Keeping Kids Safe in Strollers and Baby Carriers

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Author: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Buckle up! That’s what researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio are telling parents to do for their kids in strollers or baby carriers. A recent study shows that more than 17,000 children end up in the emergency room each year due to injuries involving strollers and infant carriers. And over a quarter of those injuries were concussions or traumatic brain injuries.

Most of the injuries occurred when a child fell out of a stroller or carrier, or when they tipped over. The researchers analyzed two decades of data from 1990-2010…

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Cyberbullying: Information and Prevention Tips

Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For children and teens, cyberbullying is a danger that exists due to the rise of cellphones and social media sites. Research has shown that 84% of United States households own a computer and more than 90% of adult Americans own cell phones, 64% of which are smartphones with internet access. [1] As time passes these numbers are only increasing, which means that children have easier access to some form of electronic device that connect to the internet. While these devices can allow children to communicate with friends or read about topics that interest them, there can be negative consequences as well.

Types…

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The Importance of Child Passenger Safety Week

Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

There is no greater danger for children of ages one to thirteen than a car crash. No other type of accident injures and kills children at the same rate. To raise awareness about this issue and the tragic victims of car crashes, the third week in September has been declared Child Passenger Safety Week. Throughout the week, entities and organizations all over the country host informational meetings and safety inspections designed to keep kids safe on the road. [1]

 

One of the major points of emphasis for Child Passenger Safety Week is proper car seat use. Children below the age of five who are using…

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Safety Tips for a Great Summer

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Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

School is out and students are excited for the weeks ahead. Summer provides children with ample amounts of time to enjoy the outdoors while hiking, riding bikes, swimming, or playing with friends.

While it is important for kids to enjoy this special time in their lives, parents need to be reminded of the potential dangers that summer may bring. It is also important that caretakers are aware of the potential illnesses and injuries that may occur so that they are less likely to happen.

What you need to know:

Windows safety: Opening your windows to enjoy a summer breeze can…

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Proper Medicine Dosing For Children

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When children are sick, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. However, giving your child the proper amount of medication can sometimes be difficult and confusing because the medication labels are unclear and do not match the dosing devices provided with the medication.  This is a problem, and the FDA has recalled some medications due to confusing dosing markings and additional markings that are unnecessary.[1]

It is not uncommon for young children to be accidentally overmedicated.[2] However, if you follow a few simple safety steps, you can avoid this problem and give your…

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Reduce Your Baby’s Risk for SIDS

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

What Is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, or is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby who seems to be healthy and is less than one year old. These deaths typically occur during sleep, and the infants often die in their cribs, which is why SIDS is sometimes known as “crib death.” SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old.

The specific cause of SIDS is not known, although researchers have identified some factors that may put some babies at extra risk. These factors include abnormalities in the infant’s brain relating to arousal from sleep and breathing.…

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Safe Sleep for Babies

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Decorating your baby’s nursery is a fun and exciting experience for many expectant parents. Baby bedding sets come in many colors and designs to match nearly every parent’s decorating style or theme. However, babies spend the majority of time sleeping. For that reason, the nursery needs to be the safest room in the house. Educating yourself about safe sleep is important for your baby’s well-being and your peace of mind.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that to prevent suffocation, “Bare is Best” when it comes to a baby’s sleep environment. The fewer items in your baby’s crib, the better. According to the CPSC, there were nearly…

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Staying Safe at the Mall

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

For many people, Black Friday sales kick off the start of the holiday season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and crowds of people flock to the mall to take advantage of one-of-a-kind sales. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe at the mall during this hectic, but fun, time of year.

Staying safe inside the mall Choose restrooms that are located in central areas, or areas that have a lot of foot traffic.  Stay in public, well-trafficked areas, especially near closing time. Staying safe in parking lots If possible, walk to and from your vehicle with other people. Keep…

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Child Passenger Safety Week Information and Tips

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to increase awareness about car safety for children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to thirteen, with more than 9,000 fatalities occurring from 2002 to 2011.[1] NHTSA hopes that increasing awareness and spreading information about how to keep children safe can dramatically reduce this number.

How to Keep Child Passengers Safe

One of the most effective ways to increase the safety of child passengers is to have them ride in the rear seats of the vehicle. Data shows that this simple…

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Virginia Law and Smoking in Your Car

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Smoking in your car is never a good idea. In addition to the health effects, lighting a cigarette could turn you into a distracted driver.[1] And now there’s one more reason not to smoke in your car. As of July 1, 2016, in Virginia, smoking in your car while a child is present could result in a $100 fine.

It’s all because of a new law that reads:

“It is unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of eight is present in the motor vehicle. A violation of this section is punishable by a civil penalty of $100 . . .”[2]

The law bans lighting and holding,…

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