A lot has changed over the past few decades when it comes to keeping our children safe. Regulations for the production of toys, household products and child safety seats have gotten more stringent, and laws at both the state and federal level appear to be reducing the number of child injuries and deaths.
Anyone who commutes on a regular basis on Maryland's roads accepts some level of risk. We all know in the back of our minds that car accidents are an inevitable part of modern life, but we tend not to think about that risk from day to day. So when a serious accident happens, it's both upsetting and shocking -- especially when someone is injured or killed due to the careless actions of another driver.
As any parent can attest, kids come in all sizes. Some are small for their age, and others are, yes, overweight. No matter what size they are, they deserve to be protected from harm, and parents expect that from products designed for safety. That includes child car seats.
Last year, medical malpractice at a hospital emergency room caused a 2-year-old girl to suffer amputations of both of her feet, as well as her left hand and a portion of her right hand. Recently, a jury has awarded her family $10 million to pay for her ongoing care.
Parents' Halloween fears of predators and tainted treats pale before the scary truth that their children's most dangerous threat comes from their own costumes. Every year, children receive serious injuries, including burns, because parents do not realize that a costume can be a dangerous product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers some suggestions for costume safety.
Recently, a four-year-old boy had surgery to fix a wandering eye. What should have been a fairly straightforward procedure turned into a nightmare for his parents. They learned that the doctor mistakenly operated on the wrong eye, then went on to do the operation again on the correct eye after realizing her mistake, all without contacting them. This medical mistake could cause the boy to have permanent vision damage at some point, but doctors are still waiting for the eyes to heal completely from the surgeries before they can tell.
Anytime a motor vehicle crash occurs, the potential for serious injuries is high. When one of the motor vehicles involved in an accident is a bus, the potential for injuries is greatly magnified because of the size of the vehicle and the amount of passengers involved.
A tragic car accident occurred in a residential driveway in Laurel, Maryland, in late March. A mother pulled into the driveway of a babysitter to drop her children off shortly before 9 a.m. When she got out of the car, the vehicle began rolling backward down the driveway where the woman's young son was standing. Running to get him out of the path of the car, she was struck by the open driver's door and fell underneath the vehicle. Her 3-month-old daughter was still in her arms when the car rolled over all three of them.
Reports are warning that movable soccer goals are potentially dangerous products that can cause injury or even death to young players.