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NEWPORT BEACH: Sydney Fernandez, 12, is Winner of The Seegmiller Law Firm Thanksgiving Essay Contest

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Attorney West Seegmiller Awards $1,000 to Syndey Fernandez for Thanksgiving Essay Contest at her School Our Lady Queen of Angels with Principal Eileen Ryan.

Thanksgiving Essay Contest Winner Wrote About her Loyal Dog Max

NEWPORT BEACH, California (Dec. 6, 2013) — Sydney Fernandez, 12, a sixth-grader in Mr. Landero’s class at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Newport Beach, was named winner of The Seegmiller Law Firm’s first “What I have to be thankful for” Thanksgiving essay contest.

Syndey was one of dozens of young people ages 12 and under who competed for a $1,000 prize in this year’s competition.

“We had a lot of touching entries for this year’s competition, however, Sydney’s essay really captured the spirit of what Thanksgiving is all about,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the California personal injury law firm headquartered in Newport Beach.

Mr. Seegmiller surprised Sydney at her school with the check for $1,000 in front of her classmates and teachers.

“Dogs are loyal aren’t they? Seegmiller told the students. “I love dogs and (Sydney) loves dogs and she wrote about her dog Max who just died recently, but he gave her a lot of love and a lot of loyalty.”

“What I am Thankful For” by Sydney Fernandez

There are number of wonderful things that I am grateful for, like the gift of life, being an American citizen, my family, my friends, access to a good education and much more. But, there is one thing I am the most grateful for. Dogs! Dogs of all types. I know you might be wondering why I am grateful for dogs, so here is the reason.

Ever since I could remember, we’ve had a number of pets. But when I turned 10 months old we got a dog named Max. When I would have a bad day at school, he would always be there to comfort me. When I was 7 years old my brother Matthew passed away. I would not stop crying for weeks.

I sat down on the couch and Max jumped on my lap. Every day when I came home Max would always be there to comfort me. He followed me around until I felt better.

Sydney Fernandez, 12, and her loyal dog Max who she wrote about in an essay

I used to be a shy kid, and now my shell has been opened up because of my dog Max. He was always there for me no matter what. Through thick and thin, he has always been by my side until the end. He was a true best friend. Not only to me, but to every dog he met. So, when Max passed away this year, in honor of my little buddy, I was motivated to help the dogs at the high kill shelters.

I opened a charity called Puppy Love Charity so the dogs at the animal shelters can have homes just like Max did, and others could have a friend like Max was to me. 9.2 million Dogs a year die from not getting adopted. If he were still here today, he would befriend you. Why not give a dog a chance? Why not let the dog open up your world for you, as Max did for me? That is why I am grateful for dogs.

About The Seegmiller Law Firm

Before establishing his own firm in 1981, Seegmiller served as a judge of the California Superior Court for 10 years.  He has earned a sterling reputation for seeking justice for ordinary people including the underdog, the powerless and those who otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

Seegmiller has taken on such corporate titans as Coca Cola and Rockwell International and emerged victorious. Not one to leave things to chance, he even built an actual courtroom in his law offices where he hires mock “juries” to hear his cases before he tries them before actual ones.

For more information about The Seegmiller Law Firm visit our website at theseegmillerlawfirm.com or contact us at 1-855-275-9378.

 

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: State Investigators say Summerlin Hospital Wasn’t Taking Proper Precautions when Mother with Tuberculosis Went to NICU/ So Far 26 People Infected with TB

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (November 05, 2013) – Summerlin Hospital admitted a new mother into the NICU in order to visit her newborn twin baby. The mother was infected with Tuburculosis prior to her NICU visit. Her newborn baby was also infected. Both the mother and baby later died from the disease. Now state investigators are saying that Summerlin hospital did not take the proper precautionary measures when the mother was visiting the NICU.

The mother was known at the time to have been running a fever of 103. She also did not know why she was so sick. A report from the Nevada Beaureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance shows that a doctor was speaking with the parents at the baby’s bedside, even though the mother’s fever was known at the time.

Months later a nurse stated that the infected mother with the fever would have been required to wear a mask and gown as well as her husband, and the report states that it is unclear whether the ill mother and her baby were even wearing a mask and gown at the time.

“Regardless, anyone with even a  common cold or any illness or infection, let alone TB,  usually is not and should not be allowed in such an extremely sensitive area such as a neo-natal intensive care unit,” states attorney West Seegmiller. “I believe this was negligence on the part of Summerlin Hospital.”

(Sources: Associated Press, 8NewsNow.com)

(Copyright 2013, The Seegmiller Law Firm, All Rights Reserved)

 

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What Age Should Children Trick or Treat Alone on Halloween?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Children Under 12 Should Have Adult Supervision — file photo

Children Are 4 Times More Likely to be Killed by Motorist on Halloween Night

Many parents wonder whether their children are old enough to trick-or-treat on Halloween unsupervised, but studies show that kids under 12 years old need an adult with them because they lack the required maturity to navigate roadways at night alone.

Indeed, children are under pressure on Halloween to acquire as much free candy as they can get their little hands on in a limited amount of time. They dart from door-to-door in costumes that often obscure their peripheral vision and hearing, wear flowing outfits are often tripping hazards as well as cumbersome footwear, and bring with them other accessories such as swords and wands that can distract them from paying attention to motorists.

These kids are crossing darkened roads mid-block instead of at marked crosswalks and corners which have been proven to be the safest way to cross a street. They are also often distracted as they respond to calls from friends to hurry up. Additionally, many children are wearing dark or black costumes making it difficult for motorists to see them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to determine the risk of children being killed on Halloween night based on statistics gathered over 21 years by the Fatal Analysis Reporting System from 1975 to 1996.

The CDC learned that children were four times as likely to be killed on Halloween night, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., than any other night of the year.  The results showed there were 89 deaths of children aged 5 to 14 years old on Halloween night in this 21-year period in the United States. That’s four deaths on Halloween night compared to one death on any other night at the same time.

The findings support the idea that children should be supervised by an adult on Halloween if they are 12 years old and under.

Some of the reasons cited are that these kids are physically smaller and less visible to drivers. Also, they will dart out between parked cars and take the shortest distance to a desired house even if it means crossing mid-block. Most children are not mature or experienced enough to anticipate whether a driver has seen them or is going to stop or keep going.  Also, those who do the right thing by crossing at corners and crosswalks, may still put themselves at risk as they may believe all drivers will automatically stop for them when that may not always be the case.

Here are some tips for parents:

  1. Supervise children 12 years old and younger
  2. Provide a curfew and geographic boundaries for older children
  3. Carry a flashlight, wear glow stick necklaces and reflective or light clothing
  4. Cross at well-lighted corners and crosswalks
  5. Never eat candy until parents have inspected it at homeWhat Age Should Children to Trick or Treat Alone on HalloweenMany parents wonder whether their children are old enough to trick-or-treat on Halloween unsupervised, but studies show that kids under 12 years old need an adult with them because they lack the required maturity to navigate roadways at night alone.

    Indeed, children are under pressure on Halloween to acquire as much free candy as they can get their little hands on in a limited amount of time. They dart from door-to-door in costumes that often obscure their peripheral vision and hearing, wear flowing outfits are often tripping hazards as well as cumbersome footwear, and bring with them other accessories such as swords and wands that can distract them from paying attention to motorists.

    These kids are crossing darkened roads mid-block instead of at marked crosswalks and corners which have been proven to be the safest way to cross a street. They are also often distracted as they respond to calls from friends to hurry up. Additionally, many children are wearing dark or black costumes making it difficult for motorists to see them.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to determine the risk of children being killed on Halloween night based on statistics gathered over 21 years by the Fatal Analysis Reporting System from 1975 to 1996.

    The CDC learned that children were four times as likely to be killed on Halloween night, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., than any other night of the year.  The results showed there were 89 deaths of children aged 5 to 14 years old on Halloween night in this 21-year period in the United States. That’s four deaths on Halloween night compared to one death on any other night at the same time.

    The findings support the idea that children should be supervised by an adult on Halloween if they are 12 years old and under.

    Some of the reasons cited are that these kids are physically smaller and less visible to drivers. Also, they will dart out between parked cars and take the shortest distance to a desired house even if it means crossing mid-block. Most children are not mature or experienced enough to anticipate whether a driver has seen them or is going to stop or keep going.  Also, those who do the right thing by crossing at corners and crosswalks, may still put themselves at risk as they may believe all drivers will automatically stop for them when that may not always be the case.

    Here are some tips for parents:

    1. Supervise children 12 years old and younger
    2. Provide a curfew and geographic boundaries for older children
    3. Carry a flashlight, wear glow stick necklaces and reflective or light clothing
    4. Cross at well-lighted corners and crosswalks
    5. Never eat candy until parents have inspected it at home
    6. Homeowners should make a clear walkway for visitors to prevent trip and fall accidents
    7. Avoid costumes that are too long or poor fitting footwear
    8. Choose face paint instead of masks for outdoor trick-or-treating
    9. Motorists should drive slowly and be alert for children
    10. Avoid driving between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in residential neighborhoods
  6. Homeowners should make a clear walkway for visitors to prevent trip and fall accidents
  7. Avoid costumes that are too long or poor fitting footwear
  8. Choose face paint instead of masks for outdoor trick-or-treating
  9. Motorists should drive slowly and be alert for children
  10. Avoid driving between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in residential neighborhoods
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LOS ANGELES: Man Rescued by Dozens of LA Firefighters After Stuck in Chimney on 8th Street

Friday, October 25th, 2013

LOS ANGELES, California (October 25, 2013) — One Los Angeles neighborhood may have thought Santa Claus was making an early visit Friday morning, but instead it was more like the nightmare before Christmas when they learned a man was actually coming down their chimney.

Some 40 fire fighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called this morning to rescue the man who got stuck 30 feet down a furnace chimney in a 4-story apartment at 2795 W 8th Street at Magnolia in Los Angeles.

The rescue also included a team from the US Army Reserves and together they quickly freed the man from the bottom, near a basement. The man was transported by ambulance (apparently he didn’t have a sleigh) to a local hospital in fair condition. Los Angeles Police are looking into the circumstance leading up to the incident.

–The Seegmiller Law Firm

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Possible TB Outbreak in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Summerlin

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada: (October 07, 2013) – The Southern Nevada Health District is asking all parents and their babies get tested for tuberculosis after possible exposure this past summer at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Summerlin Hospital.

The announcement was made Monday. Apparently there was a patient with active tuberculosis that was in the unit and may have exposed staff to the disease. Some hospital staff tested positive to TB infection.

An investigation did show that no babies had come into close contact with the particular TB patient and the risk that a baby might have been infected is supposedly small.

The health district is notifying all families that have been affected by this incident.

“If anyone’s vulnerable baby was infected with this deadly disease, they should seek legal representation straight away,” states attorney West Seegmiller. Mr. Seegmiller is the owner of West Seegmiller Attorneys in Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Newport Beach, California.

Sources: 8NewsNow.com

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