September 24, 2013

How Safe Are Food Trucks in North Carolina?


Taco trucks, hot dog stands and other food trucks are an attraction for locals and tourists throughout the Carolinas. While food may be quick and tasty, food trucks cropping up throughout the region may pose potential threats including vehicle accidents and collisions, fire hazards, as well as food-borne illnesses. Whether stopping for a snack after a long workday or taking your kids out after a game, be sure to keep safety in mind when near a food truck.

Food trucks in North and South Carolina do require registration and compliance with regulations, however, they could still pose a threat of accidents or injuries. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are dedicated raising health and safety awareness in our communities. When it comes to food truck safety, it is important to keep health and safety in mind to protect your family.

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Food truck owners are responsible for keeping their trucks clean. Like a restaurant, it is important to make sure that food is properly stocked and stored, that surfaces are clean to prevent mold or attracting pests. Truck owners are responsible for loading fresh water and dispose of any waste or waste water. Though health inspectors are obliged to check trucks, individual consumers should also be wary if a truck is not cleaned properly or appears dirty. Health inspectors have indicated that clean trucks on the outside are often clean on the inside. Similarly, a dirty truck on the outside probably means a dirty truck on the inside.

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September 21, 2013

Fire Pit Safety: Preventing Explosions and Burn Injuries


Fire pits can be a warm addition on a cold fall night--whether camping, out at the lake cabin, or in your own backyard. For many families, campfires are part of a tradition. Whether you own a fire pit or you are planning on having a campfire while away for the weekend, remember the potential dangers, especially if there are children around. In a tragic Fayetteville accident, one North Carolina man lost his life after a fire pit explosion.

Fire pit safety awareness can help you prevent accidents and explosions that could potentially cause severe burns or death. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the lives of North and South Carolina residents and in raising awareness to prevent accidents. While fire pits may mean storytelling and toasting marshmallows, it is also important to keep safety in mind when you are responsible for a campfire.

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According to police, an explosion near a fire pit killed on North Carolina man and left three others severely injured. Reports indicated that the 28-year-old victim was at home at the time of the accident. Investigators are going over evidence, witness statements and reviewing the accident scene to determine the cause of the explosion. Officials do not suspect that foul play was involved in the accident. The blast was likely an accident; however authorities are still unclear about what caused the explosion. According to witness statements, several people were standing around a fire pit late in the evening when something exploded.

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September 18, 2013

Cheerleading Ranked Most Dangerous Sport for Women


For middle-school, high school and college aged students, the fall sports season is well underway. This means cheerleader tryouts, football games and long-practice hours for all athletes. Cheerleading is a recognized sport in 29 states and continues to attract young girls, even at the elementary level. When sending their daughters to cheerleader camps and competitions, many parents do not realize how dangerous the sport can be. A recent study published by the Journal of Pediatrics stated that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for women.

Sports injuries may range from scrapes and minor sprains to permanent injuries, including paralysis. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling complex injury cases and are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We are also committed to preventing serious injury and raising awareness about potentially dangerous sports, including cheerleading.

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When thinking about the role of a cheerleader, you may picture smiling young girls with pony tails and pom-poms. Despite the pretty, happy faces, cheerleading is a very competitive and difficult sport, requiring years of training and practice. Though many girls may dream of becoming a cheerleader, the gymnastics, lifting and throwing can be very, very challenging and physically demanding. In the United States, cheerleading causes the most serious injuries amongst women throughout the country.

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September 13, 2013

Nursing Home Neglect of Dental Hygiene Brushed Under the Rug


In the course of highlighting the gravely serious issue of South Carolina nursing home neglect, there can be a tendency to overlook the seemingly small matters that can quickly snowball into major problems.
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One of the best examples of this is staffers' neglect of dental hygiene among nursing home residents. This may seem a trivial matter when we know that harried, underpaid staffers are often charged with properly feeding, dressing, bathing and medicating those in their care. What's more, many patients with dementia often resist routine dental care, sometimes with physical force.

However, neglecting to take care of one's teeth and gums may result in more than just a cavity. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association linked oral hygiene to health-care associated pneumonia or respiratory tract infections in elderly people. This is alarming because pneumonia is the No. 1 killer of institutionalized older people.

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September 11, 2013

Bicycle Crashes in North Carolina Could Be Slashed by Lasers


Technological advances involving lasers have been applied to everything from eye surgery to military strikes to accurate lunar measurements.
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The latest invention is a bit closer to the ground, and safety advocates are hoping it could serve to significantly reduce bicycle crash injuries in Greensboro and beyond.

It's called "Blaze," and it was invented by a British physics graduate student who recognized that the greatest problems for bicyclists include being sideswiped by vehicles or being struck because they were in a blind spot where a vehicle turned into a cyclist's path.

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September 9, 2013

Child Sport Injuries in South Carolina Gaining Awareness


Homecoming football games are on the horizon, marking a sports season in full swing for countless young athletes across the country.
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For many young people, their involvement in sports will mark a crowning achievement in their lives. For some others, it will mark the the beginning of a successful athletic career.

Sadly for others, that involvement could result in a debilitating injury that might not only dash their sports dreams, it could lead to lifelong physical challenges. Our Spartanburg sports injury lawyers have long recognized the reality of risks. Recently-published research highlights the pervasiveness of these types of injuries and, we hope, encourages schools, coaches, parents and players to take the risks seriously.

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September 6, 2013

DMV Cracks Down on Motorcycle Beginner's License Renewals


Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that there is a new motorcycle beginner permit renewal system. This change comes as officials attempt to improve motorcycle rider safety. Now, before renewing a beginner's permit, each rider is required to make an effort to pass the motorcycle skills test.
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This change was made specifically so that motorcyclists would not be able to continuously renew their beginner permit instead of applying to get a motorcycle license. Now they're got to take the test. If they pass then they will get a motorcycle enforcement or license. If they fail the test, they will more than likely be able to renew the beginner's permit.

Our Anderson motorcycle accident lawyers understand that motorcycle permits are good for one year and can be renewed without limit. The only difference between these two permits is that a motorcyclist is not allowed to operate the vehicle during nighttime hours. The law, however, also gives the DMV the option to refuse a renewal if they feel that the applicant does not make an attempt to pass the test.

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September 4, 2013

Keeping Child Travelers Safe -- "Let's Go NC!"


Children are some of the most vulnerable travelers. Their bodies are likely to sustain serious injury in the event of an accident -- much more likely than our larger, adult bodies. And it's these youngsters who oftentimes travel along our roadways on foot and on their bicycles, which makes them even more at risk for a serious injury or death in the event of a traffic collision.
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Thanks to officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), there's a new way to help educate these young travelers. It's all a part of the "Let's Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children" curriculum. It's equipped with various lesson plans, supplemental tools, educational materials and more to help teach children grades K-5 about the basics of biking and walking. Officials are urging parents, schools, after-school programs, clubs and law enforcement officers to use this curriculum to help keep our children safe.

Our Asheville child injury lawyers understand that children don't fully understand the traffic around them. And because of this, it's difficult for them to foresee the dangers. Throughout the "Let's Go NC!" curriculum, students will learn safety tips regarding walking safely near traffic, crossing the streets safely, crossing intersections properly, safety on and around school buses as well as parking lot safety. The lessons for each grade grouping include a Discussion and Demonstration that occurs in the classroom and hands-on Skill-Building Activities which occur outdoors. Some lessons include a video to complement classroom instruction.

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September 2, 2013

Expectant Parents Killed in Asheville Limousine Accident


Two young motorists were killed following a serious Asheville traffic accident. The female was pregnant with the couple's first child, according to Hollywood Life. The first sonogram pictures of their baby were recovered in the mom-to-be's purse after the accident.
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The couple were passengers of a limousine company they had hired in North Carolina when the limo driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree. The woman died immediately upon impact, but the husband didn't know. He pleaded with responding paramedics to save her and his unborn child first. He later died from injuries sustained in the accident at the hospital. The limo driver also remains in the hospital and awaits the outcomes of a pending investigation. According to the investigation thus far, the driver's "actions directly contributed to the collision."

Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand that limos are used on special days. During the celebration, it's important to keep an attentive eye on safety. For that reason, we're here with a few simple safety tips to help ensure that your big day is a safe one. Limousine accidents can be more serious than an ordinary accident because of the mass and weight of the vehicle. This increases the forces at work during the collision and can result in more serious injuries, especially with passengers in the back who may not be wearing a seat belt.

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August 31, 2013

Are We Safe? New Report on State Building Safety Inspections and Codes


Residential building codes ensure that development companies, builders, contractors, landlords, and homeowners meet safety standards. Commercial and residential building codes are necessary to maintain safe premises and to prevent serious injury to owners, tenants or visitors. According to a recent report in Newsday, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has released an update to a state report which reviews progress of 18 states in the Atlantic Coast region, including North and South Carolina.

Having a clear understanding of your rights, obligations and responsibilities is critical to ensuring safe premises. Our Asheville premises liability attorneys are committed to preventing serious injury and accidents involving failed maintenance. Slip and fall injuries, catastrophic back and head injuries, paralysis, even wrongful death can be attributed to dangerous properties. Whether you are a homeowner, landlord, developer, or business owner, it is important to know how safety standards can impact your rights and liability.

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According to the report, which focuses on 18 states, some states have made progress, while other states have failed to create better residential building codes. Uniform state building codes are important because they are the standards to which builders and property owners are held. The current IBHS report is intended to raise awareness surrounding building codes and keep citizens aware of building code activity. Citizens in each state can check building code standards to ensure that they are meeting obligations to the community.

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August 28, 2013

Hidden Dangers in and Around Your Vehicle


While we have regularly covered safe driving to keep your children safe, it is also important to remember the dangers of vehicles, even when you are not behind the wheel. A car, SUV or truck can be a hazard to you and your children while parked. To keep your family safe, it is important to remember the hidden dangers in and around your vehicle to prevent accidents and injury.

A vehicle is a large, heavy piece of machinery with electrical components, dangerous fumes, as well other attributes that could potentially put your child at risk. Whether your car is parked in the driveway or the garage, you should keep in mind that it could be dangerous to your loved ones. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are committed to keeping our community safe and preventing serious accidents and injury. We are dedicated to raising awareness about vehicle hazards that could threaten the safety of your loved ones.

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When you purchased your vehicle, you probably looked for safety features. When you had children, you bought car seats and ensured that your vehicle was safe for driving. Sometimes the most obvious dangers are the ones we can forget. Here are five common dangers and tips from the Department of Transportation to keep your children safe around vehicles.

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August 26, 2013

Keeping Children Safe from Home Water Hazards


Every year, home dangers and accidents claim the lives of healthy children. In many cases, these accidents are preventable. One of the primary risks that children face in and around the home involves water. Water injuries and accidents can result in suffocation and brain damage, electrocution, and in the most severe cases, accidental death. Taking the time to safeguard your home and understand potential dangers can keep your children safe.

Whether you have moved into a new home or are interested in safeguarding your existing home, there are a number of ways you can prevent water-related injuries to children. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping children safe at home and in the community. We will take a proactive approach to raise awareness to prevent injuries and to protect the children of North and South Carolina.

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Every year, children fall victim to serious injuries and accidents involving pools and bodies of water in the home. Potential accident sites include bathtubs, baby baths, buckets and pails, chests of ice, coolers with ice or melted ice, hoses, hot tubs, whirlpools and spas, irrigation ditches, wells, pot holes, lakes, fish ponds, and garden fountains. Even a small body of water can create a serious hazard and risk for your children. It is important to identify the known water hazards in and around your home, lake house or other property.

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August 22, 2013

Save Your Back with Back-to-School Safety Tips


Kids seem overloaded these days with school, extra-curriculars, music, sports, friends, video games, iPods, computers, and other activities. Their backpacks tend to carry the burden of these busy lives. Every year, thousands of children and teenagers suffer serious and long-term back injuries because they are weighed down by heavy and overloaded backpacks. To prevent long-term injury, you should be aware of how to protect your child or teen from backpack-related injuries.

School season is beginning and it can be difficult to keep safety in mind when you are trying to meet the demands of your child's changing schedule. It is important to plan ahead to prevent serious injury. Our Charlotte child injury attorneys are dedicated to helping keep children safe this back to school season. In addition to traffic and bus safety, we also believe in backpack safety to prevent serious injury to children.

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Well-designed backpacks are intended to distribute heavy weight loads between the strongest body parts, including the shoulders and upper back. When a backpack is used improperly or overloaded, that weight distribution can fall heavily on other muscles, causing the risk of serious injury and harm. An improperly packed or worn bag can lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain as well as muscle injuries. Overtime a child could develop posture problems that could impact their growth and development and cause additional issues later in life.

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August 20, 2013

Checklist to Keep Teens Safe This Sports Season


Teen athletes face a number of dangers every time they go to practice or have a game. In addition to regular injuries that could be caused by impact or repetitive stress, traumatic injuries could also cause serious or permanent damage. Despite the benefits of getting good exercise and learning teamwork, parents, educators, and teens should be aware of the risks and be prepared before starting a new school and sports season.

While there are some accidents that aren't preventable, taking a proactive and knowledgeable approach to this year's sports season could prevent serious injuries, and death. Our Asheville personal injury lawyers are experienced with the investigation and representation of teen sports accidents. We are dedicated to sports and team safety and helping to prevent injuries, including traumatic brain injury.

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Teen athletes are vulnerable to joint injury, head and neck injury, heart trouble, and heat stroke. In a recent report by NPR, sports medicine doctors and other professionals offer the following checklist to keep your teen athletes healthy and safe.

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August 18, 2013

Hilton Head Death Highlights Golf Cart Risks


In areas with warmer climates, golf carts are an enjoyable, easy way to get around the neighborhood or the resort, along the beach or in small communities. While golf carts can be fun on and off the course, it is important to remember golf cart safety. After a recent golf cart accident and death in South Carolina, drivers and passengers should be reminded of the importance of driving and riding safely.

Golf carts are not as fast as cars, but they are definitely not toys. Every year, tragic accidents cause serious injuries and take the lives of drivers, passengers and bystanders. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are experienced in golf car accidents and will help victims and their families protect their rights. As experienced attorneys, we are committed to public wellness and to keeping North and South Carolina residents safe for tourists and residents.

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According to reports, authorities are still investigating the death of a man following a fatal golf cart accident. The 77-year-old victim was driving his golf cart on a road in Sun City Hilton Head. Police indicated that the golf cart veered off the road, struck a car and then a small tree. The Highway Patrol found the victim next to the golf cart following the accident. The golf cart driver and victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

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