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The real cost of dog bite injuries

You may hear a news report about someone who was bitten or attacked by a dog from time to time. Unfortunately, these stories aren’t as newsworthy or prevalent as car accidents and other personal injuries, so you may not be familiar with how serious they can be.  However, each year, dog-related injuries result in costs of almost $900 million in the U.S. In Ohio alone, the value of dog-related claims was $30.4 million in 2020, making the state eighth when it comes to dog-bite insurance claims.  Potential injuries and consequences of dog-related incidents Dog bites are often much worse than...

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Rushed doctors can lead to serious mistakes

Does your doctor always seem rushed when you go into the office? Do you feel like they hurry in the door, still thinking about whatever they were doing prior to meeting with you, and then rush out as soon as they can to get on to the next appointment? It's not just in your head. The majority of patients –  three out of five –  believe that even their exams are rushed. Some reports claim that people may only get to talk for as little as 12 seconds before being interrupted by a medical professional when they first start the meeting. In short, your doctor is definitely in a rush and that could...

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When children get hurt, the whole family pays the price

Usually, the person who gets injured in a car crash or at a dangerous property is the one who suffers all of the consequences. They have a physical injury to cope with and medical bills to cover. They are the ones who miss work and who have to handle insurance claims. However, the situation is quite different when children get hurt. Whether they get attacked by a dog in a park or suffer broken bones in a car crash, children's injuries will affect not only their health and their quality of life but also their entire family. Injuries to children can often cost a lot more than similar injuries...

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Should I upgrade my car for one with airbags?

If you drive an old car that never lets you down, there are many good reasons to keep doing so. There are also many arguments as to why you should not. Perhaps the biggest reason to upgrade your car is safety. Airbags are maybe the most crucial of all the safety features modern cars come with. They could be the difference between surviving a crash or not. Not all cars are equal when it comes to airbags As the effectiveness of airbags became more evident, manufacturers looked for ways to cover more of the car with them. Front airbags became mandatory in the late 90s, but not all crashes are...

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Why some semitruck drivers are unfit to be on the road

Semitruck drivers do not have the luxury of waking up after a full night's rest and hitting the road after a hot meal. Most truckers are driving long hours, eating fast food, with an hour or two of sleep between jobs. Their declining health can impact how they drive and put you in danger when driving around them.  You should know that a trucker’s health is not the only reason you may be in danger: New truckers can be unqualified for the job Driver shortages have caused the trucking industry to reduce the legal semitruck driving age to 18 years of age from the original 21 years of age. These...

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Is a nursing home liable if a resident falls and breaks their hip?

Can you sue the home for damages if your elderly parent falls and breaks a hip while living in a nursing home? Many people assume that the nursing home is automatically liable for any accidents that occur on their premises, but this isn't always the case.  To file a successful lawsuit, you'll need to prove that the nursing home was negligent and caused your parent's injury. Resident have a right to expect a safe environment In Ohio, residents in a nursing home have the right to a safe and clean living environment. The staff must ensure that residents have clear pathways in their rooms,...

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Why you should reject an early settlement offer after an accident

The few days after an accident can be harrowing, especially if you suffered extensive injuries. Uncertainties about the future can lead you to make rash decisions, such as accepting an early settlement offer from insurance adjusters. Taking the money and moving on with your life may seem like a good move, especially if you are financially stretched, but it may not be your best option. Here is why. You will release the other party from liability If you agree to a settlement package offered to you by the at-fault party's insurer, it means that you are, in essence, closing your case. As a...

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Spring slip-and-fall accidents are right around the corner

Slipping and falling is an unfortunate part of life. Even under the best conditions, it’s possible for someone to slip, trip and fall on stairs, while walking or while participating in an activity like grocery shopping or going to a restaurant. The spring has some slip-and-fall hazards that aren’t as prominent as in other seasons, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for them and to make sure you’re being cautious while entering or exiting buildings, using walkways or walking on local trails. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Spring slip-and-fall risks Spring is the time of year when...

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Why might a semitruck crash into you?

Any motor vehicle could cause a crash, yet semitrucks can cause crashes far more devastating than other vehicles because of their size. Their size can also make them more prone to crash. Here are some of the reasons to watch out for if driving around them: They are longer A truck driver cannot clear a junction as fast as shorter vehicles. Anyone on a motorcycle or in a car that misjudges how soon another vehicle will reach the intersection they are crossing can often get out of the way in time with a quick blast of the throttle. Or, they may be able to brake hard and stop just in time....

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Don’t let your grief keep you from filing a wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one suddenly will completely change your life. You will have grief to process over your unexpected loss. The suddenness of a car crash or a death related to a defective product can make the grief even harder to handle. People may have left things unsaid that haunt them for years. They will likely struggle with denial, which is an early stage in the grieving process where the brain has a hard time acknowledging the sudden change. They may experience profound depression and struggle with taking care of themselves and their families. The grief they experience might also prevent...

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