Study finds medications containing codeine still prescribed to children

April 21, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

attorney medication errors and mistakesIn 2012, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration warned that medications containing Codeine should not be given routinely to children because of the possibility of adverse reactions and concerns about the drug's safety and efficacy.

Despite the FDA's warnings and guidelines written by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study shows that medications containing codeine are still being prescribed to hundreds of thousands of children in hospital emergency rooms across the United States.

Concerns about Codeine and children

There are several concerns about giving children Codeine, an opioid pain reliever. Codeine is often prescribed to children along with other medications to control coughing or to control pain. The problem with giving Codeine to children is that between one and seven of every 100 people rapidly metabolizes the drug and in this case, the child can overdose. Children often do not metabolize the drug the same as an adult patient.

Why do Doctors continue to prescribe Codeine to children?

While many doctors have taken heed of the FDA's black box warning on medications containing codeine, some doctors are still prescribing the medication to children despite the risk. One wonders why? The reasons may be that some ER physicians may not be up on information regarding prescribing to pediatrics. The other reason may be that physicians may have themselves taken the medication as a child, prescribed it for years and it is their "go to" medication.

Information for Parents

If your child has just had tonsils and/or adenoids removed, make sure they are not prescribed medications that contain Codeine. If your child is prescribed a medication with Codeine as an ingredient, ask their doctor to prescribe a different medication for pain.

If your child is taking Codeine for a cough or tooth extraction or for some other reason, be vigilant and make sure they don't experience side effects of Codeine overdose including excessive sleepiness, disorientation, labored breathing and blueness of the lips and mouth. The child can experience breathing problems which can prove fatal.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to medication errors and pharmaceutical malpractice. If you have questions about a serious medication error, contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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NHTSA mandates rear-view cameras in all new vehicles by May 2018

April 18, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

backover_accident.pngEvery year more than 200 people — mostly children and the elderly — are killed and 15,000 people injured in auto accidents involving a vehicle that is backing up. According to the NHTSA, 31% of fatal backover accidents occur to children under the age of 5 and 26% occur to adults 70 years of age and older.

On March 31, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is requiring "rear visibility technology," in other words, rear-view cameras, in all new car, trucks and SUVs under 10,000 pounds by May 2018:

"Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors." "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents." — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Backup cameras allow drivers to view the rear of their vehicle as they back up to alleviate blind spots. Backup cameras are designed to avoid backup accidents so that the driver does not hit people are objects directly behind their vehicle.

Backup cameras are already common on many vehicles including motor homes and they often come as optional equipment in sports utility vehicles.

Auto manufacturers also hope to use backup cameras to replace side mirrors which could improve fuel economy by reducing drag.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who are killed in pedestrian and bicycle accidents due to the negligence of another.

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Red light runner strikes, kills pedestrian in Puyallup

April 18, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

An unidentified 41-year-old Federal Way man was struck and killed Thursday night when a man running a red light struck him across from a Puyallup car dealership where the man worked.

The pedestrian accident occurred at North Meridian and River Road in Puyallup.

The driver, a 64-year-old Olympia man, may be charged with vehicular homicide in the accident as police believe he was under the influence or drugs and speeding at the time of the pedestrian accident.

Vehicular Homicide in Washington state is a very serious crime. RCW 46.61.520 Vehicular Homicide is the state vehicle law which provides penalties for killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs or driving with reckless disregard as to the safety of others.

Penalties for vehicular homicide can vary but a driver who is convicted of vehicular homicide with DUI faces a prison sentence of between six-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half years and will have a permanent felony record.

Bellevue vehicular homicide attorney represents victims' families

Often when a person dies suddenly as a result of a pedestrian or car accident, the fault often lies with the a driver who was driving while intoxicated, driving recklessly or driving negligently. For the family of the victim, it is a very difficult time while the guilty part faces criminal charges as the family is dealing with grief and the financial hardship which can result from losing a family member who provides for a family.

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has more than 30 years experiences representing families with their wrongful death cases involving vehicular homicide. Our Washington car accident attorney helps families fight for compensation for burial expenses, loss of future earnings, grief and loss of companionship.

Help the family of Washington vehicular homicide victims

While Washington state pursues criminal charges against a drunk driver, a vehicular homicide attorney may prove critical to a family's ability to press forward a civil case to pursue monetary damages.

Common causes for vehicular homicide include drunk driving, reckless driving and distracted driving including texting while driving. Whether you lost your loved one in an accident involving a car, semi truck or whether your loved one was killed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, our car accident attorneys will help you achieve justice.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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5 students, 5 others killed in California head-on bus accident

April 11, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Five students, their charter bus driver, three chaperones and the driver of a FedEx semi-truck were all killed yesterday when the FedEx truck crossed the centerline and struck the tour bus head-on on Interstate 5 in Northern California reports The Seattle Times.

Both the bus and FedEx truck burst into flames and not all students were able to escape.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the FedEx truck to veer out of its lane, cross the center median.

Investigators will attempt to determine if the FedEx driver had fallen asleep, if there was mechanical failure or if a previous collision caused the FedEx driver to lose control.

Investigators say that one other vehicle, a Nissan sedan, was involved in the accident but its occupants injuries were not life threatening.

The students all attended LAUSD schools and were on a college trip to visit Humboldt State University in Northern California when the accident occurred.

The NTSB says that they made proposals to the design of school and charter buses, making it easier for occupants to escape, but those changes have not been implemented.

This may be one of the worst bus accidents in the U.S. in a number of years. In 2013, eight Mexican tourists were killed in California after their bus went off of a mountain road. In December 2012, a charter bus went off of a snow road in Oregon and nine people were killed. In Mary 2011, fifteen passengers were killed when a charter bus were travelling to New York city from a Connecticut casino when it crashed it to a barrier. In 2008, a charter bus of Vietnamese who were returning from a religious pilgrimage were killed when their bus went off a over pass.

Besides deaths, there are thousands of people injured in bus accidents every year. Bus accidents can result in catastrophic and serious injuries to passengers including brain and spinal cord injuries, fractures, internal and soft tissue injuries and burn injuries. Often these injuries require extensive medical treatment.

Bus Accident Causes

Bus accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons, and some having nothing to do with the bus driver or bus company. However, in a lot of bus accidents one can focus at some of the following factors:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver intoxication
  • Bus maintenance
  • Overloaded buses
  • Absence of safety equipment
  • Poor road conditions

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a bus accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can insure your legal rights are protected. Liability for the bus accident must be established to persevere with a claim and an experienced bus accident attorney can assist you.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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Escalators can be dangerous: hold on to the railing

April 9, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

escalator.jpgYesterday was the year anniversary of the death of Maurecio Bell, who died in an escalator accident after he fell and his clothing got tangled on the University Street Station escalator in Seattle.

Since then, The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries estimates that more than 60 people have suffered injuries related to riding on an escalator in Washington.

Escalators seem such a ubiquitous part of American life whether one is shopping at Bellevue Square or catching a flight at SeaTac airport. It's hard to imagine that can pose a hazard, especially to small children.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nationally, approximately 10,000 people are injured while riding escalators. Most often, escalator accidents are caused by falls, accounting for 70% of all escalator accidents.

Falling can result in traumatic head injury or broken bones.

http://www.hgfarber.com/lawyer-attorney-1290378.htmlMost escalator accidents could be prevented if people held on to the handrail. Often, accidents occur when people are carrying packages while shopping and lose their balance.

One area of danger is where the stairs meet the floor. At this area, people, and especially children, can get their loose shoes such as flip-flops or Crocs wedged into the stair mechanisms. In this case, amputations can occur. Children should never be allowed to plan on or near escalators. If you are travelling with more than one child, you might consider using an elevator.

Parents and caregivers need to pay special mind to small children while riding an escalator and make sure that children cross the escalator threshold safely.

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer boating safety classes

April 7, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

boating2.jpgThe opening of boating season is just around the corner with Opening Day on May 3rd, 2014.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering boating safety classes at Bellevue Fire Station No. 9 which is located on 12412 SE 69th Way in Newcastle. Classes are held from 8:30am to 5pm on April 26, May 24 or June 28.

Those attending the classes will be able to obtain their Washington Boaters card which is required of boaters between the ages of 12 and 60 who operate a boat with 15 or more horsepower.

Boaters operating power boats in Washington state should be knowledgeable about of boating legal requirements including:

  • How to register and identify a boat.
  • Age requirements and restrictions.
  • Negligent and reckless boat operation.
  • Boating under the influence, alcohol and drugs
  • Safety around other boats and homeland security restrictions.
  • Personal flotation devices and life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers.
  • Ventilation systems and engine requirements.
  • Navigating after dark.
  • Personal water craft.
  • Water skiing and intertubing.
  • Safety regulations including diver-down and skier-down flags.
  • Boating accidents -- what the law requires you to do.
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Trash, oil and waste disposal.

To register or for information, contact Terrence Hooper at 425-885-0259 or email at HoopCGAUX@gmail.com. Email is preferred

This information is provided by Washington boating accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents caused by the negligent use of a boat.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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Should you be driving your recalled GM car?

April 4, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

iStock_000012404949Small.jpgAs you may be aware, General Motors has recalled several of their models because the ignition switch may move from the "on" or "run" position causing the engine to lose power.

According to GM, the risk of an engine shut-down increases if the driver's key ring has additional keys besides the key fob on the key ring. The engine can also shut off if a driver is driving on rough roads.

Imagine how frightening it must be for motorists speeding down the highway to have their engine shut off.

One of the other risks of this defect is that the airbags may not deploy in a car accident.

GM says the ignition switch problem is linked to 31 car accidents and 12 deaths in the U.S. and one fatal car accident in Canada.

In all, nearly 2.5 million vehicles have been recalled including:

  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles
  • 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5
  • 2008-2010 Saturn Sky
  • 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

U.S. Senator Richard Bllumenthal has started a petition asking GM "ground" or refrain driving driving any vehicle on the recalled list until the ignition switch has been replaced saying that the vehicles pose a safety hazard.

Some drivers are opting to drive their vehicle with no ignition keys attached.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against GM due to the defective ignition switch.

The Farber Law Group is available to answer your legal questions if your car accident was caused by a defect in your vehicle. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in complex civil litigation and works to obtain settlements on behalf of individuals who were harmed by large corporations.

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Cameras in nursing home rooms needed to end elder abuse?

April 3, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

The Telegraph, a British newspaper, recently ran an article by author, Max Pemberton, in which Pemberton stated that cameras (also known as "Granny cams") are needed in nursing homes and care facilities to end elder abuse. We wrote in 2008 that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo increased the number of hidden cameras in nursing homes after cases of abuse came to light.

We have seen time and time again that some people who care for some of the most vulnerable among us are guilty of elder abuse in the form of physical abuse, neglect and mental torture. Often the abuse of the elderly and vulnerable goes undetected because the victims often cannot advocate for themselves.

One infamous case of elder abuse in this country was when six nursing home assistants at an Albert Lea nursing home were criminally charged with poking, groping and taunting the elderly patients they were supposed to care for. Two young women, 18 and 19 years of age, as well as four juveniles were charged in the case.

In 2012, Pennsylvania woman suspected that her mother was being abused in a nursing home and, after installing a hidden camera, found that her mother was in fact being abused.

In the U.K., just few days ago, two women were secretly filmed in Greater Manchester with "slapping, jabbing and taunting" a man with brain-damage whom they were supposed to be caring for. The pair were also seen hurling verbal abuse and demeaning the man.

The man in this case was not elderly. His parents were concerned about his welfare so they secretly installed a camera and caught the abuse on video tape which brought the abuse to light.

The Telegraph article states that often inspections of care facilities are only a snapshot of what is truly happening at a nursing home. Often, family members are fooled that their loved ones are being well cared for but only with video cameras do they find out the truth. Says Pemberton:

It’s a sorry state of affairs when we have to put CCTV cameras in the rooms of all vulnerable people being cared for, but I can’t think of another way of clamping down on abuse and neglect once and for all.

One of the biggest deterrents to nursing home abuse is regular visits since abusers often do not abuse a resident who is visited regularly.

If you notice that your loved one has signs of physical abuse or neglect or emotional abuse, you can report your fears to the nursing home administrator or adult protective services.

If your loved one has been seriously injured, you may seek the counsel of Bellevue nursing home attorney, Herbert G. Farber. Mr. Faber has been representing nursing home abuse victims and their families for more than 30 years. Contact him for a free and confidential case consultation.

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NHTSA SaferCar cell phone apps alert drivers to auto safety issues

March 27, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

mobile-phone-in-hand-1438233-3-m.jpgThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has two cell phone apps which allow drivers to register their vehicle so that they can be notofied if a safety issue is discovered.

In addition, the app allows owners to submit safety concerns to the NHTSA.

Apps are available in both Apple and Android versions.

The apps also provide safety ratings 5-Star Safety Ratings and help on installing child safety seats.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Hit and run driving a problem on our roads

March 27, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Hit and run car accidents are far too common. In performing a search for "hit and run car accidents" on The Seattle Times, we quickly found these headlines:

With all of these headlines, one almost wonders, "Doesn't anyone stop after an accident anymore?" The truth of the matter is that nearly 11% of all motor vehicle accidents reported to police are of the hit and run variety. Hit and run simply means that the driver who was at fault in the accident left the accident scene without seeking medical aid for the injured and without providing identification and insurance information as is required by law.

Every year, at least 1,500 people are killed in hit and run auto accidents and scores more suffer serious injuries.

That leaves us to ask, "Why do motorists hit and run?"

Often hit and run drivers are caught or they turn themselves in. Some common excuses for their behavior includes:

  • I was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
  • I had a warrant out on another charge.
  • I didn't have insurance.
  • I didn't have a valid driver's license.
  • I was driving a friend's car.
  • I was doing something I shouldn't have been doing when the accident occurred.

First of all, anyone with a driver's license should know it is a class B or class C felony to leave the scene of an accident. Leaving the accident scene most often results in a jail sentence and/or fines.

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Nissan recalls Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder & Sentra due to possible airbag deployment problems

March 26, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Nissan motor company has issued a recall of 1 million motor vehicles because the front passenger-side air bags may not deploy in a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 model year vehicles are part of the recall:
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The problem involves the Occupant Classification System (OCS) software erroneously classifying the front passenger seat as empty when there may actually be a person sitting in the seat.

Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified in mid-April and they can bring their vehicle in to have the OCS reprogrammed.

airbag.jpgAirbags

Airbags have been standard in all passenger vehicles since 1998 and the save lives by cushioning the driver and front passengers from coming into contact with the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel which may prevent serious injuries.

Airbags and lap/shoulder safety belts are effective to protect occupants in the case of a car crash and are 75% effective in preventing traumatic brain injury or preventing serious chest injuries.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Bicycle accident claims against public entities

March 21, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

One of the hazards of riding a bicycle are road hazards. Because bicycles have relatively thin tiers, changes in road surfaces, debris in the road, sewer grates, railroad tracks and potholes can all cause a bicycle accident and result in serious injury.

When a bicycle accident is caused by a known road hazard, the governmental entity responsible for that road may be liable for injuries suffered by the accident victim.

In Oakland, California, the City Council has agreed to pay a $3.25 million bicycle accident settlement to a bicyclist, Dulcey Bower, who suffered "severe injuries to her face, head, jaw, teeth" when her bicycle hit a pothole. The city council agreed to the settlement after evidence was provided that the city had received prior complaints about the potholes and ruts on the street and had failed to fix thm

In 2010 inWashington State, the Department of Transportation awarded Mickey Gendler, an $8 million settlement after a bicycle crash on the Montlake Bridge caused a Gendler to suffer a spinal cord injury which left him as a quadriplegic. In this case, the Gendler claimed that the DOT was because of a inch-wide gap in section of metal grating on the bridge that had caused a previous accident.

Pothole Accidents

In the case of a pothole accident, the governmental entity may be liable for a bicycle accident caused by the hazard if the entity was aware of the problem and the pothole was caused by shoddy road fixes or long-term wear and tear. If the pothole was only present for a short duration, the public entity may not be liable.

Sewer Grate Accidents

Sewer grates can pose a serious danger to bicyclists. If the sewer grates were installed in the same direction as traffic, bicycle tires can get stuck between the grates. Most governmental entities install sewer grates in the other direction, cover them with crosshatches or change their shapes so that bicycle tires do not become ensnared. I grates were improperly installed, there may be a case for negligence.

Railroad Track Accidents

Bicycle wheels can bet caught in the space between railroad tracks and the roadway if they cross the road at an angle or curve. In cases where railroad tracks are not in use, the public entity should remove or cover the tracks. If they remain present, bicyclist should be warned with a sign and a bicycle bath could be built.

Determining Negligence

In determining negligence for a bicycle accident caused by a road hazard, the plaintiff need provide documentation that the governmental entity responsible for a particular section of road was aware of the danger and employed measures to eliminate the danger. In cases against governmental agencies, it is advised that a knowledgeable personal injury law firm be engaged.

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