At Corson & Johnson, we are parents first and attorneys second. We understand that safety and health are primary concerns for any parent.
Keeping children protected can be a challenge in today’s world. Imported toxic toys remain for sale, and adult medications are sometimes too accessible in the home. Concussions in school and league sports sometimes go unchecked. Harmful pesticides are used on playgrounds. Some manufacturers won’t add safety devices to equipment that is a danger to children. We make it our mission to spread awareness, and when we are able, work with cases that create a safer world for children.
Protecting Children from Defective Toys and Products
Toxic toys. Lead-laced baby bibs. Lead in Chinese-made steel. Medications with the wrong dosage and ingredients. Every day the list of imported products that endanger families and workers in the United States grows. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was the first major update of U.S. consumer product laws in nearly 20 years. It tries to help prevent dangerous products from reaching our shores. However, we still have the challenge for years of getting rid of existing products that remain in toy boxes, on shelves, or in the community.
Removing Pesticides from Parks and Playgrounds
The Corson & Johnson Law Firm worked with the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides to support legislation to put children’s health first, by requiring the use of either non-toxic or least toxic products at schools, playgrounds, and parks. Currently, pesticides are used in many places where children go, like schools and playgrounds. Too often, parents and school officials assume that because a pesticide product is available, it must be safe. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded children may face pesticide exposures that exceed the agency’s level of concern following even a single use of certain chemicals, even though the applications were made according to label directions.
Reducing Risk of Sports-Related Concussions
There are about 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries in our country each year. Student athletes sometimes have been urged to get back into the game too quickly after head trauma. Fortunately, that attitude is changing due to research that shows concussions–on all levels–can be extremely serious injuries. To learn more about the symptoms and prevention of sports-related brain injuries please read through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Athlete Fact Sheet, Parent’s Fact Sheet, and Coach’s Guide.
Second Impact Syndrome
Second impact syndrome (SIS) occurs when a person sustains a repeat head injury—often starting with a concussion or similarly dangerous injury. Typically, an athlete suffers post-concussion signs and symptoms after the first head injury. These may include headaches; balance problems; emotional changes; visual, motor, or sensory changes; and difficulties with thinking and memory. Before these symptoms have cleared, the athlete returns to competition and receives a second blow to the head. The second blow can mean serious brain damage for the athlete.