It has become commonplace to see dogs walking through airports and other public spaces that used to be off limits to pets. This is a result of the explosive growth in the number of emotional support animals in our daily lives. Under the best of circumstances, the presence of these animals provides comfort and happiness to their humans. However, the same may not be said for those who come in contact with these animals.
Accidents on escalators seem to be more like urban myths than actual truths. However, escalators are dangerous and can cause severe injury. One recent example is a woman who had her toe shredded while riding an escalator while shopping at a mall in Little Rock, Arkansas. A jury has now awarded her a $3 million settlement.
Parents generally try to balance elements of fun and safety when picking toys for the kids. Add such benefits as being educational or durable and a toy can be a real winner, at least in the eyes of the parents. However, Great Aunt Agnes or Uncle Pierre the confirmed bachelor may not have the same priorities. These gift-giving issues can be monitored at birthday parties, but the sheer volume of presents and the frenzy of Christmas morning can mean problem toys may be overlooked.
There has been a heightened awareness of concussions diagnosis and prevention in recent years. This applies to professional athletes all the way down to young children. Generally speaking, those who have suffered a concussion would cease work and activities until the symptoms went away. This usually meant the following:
People talk about a fear of flying, but statistics say a person is more likely to die from lightning strike than a plane crash. Other fears include accidentally choking on food or animal attacks. However, the Center for Disease Control lists the leading cause of death in individuals 1-44 years old is unintentional injury. For a complete list of the CDC’s top 10 click here.
The Southern California Gas Co. will pay $46 million to a motorcyclist hit by an employee driving a company pickup truck. The employee had a history of epileptic seizures, and hit the biker who was stopped at a stoplight in Hawthorn, California on February 13. Despite having his license suspended in 2012, the driver eventually returned to work even though he continued to have seizures. The staff at SoCal Gas were well aware of his condition and still elected to let him drive a company vehicle even after having a seizure at work.
Football is religion for some here in the South, and many have staunchly resisted changes to the game. However, overwhelming evidence of concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) among football players at all levels of the sport have led many to wonder if the sport has a future in its current form. Parents certainly now think twice about allowing their children to play contact sports like football. Moreover, there are lawsuits involving the NFL and the NCAA regarding what plaintiffs describe as exploitative behavior that is detrimental to the health of the athlete because of TBI issues.
It is all too common to read about stories of employees being injured on the job. Nevertheless, they are an important reminder that employers and employees must be careful.
It has become commonplace in recent years for passengers to bring their pets on flights. The animal will often remain in a carrier, but some pet owners will let their furry friend out at some point during the flight or walk them around in inside the airport.
The mass shooting last October in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel was the worst in U.S. history. The shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of the hotel, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others who were attending a country music concert on the grounds.