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Tool to help parents find safe car seats for their children

Accidents almost always occur without warning. As a result, it is important that all passengers traveling in motor vehicles are properly restrained at all times. Failure to utilize proper restraints can result in death or serious injury in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a powerful graphic illustrating that only three out of every 10 parents have installed a car seat that is correct for their child. Improper restraints can not only fail to shield infants and children from injury and death in the event of a crash, improper restraints can cause these devastating consequences.

Thankfully, the NHTSA has released some excellent tools designed to aid parents in finding the correct car seats for their babies and young children. When choosing a safety restraint seat for your child, it is critical to consider his or her age, height, weight and the kind of vehicle you will be placing the restraint into.

AAA: Teen drivers continue to struggle with distraction

There is no question that one of the biggest dangers facing teen drivers is their tendency to sometimes lose focus behind the wheel. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that distraction plays a role in as much as 14 of all car accidents involving teen drivers.

As shocking as this figure is, consider the results of a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which found that distraction played a role in as much as 58 percent of all the crashes it examined.

Honoring Patient Safety Awareness Week

We have previously written about studies which cite medical mistakes as the third most common cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. There is no question that patient safety is among the most pressing public health and safety issues affecting Americans today. And yet, far less attention is paid to this issue than to numerous and less pressing public health and safety hazards.

March 8 through March 14 is Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “United in Safety.” Numerous organizations, medical professionals, educators and regulators are honoring Patient Safety Awareness Week in various ways. It is vitally important that these efforts receive media coverage, academic criticism and attention from lawmakers. While devoting this particular week to patient safety is a step in the right direction, the issue that this awareness designation seeks to honor must be treated with the urgency and resources that it has earned.

Can you hire an attorney located in any state?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another entity’s negligence, you may be considering holding the responsible party accountable by filing a personal injury suit. When filing a personal injury claim, it is important to find an attorney that you can trust and whose vision for your case reflects your own. It is also important to find an attorney located in a specific place.

You must generally find an attorney licensed in the state where you plan to file your claim. If you live in Illinois and were harmed in Illinois, then it follows that you would hire an attorney based in Illinois and licensed to practice in that state. But the task of finding the right attorney may prove more difficult if you were injured while traveling beyond the borders of the state in which you live.

A day of meaningful regulatory reform

This coming Monday will be a meaningful day for federal regulatory reform. According to the respected publication The Hill, Monday’s edition of the Federal Register will contain numerous new rules that will hopefully impact Americans for the better. Specifically, they will help to ensure that young children and motor vehicle travelers will be able to be safer than they were before.

First, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is formally announcing its new safety requirements for frame-based child carriers on Monday. Frame-based child carriers are often used by hikers and by parents attending events where they will need to stand with their children for lengthy periods of time. Unlike frameless slings, frame-based carriers are used to carry babies and young children in a backpack-like structure where children are allowed to sit upright on their own.

Report indicates that patient safety is a pressing global issue

The World Innovation Summit for Health recently released a report which essentially confirms the fears of many. Despite numerous advances in patient care and safety, preventable medical errors remain a pressing public health issue on a global scale.

One of the most significant contributors to this trend is the fact that many preventable medical errors have long been treated as inevitabilities. However, the very nature of preventable medical errors confirms that they are not inevitable but are, in fact, preventable. And yet, these preventable occurrences are now widely cited as the third-leading cause of death in the United States and a major public health threat worldwide.

Understanding strict liability

While watching a movie or television show featuring attorneys, you may have heard the term “strict liability” thrown around. Or perhaps you have stumbled across this term while reading or watching the news. You may be wondering what this term means and why it matters. Strict liability is a fairly straightforward idea that tends to be applied in complex and nuanced ways.

When an individual suffers harm as a result of another party’s negligence, recklessness or intentional actions, that individual may be able to hold the other party accountable for the harm that he or she has suffered. When the victim files a case in civil court, the victim’s attorney may advance his or her claim in a variety of ways. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the harm caused, one of the legal theories that the attorney may use to advance the claim is strict liability.

Why you need to research the supplements you purchase

When you purchase a prescription medication, you can generally trust that the medication has been tested and approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only approves medications for certain uses and certainly medications may prove to either be dangerous or defective even after being subjected to a rigorous testing and approval process. However, the fact that the FDA has done what it can to ensure that the medication is safe and properly labeled should allow you some justified peace of mind.

However, when you purchase a supplement from a pharmacy, nutritional store, retailer or online, you may not be allowed this kind of peace of mind. Supplements are often exempt from scrutiny by the FDA. As a result, these potentially dangerous pharmaceutical products may be stocked on store shelves despite the fact that they may be harmful. In addition, even supplements recalled or banned by the FDA may remain on store shelves despite these regulatory actions.

Chinese company and the CPSC cooperating on product safety

For better and for worse, many products sold in the U.S. are imported from other nations. These nations may or may not have stringent product safety standards. American regulators make significant efforts to shield consumers from the importation of dangerous products. However, many unsafe foreign goods do find their way past safety checks and into the hands of Americans.

In an effort to protect against the importation of dangerous consumer products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that it is now cooperating with the prominent Chinese e-commerce corporation Alibaba. Alibaba and the CPSC are working together to ensure that unsafe Chinese products are rooted out of shipments to the U.S.

The concussed brains of boys and girls differ

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury is a serious event for anyone. However, it is important to understand that TBIs may differ in their severity and in their consequences. For healthy adults, a mild concussion may not lead to any significant long-term consequences. However, for infants, children and teens, even mild concussions may significantly affect their developing brains.

According to a recently published study, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries may also affect the brain differently depending on whether the concussed brain belongs to a young male or a young female. Specifically, young girls may be affected by concussion-related consequences that young boys may be spared. The new study indicates that young girls may be more susceptible to behavioral problems in the wake of TBIs.