Big Kids, Boosters, and Back Seats: How This Simple Combination Can Prevent Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

If your children are anything like mine, they start insisting they are far too old or too big to ride in a booster seat when, in reality, they’re still too small to ride safely without one.

“But my friends don’t ride in them,” and “I’m not a baby anymore,” are common arguments that kids love to use to try and sway a parent’s judgement. Some booster seat manufacturers may even pressure parents further by labeling their product as only necessary for children up to a certain age or weight. After hearing these points often enough, you may be tempted to believe them. Here’s the catch: no specific age or weight limit can measure safety benefits…

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Tips to Keep Students Well During Flu Season

R. Christopher Jones, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Christopher Jones, Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney

During these frozen months of winter, the risk for catching the flu is at its greatest. While many people believe that getting sick is caused by the drop in temperature during winter, cold air is not the real enemy. The reason sickness runs rampant this time of year is because we shut ourselves inside, giving germs and viruses the chance to spread much faster and easier from person to person within the confines of school, the workplace, or home. 

You may notice that your coworkers are absent and that the warning notes from school about spreading sickness have piled up. Though illness is a concern for everyone, younger children…

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How to Prevent Injuries While Sledding

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

After winter snowstorms hit, many families go sledding and take advantage of the snowy conditions. Although this fun winter sport may seem like a relatively safe activity, thousands of people suffer sledding-related injuries every year. Last winter, hospitals treated over 50,000 sledding, snow tubing, and toboggan-related injuries; the majority of reported injuries were suffered by children 14 and under.[1] While sledding can be safe and fun, it is important to recognize the risks and ways to reduce them.

The most common sledding injuries are cuts, bruises, and broken bones,[2] yet more serious injures can occur, such as traumatic…

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Is My Child’s Toy Making Him Sick?

Tara L. Tighe, Fredericksburg and Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Tighe, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Parents and caregivers understand how vital it is to clean anything and everything that goes into a child’s mouth. The importance of keeping toys clean and sanitized for babies is especially important. Unfortunately, despite care and cleaning, some baby toys are susceptible to mold growth. 

The toy in question was made of a soft rubber, ideal for teething babies to chew on. As babies chewed on the toy, spit and bacteria built up inside of the toy, and it became a prime place for mold to grow. One parent noticed an odor and decided to sacrifice the toy and open it up. The parent was horrified at what she found inside the toy-…

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Keeping Kids Safe in Strollers and Baby Carriers


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.


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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


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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