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How can you prevent dog bite incidents this Halloween?

Halloween is days away. For many Pennsylvania residents this means that the kids have their costumes planned and their hopes set high to collect as much candy as possible. While fewer families these days might participate in the traditional door-to-door Halloween candy hunt, there are still many groups who enjoy the classic holiday tradition of trick-or-treating.

While some families don't participate in trick-or-treating due to worries about sugar, food allergies or the urban legend of dangerous candy, there is a different real threat to consider. Halloween is fun and exciting for kids, but the chaos of it all can result in dog bites or attacks.

Speeding remains a major factor in car accidents

There are reasons for speed traps. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities related to speeding consist of about 33 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes since 2002. The factors that contribute to speeding are complicated, and they're subject to numerous variables like:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • The type of roadway
  • Personality
  • Geographic location

Colder weather brings greater risk of slips and falls

Slipping and falling is not a pleasurable experience for anyone, and most do their best to watch their step in order to prevent such accidents from happening. But a fall can happen to anyone, at any time of the year, and when it does it can be costly as well as painful. When the weather turns cold more accidents happen. Parking lots and sidewalks may be coated with ice that the property owner hasn't gotten around to removing. The cold weather can also create additional cracks in the pavement, making it easier to trip over an uneven surface.

Winter also means fewer daylight hours, making it difficult for many to see obstacles that may be in their way. Even indoor slip and fall accidents, such as those occurring in malls or grocery stores may be more prevalent when it is cold, due to more wet and slippery floors fuelled by sloppy winter boots, and mopped areas that may or may not be marked appropriately.

Pennsylvania jail held liable for inmate's suicide

It's a loss from which most people don't recover: the death of a loved one. But when that death is caused by someone else's negligence, the loss is even harder. If not for their negligence, your loved one would still be alive.

An arrest that lead to suicide

That's the basis of a federal case recently tried in Scranton, PA. In 2009, Mumun Barbaros was arrested for a series of alleged criminal vandalism, and placed in Monroe County Correctional Facility. While there, he committed suicide. The family sued PrimeCare Medical , a company that provides medical care to the inmates. They alleged that the company did not adequately assess Mr. Barbaros's risk for suicide.

Five common workplace injuries and how to avoid them

Three million on-the-job injuries occur nationwide each year, with over a third of them serious enough to require time off of work. This is according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics. The fact is, there is always a risk of workplace injury, regardless of whether your employment is in a warehouse, factory, school, hospital, construction site, or office. What are some of the most common on-the-job injuries, and how can you decrease the likelihood of being hurt at work?

The importance of getting medical care after a traffic accident

Every year, about 1.3 million people die and up to 50 million people are disabled or injured due to traffic accidents. Without a doubt, a traffic accident can change the life of an individual forever. If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a traffic accident, it is important that you seek the necessary medical treatment to boost the chances of a speedy and complete recovery.

Understanding premises liability claims in Pennsylvania

Property owners in Pennsylvania and across the country are expected to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors. In workplaces open to the public, such as malls and shopping centers, this is especially important because there are often areas where danger is inherent. People who are responsible for these properties are wise to follow common sense precautions to insure the safety of customers and employees and thus avoid premises liability claims.

Property owners who create a dangerous condition or do not correct a hazard they know exists may be held liable for any injuries that result from that hazard. Making periodic checks for spills or other risks is one way to reduce the number of accidents on the property.  If the hazard cannot be corrected immediately, property owners are advised to use signage, barriers or other methods of alerting the public to the danger. Areas too dangerous for the public should be secured and perhaps monitored with cameras.

Crowd of bystanders is spared as large animal bites smaller one

People in Pennsylvania love their dogs. Dogs are often spoiled and treated as if they are members of the family. Some dogs provide a valuable service, protect our property or offer companionship. In the blink of an eye, however, any dog may become aggressive and even attack without warning. Animal bites can be painful, cause lifelong injury or even end in death.

Recently, police responded to a report that a large dog was attacking a smaller dog. Police say the large dog appeared to be a pit bull. The incident attracted a crowd of people that police had to clear away. In order to force the dog to release the smaller animal, police fired a shot. The wounded dog released its victim, but then it lunged at its 33-year-old owner.

Accidents in Pennsylvania may lead to premises liability claims

The good news is that deaths caused by car accidents have dropped. This may be because of improved safety features in newer automobiles. The bad news is that more people in Pennsylvania and across the nation are facing injury and death from preventable accidents. This may mean an increase in trips to the emergency room, hospital stays and premises liability claims.

A recent study from the National Safety Council showed that accidents have passed strokes and Alzheimer's as leading causes of death in the country. In fact, an accident kills an American every four minutes. While opioid overdoses and poisoning now kill more people than car accidents, injury and death by falling has risen 63 percent over the past 10 years.

Motorcycle accidents increasing nationwide

Motorcycle accidents are on the rise nationwide. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities rose by 10 percent in 2015 from 2014. Deaths from motorcycle accidents have increased by 122 percent since 1997, while passenger vehicle deaths dropped by 30 percent during that time. Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association also demonstrate these trends. According to their 2013 figures, for each mile driven, motorcycles had a 26 times higher fatality rate than passenger vehicles.

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