTC A19 HAL 60W 1500HR CLR 2P4122029652
GTC A19 HAL 75W 1500HR CLR 2PK4122029783
GTC A19 HAL 100W 1500HR CL 2PK4122065177
GTC A19 HAL 25W 1500HR SW 2PK4122030062
GTC A19 HAL 40W 1500HR SW 2PK4122017464
GTC A19 HAL 60W 1500HR SW 2PK4122017397
GTC A19 HAL 75W 1500HR SW 2PK4122065271
GTC A19 HAL 100W 1500HR SW 2PK4122017418

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Lawsuit Filed in Fatal Bus Accident Involving Channelview ISD Band Students

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

A mother has filed a lawsuit in connection with a charter bus accident that left the bus driver dead and dozens of Channelview ISD band students injured. The bus was returning from Disneyland to Channelview, within the Houston metropolitan area, when it went off the road and into a ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Channelview Bus Accident Lawsuit Seeks $1 Million

According to the Houston Chronicle, the lawsuit was filed against First Class Tours and a representative of the bus driver’s estate and is seeking $1 million in damages. The mother alleges her child suffered a severe head scalping injury in the accident and has developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The bus was carrying more than 40 teenage children and members of the Channelview High School Band when it veered off the road and plunged 50 feet down a ravine. The driver of the school bus, Harry Calligone, was killed in the crash, and more than 34 people, most of whom were teenagers, were treated in hospitals for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and an preliminary autopsy report did not rule out any underlying medical emergencies the driver may have experience in the moments preceding the accident.

Records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show that First Class Tours has been cited twice for unsafe driving violations. FMCSA records also show that First Class Tours bus drivers have been involved in four other crashes over the past two years, with one of those crashes resulting in a fatality.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

U.S. Recalls More than 200 Million Eggs Due to Salmonella Fears

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina following concerns of salmonella contamination.

Details of the Salmonella Egg Recall

According to Medscape, this recall is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010. The FDA says the recall involves eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella braenderup, an organism which can cause serious, possibly fatal infections in young children, frail and/or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

22 illnesses have been reported in connection with the salmonella outbreak.

The recalled eggs were produced by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana and distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina.

Eggs were sold to consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Salmonella Symptoms and Statistics

  • According to the CDC, Salmonella causes in one million food borne illnesses every year, resulting in 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
  • Common symptoms include:
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal cramps
  • Symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and usually persist for four to seven days.
  • Infections and illness tend to be more serious in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

6 Students Injured After Semi Crashes into Florida School Bus

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

At least six students were injured in Brooksville, Florida Wednesday morning after an 18-wheeler ran a red light and crashed into a school bus.

Details of the Brooksville School Bus Crash

According to WTSP, the collision occurred around 6:18 am near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Interstate 75. 18 children were aboard the bus en route to Hernando High School when the accident occurred.

The force of the collision caused the bus to overturn.

It is unclear if the driver of the truck sustained any injuries, and the accident remains under investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Engine Failure on Southwest Airlines Flight Kills One, Injures Several Others

Jarod Cassidy6 days ago

One passenger is dead and seven others are injured after a Southwest Airlines jet reportedly blew an engine at about 30,000 feet.

Woman Nearly Sucked Out of Airplane’s Window

According to CBS, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard made an emergency landing in Philadelphia around noon Tuesday after suffering an apparent engine explosion while in flight. The engine explosion resulted in shrapnel smashing through a window and damaging the fuselage.

Authorities say that one passenger was killed in the incident, marking the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline accident since 2009 and the first Southwest passenger death since the airline’s founding. The decedent has not been identified, but it is believed the individual suffered a heart attack.

At least seven other people were injured in the chaos, and one woman was nearly sucked out of the broken window before being dragged back in by passengers.

NTSB to Investigate the Accident and Engine

In an interview, John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board Member, said investigators will dismantle the engine and look at engine maintenance records as part of their investigation. Goglia said there is a ring around the engine that is meant to contain engine pieces in the event of an engine explosion; however, the containment ring on this engine appeared to fail.

A similar failure occurred in August 2016 when a Southwest Boeing 737-700 engine blew and shrapnel left a 5-by-16-inch hole just above the wing. That plane landed safely in Pensacola, Florida.

An investigation of that accident determined one of the engine’s fan blades broke off from the hub with the blade showing signs of metal fatigue.

Contact an Experienced Aviation Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an aircraft, contact Thomas J. Henry. We represent victims injured in plane crashes, hot air balloon accidents, skydiving accidents, and any other incident involving aviation vehicles. Our experienced aviation accident and injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.

Contact us today for a free legal consultation so we can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Woman Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Deadly Drunk Driving Accident

Jarod Cassidy7 days ago

Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

A former Texas State University student has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a fatal drunk driving accident that claimed the lives of a young soon-to-be-father and his unborn child.

Details of the Accident and the Driver’s Sentence

21-year-old Shana Lee Elliott previously pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault following a head-on collision along State Highway 21. The collision killed 23-year-old Fabian Guerrero Moreno and injured his pregnant wife, Kristian Nicole Guerrero.

Kirstian was rushed to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where doctors induced labor in order to save her child’s life. An ultrasound initially revealed that her baby’s heart was still beating; however, a second ultrasound found that the baby no longer had a heartbeat and had died in the womb.

Prosecutors determined that Elliott had been drinking at the San Marcos River prior to the collision. Video evidence presented to jurors also showed Elliott struggling with a sobriety test following the crash.

Elliott was sentenced to seven years in prison for each count of intoxication manslaughter as well as 10 years probation for the intoxication assault charge. Her prison sentences will be served consecutively and her probation will be served concurrently with her prison sentences.

Texas Texas Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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