Many materials contain carbon including gasoline, propane, coal, kerosene, and wood. When these materials burn they release Carbon monoxide in a gas. When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen that is in the blood; it also keeps oxygen from flowing to vital organs such as the brain and heart, among others.
Manufacturers across industries use and produce chemicals that can be harmful to humans – especially children – if ingested or used improperly in any way. Toxic exposure to paint, varnish and paint thinner by a child occurs when the victim comes into contact with dangerous chemicals and is injured. Studies show that more than 75,000 chemicals are presently registered with the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only a fraction of these thousands of chemicals have undergone appropriate testing to assess whether or not they pose any medical risk to human health.
Exposure to lead can occur in numerous ways including, lead paint poisoning. Generally this occurs when a child ingests leaded paint chips or breathes in air or dust contaminated with lead. Lead poisoning causes nausea, anemia and stomach aches – but these symptoms are often only displayed when very high levels of lead are present. For this reason, it is essential that all children be tested for lead poisoning.
According to the American Burn Association, chemical burns account for three percent of all burn center admissions. The biggest risk factor is a child’s easy access to these chemicals in the home. Children can swallow toxic substances, like drain cleaner or laundry detergent, or spill bleach on their skin. Chemical burns which occur in the eyes or to the mouth require immediate medical attention. In some instances exposure to certain chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid, may not cause immediate pain to your child. A slow, deep pain develops with hydrofluoric acid.
If your child is the victim of fertilizer and pesticides poisoning, your family may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries suffered. If the injury is the result of another’s negligence, you have the right to go after them in court and make the party be held responsible. The knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan can help make your family whole again, whether the accident was a result of child fertilizer and pesticide poisoning or any other type of injury.
An article published by the Scientific American reports that rat and mouse poison endangers as many as 10,000 children every year in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), according to the article, has known for decades that access to these super-toxic poisons is too easy for children.
Statistics show that 79 percent of all victims who receive medical treatment for poisoning are children; most of these children are under the age of five. Generally, many of these dangerous and sometimes deadly accidents could have been avoided if proper child supervision – as well as correct warning labels – were in place at the time of the incident.
Poisoning accidents lead to serious physical injury that may result in temporary and/or permanent disabilities. In the worst of cases, these accidents lead to a tragic death. Poisoning occurs when a company improperly mishandles a product or – in the case of child antifreeze and windshield washer fluid poisoning – if dangerous chemicals are improperly marked and then consumed by children. This may also occur if the poisonous substances are not properly managed or stored by a business or property owner.
According to a report issued by Safe Kids Worldwide, nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Nearly every minute of every day, there is a poison control center in the U.S. receiving a call about a child who ingested prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Every day, children are burned by hot water or food. These incidents send young children to the emergency room on a regular basis. The biggest culprits are typically hot foods—sometimes still on the stove—as well as hot bath water and spilled drinks, such as hot coffee. Children can suffer from first, second, or third degree burns as a result of coming into contact with hot foods and liquids.
Today, burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury for young children. These burns can require hospitalization and can involve years of treatments and even permanent disfigurement, depending upon their severity. In addition, depending upon the severity and location of the burn, they can also, in the worst circumstances, lead to death.
Consumer products should be entertaining and educating but should adhere to reasonable product safety standards. Child caretakers and supervisors must operate within the professionally developed and prudent guidelines, standards and laws that allow for an environment that will both protect the child and allow him or her to experience life and continue to grow and develop.
When a parent leaves a child at a daycare facility they expect their child will be kept safe. Because of their young age, many children in daycare require constant and individual attention on a regular basis. Studies have found that thousands of young children suffer from a daycare injury each year in the United States.
Daycares must maintain, or have access to, an outdoor play area of at least 75 square feet per child who is outside at any one time. The use zones under and around swings, slides, and climbing structures must be covered with an adequate depth of an impact absorbing material, in accordance with EEC policy. Pea gravel and wood chip nuggets must not be used in areas used by infants and toddlers.
Day care sexual abuse cases can be complicated, posing unique challenges to the families of victims – known as the plaintiffs – seeking justice from our court system. Generally, day care sexual abuse cases involve multiple victims and may also include the use of threats to prevent disclosure of the abuse. Even if threats are not present in the case, young children who attend day care are either reluctant to talk about what happened because of guilt, shame or fear. Often times these children do not understand that what happened was wrong. A day care can be held liable on a number of negligence theories, depending on the facts of the case.
Most parents assume that the caregiver they entrust with their child’s safety and well-being will properly care for their child. Unfortunately, accidents happen when negligent child caregivers fail to properly supervise children. Although this negligence can not be undone, a grieving parent may be able to the hold the negligent party responsible.
If day care physical abuse occurs, it is not always easily recognizable. Some signs of day care physical abuse include, but is not limited to: torn clothing, skin discoloration, unexplained and unusual broken bones, a pattern of similar injuries that occur over a prolonged period of time, and unexplained bruises, cuts, bites, burns or welts.
Pit bulls are a group of dogs that include a mixture of any of the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Bully, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and the America Bulldog. These breeds of dogs are inherently aggressive when provoked and so they were cross bred to develop the best fighting dogs. Pitt bulls were created when bulldogs and terriers were bred together several hundred years ago. Breeders sought to combine the strength of the bulldog with the speed, agility and assertiveness of the terrier.
Their large size, along with their protective instinct, their difficulties interacting with other dogs, and their strong will and independent and stubborn nature combine to make Akitas a dangerous breed of dog. Insurance companies have grouped Akitas in with other dangerous dogs and they have been the subject of breed-specific legislation in other states. They are popular dogs throughout the United States despite the fact that they are the third most likely breed of dog to bite someone unprovoked.
Chow Chows originate from China and are thought to be one of the oldest recognized breeds of dog. They were breed for many purposes including herding, hunting, pulling supplies and guarding. They have a thick coat that resembles a lions mane. They have a sturdy stout build and can weigh upwards of 70 pounds. Chow Chows are pets in many homes however, most insurance companies list them among the high-risk dog breeds because of their over-protective nature aggressive tendencies towards strangers.
Boxers are medium size dogs and can weigh up to 71 pounds. Boxers were bred in Germany using the Old English Bulldog. They were used for dog fighting and big game hunting where they were called to chase and bring down bison and boars. High energy levels and an inherent desire to hunt make this breed dangerous to children.
Doberman dogs are medium-large breed canines originally bred for companionship and to serve as guard dogs. They are intelligent, fast and powerful, and because of their loyalty can be very territorial or protective of their owners. Although Dobermans may not attack as often as some other breeds, they were bred to have an elongated snout that gives them a very strong bite so even a single bite can cause tremendous harm to either a child or an adult.
The word Husky is used to describe many northern breeds and snow breed dogs. The following are a few of the types of Huskies: Siberian Husky, Alaskan Husky, Norwegian Husky and the Greenland Husky. Huskies have great intelligence and physical endurance. They are sled dogs and can run for hundreds of miles. They are famous for competing in the 1,000 mile dog sled race called the Iditarod which takes place in Alaska interior wilderness. These dogs can be restless and aggressive if their owners are not getting them enough exercise.
German Shepherds are large dogs. They were originally bred to be sheep herding dogs and quickly became a favorite for families due to their protective instinct. German Shepherds engage in two forms of biting that usually involve children. The first is the guiding nip and the second is the grab-and-drag. These dogs will bite children using the grab-and-drag bite in order to pull a child out of harms way. Children will sometimes misread this protective instinct and will panic and pull away which can increase injury. If these dogs bite to defend territory or the home or yard they usually will first bark and or growl in order to get the perceived threat to retreat.