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Why do little dogs seem more aggressive?

While large-breed dogs certainly can be aggressive, do you ever feel like it's the small breeds that seem the most like they want to harm you? Do they show you these signs of aggressive behavior far more often than their larger counterparts?

Some of it may have to do with their small size. People often comment that dogs forget how big or small they are, but perhaps small dogs actually just know that their small size leaves them vulnerable. They have to act more aggressively to make up for it.

Do you avoid risky behaviors when driving near semitrailers?

Collisions between semitrailers and passenger vehicles can cause significant damage and often result in the occupants of the smaller vehicle being severely injured. Truck drivers are held to high standards to help prevent these collisions. However, some collisions are unintentionally caused by other motorists who do not know that certain actions are more dangerous around semitrailers than they are around other vehicles.

Semitrailers present some challenges that passenger vehicles do not. Understanding these challenges can help you identify and avoid actions that may be especially risky around semitrailers.

Function recovery is possible in some spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are serious matters, but they aren't all the same. There are two classifications of this type of injury that all damage falls into. The first is that you have a complete spinal cord injury. This means that the spinal cord is damaged in a way that is preventing signals from traveling down it. You will have a loss of function because of the injury.

The second type is the incomplete injury. This one is usually associated with only a partial loss of feeling or movement in the part of the body affected by the injury. An incomplete injury is more likely to have a better recovery than a complete one.

Safety protocol must be followed at construction sites

There are many different accidents that can come with construction work. One of the top priorities of construction companies must be reducing the risk of these hazards. It is imperative that they develop protocol and procedures that are clearly conveyed to the workers. This can prove challenging for a variety of reasons, but a plan must be made to address each one.

Because many construction workers never interact with the higher-ups who create these plans, there has to be a way that the plans are conveyed so that the true intent of them is passed down to the workers who are potentially in harm's way.

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Are some dogs inherently inclined to attack or bite?

If you ask animal lovers this question, most of them would say no. However, the plethora of news reports detailing dog and animal bites appear to indicate that some dogs are predisposed to attacking humans. Since California is home to many different types of animals and pets, trying to learn more about why dogs attack is important to one's safety.

According to an article published in Psychology Today, more than a third of the homeowner liability claims arising in 2013 centered on dog and animal bites. This bit of trivia supports the conclusion that some dogs may be more dangerous than others are. However, the data does not take environmental factors such as human influence into account.

Kids and adolescents most prone to electric shock accidents

When your kids were children, you probably took all the necessary precautions to keep them safe in your home. This likely including placing covers over electrical outlets and teaching your children to never put foreign objects into an open electrical socket.

Making your children aware of threats in the home is, in some ways, easier than educating them on threats outside of the home. Electrical currents in the home are typically milder than others in outside properties. This can greatly heighten the danger of a shock.

Catastrophic injuries can be difficult to define

Just about any serious injury can feel catastrophic to the victim. However, no widely-accepted legal definition for catastrophic injuries exists at this time. Despite the lack of a definition, many lawyers view catastrophic injuries as those that have a long-lasting or permanent effect on the victim's ability to function, particularly in a work setting.

Determining the scope of an injury is important because it can play a role in the amount of economic damages to which victims in California are entitled. For example, if a drunk driver collides with you and you suffer a broken ankle, it is probably safe to say that such an injury is not catastrophic and the compensation you receive will be appropriate for the injury.

What stair hazards can cause slip-and-fall accidents?

Stairs, stairwells and stairways seem quite safe to most users. When you grow up using stairs all of your life, you might not stop to think about any hazards they pose. However, thousands of Americans die from slip-and-fall accidents on stairways each year in America. Los Angeles residents are certainly not immune to these hazards as many homes, commercial establishments and workplaces have stairways one must navigate.

Common stair hazards that lead to slip-and-falls include the following.

  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Missing or damaged handrails
  • Debris or objects on stairs
  • Slippery steps caused by water, ice or spills
  • Damaged or missing treads
  • Loose carpeting or other material

Two pit bulls attack and injure California animal control officer

Pit bulls have a reputation for injuring innocent victims and as such are often the main "suspect" in dozens of dog and animal bites. Many of these animals do not deserve such a reputation but at the same time, some pit bulls do indeed attack people. Recently, an animal control officer from the Clearlake region of California suffered a pit bull attack after responding to a call from police officers.

Reportedly, the two pit bulls approached a woman in an aggressive manner as she was walking on a nearby sidewalk. A motorist invited the woman into the car to help her avoid an attack. After this, the dogs turned their attention to a male pedestrian, biting him on the leg. The man suffered minor injuries and left the scene after receiving treatment.

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