Tips To Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars

James Mick

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Busy parents and caregivers don’t get many breaks during hot summer months. With children out of school, the daily schedule may differ day to day and tragedies can occur during this hectic time. It’s vital to remain alert, engaged, and avoid distractions when transporting children on hot days in order to prevent injury or loss of life.

July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Many organizations use this date to bring awareness to the dangers of leaving children, pets and adults in hot cars.

To make sure no child has been left behind, Safercar.gov recommends following these tips:[1]

Never leave a child…

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Pool Safety – Preventing Drain Entrapment

Malcolm P.

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

When we head to the pool on a warm summer day, most of us do not worry about the drain. A pool drain suctions water from the pool to capture dirt and other debris that collects at the bottom of the pool. Pool water and debris pass through the pool’s filtration system, which removes debris and allows filtered water to circulate back into the pool. However, information from the  Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, in recent years, there have been several dozen serious injuries and two deaths caused by drain entrapment. A few simple precautions can help keep your kids safe from this unusual danger.[1]

Don’t…

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Keep Your Children S.A.F.E. on Playground Equipment

W. Coleman Allen Jr.

Author: W. Coleman Allen, Jr., Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

During the summer months, playgrounds are a busy place with children running, playing and being active. With so much activity going on, playgrounds are also a place where children frequently get hurt. Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 years and younger are treated for playground-related injuries.[1] 

Between 2001 and 2008, an average of 218,851 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.[2]

Which playground equipment is the most dangerous? climbers swings slides overhead ladders/monkey bars[3] Four rules…

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Safety Tips for Travelers Staying in Hotels

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia law requires hotels to take precautions to protect their guests.[1] One such precaution required by Virginia law is that  hotels provide “suitable” locks on the doors and windows of all guest rooms.[2]

The Virginia Supreme Court declared that innkeepers and guests have a “special relationship” because guests entrust their safety to the innkeeper. Guests have little ability to control their environment, and therefore rely upon the innkeeper to make the property safe.[3] For these reasons, if the hotel knows or should know of any dangers or threats on the premises (i.e., if the criminal misconduct is “reasonably foreseeable”),…

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Volkswagen Offers Settlement Terms for Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims resulting from its diesel emissions cheating scandal. Under the terms of the settlement, VW allocated a maximum of $10.03 billion to buy back vehicles included in the recall and also provide cash compensation to the affected owners. The cash compensation offered to each car owner will range from $5,100 to $10,000. Both the buyback price and the amount of the additional compensation will depend on the cars’ value prior to the revelation that Volkswagen intentionally cheated on emissions quality tests.[1]

In the U.S. alone, approximately 475,000 VW vehicles…

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Giving Back to our Community - The Central Virginia Legal Food Frenzy

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Looking around the room at the FeedMore luncheon, I am humbled, not only by the lawyers who surround me, but by the people who work and volunteer at FeedMore. These are the folks who are working together day in and day out to efficiently and effectively fight hunger all around us.

The need is enormous. Approximately 1 million people in Virginia do not know where their next meal is coming from. In 2015, FeedMore alone provided 18 million meals, serving 20 million pounds of food. Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café, and the Backpack program are some of the programs that facilitate distribution of these meals. Two hundred…

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Fatality, Liability Linked in Tesla Driverless Car Crash

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is under investigation following the death of a driver in a Tesla Model S electric sedan while the vehicle was in self-driving mode. It is the first known fatality in one of Tesla’s self-driving vehicles.[1]

Preliminary reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla and the vehicle failed to apply the brakes.[2] The collision occurred May 7 in Williston, Florida.

Federal agencies are in the early stages of setting guidelines and regulations for self-driving vehicles. These vehicles…

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Summer Firework Safety

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fireworks can be a popular and fun Fourth of July tradition. However, all types of fireworks - even sparklers- can cause serious injuries. It is important to be aware of local laws, and use common sense to stay safe when using fireworks. 

The following safety tips can help adults and children stay safe when using fireworks:

Firework Safety Tips Do not use fireworks while drinking alcohol. Obey all local laws and do not buy illegal fireworks. [1] Do not allow children to use fireworks. Always have a hose and a bucket of water on hand. Do not attempt to re-light “dud” fireworks. Keep pets far away from all fireworks.

It…

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2016 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award Winners Announced

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The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2016 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was introduced in 2010 to honor the firm’s centennial anniversary, recognizes the positive impact of local individuals who give back to their community.

“Allen & Allen admires the bravery, dedication, and hard work of the people across Virginia who value the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. "Service to others, no matter the size of the gesture or good deed, connects each of us back to a basic human value. We can all find a way to make a difference."

The Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award is the firm's way of honoring…

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Falling Hard for a Hot Item: Hoverboard Safety Concerns & User Tips

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Back in the 2000s, the Razor Scooter was a hot new Christmas item.[1]  This trend was followed by the Segway.[2]  Christmas of 2015 was the season of the hoverboard,[3]  but this Christmas season was not followed by just fun and games.  Besides the various compilation videos of people falling off of hoverboards and suffering from bumps, bruises, and embarrassment, many people have been more seriously injured. Others have watched as their new toy burned before their eyes. 

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is still investigating the issue of hoverboards catching on fire, and cautions users not only about the possibility…

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