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Mother and 2 daughters dead after struck by car in Placentia

A 34-year-old woman and two young children, aged 8 and 4, were killed last Saturday evening in Placentia when they were struck by a car while walking. The teenage daughter of the woman witnessed the collision, which happened at approximately 10:23 p.m., just after her family had walked out of their apartment.

Two police officers who were nearby arrived at the scene shortly after the collision happened. There, they found three individuals unconscious on the roadway. Paramedics quickly arrived to tend to the victims, but they were unable to save them and all three of the victims were pronounced dead at the accident site.

Road congestion comes with the return to school

Kids are heading back to school in droves, and it means one thing on the streets and highway of Los Angeles: even more road congestion.

First and foremost, school buses will be back on the roads, stopping to pick up children all over the district. Some kids will be riding their bikes to school or just walking. Others will carpool or get rides from their parents, who will rush to drop them off before heading to work.

How to prevent spinal cord injuries in children

A large number of Americans suffer from new spinal cord injuries every year. In fact, 12,000 new cases are reported each year. Among those spinal cord injuries, many of them involve child patients. Whenever one of these cases involves a child, it is particularly unsettling due to the fact that many child spinal cord injuries can be prevented with appropriate adult supervision. This article will take a look at several things adults can do to help prevent a child spinal cord injury from happening:

Reduce slipping hazards that could cause problem children. Keep houses free of throw rugs that can create a slipping hazard for running children. Keep pathways and floors clear of debris and make sure stairways and common traffic areas are well-lit.

Power Pressure Cooker XL injures numerous people

Those who have purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL are being warned that the device may cause serious injuries. Some of the devices have malfunctioning in a way that sent the lid, which is supposed to stay tightly latched on during cooking, flying off of the unit. Hot liquid and steam are then violently ejected, and they can instantly harm anyone near the device when they make direct contact with the skin.

This issue has been reported in a number of different states. Some people have suffered second-degree burns, while others have suffered the more serious third-degree burns.

Triumphant Event Aimed at Transforming Lives

Hundreds of community members helped the Triumph Foundation exceed its fundraising goals at the 7th annual Let'em Roll Casino Night last month. The organization raised more than $100,000 which will go towards improving the lives of people suffering from spinal cord injuries.

More than 350 people turned out to participate in 'casino night' which included a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, craps, blackjack and roulette along with dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction. Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP was a Premier Sponsor of the event held on Saturday July 30, 2016 in Valencia, CA.

Dealing with aggressive behaviors after a head injury

California residents may be aware that a serious head injury can result in serious changes in behavior. Some of those behaviors may be aggressive in nature, so it is important that those who are suffering from head injuries — and family members and friends who are close to those individuals — have strategies for dealing with the behavior changes effectively, particularly when those behavior changes are aggressive in nature.

Here are a few things that can be done in the face aggressive behavior caused by a head injury:

California bus accident kills 4, injures many

Police suspect that a man who was driving a charter bus may have been low on sleep before his bus was involved in a fatal accident that killed four people last Tuesday. Authorities suspect that he was working long hours and his sleep patterns may have been disturbed because of the death of his wife.

The 57-year-old bus driver from Los Angeles only slept about three or four hours before he reported for duty on the day of the accident. According to relatives, the man is a hard worker and his days off were seldom. In some cases, he worked as many as seven days per week. The driver survived the accident but suffered severe injuries.

Is smoke inhalation from a fire considered a burn injury?

It is true that fires can cause many types of burn injuries, including burning of the airways due to the inhalation of hot smoke. However, depending on the circumstances of the case, smoke inhalation may or may not be considered a burn injury. With that said, victims who have inhaled smoke in a structure fire do have personal injury legal options. This is because inhaling smoke is dangerous and in many situations can be deadly.

Current estimates reveal that approximately 70% of deaths due to fires occur because of inhaling smoke instead of incurring burn injuries. This is because smoke contains many different harmful substances, gases and heated particles. Researchers say that it is impossible to know exactly what the smoke produced by a fire may contain.

The psychological effects of serious burn injuries

People who have suffered serious burn injuries are all too familiar with the physical side of the injury. Fortunately, modern medicine has evolved over the decades to increase the survival rate and physical comfort of burn injury victims. However, such injuries come with hidden damage as well as physical damage and many patients suffer from severe psychological distress long after their physical injuries have started to heal.

Burn injury victims may experience psychological distress for a variety of reasons. The pain, the prognosis and the lengthy treatments associated with burn injuries are just a few. Other causes of related emotional or mental distress include the following:

DUI accident kills 2 in Santa Ana

Two people were killed in what police believe was a drunk driving accident in Santa Ana. Police received a call about the incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. on July 29. The crash happened close to the corner of West MacArthur Boulevard and South Bristol Street.

Four people were riding in the vehicle including the driver. After the crash, two two of them were trapped inside the Subaru Forester, and police had to rescue them. Emergency responders rushed them to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. A 22-year-old man and the 26-year-old driver only suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, later on Friday, a 23-year-old man succumbed to his injuries related to the crash. Several days later, a 20-year-old woman died from her accident injuries.

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