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Consumer Product Safety Commission Mandates Safer Cribs

Published on Jul 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm in Product Liability.

On December 15, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve new mandatory safety standards for cribs. Starting this month, all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must adhere to the safety standards and offer consumers only cribs that comply with the CPSC regulations. By the end of 2012, all childcare facilities, hotels, motels, and rental companies must use only cribs that meet the new safety requirements as well.

Since 2007, the CPSC has recalled more than 11 million cribs for some kind of safety hazard. Cribs with drop-sides and detaching side rails have been linked to at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additionally, there have been deaths associated with defective crib hardware.

Understanding Fireworks Injuries Can Help Prevent Tragedy This 4th of July

Published on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm in Burn Injury.

As every experienced Louisville burn injury lawyer knows, fireworks injuries increase around the Fourth of July each summer, as families celebrate our nation’s independence with these exciting displays. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fireworks injuries send thousands of Americans to the emergency room each year and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

According to the CDC, 7,000 U.S. residents were injured and seven were killed by fireworks in 2008 alone. Children and teens are at the highest risk for fireworks-related injuries: nearly half of those injured each year are younger than twenty years old. People who are actively involved in setting off fireworks are more likely to be injured than people who are merely watching.

Louisville Accident Attorney Tad Thomas Receives AV Rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Published on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:53 am in Personal Injury.

Louisville injury attorney Tad Thomas has been awarded an AV Rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell for high ethical standards and legal ability in his accomplishments protecting the rights of those afflicted by another’s negligence.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are intended to assist individuals who are seeking legal services in finding the right lawyer for their particular case who also has a track record of success and high ethics. In providing an all inclusive view of an attorney, the Peer Review Ratings combined with the Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Ratings highlight a lawyer’s professional credentials alongside other fact-based performance information.

FMCSA Launches “Teens and Trucks” Campaign to Promote Teen Driving Safety

Published on Jun 16, 2011 at 10:00 am in Trucking Accident.

A recent press event held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sought to keep teens safe on the road this summer by stressing three major points: leaving space for large trucks, never driving in a truck’s blind spots, and agreeing not to send or read text messages while driving.

The event included representatives from the National Organization for Youth Safety and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, as well as FMCSA officials. On June 2, these representatives visited the Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, where they offered teen drivers key tips on avoiding truck accidents, such as:

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Day

Published on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:00 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

In 2010 alone, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services received 13,491 reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of seniors. Just as each of us has a duty to work to protect children, we must also look out for our seniors. In each of these cases, criminals are taking advantage of the fact that their victims are unable to defend themselves. Many seniors suffer at the hands of nursing homes in Kentucky who put profits over people, resulting in neglect and, in some cases, physical abuse.

This sixth annual World Elder Abuse Day is an opportunity to shine the light on abuse and raise awareness of this problem. In Kentucky, 29 local coordinating councils on elder abuse work to provide abuse education throughout the state. To become involved with your community’s LCCEA or to inquire about events, contact state LCCEA liaison Stacy Carey at (502) 564-7043.