CK&F’s David Krugler and Alwyn Fredericks were a part of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention. Alwyn Fredericks was a co-chair for the trucking program on Ten Ways to Be a Better Truck Accident Attorney. David Krugler presented at the trucking program on the topic of Investigating Medical and Alcohol Issues.
Alwyn Fredericks was invited to speak at this year’s Annual Pain Summit for the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He presented on the topic Medical Malpractice: What does the pain physician need to be aware of?
A few weeks ago, two children riding their bikes were struck by a vehicle in Atlanta, resulting in serious brain and spine injuries to one of the children. Unfortunately, that child did not make it. The driver of the vehicle faces many charges, including a DUI, but it is too late for the 9-year-old who lost his life from this incident.
Brain and spinal injuries are devastating to anyone, but they are particularly dangerous in children. There are some injuries adults are able to overcome that a child cannot.
Brain and Spine Injuries Can be Devastating to Children
The Brain Injury Association (BIA) cautions that children are most at risk for traumatic brain injury, a leading cause of death and disability, between the ages of 0-4 and 15-19. Among children aged 0-19, an average of 62,000 children sustain serious injuries from car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and other causes each year. In addition, approximately 2,685 children under 14 will die from a traumatic brain injury this year.
While spinal cord injuries in children are not as frequent, the National Institutes of Health warns there are significant consequences for children who sustain these injuries. In accidents such as the one that led to the death of a 9-year-old, these injuries are dangerous, and together they are often fatal.
Taking Injuries in Children Seriously
Most people know how serious injuries in children are, but they may unknowingly be putting their children and other children at risk. Every now and then, look into the latest safety and injury prevention methods for children. If they take out their bike, make sure they wear their helmet. It is the little things that can help prevent possibly fatal injuries, though safety precautions cannot prevent all injuries.
In the event of a potential brain or spine injury to your child, take them to a hospital or doctor right away, even if you think you might be overreacting. Even if the injuries do not seem serious, it is important to get a professional medical opinion sooner rather than later. Symptoms of brain injury and concussion may not be evident early on, but can be very dangerous if left untreated. This is particularly important, if you did not witness the injury since you are unable to determine the circumstances around it.
Injuries happen, and with prompt medical care, the chances are better your child will recover. Because of the nature of brain and spine injuries, the next step after any accident involving your child’s brain or spine injury is to seek legal guidance from an experienced injury attorney right away.
Brain Injury and Spine Injury Representation in Atlanta, Georgia
Cash, Krugler & Fredericks LLC works diligently to provide committed representation for victims and families who have endured serious injury or death as a result of others’ negligence or misconduct. We pride ourselves on our personal attention and our reputation as a low-volume firm that puts its entire focus on our clients.
If you need tailored representation for brain and spine injuries, or any injury or death case, please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 404-659-1710. We dedicate our time to bringing you justice and peace-of-mind.
Prom season for many high schools in the Atlanta area is both exciting and dangerous. Due to the instance of underage drinking and driving on prom night, parents worry about the safety of their children, and rightfully so. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) states that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for young drivers and teens, and a quarter of those are accidents caused by underage drinking.
While it is a scary statistic, it is possible for prom to be both fun and safe. We provide tips on encouraging safe prom practices in teens below, as well as what to do when a teen drinks, drives, and causes an accident.
Preventing Auto Accidents Caused by Underage Drinking
The fundamental part of preventing underage drinking and driving is making sure teens are informed of the dangers and risks. The best way to do this is not with lecturing, but instead a productive conversation about the importance of abstaining from underage drinking and driving. Some great facts to bring up to your teen, verified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are:
- Drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths of teens under the age of 21 each year.
- 2010 saw close to 200,000 emergency room visits related to underage drinking.
- Underage drinkers are more likely to experience serious illness or death due to alcohol poisoning.
- On average, 22% of teens have ridden with someone under the influence of alcohol in the last month.
Letting teens know the risks of drinking and driving can help them understand why it is not worth it to get behind the wheel after drinking. Many teens know underage drinking is illegal and dangerous, and while it may still occur behind closed doors, this conversation helps them to make the right decision when it comes to driving.
It is also important to let teens know that if they make the wrong choice by drinking, they have to take steps to protect themselves. This not only means avoiding driving, but it also avoiding getting into a car when someone else has been drinking. Services such as Uber and Lyft are also a good way to ensure that your teen refrains from getting behind the wheel if he or she has been drinking. You may also want to give your teen permission to call you for a ride – any time, anywhere. The choice they make could prove to be life saving.
When Underage Drinking Causes an Accident
Despite a parent’s best efforts to caution their teen against drinking and driving, accidents do happen. Your teen may not even have been the driver, but a passenger with a drunk driver or even in another car involved in an accident. These accidents can involve serious injuries, or in the worst situations, death. It is terrifying to think about, but parents should be prepared.
Make sure your teen knows who to contact in case of an emergency, including emergency responder numbers. Ask them to let you know before they leave prom and who they leave with, and in the case of an accident, make sure you have an experienced auto accident and injury attorney for representation.
Auto Accident Representation in Atlanta, Georgia
Cash, Krugler & Fredericks LLC works diligently to provide committed representation for victims and families who have endured serious injury or death as a result of others. We pride ourselves on our personal attention and our reputation as a low-volume firm who puts their entire focus on our clients.
If you need tailored representation for accidents caused by underage drinking, or any injury or death case, please contact us online, email us at email@example.com, or give us a call at 404-659-1710. We dedicate our time to bringing you justice and peace-of-mind.