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Dog attacks are associated with significant financial damages

While many domesticated animals are well-trained and calm under all circumstances, some can present real dangers to people, both in public and at home. Dogs have been known to cause serious injuries and even death when they attack humans. In general, dog owners can be held legally liable for damages caused by their pets.

If you have suffered injuries that were caused by a dog that is not your own, the incident inevitably caused a great deal of pain and suffering, and this could have been accompanied by emotional trauma. In addition, you possibly also suffered financial damages as a result of medical bills and lost wages due to unpaid leave for recovery. If this is the situation, it is important that you take the time to understand how you can take action.

Your legal right to a safe workplace

Everyone in the United States has the legal right to be as safe as possible at work. While not all hazards can be mitigated completely, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to make sure that safety procedures and regulations are enforced in all workplaces.

Therefore, if you have a reason to believe that you workplace is dangerous in some way and your employer is not treating the situation with seriousness or urgency, you have the right to make a complaint with OSHA.

Do you know the signs of nursing home neglect?

Two former Ohio nursing home workers pleaded guilty last month to charges in the death of an elderly patient. The 76-year-old woman, who was suffering from dementia, wandered outside on a bone-chilling January night in Pandora.

She left the building at about 12:30 a.m., and was found – deceased – approximately eight hours later. The temperature that night was two degrees below zero.

The danger of cat bites

Ohio residents should know that while cat bites may seem like minor injuries, they can actually lead to serious conditions. The reason for this is that cats make small, deep wounds that seal over quickly and essentially trap the bacteria from the cat's mouth inside the wounds. Cats carry a range of bacteria that can cause tissue infections.

One of the most common types of bacteria is called pasteurella multocida. Those who are infected with this will develop red, swollen skin. Fever and flu-like symptoms are also common. If it spreads to the surrounding tissue, it will develop a condition called cellulitis, and if it enters the blood, it will cause septicemia (blood poisoning). The young, elderly, ill and immunosuppressed are most prone to serious infections. Death occurs in rare cases, but only in the absence of medical treatments.

Settling a concussion claim after a car accident

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, it is likely that you suffered some form of head injury or concussion. These injuries can have a profound impact on a person's life, because they can lead to effects such as memory loss, depression and balance issues.

Therefore, any medical or emotional issues that you suffered after developing a concussion should be addressed. It is likely that you had to pay for medical bills and had to take unpaid leave from work as a result of the accident. In many cases, these losses will probably be able to be covered by insurance.

The difference between intoxicated murder and manslaughter 

When a person was driving while intoxicated and caused a fatal crash because of his or her intoxication, it is very likely that he or she will be charged with either intoxicated manslaughter or intoxicated murder.

If you have been affected by a fatal car crash in the state of Ohio, it is important that you take the time to learn about how crashes caused by drug or alcohol intoxication are charged.

What's recoverable in a nursing home injury claim

Ohio residents who have been hurt by improper conduct at a nursing home may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Before filing, however, it's important to monitor injuries and keep financial records. Expenses to record include hospital, nursing and laboratory fees as well as the cost of any medications and prosthetic devices. One must also anticipate future medical expenses if the injuries have caused long-term disabilities.

Victims may be compensated not only for these expenses but also for their pain and suffering. Such a claim could even cover any pain and suffering that is likely to arise in the future and "phantom" pain, which may not be readily apparent to others. If the injuries lead to a loss of enjoyment of life, this could increase the amount of a settlement.

Why are so many nursing homes understaffed in Ohio?

Nursing home residents must live in supervised accommodation for a reason: because they are not well enough to be capable of caring for themselves and living independently. Therefore, the nursing home resident has a reliance of the staff in the nursing home to be provided with adequate care. Unfortunately, it has been reported that 90 percent of nursing homes across the United States do not have the adequate amount of staff employed.

Understaffing in nursing homes is a huge issue, and it effects the health and well-being of thousands of nursing home residents across the country, including in the state of Ohio.

Ohio man's family sues Cabela's for wrongful death

According to news sources, the family of a man who was murdered in 2016 has filed a lawsuit against Cabela's for wrongful death. The 21-year-old man was killed by a man who is now 69 years old. The older man was convicted of murder and is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at the Richland Correctional Institution.

The complaint was filed by the family in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas. Cabela's reportedly sold the black powder gun that the older man used to shoot the 21-year-old man. The older man had a prior conviction for a felony assault in 2001. The plaintiffs are arguing that Cabela's should not have sold the gun to the man because he was prohibited from owning firearms.

Preventing infection after a dog bite

Being bitten by a dog can be a very scary and traumatic experience. Whether it was your own dog, a friend's dog or a dog that you never met before, it is important to be on the safe side when it comes to your health and safety and pay a visit to the doctor as soon as possible. While the medical costs of getting treatment are likely to be high, you may be able to make a claim for damages against the owner of the dog that attacked and bit you.

It is estimated that 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and most of them are children. The initial treatment for a dog bite can be done at home, but there are certain risks associated with such injuries, and if there is a lot of bleeding or swelling, it is even more important to see a doctor right away.


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