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The Deal with Dog Bites

Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but without proper training they can become a liability or even a danger to themselves and those around them. From Schnauzers to Shiatzus, dogs can appear perfectly tame until the moment they attack. Victims and owners of canines that attack are both at serious risk. With the number of households containing dogs in the millions, 56.7 according to the National Pet Owners Survey, there has never been a more important time to understand the legal repercussions of a dog attack.

When we purchase a pooch to bring home with us, the last thing we expect is that our new friend will attack a human. Spending money on food and training is one thing, but did you know that dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year? Also, in 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs, down from 42 the prior year. If your dog attacks someone, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself.

First, locate your dog’s medical records. These can be important in proving you had no prior knowledge that your pet was dangerous. This is important to prove as, according to the Benton Law Firm, Texas abides by a “one bite rule,” which only holds the dog’s owner accountable for injuries their dog causes if the owner knew that the dog was likely to cause that type of injury.

Next, contact your insurance company. Many insurance plans include dog liability options. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance it is likely, but not guaranteed, that your insurance will be able to assist you financially in the aftermath of the attack.

Finally, keep in mind that honesty is the best policy. These situations can be terrifying, especially for dog lovers fearing for the lives of their pets. Lying can lead to criminal charges and disrupt the investigation process.

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Myths About Car Accidents

Car accidents happen all the time. We often hear about them in the news. These incidents can have various consequences ranging from serious injuries to even death. There are often misconceptions about car accidents which often become the reason for people not being able to get the compensation they deserve. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, the consequences of car accidents are mostly serious. Here are some common myths about car accidents:

1. If You Are Not Hurt Right Away, You Cannot Sue Later

Injuries such as whiplash can only develop within weeks or even months after the accident. Claims are covered by statute of limitations. Even if you are not hurt right, seeking medical attention is the safe thing to do.

2. The Other Driver and I Can Work It Out

Admitting fault is one of the major challenges of car accident claims. These types of collisions are a complicated process that may require legal assistance. It involves more than just exchange of insurance information and contact numbers.

3. The Police Will Determine The At-Fault Party

If there is significant damage or injury after the accident, you may need to call a police to write an accident report. But then again it is not the police who will determine who is at-fault. It is still up to the court to determine that. Still, the police report can be a valuable piece of evidence during the hearing.

4. I Don’t Need The Help Of An Attorney

If the accident is minor, an attorney may not be necessary. However, if there are disputes as to who is responsible for an accident, recovering damages, or enforcing payment, it will be good to have a lawyer by your side. Even if planning for an out-of-court settlement, an attorney will still come in handy.

5. My insurance rates will go up if I file a claim

Your insurance rates will not go up when filing a claim. In fact, state laws prohibit raising insurance rates if you are not at fault in the accident and filed a claim.

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The Deadly Effects of Fentanyl

Fentanyl, which is an extremely potent opioid painkiller that is up to 100 times greater in strength than morphine, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of late-stage breakthrough pain in adults cancer patients who are opioid tolerant or who have developed a tolerance for opioid medications.

Cancer patients would definitely be familiar with some fentanyl-containing medications, like: Duragesic, which is in the form of a skin patch; Actiq, which is in lozenge form; Abstral, a sublingual tablet or a tablet that goes under the tongue; Fentora, a tablet that is placed between the gum and the cheek; and, Subsys, a sublingual spray.

Subsys, a federally controlled substance (CII), is the first and only sublingual prescription pain medication that contains fentanyl; it is also the latest fentanyl-containing medication that is under legal spotlight due to allegations that Insys Therapeutics, Inc., its manufacturer, has illegally marketed this drug by promoting it for off-label use (promoting a drug for off-label use may be done by doctors but never by drug manufacturers).

Though acknowledged as effective, use of Subsys, like all other fentanyl-containing drugs, has been proven as posing great risk due to the possibility of its abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose. Besides its fatal effects in children, the drug can prove deadly too in used in patients who do are not opioid tolerant cancer patients.

The risks presented by Subsys has made its acquisition possible only by registering with the Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl (TIRF) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Access program, a restricted program of the FDA.

The risks, the more than 250 deaths linked to Subsys use (since its introduction in 2012), plus Insys Therapeutics’ illegal promotion or marketing of Subsys has landed this drug in the “drugs of concern” list held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General.

Patients who have been inappropriately prescribed with this powerful opioid medication, Subsys, may find it necessary to seek legal assistance from a highly-skilled attorney, for help in filing a Fentanyl oral spray lawsuit,which may enable him/her pursue justice and the compensation from the liable party.

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Why Criminal Defense Lawyers Do What They Do

According to one criminal defense lawyer, there are always reasons why people do what they do. These include protecting the rights of those accused of a serious crime, such as murder, sexual abuse, child molestation, robbery, a drug-related crime, and so forth.

Some may debate about it and disagree but, as clearly pointed out by the Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law Firm, “Protecting the rights of the guilty as well as the innocent is essential to maintaining liberty.”

Well, ask yourself, if you were the one charged with a serious crime, would you not need the a good and strong defense to protect your rights and interests, and prove your innocence?

Still according to the Horst Law firm, not all individuals who are charged with crimes by the government are guilty. Rarely does the “system” intentionally arrest and charge an innocent person but false allegations by vindictive spouses, business partners, angry family members, or others with a motive to make false allegations are sometimes made. Also, sometimes a person just finds himself/herself in the wrong circumstances which, at first appearance, make him/her look guilty of a crime, such as having that one glass of wine with dinner and, when stopped on the way home, the cop smells the odor of alcohol.

Being accused of a crime can result to serious damages to one’s professional and personal reputation. A conviction, however, will affect all other professional and personal concerns, despite having spent time behind bars and paying costly fines.

Those who have been convicted of a crime, even after they are released, seldom get the chance to live the kind of worry-free lives that they once enjoyed. For no matter how great the punishments they have undergone for the crimes that they have been convicted of, the accusation and conviction will be a mark that will: hinder employers from hiring them; prevent landlords from leasing to them a place to live in; never earn for them government permission to travel internationally; deny them child custody and probably even visitation rights; and, cause in them many other forms of limitations and inconveniences.

Criminal defense lawyers are fully aware of the psychological burden suffered by those convicted of a crime. They know how the accused person’s relationships in the workplace and in the community can suddenly change. Simply put, any criminal charge can ruin a person’s future.

Getting charged with a very serious crime necessitates only the most competitive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who would be ready with evidences (products of weeks of deeper investigation regarding the case) that will help prove the innocence of the accused, counter-arguments and an effective tactic that will depose witnesses from the opposing side. Not all lawyers have the same competitive leverage; thus, it is necessary that the accused finds only a defense lawyer who could provide him/her with the kind of representation that he/she needs.

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The Effect of Expensive Insurance Policies to Millions of Drivers in the U.S.

According to the Insurance Research Council, an independent, nonprofit research organization, more than 29 million drivers and car owners in the U.S. continue to drive without insurance. This translates to one in every eight drivers on U.S. roads and highways. Car liability insurance is a document that drivers need to show whenever they renew their driver’s license, re-register their car, get pulled over by a traffic officer or when they cause an accident. Failure to prove that they are covered can result to suspension of their driver’s license and driving privileges and may be required by the court to file an SR-22, a certification of their purchase of a car insurance policy which, this time, will cost more expensive (the SR-22, by the way, usually lasts for three years and require an additional fee on top of the insurance premiums that drivers need to pay).

Carrying car liability insurance is mandated in all U.S. states (except in the state of New Hampshire where drivers may instead deposit securities or money with the state treasurer). If being insured is truly a mandate, however, then how is it that millions of uninsured drivers are able to renew their license and car registration?

What many of these drivers usually do is purchase a policy, but only for the purpose of re-registering their car and license. After having done these, they stop paying the premium which they consider is too costly to maintain. Auto insurance firms, on their part, will, of course, neither hesitate nor delay in canceling the coverage due to non-payment.

Well, affirming that insurance policies are expensive is not deviating from the truth. Millions of drivers and car owners are paying premiums that are actually twice as much as they need to pay. Despite the unnecessarily expensive coverage, no one from the insurance firm will voluntarily tell drivers about the possible reductions in their premium unless they ask.

Drivers and car owners, however, do not have to pay for a costly car insurance coverage and still get all their insurance needs. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., free online car insurance quotes allow drivers to compare as many as a dozen quotes all at once.

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