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When students attend school or engage in activities on school property, it is assumed they will be supervised – particularly if they are engaged in a risky activity.youngboy

This was the allegation in Jimenez v. Roseville City School District, a case recently weighed by the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. In this case, the risky activity was break dancing, a style of street dancing that is popular among youth, and associated with hip-hop and rap music. It’s an extremely physically demanding type of dance, and it does occasionally perform risky moves, such as spinning on one’s head, twisting, bending, jerking and sometimes flipping.

According to court records, plaintiff was a 14-year-old middle school student at defendant school district when he was injured while attempting to perform a flip while practicing break dancing with a group of his fellow students. The group was practicing in a classroom with the teacher’s permission, but the teacher had left the room at the time the injury occurred. Continue reading

Child sports injuries are a serious and growing problem in the Carolinas and nationwide. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates 1.35 million kids a year suffer serious sports injuries. That’s one every 25 seconds, and it only accounts for those who are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Every three minutes, a child is treated for a sports-related concussion in an emergency room. In fact, 12 percent of all ER visits involved a concussion.soccer5

It’s the head injuries in particular that plaintiffs in Meher et al v. Federation Internationale de Football Association et al sought to address. Specifically, these were a group of parents and former youth soccer players who filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in California who alleged FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization were negligent in treatment and monitoring of head injuries.

This was one of the few negligence lawsuits in which plaintiffs sought no financial damages. Rather, they wanted only rule changes. Despite this, FIFA has been on the defense side of the table in a number of lawsuits alleging head injuries, just like other professional leagues such as the NHL, NFL and NCAA. This summer, a federal judge ruled this particular case against FIFA had no standing, but the case against U.S. Soccer was allowed to proceed. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from WUSA 9, a fire in a high school chemistry class injured five students and one teacher. Authorities say the science teacher was doing a demonstration for the class, which involved adding different elements to an open flame, so that you see it change color. This is known as the rainbow demonstration.

choollab.jpgWhile the demonstration was going well at first, at some point the teacher introduced alcohol to a heat source, and it unexpectedly ignited in what students are calling a flash fire. While the fire itself was fairly small, and the building’s sprinkler system was activated, thus extinguishing the fire, the sudden flash caused five students and the teacher to suffer burn injuries. Once the building sprinkler system activated, the building was evacuated, and all students and staff reported to the school’s football stadium.
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The family of a 19-year-old special needs student say he was left alone for nine hours on that bus, most likely waiting for instruction from a bus driver or teacher on what to do. But with no one apparently realizing he was missing, he just sat and waited.
It was one of the hottest days on record in Southern California, where this incident took place. Temperatures reached the triple digits.

He was supposed to arrive at school at around 8:30 a.m., and then return home at 3:30 p.m. But when the severely autistic man never arrived home as scheduled, his mother called the school district to alert them to a problem.

It was only at that point that bus workers returned to that bus and found the man slumped over in the rear aisle, unresponsive. Several bus drivers rushed over to begin resuscitation efforts, and then firefighters stepped in soon after upon arrival. However, the victim was already deceased.
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The case of Spady v. Bethlehem Area Sch. Dist., involves the drowning of a 15-year-old public school student of a rare form of asphyxiation known as “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning.”
According to court records, the teen didn’t want to go in the pool during gym class, but all students – even non-swimmers like himself – were required to do so through the duration of the class or else suffer a poor grade. Non-swimmers were allowed to venture into the deeper end while holding onto the edge of the pool.

This is what the teen did, and as he got closer to the deep end, he bumped into another group of students at the deep end and went under. Friends said he emerged in a panic, but quickly climbed out of the pool. The teacher allowed him to sit on the bench for a time, and then went to check on him. The teen didn’t want to go back in, but the teacher, not noting any physical distress, said he had to unless he wanted his grade to suffer.
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As far as roadway transportation goes, school buses are among the safest vehicles out there.
Still, there continues to be concern regarding school bus crashes and related injuries and fatalities, and federal officials are arguing more could be done to prevent harm to students. It’s an important, ongoing discussion that comes just ahead of the 2015-2016 school year.

On the heels of a comprehensive report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration detailing school transportation crashes, injuries and deaths, the agency recently hosted a School Bus Occupant Protection conference that debated the merits of installing seat belts in school buses.

Central to this discussion was a 2014 report released by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, which opined that passenger lap and shoulder belts improve safety on school buses and the costs to equip school buses with them are not unreasonable.
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No parent sends their child to school in the morning thinking that will be the last good-bye.
Although parents of disabled and autistic children will encounter more difficulties throughout their day, they should never have to fear this is a possibility. When it comes to children with disabilities, school districts are expected to have health and safety plans firmly in place, with protocols clearly communicated and strictly followed.

The worst part is that when this doesn’t happen, these children are poorly situated to speak out about and let their parents know when a lapse has occurred. That’s why often, parents don’t know there is a problem until too late.
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A recent school bus accident in Easley injured 10 children and one adult bus rider, according to WYFF4. After the accident, the Pickens County school bus driver was ticketed and put on administrative leave.
The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. the intersection of Highway 135 and West A Avenue in South Carolina when the school bus slammed into an SUV. According to officers, the school bus pulled out in front of the SUV. Ten students were taken to area hospitals – three to Baptist Hospital and seven to Greenville Memorial. Of those, four were in high school, five were in elementary school and one was in middle school. There was one supervising bus rider who was also taken to the hospital.

Our South Carolina school bus accident attorneys understand that parents expect to send their child to school in a safe environment. This safe environment should extend to the school bus ride. Safe school bus drivers are a necessity in protecting our young learners. Unfortunately, a driver’s disregard for traffic laws left 10 students hospitalized. The driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way and was put on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s Traffic Safety Digest, the South Carolina Department of Education and the Office of Transportation is responsible for testing, training and licensing all of its public school bus drivers. It is important that these drivers are being thoroughly trained, educated and tested with the safe driving habits necessary for school buses in order to keep our children safe on their way to and from school.

Every day, there are more than 22 million children in the U.S. who ride the big, yellow bus to and from school and school-related activities. In addition to school events, millions of young passengers ride these types of buses to youth, athletic, church an camp events.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are nearly 9 million school bus trips taken every year. With nearly 450,000 school buses on roadways throughout the country traveling roughly 4 billion miles every year, accidents are bound to happen. According to recent statistics, more than 140 people die every year because of school bus-related traffic accidents.

Our South Carolina school bus accident attorneys would like to stress the importance of safe traveling school buses, especially for drivers who hold the lives of our young ones in their hands. Talk with your child about the dangers of riding a school bus. Be sure to remind them to be a quiet and courteous passenger to help the bus driver to focus on the roadway. Keep the child’s play at home and enjoy a safer ride to school every day.
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A recent bus accident in Winston-Salem ended in 14 people being injured after a car hit two buses carrying high school band students.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the accident was allegedly caused by 1998 Honda Accord, which reportedly crossed the centerline before hitting the first bus head-on. Upon impact the bus swerved and ran into a tree. The vehicle spun out of control and hit a second bus before landing on an embankment along the side of the road. 655548_school_bus_red_light.jpg

Six people were treated and released right at the scene while 8 others had to be transported to area hospitals. According to police officials, no injuries were life-threatening.

Gastonia child injury lawyers know that school buses are one of the safest modes of transportation. But this accident could have easily been fatal considering the chain of events that occurred. Thankfully, the injuries were minor. Motorists who become distracted or violate laws geared towards school bus safety are at serious risk of injuring or killing a child.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol was recently focused on nabbing motorists ignoring stop arms or other traffic violations in school zones in an effort to reduce school bus collisions.

NC Crime Control & Public Safety announced Operation Stop Arm during the week of October 17 – 21 to get motorists to follow the rules or else be hit with a hefty citation.

North Carolina law prohibits passing a stopped school bus for any reason. Passing a stopped school bus is a Class 1 demeanor, and if convicted, can result in five points added to a violators’ driver’s license and up to a $200 penalty. If a driver hits someone while passing a stopped school bus it is considered a Class I Felony and if the person dies it is considered a Class H Felony.

The Nicholas Adkins Safety Act provides help to law enforcement officials by allowing school buses to capture on film when a motorists neglects the law, which can be used as evidence later to prosecute stop arm violators in a trial.

Some school buses have recently had cameras installed on the outside to help capture video footage of the violation. The bill was named after a 17 year-old student who was killed in a school bus accident in 2009 when a motorist neglected to wait for an idle school bus to begin moving again.

The School Bus Safety Center provides frequently asked questions and safety tips to parents and children about how to avoid potential injury in a school bus-related accident.

Motorists who aren’t familiar with the North Carolina School Bus Stop Arm Law should become educated by visiting online. Knowing and obeying the law can reduce the risk of child injuries and prevent severe consequences faced if you pass a stopped school bus in North Carolina.
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Children can be seriously or fatally injured by fall accidents in Asheville, Statesville or elsewhere, especially when they occur out of a window from the second floor of a building. The results of a recent study published by MSN indicate that it’s a sensitive issue and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. More than 5,100 injured children show up in hospital emergency rooms following a fall out of a window.

Hickory injury attorneys know that accidents can happen but falls from out of a window should be preventable. Though many of these types of accidents occur at home, it is important that parents know their children are safe under the watchful eye of a daycare center or child caregiver and that the necessary safety precautions are taken to avoid a child fall injury.
The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was used in an analysis of child fall injuries taking place throughout the United States. From 1990 to 2008, more than 98,000 children under age 18 were given medical attention for injuries after falling out of windows. This equates to a rate of 7.3 injuries per 100,000 children.

In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that 1 in 4 children sustained injuries severe enough to be admitted into the hospital from fall accidents out of a window.

“We continue to see this problem, especially in younger kids, despite the fact that we know how to prevent it,” said Dr. Gary Smith, a lead researcher of the study.

Toddlers have a high center of gravity and are typically the age most at risk of falling out of a window because when they lean out the window for curiosity sake, they tend to topple over. Toddlers are accountable for roughly 66 percent of all window fall accidents.

When a child falls out of a window, especially from a second floor level, they typically fall head first. Almost 50 percent of children who land on their head suffer severe face and head injuries.

Safe Kids USA reports these general fall accident statistics:

  • On average, 103 children die each year from fall accidents.
  • For children 14 and under, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries.
  • The 10 and under age group account for 4,000 injuries and 12 deaths related to window falls each year.
  • 23 percent of fall injuries for ages 5 to 14 years occur at school.
  • The most common locations for window falls are in large urban areas and areas with overcrowded housing.
  • Children residing in apartment buildings are 5 times more likely to suffer a window fall than a child living in a residence.

Parents are advised to keep their children safe at home by investing in window guards for every reachable window in your house. You should never leave a window open more than 5 inches when small children are present. Remove any furniture or cribs near a window that are easy to climb on and close enough to crawl out of a window.

Parents should also never assume that a window screen is strong enough to prevent a child from going through. In most incidents, this is not the case.
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