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Slip and fall case leads to $1.7 million reward

Way back in 2012, a 60-year-old woman was shopping in a Dollar General store outside of the state of California. The woman was walking down the aisles when she stepped in a puddle of spilled laundry detergent. The woman slipped and fell, fracturing her leg and shoulder. The injuries she suffered required numerous surgeries to fix, and the medical bills associated with the procedures totaled roughly half a million dollars.

The woman sued Dollar General within a month, and the case proceeded through the legal system for four years. During that time, the two sides tried to engage in mediation, but multiple sessions yielded no agreement. Eventually a jury ruled that the woman would be awarded $1.7 million for the incident. That ruling was made in late 2016, and Dollar General appealed it. 

Medical emergencies while driving could be aided by technology

Imagine that you are driving down the road one day, and you feel a sudden pain in your chest. "That's odd," you think. You're a relatively healthy person who keeps up with his or her doctor's appointments and checkups. So you keep driving thinking it's just a weird shooting pain. But it only persists and gets worse. Soon, you realize this isn't just a random ache or pain -- you are having a heart attack.

This happens surprisingly often, and it can lead to devastating car accidents. Medical issues while driving can pop up without warning, and they can lead to lives being lost in the most infuriating of ways. So is there a way to reduce these accidents or, maybe, eliminate them entirely?

31 deaths in 2016 related to dog bites

31 people were killed in the United States in 2016 due to a dog attack. What is amazing about that statistic is that of those fatal dog attacks, 22 of them occurred with a pit bull. That means 71 percent of the fatal dog bites in the country were done by pit bulls, even though this breed only makes up 6 percent of the population.

You can look at fatal dog attacks from 2005 to 2016 and the number stays relatively consistent. During that period of time, 392 people lost their lives due to dog bites. Of those deaths, 65 percent of them were attributed to pit bull attacks. Pit bulls aren't always bad dogs -- training plays a huge role in their development and how they are socialized is critical too.

Nearly 10,500 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2016

In some cases, car accidents are truly accidental. What we mean is: the drivers involved aren't doing anything negligent, and yet the two cars collide. And in many cases, these wrecks aren't serious in nature, though they do cause some damage to the vehicles. Still, the wreck can cause some serious headaches for the people involved.

Where a car accident becomes much more emotionally complicated is when a driver is negligent or reckless. This occurs in many different contexts nowadays. A driver could be using his or her cellphone. A driver could be extremely angry and driving in an aggressive and dangerous manner. Or, as is the topic of our post today, a driver could be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, and then go out and cause an accident that leaves the victim feeling as though their pain and suffering should never have happened in the first place.

School sued after student trips and falls on uneven pavement

You would think that schools of all types would be especially careful about their premises and ensuring the safety of the students that attend the school. But this doesn’t always happen, and sadly, it can lead to unfortunate consequences for innocent kids who are just trying to learn. An example of this will be the focus of our post today, and the story comes from outside the state of California.

An elementary school has been sued by a parent after a 2014 incident left the child with a large knot on her head and lingering headaches. The incident happened as the mother dropped off her daughter at school. The drop off zone that they utilized had uneven payment, and the girl tripped and fell as a result of this.

Safety is the primary concern when driving

It is hard to precisely identify exactly what causes a motor vehicle accident. This is because they happen all the time and under such varying circumstances. There are so many moving parts in any individual accident -- the speed of the vehicles, the setting of the crash, the mindset of the drivers involved, the time of day, the weather -- that pointing to any single factor does a disservice to the idea of fully investigating a crash.

That is why it is important to understand the many different common factors in car accidents.

Woman brutally injured after vicious 95-pound dog attacks her

A brutal dog attack outside the state of California left a woman with multiple broken bones, a bevy of cuts, bruises, and bite marks all across her body, and a neighborhood in fear. The incident occurred in New Jersey, after a woman went over to her neighbor's home and knocked on the door. She was simply trying to talk to the neighbor to warn him and his family about rat poison that had been discovered in the neighborhood.

As the man cracked the door open, his 95-pound Argentinian Mastiff plowed through and attacked the woman. She says she doesn't remember anything about the attack, but she has the scars and physical injuries to show it.

NHTSA: last two years have seen huge fatal accident increases

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about the rising fatality number in the state of California when it comes to car accidents. They have been on the rise since 2010, and now a new report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that this rise isn't specific to California or any given state -- it is a national problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

According to the new data from the NHTSA, fatal traffic accidents increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015. The numbers only went up from 2015 to last year, 2016, which saw a 5.6 percent increase. We have some severe problems out on the road right now, and without well thought out improvements, these numbers will likely only go up.

Two accidents lead to one fatality, multiple seriously injured

An unfortunate and uncommon set of circumstances led to a fatal wreck that ultimately involved seven vehicles, claimed one life, and left multiple other people with injuries. The fatal crash occurred because of another crash that happened on Highway 4 last week. That wreck was minor in nature and no one was hurt. However, it backed up traffic on the highway and caused a chaotic scene.

A 46-year-old woman was driving her car and approached the scene, ultimately slowing down and stopping in accordance with the traffic. But an SUV behind the woman did not stop in time, colliding with the woman's vehicle and killing the woman. Multiple other cars were hit in the wreck. Four people had to be hospitalized because of the injuries they suffered, including a child.

Slip and fall leads to 2 surgeries, pain and suffering

As we have talked about extensively on this blog, slip and fall incidents are outrageous because they usually mean that someone, some group or some business failed to uphold their duties to their patrons or guests. They were supposed to maintain a safe premises, and instead they allowed a dangerous condition to persist -- and someone got hurt as a result.

These circumstances are replicated again and again across history, and today is no different. We have a story from outside the state of California where an administrative assistant was working for a non-profit at a high school. While she was there, she slipped on a wet substance on the ground and fell. As a result of her fall, she suffered serious back injuries that required two surgeries.

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