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Fell and got hurt? You could have a claim

When you think about someone falling and getting hurt, you might think of them losing their footing or falling on ice. Lots of times, those accidents do happen, especially on stairs.

Slip-and-fall accidents can take place anywhere, though, not just on inclines or staircases. You might be walking on a pathway and suddenly hit a patch of ice, for example, which causes you to fall and hit your head. You could trip on equipment left in a snowbank or slip on a pathway without enough grit.

Get a restraining order if you've been threatened

You decided to tell your spouse that you wanted to get a divorce, but they did not handle that news in the way you expected. In fact, they were so angry that you feared that you wouldn't be able to escape your home unharmed. You did end up calling 911 for help, and the police came to defuse the situation.

After that, you decided that you never wanted to be in that person's surroundings again. After all, if they could be so angry that you could have been badly hurt, then there is no way you'll ever feel safe around them again. This is a case when you may want to seek a restraining order.

Get a good criminal defense attorney to help your case

When you're in trouble with the law, you should never ignore the fact that a good criminal defense attorney can significantly help your case. Your defense attorney does many things for you, from helping you understand the charges to building up a defense that helps paint you in the best possible light in court.

Criminal defense attorneys might seem unnecessary in some instances, such as when you know you're innocent. However, the odds tend to be stacked against you once you're accused of a crime, so it's in your best interests to have someone on your side who protects you and makes sure you're treated as an innocent party until proven otherwise. There is no reason you should face unfair treatment or bias.

Hold responsible parties liable for the injuries they cause

No one wants to suffer from a personal injury. It's hard to recover, and it takes time out of your life and the things you want to do. Whether you're suffering because of a car crash, dog bite or slip-and-fall incident, you may have months or years of recovery ahead of you.

It is important to know that those who caused your injuries can be held liable in many cases. For example, if you slip and fall on a staircase covered in ice as you're walking up to a local business's front door, they may be liable for your injuries. If a neighbor's dog gets out of its yard and bites you, they may be held liable for its actions. If a dangerous driver strikes you on their way home from the bar, they should be held liable for your injuries, too.

Temporary restraining orders may not be enough: Here's why

There are many times when people seek restraining orders against their spouses or others around them. They may feel that they're in danger or have become victims of domestic violence.

Did you know that over 8,000 people file for a temporary restraining order in Connecticut each year? It's true, but the unfortunate reality is that the state's system is flawed, and temporary restraining orders don't always go into effect.

What is 'mens rea?'

Criminal law is complicated, so it's no wonder you feel overwhelmed after being arrested. You aren't sure where to start. You're not sure how to protect yourself, and the people around you aren't being much help.

The first thing you should do is to contact an attorney. Your criminal defense attorney will help protect you against unfair treatment by the authorities and guide you through the judicial process.

Tetanus can cause serious complications after a dog bite

Of the concerns you should have if you're bitten by a dog, one of the most serious is the risk of tetanus. Tetanus is a serious condition that could lead to death without treatment.

Tetanus is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. This bacteria is found in dust, saliva, manure and soil. Normally, it enters the body through cuts or open wounds. When the bacteria reproduce, a toxin spreads. Once the infection takes hold, it causes the muscles to tighten around the body. It may lead to lockjaw, which makes it impossible to swallow or open your mouth. As a result, tetanus is an emergency.

What can you do if you're not sure that you're the father?

Of all the things that cause conflict in a young child's life, one of the most important to address is paternity. Knowing whether you are the father of a child is important for you and for them as they grow up.

Children need to know where they come from. It gives them a strong sense of self. It also helps them understand their genetics and certain medical conditions or diseases that may run in the family.

What happens if you're arrested for legal opiate possession?

Right now, the opioid crisis is so serious that it's in the news, on the minds of the authorities and something that most people have become familiar with. People who use opioids can become addicted and dependent, turning to the illicit drug market to get the medications despite no longer needing them for a legitimate purpose.

As someone who uses opioids, it is important for you to make sure you are always carrying your medications in a prescription bottle or have a prescription on hand. If you are stopped and have opiates in your possession without a prescription, you could be accused of a drug crime.

Get help if you've been seriously hurt in a crash

A personal injury can be painful and debilitating. It may impact your ability to do the things you love to do and put a strain on your relationships. You may not be able to work your normal job and could find that you're unable to return to a job of any kind in the future.

Personal injuries aren't all permanent, but many take months or years to heal. Other injuries are permanent and change a person's life forever, resulting in a need for care around the clock. Some significant injuries that people may suffer from in car crashes include:

  • Severe whiplash
  • Shattered bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
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