November 26, 2013

Winter Coats Impede Car Seat Safety


According to a report fromNBC News heavy coats may cause car seats to be less effective.

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Our personal injury attorneys in Spartanburg know that colder weather will mean parents want to keep their children warm with plenty of winter clothing. Unfortunately, the heavy winter clothing can make car seats less effective.

The problem with winter coats is they create a situation where the harness straps are not tight enough because of the extra padding around the child's chest.
The key to car seat safety is to ensure the tightness of the harness is based on fitting the child and not fitting the jacket.

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November 26, 2013

NHTSA Launches Major Teen Driving Safety Initiative


The National Highway Traffic Administration has institutedfive key initiatives to increase teen driver safety.

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Our Ashville personal injury attorneys know that motor-vehicle accidents are the primary killer of teenagers in America. In order to combat this problem the National Highway Traffic Administration has identified 5 important topics.

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November 24, 2013

Carolina Tractor-Trailer Accidents: New Limits on Truck Driver Hours


According to an article from Safety and Health Magazine, the hours a truck driver may spend on the road are being reduced.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys know that a tired truck driver controlling an 80,000 pound vehicle can have disastrous results.

The average employee in the United States works 40 hours per week. In contrast, truck drivers may frequently work almost double that amount.

The amount of time a truck driver is allowed to work during the week is at the focus of a debate over the latest changes to the newest Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.


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November 22, 2013

Electronic Cigarettes Present Unknown Dangers


Recent research by theFood and Drug Administration revealed, that electronic cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) are not as safe as manufacturers have led the public to believe.

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Our personal injury lawyers in Spartanburg know electronic cigarette manufacturers may make misleading statements about the potential safety of their products.

The Food and Drug Administration is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of Americans.

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November 20, 2013

Fairground Injuries in North Carolina


According to an article onFoxCarolina.com, five individuals were injured while on a ride at the North Carolina State Fair.

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Our Asheville personal injury attorneys know how dangerous amusement rides and attractions can be and urge riders to be safe enjoying the rides at any amusement park, fairground, festival, or private birthday party.

The report states that a police investigation revealed the ride had intentionally been tampered with and as a result, the 46-year-old ride operator will be charged with three counts of inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault. Of the five people injured, three were sent to the hospital.

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November 16, 2013

Carolina Defective Product Watch: Surge Protectors Create Fire Risk


Schneider Electric Corporation has issued a recall for a series of its surge protectors because they overheat and melt which causes a risk of fire and injury.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys know that surge protectors create a risk of fire in many situations and could be responsible for fires at home or the workplace.

The Schneider Surge protectors being recalled were sold at various stores including CompUSA, Circuit City, and Best Buy for prices ranging between $13 and $50. The surge protectors were sold between January 1993 and December 2002.

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November 13, 2013

Many Nursing Homes do not have Adequate Sprinkler Systems


According to a New York Times article, a significant number of nursing homes do not have sufficient sprinkler systems.

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Our Spartanburg nursing home neglect attorneys know how important nursing home care is to the public in the Carolinas and are devoted to holding nursing homes accountable for their actions.

According to a New York Times Report, until very recently (last month), federal laws did not necessitate all nursing homes have automatic sprinkler systems.

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November 11, 2013

Football Related Head and Spinal Cord Injuries Common Cause of School Injuries


According tomomsteam.com, understanding how cervical spine injuries occur is important for young athletes and parents.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys feel that it is important to teach proper tackling techniques to young athletes who play contact sports.

A 2009 statement released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association revealed that managing spinal injuries properly is crucial. Participation in sports leads to a large number of spinal cord injuries in Americans younger than 31.

Sports trainers and other individuals on the sideline need to understand the appropriate acute management techniques for athletes who experience a cervical-spine injury.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association's position statement gives detailed techniques for the speedy transport and treatment of young athletes who are injured while playing their respective sport.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to devastating long-term neurological impairment and even premature death. For this reason, it is imperative that parents, players, medical personnel, and coaches are well versed in how to avoid spinal cord injuries and how to handle an injury if it does occur.

A good set of education requirements and guidelines is provided on momsteam.com and includes:

1. Develop an understanding of cervical spine injuries and how they occur. Individuals should also understand how important it can be to avoid contact with the head during any sport.

2. Stay up to date on all important safety rules that are enacted in an effort to prevent cervical spine injuries.

3. Ensure all sporting equipment is used and worn as the manufacturer intended.

4. Understand the importance of proper fit and sizing when it comes to all sporting equipment. Helmets and other equipment that are correctly sized will usually help stabilize the spine and protect against injury.

5. Care by health care professionals should be provided to the injured individuals as quickly as possible. These professionals include athletic trainers and others. It is critical that an athlete with a possible spine injury is treated quickly.

6. There should be an action plan in place in the case of an emergency. The plan should be reviewed and understood by all players, coaches, administrations and medical personnel.

7. Non-medically trained individuals should not move or even touch an athlete who may have a spinal cord injury. It is also very important that an individual does not attempt to remove an injured athlete's helmet or other pads. These decisions should be left to the athletic trainer and any other medical staff on site.

While football is usually the sport associated with the largest number of spinal injuries in the United States it is important to remember that other sports such as: baseball, cheerleading, pole vaulting, swimming and diving, gymnastics, rugby, and skiing all place participants at risk for spinal cord injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Posts:

Child Sport Injuries in South Carolina Gaining Awareness September 9, 2013, Spartanburg Injury Lawyer Blog

North Carolina Teen Killed Crossing Roadway, October 27, 2013, Spartanburg Injury Lawyer Blog.

November 8, 2013

Dog Bite Prevention an Important Focus this Holiday Season


According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans are injured by dog bites each year. Half of those injured are children and one out of every five bites requires medical attention.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys know that children are in danger of being bitten by aggressive dogs and want dog owners and parents to know how to avoid being seriously injured by an animal.

Approximately 4.5 million Americans are injured by dog bites every year. Children aged 5 to 9 are the most likely to be bitten. Adult males are more likely to be bitten than adult females.
Finally, individuals with two or more dogs in their household are bitten by dogs five times more frequently than individuals in households with no dogs.

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November 6, 2013

Elderly at Higher Risk of Head Injury After Fall


When placing loved ones in the care of a professional nursing home or medical care facility, you trust that they will be safe. While it can be devastating to leave your loved ones under professional care, it can be even more devastating for any family to learn that their parent or grandparent fell and suffered an injury. New studies indicate that nursing home residents and the elderly face severe risks of head injury and long-term damage after a fall.

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Nursing home injuries caused by negligence or abuse demand an immediate investigation. Our Charlotte nursing home injury attorneys are experienced with complicated cases involving elderly neglect and abuse. We understand that every case is unique and will take the time to review the facts of your case, identify responsible parties, and aggressively pursue compensation in the event of an injury or wrongful death. Our firm stays abreast of issues relevant to nursing home patients and their families. We are also dedicated to raising awareness to prevent future injury or death.

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November 5, 2013

$10 Million Lawsuit Against U.S. Army Day Care for Infant Death


Parents trust that day care providers are attending to children and keeping them safe from harm. In addition to normal care needs, including water, food and security, day care providers have a duty to act reasonably and ensure appropriate supervision. This month, a North Carolina couple filed a $10 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government after their infant child suffocated at a Fort Bragg day care in March 2012.

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Wrongful death suits are an available legal action for anyone who has lost a child, spouse, or parent due to neglect, recklessness, or intent. Our Charlotte wrongful death attorneys are experienced in investigating fatalities and dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have suffered a loss. We are committed to helping victims as well as raising awareness to prevent future accidents and injuries.

According to the lawsuit
, the parents are filing claims of wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress after they lost their 4-month-old son. The parents were distraught after they also discovered the care attendant would not face any criminal charges for the death. Whether a death was caused by intent, recklessness or negligence, civil charges can still be filed even if the defendant is not being held criminally liable. While a prosecutor must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt," a civil plaintiff must only prove by "preponderance of the evidence," which can be easier to establish liability.

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November 2, 2013

Brain Injuries: Testing Balance to Diagnose Concusssions


The long-term consequences of a concussion or brain injury can be severe. For many victims of traumatic brain injury or concussion, their condition is not recognized or diagnosed for weeks or months after the injury. It is often a family member notices personality changes or the victim notices memory lapse and other loss of cognitive function. Now an advanced balance test could help to diagnose concussions early on.

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Any brain injury can leave a victim unable to work or handle everyday tasks. For victims of severe brain injury after a car collision or other accident, severe head trauma can result in permanent damage. Our Charlotte brain injury attorneys are experienced in helping brain injury victims protect their rights. We are also dedicated to staying abreast in trends to identify and treat concussion or brain injury.

The balance machine was created to test the vestibular system in the body, which relies on the inner ear to process information about gravity pull and movement. Basically, the system allows the body to gauge the way that things are moving around you and to help understand your position in relation to the earth and other objects. In one way it can simply be described as "balance" but it is also a more complicated sort of "GPS" for the human brain.

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October 27, 2013

North Carolina Teen Killed Crossing Roadway


According to a news article on foxcarolina.com, a teenager was hit and killed while crossing the road to board his school bus in the morning.

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Our Greenville personal injury lawyers are devoted to raising awareness about safe habits for pedestrians and drivers. As we head into autumn, mounting tourism will increase congestion in many communities. Teenagers need to be particularly aware of the risks as we head into the busy holiday travel season.

The North Carolina teenager was struck at approximately 7 a.m., according to witnesses. He was a junior at a local high school. Witnesses also revealed the bus was stopped with its "stop arm" extended and lights flashing.


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October 25, 2013

Rubbernecking on Carolina Roads Causes Additional Traffic Accidents


According to a research at the University of Virginia traffic incidents cause delays in incident direction and also in the opposite direction. Traffic incidents and increased volume make the roadway more dangerous for all drivers.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys understand secondary accidents are a common threat, as motorists slow to make their way through an accident scene. In too many cases, distractions lead to additional injuries.

A lot of research has been conducted regarding the influence of a traffic incident on the flow of traffic in the incident direction. However, very little research has been conducted regarding the well-known phenomenon of rubbernecking and its effect on traffic traveling in the opposite direction.

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October 24, 2013

Trick or Treating Tips for North Carolina Parents


Halloween is an especially exciting time for kids. Dressing up like a favorite superhero or television character can be very exciting. Not to mention the amount of candy often consumed by children during this time of year. However, there are dangers involved with his joyous holiday as well.

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Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys would like to raise awareness of the many dangers that accompany the Halloween holiday and how parents may navigate the risks to have a safe and happy Halloween.

Although this time of the year can be very exciting for children it can be a source of stress for their parents. Reader's Digest released an article containing seven tips for safe trick or treating.

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