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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: you walk into the room only to discover your child has gotten into something quite dangerous – not only dangerous, but potentially deadly. Tragically, such was the case for a Florida mother who discovered her 7-month-old had gotten into and eaten a laundry pod. A laundry pod is a pre-packaged, dissolvable unit of detergent, often bright and squishy, and tragically mistaken for a toy.

What a completely heartbreaking story. Reports indicate the baby had been sleeping in a laundry basket when the accidental death occurred. When the mother rushed the infant to the hospital, medical efforts were not enough to save the young boy. Sadly, he died of poisoning as a result of ingesting the laundry pod.

Even more alarming, this child is not the first to mistake the laundry pod for a toy according to reports. Apparently, thousands of calls have surfaced for this very problem. Children are confusing laundry pods for toys – and eating them by mistake. As a unit of detergent – and even though infants and toddlers may not entirely swallow them – they nevertheless dissolve in babies’ mouths, leading to poisoning and possible wrongful death.

Reports shockingly indicate that 17,230 children under the age of 6 have been accidentally poisoned by the laundry pods. About 4.4 percent of children required medical care and 7.5 percent “experienced a moderate or major medical outcome.”

The laundry pods are serious – that goes without saying. Although so-called soap may not seem that harmful, do not be mistaken. These laundry pods, when ingested, can cause respiratory distress, vomiting, diarrhea, and an imbalanced intestinal flora. If the detergent makes it into the child’s eyes, severe irritation and even temporary loss of vision can occur, according to the report. Death may even occur as a result of ingesting the laundry pod.

It is serious and parents are urged to take note.

Although there are no regulations that monitor the packaging of laundry pods, one manufacturer has taken the matter into their own hands considering the danger posed by laundry pods. Tide has secured their bin with double locks. No other manufacturer, though, according to the report, has made any changes.

Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has not regulated or mandated certain packaging for laundry pod detergents.

ARE LAUNDRY PODS THE NEXT “MINI BLIND” HAZARD?

In the 1980s, the public became strikingly aware of the dangers of mini-blinds when children were treated for strangulation injuries after playing with the cords. Sadly, some infants and toddlers became strangled as a result of mini blind cords and tragically died. Since then, many safety standards have been put into place to help regulate mini blind cords and put an end to senseless injury and death.

When it became clear that mini blinds were dangerous to children, we were one of the first advocates for child safety to come forward to lobby for change. Thankfully, there are many more safety regulations for mini blinds – although they are not entirely child-proof – that have fortunately prevented countless injuries and deaths.

We can’t help but wonder: Are laundry pods the next “mini blind” hazard waiting to happen? We certainly hope not, and yet, there are thousands of injuries happening as a result of these seemingly harmless packets. Of course, these packets are far from harmless. Too many children have been injured as a result of these laundry pods and some innocent children have even died as a result of their ingestion.

Something needs to change.

We are hoping to make a difference starting now. If you’d like to join us in spreading awareness about this issue, please share this article with every family you know with small children. One more injury or death is one far too many. Let’s work together to spread the word about this household danger.

We will be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for any new developments on the issue of laundry pod safety.

AN INJURY ATTORNEY FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY LAUNDRY PODS

If you are one of the many families affected by laundry pod injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your child’s injuries. These cases are often complicated so it’s important to speak to a qualified personal injury attorney right away. Give us a call now at 1-800-655-6585, 24/7. We are based in San Diego with a national network of qualified lawyers who can help your family. Call us today.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

It’s holiday shopping time!

As you peruse the mall, outlets and discount centers, now is the time to think about presents galore. But when it comes to the very best gifts, it’s never been more important to keep safety top-of-mind. The little ones deserve to have tons of fun, but not at the expense of their well-being.

New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital reminds San Diego and the rest of the nation of the importance of children’s safety this holiday season. Recently, the hospital published its “10-Point Safety Checklist” in an effort to end children’s injury and bring the true merriment of the holiday season to families across the nation.

The truth is that millions of toys hit the market every single year. Unfortunately, many of these toys can cause injury, and in extreme cases, wrongful death. Nobody wants to buy an unsafe toy; tragically, some toys end up being bad choices unbeknownst to the public.

Although there are some national safety standards in place such as limits on lead content and the use of small parts, unfortunately, not all toys pass the safety test according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each year, “thousands of children suffer injuries from toys severe enough to be treated in a hospital emergency room,” according to the report.

It almost seems like a nightmare to gift a toy that could potentially cause injury, whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle or family friend. This year, you can be a great gift giver AND prevent injury by following these essential holiday gift-giving tips.

CHILDREN’S INJURY: PREVENT IT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

With holiday shopping front and center, there’s no doubt that millions of toys will be sold and purchased this year. From dolls to trains to castles and bears, here’s what you can do to pick the right gift while keeping safety on your holiday checklist as well.

LOOK FOR AGE LABELS. Most toys will indicate the appropriate age level. Buy toys that are well-suited for that age group and don’t be flexible about it: toys for older children may contain small parts. Younger children could easily choke on these small parts.

FIND TOYS WITH THE “ASTM” DESIGNATION. “ASTM” stands for the American Society of Testing and Materials, an organization dedicated to the production of safe toys. Toys marked with the acronym means that it meets national safety standards. Read the label to ensure it is age-appropriate for your little one for a dose of good measure.

AVOID “PROPELER” TOYS. Toys that shoot off objects can be a cause for concern, especially for smaller children who are unaware of its dangers. Young children could accidentally shoot off toys into others’ eyes, face or body, causing unintended injury. Pointy edges (such as darts or fishing rods) are also a bad idea for younger children. Play it safe and go for age-appropriate toys without pointy objects or flying features.

DON’T BUY TOYS WITH LOUD NOISES. As adults, we may be used to loud noises, but young ears could easily be hurt or damaged by loud sounds. Go for toys with normal-level sounds.

AVOID CHEAP STUFFED ANIMALS. When we say “cheap,” it doesn’t mean price; instead, it refers to the construction of the stuffed animals. Look for sturdy eyes, noses and bows. They should not be loose. Any stuffed animal that has loosely sewn-on features should be avoided.

Did you know there isn’t a comprehensive list of safe toys? Although many toys meet national standards, there are millions of toys out there. It would be impossible to create a comprehensive list of every single safe or dangerous toy. That’s why it’s up to parents and friends to make sure their gift-giving are age-appropriate this holiday season. Use common sense and err on the side of caution this year.

Here’s to a bright holiday season!

WHEN CHILDREN’S TOY INJURY OCCURS

Unfortunately, countless injuries occur every single holiday season as a result of poor manufacturing or toy defects. If your child has been injured as a result of a poorly-made toy, there are steps you can take to hold the appropriate party responsible. We can help you file a legal claim right away. Call now to discuss the details of your case: 1-800-655-6585. Speak to a children’s personal injury attorney right now FREE OF CHARGE. There is no cost to hire us and we only collect when we win your case. Call today.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

Children are precious cargo. We’ve all heard that saying before and it’s absolutely true. When parents pick out their child’s car or booster seats, usually the process is painstakingly memorable. The reviews, the expert opinions, the brand reputability… parents can spend hours picking out the right one. But now, thanks to the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), parents can rest a little easier and save some precious time when picking out their car seats – booster seats, no exception. That’s because the IIHS has just released its “Best Bet” designations for 27 child booster seats that, according to the IIHS, promise to be easy to use and, most importantly, safe.

The IIHS considered many benefits – of course, considering safety first – but also including usability and ease of use. After all, if it’s difficult to install, the list of potential safety problems could be miles long. In addition to safety and ease of use, the IIHS also considered safety belt configurations including 3-point lap and shoulder belt fits. The evaluations do not involved crash tests – the lap positions and their ease of use are the primary factors when considering the booster seats’ designation.

For seats that were designated as a “Best Bet,” all lap positions correctly protected a “typical 4- to 8-year old child in almost any car, minivan or SUV,” reports indicated. For the seats with a “Good Bet” designation, lap belts provided an acceptable fit for children in the same age group.

Experts were primarily concerned whether the booster seats’ lap belts were able to lie flat across the child’s upper leg area with the shoulder belt arranged comfortably over the shoulders in the correct position.

Finally, for the seats ranked as “Check Fit,” the IIHS noted that for some children, the fit was ideal, while for other children of different shapes of sizes, the fit may have suffered. In addition, vehicle model may have also affected the fit of booster seats rated as “Check Fit.”

“Buying a booster seat can be confusing,” said a senior research scientist at the IIHS. “There are lots of models and features to choose from. Until we started our ratings six years ago, parents couldn’t be sure that the booster they’d put in their shopping cart would actually provide the right belt fit for their child once they unpacked the seat and installed it in the family vehicle. Our ratings take the guesswork out of purchasing a booster seat.”

To read the complete list of “Best Bet” car booster seats, click here.

CHILD SEAT SAFETY CHECKS FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Did you know that even when a parent buys the very best car seat or booster seat, it may still not fully protect the child in light of improper installation? Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.

When a parent uses a car seat for their child, it reduces the risk of wrongful death by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Booster seats, such as those recommended by the IIHS, reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between 4- and 8-years old.

It goes without saying that car seats and boosters are a necessary step toward preventing children’s injury. Take a look at this visual provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and learn more about child car seat safety and what you can do to be a proactive parent by clicking here.

CDC seats

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

A mother and two children were hit by a vehicle while walking on South Juniper Street just south of West Felicita Avenue in Escondido. The woman was walking her children to school, crossing in a crosswalk, when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle. Thankfully, no deaths occurred as a result of the pedestrian accident but all three individuals were treated for minor injuries.

The accident occurred near Juniper Elementary School – a place frequented by heavy foot traffic, needless to say. Many children and families circulate the area and walk to and from the school.

According to reports, the driver in question was cited for not having a valid driver’s license and for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

It seemed to be a bad morning that day for pedestrians in Escondido. Earlier, around 7:30 a.m., another pedestrian was hit near 13TH Street and Centre City Parkway. Fortunately, that individual survived the accident although a broken leg was reported according to police officials. A traffic alert was issued at that intersection, causing a tangle in the morning’s commute.

SAN DIEGO PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

Pedestrian accidents can be some of the worst kinds of accidents on San Diego streets. After all, with the high velocity of moving vehicles, the injuries can be extremely serious. In some cases, wrongful death can also occur.

What are the most common types of pedestrian injuries after being struck by a vehicle?

BROKEN ARMS, LEGS OR OTHER BONES. As in the earlier case, broken bones are often the result of being hit by a vehicle. The impact can cause severe breaks, leading to disfigurement.

SPINAL CORD INJURY. Your spine is a wonderful, flexible and essential component to your body. If it is compromised in any way, the results can be disastrous. When a car makes impact with the human body, it can bend and break the spine. Temporary or permanent paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury can often result from pedestrian accidents.

INTERNAL TRAUMA. The blow from a vehicle to your body can cause catastrophic injury to internal organs. It goes without saying that the most essential organs such as your lungs or heart can be severely injured in the event of a collision. Internal bleeding is also unfortunately common as a result of pedestrian accidents.

BRAIN INJURY. Brain injuries could occur if the vehicle makes impact with the head. In some cases, the impact from the fall to the asphalt could additionally cause brain injuries. Tragically, brain injury accidents can last a lifetime.

WRONGFUL DEATH. In extreme cases, pedestrian accidents can result in wrongful death.

IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

It’s extremely stressful to deal with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. Medical bills can pile up, your job may be in question and your body is working 24/7 to repair itself. It’s incredibly difficult. But, you don’t have to go through it alone. A personal injury attorney can walk you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. It’s important to call right away if you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident to ensure your legal rights are preserved. Give us a call today: 1-800-655-6585

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

It’s unfortunate when we still have to report on suspected alcohol-related crashes in this day and age. After all, with all the public service efforts aimed at stopping the act, not to mention the sheer irresponsibility of it, it’s tragic and yet incredible that anyone would choose to drive under the influence. Yet, just recently, a suspected DUI-related accident has left the San Diego community saddened and simply shaking their heads in disbelief.

Reports indicate that a 77-year-old woman allegedly driving under the influence collided with another vehicle off the El Camino Real Bridge. The woman, driving a GMC Envoy, hit a guard rail from an overcorrected turn. The driver in question swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a Mazda Miata head-on, officials said. The impact pushed the Miata through the guardrail, leaving it dangling over the bridge.

Incredibly, the Mazda Miata was not entirely pushed off the bridge. Instead, its engine compartment was hanging into the dry river.

According to reports, it took 20 minutes for firefighters to free the driver and passenger from the Miata. The woman in question had to be cut free as her vehicle became severely crumpled under the impact. Serious injuries were reported although the details are unclear. One person’s injuries were considered to be life-threatening, however, according to officials.

The driver in question has been suspected of drinking and driving.

ALCOHOL-RELATED INJURY ACCIDENTS: FRONT & CENTER

The truth is that we’ve published hundreds of blog posts on drinking and driving. We’ve doled out hundreds of tips to help drivers stay on the right side of the law – not to mention preventing injury and death as well. The bottom line is that no matter how many tips are suggested, it ultimately boils down to YOU. Only YOU have the power to stop drinking and driving in its tracks.

Here’s a reality check:

Did you know that alcohol-related crashes are often related to some of the most severe types of injuries such as spinal cord injury, brain injury and paralysis? Seriously, what if your life was completely changed and you had to depend on someone for the most basic care? Imagine not being able to walk, smile, talk or even breathe the way you do right now while reading this post. YOU have the power to make the right choice behind the wheel.

If you get into an accident, think about what might happen to the other person. Here’s the thing: you may feel invincible, but what about the potential of what could happen to someone else? What if you caused permanent injury to a child? A mom? A dad? Sister? Brother? Now, think if some other driver caused permanent injury to your child, mom, dad, sister or brother? It’s senseless. It’s completely sad and unnecessary. Hopefully, you agree.

It may sound inconvenient to preplan your night, but is it really? Seriously, how many so-called optional things do we do on a daily basis that uses our precious time? Facebook, Twitter and watching TV are just some of the ways we spend our hours – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Consider using just a few minutes of your time to preplan your night. Find a reliable DD, schedule a cab (it’s actually so easy) or plan how to host your party so that guests stay safe and sober.

Our intent is not to necessarily guilt you into doing the right thing or preaching to you to do the right thing. Nevertheless, let us be the voice of reason for you. Only YOU can do the right thing. Read that one more time: Only YOU can do the right thing.

Let’s make this holiday season bright. Drink and be merry – and be safe while you’re at it.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2015.

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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