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Prepare to face defenses to claims of an animal attack

Animal owners are generally expected to control their pets and livestock from harming others and their property. However, dog bites and animal attacks are, unfortunately, common and can leave victims with devastating and sometimes life-threatening injuries. While it may seem rather straightforward to allege that a person's dog attacked and caused harm to a victim, in some cases, pet owners assert defenses in an attempt to avoid legal liability.

For example, a dog owner may claim that a victim trespassed onto their property at the time of the dog attack. They may claim that they posted warnings regarding their vicious animal and that their animal was contained on the grounds of their property. They may attempt to assert that the alleged victim brought the harm upon themselves by entering the dog owner's land without permission and with a warning of the danger they may face.

Caterpillar plant has deadly workplace accident

Many Peoria area residents work at the Caterpillar plant or another manufacturing plant. Manufacturing jobs are usually good jobs that offer good pay and benefits. Although they can require hard work, it is often done in a safe environment. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and an injured employee may wonder about workers' compensation.

A recent article in the Journal Star highlighted the safety history of Caterpillar. After having no deaths in their plants in 2017, a recent accident occurred in a Wisconsin facility which resulted in a worker's death. It was the second death at that plant in 7 years. The employee was a welder at the plant and was struck by a steel plate in the welding shop that crushed him. The employee had worked at the plant for 23 years and died at a local hospital. OSHA is investigating the accident. Caterpillar reports their injuries have been reduced by over 90% for hours worked in 2017.

Traffic accidents may require many kinds of compensation

After any serious accident, you should always carefully consider who may bear responsibility for your injuries and material losses. In most instances, the safest, most effective way to recover fair compensation is through a legal claim against the individual or entity that caused the accident.

Depending on your particular circumstances, you might have a number of damages that you may claim. Take extra care to examine every area of your life for effects of the accident to create a detailed picture of how the accident impacts your day-to-day living as well as your ongoing health and employment.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents: Causes and safety tips

As a pedestrian, you realize that you could be part of an accident with a motor vehicle at some point. Of course, you don't want to think about this often as you realize just how dangerous it can be.

The more knowledge you have of pedestrian accidents, the easier it is to avoid trouble. Here are some of the top causes of accidents:

  • Reckless driving, including speeding
  • Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone or texting
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Failure to obey all traffic signals and signs
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks

Is it dangerous to be a pedestrian in 2018?

With the change of seasons to spring, the Chicagoland area feels like new. Gone are the icy sidewalks and bone chilling winds that keep most people indoors during the winter. The spring weather also beckons people to starting walking again. Not only is walking good for the body, it helps in maintaining communities.

However, there are dangers to walking, especially in densely populated areas where pedestrians must navigate traffic and cross busy streets. Indeed, pedestrians generally have the right of way in dense traffic, but a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration highlighted some disturbing trends.

A slip-and-fall incident can leave you severely injured

Despite long having been fodder for physical human and slapstick entertainment, slip-and-fall incidents are actually quite serious. They happen every day across the country, both to people while they work and to others who visit public spaces, like retail stores. Sometimes, the person involved in a slip-and-fall walks away with little more than a strong sense of embarrassment and a few bruises. Other times, however, the potential for serious injuries arises.

More than a million people each year seek treatment in emergency rooms across the country due to slip-and-fall accidents. People over the age of 65 may be at increased risk for severe injuries (such as broken hips), but anyone can sustain life-altering injuries when they slip somewhere and end up falling.

What should I do about my unsafe working environment?

When you have a reason to believe that your workplace is unsafe, it is likely to make you feel stressed and worried. Perhaps you believe that a serious accident could be imminent, but you feel pressure from your managers to keep working anyway.

Health and safety in the workplace are extremely important, and you should not take any risks. As a worker, the state makes it easier for you to be able to take action in regard to workplace health and safety concerns. They do this by putting in place protections for you as a whistleblower.

Freeport basketball team in accident returning from game

Saturday night, after the Highland Community College basketball team took on North Dakota State College of Science, they were returning to Freeport when their bus was involved in an accident injuring nine players. The accident occurred around 6:45 p.m., in Wright County on Interstate 94.

They were traveling east in a Coach bus when apparently the driver experienced a medical issue. Crashing into the median, the bus continued hitting trees and a freeway sign for another quarter of a mile or so. Finally, swerving back onto the road and then into the ditch, the bus came to a halt.

Hospital workers face many potential work-related injuries

Hospital workers and nurses are among the most at-risk workers in the United States when it comes to injuries on the job. In fact, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), hospital workers have more per capita missed work injuries than many other dangerous jobs.

While 147.4 construction workers out of every 100,000 full-time employees end up injured and missing work in any given year, that number is 157.5 for hospital workers. Working in a hospital carries a greater risk of injury than working on a construction site. That fact surprises many people, as does the face that overexertion is the single biggest cause of hospital worker injury.

What are the signs of a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury is every bit as serious as it sounds, as this is one of the most important parts of your body.

You can suffer a variety of injuries in a motor vehicle accident, with those impacting your spinal cord having the potential to change your life forever

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