People often take for granted the safety in petting a stranger’s dog. The fact of the matter is that while some dogs welcome being stroked from a new person, others may need a moment or two to be acquainted before fawning may commence. To ensure your safety be sure to follow these steps so as to avoid any awkward K9-human interactions. Don’t Base Friendliness on the Type of Breed It’s tough to imagine a Golden Retriever ever chomping down on anything other than a frisbee or tennis ball, yet sometimes even the unimaginable happens. Golden Retrievers are widely considered the all-American dog. However, simply because they’ve adopted the archetype of the amiable human loving dog doesn’t make it so for all pooches of this breed. Dogs have intricate histories that usually consist of being cared for by multiple owners. Understand that it’s how a dog has been treated, not what breed they are that bestows them with their character. Observe From Afar If the dog’s owner is clearly not letting people go near the pooch, it’s safe to say that the dog isn’t ready to be touched by strangers. On the flip side, if the dog is being mobbed by adoring fans he or she is probably up for a quick belly rub. Ask the Owner You wouldn’t start playing with another person’s possessions without asking, would you? In our society, we’ve deemed it more or less socially acceptable to pet another’s dog without asking. However, such a habit can create awkward if not unfortunate situations. Simply asking the owner of one of the many dogs from the Owensboro-Evansville area if you can pet it will create less unfortunate situations. When In Doubt Call a Dog Bite Attorney If the aforementioned steps are followed, and you're still bitten by a dog, you may have legal grounds to receive compensation for your.......

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Driving has long been the number one mode of transport in the US. Thousands of drivers are making their way in and out of Indianapolis, Louisville, and Evansville every day. With thousands of drivers on the road at any given time, accidents are bound to happen. But what situations lead to more accidents than others? It’s important to know when accidents are most likely to occur so that you can ready yourself. Here are a few situations when car accidents are most ripe. Within a 5-Mile Radius of Your Home After a long day of work, you’re exhausted. You’ve put in your shift and now it’s time to unwind. The issue is that many employees decide to mentally check out the moment they leave work. We’ve all made the drive to our homes from our work hundreds if not thousands of times. This being the case, we often put our minds on autopilot and don’t dedicate as much attention to driving as we should. Such lax driving can lead to car accidents. Be aware that even if you’re conscious of your driving someone else may not be. If an accident should occur, get in touch with a Car Accident Lawyer immediately after the incident. After a Long Night’s Drive The best way to put an adult to sleep isn’t with a lullaby; it’s with a multi-hour drive through rather linear highways that have minimal traffic. Fatigue and boredom make a deadly driving combination. Studies have shown that driving while sleepy is tantamount to driving while intoxicated. Avoid 18-wheeler accidents by always being aware of the other cars around you while driving late at night. Backseat Shenanigans We all know the struggle of trying to drive through rush-hour traffic while our children are making a ruckus in the back seat. Policing and driving is a test of multi-tasking that no driver should ever have to.......

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With hundreds of law firms to choose from, it can be daunting attempting to find one that works for you. Considering you’re must likely dealing with a time-sensitive issue, you’ll need to swiftly find a lawyer that you know will be an appropriate fit for you. Here are some tips you should look out for when you’re shopping around for someone to represent you. What’s Your Injury? Not every law firm is equipped to deal with representing you. While many a law firm may offer their help, few may have experience in winning cases that pertain to your specific injury. Visit the web pages of law firms and note which practices they specialize in. For instance, Gerling Law Firm offers professional assistance in cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, and social security disability law. What Are Others Saying? Every law firm will tell you that they’re the best. This is why it’s important to find reviews of the law firm you’re considering. Check Google as well as the law firm’s website to obtain a sizeable portion of Personal Injury Attorney reviews. Does the Firm Have a History of Winning Cases? Law firms love to boast about all the money they’ve won clients. If a firm doesn’t vaunt their success, you can be sure that something’s wrong. On the Gerling Law website, you’ll find an entire page dedicated to showcasing their over 300 million dollar’s worth of winnings. Do They Offer Free Consultation? While scouring the web for a law firm to represent you, you’ll notice that some firms offer free consultations while others do not. A firm that requires payment for a preliminary visit is a firm that is struggling to attract clients. Don’t pay money to meet with a firm if you aren’t already 100% certain that you’ll be moving forward with that law firm. Gerling Law Firm offers a free.......

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Good patient advocacy sometimes includes legal counsel

Did you grow up thinking that doctors are all knowing? Many of us were. If a person spends the time to get the education and earns a license to practice medicine, there's a presumption they are smarter than the average person is when it comes to health care. That may be a safe assumption to make in most instances, but the truth is that individuals who got all A's in med school and those who got all C's are all called doctor if they have a license. It also can be true that the person who made all C's might be the better care provider. Still, errors occur. Medical competency depends on the solid delivery of the standard of care. To ensure it's delivered these days, great emphasis is put on patient advocacy. Nurses may be in a prime position to serve in this role, however most medical professionals say patients fare better when they become active participants in their own care. Being proactive can help ensure you get the right care at the right time. But if the proper standard is not met, how can you tell? You can't be expected to know what procedures, tests and treatments constitute the standard of care. You can and should ask questions and press for answers, but If they don't come or come too late, what then? If you or someone you love suffered injury or died because of suspected malpractice, you need a legal advocate experienced in the processes required to obtain the information that's essential to understanding your case and equipped to fight for your.......

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The 100 deadliest days for teens are here

The most dangerous days for teens to drive are here. Known as the 100 deadliest days of teen driving, these are the days where teens are more likely to be involved in deadly crashes. Why? It's summer vacation. The summer poses a particular threat to teens and others on the road due to the addition of school-aged teens who now have the full day to get behind the wheel. In the summer, they typically do not attend school, so more teens may get together to hang out or go to parties, which can result in distractions, speeding, drinking and driving and other hazardous behaviors. Slow down! Speeding is a factor in around 30 percent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers. They may believe that the rules of the road don't apply to them, that they have good control over their vehicles or just be worried about getting where they want to go as fast as they can. The problem is that speeding means you have less time to slow down, and an impact can be multiple times more dangerous than if you were traveling at a lower speed. It's uncool to skip wearing your seat belt Failing to wear a seat belt is another reason for teens suffering more seriously in crashes. In 2015, data showed that around 60 percent of teens who were killed in collisions did not wear their seat belts. Those who do wear seat belts have a higher chance of surviving a crash. Distracted driving is a third cause of teen crashes. Whether it's talking to friends in the vehicle or texting people while behind the wheel, not paying attention to the road can quickly cause an accident. Around six out of 10 crashes involving teens involve some kind of distraction. With this time of year being so dangerous, it's important for everyone to stay focused on the road. If you're hit by a young driver,.......

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