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Hazardous children's products could result in serious injury

There are many products that can be dangerous to children, but product liability only really comes into play when parents aren't warned adequately about a product's potential risk to cause injury. In the majority of cases, for instance, a parent would know there was a potential for injury from a baseball. He or she would not know there was a potential for injury from the paint on the ball, though, if it was lead paint or other forms dangerous to the human body.

Every day, people face dangers in their own homes. For example, children's jewelry can be extremely risky to have in the home and could lead to choking injuries. The manufacturer should be making sure that the jewelry does not contain lead or cadmium. If it does contain those chemicals, it should be recalled. If not, parents may have a case against the company for putting a child at risk or giving the child metal poisoning.

See someone texting? Here's what you should do

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous, but for the most part, it's hard to know if someone is texting until after a crash occurred. Unless you see them doing so, there's little way to prove that they were on their phones.

One thing you might be asking, though, is what you can do if you do see someone texting and driving. Here is a simple way to handle the situation.

Reaching retirement: Your workers' compensation benefits

Once you reach the age of retirement, you may not think there is any way to obtain workers' compensation for injuries. In truth, you know you can't return to work largely because of your age. Workers' compensation is designed to compensate you for being unable to work in the future.

According to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act of 1916, workers' compensation benefits are available to federal employees, but they can only receive either retirement benefits or workers' compensation benefits once they reach retirement age, not both. Workers' compensation pays up to 75 percent of a person's salary without any taxes taken out. Retirement benefits, on the other hand, pay 60 percent of the person's past salary.

Scooter and moped accidents: The risk of not having insurance

Scooter and moped injuries, much like motorcycle injuries, can be substantial. People who ride these vehicles have little protection against other cars and trucks. The difference for scooters and mopeds tends to be that they're only used on residential roads and at slower speeds, but even at 30 or 40 mph, the risk of a serious injury is high.

Driving a scooter or moped comes with its benefits. For instance, did you know they tend to get around 50 to 70 mpg? That's great when gas prices are high. Still, the risk of a serious collision sometimes makes you wonder if it's worth the savings.

Sovereign immunity shows promise in reducing patient injury

As a patient who has suffered from the results of medical malpractice, the last thing you'd want to find out is that states were considering providing immunity to doctors and medical providers. Immunity could mean more mistakes with fewer repercussions.

However, some believe that immunity would actually lead to improved patient care, because doctors could focus more on their jobs and less on what would happen if there was a mistake. In fact, a study showed that the number of adverse medical events actually decreased significantly when physicians were provided with immunity from malpractice claims.

How can you prevent fires on the job?

Fire prevention is an important safety step in every workplace. Fire safety helps protect employees from burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries that could impact them for a significant amount of time.

If a fire does start in the workplace, employers need to know what to do to prevent serious injuries. With some safety steps in place, it's simple to do so.

Can you file a lawsuit for an accident if you're to blame?

Florida product liability laws limit how long a person or family has to claim for injuries or death. The statute of limitations is four years from the date of injury to a person or property; for a wrongful death, you have only two years to take action in court.

It's important to hold manufacturers and those who sell to consumers responsible for any injuries they cause, particularly if they're aware of defects or problems with products that could result in injury or death.

An accurate asthma diagnosis helps save your life

Asthma is a common chronic disease in America. It's important that a medical provider accurately diagnoses asthma as early as possible to help prevent life-threatening complications of the condition.

Accurately diagnosing asthma is the only way to learn to control it. Once it's diagnosed, a patient can have an asthma action plan and will be prescribed medications to prevent the serious complications of the disease.

Hold distracted drivers responsible for the injuries they cause

You were on the highway when you noticed the vehicle in front of you weaving in and out of its lane. You slowed down to give the driver more space and put in a call to the police with the driver's license plate number. It was too little too late, though, and moments later, you ended up in a collision because of the driver's behaviors.

In 2015, 3,477 people died because of distracted drivers. Distracted drivers could be anyone, from a teen looking down at a text to an older person who decided to eat behind the wheel. Most people deal with distractions when they're driving, so it's not surprising that so many people die in crashes related to distractions.

Hip replacement recalls: What you should know

The last thing any patient wants to hear is that his or her medical device has been recalled. What's worse is when that device is implanted. If that's the case, you may have to go through another surgery for a replacement, which takes time and causes you pain.

In the case that you get hurt because of a defect or have to have a replacement of a part implanted inside you, it's important that the manufacturer's held liable. You trust the manufacturer to put out a good product, which didn't happen.

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