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What kind of infections do dog bites cause?

Every year, around 2 percent of the American population suffers from dog bites. With around 77.5 million dogs within the country, it would be difficult to prevent them all from occurring. One thing that is particularly important to remember is that regardless of the dog's nature, all dogs have a propensity to bite when they are ill, mistreated, angry or scared.

No matter what the situation is or was, if you're attacked by a dog, you are at risk of a few illnesses. Bite wounds need medical treatment, because there is a risk of infection that could cause serious complications. While the first and primary infection people worry about is rabies, that actually isn't the only potentially deadly infection you could get from a dog bite. You could also be open to developing tetanus or other bacterial infections.

Nursing errors patients need to watch out for

When nurses and doctors are new to the job, it's not uncommon for them to make errors. This is partially why some medical providers go through years of training in hospitals doing rounds with other professionals. The people who have been working in the field longer help train them and catch mistakes to prevent patients from suffering from injuries.

In nursing, that's not always the case, though. While nurses get some practical training before they're helping people on their own, there's still a risk that they may make mistakes that injure patients.

Compensation for victims of nursing home abuse and malpractice

When a Pennsylvania family places a loved one in a nursing home, it is crucial to do a careful review of the facility, staff and type of care that the family member will be receiving. However, despite due diligence on the part of the patient's family, nursing homes can actually be the source of great trauma and injury to the people who live there.

If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving quality care at his or her nursing home, you have the right to take action. In fact, you could have grounds for a civil claim if you have evidence to prove negligence or any other type of abuse. The mistreatment or neglect of nursing home residents is unacceptable, and as a family member, you do not have to stand for it.

After a dog bite, you can help your child heal emotionally

There is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer from severe injuries from a neighborhood pet. You normally trust your neighbors and allow your child to greet them and their pets when they see them, but today was different. The dog was tired or wanted to protect its owner, and in doing so, your child got hurt.

When a child suffers a dog bite, he or she may struggle with the emotional side of the injury for some time. It's not just the physical injuries that you have to worry about. He or she may struggle to feel normal and may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which could present with nightmares or night terrors, a fear of animals or other symptoms.

How to avoid deadly car accidents during the fall season

Driving in the fall season offers quite a bit of beauty to enjoy. It can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year to get behind the wheel. From an influx of deer to back-to-school traffic, the fall season brings with it a lot of hazards that can cause some tragic and deadly car accidents in the Greensburg area.

The Northeast offers some of the most dramatic foliage one could ask for in the fall. Because of this, many people take to the roads for scenic drives throughout Pennsylvania. Another thing the autumn season is known for is an influx of deer. It's mating season for deer, which means they will be out in abundance at dawn and dusk. Keep your eyes peeled when driving at these times for deer on the side of the road.

Children's hospital to pay $11.3 million for delayed diagnosis

When a child is hurt, it's important that he or she is taken care of. Many parents turn to medical providers for help. They rush to emergency rooms, hurry to private practices and call nurse hotlines with frantic requests.

The most horrifying thing for a parent to find out is that delays in service or misdiagnoses have led to their children suffering serious injuries. In those cases, the parents are well within their rights to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their children. Children are vulnerable, and they rely on their parents and those around them to support and care for them effectively. That's why this case is so important.

Pedestrians have a right to cross the road safely

In Pennsylvania, there are laws that were created to protect pedestrians. Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk people on or near the roads. They have no protection against an accident, and accidents tend to cause serious injuries or fatalities.

Vehicle drivers must yield to the right-of-way of pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks, according to state law. Failing to do so results in two points being added to their driver's license and a fine of $50. As a pedestrian, you need to know what a crosswalk is, so you can cross safely.

Safeguarding a loved one by identifying and responding to neglect

There is a multitude of circumstances in which an individual can become incapable of caring for him or herself. If you have a loved one who suffers from a medical condition that requires constant monitoring and treatment, you might not be able to provide the care he or she needs.

Perhaps you have chosen to entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home. Although the facility you pick will likely boast of an ability to provide the necessary care, you may have concerns about your loved one's safety and wish to know how to spot the signs of negligent treatment.

Woman accused of murder after causing a fatal crash

A woman is facing murder charges for a crash she allegedly caused in Bucks County. The Sept. 23 report states that the woman now faces a third-degree murder charge for driving while she was under the influence of drugs. The 30-year-old woman is accused of causing the fatal crash that took the life of a 21-year-old man and seriously injured his girlfriend.

The crash, which took place on Aug. 30 on Route 611, happened when the woman's vehicle crossed the center line and hit the couple's Saturn head-on. The police state that the woman had several prescription medications in her system that included fentanyl, oxycodone and amphetamine. She was also driving with a suspended license.

What can you do if you're attacked at a dog park?

Dog parks are great places to meet other people, pets and to have a relaxing day. Your dog can go off-leash legally, and most dogs are friendly and not territorial since the park is common ground. Most of the time, dogs don't cause any problems at the dog parks, and even if there is a minor scuffle, owners can step in and prevent any injuries from occurring.

That's not always what happens, though. Dogs can have bad days, and when they do, their teeth come out. This is particularly dangerous for small dogs who are attacked by larger dogs or people who get caught in the middle of a dog pile.

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