Articles Posted in Child Injuries and Death

 

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May is National Bike Month, and you can celebrate early with a free helmet for your child.  The Law Offices of John Day is giving away free bike helmets to children this Saturday, April 28th at the 42nd Annual Pioneer Days at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. The giveaway will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Multiple sizes will be available.  Attendees are encouraged to stop by for their free child’s bicycle helmet but please arrive early rather than later as quantities are limited.

Did you know Tennessee law requires children under age 16 years of age to wear a helmet when they are biking.  Here are a few other facts you may not know:   Continue reading

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In 2016, the United States had a record 161,374 accidental deaths.  According to the National Safety Council, every three minutes someone dies from a preventable accident.  And every second, an American is injured in a preventable accident.  These figures include motor vehicle accidents, falls, drownings, drug overdoses, etc.  Obviously, we can and must do better.   Safety on our roads, in our homes and in our businesses must become as much as a priority as curing cancer and preventing heart disease (the other top three leading causes of death)

Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family: Continue reading

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For most of us, our Christmas To Do list looks something like: buy gifts, wrap gifts, send Christmas cards, decorate tree and house, attend parties, etc.  In the hustle and bustle of all things Christmas, we often forget to do those things that can keep our families safe.  At the Law Offices of John Day, we want everyone to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without getting hurt, so here is your To Do list: Continue reading

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Today is the first day of school for Williamson County.  Our daughter Kate is entering 5th grade this year at Scales Elementary.  Although she was embarrassed, she did relent and allow this picture upon arrival at school. And while it seems like just yesterday that we were going to the Boo Hoo breakfast for kindergarten parents not that much has changed.  She still worries about liking her teachers, the dynamics of friendships and how much homework will be assigned.  And, of course, as her parents, we still worry about everything, which brings me to some very important safety reminders for us all. Continue reading

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We are roughly halfway between Memorial Day and Labor Day – that time of year which marks the deadliest days for young drivers.  Summer has always been a dangerous time for teens because they are out of school and out on the roads.  But, the National Safety Council anticipates the risk to be increasing as a result of cellphone use by teen drivers.  In rear-end crashes, teen drivers take zero evasive action (braking or swerving) in the half of those types of car accidents.  If a teen driver is using their phone to text, call, take photos, etc., their eyes are off the road for 4.1 seconds of the last 6 seconds before a crash.   The end result is that teen drivers are three times more likely than an adult driver to be involved in a fatal car crash.  So, what can you do?  Below are some easy tips for keeping your teen driver safe: Continue reading

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In a few weeks, our daughter Kate returns for her second year of overnight camp in North Carolina.  She is beyond excited as she had a great time last year, and we are not nearly as nervous as parents this time around.   Parents worry about lots of things when their kids head off to camp:

  • Will they make friends?
  • Will the camp serve food that my kid will actually eat?
  • Will they get homesick?
  • Will they remember to brush their teeth?

Of course, because both of Kate’s parents are injury lawyers, we can’t help but also worry about safety.   A lot.  So what are some questions you should be asking before you sign your kid up for a day or overnight camp? Continue reading

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Recently, I have seen two instances of people posing as lawyers and engaging in unscrupulous behavior.  Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery is now involved in one of the cases, and criminal charges are pending against the other.  So what exactly are these posers alleged to have done and what can you do to protect yourself? Continue reading

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It is that time again. The boat and jet skis are in the water. Spring rains are bringing the lake level up to summer pool.  With the warmer temperatures, the water in the lake will soon be ready for swimming.  Our family will head down to Tim’s Ford Lake every chance we get.  For our family and probably most others, the first ones in the water are the kids.  To keep them and everyone else safe this summer from electrical shock drowning, refresh yourself on these life-saving safety tips and teach your children the ones appropriate for them: Continue reading

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Roughly 44% of all U.S. households have a dog.  Ours has a tri-color King Charles Cavalier named Lincoln (pictured above).  Lincoln and most other dogs are wonderful companions, protectors, and exercise buddies, but when they want to dogs can inflict a lot of damage primarily due to their bite pressure.  So just how strong is a dog’s bite?   Continue reading

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Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter’s accident reminds us that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be very dangerous for children.  Spears’ 8-year old daughter’s ATV accidentally went into a pond on the property and the girl was trapped underwater for several minutes.  Thankfully, the child appears to have escaped the incident without any neurological injuries.

Unfortunately, Spears’ accident is not uncommon.  In 2015 alone, 58 children were killed and nearly 27,000 were injured in ATV accidents.  So what age is the appropriate age for ATVS and what steps can be taken to prevent an ATV accident? Continue reading