Child Safety

Graco Car Seat Punishment Not as Big as It Seems

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com Graco Children’s Products is in hot water with U.S. Transportation for its responsibility (or lack thereof) in the largest ever recall of child seats. Graco sold 4 million car seats that were eventually recalled for trapping children (in one case, a grown man had to use channel pliers to get his two year old daughter out). Graco has been fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) for dragging its feet to notify parents and safety authorities about the defective buckle. The NHTSA fined the children’s product manufacturer a potential $10 million for its negligence: …

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Toxic Algae Reported at Las Vegas’s Lake Mead

Brian Nettles, Esq. A blue-green growth at several popular spots of Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be toxic algae. The colorful algae was discovered last month, but only recently became a concern after tests revealed the presence of microcystin, a toxin. No area of the lake has been closed to the public, but the National Park Service warns that people and their pets should stay out of the water. Microcystin can cause a variety of illnesses, from skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. If you come into contact with the blue-green algae, rinse thoroughly with clean water. If accidentally ingested, …

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com Did you know that 5.3 million Americans live with a brain injury (Shepherd Center)? Brain injuries can occur in many ways to varying degrees. Both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries happen in car or sporting accidents, or from natural causes like infection or stroke. They do not always appear with open wounds or loss of consciousness. In fact, many people may not realize they have suffered a brain injury. Victims of brain injury and their loved ones need dedicated rehabilitative therapy and strong support systems for coping with and surviving the traumatic life changes that brain …

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South Dakota Tort Reform Leaves Malpractice Victims Without Just Recovery

Chris Welsh, Esq. Lawyers in South Dakota are having to turn away serious medical malpractice cases–but why? A perfect storm of tort reform. Tort reform advocates have their theories, the most dedicated being that frivolous lawsuits are unpredictably costly and that they deter medical providers from doing their job. Lawsuits, they claim, can be especially damaging to health care systems in rural areas, where doctors may not be able to afford jury verdicts or malpractice insurance. Their hypothesis? Doctors will abandon rural towns. This is the hypothetical fear in South Dakota that was cemented into legislation from the 1970’s. Ironically, …

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LV Woman Killed in Tragic Pile-up Crash

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the woman killed in the nine-vehicle, double roll-over crash last Friday in the northwest Las Vegas valley. Her death is the 11th traffic fatality in the Las Vegas Metro jurisdiction this year. Ellen Finnie Gallucci, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene of a pile-up crash at Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard. Gallucci was crossing the intersection when she was struck by a 2012 Dodge Challenger that ran the red light. The collision caused Gallucci’s car to roll as well as a chain reaction. Three others were seriously injured in the crash including …

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