Child Safety

High School Football Deaths Raise Alarm

Christopher Welsh, Esq. There is nothing much more American than high school football, but grieving parents across the country face the dark side of “Friday night lights”: losing their sons to the sport. Last season, five young men died from causes directly related to the game, such as head and spine injury and nine players died from indirect causes, such as heatstroke. Yet for those same seasons, there were no deaths in any other level of football–youth, semi-pro, college, and the NFL. In fact, high school players suffer three times as many catastrophic injuries, such as death, permanent disability, …


Family Awarded $6.75 million in Pediatric Botox Case

Chris Welsh, Esq. After a three week trial, a federal jury ruled in favor of a mother and father suing Allergan, maker of Botox, for inadequate warning of its potential dangers in pediatric use. Their seven year-old son, Joshua, suffered severe complications after his second injection of Botox for leg spasms. The jury awarded the Drakes and their son $6.75 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. Lori and Kevin Drake’s son, Joshua, has cerebral palsy and had been suffering leg spasms. In 2010, a doctor recommended Botox as a treatment. After the first dose had little effect, the …


Minority Children Underrepresented in Autism Diagnosis, Reveals Bigger Problems

The number of children diagnosed with autism increased in every state from 2000 to 2007, but researchers are concerned that minority children are underrepresented in those statistics. The diagnosis rate of black and Hispanic children with autism has increased significantly less than the majority of children and at lower rates than predicted by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”). Approximately 1 in 68 children have autism today–so is the minority rate good news or bad news? While we’d like to believe minority children are less at risk for autism, the truth is that they are more at risk for being …


Baby Wipes Recalled for Bacteria Contamination

Chris Welsh, Esq. Nutek Disposables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling baby wipes for possible bacterial contamination in packages. The company does not know the cause of the problem, but has stopped shipping wipes made at the facility. * Nutek distributed wipes before October 21, 2014 in Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and The recall includes wipes under the following brands: Cuties,, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. Complaints of discoloration and odor prompted the company to do microbial testing, after which it found the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) …


Tort Reform Treats Children, Mothers, and the Elderly as Second-Class Citizens

Brian Nettles, Esq. Too often, medical malpractice cases are mischaracterized. So much so, in fact, that medical malpractice has become a dirty word. Thankfully, a great new blogpost by Joanne Doroshow honestly maps out the in’s and out’s of medical malpractice liability. By doing so, she paints a more accurate portrait of what it means to “win” a medical malpractice suit. When an injured patient “wins” a medical malpractice case, its not really a “win” but compensatory gain for harm that has been inflicted on them. The money that the plaintiff receives typically goes to the treatment of the …


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