4 Important Holiday Safety Tips from the CSPC

The holidays can be a time for family, celebrations, gift giving and joy. With all of the extra décor and happenings, however, there can be some new risks that arise during the holiday season. And understanding what these risks are can be the key to minimizing them and avoiding serious injuries – and making the holidays as safe, memorable and fun as possible. To this end, here are some important holiday safety tips Read More

National School Bus Safety Week Kicks Off on Oct. 19th

From October 19th through the 23rd is National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW), a campaign dedicated to promoting school bus safety. Sponsored by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), NSBSW encourages children to get involved, learn about or brush up on school bus safety practices and even participate in a national poster contest to depict this year’s theme, which is Be Smart – Be Seen, I wait in a Read More

Painter v. City of Humansville – City Employees Dropped From Death Case

Painter v. City of Humansville - City Employees Dropped From Death Case Five years ago, a rambunctious 4-year-old boy was playing with a friend near his grandmother's house in a vacant lot in Humansville, about 3.5 hours southwest of St. Louis. Several years earlier, a house on the lot had burned down, and owners of the property had cleared most of the debris. However, there remained a free-standing Read More

Myers v. City of West Plains – Missouri Appellate Court Affirms Child Injury Verdict

Myers v. City of West Plains - Missouri Appellate Court Affirms Child Injury Verdict A $425,000 injury verdict awarded to an 11-year-old boy who suffered severe knee injury at a public park in 2011 has been affirmed by the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District. Defendant City of West Plains argued on appeal in Myers v. City of West Plains that trial court abused its discretion in instructing jurors Read More

St. Louis Child Head Injuries Increase 20 Percent

St. Louis Child Head Injuries Increase 20 Percent Record snow falls and low temperatures may be partially to blame for the dramatic uptick in the number of head injuries treated by medical staffers at the St. Louis Children's Hospital Emergency Department. According to hospital administrators, the facility has treated some 200 patients with head injuries during the first two months of 2014, which is a 20 percent Read More

NHTSA Aims to Boost Child Protection in Side-Impact Crashes

NHTSA Aims to Boost Child Protection in Side-Impact Crashes Soon, child car seats could, for the first time, be required to protect children from injury and death in the event of a side-impact accident. According to STL Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing the requirement. The government is looking to upgrade standards on child car seats for children who weigh at least 40 Read More

Missouri Lawn Mower Accidents and Injuries Rise Sharply

Missouri Lawn Mower Accidents and Injuries Rise Sharply Last month, a local man took his young girls for a ride, pulling them on a trailer behind a lawn mower. He wanted to give them a ride as he cut his home's one-acre yard. According to STL Today, one of the girls, a 2-year-old, fell off and was run over, suffering a laceration from her pelvis to her buttock. The young girl was taken to St. Louis Children's Read More

Unbuckled Child Critically Injured in St. Louis Car Accident

Unbuckled Child Critically Injured in St. Louis Car Accident A 4-year-old was seriously injured after his father allegedly slammed into four other vehicles while trying to get away from the police. According to FOX2, the collisions happened at the intersection of Marceau and Broadway. The child was ejected from the vehicle as he wasn't properly fastened into a child's car seat. The driver allegedly tried to Read More

Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars in Missouri’s Summer

Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars in Missouri's Summer There have been at least eight children (mostly infants and toddlers under the age of 2) who died over the spring because they were left by a caregiver or trapped in a hot car. According to NBC News, seven of these fatalities happened in the month of May, and that's twice the average number of heatstroke fatalities for the month. Our St. Louis accident Read More

Fourth of July and Serious Risks for Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

Fourth of July and Serious Risks for Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere "Too often during the July 4th holiday, someone playing with fireworks winds up getting hurt, hurting a bystander or starting a fire," said State Fire Marshal Randy Cole. Even in recent weeks, two firework accidents resulted with serious injuries. One of them left a man with some serious head injuries in Camben County. It all happened when Read More