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Monday, August 21, 2017

Safety Concerns About Playground Equipment


Even with modern improvements, are playgrounds safe?

Although playgrounds have changed a great deal during the past 50 years, with most of the changes made to ensure greater safer for the children who visit them, there are still, according to The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s most recent research, approximately 200,000 children under the age of 14 treated in hospital emergency rooms as a result of playground accidents. While many accidents are simply the result of using equipment improperly or losing one’s balance, a certain number of playground accidents, most of which occur at schools or daycare centers, are associated with faulty or poorly maintained equipment, or with lack of proper supervision.


If your child has suffered a serious injury at a playground and you believe it was caused by defective equipment or negligence, you should contact a Read more . . .


Monday, August 7, 2017

Drowsy Driving and Motor Vehicle Accidents: Staying Safe


The National Sleep Foundation reports that over 60% of adult drivers will get behind the wheel while they are drowsy. That is about 168 million people who have reported driving drowsy within the past year. Of those, roughly one-third have actually fallen asleep or nodded off while driving. Approximately 11 million drivers admit that they have had an accident or a near-accident because they were too tired to drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes that occur every year because of drowsy drivers.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Construction Injuries: Falls Rank Number One


The construction industry sees a significant number of injuries due to the dangerous nature of the work. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that there were 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2009. Of those, roughly 9% were injuries within the construction industry. Read more . . .


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mennonite Home in Illinois Fined $25,000 for Nursing Home Abuse


Why are the most vulnerable among us being subjected to outrageous abuse?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa, Illinois has been fined a penalty of $25,000 for its alleged failure to protect six of their elderly residents from a staff member who abused their rights. The staff member is accused of not only photographing and videotaping the defenseless individuals in partially nude postures, but of further violating their privacy by posting these images on social media. In awful situations like these, it is crucial for those with a family member in a nursing home to have a Read more . . .


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Public Transportation Accidents in Missouri


As the cost of owning and operating your own vehicle continues to rise, more people are turning to public transportation as a way to cut costs. However, it seems as if public transportation accidents almost daily, particularly where public buses, trains, subways, or planes collide with the everyday driver.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Staying Safe at Backyard Barbeques


Summer is in full swing, and that means that it is a great time to get outside and do some grilling and enjoy friends and family in the yard. Unfortunately, summertime can also see an uptick in injuries related to recreational activities, grilling, and fireworks. Guests and family members can also Read more . . .


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Importance of Wearing a Life Jacket


Summer is upon us, and that means that many of us are heading to the lake to spend some time on the water. Whether you are boating for excitement or fishing, you should make wearing a life jacket part of your routine when you are on the water. The reasons for wearing a life jacket are far too important to ignore!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Protecting Yourself Against Distracted Drivers


Distracted driving has always been a problem in the United States. Unfortunately, it is becoming more of an issue with the increased use of cell phones and smartphones. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control report that more than nine people are killed, and more than 1,060 people are injured because of accidents that involve a distracted driver. Even in 2011, one in four accidents involved the use of a cell phone either during or just before the crash.

Smartphones can be a handy tool on the road, as they provide navigation and information regarding surrounding attractions and resources.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pedestrian Accidents


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, thousands more pedestrians are injured as well.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Notice Requirements for Workers’ Compensation in NolMO


Workers’ compensation is a highly valuable benefit system in Missouri. It provides employees with extremely helpful benefits if they are unable to work or have sustained medical expenses because of a work injury or accident.

For the system to function properly, both employers and employees must follow certain notice requirements set out by Read more . . .


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Vaping: The New Frontier of Personal Injury


Can a lawsuit be filed for an injury caused by an exploding e-cigarette?

Over the years, the number of cigarette smokers has dramatically declined. This is good news in light of the fact that tobacco products are known to cause cancer and a host of other health problems. Nonetheless, there are alternative delivery systems for nicotine and herbal products: electronic or e-cigarettes.

Currently, there is no evidence one way or the other that demonstrates e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco. However, vaping may be tragically hip as there have been numerous reports of people being injured by explosions.
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