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When Pet Injuries Get Personal

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The debate has raged for decades: are dogs or cats better animals to keep as pets? Everyone has their own opinion, usually identifying themselves like a cat or a dog person. Dogs are loyal to their owners and can protect their home from threats. They are at times playful, cuddly, and definitely soft. However, man’s best friend can also cause a lot of harm to unsuspecting victims. While a dog that is properly socialized is unlikely to bite another person, accidents do happen. A dog can be spooked by something in the environment and tear away from its handler quicker than the human can react. The results can be bloody, disastrous, and even result in death.

According to a local ABC news report in San Diego, just yesterday a pair of pit bulls escaped from someone’s yard and attacked Michael Heider, his mother, and their small Yorkie named Toast while they were out for a walk to the local post office. Michael commends the bravery of his mother who tried to literally pry the Yorkie from the jaws of one of the pit bulls, suffering multiple bites in the process. Unfortunately, Toast did not make it. Thankfully, Michael’s mother is still alive, and her bite wounds are being treated at a local hospital. The pit bulls that attacked the family were captured and are currently being held in quarantine. Michael Heider is incredibly hurt by the loss of his dog, and he wants to make it known to everyone that all pit bulls have the potential to exhibit this kind of violent behavior, no matter how much the owner claims that the breed is harmless.

Probably just as prevalent as the debate between dogs and cats, the debate over whether pit bulls should be allowed to be kept as pets are just as divisive and controversial. Some people claim the breed itself is unpredictable and that no owner will be able to completely control the temperament of their dog. Dedicated pit bull owners, however, will say that their dog has never committed an act of violence towards anyone, so therefore it must be the case that the breed is not to blame. Regardless of what is actually the case, many people do not know that they can seek a lawyer’s help if they suffer a dog bite. It falls under the umbrella of personal injury, and personal injury lawyers like these in Oceanside, a short drive from San Diego, can make sure the owner of the dog is held responsible for any medical costs associated with the bite.

Owning a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but owners must take care to make sure their dog is socialized properly and that the dog’s leashes are sturdy. Understanding that accidents like this might happen and taking responsibility for them is something owners will have to accept, especially if they choose to own a controversial breed such a pit bill. Personally, I prefer cats.

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Meet Tristen Park: Survivor of Two Accidents

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

While going about our daily lives, we often do not consider the dangers of doing simple things that are part of our daily routine, like crossing the street. It is hard to imagine being in the hospital for two weeks, unconscious while working toward high school graduation and getting ready for college. Even more unbelievable, after surviving the first accident, you graduate, but you get in another severe accident. Meet Tristen Park, survivor and fighter of two accidents.

Tristen Park was crossing the street in Mount Vernon, Illinois when she was struck by a vehicle. According to The Illinois State University, Park was immediately rushed to Cardinal Glennon Hospital (in St. Louis) and was under deep sedation for almost three weeks. During this time, Park was hooked up to a ventilator system while she was sedated and eventually was taken off of the ventilator when she regained the strength to breathe without machine assistance. Her recovery would take much longer, however, because doctors quickly diagnosed Ms. Park with a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in lost memories, severe headaches, and frequent confusion.

During her recovery, her family and friends rallied around her cause, creating a social media page dedicated to supporting her through the long process of recovering after the accident. Her surrounding community also got behind the cause, with her cheerleading team raising money through the sale of bows and t-shirts, and nearby businesses collected donations from customers and gave a percentage of their sales to the cause.

After months of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational assistance, Tristen continued to work on school and participated in cheering. Her ultimate goal was to be admitted to law school and focus on personal injury litigation in order to help others like her who have been injured in an accident. After graduation, however, Ms. Park was again injured in another serious car accident. Against all odds, she was injured while riding in a friend’s car in the passenger seat. The resulting injuries from this second accident included another traumatic brain injury, as well as a broken neck.

Tristan Park did not anticipate getting into these accidents, especially at a pivotal time in her life. Park was focusing on cheer and school work, preparing for graduation and college, and instead found her life turned upside-down by two serious accidents. Her experience with these thoroughly preventable accidents piqued her interest in personal injury law and how personal injury attorneys (like this law firm in Louisville I found) can help the victims of serious accidents recover compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages.

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