Have you or someone you love fallen victim to an accident in Orange County? Did the accident lead to injuries that have resulted in medical bills or the loss of the ability to work? We certainly hope not, but in case this has happened and the accident is the result of someone else’s negligence, then you deserve just and fair compensation for the losses that you or your loved one have incurred. You may think that you can handle such a situation on your own, but in almost all cases you’ll be better off hiring the services of an Orange County personal injury attorney. In many instances, you may have already been contacted by the insurance company representing the person or entity who was responsible for the accident. They may have offered you an amount of money to compensate for your losses, an amount that you may be tempted to… Continue Reading
Family members seeking information about a loved one’s brain injury might discover that hard facts are surprisingly difficult to find. Hospitals can offer a degree of knowledge, as can certain foundations and nonprofits, but by and large much practical information about brain injuries literally remains in the dark. A new database from the National Institutes of Health, called the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research Database (FITBIR), hopes to slowly change that. In response to growing interest about traumatic brain injuries (particularly those suffered by American Service People), the NIH will be rolling out the database over the next four years. “Uniform data makes it much easier to compare intervention results across a broad range of studies, providing innovative and unique insights that are not possibly from a single study,” said Dr. Matthew McAuliffe, co-director of the FITBIR database. “This is part of a larger effort by the government to… Continue Reading
Adoption and foster care arrangements can be terrific alternative for children with troubled backgrounds. After all, children living in these type of arrangements may be blessed with a loving family. If you are looking for insights one these family situations, you’ve come to the right place. 1)Thin Q Fitness http://www.thinqfitness.com/blog.asp?z1060Brn4=al8rzor4-FDED Fitness regimens that are on video that has something for everyone’s fitness ability level. Contact Fiona Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) Adoption Blogs http://www.adoptionblogs.com This is a blog about parents of adopted children and what they go through parenting a child who is not biologically theirs. Stories include meeting birth parents, holidays, families and much more. 3) Adoptions Together Birth Parent Blog http://www.birthparentblog.com Detailed accounts are discussed from people who are considering putting their children up for adoption. The process of emotions the birth parents can go through are described in detail. 4) Never a Dull Moment http://fletcherclan.blogspot.com Claudia, author, chronicles… Continue Reading
Sure, Child Safety has become one of the more over-used terms out there. After all, is there really anyone out there who’s against child safety? Though our world is seemingly always making headway with respect to improvements in almost every area of our lives, child safety must remain front-and-center in order to make strides with many of the important issues facing children of all ages. Below are some Child Safety sites that I’ve found useful and worth a look. 1) Child Safety Blog http://www.childsafetyblog.org/ Every parent and caregiver should take a look at this informative blog which deals from household pointers to improve safety to helping your kids stay healthy with proper nutrition. 2) Expecting the Unknown http://lolalucy09.blogspot.com/ Joan, the author, talks of all aspects of life and her experience with being pregnant with her first child. 3) My Precious Kid http://www.mypreciouskid.com/blog/about-2 Kay Green, author, talks about child safety… Continue Reading
In the days following a personal injury accident, many injured people receive an outpouring of calls and messages from friends, family and…. insurance adjusters. While it may be easy to give the insurance adjuster a return call while in the call returning mode, the fact remains that insurance adjusters are not your friends. From a personal perspective, insurance adjusters and the investigators they commonly associate with may be good, fine people. However, as soon as a car accident, fall, or any other type of personal injury occurs, their interest is directly opposed to yours. Truth be told, the insurance companies for responsible parties have a job to do in terms of defending their insured’s rights. What many injured people fail to appreciate is that by taking an oral or written statement from you, they are actually in the process of assembling a case against you! That’s right, the… Continue Reading
As I can attest, raising even a healthy child can be one of life’s bigger challenges. However, when children face additional hurdles such as birth defects and other disabilities, life may appear daunting for the entire family. I’ve had the pleasure of working with families facing many of these hurdles and truly have come to admire their perseverance— ah, and patience. Many of these are sites that have been recommended by clients over the years. I hope you find them helpful. 1) Sherlene’s Blog http://sherlene51sh.blogspot.com/2010/11/families-fight-to-care-for-disabled.html Sherlene brings to light social action issues which effect the world on a daily basis including how to raise a child with special needs. 2) Adventures in Raising a Disabled Child http://raisingadisabledchild.blogspot.com/ Melanie and Nate, parents of Whitney (a child with 1p36 Deletion Syndrome), discuss their daily trials and tribulations of raising a child with a disability. 3) Baby Developmental Blog http://www.babydevelopmentblog.com/ This blog… Continue Reading
As a parent, I really cringe when I hear about a child being abused by anyone. Unfortunately, children remain prime targets for physical, mental and sexual abuse perpetrated in diverse settings. In order for us to help child abuse victims, we first must acknowledge its existence and then begin to understand how and where it occurs. 1) ChildHelp http://www.childhelp.org This non-profit helps victims of child abuse and neglect. It is an international agency which fosters children to work through their abuse and neglect. 2) Child Abuse Effects http://www.child-abuse-effects.com/child-abuse-effects-blog.html Written by Darlene Barriere, a child abuse survivor, she keeps up to date with new child abuse stories, tales of recovery and articles on child abuse. 3) Child Abuse Survivor http://www.childabusesurvivor.net/wordpress/ A blog written by a male survivor of child abuse. He blogs about what it is like to live as a survivor in his adult life and the challenges he faces…. Continue Reading
Happy 4th of July! I wish children— of all ages– a happy and safe fourth. While novelties like fireworks can be fun and festive, be sure to keep them away from your kids!
Shortly after our sister blog, Nursing Homes Abuse Blog, was featured on Tom Mighell’s Inter Alia blog, I am pleased to announce that he was kind enough to mention Child Injury Laws several days later. For years, Inter Alia has been a recognized authority in the area of legal blogs and a mention from them certainly means a lot to me.
One of the cooler organizations that I’ve come across in a while is the Fresh Air Fund. Started in 1877, the Fresh Air Fund brings children from New York to live with suburban families across the Northeast. The program enables predominately inner-city children to experience many of the simple warm weather joys that we take for-granted. This year, the fund is in desperate need of 1200 host families to provide hosting for children in the program. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you are interested in becoming a host or wish to get involved with this group, I strongly suggest contacting them today to see how you can help this important cause. PLAINSTONE.COM
Is there a more difficult job than being a parent? Of course, the rewards are unimaginable, but as parent we are faced with situations that we never anticipate facing. Here are some useful websites I have accumulated to help when these situations arise– and others just for fun. PARENTING 1) family-health-and-nutrition.com http://www.family-health-and-nutrition.com/family-nutrition-blog.html The kids nutrition blog share helpful news and ideas on health and nutrition for the family focusing on childrens healthy eating. 2) What’s cooking with kids http://whatscookingwithkids.com Michelle Stern runs the company that teaches and offers healthy and seasonal, fresh cooking classes to kids in the San Fransisco Bay area. 3) My Family Exercise.com http://www.myfamilyexercise.com/kids-exercise Jeff Wise, author of the blog, loves teaching kids the importance of health, fitness and proper eating. Contact Jeff Wise at email@example.com. 4) Circle of Moms http://circleofmoms.com/?trk=header_logo This blog allows moms from all over to connect and address issues facing motherhood today. 5)… Continue Reading
My wife, Lisa, was kind enough to tear out an article from our local newspaper, The Glencoe News, that details how a dad’s frustration resulted in the development of a bike specifically developed for children with special needs. After unsuccessful attempts to teach his autistic son how to ride a bike, Steven Cohen, was determined that practice wasn’t necessarily the answer when it can to teaching his son how to ride a bike. Instead, Steve stripped off the pesky pedals and chains effectively turning ordinary bikes into sort of a seated-scooter that allows the children to simulate much of the bike riding experience after they use their legs to gain momentum. Hopefully, other children who share similar difficulties will soon be able to experience the physical and emotional benefits of bike riding as Steven has plans to expand the development of his creation, known as JoRide, to other special needs… Continue Reading
A recent New York Supreme Court decision will allow a personal injury lawsuit initiated by the estate of elderly woman, who sustained injuries prior to her death, to proceed against a four-year-old allegedly responsible for causing the injuries. The case stems from an incident that took place in 2009 on a Manhattan sidewalk when two four-year-olds were riding their tricycles with their mothers and accidentally rode into an 87-year-old woman who was walking on the sidewalk. When the four-year-old struck the elderly woman, she fell to the ground and fractured her hip requiring surgery. Three months after sustaining her injuries, the woman died from unrelated causes. After the elderly woman’s estate filed a lawsuit against the four-year-old and their mother’s, a lawyer for one of the toddlers filed a motion to dismiss the case against the youngster based on the fact that she was incapable of negligence based on her… Continue Reading
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is proud to unveil one of the most comprehensive personal injury websites around! With a super smooth page layout, you can quickly navigate amongst the most cutting edge developments in the ever-changing world of personal injury law. Though I pride myself on representing some of the most vulnerable people– children and the elderly in nursing homes, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is stacked with the resources you need from one of the most trusted personal injury law firms around. Echoing many of the same topics on our Child Injury Blog, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers the child injury portion of our site focuses on: All terrain vehicles / ATV injuries Amusement park / carnival ride injuries Day care injuries Dog bite attacks Foster care abuse Lead poisoning Product injury and liability Sexual abuse Trampoline injuries Regular visits to Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers also will allow you to stay up-to-date with firm news as well as… Continue Reading
Years ago, the treatment options for children with cerebral palsy were incredibly limited. Today, there is an increased understanding of the condition and the specific treatment needed to provide the most significant impact for children with CP. The Center for Independence through Collective Education is part of a new generation of treatment facilities specifically geared towards helping children with cerebral palsy. Children at the center receive various types of therapies to help them live as normal a life as possible. Currently, the Northern Illinois facility serves 12 children living the the Chicagoland area with hopes of growing to accommodate a significant void for children with similar disabilities who don’t currently have access to specialized treatment. Utilizing conductive education, a program developed by Hungarian researchers in the 1940′s, the program focuses on using techniques to re-train the brains of children. The Center utilizes the expertise of: physical therapists, occupational therapists… Continue Reading
Looking for more information about child-related injuries? Want to connect with like-minded child advocates? Have an issue that you want some feedback on? Just want some support during a difficult situation? I invite you to check out our re-designed Child Injury Laws Facebook page and join the group! As our group grows, I look forward to discussion and insights from both parents and professionals on important topics related to child safety and advocacy. By becoming a fan, you not only show your support that you support the legal rights of injured children, but you also become eligible to win prizes in contests and drawings in 2011!
The Child Injury Law Blog wishes all readers and their families the best in health and happiness in 2011. As we close the books on 2010, I want to thank our readers for the feedback they have provided me with this new project. Through the Child Injury Law Blog, we have received many inquiries from parents interested in seeking information regarding a child who may have been harmed due to the conduct of another person or company. As a parent, I am grateful for the confidence clients have put in me be allowing them to represent their child in an injury case and am committed to seeing that their case gets the attention required to achieve the best possible outcome for their situation. I look forward to continuing the child safety dialog in 2011 as we continue to discuss important legal developments impacting children in the following areas: Cerebral… Continue Reading
Maybe I’m just drawn to the underdogs— the people who are least equipped to stand-up for themselves? Or perhaps I feel like both the young and old, deserve a voice to stand-up for them in situations where they have been harmed due to the carelessness or negligence of another. For the majority of my legal career, I have been drawn towards the representation of these vulnerable groups in all types of personal injury and medical malpractice cases. I firmly believe that these groups remain the most susceptible members of our society and deserve a strong and caring voice. Over the past several months, I have really enjoyed much of the child-related discussion with readers of my Child Injury Law Blog. However, for the time being, I want to shift attention towards the folks living at the other end of the aging spectrum—our seniors. Today, many seniors find themselves living in… Continue Reading
As we head towards the cool fall weather, it is important to remember to have your furnace checked by certified hvac personnel. Faulty furnaces, boilers and other types of heaters can be responsible for creation of unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is a nearly inperceptable gas (no color, taste or scent) that can rapidly accumulate in a home or apartment setting. When carbon monoxide levels reach a level of 150 to 200 parts per million, serious injuries– and even death may result. Just recently, I read a news report regarding three residents in a Chicagoland suburb who were hospitalized due to the accumulation of carbon monoxide in there home that accumulated due to a faulty boiler. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning due to their developing lungs and organs. Families should be sure to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes to… Continue Reading
Wow, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is upon us! I am looking forward to enjoying time with friends and family. Thanks for making Child Injury Law Blog part of your day. Please check back with us frequently as we prepare articles on important issues facing families with injured or disabled children. Especially during the holiday season, it is important that we do what we can to give back. Here are some Children’s charities that are worth a look. Have some others? Please pass them along and I will highlight them in the future. One Step at a Time Camp These programs offer kids with various types of caner the opportunity to enjoy themselves at camps throughout the country Greater Chicago Food Depository A food collection program that has special kids programs to assure that no kid goes hungry Toys for Tots Collects unwrapped toys during the holiday season and distributes them… Continue Reading
This past weekend, I went with my family to the 30th annual Misericordia Family Festival. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time supporting a tremendous organization in the Chicagoland area. If you are unfamiliar with Misericordia, I suggest you take time to support this unique facility. Situated on beautiful grounds on Chicago’s Northside, Misericordia offers customized programs for people with mild, moderate and profound disabilities. Living arrangements include: CILAs (Community Integrated Living Arrangements for small groups in neighborhood homes outside Misericordia’s main campus) On-campus apartments Group homes on-campus Skilled nursing residence I can tell you firsthand how important this organization is to disabled children and adults who require emotional and medical support. For several years, my wife worked at Misericordia, during her tenure she exposed me to the dedicated families and staff who make the facility operate day in and day out. Bravo!
It’s that time of year again when children young— and young at heart– get to get dressed up in wacky outfits and consume disgusting amounts of candy that makes blood-sugar levels soar. While Halloween trick-or-treating should indeed be fun for all, it is important to remember that child safety needs to remain a primary focus to protect children who may be unaccustomed to wearing costumes and walking around at night. Cars are the primary safety threat to children trick-or-treating. In order to minimize the chance of a pedestrian-related car accident, it is important to remember to take your common sense with you while taking care of your Halloween business: Children’s costumes should never restrict their eye sight Walk with flashlights, glow-sticks and reflective clothing Cross streets using traffic signals and cross-walks Never assume drivers see you, always yield Don’t allow children to trick-or-treat alone, adults should accompany Have fun… Continue Reading
I was really happy to help sponsor a community event for children in the south-side of Chicago that was put together by the Help n’ Hands group. Help n’ hands is a community based group dedicated to improving the neighborhood in some of Chicago’s tougher areas. As lawyers who frequently assist children from all walks of life, I am particularly proud of the fact that we always continue to give back to the communities. Below are some great photos from the event. Ride ‘em cowgirl! Forward or backward? What’s an event without some music and dancing? 90-degrees, sunny skies, I’m ready for a sno-cone. Cherry please. All for the kids. ‘Peace in the Hood’ God Bless.
One of things that I want to do with the Child Injury Law Blog is to highlight some of the events in the Community that may be important to families and children. If you know of any upcoming events, please shoot me an email and I’d be happy to highlight it. Here is the beginning of what I hope to be an enduring part of this blog. What: North Park University Concert Band free one-hour concert for families of children with autism and special needs. The full band will perform array of music including: Disney movie favorites and traditional compositions from Gustav Holst and Percy Granger When: October 9, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: North Park University’s Anderson Chapel located at the corner of Kedzie and Spaulding Avenues in Chicago, Illinois. The Chapel is wheelchair accessible. Cost: Free. Call (773) 244-5625 to reserve a spot. More information on the concert… Continue Reading