Boating Safety

In the summer, many Minnesotans can be found boating somewhere in the land of 10,000 lakes. While boating can be a fun activity to enjoy, it can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2,724 boating accidents occurred in 2017 resulting in 384 deaths. The top five accident types are:

  1. Collision with recreational vessel
  2. Collision with fixed object
  3. Flooding/swamping
  4. Grounding
  5. Falls overboard

These types of accidents can be caused by the inattention or inexperience of the operator. More commonly these accidents are caused by the recklessness of the operator, such as driving at excessive speeds or boating under the influence (BUI). In order to be a safe operator or passenger on a boat, it’s important to know the safety rules and regulations for boating.

Kalkomey, a boat education course, says there are three responsibilities for every boater to follow:

  1. Practice good seamanship.
  2. Keep a proper lookout.
  3. Maintain a safe speed.

These responsibilities are in place to prevent boating accidents from happening. Because the water does not have streets to follow, it is much more common for boats to cross paths. Operators need to be cautious and aware of other boats on the water.

If you or a loved one was injured in a serious boating accident, contact GoldenbergLaw for a free case evaluation. We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury accidents. Call us. There’s no fee unless we recover.

 

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Contaminated Food

Eggs and Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Contamination

White and brown eggs in bowl on wooden table

Over 200 million eggs have been recalled by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. As of April 13, over 22 illnesses linked to the recall have been reported to the FDA.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported several instances of E. coli in romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. The warning previously only referred to chopped romaine lettuce, but it now extends to heads of romaine lettuce, hearts, and salad mixes. As of May 9, 149 people had reported E. Coli symptoms related to the outbreak and, of that group, 64 people had been hospitalized.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella Braenderup can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections and is especially dangerous to individuals with weak immune systems, namely young children, the elderly, and individuals already sick. Symptoms of Salmonella Braenderup include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, and diarrhea. In some cases, the organism can infiltrate the bloodstream and cause severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valve), and arthritis (joint inflammation).

E. Coli Symptoms

Symptoms of E. coli are similar to those of salmonella, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. In severe cases, the organism can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and even kidney failure.

The Effects of Food Poisoning

Unfortunately, tainted food can have serious short and long-term effects on an individual. Some individuals may experience severe long-term effects such as kidney failure, chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and even death. In addition, an individual may suffer emotionally and financially as they deal with the burden of hospital bills and time away from work.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

At GoldenbergLaw, we take food safety very seriously. If the manufacturers and distributors failed to warn about the contamination, they need to be held accountable. GoldenbergLaw is committed to promoting safety through accountability. Contact Senior Partner Stuart Goldenberg for referral opportunities.

Is Your Baby Formula Safe?

Baby Formula Neocate Associated with Bone Fractures & Rickets

Neocate is a prescribed formula for children and infants with food allergies and intolerances to regular formulas. It is recommended for children who suffer from cow milk allergy, soy allergy, short bowel syndrome and malabsorption, multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI) or Multiple Food Allergies, and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that children who rely on Neocate as their sole form of nutrition could be at risk of developing serious and debilitating bone conditions. To date, the manufacturer has failed to warn of this side effect.

Injuries Linked to Baby Formula

According to a 2017 Yale study, Neocate baby formula is linked to bone disorders, rickets, fractures, and low phosphate levels in infants and children. In this study, all 51 participants were taking Neocate as their sole or primary source of nutrition. Ninety-four percent of the participants saw signs of severe calcium and phosphate deficiencies, hypophosphatemia, and hypocalcemia. These conditions lead to serious injuries such as bone fractures, stunted growth, and poor development. Furthermore, the Yale study found that children who were switched to an alternative formula saw nearly immediate increases of phosphate and calcium levels in their blood, leading to eventual improvement of their skeletal development.

Manufacturer Fails to Warn

In 2016, Nutricia warned that babies and children using Neocate “should be routinely monitored by clinicians.” However, the company has failed to warn that children taking Neocate could develop rickets, spontaneous fractures, and broken bones. Nutricia has not disclosed that this baby formula could put your child’s health at risk.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

When it comes to the safety and well-being of your child, you can trust GoldenbergLaw. We are dedicated to promoting safety through accountability, and we want to help your family get the compensation it deserves. Contact us for a free consultation.