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Coin Sized Button Battery Child Swallowing Danger: Parents Beware!

Button Batteries also known as coin cell batteries create a serious swallowing danger for children.  Unlike a coin, rock or small toy, if a button battery is swallowed by a small child it does not just pass through the body, instead it can cause serious and life threatening burns. Saliva immediately triggers an electrical current that causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours.  Once the burning reaction begins, it can continue even after the battery is removed. Coin battery in child's throat Coin battery in child's throat As batteries get smaller and are found inside remote controls, calculators, birthday cards and other small devices, these coin sized button batteries can be swallowed by children and stuck in the children's throats.  These devices sometimes are not designed correctly and the batteries can be too easily removed by children and then swallowed.  Severe burns, hemorrhaging and even death can result. Youtube: Joe Tunstall discusses the dangers of these batteries In 2010 alone, there were more than 3,400 swallowing cases reported in the U.S., according to Dr. Toby Litovitz, of the National Capital Poison Center. After ingestion of a button battery, the symptoms resemble those of the flu, including vomiting, fever, cough and lack of appetite. Data compiled from the National Poison Data System and the National Battery Ingestion Hotline, as well as a review of more than 8,600 swallowing cases and an analysis of recent medical literature, collectively explained how such accidents happen. In nearly 62 percent of cases, children under 6 are swallowing batteries they obtained directly from a consumer product. Nearly 30 percent find the batteries loose, while just over 8 percent get them from battery packaging. The danger of these coin sized batteries, both alkaline and lithium, is serious and the knowledge of the danger needs to be shared with the parents of all young children. The Battery Controlled is a campaign supported by Energizer, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, to alert parents and other caregivers to the hidden danger of swallowing coin lithium button batteries. Visit their informational website at Battery Controlled or at safe kids button battery ingestion. If your child is injured due to ingestion of a coin sized button battery contact our office to discuss.  O'Malley Tunstall, PLLC or 800 - 755- 1987.

Fundraiser O'Malley Tunstall with Wags 4 Tags 2013 Eat.Bid.Drink

On November 3, 2013 O'Malley Tunstall will help host the Second Annual Wags 4 Tags Eat.Bid.Drink Fundraiser at On The Square Restaurant in Tarboro, NC.  Wags 4 Tags unites rescued dogs from kill shelters and trains them to be companion dogs with psychologically and emotionally impaired Veterans in North Carolina.  Please contact Wags 4 Tags at their website or at [email protected] for more information.  see Wags4Tags Wags 4 Tags is a great organization with an awesome mission statement:

Do you need an Attorney for Workers' Compensation in North Carolina

If you have been injured on the job while working in North Carolina you may need a lawyer to help with your claim for lost benefits and medical expenses. Our workers' compensation lawyers have handled numerous cases where employees were injured at work and have taken them to every level of appeal through the Industrial Commission and all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court. Ask SuperLawyers: Do I need an Attorney for Workers' Compensation in North Carolina Please remember you must not rely upon your company to report your injury to the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You have a duty to complete a Form 18 yourself (Employees notice of Injury to the North Carolina Industrial Commission). If you have any questions about whether you should compete a Form 18 or how to obtain one from the North Carolina Industrial Commission please give us a call. Our attorneys are  involved in assisting injured workers with their rights after serious head injuries, herniated discs, neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones and injuries resulting in serious surgeries. Youtube: Joe Tunstall discusses the need for a work comp attorney in NC If you are a worker who was injured in an accident in your workplace, you may be entitled to receive Workers' Compensation benefits. Please report your on the job injury swiftly and to the correct person within your company. Often workers' compensation claims become complicated simply because of poor reporting of the injury itself. If you were involved in a car crash while working you may be entitled to both workers' compensation and personal injury recoveries. In order to recover for both, often an attorney may assist by negotiating the workers' compensation liens or having a hearing in front of a resident superior court judge pursuant to statute to have the workers' compensation lien reduced or extinguished. If you were seriously hurt on the job by the negligence of another you may want to discuss your claims immediately. Compensable workplace injuries include most back or hernia injuries, regardless of the cause, other injuries such as broken bones or injuries to the joints caused by accident and occupational diseases such as black lung, brown lung and other diseases peculiar to a certain industry. Your rights after a workplace injury are narrowly defined by the General Statutes; however, a large body of case law has developed explaining these statutes. At O'Malley Tunstall we speak with injured workers quite often that may not need an attorney to resolve their issues. If we can assist you, we will not hesitate to put you in touch with the correct person at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Attorney for Workers' Compensation in North Carolina The North Carolina Department of Labor promotes the health, safety and general welfare of over 4 million workers at over 238,000 businesses in this state. Whether you suffer from physical, emotional, mental disabilities or occupational-related disease, your employer provided insurance should give financial support. The laws require that your employer, or your employer's insurance company, compensate you, or your family, for injuries or death that occur during the performance of your job. Under the Workers' Compensation program, you may be entitled to benefits that include:

What You need to Apply for Social Security Disability, SSI

Board Certified Social Security Disability, SSI attorney Susan O'Malley's lists what she thinks you need to have and consider when applying for Social Security or SSI. Board Certified Social Security Attorney Susan O'Malley what you need to apply for Social Security, SSI
  1. Gather the Names, Addresses and phone number of the doctors that treat you.
  2. Make a list of all of your medications. Include the name, amount, how often you take it, what you take it for, how long you have taken it and the doctor who prescribes it.
  3. Make a list of the activities you can no longer do. See Worksheet.
  4. Make a list of your work history for the last 15 years. Include the years, name of employer and job duties.
  5. Keep all letters from Social Security.
  6. If you do not have insurance, apply for Medicaid and look for clinics in your area that will charge based on income or free clinics. List of free clinics by county.
  7. Follow the doctor's recommendations.
  8. Make a list of any other benefits you currently receive such as Medicaid or Veteran's benefits.
  9. Talk to your doctor about disability and whether they would support your application for it.
  10. Call our office if you have further questions about applying for Social Security, SSI or need assistance filling your application.
Board Certified Social Security Attorney Susan O'Malley discusses applying for disability
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