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Can a personal injury claim help with my brain injuries?

When a victim is hurt in a car wreck, his or her injuries are usually obvious right away. However, things are different when it comes to brain injuries. Although symptoms may appear quickly, it can take hours before a brain injury victim begins experiencing symptoms. This can be extremely frustrating and confusing, but in Texas it is possible to receive seek compensation for a brain injury through a personal injury claim.

A brain injury is the result of a severe impact to a person's brain that impedes normal brain function. The causes of brain injuries are varied, and include things like motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, medical malpractice, violence and more. A person who has recently been involved in one of these accidents should carefully monitor him or herself for signs of an injury.

Head-on collision results in apparent wrongful death

Two people in Texas were recently killed in a devastating wrong-way accident. According to police, one of the victims was the driver accused of causing the fatal collision. Many surviving families of victims who were killed in car accidents go on to pursue compensation through wrongful death claims, but there may be some confusion when a negligent driver also died in a wreck.

Police say that the wrong-way driver was initially traveling the correct way on President George Bush Turnpike. At some point, the 22-year-old female driver made a U-turn and began driving in the opposite direction. She continued on for 11 miles before colliding head-on with another vehicle driven by a 53-year-old man. He was killed in the accident. The other driver who is said to have caused the wreck initially survived and was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.

Officials hope to reduce wait times by transferring paperwork

Immigrants often face a lengthy process in their efforts to become citizens. Unfortunately, the reality of the current wait times at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices are staggering.

According to the agency’s website, wait times to process an application for naturalization vary wildly according to location. To even out wait times across the country, the Washington Post reports that the USCIS plans to transfer citizenship paperwork from the country’s busiest field offices to others.

International students facing unique immigration issue

International students attending Texas universities might have planned to spend their summer breaks working or starting new jobs after graduation. Unfortunately, many are facing unexpected hurdles to their employment goals. This latest immigration issue is just one in what may feel like a long line of problems.

Working off campus is usually not an option for international students. For students who want to earn extra money during the summer, the inability to work can be both emotionally and financially frustrating, but the Optional Practical Training program offers a way around this. Current processing times for applications to this program are hovering around five months. The problem? Students can only apply for authorization 90 days prior to their scheduled start date.

Another new immigration rule, this time about social media

Applying for a visa can be a daunting task. Applicants usually spend a significant amount of time and money to make sure that their applications and accompanying documents are filled out to the very best of their abilities. However, a new immigration rule will add an extra hurdle for noncitizens hoping to visit or work in Texas.

The U.S. Department of State will now be looking through the social media accounts of most people who are applying for visas. Looking at social media accounts is not entirely new. Around 65,000 visa applicants are identified for enhanced screening every year, which involves examining old email addresses, social media accounts and phone numbers.

Research finds problems with media reports of bicycle accidents

Bicyclists shoulder a lot of undeserved judgment and anger from drivers. That is according to a study that looked at more than 200 bicycle crashes across the country. With many people in Texas enjoying the open road from the seat of a bicycle, the information from this study could lead to important safety improvements that could protect them from unnecessary bicycle accidents.

One of the researchers for the Texas A&M study found that passive language negatively impacts how people view bicycle accidents. The study looked at how media reported on 200 crashes in which cyclists or pedestrians were seriously injured. In 80% of the reports, media stated that vehicles hit the cyclists, not that drivers hit them. In 55 media reports, the actual drivers were never mentioned.

A good helmet is the number one priority for bicycle riders

Whether you use it for work or play, riding a bicycle may feel very freeing. Pedaling down the street at your own pace is a lot more fun than sitting in traffic in your car—especially in these warm spring and summer months.

Despite your bicycle making you feel free, there should be one restriction: a helmet. You need to know exactly how risky it is to ride without head protection and what kind you should have.

Personal injury: Sisters killed, 3 others injured in hit-and-run

Police in Texas arrested the driver suspected of causing a hit-and-run accident that left two sisters dead and another three people injured. Police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report before determining whether DWI charges would be appropriate in addition to his current charges for accidents involving death and accidents involving injury. However, even as police continue the investigation, the victims and surviving family members of the deceased can begin to explore their options regarding compensation for personal injury and wrongful death.

A family of four -- a father and his three daughters -- plus a friend were in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. Although authorities did not specify the exact details of the wreck, they did say that the victim's vehicle was passing through an intersection. The 61-year-old driver who allegedly caused the wreck hit the other vehicle in the intersection and then promptly fled from the scene.

Veteran widower deported despite immigration protection

Living as an undocumented immigrant in Texas does not necessarily mean that a person can be deported. Depending on an individual's situation there may be several different options for relief. For those who have lost spouses during military service, immigration judges may choose to grant "parole in place," a temporary form of relief that can help individuals remain in the United States. Unfortunately, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement do not always respect these vital protections.

On April 8, 2019, ICE agents arrested a widower who had lost his wife in 2010 while she was deployed in Afghanistan. Before her death the couple had a daughter, who is now 12 years old. After his wife's death he was granted parole in place, giving him the legal right to stay in the United States with his daughter.

Personal injury: 4 killed, 1 injured by distracted driver

One person was injured and another four were killed in a recent wreck. Three of those who died were minors and still in school, while the other had only recently graduated less than a year ago. As Texas police continue to investigate the accident, it is possible that the surviving victim and the families of the other victims may choose to seek recovery of monetary damages through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m., when a mother was driving her three children and one other person to watch one of her other children's school drill team performance. The woman was stopped at an intersection to make a left turn when the car behind her failed to stop. The impact of the collision was so severe that all of the children in the car were killed and the mother had to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

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