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Follow these tips to keep you child safe in the car

As a parent, you will do anything necessary in order to keep your child safe. From purchasing a top-of-the-line stroller to best car seat available, you will go to any length to ensure your child does not get hurt. However, buying the best equipment will not stop an accident from happening. That is why you also need to know how to properly use the equipment.

If you or your child has suffered an injury due to a negligent driver, you may be wondering how to pay for expensive medical procedures or deal with the mental and emotional trauma. Fortunately, an experienced attorney in the Westlake area can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Why child bicycle accidents are different

Let's say you're a 35-year-old man and you were riding your bicycle on a neighborhood street. Absent-mindedly, you rode your bike into the middle of the road in front of a vehicle, and you got seriously hurt.

In this circumstance, it's unlikely you have a viable claim for damages against the vehicle driver. An Ohio court will probably view the situation as if it's your fault and -- hopefully -- you have medical insurance that will pay for your ambulance and medical bills.

Holiday dangers: Cinco de Mayo and drunk driving

Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away. It's a fun celebration every May 5th, but it does pose some dangers to those who celebrate and to those who don't.

In America, most people celebrating Cinco de Mayo head to Mexican restaurants for themed meals and drinks, but this means there's a heavy influx of people drinking and then getting behind the wheel. While many bars and restaurants will stop individuals from driving if they've had too much, that's not always the case. Sometimes, this means that if you've suffered an injury because of a drunk driver, the restaurant or bar could be liable on top of the driver being liable.

2 reasons boating accidents happen, and tips to prevent them

Boating accidents are often thought of as large-scale events. You imagine the large sea cruiser going under or the Titanic hitting the fatal iceberg. What you don't think of is a small boat with a few people on the water. The truth is that many boating accidents take place on these smaller boats, which have open bodies. The weather is usually good, and the water isn't always choppy or hard to navigate when they happen. Here are two boating accident causes and what you can do to prevent them.

Device to prevent blood clots in lungs caused serious injury

When you undergo a medical procedure to reduce the potential for a serious injury or medical event, you expect that undergoing the procedure will be safer than continuing without it. In many cases, that belief is correct. In the case of a particular brand of vena cava filters, however, a device meant to address one medical condition ended up causing another, more dangerous condition.

Now, the company that manufactured and marketed these products is facing a serious product liability lawsuit from a patient who suffered from serious side effects as a result of a product flaw that wasn't disclosed.

Beer recall highlights issues with defective packaging

Sierra Nevada is a popular brand of domestic bottled beer. Consumers in Ohio have been enjoying a variety of beers from this company for years without issue. Unfortunately for those who enjoy Sierra Nevada beers, the company issued a recall for eight brands of their bottled brews.

The reason for the recall is a manufacturing flaw. As many as one in every 10,000 bottles recently distributed by Sierra Nevada Brewing may have had chips occur to the bottles. The bottle flaw could result in a small piece of the bottle breaking off and settling into the beer. Clearly, that poses a serious risk of injury to those who consume the beer from the flawed bottles.

Litigating aviation disasters presents unique challenges

The recent tragedy is still unfolding that involved a Cessna 525 Citation carrying the pilot and five passengers. All were family members and friends and the plane presumably crashed into Lake Erie shortly after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland during a spate of inclement winter weather. Authorities have now turned the focus from a rescue to a recovery, however, as debris continues to wash onto shore on the waves.

Divers and boat crews are focusing their efforts in portions of the lake that are as deep as 45 feet. A member of the dive team from nearby Lorain commented that clear, calm days bring visibility of between four and six feet.

Winter driving can increase the likelihood of an accident

If you live in or around the Cleveland area, you are well aware of the fact that snow and ice are a big part of the winter months.

Although you'd like nothing more than to stay inside when the weather takes a turn for the worse, this is not always possible. Instead, you could find yourself on the road as the snow comes down and the ice begins to accumulate.

Preventable surgical mistakes continue in the United States

Although surgical mistakes are fairly rare, statistics show that completely preventable mistakes continue throughout the United States. For example, one out of 100,000 surgeries involves a wrong site surgical error, where the surgeon operates on the incorrect body part or the wrong area of a patient's body. Sometimes, these errors involve surgeries on the wrong person. Even more distressing is the fact that one out of 10,000 surgeries involve a doctor forgetting something inside the patient's body, like a surgical tool or a medical sponge.

Who is responsible if my kid is hurt at school?

Keeping kids safe can be a challenge and most parents worry at least somewhat when they cannot be with their children. However, there are some surroundings where they should be able to expect their kids to remain safe from injury. One of these places is at school. However, accidents happen everywhere, including on school grounds when children are supposed to be supervised by various teachers and aides. The question is, should you take the incident as "one of those things that happens" or should you get to the bottom of who's responsible for the injury and hold them accountable?

Every year 14 million children are injured, and over a quarter of those injuries happen in or around school grounds (Safe Kids.org). If one of those children is your child, you want to know who's responsible. To determine the answer, you need to look closer.

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