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Before you head out in the car with your children today, you might want to check your car seat.  Graco announced a massive recall of more than three million of their popular car seat models this week due to potentially faulty buckles.  The company recently learned that the buckles can become stuck, making it difficult to remove your child in an emergency.  After nearly eighty complaints were filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco determined that food and dried liquids that get spilled on the buckles can make some harnesses progressively more difficult to open over time and can get stuck in the latched position.

While the company stresses the harness issue won’t affect the performance of the seat, they are voluntarily recalling a number of models.  The affected models are : Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Ready Ride, Smart Seat, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite, Nautilus Plus, Argos 70, and Argos 70 Elite.  These models were manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.

The Graco Baby website offers tips on cleaning the buckles for continued use, however a replacement buckle can also be obtained.  Consumers affected by the recall can contact the Graco customer service department to receive their new buckle free of charge.

A caregiver provides a much-needed service to thousands of parents in America. To be a caregiver, proper training as well as certain personality traits is needed to ensure that the child stays happy and safe. It is the duty of the caregiver to provide the child with any care they need until they are safely returned to their parents.

Many times, a child is injured at daycare or school due to under-staffing. The amount of children a daycare needs to provide services for normally varies day by day. This can make it exceptionally difficult to schedule employees and figure out how many caregivers are needed.

Daycare workers also need special training and supervision by a more experienced caregiver. Toys and playground equipment need to regularly inspected to check for any potential hazards. They also need to be properly maintained to prevent any serious injury from happening.

If your child is on another person’s property with permission, then they are by Georgia law called an “invitee.” This means that the owner of the property the child is on has a duty to ensure safety from any foreseeable harm. In turn, this means that if a property owner can foresee a dangerous situation, then reasonable preventative steps need to be taken to ensure that the children are safe. Dangerous situations include swimming pools, chemicals, access to high traffic areas, access to medicine, and high crime areas. Remember, even if a child was trespassing, you as an owner can be held liable under the “attractive nuisance” law.

You may have a premises liability case or attractive nuisance law case if your child was injured or killed on someone else’s property. Contact one of our premises liability attorneys for a free consultation to see if you are eligible for compensation.

Property owners are required to protect children from hidden dangers because children cannot foresee or avoid dangers. Therefore, proper safeguards need to be taken to ensure their safety and protect them from all dangers. This includes locking cabinets, plugging outlets, putting sharp objects out of reach, locking doors and gates, and having someone at the house while children play.

Daycare owners and caregivers have a legal duty to protect the wellbeing of the children entrusted to them by parents. If a child sustains an injury when at daycare, both the facility itself and the caretaker can potentially be liable for damages. Our daycare injury attorneys take these cases very seriously and we will aggressively go after the people responsible for your child’s injuries. Our attorneys have dealt with numerous cases involving daycare injuries, and we will fight to ensure your child’s injuries do not go unpunished.

If you are unsure whether or not you have a potential case, here are a few circumstances that merit a child injury claim:

  •        Lack of supervision of children
  • While no civil case is easy, parents have an incredibly tough decision on whether or not they should look for an attorney if a child is injured. It can be tough to decide if it is the best interest of the child for the parents to make the claim and whether the child’s relationships with other people may be affected. However, generally speaking, it is in everyone’s best interest if the parents hire a lawyer to handle a civil case.

    In most cases, an insurance agent will offer between ten to twenty percent of what they would offer if the child had legal representation.  Even though lawyers take a large commission, normally between twenty five to thirty three percent, it is still in the child’s best interest to get a lawyer so that the child can receive maximum compensation.

    Most lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means the lawyers only get paid if they win the case. If the child loses, the parents will owe nothing to the attorney. They will not have to pay the lawyer a fee and will not repay the attorney for anything.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued recommendations for children riding in vehicles.    The NHTSA recommends parents select a car seat based on your child’s age and size.  Its important to choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and that you use the car seat every time you drive with your child.  Although this may seemgeorgia-child-safety-law-auto-accident obvious, it is important to read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the latch system or belt system.  It is also recommended that a child uses the car seat for as long as possible until the child outgrows the seat.  Keeping your child in the back seat through the age of 12 has also proven to be the best practice.  The following recommendations are based on age:

    Birth-12 Months: Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.  There are several different types of rear-facing car seats designed for various child sizes.  It is important to consider your child’s height and weight before purchasing a car seat.

    1-3 Years: As recommended, it is best to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible.  Once your child has reached the hight or weight limit then a new forward-facing car seat should be considered.

    The good news is that your child is at very little risk from electrical shocks. The risk can be further minimized by applying some of  following tips to preventing your child from electrical shock and the possibility of electrical fire.

    Electricity - lightning boltsWith protecting children from electrical appliances there are actions you can take that will be relevant regardless of your child’s age. Whether your child is a baby, toddler, or seven-year-old, the tips below can help you to prevent shock and electrical fires.

    1.  Unplug any electrical devices that get hot such as hair straighteners, hair curlers, irons, ect. as soon as you’ve finished using them. This will eliminate the electrical connection and minimize the risk of fire.