With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Hospital Health: 1 in 25 Getting Sicker on Visit

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 25 hospital patients has a healthcare-acquired infection (HAI). HAIs are infections that are contracted in a hospital or another healthcare setting. Hospitals can often prevent HAIs by simply following the most basic patient safety rules, such as proper handwashing. In fact, […]

Oktoberfest: 2 Million Gallons of Beer, Brats, and Bumper Cars

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany, in 1810. Traditionally, the festival runs from the first weekend of September through the first Sunday in October, and it is now celebrated in cities around the globe, including many in the U.S. Last year, festival goers consumed 2 million gallons of beer in Munich alone. German beer is the […]

Farm Accidents at Harvest Time

Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. For most, it is not just a job, it is a way of life. Agriculture is the deadliest industry in the U.S., and one of the few where it is common for the entire family to share the work and live at the workplace, […]

Are Your Candles Poisoning You?

Whether you enjoy the ambience, are dipping your toes in aromatherapy, or just want to cover up bad odors in your home, you need to know that paraffin candles are not the way to go. Paraffin produces toxic chemicals when burned, even if you are using unscented candles. Some wicks contain lead. Artificial and synthetic […]

Driving in Severe Storms

Flooding, high winds, and hail are just a few of the dangers you can encounter during severe storms. The official Atlantic hurricane season for 2016 is June 1st through November 30th, but severe conditions can crop up any time of year. The best advice is to avoid driving during severe weather, but sometimes you have […]

Auto Accidents During Pregnancy

If you are in an auto accident while you are pregnant, you should get checked out right away. Even if it was just a fender bender and you feel fine, you need to go to your doctor or the emergency room and make sure you haven’t suffered placental abruption or another injury that can be […]

More American Babies Dying

September is Baby Safety Month. Nothing highlights the need for more awareness and action, when it comes to baby safety, than the statistics on infant mortality in the U.S. compared to other countries. There are many factors that contribute to infant mortality rates, including premature birth. What is most shocking is that we rank so […]

World Suicide Prevention Day: Second Wind Fund

September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death, in the U.S. in 2013. For youth in Colorado, those aged 10–9, it is the second leading cause of death, according to the Second Wind Fund, Inc. (SWF). […]

Buzzed Driving? Why Staying Under the Legal Limit May Not Be Good Enough

When the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its Most Wanted List for 2016, one of its 10 points was to Eliminate Substance Impairment in Transportation. To that end, the federal agency, again, recommended that all states lower the legal limit on alcohol while driving to a BAC of .05 or lower. The NTSB first […]