Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Although Halloween is still several weeks away, decorations are already in the stores and preparations are getting underway. While Halloween is an exciting time for children collecting treats it is also an important time to address safety concerns so that everyone has an enjoyable experience. 

Costumes should be short enough so there is no tripping or falling hazard.  Any accessories to the costume such as wands or swords should be soft and have no sharp edges which may cause harm.  Using reflective tape on the costume and also on trick-or-treat bags improves the visibility of children to  motorists on the street.  The child’s ability…

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

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

There has been a lot of media attention recently linking concussions received by professional athletes to more serious brain-injuries. You might have used this information as a spring-board for discussing with your children the dangers associated with contact sports and the importance of safety equipment like helmets and pads. However, it is important to remember that it is possible for children to be injured, sometimes permanently, in a myriad of other ways. Thankfully, Heads Up to Parents, an organization focused on preventing child brain injuries, has developed a website,, that provides parents…

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Children, Vehicles and Heat Strokes

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

Summers in Virginia are known for two things: heat and humidity. This summer has already been an especially difficult one to bear, with daily temperatures averaging in the 90’s and very little rain. Aside from remembering to stay hydrated throughout the day, it is important to remember that the slightest mistake in this kind of heat can result in life-threatening consequences and even death.

The Georgia father of 22-month old Cooper Harris is currently paying the consequences for such a mistake. While a criminal investigation is ongoing, what he has claimed is that he forgot to drop Cooper off at day care,…

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New Child Seat Guidelines Announced March 2011

Author: Attorney David M. Williams, Jr.

As the parent of two small children who use child safety seats, I am very concerned about their safety when riding in a motor vehicle.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.[1] Sadly, many of these deaths can be prevented. Studies have shown that placing our children in appropriate car and booster seats for their age and size can reduce the chances of serious and fatal injuries by more than 50%.[2] In an effort to increase safety for children in vehicles, a national medical group and a federal agency are offering new advice which will change the way we buckle up our kids.

On March 21, 2011, the American…

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Child Proofing Your Car

Most of us with small children are keenly aware that everyday objects in our homes can be hazardous to babies and small children.  We spend time and money baby-proofing our homes.  We secure bookshelves to the walls, cover electrical outlets with plastic outlet covers, install gates at the top and bottom of stairways, replace or shorten venetian blind cords, and lock medicine cabinets, to name a few examples.[1] We should be equally vigilant about child-proofing our vehicles.

The most important safety concern for children in vehicles is the car seat.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants and toddlers up to the age of two ride in rear-facing car seats.  Make sure the car seat is appropriate for…

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Back to School - Child Pedestrian Safety

Author: Attorney Tammy Ruble

Another school year has started, which means that many drivers will encounter school buses and school children while out and about. According to the August 2009 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the America Academy of Pediatrics, each year approximately 900 children are killed as pedestrians. In addition, another 51,000 children are injured as pedestrians, and 5,300 of them are hospitalized due to the seriousness of their injuries. You can help reduce those numbers of child pedestrian accidents by following a few simple guidelines.

Know when you need to stop for a school bus. Virginia law 1 says that a driver must stop "when approaching from any direction, any school…

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