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Who Makes These Crummy Toys Anyway?

Let me just put out here that I think there’s a lawsuit in this, but I’m not sure. I just want to write it all out now and get my thoughts straight before moving forward. And, since I’m a modern millennial, I do all my thinking online, in public, so that’s why this is going here.

I’ve got a two-year-old daughter. That’s how it needs to start. My wife and I adore this kid. This kid is the smartest, best behaved, most beautiful child on the planet. Did I mention she’s smart? The absolute smartest.

I also have a bit of a clueless father. He was absent most of my childhood, but he came around and made amends later. He’s well-meaning. I honestly believe it may have just slipped his mind for about a decade that he had kids of his own. He’s the sort who struggles to button his shirts correctly. He’s crazy smart (he’s a scientist, and likely where Lily (our little one) gets her brains from, if not her character), but clueless about the world.

Okay, stage set. My father brought Lily some toys for her birthday. As usual, they were inappropriate for her. They were dolls when she doesn’t play with dolls, and stuffed animals of animals she doesn’t particularly like. He hangs out with her all the time, but he doesn’t notice these things. We accepted everything gracefully, and Lily, like a champ, dutifully played with everything for ten minutes before throwing them all on the floor and going to her preferred toys.

All of this was fine, but there was one gift that has got me quite upset. It’s not my father’s fault. He’s finally learned to look at the correct age numbers on the side of the box and to buy accordingly. I think he probably just picked up whatever he sees that’s for about the age of two.

One toy, though, was full of these small parts that came off easily. It was a sort of doll with tiny apples in a tiny basket, buttons that were small and the threads frayed, and eyes that were only lightly glued into place. It was a crummy doll in many respects, but the biggest problem is that all those parts are swallowable. A toy like that shouldn’t be marked for age two. I nearly told my dad off about it but I saw that he was right, the boy said two and up.

So, I think I should call them up and threaten a suit. There’s definitely a product liability issue there, right? If I hadn’t been paying attention and Lily loved that doll, she might have ended up needing a trip to the emergency room. It’s awful to think about parents (who are more like my dad than me) who might just hand the doll off to a child and expect everything to be fine because the box says so.

At this point, I haven’t contacted a lawyer. I’m really not that sort of person to go off the handle about things, but when it comes to Lily (and other kids like her), it’s different. This really shouldn’t happen. A toy company should know better.

Drinking and Boating Can Have Serious Consequences

Drinking and driving is a common problem across the country that causes thousands of car crashes each year. However, a problem that most people are unaware about is the dangers of drinking and boating. It seems almost natural for boaters to drink while enjoying their time out on the water. Nonetheless, the boat’s driver must still operate a large motorized vehicle, which comes with many inherent dangers. When you add intoxication to this mix, you increase the risk of danger to yourself, your passengers, and any other boat in the vicinity. This can lead to serious accidents that may cause injuries, and in the worst cases, death.

The West Palm Beach TV station, NBC 5, recently reported on the ongoing investigation and trial, regarding a boat crash in September of 2016. The driver, Thomas Baker,  crashed the vessel into the shore and overturned it, after having several long island iced teas. Although the driver was the individual who reported the accident, the police decided to change the accident investigation into a criminal investigation due to Baker’s level of intoxication after the crash. In recent months, Baker has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Palm Beach, under the premise that he was not aware that the investigation had become criminal, and the police failed to read him his Miranda rights at the time of the crash. However, a federal judge recently dropped this case as Baker was not the owner of the boat he was driving. Baker’s case will go to trial in March of 2018 to determine the cause of the crash and what penalties he may receive as a consequence.

In the case of Thomas Baker’s accident, thankfully, no one was injured, and only the boat he was driving was damaged. However, had Baker been in open water or near other people or boats and lost control of his vehicle, he could have caused serious harm to himself and others. While it does seem reasonable for Baker to be upset at the direction his case has taken, he is also fully deserving of this investigation as he was boating while intoxicated. Many people do not seem to take the dangers of boating under the influence very seriously because they believe that they can do so safely. This is the same logic, however, that many intoxicated drivers use, and it often results in serious accidents. Careless boaters, like Baker, must understand the danger that they put themselves and others in when they choose to drink and boat.

Although no one was injured in Thomas Baker’s boat crash, many other accidents of this sort have a grave impact on other people. They can cause physical harm, emotional pain, and financial loss, depending on the severity of the accident. Fortunately for individuals who are hurt by drunken boaters, a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can help them recover from these losses. They can receive compensation for any of the damages caused by these boaters and begin to recover from this tragic accident.


Most Common Injuries from Construction Site Accidents

When you think about workplace accidents, one of the first things that come to your mind is construction sites. This is understandable, because construction sites are some of the most hazardous workplaces.
But at least, according to the website of these Providence construction accident attorneys, those who have been hurt in construction accidents may take legal action against the responsible parties. But who are these responsible parties anyway? They may be employers who fail to give safety measures, supervisors who fail to enforce the safety measures, designers or manufacturers of construction tools and equipment, or literally anybody else whose direct negligence or recklessness has resulted into an accident and injury.

Head and Brain Injuries

Some of the most common injuries in construction sites involve the head and brain. Usually, traumatic head and brain injuries are sustained because of an object hitting the head, such as falling construction tools from elevated places, or because the worker has hit his head on a hard surface, like when he slips and violently crashes into the floor.

Shoulder and Back Problems

Typically, the shoulder and back get injured because of overexertion, particularly in physically demanding tasks such as pushing, pulling, and lifting heavy equipment and construction materials. They can also be sustained from falling off cranes, scaffoldings, and ladders. The worst injuries are those that involve the neck and spinal cord.


Workers break their bones when they receive enough force to the body, like when they get hit by moving construction equipment, or when they fall into the ground, because of unattended holes, slippery substances such as chemicals and oils, or tripping hazards like loose wires.

Lung Complications

The lungs are also particularly vulnerable whenever a worker is in a construction site. This is because of exposure to harmful chemicals and products that may be inhaled, such as dust particles and oil mists. There are also products that may even cause cancer, such as asbestos.


Electrocution is both common and fatal, which makes it the most dangerous accident that can happen in a construction site. Those who survive electrocution may end up with burns severe enough to affect muscles and bones. Chemicals, combustible materials, and explosives are also burning hazards that can be found in construction sites.

Advantages of Freight Factoring

Maintaining cash flow is one of the major challenges that every independently-owned companies can face. This is particularly true with freight companies which can be very susceptible to experiencing a low cash reserves. Aside from that, there are other factors that may come into play which could deplete their treasury and cash flow. Fortunately, there are many ways that a freight company can protect their cash flow and one of them is freight factoring.

Before we get into the benefits of such method, let us first understand what freight factoring is all about. Freight factoring is a cash advance funding arrangement that lets business owners sell their customer invoices in exchange for lump sum payment equivalent to the value. Freight factoring releases the company from the responsibility of collecting from its customers. Truck payments, for example, are collected from the customers and remitted to the business after deducting certain fees.

With freight factoring, financing lines will usually be approved in one day after availing of a complete application package. This method can come in handy during cash flow emergencies. Since cash flow has been improved, freight factoring can help the company take on more loads and acquire new customers. It provides companies with a quick fix for getting the funds they need for settling expenses.

Another benefit of freight factoring is that companies can improve the credit quality of their current and new customers. The method will help the business identify good payers so that they can work with the best clients. Freight factoring also offers flexibility- as revenue grows so does the financing line. As long as the customer meets the factoring criteria, the financing line can grow easily. With growth, the factoring line can accommodate more loads and new customers since the waiting period for payment has been gradually reduced.

So if you are looking for a way to finance unexpected costs, freight factoring can prove useful for taking your company to greater heights.

Common Defenses In Drunk Driving Charges

Getting charged with DUI or drunk driving can have serious repercussions on the driver. It can have an impact on their families, career, and future. The person charged with DUI may face stiff penalties and worst jail sentence. Some of the consequences associated with DUI include loss of driving privileges, fines, community service, or installation of an ignition interlock device. Columbia DUI defense lawyers will tell you that a DUI charge can have life-altering consequences.

Having an experienced attorney defending you can make a huge difference between conviction and acquittal. They can use their experience in questioning the accuracy of the field sobriety test, challenge the integrity of the evidence, and others. Here are some of the common defenses that will be used by lawyers in defending your DUI case.

1. Necessity – Your lawyer may use this defense to prove that you were driving to prevent a greater evil that was more serious than the potential harm that will result from DUI.

2. Duress – The lawyer may also state that the defendant was driving under duress to avoid serious injury or death

3. Entrapment – The lawyer may also use the entrapment principle to prove that their client may not have driven drunk if the officer somehow had a hand in encouraging them to drive intoxicated

4. Mistake of Fact – In this defense, the defendant honestly believed that they were not intoxicated. For example, the impairment was due to the prescription medication they were taking.

5. Involuntary Intoxication – The lawyer may also use the defense that the defendant did not know that they ingested alcohol.

The lawyer may also conduct a review of the testing that was performed and may likely challenge its administration. The lawyer may claim that the test was improperly administered. While the ultimate goal is acquittal, there may be other defenses that your attorney will use. They may negotiate a plea agreement or ask for a reduction of charges.

Medical Malpractice

Revealing Common Emergency Room Errors

The emergency room is one of the busiest departments in the hospital. This is where patients expect to be given immediate treatment. But while it is supposed to be a place where patients expect to get better, emergency rooms have also become a site for medical errors. Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. will tell you that most medical errors were due to negligence on the part of the medical personnel.

The emergency room is a fast-paced environment that has a lot of demands. This explains why errors commonly happen. According to the website of Sampson Law Firm, emergency room errors can be a form of medical malpractice. Hence, patients can recover compensation for any injuries that the patient will incur. Here are some of the most common emergency room mistakes:

Patient Dumping

Patient dumping happens when the emergency room staff refuses to treat or fails to provide full treatment to a patient because they cannot provide proof of insurance or presumes that the patient will not be able to pay.


Misdiagnosis refers to the failure to diagnose heart attack, stroke, or other life-threatening conditions.

Medication Error

The doctor or medical personnel administered the wrong medicine or wrong dose. This could also refer to the administration of medicine that is inappropriate for the current condition or medical history.

Delayed Treatment

ER patients are often left unattended for an extended period of time usually before evaluation.

Improper Discharge

Improper discharge happens when a patient is released too soon without receiving proper instructions
Most emergency room errors are preventable and are often the result of negligence on the part of the medical staff. If the error resulted to injuries, complications, or death, the family or relatives of the patient may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim. If successful, the patient may be able to recover damages such as medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and others.

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