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Do All Dog Bites Require a Visit to a Doctor?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

There are varying degrees of dog bites that a dog bite attorney in Los Angeles sees. Across the country, there are approximately 1.4 million people who suffer from dog bites every year. Out of these, approximately 800,000 people will require emergency room treatment. Many dog bites result in nothing more than scratches that don't require medical help. In these cases, a doctor may not be necessary.

Broadly however, if your condition falls under the following categories, you might need to see the physician:

  • The wound is deep or gaping.
  • The bite is on the face, hand or head.
  • If you suffer from diabetes, you may need to see a doctor after a dog bite.
  • Also see a doctor if you suffer from AIDS or liver or lung disorders. These conditions could affect your immune system which means that the capacity to fight off infections could be diminished.
  • If you have just recovered from a major illness, you may also suffer from a weakened immune system, in which case it's best to take a course of antibiotics pending your doctor's advice.
  • In the case of children or senior citizens, it's probably a good idea to visit a doctor to rule out any health issues after a bite.
  • Consult your doctor immediately, or visit a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible if you develop signs of an infection. These include redness in the area, fever, tenderness, and chills.
  • If you notice pus oozing from the wound, visit the doctor.
  • If you can't get the bleeding to stop even after 15 minutes, it may be time to visit the emergency room.
  • If the affected area feels numb, you might require medical attention.
  • People who have recently had tetanus shots may not require another shot after a bite. However, if you had your last tetanus shot more than five years ago, it may be time for a new one.
  • If you have been bitten by a stray dog or an unknown dog, seek medical advice.
  • If there's reason to believe that there has been nerve injury or nerve damage as a result of the bite, contact your doctor.

USA Swimming Releases List of Individuals Banned for Sex Abuse

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

USA Swimming has just released a list of 36 people who have been banned from for life from the organization, because of their involvement in sexual abuse of swimmers under their care. A sexual abuse attorney will find some very prominent names on the list. The most prominent of these is Everett Uchiyama , who was the head of the national swimming team between 2002 and 2004.

The list released by USA Swimming, contains a total of 46 names. Out of these, 36 have been banned because of their involvement in sexual abuse of athletes. The suspension on the list is Darek Hahn, who was suspended from USA Swimming on December 5, 1991 for unspecified reasons. The most recent suspension is Jason Michael Lear, who was suspended on January 15, 2010 for unspecified reasons, as well as sexual misconduct and abuse of athletes.

According to USA Swimming, the release of the list is one more step taken to protect its athletes from sexual abuse. In April this year, the organization also unveiled new plans to protect athletes. These included a seven-point plan that would contain safeguards to protect athletes from abuse.

Sexual abuse attorneys

have been calling for the publication of a list like this for a while now. Considering the depth of the sexual abuse scandal at the country's premier swimming organization, it has become important that the organization come clean about the number of its members that have been involved in such abuse scandals.

The entire scandal broke when the ABC show 20/20 carries a report on the extent of sexual abuse of swimmers within USA Swimming. Just as clergyman before them, several swim coaches were found to have preyed on the young wards in their care, molesting and abusing them for a number of years.

Lawmakers, Parents Protest CPSC Interpretation of Pool Safety Law

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Outraged at the manner in which the Consumer Product Safety Commission has chosen to narrowly interpret a pool and spa safety act, lawmakers have written letters of protest to federal commissioners.

The four lawmakers, Democratic Representatives James Hines and John Larson of Connecticut, Debbie Wasserman Shultz of Florida and Republican Frank Wolf of Virginia have written a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In the letters, the lawmakers expressed their sore disappointment that the agency has chosen to interpret the Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act differently than lawmakers intended. In March, the agency chose to interpret the law to no longer require backup anti-entrapment devices in more than 150,000 public pools across the country.

It was a decision that didn't go down well with proponents of the legislation, who include the mother of the little girl after whom the law is named. Seven-year-old Virginia Baker died when she was entrapped by the drain in a hot tub. Her mother Nancy Baker, is outraged that the federal commissioners who voted to reinterpret the law believe that the problem is rare and minor. According to Baker, the problem might be rare and minor, but it is still an entirely preventable problem. It is the worst possible way a child could die, sucked down by hundreds of pounds of suction force, and unable to extricate himself. In incidents where children have been sucked down by suction pumps, even four adult men have not been able to extricate a child from the pressure. Baker is calling on the CPSC commissioners to change their votes.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 1998 and 2008, there were 11 deaths and 69 injuries from accidents involving suction entrapment. However, class action attorneys believe the actual number of such deaths and injuries may be higher, because police records are not required to mention the exact manner in which the child drowned.

Summer Driving - Distracted Drivers, Teen Drivers, and Some Statistics

Sunday, June 13, 2010

As summer has arrived, a few things to consider about driver safety – especially some statistics about teen drivers, who may be on the road even more since school my not be occupying as much time as during other parts of the year.

A study conducted by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Co. reports that teens are four times more likely to die in a car accident than adults.

A few other notes:

  •  75% of teens see friends/peers driving while fatigued
  •  90% see passenger behavior that is distracting to drivers
  •  20% of 11th graders report being in a crash as a driver in the last year

There are a few more stats that are interesting and you can find them at , but one of the most interest stats comes form the American Academy of Pediatrics - “In their first year of being on the road, teen are almost 10 times more likely to be in a crash”.

As our roadss get more congested, and people are more distracted, we can expect more car crashes and injuries. With regard to teen drivers, in suburbs and areas outside of downtown centers, such as the car accident prone San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, accident rates can significant increase.

Notably, many new laws have been enacted to help teenage drivers learn better driving habits. 

San Bernardino County to Launch Major Crackdown against Pit Bull Owners

Friday, June 11, 2010

Acting in response to a number of recent fatal and nonfatal incidents involving pit bull breeds, San Bernardino County is proposing a spay-or-neuter ordinance for all pit bull and pit bull mix dogs in the county.

The proposed ordinance is expected to go before the Board of Supervisors later this month. The ordinance would require all owners of pit bulls aged over four months to get their dogs spayed and neutered. Dog owners who violate these rules will be fined up to $100. The ordinance will also require owners of pit bulls used for breeding and held in a licensed dog kennel, to be licensed.

These proposed measures come in response to the death of two-year-old Nathan Aguire last month. Nathan was playing in his yard when he was attacked by the family’s pit bulls. He was rushed to the hospital, but died of his injuries the next day. San Bernardino City Animal Control seized the two dogs and euthanized them.

Nathan’s unfortunate death was not the first fatal incident involving a pit bull in the county this year. In January, a 3-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in an attack involving his family’s pit bull at their home in Apple Valley. Firefighters and deputies rushed to the scene and had to shoot the dog when it became aggressive towards them. This boy also suffered serious injuries and died later that day.

Then on April 2nd, five pit bull mix breeds escaped from the owner's backyard and attacked a family that was walking on the road. Three young children who were walking with their mother were injured. A six-year-old boy suffered serious dog bite wounds and received more than 238 stitches to his leg. A five-year-old child suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs. A seven-year-old girl suffered serious bite wounds to the legs and also had to receive 18 stitches.

The ordinance is also meant to address the growing stray pit bull problem in San Bernardino. There are far too many owners of pit bulls who buy these breeds as some kind of macho status symbol, and then, finding that these are expensive to rear, simply discard them. To a dog bite attorney in Los Angeles, it seems like this problem is the creation of irresponsible dog owners, and it’s both victims and animals that suffer.

Maytag Recalls Dishwashers for Fire Hazard

Tuesday, June 08, 2010
To the long list of products that sizzle, spark and ultimately burst into flames in your home, you can now add another one. Maytag Corp. has announced a massive recall of more than 1.7 million dishwashers because of potential fire hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of dishwashers sold from February 2006 through April 2010.

According to the CPSC, the company has received at least 12 confirmed reports of dishwasher heating element fires. The fires have resulted in extensive property damage, including one massive kitchen fire. The recall includes select Maytag, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Amana, Magic Chef, Crosley and Performa brands, all manufactured by Maytag Corporation.

The dishwashers included in the recall were manufactured in shades of black, bisque, silver, white and stainless steel. If you own a Maytag dishwasher, and want to know if your dishwasher is included in the recall, you can check up on the company website. The CPSC website also has the serial numbers of the models included in the recall. The numbers are printed on labels inside the tub. Consumers have been given two options-they can either choose to have their appliance repaired, or if they don't want to wait for the repairman, can simply choose discounts towards the purchase of a new dishwasher.

For long now, Maytag has prided itself on the high quality of its products and reputation for reliability. In fact, the Maytag repairman, who is likely to be popping into thousands of American households over the next couple of weeks, has been the symbol of the company's commitment to quality. Older ads for the company have featured a Maytag repairman with nothing to do.

As soon as the CPSC announced the recall, consumers were bombarding Google for information on the recall. In fact, the phrase “Maytag dishwasher recall” quickly became the most searched for phrase on Google. Obviously, this recall will have hundreds of thousands of consumers and California class action lawyers very concerned.

McDonald's Announces Recall of 12 Million Shrek Drinking Glasses Due to High Cadmium Levels

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Here’s one collectible toy that California product liability lawyers would not want your child to have. The CPSC this week announced a recall of more than 12 million “Shrek Forever After” collectible drinking glasses because the glasses contain cadmium.

The product, “Shrek Forever After” drinking glasses are currently being sold at McDonald's restaurants around the country. These have been sold since May of 2010 for about two dollars each. They are 16-ounce glasses that come in one of four designs - Shrek, Fiona, Puss-in-Boots and Donkey.

According to the agency, the designs contain high levels of cadmium. According to McDonald’s, about 7 million of the drinking classes have been sold already. The glasses were part of a nationwide marketing effort, and were sold as part of the “Shrek Forever After” themed Happy Meal at McDonald’s. The presence of cadmium in the designs came to light after the glasses were examined by a third-party independent testing lab that was accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that is typically found in combination with other elements, like oxygen or sulfur. Cadmium exposure can cause serious injuries in children. Cadmium and compounds of cadmium are confirmed carcinogens. Exposure to cadmium can lead to the development of kidney and lung problems and bone damage. In children, exposure to cadmium can lead to the same kind of health disorders. Studies conducted on animals have shown that younger animals may be at a higher risk of loss of bone density and diminished bone strength from cadmium exposure than adult animals.

It's not yet confirmed if cadmium exposure can cause birth defects, but there are studies that are probing these effects too. There has also been enough evidence from animal studies to show that high fetal exposure to cadmium, can lead to musculoskeletal disorders in an infant.

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