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What should you do if you're bitten by an animal?

Animal attacks aren't as rare as you may hope, and many are caused by animals in the home, like pet dogs or cats. Getting bitten is a serious concern, and here are some of the things you need to do.

What should you do if you're attacked by an animal?

Bankruptcies vary, choose wisely

When your finances are in a position where they're no longer manageable, bankruptcy might be an option you want to consider. There are some alternatives to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, so you should be aware of them before you decide that liquidation bankruptcy is your only option.

As a debtor, you have the option of negotiating with your creditors. You may want to consider a different kind of bankruptcy, like Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which allows you to pay back creditors over time, if you're concerned about losing your assets. Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to pay back the money you owe over a three-to-five-year period. After that time is completed, any remaining debts are discharged, so you get a fresh financial start. This is one of the best kinds of bankruptcy to choose if you have an income and can make a monthly payment on time each month.

21-year-old woman hit, killed; drivers flee after collision

When someone is hit in a pedestrian accident, you hope that the driver will stop the vehicle and stay at the scene. When two or more vehicles are involved, it's unlikely that they will all flee, but that's what happened in this case. According to the news out of Columbus, a woman was hit by one driver before being run over by another.

The 21-year-old woman and mother had been crossing with her boyfriend when she was struck by the first vehicle. Initially, the first car hit her, and then a second ran her over.

Defending yourself: You're innocent until proven guilty

When defending yourself against a criminal charge is necessary, you need to make sure you do it correctly. Remember, while you may need to build a strong case for your defense, it's not your job to prove yourself innocent. It's actually the prosecution's job to prove that you're guilty. Without enough evidence that you've done something wrong, there is no real case against you.

What are your options if you have to defend yourself?

Worker suffers serious injuries in manufacturing accident

When you go to work, it's your employer's duty to make sure the machines you use are safe and have the right guards in place. If a guard is missing on a piece of machinery, you could be injured by being caught in the machinery or even pulled into it. In extreme cases, this can lead to death. In best-case scenarios, workers can get out without injuries, but these cases rarely work out that way.

In this case, a worker in Ohio suffered serious injuries after his arm was caught in a machine at a local rubber-hose manufacturing plant. According to the news out of Bellefontaine, Ohio, the manufacturer had previously been cited for 11 machine safety violations, and now it faces $70,000 in fines alone after a lapse in safety led to a 27-year-old man suffering serious injuries.

Northwestern Ohio bankruptcy filings drop in May

If you've been considering bankruptcy but aren't sure if you want to proceed, you may want to look into a number of other options. Your attorney can help you review things like debt-settlement programs or repayment plans, or you may want to have your attorney help you negotiate with creditors to pay down bills without a bankruptcy.

Whatever you do, know that you aren't alone. Bankruptcies are still very common today, even though they are dropping in number in some parts of Ohio.

Civil cases and the discovery stage

The process of a civil case begins when you file a claim in federal court. The defendant in the case is served a copy of the complaint and asked to respond to the allegations and claims written down. The plaintiff, which would be you if you filed the case, is responsible for writing down how the defendant caused harm and show that the court has jurisdiction over the case. You can seek out compensation or to make the defendant stop certain actions that are causing you harm.

When you're preparing your case with your attorney, there may be a stage called "discovery." During this time, you must provide information about the case to the other party's legal counsel. This stage of the case allows both sides to prepare for court. You can plan to call witnesses and gather all the information you need to state your case in court.

Avoid debt with these helpful tips on saving money

When your finances are tight and the number of bills you have increases, you may think that you won't ever be able to get out of debt. That's not completely true, though, and there are some ways you can avoid taking on debts you don't need.

Of course, the best way to avoid overdue bills is to pay them on time, but everyone has a time when that might not be possible. To avoid taking on debts that you don't need to be spending on, consider creating a budget and breaking it down into cash in envelopes. This will help you avoid impulse purchases, because once the money in the envelope is gone, you won't be able to spend anything else until the next time you're able to budget again.

What are common car accident injuries?

Getting into a car accident can result in painful injuries. You may find you need to seek out rehabilitation and other medical treatments. You can make a claim against the driver who caused your accident with the help of your attorney, so you can be compensated for the costs associated with your injuries. What kinds of injuries are the most common, though, and what can victims do to recover?

The first set of injuries that tends to be suffered includes head and brain injuries. When a car is hit suddenly, the person inside is jerked to the side, forward or back. The brain can twist inside the head or impact the skull; both actions can lead to brain damage. A victim may also hit his head on the window or dashboard, which can cause contusions and other injuries.

7 people injured in multi-car pile up in Ohio

Car accidents can happen suddenly, particularly on highways and in busy intersections where multiple drivers may be close to one another. While getting where you want to go at high speeds is ideal for most people and a major reason why highways are in existence, when you are traveling at high speeds on a highway and get into an accident, it can be devastating. Even accidents with similarly sized vehicles can cause you and your loved ones serious injuries.

After a crash, the person at fault will likely have to cover the expenses of those who were injured. This claim may take some time to be resolved, but as long as you make a claim or file a petition for damages before the statute of limitations runs out, you're able to seek compensation. The first step is to initiate a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company, or by suing the person directly if he or she didn't have insurance coverage.

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