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  • Click It or Ticket It Campaign
    May 15 2015

    Oregon Police Departments will be out in force nightly May 18-31 launching the seatbelt awareness campaign.  Studies have shown that most Oregonians comply with the seat belt law during daylight hours but are more inclined to not buckle up when darkness falls.  The police will be enforcing the seatbelt law and actively looking for drivers and passengers not complying with the law.

    We all are aware that the use of seat restraints saves lives.  Studies have proved that fact over and over, yet some drivers and passengers still ignore the statistics.  According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) fatalities and serious injuries increase when vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts.

    “Proper use of a safety belt or a child restraint system holds a person safely in place and inside the car and can prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash,” said Carla Levinski, ODOT’s Occupant Protection Program manager. “Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other or completely out of the vehicle – and that greatly increases chances of serious injury.”

    Oregon law requires the following:
    Child passengers weighing less than forty pounds must be restrained in a child seat.
    Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.
    A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for her size until she reaches age eight or 4/9” tall AND the adult belt system fits her properly.



  • Toys Hurt Children More Often Than You Think
    April 08 2015

    A growing percentage of children suffer significant injuries at the hands of their favorite toys, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP).

    Based on a study by the CIRP, a child is treated in an emergency room in the United States every three minutes for a toy related injury.  The biggest risk for young children is choking on small toys or small parts of larger toys.  As children get older, injuries or more likely to calm from riding toys like foot powered scooters, tricycles and wagons.

    According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, there were an estimated 256,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.

    When a child is injured, any number of things could have cause the injury: carelessness, negligence, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the injury is the result of a defective product, then your next feeling is likely anger, frustrations and a vigilant pledge to get even with the company that allowed a defective product to go unchecked, ultimately inflicting harm upon your child.

    Dealing with a defective product—known as a products liability case—can be complicated.  In addition, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions:

    • How do you determine whether the accident was the result of defective equipment?
    • Do state or federal laws protect me and my child?
    • How can I objectively evaluate the cause of injury?

    If you are considering legal action because of an injury, it is imperative that you retain possession of the toy:  do not give it to the manufacturer.  You should consult with a lawyer before sending anything to the manufacturer.

    One of the most important questions you should ask yourself early on is whether you need a lawyer.  Getting answers to the above questions, and any other questions you may have, can help save you time and money.  A competent lawyer can help you tease out the nuances of your particular case.  I offer free consultations for families of child injury victims, and I am happy to give you the guidance you may need.

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