The effects of a brain injury can be far more devastating in a child than in an adult patient. This is because a child's brain is still developing until age 25. An injury sustained by a still-developing brain can stall or even completely stunt the brain's growth.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that every year, approximately 62,000 American children ages 0-19 suffer from brain injuries that require hospitalization. These injuries are caused by car accidents, sports injuries, falls, physical abuse and other hazards for children. Additionally, 435,000 emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries for children ages 0-14 are recorded each year, with 37,000 of these patients requiring hospital stays and 2,685 dying from their injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, with ages 0-4 and 15-19 the most at risk.
Dogs play many roles in our society. They sniff out drugs and bombs, guide the blind, and protect our properties. Most dogs, though, have only one job: to be a loyal, loving companion. It can be easy to forget that dogs still share many physical characteristics with wolves, the apex predators from which they have descended, and have the capacity to seriously injure or even kill a human being.
But dog bites do happen, and in recent years, they have become more prevalent in California and across the nation. In the United States, 4.5 million dog bites occur every year. Of those bites, 855,000 require medical attention. Fifty percent of the victims of these dog bites are children. Any dog is capable of causing damage with a bite regardless of its breed.
Every year, hundreds and even thousands of consumer products are recalled due to safety concerns. These products fall under a wide variety of categories, from automotive parts and products to kitchen goods, household accessories, pet toys and products, and children's products.
It can be alarming to find out that a product you have given to your child has been recalled because it poses a potential safety hazard to its users–you always put your child's health and safety first and would never dream of giving him or her anything that could be unsafe. Before you allow this fear to drive you to get rid of everything your child owns, read the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of all consumer products recalled this year. You can find information about all of this year's recalls along with records going back to 1999 on this website.
Although it might seem like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier every year, it is officially recognized as the span from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. This is the stretch of the year when California's highways become full to capacity with parents, children, cousins, grandparents, and friends traveling through the state to be together for the holidays. These people are often tired, potentially unfamiliar with their surroundings, and could be intoxicated.
Car accidents on California highways surge during these months because of these factors. By understanding and preparing yourself for these risks, you can significantly reduce your chance or being involved in a car accident this holiday season.
In 2014, General Motors issued more than forty product recalls for various parts used in its vehicles. One notable example is the February 7th recall of more than 800,000 small cars because of concerns about their defective ignition switches, which could shut off the car's engine while it's in motion and cause life-threatening accidents. Close to 25 million vehicles in the United States have been affected by General Motors' recalls this year, part of the more than 37 million total cars affected by recalls in the United States.
With statistics like these, shopping for a car can be scary. You would never intentionally put yourself or your family in danger by buying a vehicle that's been found to be unsafe, but how can you know for sure that the car, truck, or van you're considering buying hasn't had one or more of its parts recalled due to safety concerns? Parts and products are recalled every year. If you are considering buying a used vehicle, you are going to have to put some research into your car search.