Macon, Georgia The Perils of Foam (Yes, Really) Lawyer

The Perils of Foam (Yes, Really)

Of all the dangerous places to be, a room full of foam doesn't likely enter your mind. If someone were to say, “Little Tyler's birthday party is at the trampoline/foam pit park,” it's likely no one would RSVP with, “Sorry, Sarah's not allowed in foam pits or on trampolines. Too risky.” But, it looks like Mom's been right all along. It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Made of polyurethane foam blocks, foam pits began in gymnastics to help young athletes make soft landings when learning new gymnastic skills. They have been gaining in popularity and are now used as cushioning at a wide variety of places such as BMX, motorcycle, FMX, skateboard and trampoline parks. Some indoor entertainment centers feature the foam blocks[...]...

Macon, Georgia Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Silicosis Lawyer

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Silicosis

It’s amazing how something as small as particles of dust can get into our lungs and cause big problems. While many of us have heard about asbestos, the similar phenomenon of silicosis hasn’t gotten quite as much attention. Yet, more than 250 U.S. workers die every year and hundreds more become disabled from silicosis. Silica, often referred to as quartz, is a very common mineral found in many materials, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock and granite. When these materials are cut, ground, crushed, exploded, chipped, drilled or otherwise disturbed, they create dust made up of crystalline silica. These bits can be inhaled into a person’s lungs, which react by developing fibrotic nodules and scarring around the trapped silica [...]...

Macon, Georgia Beep. Beep. C’mon, Pal. Move it! Lawyer

Beep. Beep. C’mon, Pal. Move it!

Lane courtesy. Sounds quaint, doesn’t it? The practice of yielding to or moving over so that faster moving traffic may pass seems like a fairly innocuous concept, yet it’s a key factor in many accidents. When drivers choose to block the left lane, whether intentionally or not, they are making the roads less safe and efficient for everyone. To bring public awareness to this issue, June has been designated as Lane Courtesy Month. The history behind the left lane reveals that it was developed more than 50 years ago for the express purpose of allowing cars to pass another vehicle and then immediately return to the right lane. Now that there are so many more vehicles on the road, failure to keep right negatively impacts traffic safety, traff[...]...

Macon, Georgia Outfit Your Bike for Safety Lawyer

Outfit Your Bike for Safety

The basics of a bicycle seem rather straightforward. Two wheels, a seat, handlebars and a frame. Even the first hobby horses that preceded today’s bikes did not have a chain, gears or pedals – riders simply pushed the contraption forward with their feet. Yet, the history of bicycle invention is quite complicated. One indisputable fact is that the popularity of bicycles came before automobiles. Nowadays, bikes have to share the road with cars and are at risk for being hit from the side, from behind and by drivers who fail to yield. See more about Bicycle Accidents. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 726 cycling-related deaths and 49,000 cycling-related injuries, and many more injuries likely go unreporte[...]...

Macon, Georgia Poison Prevention Awareness Lawyer

Poison Prevention Awareness

The mention of poisonous substances may bring to mind the skull and crossbones image found on old bottles. While such hazardous materials certainly exist, medications and many household products used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount or by the wrong person can be poisonous. It’s important to be aware of the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. According to the Centers for Disease Control, poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Most of these fatalities are due to drug and medicine misuse and abuse. More than 3.1 million calls were received by America’s 55 poison centers in 2013, with about 2.2 million of those calls dealing directly with poison exposures. The remaining calls were by people look[...]...

Macon, Georgia Car Seat Recall: Graco Buckles Under Pressure Lawyer

Car Seat Recall: Graco Buckles Under Pressure

Required by law in every state, child restraint systems are intended to protect children from injury or death during vehicle collisions. In Georgia, children under 8 years old must ride in an approved safety seat or booster seat that is suited for their height and weight, and it is recommended that children under the age of one be secured in a rear-facing infant seat. There are a huge variety of models available, which should all be harmless by design, yet defects cause millions to be recalled every year. RECALLED MODELSAprica, Argos, Classic Ride, Comfort Sport, Cozy Cline, Head Wise, My Ride, Nautilus, Ready Ride, SafeSeat, Size4Me, Smart Seat, SnugRide, and Teutonia Model Car Seats.The largest car seat recall so far in the US occurred th[...]...

Macon, Georgia Health Hazards of Leaf Blowers Lawyer

Health Hazards of Leaf Blowers

The rather innocuous looking leaf blowers that many Americans use to save time on yard and garden maintenance elicit surprisingly strong responses from their opponents. Termed “dust blowers” by some adversaries, these machines are now restricted in many communities. Local regulations across the country limit leaf blowers’ use to certain times of the day or year, prohibit gasoline-powered versions but allow electric ones, and even completely ban their use altogether. The most obvious hazard presented by leaf blowers is noise pollution, which can interfere with communication, sleep, and work. The average leaf blower measures between 70 to 75 decibels at 50 feet. That’s 20 decibels more than the acceptable ambient noise levels recommen[...]...

Macon, Georgia Young Football Players and Brain Injuries Lawyer

Young Football Players and Brain Injuries

The physical demands of a young athlete are immense, especially for those who play team sports like lacrosse and football where blows to the head from collisions and falls are part of the game. Before their brains even get a chance to fully develop, young players have to learn how to avoid and how to handle debilitating injuries. Brain injuries can result from years' worth of small jolts to the head or from one major impact. According to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Center, 10% of all college football players sustain brain injuries, which is an average of 1,364 per year. The growing awareness that concussions can have serious long-term effects has led the NCAA Football Rules Committee to adopt harsher penalties for targeting on the field. A[...]...

What Is A Personal Injury?

We’ve all heard the term “personal injury” in the legal context, but what does it really mean?  Most people would be surprised at the scope of the term and the numerous types of situations it applies to in everyday life. Personal Injury – Defined According to LexisNexis, a personal injury is defined as the branch of tort law that covers any wrong or damage done to another in his person, property, rights, or reputation. So, what does that mean in plain English?  Actually, a lot. Personal injury law involves an injury that is caused by another person’s failure to act reasonably.  The term “reasonably” can vary depending on the facts and circumstances of a situation.  Here’s two quick examples: Example 1.  A car runs a [...]...

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How Many Children are Injured by Toppling Furniture?

Every home should always be a hazard-free safe haven for the children who live there. Many parents take time and extra precautions to ensure their children are not in harm's way. They believe their homes are safe because they don't realize the potential danger...