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July 2016 Archives

Futures ruined by police officer after drunk driving accident

You often hear of drunk driving accidents and are probably familiar with reading about the victims on both sides of the law. Those physically injured or killed are mourned, their lives cut tragically short after committing no crime, simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And then sometimes you also hear a voice speaking on behalf of the person who made the decision to drive drunk. For whatever reason, with decision-making abilities greatly impaired, these offenders single-handedly wipe out lives, destroy futures and shoulder the burden of guilt. The offender faces criminal charges and serious consequences.

When the dog bites

Attacks by a vicious animal can be utterly terrifying. Beyond the physical damage, which can be substantial and can range from broken skin to death, is the emotional and psychological trauma, the embarrassment, lost wages, medical costs and hospital bills. If you have been bitten by an animal, it is important to get to safety and receive medical attention for any wound. Following that, you may want to report the attack to the appropriate authorities in order to prevent the animal doing the same thing or worse to another person in the future.

The potential cost of avoiding tragedy

During this past Fourth of July weekend, people across the country attended state and county fairs, munched on grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and watched in awe as fireworks lit up the night sky. What many people may not have heard were the sounds of emergency sirens signaling an abrupt end to someone's celebration.

How do I prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident?

When we enter a store or a commercial property, we have a certain expectation that the owner has done everything in his or her power to keep the premises safe from hazards. If there's snow, walkways should be salted. If there's a spill, it signs should be put up and the problem should be taken care of in a timely fashion. So you might think that an injury from a slip-and-fall accident should be an open and shut case.

New rule may reduce drug and alcohol related truck accidents

Since the 1990s, drivers of commercial trucks have been subject to drug and alcohol testing. However, privacy protections existed, limiting the release of and access to drivers' drug and alcohol testing results. Now, in an effort to improve both reporting and safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a rule that will create a driver database and mandate that carriers report truck drivers' failed drug test results. In addition, under the new rule, employers will have to search the database prior to hiring drivers.

Dog bite injuries and how to deal with them

Dog bites are relatively common in the United States. Around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treating dog bites is a complicated procedure, which leads to extensive medical bills. Dog bites may lead to several weeks of rehabilitation and lost wages as well. A person attacked by a dog has the right to claim compensation from the owner.

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