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What is Tort?

Posted on November 23, 2013

What is Tort?

People who have suffered an injury, been involved in a car crash, or who have been damaged by someone else’s actions, often speak to a lawyer about their legal options. For many of these people, this is the first time they have ever stepped into an attorney’s office. They often don’t know very much about the law other than what they have seen on TV or read online.

It’s very common for people in this type of situation to have a lot of questions about the law and the terminology that lawyers use. One of these terms, a “tort,” is something that lawyers often talk about, even though most people don’t really know what it means. Here’s what you need to know about torts.

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When You’re Hurt by a Dog

Posted on November 14, 2013

When You’re Hurt by a Dog

Whether you’re a pet owner, animal lover, or simply someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the reality is that anyone can be the victim of a dog bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. If you’ve been bitten, here are some practical steps you can take to protect yourself.

After a Bite: Taking Care of the Wound

Of the almost 5 million people bitten by dogs every year, only about 80,000 people seek medical attention, and half of those are children. If you or a loved one is bitten by an animal, the first thing you need to do is treat the injury.

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Railroad Accident Types and Factors

Posted on November 9, 2013

Railroad Accidents

According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, there are over 130,000 miles of railroad tracks in the United States. The trains that run along these tracks crisscross the American landscape, transporting heavy freight, agricultural products, and people from one location to another. The rail lines they follow often cross one another, cross over and under roads and bridges, and wind through tunnels. These conditions frequently place both passengers and freight trains in close proximity with pedestrians, vehicles, and buildings, and unfortunately accidents can happen.

The most common types of accidents that occur include highway-rail accidents (e.g., train-car, train-pedestrian), train derailment, train-train collisions, and single-train accidents. Statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis reveal that a combined total of over 11,300 accidents occurred on America’s railways in 2011. Single train accidents accounted for 17.7% of all reported accidents in 2011. Only 5.27% of these involved passenger trains, and only 1% involved the release of hazardous material. Deaths, injuries, and occupational illnesses to railroad employees accounted for 65% of all accidents reported in 2011. With specific regard to the passenger train industry, only six deaths were reported in 2011; however, a total of 1,512 individuals were injured in railroad accidents.

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