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I’ll Be Back in a Minute: Summer Heat and Leaving Children in Cars

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 20, 2017

It is the kind of story that makes you want to change the news channel. The story of an innocent life lost, of a family broken and destroyed, of a parent grieving her child. It is the story of a child being left in a car, suffering heat stroke, and dying. And sadly, Texas leads the nation in these tragic stories.

In 2017, by the end of June, there were a total of 15 child deaths nationwide as a result of hot cars. Of the 15, seven of them were in Texas. From 1998–2015, Texas held the record for vehicular heat deaths with 100 needless tragedies. This is not the list Texas wants to top. Read the rest »

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Common Sports Injury That May Cause Paralysis

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 15, 2016

kids-footballA young boy makes a violent tackle in football, leading with his head. Another teen suffers a brutal cross-check to the head and neck area on the ice in hockey. A teenage girl falls from the top of a triumphant and daring cheerleading pyramid. In each of these instances, a healthy and active young boy or girl can end up paralyzed for life.

There’s a concerted effort underway to shine a light on the dangers that sports can pose to young athletes, particularly injuries to the cervical spine, which is the significantly susceptible area between the first and seventh vertebrae that secures the connection between the spinal cord and the brain. Often an injury to this area is not easily recognized by teammates, coaches, and trainers. An unsound move could lead to long-term damage to the spine, resulting in paralysis. Read the rest »

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