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What are the rules that help keep your baby safe at daycare?

Have you ever looked down at your new baby and realized their fragility? When you hold your infant in your arms, it is so easy to understand how much they need your careful attention. Even the slightest bump could cause serious harm.

How do you trust someone else with that responsibility when you go back to work?

Target recalls phone chargers over fire and shock risk

You plug in your phone. You walk away. The only thing you expect that charger to do is bring your phone battery back up to full power. The last thing you expect it to do is shock you, or worse, start on fire.  

Of course, that is exactly what happened to several people. It may start to make you wonder: is anything safe these days?

Reckless boat operators endanger the lives of others

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the unofficial start to summer. The sun is warm and the waters of our state’s lakes are ready for boaters. Time on the lake is a tradition people look forward to, but it’s important to remember to be on the lookout for reckless boat operators.

This past Memorial Day Weekend, a boat allegedly collided with and killed a 12-year-old boy on Smith Lake. According to reports, the 12-year-old was tubing, though more information isn’t available yet.


A Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court jury today returned a verdict against Dr. Bradley Bilton; his practice group University Surgical Associates,P.C.; Dr. George Nunn; Dr. Kenneth Aldridge; and DCH Health Care Authority.  The jury awarded $30 million in damages to the family of Johnny Terrell Sledge, who died at DCH Regional Medical Center six years ago.

The case was tried this past two weeks by Marsh Rickard & Bryan attorneys David Marsh, Derrick Mills and Jane Mauzy.

Another recall: How safe are infant swings?

The combination of yesterday and last night were the final straw. You were going to make it through the first few months without buying a rocker/sleeper. But your infant needs sleep, and so do you.

You rush to the store and buy the one that all your friends swear helps their little ones take great naps and get through the night. It works like a dream. Everyone in the house is getting better sleep. With your hands free during nap time, you even got the laundry done with two hands.

Write it down: great advice, but what does it include?

Many of the drivers you share the road with are careless or reckless. You have most likely shaken your head or put an extra lane between you and a driver you saw looking at their cellphone. You probably saw a driver cut another driver off. You probably have seen a few drivers run through red lights.

While you drive safely to avoid an accident, you should know what to do if a bad driver doesn’t take the same care that you do.

Can truck drivers follow the rules and break them at the same time?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers cause about 100,000 accidents per year. When the drowsy driver is operating a vehicle that weighs several tons, the results can be disastrous.

It is no surprise that safety agencies set strict rules that force drivers to take breaks so that they can catch up on their sleep. These rules are called “hours of service,” and drivers who break them can be held reliable for the damage they cause. But what about drivers who follow the rules but don’t fall asleep?

FDA bans mesh implants: The stories that led to the action

Pain. Infection. Bleeding. Urinary problems. These sound like symptoms of a medical issue for which you may seek treatment. Instead, these are the complications that hundreds of thousands of women have suffered as the result of their medical treatment.

We are talking about the vaginal mesh implants medical providers used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). These implants proved to be dangerous, resulting in more than 100,000 lawsuits over the past couple of decades. On Tuesday, April 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered manufacturers to stop selling the product.

Truck driver 'mistakes' often prove devastating for others

You know the feeling, driving next to a massive semi barreling 70 mph down the highway. You can feel the force of the vehicle as it contorts the wind around it, and it is unnerving. It can make you think, "all it would take is one false move by the driver... "

The feeling may be fleeting as you continue with your day, but your initial fear is well founded. In 2017 alone, there were 4,237 fatal crashes involving large trucks. In those collisions, 91% resulted in one fatality, and 82% percent of the time, it was those in the passenger vehicle. What were the most common false moves truck drivers made?

Is it possible to reduce bicycle accidents?

Now that warmer weather is here, we can expect to see more bicycles on the roads. To reduce the chances of an accident, drivers must be aware of cyclists and take precautions to keep them safe.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 840 cyclists died in traffic accidents in 2016. What can be done about this? Following a few simple rules may help.

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