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The costs of dog bites is high

Last week's blog focused on the incidence of dog bite attacks. This week's blog focuses on the costs associated with dog bites and dog bite injuries. When a victim has been injured by a dog bite in Massachusetts, pet owners are commonly liable to compensate victims for their injuries and damages regardless of liability except in a few special circumstances.

Victims of texting and driving are protected

The dangers of texting and driving have been discussed before on this blog. Awareness of the dangers of texting while driving has been increasing and, likewise, it is important for victims of car accidents caused by texting and driving to understand the options available to them when they have been wrongfully harmed.

Legal options for people injured by dog attacks

Annually, greater than 4.5 million individuals in the United States are bitten by dogs. Of that number, nearly one out of every five individuals bitten by a dog requires medical treatment for their injuries. Each year, greater than 800,000 individuals, at least half of them children, receives medical treatment and attention for a dog bite. In addition, children are more likely to be severely injured by dog bites. Proper training, socialization and education of pets and communities are tools to help minimize the number of dog bites that occur.

Fatal accident claims life of pedestrian in Massachusetts

A fatal accident in a neighboring community northeast of Worcester recently claimed the life of a 67-year old pedestrian. While walking alongside the roadway, the victim was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital following the fatal accident. Authorities are investigating the accident and reviewing evidence and witness accounts of what occurred, leading to the fatal accident.

Understanding the personal injury claims process

Being injured because of someone else's negligence can be overwhelming, especially in the midst of medical concerns, costs and expenses. Additional financial concerns may also trouble the victim who has suffered a personal injury, including lost earnings. Other financial, physical and emotional struggles may confront the victim as well, following a car accident.

Fatal workplace accidents by the numbers and what families can do

When a loved one has been wrongfully killed in a fatal accident, families may be left with myriad difficulties and unpleasant challenges ahead. Fatal workplace accidents are a serious concern for workers and their families. In 2012, there were 4,628 fatal workplace injuries in the United States. In 2013, there were 3,929 worker fatalities following fatal workplace accidents throughout the private sector. A little over 20 percent of fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry.

Pet owners strictly liable in Massachusetts with some exceptions

In general, pet owners are strictly liable in Massachusetts for harm their pets cause with some exceptions. A dog was recently saved from euthanization in a neighboring Massachusetts' community just west of Worcester. Authorities deemed the dog dangerous. Greater than 100 people from the community showed support for the dog who belongs to a local restaurant owner. According to police, the dog has bitten twelve people. According to supporters for the dog, individuals who have been bitten by the dog have been trespassing at the time the dog bite occurred.

What options are available following an on-the-job accident?

Personal injury accidents, including wrongful death accidents, can occur in a variety of different situations. Construction workers, for instance, can suffer serious injuries following a fall on the job. In addition, serious falling accidents may sometimes be fatal. Victims, and families of victims, may wonder what options may be available, and in what circumstances, to help with the harm suffered.

Understanding the seriousness of dog bites and resources to help

Animal attacks can cause devastating injuries. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4.7 million people are bitten in this country by dogs each year. Among these dog bite victims, 800,000 seek medical treatment for their injuries and half the number, or 400,000, of the reported dog bite victims are children. The highest number of injuries occurs in children ages five to nine. With a reported 74.8 million dogs considered pets across the country in 2007-2008, it is no surprise that such a large number of bites occur.

How can a claim for medical malpractice help those harmed?

Every day, many people in Massachusetts and elsewhere trust and rely on medical professionals. These individuals place their health in the hands of trusted medical professionals. In circumstances when a patient has been harmed by the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional, however, both the patient and the patient's family may wonder what legal options are available to help with the damages they have suffered.

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