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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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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Safe Toys For Holiday Giving

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

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

It’s hard to miss the evidence of the holiday shopping season – store signs, television commercials and email messages vie for our attention to guide us to the “must have” gifts this year. Less obvious is information that can help adults choose gifts that are both appropriate and safe for the children on their gift list. Warning labels on toys and product recall websites can help shoppers make informed decisions about the gifts they purchase.

Unfortunately, the time children spend at play is also a time they can get hurt.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 262,000 toy-related injuries are…

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Child Safety Tips - Childhood Injury Prevention


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

Fifty-six thousand. That is how many children are injured every day in the United States. Every year 12,000 of those injuries prove fatal.[1] The sad fact is that many of these tragedies could have been prevented, by taking precautions and paying proper attention to safety. The “As Safe As Possible Campaign” works to create awareness and draw attention to these dangers by informing parents and other caregivers of the simple steps they can take to keep the children in their charge safe. The campaign was established to highlight some of the most serious and common forms of childhood injury and to explain how they can…

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Choosing a Child Safety Seat


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

Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and can result in serious injury or death. Children are especially vulnerable in the event of a crash. In 2011, more than 650 children died and 148,000 were injured in car crashes.[1]

Studies have shown that proper use of a car seat can help reduce the risk of death to infants by 71% and to toddlers by 54%. Using a booster seat can help reduce the risk of serious injury to young children by 45%. In spite of these statistics, one study has found that nearly three quarters of car and booster seats are used improperly, increasing the risk of injury to a child during an accident.[2]


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Car Seat and Winter Coat Safety


Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that the winter months bring additional driving hazards, but you might not have thought about the dangers associated with bulky winter coats and children’s car seats. The modern car seat is a highly specialized piece of equipment designed to absorb the impact of a car accident and disperse it into the seat. Strapping a child who is wearing a bulky coat into a car seat can cause the straps to become too loose, which can prevent the seat from performing properly.  If the straps are too loose, and an accident occurs, the child might slide forward in the seat, preventing the force of the accident from being properly distributed.[1]


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The Dangers of Laundry Detergent Pods

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Laundry detergent pods may be a convenient method for washing your clothes, but they can also pose a significant risk to your children’s safety. With a steady increase in sales over the last few years, these small pods now comprise the majority of detergent sales across the country. New research, driven by this market trend, is revealing unforeseen dangers. The compact nature of these pods makes it easy for kids to find them, play with them, and injure themselves before their parents realize what is happening.

According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 17,000 children were injured by…

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