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Child Injuries

How To Keep Your Children Safe in San Diego

Children, especially babies, are naturally curious and are always exploring their world. For this reason, it is very important to child proof your home. You may be unaware of the potential death or injury traps that that scattered in your home. Everyday items, if not kept safe or used properly, could seriously hurt your children. The list is expanded due to the great outdoor weather we enjoy in San Diego and California and the natural and artificial objects our children encounter as they play outside.

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What are the top 5 ways to keep your child safe at home? Let our attorneys tell you about mistakes to avoid.

While not an exhaustive list, our firm has compiled the 5 most common ways you can prevent your child from being injured in your home. If you address these dangers, your kids will be much safer:

1. Keep all bodies of water in or around your home secure.

Kids at a young age are unable to swim, so there is always a risk of drowning if there is a large body of water in the home. It is easy for a child to slip into the body of water and drown. Large containers of water such as pools or spascan be deadly if they are not kept secure through fences or other devices, but so can small containers of water such as bathtubs and even buckets of water. A young child's head is particularly heavy compared to the rest of his body and it is difficult for them to lift their head out of a drowning danger.

2. Make sure your child ALWAYS sleeps on their back.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs when a young infant suddenly dies after they are put to sleep and there are no signs of suffering. The primary cause of SIDS is unknown, but a significant risk factor is when a child sleeps on their stomach. When a child sleeps on their stomach, the baby can smother themselves by because they are breathing their exhaled breath (C02). Babies are also less likely to roll over when they are sleeping, unlike adults. Therefore, always check on your baby while they are sleeping to make sure they are still sleeping on their backs.

3. Check the placement of your appliances and furniture.

Not only can flimsy or old appliances hurt your children (such as unused refrigerators or washing machines), but so can your current appliances. Make sure that your appliances and furniture are not placed in an area that can be easily tipped over. Televisions, coffee tables, furniture, and cabinets are common objects around the home that could be easily tipped over and could harm the child if they are unsecured. Also, keep all electric cords out of reach of children. Not only can they cause harm if your child chews on it, but they could trip over the cords or cause the appliance to tip over as well.

4. Keep the child away from cords of any kind.

Make sure you keep your child away from curtain cords or blinds because they pose a serious risk of strangulation. A great way to prevent this is to place the crib or your child's bed away from these cords, and keep the cords from hanging too low to the ground. A child playing with the cord can easily wrap the cord around your kid's neck, causing him to suffocate.

5. Check the status of your crib.

Some cribs pose serious strangulation risks with the way they are manufactured. Not only examine the crib to ensure that there are no obvious bottlenecks where your child's head may become stuck, but also make sure the crib you own hasn't been recalled for a safety violation. There have been many crib recalls lately, so make sure yours isn't one of them.

Traveling To School Safely

Teach Your Kids to Protect Themselves on Their Way to School by Following These Six Simple Rules to Avoid Being Hurt in an Injury Accident

Parents often seek the services of our personal injury law office because their child was involved in a car accident. Many of these car accidents occur during their daily commute to and from school, often while they are walking to school or walking from a school bus to the classroom. Many of these injuries can be prevented if parents teach their children how to safely travel from home to school.

Our San Diego personal injury law firm has compiled the top 6 ways for a child to safely get to school. Please share this list with your kids and make sure they understand the importance of each tip:

  1. Always use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the street. I know this sounds simple but children constantly forget, especially if they are in a rush, to cross the street at the safest point designated for them. Also, make sure your children appreciate the dangers of jaywalking and that motorists may not be expecting them at that location in the road.
  2. Make sure the bus driver can see your child when they enter and exit the bus. And always make sure your child listens to all of the bus driver's instructions, including not crossing in front or behind the bus until the bus driver permits it.
  3. Make sure your child assumes that a driver cannot see them. If your child assumes that a driver is not paying attention, they will always use caution, especially when they cross streets and intersections.
  4. Be sure they follow all signs and traffic signals. Traffic signs are all pretty self explanatory, even for children. Just make sure your child adheres to them, for their own safety.
  5. Be sure that your kids know the best route to the school or the bus stop. It might be a good idea to walk with them to the school or bus route for at least a week until they can do it on their own. Getting lost and trying to find their way, children may not pay as much attention to motorists.
  6. Make sure your child get to their bus stop early and they wait on the sidewalk. Also, tell them that they should wait until the bus makes a complete stop before approaching it.

Remember that child safety starts at home, so be sure that your kids know these important safety rules. However, our San Diego child injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group know that some accidents cannot be avoided. If your child is injured in an accident, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm at (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.

School Zone Safety Tips

A Little Lesson for the Adults – Follow These Top 7 Rules to Avoid Causing a Child Injury Accident in a School Zone

The morning and afternoon commute to and from school can be dangerous for a child pedestrian or the adult driver if either of them fail to pay attention. This will become more important when the winter rain season arrives in San Diego and Southern California. Roads will be less visible and slippery, so it will be important to take extra caution. If you are not paying attention while you are driving your car near a school zone, a child can be seriously injured and you will be held responsible for their injuries—not to mention having to live with the accompanying guilt of having injured a child.

Our San Diego child injury law firm has compiled the top 7 ways to drive safer in school zones to avoid injuring a child just trying to go to and from school. If you follow these rules, you will be far less likely to cause an accident:

  1. Be sure to follow ALL rules in indicated school zones, especially during school hours. Children often use less caution than we do and are likely to run into the street, especially in neighborhood areas. If kids are not paying attention or paying as much attention as they should, it falls on you as the adult driver to take extra precaution.
  2. Make sure to always make complete stops when you are in school zones. Rolling stops or "California stops" do not allow drivers the opportunity to fully survey the traffic near the school zone for hazards and danger. By making a complete stop, you have the opportunity to have extra time to look for small children using the intersection or crosswalk.
  3. Absolutely no cell phone use when you are in a school zone. Not only is it against the law in California, but it has been proven that drivers are less attentive when they are using cell phones while driving. If you must take an important call when you are driving in a school zone, make sure you use a hands-free Bluetooth device.
  4. Do not pass busses when their lights are flashing. Not only is it against the law in California, but you will likely find children entering and exiting the bus in this area.
  5. You should always assume that a child cannot see you while you are driving. You should think this way even if you think that a child can see you, because children are often not paying attention to their surroundings. The common expression is "children act like they are in their own little world" - which is true. They do not always pay attention when they should.
  6. Make sure you are especially careful in the morning and afternoons. These are the times when children are either coming or leaving school, so there will be a higher concentration of children in the area. If there are more children in a school zone, then there is obviously a greater chance of an injury accident occurring.
  7. Prevent road rage by arriving early. By arriving to the school early, you will be less likely to be impatient and drive aggressively. Driving in a rush leads to more accidents.

Please remember to follow these 7 rules. School zones can be an especially dangerous place if drivers are not paying attention. Not only are the penalties increased if motorists violate traffic laws in a school zone, but at-fault drivers will be held liable if a child is hurt. Remember that drivers in school zones are held to a higher standard because they are put on notice that they are driving in an area with a high concentration of children.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Having A Pool in San Diego Can Be A Great Enjoyment For Your Family, But Make Sure Your Children Are Kept Safe Around It.

Having your own personal pool in San Diego can be a luxury. It means that you can take a nice swim or cool off any time you like. However, it also means that you have to take some extra safety precautions, especially if you have kids around.

If you have a pool, make sure you have a protected entry so that your kids can't get in unless you are around. You can do this by installing a fence that is at lest four feet high around all four sides of the pool. This will keep a young child from going over, under, or through it. Also, have pool gates open out from the pool, and self-closing or self-latching locking mechanisms installed and out of the reach of children.

Children may not be developmentally ready for swim lessons until after the age of four. When infants and toddlers are in or around the water, make sure an adult is an arm's length away.

The Most Important Rule

Never leave a child alone in or near a pool, not even for a moment. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and you always need to keep your guard up. In cases like this, it is good to keep rescue equipment nearby. This can be a shepherd's hook, long pole with a hook on the end, or a life preserver. Also, have a portable telephone close. "Floaties" are NOT substitutes for life vests and they have the disadvantage of giving children a false sense of security, so avoid them.

During the summer, both the pool and the waterways tend to get congested. Keep yourself and your family are safe by the pool this summer by following these simple tips.

Contact Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020

These are some of the most common ways you can prevent accidents from occurring in your home. The personal injury lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group recognize that there are several household hazards that could be harmful to your child. We are very experienced in child injury and products liability matters, and we would be happy to give you and your family a free consultation.

Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.

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