How to Know if You Are the Victim of Defamation of Character
Social media has made it easier than ever to make and immediately publish a defamatory statement that will reach thousands of people. If one of these statements is disparaging to a person’s reputation, a lawsuit for defamation of character may soon follow.
Defamation is an inclusive term covering any statement that hurts a person’s reputation. The two forms of defamation are libel and slander. Libel is defamation in a published writing. Slander is a published, spoken statement of defamation, i.e., hurtful statements via radio or television. Neither are criminal acts, but rather civil wrongs or torts, which require a lawsuit against the person making the defamatory statement.
Child Choking Hazards Are Everywhere in Your Home
Age-appropriate toys are a vital part of every little one’s growth and learning process. While children at play appear to just be having fun, the use of toys helps them develop important motor, reasoning, and creative skills. Unfortunately, inappropriate use of toys can lead to injury or death, most often in the form of choking on small parts. While it’s possible for a child to choke on just about anything, especially bite-sized foods, the vast majority of child choking hazards for children under the age of 3 come in the form of small parts of toys.
Choking hazards can come in very obvious forms, but you may be surprised to find that other unexpected hazards may be present in your home. A balloon, for example, can easily be inhaled if a child is attempting to blow it up and the material can block the child’s airway. Another surprising hazard is the filling in so-called “bean bag” furniture and toys, which are common in a child’s room or play area. Children are naturally curious about what’s inside, and a small rip or leak may lead to the discovery and inhalation of the foam pellets that make up the filling. Other hidden dangers include forgotten toys that are left on the floor, stuffed under a couch cushion, as well as batteries and magnets.
Avoiding Amusement Park Accidents Requires a Little Knowledge and Common Sense
Every spring amusement parks open again, much to the joy and excitement of families everywhere. The amusement park has a long and fascinating history of ingenuity and safety issues. As rides have become more innovative and thrilling, more safety features have been installed. Hydraulic lap and shoulder bars and routine maintenance checks are now standard. Today, all accidents and safety violations are reported to regulatory agencies and the park is fined or sanctioned. Unfortunately, carelessness and cost-cutting measures have occasionally led to injuries and deaths on rides, and some responsibility for avoiding amusement park accidents is still on the shoulders of participants and parents.
Between permanent amusement parks, boardwalk roller coasters, and traveling carnivals, there are plenty of places for families to have a lot of warm-weather fun for hours on end. For the most part, these rides and attractions are safely maintained and quality-checked and tested regularly to ensure that riders are not injured, or worse, killed.
Vigilant Parents Are the Best Defense Against a Defective Child Car Seat
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), auto accidents are the most common cause of death for children under the age of 13. One of the best ways to protect child passengers is by using a correctly installed, age appropriate child car seat. In fact, all 50 states require the use of child passenger safety restraints for infants and children up to the age of 3 according to specific criteria. Older children, upon reaching state-specific age, height and weight requirements, may move up to booster seats. New laws regarding child safety seats went into effect in California in January 2012. A useful FAQ can be found on the California Highway Patrol website.
Unfortunately, numerous child safety seat options, and the shifting requirements as children grow, can cause many parents and caregivers to make mistakes with respect to the proper use and installation of car seats. One common mistake is installing used or secondhand car seats without knowing much about their history. These seats are often missing parts or instruction manuals vital to proper installation. Additionally, unseen damage from a previous auto accident can compromise the seat’s ability to safeguard your child.
Warnings of a Serious Upswing in Bounce House Injuries
Every spring and summer you see them poking up over the edge of the fence in someone’s backyard, and you know there’s probably a birthday party going on. Some lucky little one is having a party with a bounce house. Or maybe it’s a carnival or a fair, and children are bouncing around in their sock feet having a great time. It’s no secret that they’re a lot of fun, but like a lot of things that are really fun, there is also an element of risk and bounce house injuries in particular are rising dramatically.
It’s important to be very careful with any kind of playground equipment, and bounce houses are no exception. Injuries range from arm and leg fractures to more serious head and neck trauma, and according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics overall injuries increased 15-fold between 1995 and 2010. These sometimes lead to hospitalization or, worse, paralysis or death. While it’s unrealistic and alarmist to call for a ban on bounce houses, caution must be exercised when operating or allowing your kids to play in one.
Rise in Prescription Drug Use Means Increased Danger to Children and Teens
Prescription drugs are vital to curing and controlling disease and other medical conditions when used properly by those for whom they have been prescribed. When a doctor prescribes a drug, he or she is giving it to a specific person for a particular condition and with the knowledge of other medications being taken by that person. Instructions are given as to how much to take, what to avoid while taking the medication and with warnings about potential side-effects.
On the other hand, if someone other than the intended patient takes these drugs it can be dangerous. Dosage is calculated for one person and may cause an overdose or poisoning in another. Interactions with other medications or environmental factors can cause harmful outcomes. It is also illegal to take a drug without a prescription. Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an upward trend in prescription drug abuse with almost one-third of those over the age of 12 stating their first non-medicinal drug use began with prescription drugs.
Trampoline Safety – What You Need to Know to Avoid Trampoline Accidents
Trampolines may at first glance seem to be a great way for children to get exercise while having fun in the backyard. While acknowledging the acceptable use of trampolines in athletic training, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement questions trampoline safety and warns against the use of trampolines as a recreational activity.
Many are disregarding this statement by the AAP and sales of trampolines have remained strong, together with the injuries their use brings about. The latest data available from 2009 shows 98,000 injuries, resulting in 3,100 hospitalizations related to trampoline use. The majority (75%) of injuries are sustained with multiple people on the trampoline, with children under the age of 5 at the greatest risk of injury. Adults are also injured on trampolines, as New York Yankees baseball pitcher Joba Chamberlain showed in 2012 with a dislocated ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son.
Buying Drugs on the Web – The Dangers of Online Pharmacies
Purchasing prescription drugs online is often a cheap and easy alternative to making trips to the pharmacy. What many people may not know is that, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), 97% of pharmacy websites do not follow standard pharmacy laws and practice standards. The dangers of online pharmacies have been a matter of concern to the FDA and other U.S. Government agencies since their inception several years ago.
Compared to the ease of obtaining prescription drugs online it is often quite difficult to determine the source of these drugs. Rogue sites often sell drugs not approved by the FDA and/or without any medical oversight, drugs containing the wrong active ingredient, or sometimes none at all, or drugs containing dangerous ingredients, such as arsenic or rat poison. For example, the FDA obtained and analyzed several drugs claiming to be Tamiflu (oseltamivir). One order of unlabeled, white tablets arrived with a postmark from India and contained talc and acetaminophen, without any trace of the active ingredient oseltamivir.
Robert Mandell Invited to Join the American Board of Trial Advocates
All of us at the Mandell Law Firm are proud to announce another honor for our lead litigator, Robert Mandell. He has been invited to join an elite roster of attorneys as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA’s membership represents a “Who’s Who” of trial lawyers in the U.S. and is by invitation only. ABOTA candidates are selected based on an attorney’s high personal and professional character, upright reputation and successful trial record, and Rob certainly fits all those criteria.
ABOTA has been in existence since 1958 and is one of the most respected trial lawyer groups in the nation. Its members are dedicated to the preservation and support of the constitutional right to a civil jury trial provided by the 7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA members are charged with the responsibility for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession.
Child Pedestrian Safety – Protecting Your Children
Thousands of children are injured as pedestrians in traffic accidents each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show that in 2010, of the children killed in traffic accidents between the ages of 5 and 9, nearly 1/5 were pedestrians. Those under the age of 15 accounted for 23% of pedestrian injuries in traffic accidents. Most accidents occur near the child’s home or on neighborhood streets between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Not surprisingly, pedestrian safety for children has become a topic of renewed study.
Parents and caregivers may be most familiar with their children’s abilities, but commonly overestimate their walking skills. Such confidence can often lead to dangerous situations that could easily be avoided. In order to help children become safe pedestrians, it is important for adults to understand how children view the world, as well how their abilities to exercise reason change over time. Young children are not developmentally able to navigate traffic safely for several reasons: