Articles Posted in Child Injuries and Death

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At this time of year, especially with a shortened season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Shopping, wrapping, addressing, baking and all the other things that need to be squeezed into our already busy schedules can become stressful.  But it is important to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that this type of overwhelmed is rooted in something joyful.  We buy the presents, send the cards, bake the cookies, etc. because it is part of a season of joy and festivities.  But, there is another type of overwhelmed. Continue reading

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Everyone can let out a collective sigh of relief.  The weather apps are now saying the rain will stop in time for trick-or-treating.  If your house is like ours, Halloween is the second biggest holiday of the year and postponing it because of rain would be catastrophic in kid-dom.  But in all seriousness, the biggest tragedy, of course, would be an unavoidable accident that leaves a child injured.  That is why, we wanted to give you just a few quick reminders of how to stay safe this Halloween.  Here are 5 important things you can do to help make the night all treat and no trick: Continue reading

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Whether we walk to work or walk from our car into the grocery store, all of us are pedestrians at some point. And, pedestrian deaths are on the rise with last year reaching a 30-year high.  More than 6,000 people are dying each year in pedestrian accidents and thousands more are seriously injured.  Experts believe several factors are contributing to the increase in pedestrian deaths.  And while new vehicle technology claims to help prevent pedestrian accidents, recent testing by AAA shows otherwise. Continue reading

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Did you know that for children ages 5 and older car accidents are the number one cause of death?  Every single hour of every day, 150 kids will be treated in an emergency room for serious injury due to a car or truck accident.  I am proud to report Tennessee became the first state in the nation to enact a child restraint law.  Since 1979, Tennessee law has required that children be properly restrained in a car, truck or SUV. Because next week is Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, we thought it would be a good time to review the requirements of Tennessee’s child restraint laws and give you some tips on how to keep your child passengers safe. Continue reading

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The New York Times published an article this week detailing how many hospitals, one of which is in Tennessee (LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis), have started suing their patients by the thousands for unpaid medical bills.  Many of the patients had insurance and the hospitals were suing for deductibles and co-pays.  According to the article, more than half of the reports to credit bureaus were a result of unpaid medical bills.  Of course, in addition to the cost of litigation and the underlying medical bill, this affects people’s credit rating and overall financial health.  Consider this from a study by the Commonwealth Fund:

43 percent had used up all their savings to pay their (medical) bills, 43 percent had received a lower credit rating as a result of their debt, 32 percent racked up debt on their credit cards, 18 percent said they had delayed education or career plans. People with lower incomes were particularly affected: 37 percent said they were unable to pay for basic necessities like food, heat or rent as a result of their (medical) bills.

Clearly, medical bills can be devastating to many families – even those with medical insurance.  So how does this relate to a car accident or other injury-producing accident? Continue reading

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Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. No, you should not celebrate the holiday without knowing its origins. (Following the bloody Pullman strike and other labor strife, Labor Day was created  by the federal government in 1894 as a recognition of the American worker’s contribution to this country’s prosperity).   Yes, you should be especially careful while driving  this weekend.  Labor Day is the second most dangerous weekend to drive – only Memorial Day weekend is more dangerous.  Read on for more safety dos and don’ts of Labor Day:

  1. Yes, you can still drink rose and fruity beer. No, you absolutely should not drink and drive.  Alcohol-related car accidents spike during the holiday weekend. Call a ride-sharing service or a taxi.  Use a designated driver or stay overnight but do not place yourself or anyone else at risk of an accident.  And if you see a vehicle being operated erratically, keep your distance if possible and contact police.
  2. Yes, you can take a road trip to the mountains, river, lake or anywhere else but be sure to use your seatbelt as it could save your life. Each year, seatbelts save almost 15,000 lives and experts estimate another 2,500 or more could be saved if everyone wore one.

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Davidson County, Rutherford County and other area schools are already back in session, Williamson County schools start this Friday and a number of private schools start next week.  Hopefully, everyone has done their summer reading and is ready.  Drivers also need to be ready especially since there have been some changes in Tennessee law.  Take our true or false quiz below to find out if you are an A+ driver. Continue reading

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In a recent blog post, Seth Godin wrote: “Accountability is done to you by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame.  Responsibility is done by you. It’s voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.”   Seth Godin is a marketing guru and I enjoy his blog.  As it relates to the legal field and the work of the lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, I would change this post slightly:   Accountability is done to you; when you do not take responsibility.  Here is why I say that. Continue reading

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We are now officially in the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.  Teen accidents spike during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a number of reasons.  One reason is that teens are on the road more because school is not in session.  Aside from sending kids to school all year long (an idea likely to cause a revolution), not much can be done about this factor.  But, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk to your teen driver.  Below are five critical steps parents can take to reduce the chances that your teen will be involved in an accident. Continue reading

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Albert Einstein remarked “Any man that can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”   Einstein was a wise man.  Kissing is not the only thing you can’t safely do while driving.  Anything that diverts your attention from the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident.  Researchers have identified the maximum number of things even the most brilliant humans like Einstein can handle at one time.  Do you know what that number is? Continue reading