The Rise – and Crash – of Electric Scooters

Since late 2017, when electric scooters started zipping around city streets and pavements, at least eight people in the U.S. have died and about 1,500 people injured while using a rentable e-scooter.  While these little, dockless vehicles are convenient and a possible answer to vehicle-related injuries, traffic congestion and air pollution they also bring safety… Read more

Full-Face Snorkel Mask Drownings

For decades, drowning has been the leading cause of death for tourists in Hawaii — far greater than the national average and many more tourists than residents drown. Snorkeling is the most common cause of injury-related death in the islands, but there’s an alarming increase in snorkeling-related deaths: only 19 people drowned while snorkeling between… Read more

Injuries Resulting From Porch & Deck Collapse

Deck Collapse is a greater problem than many people are aware of. Ever year, more than 6,000 people suffer serious injuries, life long disabilities and even death from a balcony, deck collapse or deck failure. Even though building requirements and codes have become more stringent over the years, millions of decks that were built decades… Read more

Fireworks This Season: Why Safety Comes First

It’s that time of year – when the night sky lights up with explosions of fireworks.  Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time for emergency rooms and hand surgeons treating fireworks injuries, from small burns to huge blasts.  Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, a former hand surgeon, told the Marietta Daily Journal yesterday that she spent many nights… Read more

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