On April 19, 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed updated car-seat and booster seat laws for Washington State to better protect children in car accidents. We are issuing a reminder that the updated law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car and booster seat usage in March of 2011 and then published these updated recommendations in August, 2018. The law in Washington State will catch up to the recommendations this coming year.Read More
September 15-21, 2019 is Child Passenger Safety Week and September 21, 2019 is National Seat Check Saturday. Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council, the organizations have launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that remind parents and caregivers to protect their child’s safety at every stage of life from infant to teen, by making sure they secure them in the appropriate car seat for their age, height, and weight. The ads created for Child Passenger Safety week link to a page that helps parents identify the safest seat for their child.Read More
August is Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month. Prevent Blindness America uses the month to share information about preventing eye injuries in children, signs of possible eye problems and general eye health. Find more information at www.preventblindness.org.
As parents and caregivers, we want to keep our children safe from unnecessary accidents and injuries. Considering the importance of our eyes, it can be devastating when a child endures an eye injury.
A child injury lawyer can help
If your child’s sight was damaged or they lost partial or full vision through an accident caused by the negligence of another, contact a child injury lawyer as soon as possible. The child injury attorney can discuss your legal rights and may be able to help recover damages on your child’s behalf.Read More
On July 1, 2018, a three-year-old girl named Ava-May Littleboy died in a bouncy castle accident in Norfolk, U.K. Located at the Bounce About play area at Gorleston Beach in Norfolk, the inflatable castle and trampoline combination suddenly exploded and sent the girl flying 30 feet in the air before she landed on the sand. A witness described hearing a loud pop just before the little girl was launched in the air.
Despite immediate aid efforts including 20 minutes of CPR the child was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. A statement by the owner of Bounce About said that the equipment exploded “because of the heat…my condolences go out to the family after this horrific accident.”Read More
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a 3-year-old Washington child was killed in a tragic riding mower accident. According to a tweet by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the young boy was “riding the lawn mower with his father” when he fell off, went under the mower and was run over. The child was pronounced dead at the scene and a news report on local TV news station KOMO, stated that authorities have ruled the boy’s death an accident.Read More
Happy first day of spring! With temperatures warming up in the Pacific Northwest, the hum of lawnmowers cutting grass will become a common sound. There are several safety factors to consider before getting outside to care for your lawn: Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Jacalyn Hazen, MD discusses spring lawn care safety tips that could help prevent a child injury.Read More
September is sports eye safety month. Every parent wants to keep their young children safe in whatever activities they do. Since children do not necessarily understand the risks and consequences associated with certain actions, it is up to adults to protect kids through common sense safety instructions and care. Sports coaches have an amplified responsibility to keep children safe because of the increased risk of injury associated with any sport. September is a great time to talk about sports-related eye injuries as children start new school years and after school sports programs.Read More
Keeping young children safe is a primary concern for most parents and caregivers. Since children do not necessarily understand the risks and consequences associated with certain actions, it is up to adults to protect kids through common sense child safety rules. The following child safety tips are helpful in a variety of common situations.Read More
School is back in session and that means heavy traffic congestion in and around schools, kids rushing to walk or bike to school on time and harried parents dropping and picking kids up before rushing to work. Especially in the first couple of weeks of school – but really all year during drop off and pick up times – it is very important for drivers to slow down and use extra caution when passing a school or school zone. School driving safety tips are essential to reducing the number of car accidents in and around schools.Read More