2016 September Archive
The recent news of a fatal drowning at a Seattle-area waterpark
has once again highlighted the dangers posed by bodies of water of all kinds. Over the past ten years for which the CDC has data,
the United States saw an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) each year. That is just about ten per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drownings in boating-related incidents
Children are especially prone to such accidents. More data from the CDC: almost one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger; and for every child fatality from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Read the rest »
As parents, the health and well-being of our children is our utmost priority. That’s why the thought of an accident striking a child unexpectedly always hits close to home. Unfortunately, child pedestrians are at increasing risk of crosswalk accidents. With the steady increase of cars on the road, the number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in Washington State has been on the rise the past few years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in 2011. Of those, a staggering 11,000 of those were children. The NHTSA also states that one-fifth (21%) of children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. No matter how careful parents might be when it comes to their child’s safety, accidents can still happen. Read the rest »
A recent report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries indicated that area amusement parks reported two accidents involving rides and 19 unauthorized ride operators. The amusement park accident report brings into focus the potential dangers posed by amusement park rides to local residents.
Statistics indicate that most amusement park accidents occur between May and September during summer vacation. Safety experts claim operator negligence is one of the leading causes of accidents in the state. Nationwide, an average of nearly 5 Americans are killed each year on park rides. Read the rest »
A brachial plexus injury is an injury that occurs to the network of nerves that are connected to the spinal cord and send signals from the spinal cord to the arm, hand, and shoulder. Signs of a brachial plexus injury include weakness in the arm, slow reflexes, lack of muscle control, decreased sensation, and ultimately paralysis. While some injuries recover on their own, others require physical therapy, splinting, and even surgery. If the injury is caused through negligence, such as doctor malpractice or a negligent driver, that individual will be liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Both adults and children are at risk of a brachial plexus injury, though the cause of the injury varies by age. Read the rest »
Uber, an app-based taxi service that connects Seattle residents with local drivers, has been an increasingly popular transportation option in the state of Washington over the past few years. Passengers have utilized Uber for rides to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, work, school, and even home from the bars. Uber was started as a way of conveniently hailing a taxi, sharing your pickup and destination locations, and seamlessly paying with a credit card. Unlike traditional taxi companies, Uber drivers do not work on a set schedule and do not lease their vehicles from Uber. Rather, they drive their own personal vehicles, can log into the app whenever they want to work, and must carry their own car insurance, and Uber defines them as independent contractors. Read the rest »
There are a wide variety of injuries that can occur at birth. One of the most dangerous and deadly forms of birth injury in the Seattle area is brain damage. While some children suffer brain damage
in utero, which can be detected by an OBGYN in advance of birth, many instances of brain damage occur due to an issue that arises during the delivery process. Brain damage has the ability to cause immediate death, shorten the lifespan of the child, or disable the child. You may have heard the medical terms “anoxia” and “hypoxia” thrown around by doctors. What do these words mean, what symptoms are associated with them, and how are they different? Read the rest »
Seattle is known for being a fairly progressive city when it comes to accommodating cyclists on the road. Each day, thousands of Seattle residents hit the streets to commute to work and school. This number exponentially increases in the summer when the temperatures are warm and the weather is mild. As the number of cyclists rises in the summer, so does the number of bike-related accidents. Read the rest »
Seattle, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, sees its fair share of bicyclists who are injured by careless drivers, potholes, and other street hazards. But what happens if the bicycle accident involves a bicycle colliding with a pedestrian in a crosswalk? Who is responsible for the injuries sustained? Read the rest »