Parents are constantly required to make choices in order to keep their children safe from dangers in today’s world. Even something that occurs every day, like traveling in a car, can be risky. From researching the safest and most reliable vehicles on the market, to purchasing a certified and safety tested car seat, to bundling up against the cold winter weather, parents and caregivers have many important decisions to make. One unexpected decision parents don’t always take into consideration has to do with how to keep a child warm without risking their safety in a car. Here’s what all parents should know about kids, car seats and winter coats: (more…)
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A study of over 40,000 pediatric brain trauma cases published by the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that the best method of reducing the severity of head injuries in children is to safeguard them in advance. This most recent study confirms findings from previous research conducted on pediatric brain trauma and sends an unequivocal message to parents that safety and prevention is paramount.
Over the course of the groundbreaking comprehensive study, it was determined that falls were the primary cause of brain injury in children under age 12. Most of those falls were related to bicycle, scooter, or accidents on similar devices. In fact, among adolescents in the United States, automobile accidents, physical abuse, and sports-related injuries are the chief causes of brain trauma. (more…)
(This graphic used with permission of Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer Jim Dodson.)
Keeping Your 4th of July Celebration a Safe One
Independence Day is one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays and a popular time for family get-togethers or a night out with friends. But as the holiday quickly approaches, it is important to keep the safety of your family and friends in mind.
In one way or another, nearly everyone celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks. We either light some off ourselves, or head over and watch one of the many local municipal fireworks shows. But as a reminder, not all cities, counties, and states allow the possession of the same kinds of fire works. If you are not sure what bans, if any, for fireworks are enforced in your neighborhood, check with your local police department website. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has placed a ban on fireworks this year.
Fireworks and Injuries
According to a study conducted by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011, approximately 9,600 people were treated at emergency rooms for fireworks injuries. More than half of those injuries were burns, and nearly half of the injuries were injuries to the hands and fingers. The majority of injuries to other body parts were to the eyes, head, or face. The eyes were the only part of the body where lacerations, contusions and foreign bodies were more common injuries than burns. Most people treated at the emergency room were released without being admitted to the hospital.
Injuries to Children
Of course, there are things you can do to ensure the safety of your family. An analysis of the ages of fireworks injury victims shows that about 16% of all fireworks injuries are to children under the age of ten. The fact that sparklers cause more injuries than any other type of firework probably goes hand in hand with this statistic. Something to remember is that, even if you don’t give your children fireworks, children are curious, so you need to watch them around fireworks, and also watch the fireworks and matches or lighters to be sure that your children aren’t getting into them out of curiosity.
The CPSC related one other very disturbing trend for the 4th of July holiday. They report a spike in child pool drownings during the week surrounding the 4th with over 20 drownings, but also several thousand emergency room visits after near-drownings. As important as it is to monitor your children around fireworks, please don’t forget, if you have a pool, to be sure that a responsible, sober adult is monitoring the pool at all times. The fact is, it only takes a moment for a small child to have a terrible, tragic accident.
If You are Injured by the Reckless Use of Fireworks by Another Person, You May Have Legal Recourse.
If you are burned, a family member is injured, or your property is destroyed by the reckless use of fireworks by another person, you may have legal options. You should not be forced to pay for your damages due to someone else refusing to celebrate the 4th of July safely. The experienced, dedicated Pueblo Child Injury Accident Lawyers at the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith wish you a very happy and joyful 4th of July holiday, and also remind you to please be conscious of your own safety, as well as the safety of any children with whom you are celebrating. If everyone is careful, there is no reason that we can’t all have a fun, safe, enjoyable holiday. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured through the negligence of someone else, contact Pueblo Personal Injury Lawyer Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062 for more information and a FREE CONSULTATION.
According to The Chieftain, a single-vehicle rollover accident sent a mother and her daughter to the hospital. The woman, who lives in Lakewood, was driving just south of Pueblo when she swerved to avoid an elk in the road, and ended up rolling her Jeep Liberty. The woman’s one-year-old daughter, who was thrown from the vehicle, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The driver was taken to St. Anthony’s in Denver. A third passenger was taken to a hospital in Alamosa, but was released. The Colorado State Patrol does not believe that alcohol, drugs, or speeding were factors in the crash, but are looking into whether the child was securely restrained in a child safety seat.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car crash? Speak with an experienced Pueblo car crash attorney immediately to discuss your options.
Not every car crash happens because a driver acted carelessly or negligently. Sometimes, things just happen: wildlife in the road, extreme weather conditions, and emergency situations are issues that no one can control. However, in many cases, car crashes are the result of one (or more) driver either acting in a way that a reasonable person wouldn’t, or failing to act in a way that a reasonable person would. This is what is meant by negligence. When another driver’s negligence causes serious injury, you can be compensated for the cost of that injury.
If you have been seriously injured by another driver’s negligence, speak with an experienced Pueblo car crash attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. There can be a lot of complicated factors involved, and some insurance companies will try to maximize profits by avoiding payment of legitimate claims. Mickey Smith has helped countless people who have been victims of car crashes to recover the compensation they needed to get back to normal life. His thorough understanding of the law, as well as the processes of investigation and insurance can help you. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey at (719)544-0062 today.
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A tragic car crash that took the lives of three young people in Pueblo may have been related to drinking and driving, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. A pick-up truck driven by a man who police believe was drunk ran a red light at high speed, and hit a compact car, killing three teenage girls inside. The driver of the pick-up was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and then booked into jail on multiple charges, including vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. This tragic accident is all the more tragic because it could so easily have been avoided.
One of the best known organizations for educating people about the dangers of drunk driving is Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). According to statistics reported on their website, someone in the United States will be killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes on average. Someone will be injured in an alcohol-related crash every minute. Furthermore, MADD cites a statistic that between half and three fourths of people convicted of drunk driving will continue to drive on their suspended license. In many cases, the drunk driver who kills innocent people may go to jail, but that jail-time doesn’t help the devastation left behind to the families of the victims.
Losing a loved one is always a terrible and difficult thing, but when someone is taken away from you in a drunk driving accident, the suddenness of the loss often serves to compound and intensify the grief. While no one can bring back your loved one, an experienced Pueblo wrongful death attorney can help manage loss of income and companionship. Mickey Smith is a compassionate attorney who has experience helping the families of victims of wrongful death. While legal action is certainly not the first thing on your mind at such a difficult time, sometimes you need someone to help with the more difficult aspects of the situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact the Law Office of Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the toy company, Henry Gordy International, Inc. of Plainfield, N.J, has agreed to a settlement in a failure to report a product safety defect case concerning one of their toys. A toy gun known as the Auto Fire Target Set, included the plastic gun, plastic darts, and a small target. It was determined by the CPSC that the small plastic darts were a serious choking hazard for children. Even more disturbing, however, it was also determined that the Henry Gordy company knew of this potentially deadly risk and failed to report the issue or recall the product. Three deaths had been associated with the toy and the CPSC instantly took action. Henry Gordy agreed to pay the penalty of $1,100,000 but declined ultimate responsibility. Total recall of the product has been issued nationwide.
Has a member of your family been a victim of a defective toy and have questions about who is liable? Contact a Colorado product liability attorney to further discuss your options and legal rights.
Safety commissions such as the CPSC are dedicated to the safety of the public when concerning commercial products. According to CPSC.gov, death and injuries, and even property damage caused from consumer products cost the nation more than 900 billion dollars annually. It is the responsibility of the manufactures, distributors and the retailers to report any defects or potentially harmful aspects of the products to the CPSC immediately.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of product liability then you need the professional services of an experienced Pueblo product liability attorney. Making sure you and your loved ones are taken cared for is top priority. Mickey Smith is a quality attorney who will dedicate his time to your product liability case. Understanding your rights and determining who is liable in a defective product case is difficult to make sense of, let the knowledge and experience of Mickey Smith help you in determining your next step. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a 12-year-old Pueblo boy was killed in a drunk driving accident that also resulted in other passenger injuries. The 39-year-old Pueblo driver was under the influence of alcohol when she drove off of the road on Interstate 25, about three miles north of Pueblo, Colorado. The truck flipped over about two times before coming to a complete stop in the middle of the highway. Sadly, the young boy was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was projected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. The Pueblo drunk driver was also ejected from the car and suffered major injuries, while the other front seat passenger, who was wearing his seatbelt, was released from the hospital with minor injuries.
Drunk driving is a serious offense that takes thousands of lives every year. While the percentage of drunk driving related accidents has been on the decline in the Colorado area, serious and often fatal drunk driving accidents still occur in the Pueblo area.
If you or a love one has been injured in a drunk driving accident in the Pueblo area a Pueblo drunk driving accident lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Pueblo drunk driving attorney, Mickey Smith, understands the intricacies surrounding drunk driving accidents in the State of Colorado. As such, he fights aggressively to ensure that the negligent driver is held responsible for the injuries and damages that he or she has caused. Call (719) 544-0062 today for your FREE CONSULTATION.
As reported recently in the Pueblo Chieftain, a 15-year-old Vilas girl was killed in a car accident in Baca County on April 9th, 2011. The single-vehicle crash ejected the girl, who died later at Swedish Hospital in Denver; the 17-year-old male driver was uninjured.
The car crash, in which excessive speed was said to be a factor, occurred on Baca County Road M about 7 miles east of U.S. 287, when the vehicle left the road and rolled over into a field. The accident started a 2000-acre wildfire northeast of Campo, which was later contained. Authorities indicated that charges are pending against the teen driver, including a citation for speeding.
According to accident statistics compiled by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), during 2008, the latest year for which accurate crash data are available, excessive speed was a factor in approximately 20% of the more than 27,000 vehicle accidents statewide that year. As suggested by this tragic accident, teens and speeding can be a particularly deadly combination.
When an accident happens in the Pueblo area, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney. Experienced Pueblo car accident lawyer, Mickey Smith, can discuss all of your legal options available to you, ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions, and win the monetary compensation and other long-term help to which you are entitled. Contact Mickey Smith today at 719-544-0062 today to schedule your free consultation.
According to an article posted by New First 5, more teens die in Colorado from car crashes than any other cause. In 2009, 38 Colorado teens lost their lives in automobile accidents. The Colorado State Patrol (CPS) wants to save as many teens as possible. The State Patrol encourages “parents to have their teens attend the Alive at 25 training or a driver safety course to help them be more knowledgeable about laws and the impact that poor driving choices will have on them.” The CPS offers the falling tips for teen drivers:
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Observe and obey posted speed limits
- Lower speed according to road conditions
- Never drink and drive
- Avoid distractions (cell phones, IPODs, radios) and pay attention to the road
- Know and observe the graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws
The CPS offers the falling tips for parents of teen drivers:
- Educate yourself about GDL laws
- Have your teen attend a driver safety course (Alive at 25)
- Be a good driving example
- Emphasize the importance of making great driving choices
- Let your teen know you care about them and want to be their partner in the safe driving process
The last thing a Colorado parent wants to hear is that their teen has been involved in a car accident. Imagine the devastation of hearing that your teen was injured or killed in a car crash. In a moment like that a Pueblo personal injury attorney is invaluable. An attorney can clear through all the legalese that insurance companies send your way and help you make sound decisions based on what is best for you and your family. Mickey W. Smith has years of experience working with families who have been devastated by car accidents. For a free review or your case, call his office today at (719) 544 0062.
A three-year-old Pueblo boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a truck. According to the Denver Post, the incident happened about 2 p.m. at the Pueblo Power Wash. The three-year-old was playing with a five-year-old near the vacuum in front of a carwash bay. A man pulled his truck into the bay striking the three-year-old. The driver of the truck said that he saw the older boy but did not see the younger boy. The child was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.
The loss of 4,378 lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2008 is an awful statistic. That amounts to twelve deaths everyday of the year. According to WalkingInfo.org, there were 69,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2008, nearly one every 8 minutes. In the state of Colorado alone, 44 pedestrians lost their lives.
If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.