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Understanding current dog bite statistics

Owning a dog is fairly common in California and elsewhere. Whether you own a dog as a pet or encounter dogs at friends and family's, it is clear that dogs come in all shapes, sizes and demeanors. Not all dogs look the same, and they certainly do not act all the same. Thus, people are often caught off guard when a dog suddenly acts aggressive. This is especially true when a dog bites or even attacks.

Data from 2017 revealed that 39 dog-related fatalities occurred that year. When looking at those fatalities, 29 or 74 percent involved a pit bull. This breed makes up around 6.5 percent of the total U.S. dog population. When looking at data for a 13-year period, it was found that 433 dog bite fatalities occurred. When looking at breeds for these deaths, 76 percent involved either a pit bull or a Rottweiler.

What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

For over two decades, the dangers of working with asbestos products have become apparent. While several industries frequently worked with this material, over time, it became clear that some of the serious illnesses experienced by workers were related to this material. Although it is not as widely used, workers can still come into contact with asbestos. Whether it is knowingly or unknowingly, this exposure could result in the development of a serious and even fatal workplace illness.

There are various illnesses that can be associated with asbestos exposure. When these fibers are inhaled, significant health problems could occur. These fibers could settle in the lungs and neighboring tissue. Over time, these settled fibers could spread to other parts of the body. It can take time, in some cases over 20 years, to notice the effects of asbestos exposure. However, the effects can often be a serious illness, like cancer.

Know what to expect with workers' compensation benefits

If you've been hurt while working, then you probably know that workers' compensation is supposed to be there to provide for your medical care and other needs. There are a few benefits people can expect from workers' compensation insurance including:

  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Wage replacement
  • Vocational training
  • Medical benefits
  • Death benefits

Workers' compensation pays for many of the expenses that you'll accrue as a result of your injury. If you are killed on the job, your family even has a right to death benefits.

Working to secure the workers' comp benefits you deserve

Going to a job tends to be very routine. Whether a person has been with an employer for years or just started, it is clear that even the safest work environment could have its hazards. Therefore, employees should always be aware of the hazards they may encounter each and every day they enter the work environment. Whether it is working at great heights or with dangerous machinery, sitting at a desk or repetitive motions, these factors could result in a worker suffering injuries. This could ultimately cause the worker to require medical attention and miss time from work as they recover.

Following a workplace accident, it is important to obtain necessary medical attention. This not only jumpstarts the recovery process, but also helps evaluate the harm and damages suffered. An injured worker may not be completely focused on understanding the cause of the workplace accident. They also may not be questioning what benefits they may be afforded. However, at our law firm, we are focused on helping our clients in the San Diego area understand their rights.

Four major types of fatal construction site accidents

All around us, we see buildings constructed. Whether it is a home, store, apartment complex or a business building, these structures are considered imperative to society in California and elsewhere. While important, some buildings in San Diego and elsewhere have many dangers on site. While construction companies work to prevent such injuries and to address them if they occur, the reality is that significant harm could happen if an accident were to occur, causing workers to seek compensation for their losses.

With regards to construction site accidents, there are several causes that could result in a worker suffering serious or fatal injuries. The first is falling. This occurs when a worker falls from a great height, a moderate height or on the same level. There are many causes for this, such as improper safety gear or other hazards in the work environment.

Repetitive-strain injuries require quick medical care

Repetitive-trauma injuries are injuries that arise due to performing the same movements time and time again. For example, if you work in a factory, you might complete a task several times a minute over the course of several hours. Making the same movements over and over again wears down your body, and if you are not careful, the motions can lead to injuries.

Repetitive-motion injuries are common in industries where you perform the same tasks several times a day. For instance, someone who types for hours on end might end up with tendinitis or carpal tunnel. Someone who lifts over their head might have trouble with their shoulders.

Drunk driving: A risk to everyone on the roads

There is never an excuse for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, yet people do it every day. This is particularly hazardous when there are more people on the roads, like around holidays and special events. Despite that, those individuals aren't worried about their actions, even though they could lead to injuries and deaths.

Did you know that around 3.3 people per 100,000 were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2017? While it may not seem like many people, the reality is that those people have families and friends who are seriously affected by the loss that an alcohol-related crash can cause. Even if people aren't killed in these crashes, they may end up with a lifetime's worth of serious injuries that change the way they experience life forever.

One seriously injured in semi-truck crash

Vehicles or varying sizes fill the roadways in California and elsewhere. Many assert that more large trucks are seen during the holiday season, as many shipments and deliveries are expected to be made in time for a holiday celebration. Nonetheless, no matter what time of year it is, passenger vehicles frequently encounter large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks. While it is common to share the road with these massive vehicles, large trucks do not operate and maneuver the same way passenger vehicles do. They must take wide turns, they have large blind spots and they cannot stop as quickly. These factors alone can be a major factor in a truck crash.

According to recent reports, a serious collision involving a sedan and a semi-truck occurred in Sane Diego. Reports indicated that the crash occurred on Interstate 805 during the nighttime hours. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of I-805 near Adams Avenue. The California Highway Patrol stated that the driver of the Hyundai sedan suffered major injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

Car accident injures bicyclist

With the agreeable weather in San Diego and the number of people who are interested in physical fitness, saving money and taking part in environmentally friendly activities, bicycle riding is a popular pastime. While these and other benefits are obvious, there are also inherent dangers with taking to the road on a bicycle. Many vehicles are operated recklessly. Drivers are often under the influence or distracted. This can cause a bicycle-motor vehicle accident. After this type of car crash, it is essential for those who were injured to understand the challenges they will face and consider a legal filing.

A bicycle-car crash sent the rider to the hospital. The accident happened at just after 11:00 p.m. when the vehicle drifted into the bicycle lane. The 29-year-old male rider was heading east in the bike lane. The male driver of a 2007 Toyota Corolla, 33, was in the right turn lane and hit the bicyclist. The rider was taken to the hospital with injuries that were said to be serious. They were not viewed as life-threatening. The driver stayed at the scene and was being cooperative. The driver was not believed to have been under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.

Safety tips all nurses need to know

As a practicing nurse, you probably already know that there are plenty of hazards lurking in the workplace. You may even have colleagues who have suffered injuries while working alongside you in a San Diego hospital. While many people think that working in health care is a safe job, it actually has one of the highest rates of workplace accidents.

Before your next shift, take the time to brush up on some safety tips so that you can avoid an on-the-job injury. Here are a few safety procedures that all nurses should follow.

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