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We as a society tend to not value sleep. Instead we often feel that we can overcome the necessity with stimulants and sheer will power. The truth of the matter is that we do not perform at our best when we deprive our body of much needed rest. You think clearer, are more emotionally stable, and less prone to illness and weight gain when you consistently incorporate quality sleep into your life. Yet a staggering number of drivers are operating their vehicles daily they are sleep deprived. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 37 percent of those polled had fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year with another 60 percent stating that they had driven knowing that they were feeling tired.

The signs are fairly consistent among drivers. You tend to yawn excessively, blink to varying degrees, your eyelids feel heavy, and your head begins to droop. While we may think sleep can be overcome, upsetting your sleep-wake rhythm can cause your body to over compensate by forcing you into an episode of micro-sleep to help make up the loss. Micro-sleep allows parts of your brain to rest while your motor skills are still functioning to some extent. Micro-sleep is described as a light form of sleep that lasts for 5 to 10 seconds at a time in which one’s brain forces sleep involuntarily most notably occurring during monotonous tasks, such as driving.

One of the telltale signs that you just experienced an episode is the sudden jerk of the head. If you are driving it is advised for the safety of the driver as well as other motorists to pull over, take a nap, change drivers is possible, and allow 20 minutes for caffeinated beverages to kick in. Some signs that you are driving while drowsy are rubbing your eyes, yawning, driving into the shoulder lane or over the shoulder rumble strip, drifting into another lane, and having a difficult time being able to focus or recall the last few miles that you just drove. It is advised to not drive during times in which your body is used to being asleep such as late at night and early in the morning. However some drivers choose to drive at off peak hours especially if traveling a long distance to help avoid traffic and shorten their overall travel time. In these circumstances it is best to prep the night before with adequate amount of sleep, and to factor in both nap breaks and coffee breaks.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention recently released a drowsy driving survey in which it found that 1 in 25 adults stated that they had fallen asleep while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that roughly drowsy drivers likely caused 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year. While we often report on the dangers of driving while under the influence, sleep deprivation accounts for about 3 percent of traffic fatalities each year with some estimates significantly higher.
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Within months of one another two major child car seat manufacturers Graco Children’s Products, Inc. (“Graco”) and Evenflo Inc. (“Evenflo”), voluntarily recalled millions of defective buckles due to similar safety concerns. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey a child must be securely strapped into a federally approved child car seat, which meets certain safety requirements. The inability to unlatch a child, especially in the worst-case scenario, such as a car emergency that requires a quick release can potentially endanger both the child and the driver. Select Evenflo convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats sold during 2011-2014, approximately 1.4 million buckles may be impacted according to the April 3, 2014 child seat recall report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Evenflo stresses that their car seats still meets the federal FMVSS 213 safety standard for crashworthiness, and that only the crotch buckle requires replacement which can be submitted for free on their website. The car seat and booster seats can remain in use while awaiting the free replacement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) vehicle crashes is the leading cause of serious injury, debilitation, and death for children between the ages of one and thirteen. If your child or family member was injured by a defective car seat you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries caused by the defective product. At the law firm of Rosenbaum and Associates the personal injury and products liability specialists have over 25 years experience successfully representing thousands of injured clients throughout the New Jersey and Pennsylvania region, call today for a free case evaluation.

When a manufacturer, supplier, distributor, and even possibly a retailer of a child safety seat sells a defective product knowingly, which causes the child serious injury multiple parties may be held responsible. Anyone who has ever cared for or witnessed childcare knows that it is a messy endeavor. Both Graco and Evenflo car seats suffered from similar design flaws, stuck buckles after prolonged use. Multiple models were under investigation by NHTSA, as buckles with an excess accumulation of dirt, debris, and sticky grime, in the crotch buckle or harness, potentially caused the buckle to jam trapping the child in the car seat. Here, both Graco and Evenflo have acted responsibly and in compliance with the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, which tests and regulates equipment to ensure that the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards are met. Graco in February announced a recall of nearly 3.8 million toddler and booster seats, which suffered the same buckle flaw as Evenflo. Yet, the February NHTSA recall report alleges that the Graco rear-facing infant car seats, making up an additional 1.8 million units should also be included in the Graco recall as the infant car seats use the same recalled buckle, and therefore is equally susceptible to the same design flaw. Graco insisted that the use differs as a “unique design” in that the base and the infant car seat can detach at the base for a quick release. Thus far though, only toddler and booster seats are listed on Graco’s recall website. For those who use Graco infant car seats and are beginning to experience similar buckle difficulties according to the Graco baby blog, a free replacement buckle is also available. While many customers have taken to the companies’ Facebook page to express their concerns and frustrations, thus far no injuries have been reportedly linked to either car seat manufacturer.
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If you’ve been injured at no fault of your own you may be wondering what you may be entitled to, and if so, how much?

To know for sure, you’ll need to contact a Philadelphia injury who will be able to advise you on your unique case. Every personal injury case is unique and compensation amounts and settlements will vary.

Some basic things that settlements for personal injuries can take into account are how much your injury cost you in past, present, and future medical bills. Experts note that lost wages, lost ability to earn a living, and sometimes, pain and suffering and punitive damages may be taken into account when determining your personal injury settlement as well.

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The US Justice Department has just files suit over a popularly used medical device. The law suit, which has been filed against Boston Scientific, alleges that Boston Scientific knowingly sold defective Guidant Defibrillators.

Defibrillators are used by doctors, nurses, and paramedics in cases of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The Guidant Defibrillator was known to have serious safety concerns which could have lead to medical error, medical malpractice, injury, and even wrongful death if used.

It is also alleged that the Medicare program wrongly paid for the heart devices that Boston Scientific knew were faulty, according to a late January 2011 Wallstreet Journal report. The suit, which was filed in a Minnesota federal court seeks to recover some of federal health care expenditures by Medicare. Fortunately, the lawsuit has opened the eyes of the medical community, who should no longer be using the possibly defective devices.

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