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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

What should you do if you're bitten by a dog?

When an animal bites, it's something that you may not be expecting. Maybe you were just walking down the street when it happened, or you were visiting friends. Whatever the case may be, when you get attacked, there is no easy way to handle the situation.

Immediately following an attack, you need to seek medical help. If you're attacked by a dog on the street with its owners, they should not leave the scene. Any witnesses to the attack should stay where they are as well, so they can assist you and call for help. If the owners have the dog's paperwork, such as a rabies vaccine tag or other helpful information, get this for the emergency team and medical providers at the hospital.

Explaining premises liability and storm cleanup

Storms can roll through the San Mateo area without notice. They can bring with them heavy wind, downpours, lightning and leave behind quite a bit of damage. Many property owners often wonder how long they have to clean up their property following a storm. They worry for good reason too. They don't want you to get hurt from the hazards left by the storm if you stop by for a visit, causing a premises liability lawsuit.

No one expects a property owner to remove the hazards left behind by a storm as it happens. This would just be too dangerous for them and anyone else who decides to do it. Property owners are expected to remove the hazards within 24 hours of the storm coming to an end. This is a more reasonable expectation that allows property owners time to assess the damage and figure out what they need to do.

Loud music makes people worse drivers

Driving can get boring, and people will go to great lengths to ease that boredom. A lot of distracted driving accidents happen because someone is intentionally trying to take his or her mind off of driving -- perhaps by talking on the phone or sending a text -- even though that is exactly what causes car accidents.

Probably the most widely accepted distraction is simply turning up the music. Many people do not think it's dangerous at all. Most people do it. In fact, studies have found that around 90 percent of people listen to music while they drive. When is the last time you drove in silence? It's probably hard to come up with one.

Tracking your medical expenses following a car accident

Victims of car accidents can find themselves in an even worse situation if they fail to properly track all of their medical expenses related to the crash. If you've been involved in any type of car accident in San Mateo, California, you need to keep a good record of every penny spent to care for your injuries, even if they were as minor as some bumps and bruises.

If you are concerned you won't receive enough compensation for your injuries, you can have someone take pictures of you before medical treatment is administered. This can help show the seriousness of the injuries inflicted so that you receive compensation that can help you recover.

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