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Children & Dogs Can Be A Dangerous Mix

 Children & Dogs Can Be A Dangerous MixWhile the old saying “the dog is man’s best friend” may be true in many cases, it’s not a guarantee, and it’s not an assumption anyone should make when a dog and a child that have never interacted before meeting for the first time. A dog, even domesticated, is still an animal, processing the world with its own rules, social signals and boundaries. A child is still learning about how the world works, and frequently tests rules or boundaries, or does something due to a lack of awareness that there are rules and boundaries.

For people that own dogs, this can put their animal—and by association, the owner—at some legal risk if pre-cautions aren’t taken.
You’re Responsible
A dog is not cognizant in the same way a person is. It can’t engage in discussion, can’t be warned of laws or regulations, and does need or have to understand the social nuance of person-to-person interactions. This means that as loving and friendly as dogs can be, there’s also a certain unpredictability to them for people that don’t take the time to understand how dogs see and interact with... ...read full post

Brain Injuries Hurt In More Ways Than One

Brain Injuries Hurt In More Ways Than OneWith most other injuries that are sustained in accidents, such as a car accident, or a slip and fall in a commercial space like a shopping mall, or amusement park, an injury to a single organ is straightforward. A broken arm means that there’s a loss of mobility in that limb, and recovery may require a cast, or even pins in the arm depending on the extent of the damage. However, everyone knows exactly what to expect from a broken arm, or liver damage, or a punctured lung.

The brain, however, is an entirely different story. As the literal nerve center of the human body, multiple functions are regulated by this single organ, meaning that any injury to it can be difficult to predict because there isn’t just one possible side-effect. Some of the consequences a victim brain injury runs the risk of experiencing are:
Mobility Impairment
It is the brain that issues the “orders” to other limbs in the body to move when a person wishes to walk, run, text a message on the phone, or lift a fork to eat a meal. A brain injury can... ...read full post

Boating Accidents Can Be Deadly

Boating Accidents Can Be DeadlyIt should come as no surprise to any resident in Florida that with such warm weather throughout the year, and a state that juts out into the ocean, many residents and tourists take advantage of all the water with some boating. And when you have many boats on the water, there’s bound to be the occasional accident.

But sometimes the accidents can be tragic and, worse yet, easily avoided. And while Florida has its fair share of boating accidents, that doesn’t mean that Americans can’t get hurt in boats in other parts of the continent. And that’s exactly what happened to one American up north.
A Summer Bird Tragedy
It’s common for Florida to play host to “snowbirds,” people from either the northern United States or even Canada, that come down like migratory birds to spend the winter in the warm waters of Florida. However, in this case, Gary Poltash, 64, of Florida, was a “summer bird” who went up to Canada to enjoy the warm weather of the southern part of the country during the summer.

Unfortunately, that decision cost him his life. On August 24th, 2019, at... ...read full post

What To Do If You Are In A Florida Motorcycle Accident

What To Do If You Are In A Florida Motorcycle AccidentFlorida is one of the best places to ride your motorcycle. With the beautiful weather, lovely coastline and highways, it is bikers paradise. But due to the amount of motorcycle drivers, Florida leads the nation in motorcycle fatalities. According to statistics, one fifth of all accidents in Florida involve motorcycles.
What To Do If You Are Injured In A Motorcycle Accident
If you have the misfortune to be in an accident there are several steps that can assist your case.

• Stay At the Scene If Possible: If your injuries do not require hospitalization, stay with your vehicle and wait for the police. This allows you to complete a proper accident report.

• Collect Information: Get the other driver’s personal and insurance information. This included the license plate number, car make and model. Take down any details of the accident, take photos, not just of the vehicles but the street or intersection from all sides. If you are unable to do so, get someone else to help you record this information.

• Do Not Interact With The Other Driver: Other than getting the drivers information, do... ...read full post

What To Do After A Jackknife Accident In Florida

What To Do After A Jackknife Accident In FloridaA semi-truck with a single trailer can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. That makes driving them extremely difficult, especially when it comes to turning and braking. This weight is also what makes a trucking accident especially dangerous. One of the most common types of semi-truck accidents is jackknifing. Jackknifing can cause catastrophic damage and severe injuries. Here is everything you need to know about jackknifing accidents.
What Is Jackknifing?
Jackknifing is a term for a type of semi-truck accident where a truck and a trailer go into a skid and the trailer swings out into a 90 degree angle. What makes these accidents so dangerous is that the movement of the trailer is extremely hard to predict. So even if the tractor misses the other motor vehicle, the trailer can cause a collision. In almost all cases, when a semi-truck jackknifes, it causes the entire truck to rollover because of the force of the velocity.
What Causes A Truck To Jackknife?
There are a lot of factors that can cause a semi-truck to jackknife including:

● Improper or sudden braking
● Sharp curves and turns
● Improperly loaded... ...read full post

What Is Tort Law?

What Is Tort Law?Like a lot of legal terms, the word “tort” comes from Latin. The original word was “tortum,” which means “wrong” or “injustice.” It can also mean “injury,” which is why today this area of law is often called “personal injury law” instead. However, while the name may be new, the basis of tort law goes back centuries.
Civil Law And Personal Injuries
The biggest division in the American legal system is between criminal law and civil law. When you break a criminal law, the government prosecutes you and decides if you deserve prison time or a fine. If you disagree with this, you can take your case to trial and have a jury decide your fate. When you break a civil law, it’s usually up to the person or business you wrong to demand that you stop or you compensate them for what you did. Civil law covers several areas like immigration law, trademark law, contract law, and patent law.

Tort or personal injury law is one of those areas. The idea is that if someone is responsible for injuring you, damaging your property, or killing a close relative, then you have... ...read full post

What Do I Do If A Tractor Trailer Hit Me?

What Do I Do If A Tractor Trailer Hit Me?When you look at the difference in the sizes between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles you can see how a collision can cause some serious damage to the passenger vehicle. While commercial trucks are often responsible, the tractor trailer driver is not automatically at fault for the accident. Usually the court and the insurance company will look at the entire circumstances before determining who is at fault.
How Is Fault Determined In A Tractor Trailer Accident
When a tractor trailer is involved in a serious accident there are common issues that could result in the driver being at fault, such as:

● Asleep being the wheel
● Driving under the influence
● Driver failed to check blind spots
● Driver did not use mirrors to look out for cars
● Driver was inexperienced.
● Improper training

In any of these cases, the driver will be liable for the damages caused by the accident.
The Accident May Not Be The Driver’s Fault
One of the largest contributors towards tractor trailer accidents is equipment failure. The driver are responsible for checking their vehicles and making sure everything is in working order. Trucks that are overloaded, cargo... ...read full post

Was Your Accident The Result Of A Recall?

Was Your Accident The Result Of A Recall?While most of us do not think we will have an accident when we get into the car, they do happen. So what if you or a loved one was in an accident and it was caused or made worse due to a defective part or vehicle malfunction? What are your legal options?
Can I File A Product Liability Lawsuit?
Last year, 29.3 million vehicles were recalled. While driver error is the primary cause of auto accidents, there are however times when an automotive defect either caused the accident or contributed to the injuries you sustained. In cases such as these, you have the right to file a product liability lawsuit against the car manufacturer, for the defective part that caused you to be injured.
Seven Common Car Defects That Can Cause Injuries
Hopefully you will get notified of a recall and fix the defects before any harm comes to you but realistically it does not happen consistently. In a product liability suit you claim the car was defective, you used it as intended but as a result of the defect you were injured and suffered damages. Some more... ...read full post

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