Pedestrian fatalities

A woman was killed last Friday night walking across 6th Avenue to her 50th high school reunion. Tragedies such as this happen all too often and are usually preventable. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2013, and more than 156,000 …

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Rise in youth soccer related injuries

 The United States’ youth participation in soccer has steadily increased in the last 25 years. Therefore, soccer related ER visits have climbed as well according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). During a 25-year study almost 3 million children, ages 7 to 17, were treated for soccer-related injuries in the US. …

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Thank you Seahawks

I expressed my opinion about how the NFL teams should behave during the national anthem on 9/11. My hope was that no one would sit during the song, as Sunday was a day in which we should all be united. I’m proud of our Seahawks. They represented what 9/11 is all about. …

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10 Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

Many of the cases I handle result from injuries sustained at the workplace. Much of the time, work injuries are preventable. Every year, Liberty Mutual puts out a Workplace Safety Index which outlines the top ten causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries. Here is what they came up with: 2016 …

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Stay safe on amusement park rides

Amusement park rides are again in the news after three girls fell 30 feet from a Ferris wheel in Greeneville, Tennessee. Apparently a mechanical problem was to blame. Many fairs and carnivals are already in full swing. Our own Western Washington Fair will be upon us within weeks. Visitors should …

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August the deadliest driving month

You would think most vehicle accidents would take place in winter, when there’s a chill in the air and snow and ice on the streets. However, that isn’t the case. In fact, the winter months are the least dangerous. The deadliest driving month is August according to the National Highway Traffic …

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Trampoline injuries skyrocket with park growth

I’ve written about trampoline parks before, but thought I would touch on the subject again as a study has been published in Pediatrics about park related emergency room visits. The study, from researchers at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, shows that as the trampoline park trend grows, so do …

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Water Park Injuries

Water parks are everywhere.  Disney to Grey Wolf, indoor or outdoor, chances are one can be found driving distance from home. According to the World Water Park Association, there are more than 1,200 in the United States that saw nearly 16 million visitors in 2015. If you’re a parent, you’ve …

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Inflatable Bounce House Dangers

Inflatable rides, such as bounce houses in the form of castles, rocket ships and obstacle courses have increased in popularity over the last few years. Parents are not only renting them for birthday parties, but purchasing them for year round fun. The rising popularity of these amusements coincide with the …

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Drowning AFTER you leave the water

Drowning after swimming…it’s a frightening and rare occurrence, accounting for only 1-2% of drowning fatalities, but it can happen. It’s known as “secondary drowning,” or as lifeguards call it, “parking lot drowning,” and can transpire hours after leaving the pool. When someone inhales a small amount of water during a near drowning or a …

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