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Cat Bites Found to Be More Dangerous Than Dog Bites

Saturday, February 15, 2014

More than 4 million Americans every year fall victim to dog bites, most of them children below the age of five. However, while dog bites, especially those involving mail carriers and children make headlines frequently, you don't hear as much about cat bites. That's in spite of the fact that cat bites, even though they are rarer than dog bites, can be just as, or even more dangerous.

According to new research that was conducted recently by Mayo Clinic, cat bites are much rarer than dog bites, but can be very dangerous. Feline jaws are smaller compared to dogs, and may not seem as powerful. The danger in a cat’s bite comes from those tiny teeth. According to Mayo Clinic researchers, those teeth can release bacteria deep into your body, affecting tissue quickly, and creating breeding grounds for an infection.

Cat bites very often result in infections, and according to the researchers, compared to dog bites, cat bites, although they are much less common, are much more likely to result in hospitalization. According to the Mayo Clinic study, which was conducted over a period of three years, one out of every three patients who suffered a cat bite actually had to be admitted into the hospital. Approximately 2/3rd of hospitalized patients who were injured after a cat bite, needed surgery as part of their treatment.

The study also found a difference in the profile of victims of cat bites, compared to dog bites. Middle-aged women were found to be much more likely to be bitten by a cat, compared to other age groups.

According to the researchers, it is not as if cats pack more bacteria in their mouths which cause infections. It is that they have much sharper teeth that can quickly inject the bacteria deep into your body tissue, resulting in infections spreading much more quickly than in the case of a dog bite.

Study Finds Racial Differences in Car Seat Usage

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Every year, more than 130,000 children below the age of 13 are injured in auto accidents. Although the rates of car seat usage across the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, the fact is that minority children continue to be at risk of injuries. According to a new study, white parents are much more likely to report higher rates of car seat usage to restrain their children safely, compared to nonwhites.

The latest study was conducted by researchers at the University Of Michigan, and the study was published in Pediatrics journal. The study clearly shows that there is a need to target nonwhite groups and other ethnicities in efforts to increase car seat usage among parents.

The study clearly indicates to Burbank car accident lawyers that the race of the parents plays a very significant role in whether the child is placed in the right car safety seat that is appropriate for his size and age. According to the study, which was conducted at two emergency departments in Michigan, the proportions of nonwhite parents who too quickly moved their children to booster seats and seat belts from car safety seats were much higher than those of whites. The rate of transition to booster seats and seat belts was actually three times as high as that for white parents.

Moving your child too quickly from a child car safety seat to a booster seat or wearing seat belts can place a child at risk of injuries, because such transition must always be done in an age and weight-appropriate manner.

Children of nonwhite parents and minority parents are much more likely to place their children in a non-age appropriate child car seat, or position them in the wrong car seat, and these children may be at much higher risk of being injured.

Dog Bites Biggest Cause of Postal Worker Injuries Last Year

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dog bites were a leading cause of injuries involving postal employees in 2012. The risk to postal workers from dogs does not seem to have changed much from previous years. Almost every year postal workers are at some of the highest risks of dog bites.

In 2012, apart from dog bites, slip and fall accidents were one of the leading causes of postal worker injuries.The information came from a new report released by the Government Accountability Office. According to the report, in 2012, United States Postal Service workers reported an injury rate of approximately 5.44 injuries for every 100 employees. Most injuries that postal workers suffered on their mail route between 2009 and 2012 were due to slip and fall accidents and dog bites.

In fact, letter carriers and mail workers are some of the biggest victims of dog bites every year in the United States. The only other category of Americans who are at a higher risk than postal workers are children.

Every year, the United States Postal Service draws attention to the fact that its workers are at a high risk of dog bites. The agency specifically requests owners of dogs to make sure that their animals are restrained, or confined in the yard, or in a room in the house, during the postal worker’s daily rounds. It is also important to place warning signs at the entrance of your property, informing mail workers that you have an animal on the premises.

In spite of all these efforts, and in spite of all precautions, every year, mail workers suffer a disproportionate number of injuries in dog bite attacks. Most of these injuries may be minor to moderate, but few can be very serious and can even result in fatalities.

Tips on Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

Monday, September 23, 2013

Every motorcycle accident lawyer would agree that wearing a helmet offers the greatest degree of protection during an accident. However, it is not enough to wear a helmet. It is equally important to make sure that you wear a helmet that is built to adhere to federally approved standards, is comfortable to wear, and strong enough to protect your skull from injuries in an accident.

To make sure that your head is protected at all times while riding, wear a helmet that adheres to the standards set by the Department of Transportation. The helmet must be certified and approved by the federal agency. Many motorcyclists make the mistake of choosing a helmet based on the look and style, and not on whether these have been approved by the DOT. An approved helmet has been tested to make sure that it adheres to the standards set by the DOT, and therefore, is likely to protect your head from brain injuries in an accident.

When it comes to the style of a helmet, choose one with maximum protection for your head and neck. As much as possible, try to avoid helmets that expose large areas of the back of your head or your neck. Half helmets and quarter helmets fall into this category because they offer minimal protection. Flip up or modular helmets are most effective because they offer full face helmet protection, while also being convenient to wear.

Check if the helmet fits you well. Try it on for size, and make sure that the helmet is not too big or too small. A helmet that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear, while one that is too big may not cushion your skull adequately.

Connected Trucks Spell Next Level in Safety

Friday, August 16, 2013

In the near future, heavy duty as well as light duty trucks may be able to communicate with other trucks as well as other vehicles in the vicinity that are equipped with similar vehicle communication technology. These vehicles may be able to transmit data that can result in an accident warning for a motorist or a truck driver. The technology has the potential to save many lives every year.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently focused on connected vehicle technologies, or vehicles that transmit data using Wi-Fi technologies. In these vehicles, the technology is contained in a device that can be mounted inside the vehicle either on the dashboard, or as part of the car’s components. The device can also be inserted as part of the smartphone.

The technology will transmit data signals with similar technology in other vehicles that are also equipped with the same devices. Once the data has been received, these devices can deliver appropriate warning signals, cautioning the driver to apply the brakes, or to slow down speeds. The warning may be delivered in the form of a glowing light, an audible alert, or a vibrating of the steering wheel. Those details will be left to automakers to implement. In the future, all vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, and this will substantially help reduce the risk of accidents except those caused by drunk drivers.

What is really important for Sherman Oaks truck accident lawyers to learn however is that now that the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the federal administration start working on standards for the technology, it could ultimately lead to a mandate for such technology in all vehicles.


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