How Children’s Sport Injuries and Accidents Can Affect Them For Life

My 15-year-old son Nory, like many high school aged children in our country- is obsessed with the sport of soccer.  When he is not playing it,  practicing it in our front yard- he is watching his beloved FC Chelsea team play it on television. He spends hours each day researching his favorite players’ every move and of course playing FIFA.  Somehow,  he still squeezes in a demanding school and study schedule, sleep and 4 to 5 meals. And at just 15 years of age–he feels pressure.  Pressure not just to make his high school’s soccer team (tryouts are next week); but once on the team to perform exceedingly well. I am sure he has hopes and dreams–as many kids do– of playing in college (scholarships welcomed) and then one day professionally for FC Chelsea.  But his single-minded, single sports focus may not be that healthy- according to a recently published consensus statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine which found that the “increased emphasis on sports specialization has led to an increase in overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout.” Burnout  and child injuries occur when the psychological stress of ongoing practice and play become so overwhelming for the child that they simply choose to quit the sport altogether. Studies have found that most kids who quit a specialized sport find some that there is a “time conflict” or develop an interest in other activities. Some will never play that sport again, while others will come back the sport later in life. And the evidence is mounting that sports specialization increases the risk of a range of injuries by...

3 Ways to Prevent Teen Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries

My son recently received his Learner’s Permit to drive- and was bittersweet for a number of reasons- as a father seeing his son taking the next major step towards adulthood and independence- knowing that soon he won’t need me to drive him to the park, or pick him up from the bus stop after school. As a Miami personal injury lawyer- who has represented both teen drivers and their families who have been seriously hurt by others and the families of those who have been hurt and even killed by teen drivers- I worry. One reason is the statistics.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in our country.  In fact, in 2015, over 2000 16–19-year-old teens were killed and another 221,313 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.  This means that every day in our country six teenagers between the ages 16–19 die every day from car crashes. Since 1991 our Miami personal injury car accident lawyers have investigated thousands of motor vehicle crashes across the country and I believe that the great majority of them are preventable- especially those involving teen drivers. Number One: Seat Belts More than half of the teens (aged 16-19) who died in car crashes were not wearing seatbelts.  It is hard to believe that in today’s age people would still knowingly get behind the wheel of a car without first buckling up. But some teens have a sense of immortality- I guess we all did at that age- and may be so excited...

Child Injury Accidents: The Most Dangerous Night of the Year for Children

Halloween is a dangerous night to be a kid- as children are more likely die than any other night of the year. Pedestrian accidents, car accidents, and motorcycle accidents are commonly the cause of Halloween injuries and fatalities- because of the number of children walking dark streets at night. In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year.  And sadly, teenagers are at the greatest risk with a death rate twice that of younger children-accounting for half of all child pedestrian deaths. Child Injury Accidents on Halloween Most of these accidents occur between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM- particularly as the sun is setting as tired drivers are heading home from work.  But it is not always the fault of drivers- excited children wearing costumes and eager to get as much candy as possible are easily likely to dart into traffic or step off of a curb. The numbers of Halloween related car crashes skyrocket when Halloween lands on a Saturday night.  Statistics show that 43 percent of all Halloween night motor vehicle deaths involved drunk drivers with 26 percent of all pedestrian killed on Halloween involved a drunken driver. Our Miami personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting the legal rights of those who have been in a car accident- especially children.  And have these 3 safety tips that we hope will keep your children safe this Halloween- when they trick and treat. 1.Make sure your kid’s costumes and bags are reflective and use light colors and have them...

Miami Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Lists The 3 Best Cruise Ships for Halloween 2017

Halloween on a cruise ship, what could be better than trick or treating at sea?  If you or your kids have some time off this Halloween, taking a cruise might be a great way to spend some quality family time and not miss trick or treating.  Many of the major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney go all out for Halloween- and even encourage passengers to pack costumes and decorations for their cabins. #1 Disney Cruise Line If you have kids there is no better place to spend your Halloween at sea than aboard a Disney Cruise Ship. Starting in late September, Disney decorates their cruise ships with a “spooktacular” Halloween theme- and holds special parties and entertainment that is designed to be not too scary for little kids.  Some of the highlights aboard a Disney Halloween Cruise include a “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” and  Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream.   Make sure to pack your costume and be prepared to go trick-or-treating with your favorite Disney Characters. In addition, there will be mask making and pumpkin carving activities and of course movie night will include ghost stories.   And if you have the strength there will be an adults-only costume party too. #2 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line calls it’s Halloween cruises “Frightfully Fun” vacations offering passengers scary movie options, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and Halloween themed drinks and desserts.  Highlights include a Halloween Day Parade and a Costume Meet and Greet which will give passengers the chance to walk around the ship in costume.  Once the sun sets things to get even spookier when Carnival...

Child Care Injury: Are Child Care Centers in Gyms Regulated?

Child Care Injury: Are Child Care Centers in Gyms Regulated? In Florida, many parents rely on childcare facilities to provide a watchful eye over their children. Some of these facilities provide all-day care, while others specialize in shorter, sporadic childcare. However, parents expect any daycare center to provide attentive and careful babysitting. One way parents can ensure their children are watched by a reliable service is by verifying that the business is regulated by the State of Florida. In addition to checking regulations and certifications, many parents conduct substantial research on their regular babysitter or childcare provider, but far less common is investigation into shorter childcare arrangements, such as childcare centers in fitness centers and gyms. The Florida Department of Children and Families views these facilities differently, and when utilizing daycare services in a fitness facility or gym, a parent should be equally vigilant and aware of the level of care offered. Oversight of Child Care Services in Fitness Centers The Florida Department of Families and Children is responsible for regulating all childcare facilities and daycare services throughout the state. While this state-level department is responsible for developing and propagating appropriate daycare standards, it often leaves oversight and enforcement to county agencies, as long as such agencies require the same standards or higher of their childcare facilities. Florida requires every childcare facility to hold a valid license in order to operate, and this includes childcare facilities in gyms. Licensure must include specific information about the program, which is made available to parents. This information includes the type of program, type of service provided, ages and number of children allowed...

What Are Your Child’s Legal Rights if They Are Involved in a Child Pedestrian Accident?

What Are Your Child’s Legal Rights Following a Child Pedestrian Accident? Across the United States, nearly 11,000 children suffer injuries as pedestrians each year. Of these 11,000, roughly 350 children die from on-foot collisions with cars annually. These numbers are alarming for parents, and child pedestrian accidents are a particular problem throughout Florida. The state recorded 36 child pedestrian deaths in 2015, placing it second highest in the country behind California. In 2016, Florida’s record for child pedestrian accidents was equally serious. The high number of incidents involving child pedestrians can be partly attributed to Florida’s temperate climate. The weather encourages children and others to walk year-round. In Florida’s metropolitan areas in particular, many children walk to and from school every day. As the school year begins this week and next, no parent wants to consider the possibility that a son or daughter would be involved in a pedestrian accident, but if an incident does befall your family, you will want to know your child’s rights following a child pedestrian accident. Filing a Child’s Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit If your child is involved in a pedestrian accident, there is a good chance your son or daughter is entitled to compensation for expenses and damages, as an adult would be. However, minor children in Florida are precluded from bringing personal injury lawsuits. A parent or other guardian must file the claim on the child’s behalf. This claim can be for damages directly resulting from the child pedestrian accident, such as cost of medical treatment, expense of emergency services or follow-up care, and pain and suffering. The guardian acting on the child’s...
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