Blog Posts in November, 2011

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  • Preventing Wintertime Burn Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Nov-2011

    Now that winter is upon us, homes in Northern California and across the country will be using more and more heating equipment to stay warm indoors in the next several months, and while people may stay warmer, they are also at a greater risk for serious burn injuries. As the temperature drops, the use of fireplaces, heaters, and hot food and liquids rise, and each present their own dangers that ...
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  • Practice Safe Driving During Busy Thanksgiving Travel In Northern California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 23-Nov-2011

    Over 5.3 million Californians are expected to take part in 50 miles or more of travel this Thanksgiving, according to AAA Northern California. The predicted numbers are a 4.1 percent increase over last year’s Thanksgiving travel figures. Of these travelers, it is estimated that 4.5 million will travel on roads and the rest will use airplanes, trains, boats, or other transportation, according ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson To Remove Toxins From Baby Products After Activist Movements

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 23-Nov-2011

    A long-standing campaign against child product company Johnson & Johnson has recently successfully pressured the company into removing two harmful chemicals found in its products that have been linked to cancer. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been asking Johnson & Johnson to remove the trace amounts of chemicals 1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15 from its products, including ...
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  • What Surfaces Lead To The Most Slip-And-Fall Accidents?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 21-Nov-2011

    Slip-and-fall accidents occur at seemingly random and unexpected times to victims that often suffer serious and life-altering injuries, but these accidents are actually caused by definable factors that come from the types of surfaces that people walk on. When walking, friction and surface roughness keep us stable and safe from slipping, but when these factors are removed, surfaces became much less ...
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  • New Study Finds Reusable Shopping Bags Could Increase Chances Of Food Poisoning

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 16-Nov-2011

    Cities across California, including San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, are beginning to ban the use of plastic bags in stores in order to become more environmentally friendly; however, the movement towards reusable shopping bags may greatly increase the risk of food poisoning in consumers. A recent study by the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University has found that reusable bags can ...
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  • Sacramento Car Accidents Can Be A Source Of Post-traumatic Stress

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 15-Nov-2011

    The moment of impact in a car accident is a terrifying and dangerous one. Many car accidents in California each year cause only minor property damage, but many others cause injuries or even death. Even a minor accident can also cause emotional upheaval, and serious psychological problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur. It’s normal to feel upset and unsettled after an ...
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  • Study Finds Oxygen Plays Large Role In Traumatic Brain Injury Effects

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Nov-2011

    The greatest factor in the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be something that is all around us: oxygen. A new study published in Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, has found that a lack of oxygen supply to brain tissue, or brain hypoxia, rendered vulnerable after a TBI is a major factor in the occurrence of death or severe disability. Although ...
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  • Four Separate Auto Accidents Send Three To Hospital In Three Hours

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 9-Nov-2011

    Police and rescue workers had their hands full on November 2 when four separate auto accidents on and around U.S. 101 in Morgan Hill sent three individuals to hospitals in only three hours. The unrelated accidents involved varying degrees of injury and damage, and resulted in two of the three injured victims being sent to San Jose Regional hospital. According to The Morgan Hill Times, the first ...
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  • Stay Warm and Safe This Winter with These Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Tips

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 7-Nov-2011

    With winter approaching, more and more houses will be using heaters and keeping doors and windows closed in order to stay warm in Northern California. But with the need for heat comes an increased danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. In order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning for yourself or your family, follow these safety tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Have a ...
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  • Pit Bull Set to Return to Neighborhood after Attacking a Child

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 2-Nov-2011

    People in Linda are upset because a pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old girl will be returning to their neighborhood once its quarantine is over. The Marysville Appeal-Democrat reports that the dog attacked the girl on Monday after breaking through a fence. The bite sent the girl to the hospital, but she is now recovering at home. The child’s neighbor shot the pit bull in the face to protect ...
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