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April 20, 2014

South Carolina Considers Video to Reduce Risk of School Bus Accidents


Each year, an average of 19 school-aged children are killed in collisions involving school transportation. In most cases, the child loses his life before he gets on the bus or after he exits. Just five children die annually on average as a result of collisions while the kids are passengers on the bus. The rest are killed in pedestrian accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. bus-1389756-m.jpg

Many of these collisions could be prevented if drivers paid more attention to the rules of the road and if they obeyed the laws that prohibit passing a stopped school bus. Because many drivers do pass when the school bus stop sign is displayed, the Augusta Chronicle indicates that there is a proposal being considered that would allow school buses to film those who illegally pass them. Those who pass school buses can face criminal charges and can be held responsible for losses and damages they cause. Victims and surviving family members can get help from an experienced Anderson, SC injury attorney.

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April 15, 2014

Baby Carriers Must Meet Tougher CPSC Standards


In an effort to prevent injurious and fatal falls involving babies, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has made mandatory a previously voluntary set of standards for soft infant safety carriers. mommaandbaby.jpg

These soft carriers typically have waist and shoulder straps, and are worn as a type of sling in which the caregiver carries the child in an upright position in the front.

Between 2007 and mid-2013, the CPSC reported a total of 43 deaths and 66,000 hospital emergency room treated injuries related to these handheld carriers. Just from Sept. 2012 through July 2013, the CPSC received 31 incident reports related to soft baby carriers, with two of those resulting in fatalities and 24 injuries - including three head injuries that occurred when the baby fell from the carrier.

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March 1, 2014

Root v. Balfour Beatty Construction LLC - Keeping Personal Injury Complaints Off Facebook


It's perfectly understandable that grief-stricken, frustrated or outraged victims of personal injury, who have been wronged by the negligence of some other party, might take to social media to express those emotions.
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You want affirmation and solace and to not feel so alone.

We get it. However, our Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers would generally advise against it. As it stands now, personal injury defendants will likely be combing through your social media profiles, trolling for any information that could help bolster their case.You might not even realize that what you are posting could have significance to your case. Through the discovery process, opposing counsel might even be allowed to obtain electronic communications you thought would be considered private.

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February 7, 2014

School Bullying: Sending Thousands to E.R.


Bullying is no secret. It's found in homes. It's found online. Most commonly it's found in schools. According to NBC, there are more than 90,000 school children who suffer from "intentional" injuries that are severe enough to land them in the emergency room each year.
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A recent study published in Pediatrics shows us that the number of bullying incidents and intentional injuries at school has decreased little, despite all of the attention on the issue.

Our Rock Hill child injury attorneys understand that bullying is largely unreported. In this study, researchers only look at incidents that made it to the E.R. Unfortunately, many children are oftentimes too intimidated to speak out against their bully and report the abuse to an adult. These statistics are merely the tip of the iceberg. With this study, officials are hoping to raise awareness of this very serious problem.

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January 12, 2014

Protecting Carolina Children from Deadly Everyday Risks


Children are exposed to many hazards and risks as they grow and develop into adulthood, and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children and teenagers in the United States.
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Unintentional injuries, including burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and traffic accidents, are the top causes of injuries and fatalities among children in the U.S. Each and every year, there are more than 12,000 children who are killed and more than 9 million who wind up in emergency rooms because of these kinds of accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our Greenville child injury attorneys know it's often up to parents and guardians to help protect our youngest of family members. There are small steps that we can all take to help to ensure that dangers don't reach our children. Although we all like to think of our homes as sanctuaries of comfort and security, the typical American house harbors significant safety risks -- vehicles included. So take a look at safety and help to protect everyone. It only takes a moment.

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December 26, 2013

Recalled Toy Injuries Increase After Christmas


There is perhaps no greater joy as a parent than watching your children tear into their presents on Christmas morning. buildingbrick.jpg

But that joy can quickly be tempered if your child then is injured as a result of a dangerous toy or other defective product. Although we want to believe that the products that are manufactured and distributed for use by infants and children would be designed with safe use as the top priority, this is sadly not always true.

When a product injuries a child , a product liability lawsuit may be the best recourse.

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December 23, 2013

Child High Chair Injuries Are Up Nearly 25 Percent


Parents trust that when they strap their infant or toddler into a high chair that their baby will be secure.
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A new study suggests that trust may be misplaced.

It appears that the number of child injuries in Charlotte and across the country resulting from high chair mishaps has increased by nearly a quarter just in the last decade.

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December 14, 2013

Liability and Negligence in North Carolina Exculpatory Agreements


Consumers have a right to expect that operators of facilities and equipment intended for use by the public are reasonably safe. Indeed, in some cases, there are specific laws requiring safety. gavel22.jpg

In an effort to shield themselves from future lawsuits arising from potentially unsafe situations, operators will sometimes require customers to sign something known as an exculpatory agreement. This is also sometimes referred to as a waiver or release of liability, and consumers need to make sure they read these documents carefully before signing.

Most states, including North Carolina, will enforce exculpatory agreements, though there are a few exceptions and gray areas. Our Charlotte injury lawyers know that in particular, one area of the law in which states tend to vary greatly is the question of whether a parent can sign a waiver of liability on behalf of a minor child.

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October 6, 2013

North Carolina Child Injury: Common Threats Found at Home


Children are extremely vulnerable to injury in a variety ways. Unintentional injuries account for a large number of injuries to children.

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According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention children are vulnerable to injury due to their inexperience, growth and development, natural curiosity, and smaller size.

Winston-Salem injury attorneys believe it is important to pay attention to all causes of child injury. However, there are a large number unintentional injuries that harm children daily. These injuries can be prevented due to their predictability - as long as proper precautions are taken.

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September 27, 2013

Teaching Your Kids About Sports and Spinal Cord Injuries


Fall sports season is well underway, making both kids and parents busy with practice, games, and weekend sporting events. Even though fall is a busy time for school-aged children, safety should always be a priority. Whether your kids are avid athletes or on the sidelines, knowing crucial information about spinal cord injuries can help save them and help fellow athletes in the event of an accident.

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High-impact and other dangerous sports, including cheerleading, can put athletes at risk. Now public health officials are working to build awareness about the dangers of spinal cord and head injuries. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping athletes safe and in helping parents provide the right information to keep their kids safe. We are providing some tips to keep your kids prepared in the event of sports accident or emergency.

Injuries to the cervical spine can be a serious health risk. Damage can permanently injured the brain and the nervous system, resulting in paralysis and brain damage. Though players and teammates may not recognize a severe injury immediately, moving a fellow teammate the wrong way can cause additional injury, resulting in paralysis or wrongful death.

New programs are intended to raise awareness to educate coaches, parents and students, especially those involved in contact sports. Concussions and spinal cord injuries can cause permanent injuries and should be taken very seriously. Cervical spine injuries often occur when a player lowers head or tucks chin and then collides with another player. You can imagine this kind of injury, especially in football. This season already, a 16-year-old player died in August after a scrimmage fractured his third vertebra.

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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 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 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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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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