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Two Teens Die in Car Crash in Clermont County Ohio Seat Belt Use Not The Reason

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

As a personal injury lawyer and as a father its so sad to read about the death of teens in car wrecks.  It happened again in Clermont County Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to look at a one car crash that killed 2 people in Clermont County. The car wreck  occured about 9:40 p.m.  December 30, on Stonelick-Williams Corner Road in Stonelick Township,  just north of an old covered bridge. Local 12 WKRC reported on this loss complete with video as did the other area media outlets .

Skye Gabriel of Norwood, a 19 year-old,  and 18 year-old Corey Peacock of Milford were identified as the two people killed.  A preliminary report  shows that Skye Gabriel was driving a silver Honda Civic, and failed to negotiate a curve to the right. The car went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

As usual the reporting includes whether someone was wearing a seat belt. I find this so not newsworthy and wonder why the media reports this.  One wonders what really went wrong. Surely it was not the seat belt that caused the car to leave the road.  I’d venture to say the seat belt had nothing to do with the crash.

We read this story and move on with our lives , but life will never ever be the same again for these families that lost loved ones.  I ponder this as my 15 year old son asks me to be able to get his temps at 15 1/2. It scares the hell out of me.

I recently wrote an article on the subject of teen driving and have offered up access to the parent teen safe car driving contract  . It’s available for free download at many different web sites.  At least it is one small car accident safety tool. it’s useful to get a dialogue with your teen and set your expectations. But it’s certainly not fool proof. Sadly nothing is. Graduated driving in terms of the teen car driver’s responsibilities and activities is another tool to help prevent car wrecks.


Our mode of transportation car driving has always had a deadly risk to it. Whatever you can do to help eliminate the risk is a worthy endeavor. Our Ohio legislature is debating the complete ban on cell phones. Condolences in these times seem too little and belated . But what else is there once a terrible loss occurs. 

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Child Injury – Is My Child’s Toy Dangerous by Cincinnati Injury Lawyer

Monday, November 28th, 2011

This is the final article in a series on child injury focusing on dangerous toys. The first three articles talked about the primary injury hazards and toys on the market currently that are dangerous. The four primary hazards discussed from child toys were : Choking, Strangulation, Loud noises , and Toxins.

At my web site Anthony Castelli Attorney accident and personal injury lawyer I provide a resource  My Child Injury Safety Resource page for you to check on the common and not so common hazards that our children face. A great resource I draw from is SafeKids. You can go to my Resource page and get information about the following:

Bicycling and SkatingCar Seats, Boosters and Seat Belts, –  Choking, Suffocation and Strangling

Drowning,Water, Pool SafetyFallsFires, BurnsAround CarsPlaygroundspoisons- Toys

There are many more hazards to children than just toys , but this series has emphasized dangers to your child from toys. For example draw stings in upper wear can be a stangulation hazard. Especially for children under 12. The CPSC considers draw stings at the neck to be defective for children and subject to recall. So don’t just limit your concern to toys, but I thought this would be a timely topic for the holiday shopping season.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Child

1. Examine toys carefully for all potential dangers. Remember the CPSC does not test all toys.

2. Do not let your child play with magnets. If swallowed they can cause serious injury.

3. Do not purchase clothes with drawstrings at the neck.

4. Do not buy metal or plastic toys if your child will  put their mouth on them.

5 Take this downloadable Toy Safety Tips Brochure.

It’s critically important that parents take a proactive approach to the toys you buy for your children. Educate yourself so you have a better idea of what product is potentially unreasonably dangerous to your child. Here is a great child injury resource to check on what products have been recalled. This Toy and Product Recall Finder is an excellant tool. You put in the name of  the toy and it tells you if it was recalled, describes the hazard and tells you exactly what to do. GET THE TOY AWAY FROM YOUR CHILD.

If you have a child injury  contact Cincinnati Personal injury Lawyer Anthony Castelli Attorney at 621-2345 for a  free consultation.

PS Also remember balloons and marbles though fun in the hands of a small child are a choking hazard. And wouldn’t you be surprised to know that even some Thomas the tank cars were recalled because of lead paint. I was.

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Child Injury – Toys That Kill Part III by Cincinnati Lawyer Castelli

Monday, November 28th, 2011

This article on child injury is the third in a series about dangerous toys that are being sold right now. Toys that can maim and/or kill. In previous articles we dealt with toxic toys , those containing lead or phalates. These articles are prompted by research done by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group and the report they authored Troubles in Toyland.

This article will emphasize the toys that are out there that can kill. As a Cincinnati personal injury attorney the saddest thing I see is the death of a child. It’s deeper than calling such a death a tragedy, especially when it could have been prevented. Criminal law rarely holds the wrongdoer responsible. That’s why it’s left to a personal injury wrongful death lawyer to bring the wrongdoer to justice by making them pay where it hurts the most, in the pocketbook.

The two biggest risks of death from toys are choking and strangulation. The United States Consumer Protection Safety Commission banned the sale of toys intended for children under  the age of 3 if they fit inside a choke test cylinder , which has a diameter of 1.75 inches. This approximates the throat of a child under three.

This also applies to toys that during use and abuse can separate and have an object of that size. There are three factors that determine if a toy is for use for a child under three:

1. the manufacturer’s stated intent, the age labeling,

2. the advertising and marketing of the toy,

3. is the toy commonly recognized for use by a child under three.

Here are the toys identified as choking hazards without proper labeling or warning, there may be more.

Child injury choking hazard


Child injury Choking Hazard

1. Wooden block set manufactured by toy smith . Several blocks fit in the small parts test tube.

2. Sesame St Doll Oscar. Garbage can lid hat comes off easily, fits in small parts test tube

3. Green rubber grape by Iwako. Missing required choke hazard warning label as it fits in tester but determined for ages 3-6

Other toys are mentioned . Primarily because of a lack of warning since even though they fit through the small ball tester they are directed toward children 3-6

The warning  looks like this :Warning Choking Hazard. Not intended for children under 3 .

For some reason this appears a bit arbitrary. For instance marble are sold. they are a choking hazard. They just need a warning. No one is going to say ban marbles. And certainly there is a large part of parental responsibility in watching over your child.

If you have questions about your child injury contact Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Anthony Castelli Attorney 513-621-2345 for a free consultation.


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Child Injury – Watch Out For Dangerous Toys Part II by Accident Lawyer Anthony Castelli

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Whirly wheel child injury lead hazard

Whirley wheel child injury hazard

This is part two of a series on dangerous toys that are out there in the market place that can cause your child a personal injury even death in some cases. Much of this material is taken from a 2011 Study called Trouble in Toyland 2011. This study identified four major hazards about certain toys : strangulation, toxins,  choking and excessive loudness. Part I in our series included coverages on one of the toxins and two of the toys that had something in them called philates. Click on this link to read the first part of the series on  My Child Injury at my blog CincinnatiPersonal Injury and Accident Attorney .

The second toxin dealt with was lead. The dangers of lead based poisoning in children has been known for some time. One of the well known hazards is paints chips in older apartments and houses. But the recent report implicated several toys.

Lead was banned in the US in 1978 from house paint, dishes and products marketed to children. Lead can cause IQ and attention deficits, hyperactivity, impairment of hand eye coordination as well as permanent brain damage and death. The consumer product safety commission has issued standards regarding lead. Toys containing 100 ppm are now banned. In the past year nearly 200,00 toys were banned.

However the Ohio research institute found three toys with lead in them that exceeded the 100 ppm standard. The toys are as follows:

1. Little Hands Love Book    300 PPM

Lead hazard for child injury


2. Whirly Wheel                        300 PPM


3. Spritz medals         140 PPM

You can see these toys look harmless. there is nothing to indicate there is lead inside  these toys that could cause significant damage to your child.  As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer I hope I never have another child injured by lead. If you have any suspicion at all that your child has put something in their mouth that you later learn had lead content make sure you take them to Cincinnati Children’s hospital to be tested.

If you have any questions contact Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Anthony Castelli Attorney  at 513-621-2345

Child injury lead hazard toy

Child injury lead hazard toy

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My Child Injury – Watch Out For These Dangerous Toys Series by Anthony Castelli Attorney

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

This article is about preventing child injury from dangerous toys. As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer I’ve seen the pains an injured child goes through as well as the effect on a child’s parents when their child is seriously injured. Once the damage is done it seems so insignificant to get compensation for the child injury. However , if the manufacturer or wrongdoer of a dangerous toy is hit hard enough in the pocket book possibly they may make safety changes.

Recently an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer  gave 3 square inches to this headline, Report Identifies Dangerous Toys. This report was from the Ohio Public Interest Research Group’s 2011 Trouble in Toyland. The report explicitly mentioned 12 toys that were dangerous. The report breaks down the dangers to your child into these 4 injury categories:

  1 Toxins in Children’s Products

 2 Choking Hazards

Excessively Loud Toys 

4. Strangulation Hazards

Lead , cadmium and phalates are the three most dangerous toxins often found in childrens’s toys. Most of us have heard of lead hazards , but how many even heard of the word Phalate. As a child injury lawyer I was shocked to hear about this compound. The plastics industry uses these pervasively to improve flexibility of products and they are used in personal care products. They produce hazards such as reproductive defects, premature delivery, early onset of puberty, and lower sperm counts.

Every person in America is presumed to have some level of phalates in their system . The challenge is to keep the level below what can produce harm. Unfortunately who really knows the total damage these things can cause us. The chidren’s toys called Funny glasses and Sleep Masks were noted by the study to  have higher than allowed phalate levels.

As a result of pressure Congress banned about 6 types of phalates. Several states have instituted even more significant bans. Ohio is not one of them . I suggest you contact the state and consuper protection commisions to voiec your concerns.

Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer Anthony Castelli Attorney invites you to contact him if your child has been wrongfully injured or hurt in any way. For a free consult call 513-621-2345 or fill in the information in the box.



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