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Do child dog bite victims get post traumatic stress disorder?

A study conducted by Contemporary Pediatrics in 2011 revealed that as many as four million dog bites are reported each year in the United States. A significant number of the victims are kids. Researchers also found that while physical scars tend to heal, children who suffer dog bites often struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something that can affect their emotional, social and academic growth for a lifetime.

The researchers found that dog bite injuries -- specifically those that occurred at the shoulders or higher -- were particularly traumatic. They noted that a child having to endure an angry and vicious animal in their face was not an easily forgotten event. While they found that most adults began healing from such a traumatic event by sharing their experience with others, kids fail to do the same.

Car accident leads to ejection, death and 3 serious injuries

A serious car accident in California left one person dead and three more people with serious injuries. The person who passed away was actually thrown completely out of one of the vehicles.

The crash happened on Saturday, Dec. 15. It took place right around 11:00 p.m., according to reports, and it happened on Highway 101. It occurred in the northbound lanes.

Can I sue if I'm injured outside a premises?

If you are injured when you are inside a public premises, for example in a grocery store, movie theater or gym, it often comes as second nature to consider making a claim, especially if you believe that the premises was negligent. However, if you were injured when you stood in the immediate external vicinity of the premises, it is likely that you will not be sure whether you can hold the premises responsible.

If you are suffering as a result of what you would consider negligence on behalf of a property owner in the state of California, it is important that you understand your rights in regard to making a claim.

Steps can be taken by all motorists to reduce their injury risk

One of the reasons motorists are required to take both a written and physical driver's test is to make sure that they know the rules of the road well enough to avoid becoming involved in a crash and getting hurt. There are extenuating circumstances such as another motorist's poor driving that may make a collision inevitable. However, there are measures that a motorist can take to reduce the impact of a crash.

If you notice that a crash is about to occur, you shouldn't simply give up and allow it to happen without putting up a fight to avoid it. Instead, you'll want to remain focused and maintain control of your car as best you can. If you have any time to spare, then you may want to attempt an evasive maneuver to avoid the more serious of two outcomes.

Animal bite victims can die if they don't get medical help

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, animal bites are a leading public health concern. They can cause a victim serious injuries, disfigurement and psychological trauma. If left untreated, an individual who is bitten may develop both bacterial and viral infections resulting in their death.

Some of the most common types of bite injuries that doctors are asked to assess in emergency rooms are abrasions, scratches and puncture wounds. In serious cases, patients may also present with broken bones. Children are particularly vulnerable to this. Another common reason bite victims seek medical attention is because of a fear that they may have rabies.

Does a hospital need to provide safe conditions?

You know that doctors have to provide you with proper care or they could end up facing a medical malpractice lawsuit. For instance, if a doctor uses an experimental tactic without your consent and you get injured as a result, you may be able to sue for compensation.

But what if it is the building itself that is unsafe? What if the environment you enter puts you in harm's way? Can you then seek compensation after an accident?

3 reasons why the U.S. still has such high auto fatality rates

Car accident fatality rates are out of control in the United States. When compared to other high-income countries with technology and infrastructure similar to our own, the U.S. seriously outpaces them.

For instance, one study found that 10.3 people died in car accidents in the United States for every 100,000 people in the population. That's at the top of the "high" end. Even the next country in the high bracket, New Zealand, saw just 5.6 deaths per 100,000 people. In third place was Canada, with 5.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

A defendant enters a plea for a Half Moon Bay bicyclist's death

A 30-year-old male motorist entered a no contest plea in a felony hit-and-run resulting in a death case last Tuesday, Sept. 18. He stands accused of having been responsible for having caused a fatal accident along state Highway 1 on April 29, 2017.

According to a police report in the case, the victim, a 44-year-old Half Moon Bay man, had been riding his bicycle northbound along Highway 1 approaching Furtado Lane immediately before the crash occurred. Soon thereafter, witnesses reported seeing the cyclist being struck by the defendant's vehicle.

Tips for keeping your kids safe from dog bites on Halloween

As you begin planning your children's Halloween activities, it's important to take the time to talk to them about how to behave when they encounter dogs -- whether they'll be trick-or-treating that night or going to someone's home for a party.

Halloween is an exciting night for dogs. Lots of people are coming to the door. Treats are being handed out. When they go on their walk, there are more people out than usual, and they may be wearing long, flowing outfits and carrying candy and things that look like they'd make good chew toys.

What happens at a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent?

The legal limit for most drivers is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent. If you hit or exceed this number, you can get a DUI. There are other situations when you can get a DUI even with a lower BAC -- if it clearly impairs your driving or if you are a commercial truck driver, for instance. However, 0.08 percent is the legal limit.

So, what happens to you when you have enough drinks to hit that limit? A few potential side effects include:

  • Lack of judgment
  • Poor reasoning skills
  • Reduced coordination
  • Reduced self-control
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory, at least for short-term memories
  • Issues with speed control
  • Trouble processing complex information

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