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Nov

Dog Attacks

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A Few Warning Signs                                     

There is nothing more scary to be out on a walk and then to come face-to-face with a dog baring its teeth. Whether they are lunging to attack or not, it is a situation you want to get out of as fast as possible. A lot of times however, the dog attack is not foreseen. Often with a family or friend’s dog, the attack can come out of nowhere.

This is exactly what happened to a 5-year-old boy living in Clearfield during October of this year. The family of the 5 year-old had recently adopted a pit bull from a shelter, and while the boy was playing with the dog in the back, the dog attacked him. The dog bit the boy in the stomach and proceeded to drag him around the yard. The boy was rushed to the hospital and taken into surgery for several injuries.

To avoid such an attack, you can teach you young children a couple of warning signs and things to avoid while around a dog, especially around a dog they do not know.

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20
Nov

Texting and Driving

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A Law Unobserved 

It has been compared to driving while drunk, and continues to cause thousands of deaths nationwide. However, many people still text and drive regardless of unforeseen consequences.

In a recent survey sponsored by AT&T, 98 percent of those surveyed acknowledged the danger of texting while driving, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving.Despite evidence to the contrary, the belief continues that juggling several tasks at once is possible while driving.

Some of the reasons noted for texting and driving were to stay in touch with friends/family/work, habit, not wanting to miss opportunities, wanting to respond in a timely manner,or even to curb an addiction.

For the full article, you can read it here.

The survey preceded an app from AT&T that silences text messages while driving and activates when the user is moving faster than 15mph.Similar apps are expected to follow.

More important than an app though, is a clearly defined mindset before the situation presents itself. Decide now to resist the urge to text and drive. Put your phone in a place where you won’t be distracted by it when driving, and encourage those you drive with to do the same. If you are driving as a passenger, offer to type the text for them or find the song they are looking for. Chances are, they will thank you in the end.

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence due to texting or another factor, please call us for a free consultation at 801-264-6677 or online. Time is a key factor, so act now with one of our Utah Personal Injury Lawyers.

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15
Nov

Football and Brain Injuries

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What you Should Consider Before Playing

Football is one of the widest played sports in America. Millions of dollars are spent each year promoting the sport and from a young age kids start participating in the contact sport to hone their skills and likelihood of receiving scholarships to colleges around the nation. As your personal injury lawyers Handy & Handy attorneys want you to know that risks associated with playing football so you can take appropriate precautions and protect yourself from possible serious injury.

Frontline on PBS just released a new documentary unveiling the connection between football and brain damage entitled “League of Denial”. This telling documentary shows how frequent concussions from playing the contact sport can lead to a disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalophathy or CTE.

 CTE

This disease can lead to serious memory loss, brain damage and even death. Although the NFL has a long list of former players who suffer from the disease, it is not a problem limited to the professional league. CTE has been found even in High School football players. This is why it is suggested that children are not introduced to playing the sport at young ages as it can cause serious injury to the brain. 

Alzheimer’s

ESPN has revealed that between the ages of 50 and 59 former NFL players are 14 to 23 times more likely than the general population to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Other sports such as boxing, you can imagine, also have high risks of developing this dangerous disease. 

As your personal injury lawyers we encourage you to take precautions when participating in any contact sport. If you or someone you know has received a brain injury from sports or other mishaps, contact us for help in getting what you deserve.

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05
Nov

Toy Recalls

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Watch out for recalls!

 

With Christmas just around the corner, people all over the country are out shopping for toys. While out shopping for these toys, often the last thing on someone’s minds is if the toys they are buying are meeting certain safety regulations. Recent studies however have found that there are more unsafe toys available in the marketplace than might be thought.

According to a recent study published by Clinical Pediatrics, toy-related injuries reported by emergency departments have increased almost 40% between 1990 and 2011. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund recently examined hundreds of toys to find that unsafe toys are still widely available in the Marketplace. Some of the problems were high levels of lead,magnets, excessive noise, and the presence of phthalates.

So as a parent or grandparent you may be wondering what you can do to avoid potential hazards while buying toys. Here are a couple steps you can take to protect your loved ones from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund:

  1. Research

Be aware of recalled products and reportedly hazardous toys.

  1. Examine

Look over the toys you are buying for potential choking hazards, magnets, batteries that may come out easily, or other unsafe details. Be on the alert for warnings listed on packages and consider if the toy is appropriate for the age level you are purchasing for.

  1. Report

Keep unsafe toys off store shelves by reporting safety issues or toy related injuries to saferproducts.gov.

  1. Supervision

As always one of the best practices to keep children safe while playing is to observe them. Accidents like choking, one of the leading causes of toy-related deaths according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission report from 2013, may not prove fatal if caught early on.

Unfortunately despite lawmakers and parents vigilance over toy safety, defective and unsafe toys can make their way onto store shelves and into homes. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to the use or exposure of a dangerous product or toy, give one of our personal injury lawyers a call at 801-264-6677 or contact us online to discuss your possible claim.

 

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06
Jun

Florida Judge Beats Up Public Defender

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This video is pretty amazing.  In fact, it's an embarassment to the legal profession and I think the judiciary in particular.  In this video, a Florida public defender is defending a man who apparently has been charged with assault and resisting arrest.  The public defender refuses to waive his client's right for a speedy trial and asks for the case to be set for trial.  The exchange between the Judge and the public defender is testy to say the least.  I'm sure there's more to the story and I'm willing bet these two have a history of not getting along.  Here's the video:

There is no place for this type of incivility in our legal profession.  It's more than incivility, it's an assault - the same criminal charge the defendant was facing!  If the judge really thinks this public defender is out of line he can hold the public defender in contempt of court and let his bailiff take care of it. But taking the argument into the hallway for a fist fight is pretty unbelievable.  The judge needs to show some serious self restraint and the public defender needs to show some respect for the judge and his courtroom.  And how about the reaction of crowd in the courtroom after the judge returns to the bench after beating up the public defender?  

Thankfully, this type of behavior is totally outside of the norm in Utah.  I've never seen or heard of anything like this happening in Utah's courtrooms. Generally, we have very good judges and counsel do a pretty good job of displaying civility in the courtroom and in other interactions.     

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