As summer temperatures peak across the country, it is important to be aware of children and heat stroke. According to the Manchester attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law, it only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to children inside. Click here for a video on how quickly a car can heat up. While it seems unfathomable to many parents to forget a child inside a car, statistics show that since 1990 at least 717 children have died from heatstroke when left unattended or after gaining access to an unattended vehicle.
Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, said about 52 percent of heatstroke deaths in cars are the result of a caregiver forgetting that a child is in the car, 30 percent involve children who got into a car on their own, and 17 percent occur because a child is intentionally left in a car.
Risks and Consequences
These tragedies can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Multitasking parents have their routines interrupted, forget something or reason the child is fine alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” SaferCar.gov offers these risks and consequences for parents to consider:
In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees.
Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
A child dies when his or her body temperature reaches 107.
The heat-related death of a child
Misdemeanor charges with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states if convicted
Felony charges, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
Note: Each state determines the age at which children can be left unattended in a vehicle, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone.
A-C-T to Prevent a Senseless Tragedy
Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
Create reminders by putting something on the backseat next to your child. This could include a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone, that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine. Put a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat as an additional reminder.
Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel trained to respond to these situations want you to call. You could save a life.
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Attorney Maureen Manning, partner with the Manchester Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, has been appointed to the New Hampshire Compensation Appeals Advisory Board. The five-member panel was established in 2003 to advise the Commissioner of the Department of Labor relative to candidates for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Attorney Manning was appointed to the advisory board by the New Hampshire Association for Justice as an attorney who represents those injured in workplace accidents. “I am greatly honored by this appointment,” said Attorney Manning, a past-president of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, a statewide professional association of trial attorneyswho represent injured victims. “The Compensation Appeals Advisory Board decides the rights and benefits of injured workers in our state and it is important to ensure that all of our citizens have a chance to receive justice by having fair and impartial board members.” The Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, located at 87 Middle Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, handles cases involving personal injuries, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, family law/divorce matters, and Social Security disability. Attorney Manning is joined in the practice of law by her partner, Attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman, associate Attorney Dan McKenna, and of-counsel Attorney Ellen Musinsky. Attorney Manning, a former member of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and is a past-president of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. Attorney Manning, who is admitted to practice in New Hampshire federal and state courts, is a frequent guest speaker at legal education programs where she instructs other attorneys in trial, advocacy, and settlement skills.
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“I am greatly honored to have been recognized by my professional colleagues,” said Attorney Zimmerman, who is also a member of the association’s Board of Governors. “I am very proud to belong to an association that works to protect constitutional rights and to make sure that all our citizens have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they have been harmed by the acts of others.”
The Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, located at 87 Middle Street in Manchester, NH, handles cases involving personal injuries, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, family law/divorce matters, and Social Security disability. Attorney Zimmerman is joined in the practice of law by her partner, Attorney Maureen Raiche Manning, and associate Attorney Dan McKenna.
In addition to the New Hampshire Association for Justice, Attorney Zimmerman is a member of the Manchester Bar Association, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, and the Zonta Club of Concord. Attorney Zimmerman, who lives with her family in Amherst, NH, is the author of the definitive military divorce guide, Divorce in the Trenches.
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