If your kids got an ATV for the holidays, you want to be sure they are able to ride safely and responsibly. Here are a few tips to help protect your child from injury on an ATV.
- Always use the proper safety equipment – Don’t stop at the bare minimum required by law. This goes for adults too. If you are in an accident, the proper safety gear gives you the best chance of avoiding serious harm.
- Don’t ride double unless the ATV is meant for that – Some ATVs are made for two riders, but most are one-seaters.
- Always provide supervision – If your child is not old enough to drive a car, they shouldn’t be riding around on an ATV with you or another responsible adult present.
- Get your child an ATV riding course – You wouldn’t let your child drive a car without providing some guidance and direction. Be sure they get some instruction on how to ride.
- Encourage safe practices – Explain the dangers of riding too fast.
- Make sure the ATV is appropriate for use by a child – ATVs vary wildly in power. A child should not be riding an ATV intended for adults until they are at least 16 years old.
When You or a Loved One Is in an ATV Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured riding an ATV, contact Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to learn if you deserve compensation, and we can help negotiate a suitable settlement with an insurance company. Call 619.344.0360 to get started.Read More
Did you know that more than 4 million dog bites occur each year? That may seem like a shocking figure unless you know that over one-third of households own one or more dogs in the United States. That makes up more than 76 million dogs. That’s more than one dog for every five humans!
While dogs are usually very safe pets, what happens when a dog attacks someone? In California, it is important to know the laws specific to this state. Here are a few regulations.
- Proof of negligence is not required – For most personal injury cases, you have to prove that the property owner was negligent. This is not the case with dogs. There is an implied risk.
- There is no “one bite rule” in California – Some states let a dog owner off the hook if the dog has never attacked anyone before. This law does not exist in California. The owner is liable for damages the very first time the animal attacks a human.
- The person who was attacked must not be responsible for the attack if they want compensation – If you are trespassing on private property or intentionally antagonizing a dog, then the bite is your fault, not the owner’s.
Legal Support for Dog Bites in California
Dog bite settlements are usually handled by an insurance company, and that means you are going to want an attorney, so you don’t get shortchanged on the settlement. Call Petrov Law Firm today at 619.344.0360 to learn what we can do to help.Read More
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, your first priority should be getting the medical care you need. Your next step should be hiring a personal injury attorney. Why? Here are a few things that a lawyer can do to help maximize your settlement.
- File necessary documents before the statute of limitations ends – Once the statute of limitations is up, you are unlikely to get anything, so this is an essential step.
- Assist you in gathering necessary proof – You will need to provide proof of the damages. This may mean collecting relevant medical records, acquiring a copy of the police report, compiling photos or videos of the scene of the accident, and more.
- Acting as a go-between with the insurance company – The insurance company is going to want you to admit to some degree of blame, especially if you live in a tort state like California. This would significantly reduce the compensation you are due. It is better to let your lawyer be the only one who speaks with the insurance company.
- Interview witnesses – If there are witnesses to the accident, your lawyer may decide to interview them to see if their testimony is relevant.
- Provide you with peace of mind – Your attorney will help you understand your rights and provide you with confidence that you will receive the best possible settlement.
Hire the Right Personal Injury Attorney in Southern California
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Millions of dog bites occur each year across America, and hundreds of thousands require medical attention. Some of the worst injuries occur in kids because dogs can quickly attack a child’s face, whereas they often go after the legs in adults. Here are some vital suggestions to help your children avoid accidentally provoking a dog.
- Teach your child the importance of introducing yourself to a dog by letting it sniff you before trying to pet it.
- Don’t leave a young child alone with a dog. This is also true at home. Even the family pet can bite if it feels anxious.
- Teach your child good manners with the pets of others. Not only is it rude to just walk up to someone else’s pet and touch it, but the dog may also view the approach as threatening. Speaking with the owner first to get permission will put the owner, and therefore the dog, at ease.
- Remind your child that there are times they should not try to pet a dog. Dogs are more likely to bite if you wake them suddenly or approach them while they are eating.
- Train your child to deal with a dog that is aggressive. For example, remind them to back away rather than turning to run.
Assistance After a Dog Bite Injury
Despite proper training, sometimes a dog bite can happen. When the injury was caused by someone else’s pet, you should receive compensation for medical bills or other losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in southern California, contact Petrov Law Firm today at 619.344.0360 to get the legal assistance you need.Read More
Rabies is pretty rare in the US, especially among domesticated animals that are usually vaccinated. However, there is still cause for concern. Here are three reasons that rabies treatments are strongly recommended if you can’t confirm the vaccination status of a dog that bit you.
- Rabies does exist in every state but Hawaii – So you can’t completely write off the possibility that the dog you were bit by had this deadly disease. In fact, the only reason that very few rabies deaths occur in developed nations is because of treatment, not the fact that the disease doesn’t exist.
- You may not be able to tell if the dog has rabies – The classic stereotype is an animal that is foaming at the mouth. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous myth because only some dogs with rabies will experience this symptom. Most animals will just seem to have a case of the flu.
- There is no treatment after symptoms appear – We’re not trying to be alarmist, but there is cause for alarm when it comes to rabies. The issue is that once a patient begins to show symptoms, the disease is too far along to save a person. If you are not 100% sure the dog is vaccinated, you must be treated just in case.
Dog Attack Attorneys in San Diego
Petrov Law Firm has experienced attorneys who can help if you have been the victim of a dog attack and are beginning to see medical bills piling up. Give us a call at 619.344.0360 to get your case started today.Read More
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around Californian cities, especially when there is a lot of traffic. Here are a few tips to help you get where you are going as safely as possible.
- Beware of drivers – Many drivers are not good at sharing the road with motorcycles. There are also a lot of distracted drivers. It’s not fair for the burden to be on you, but the fact is that when a car and a motorcycle get into an accident, it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. The consequences will be far worse for the cyclist.
- Wear the proper protective equipment – In a minor accident, the right helmet and clothing can protect you from serious harm or even save your life.
- Be modest – If you are a new rider, don’t go beyond your limitations. Always follow traffic laws and don’t try to do anything you are not 100% sure you are able to handle.
- Stay visible – Whether it is keeping the lights on your vehicle in good order or wearing something reflective on your clothes/helmet, anything you can do to increase your visibility could be lifesaving.
- Never ride if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription medications that could affect your ability to ride safely).
Getting Help After a Motorcycle Accident in California
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When a dog bites someone in the state of California, it is almost always the owner whose liability insurance is going to cover the damages. Here are the three requirements for owner liability for dog bites in California that cover nearly every case.
- The dog bite has caused damages – This is almost always the case with dog bites. If the bite breaks the skin and you can’t get proof of vaccination for rabies, you have to seek emergency medical treatment. Even if the dog is vaccinated, many bites require stitches or other treatment.
- The dog bite has occurred in a public place – When an owner takes a dog off their own private property, they are responsible for everything that happens after that.
- The dog bite has occurred on private property, but you were there legally – The only time an owner is not responsible for a dog bite is if it happens on private property and you are trespassing. If the owner invites you onto the property, they are responsible for keeping you safe, and that includes from their pets.
Fortunately, most homeowners or renters insurance policies include general liability, which will cover medical expenses and other losses. Of course, that means you will have to fight with an insurance company to get a fair settlement.
Getting the Assistance You Need After a Dog Bite in California
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The short answer is, yes, it should. However, dog bites are not automatically a specific part of your policy. The bite is a part of your general liability. Homeowners insurance covers a person’s legal liability in general. Therefore, it should cover a dog bite whether the dog was at home when the attack occurred or not.
On occasion, there may be a breed restriction written into the company’s insurance policy. This is up to the owner to know. If an insurance company has this sort of restriction, pit bulls are almost always on the list. In that case, the owner should choose an umbrella policy that will cover any sort of liability or a different insurance company that doesn’t restrict the specific breed they intend to own.
So does that mean the person who gets bit will have to deal with an insurance company to have medical bills covered? In most cases, the answer is yes. Since insurance companies are notorious for giving people the runaround when a settlement is due, it is important to have a personal injury attorney assist you in receiving the full compensation you deserve.
Dog Bite Attorneys in California
If you have been attacked by a dog in southern California and now you see medical bills pile up, Petrov Law Firm can help. Call 619.344.0360 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. With our experience in your corner, you can receive the settlement that you deserve from the insurance provider.Read More
Dogs are notorious for attacking the mailman. However, any delivery person should be careful when approaching a home with a dog present. Dogs are territorial and may see you as a threat if they don’t know you. Since private couriers may not go to the same home frequently, here are some quick tips to help you be safe around dogs.
- Be extra careful in the presence of the homeowner – Dogs get even more protective over people than the home itself. Even a friendly dog may get upset if you make a sudden move (like handing a package to someone).
- Remove your earbuds – You want all your senses in play if you encounter a strange dog. Being able to hear the dog coming can prevent you from making a sudden reaction that startles it worse. Being able to hear a growl would let you know to back off.
- Leave the dog alone – Never try to pet a strange dog, even if it seems friendly. You will have plenty of other opportunities to interact with animals in less dangerous circumstances. If a dog does seem agitated, remember that you shouldn’t turn your back.
It is better to call the customer and explain the situation than to receive a nasty bite.
Help for Dog Attack Survivors in San Diego
Petrov Law Firm is here to help if you ever do experience a dog bite. Medical bills can add up fast, and you are likely to be dealing with the homeowner’s insurance company to get a settlement, which is no fun at all. Give us a call today at 619.344.0360, so we can help you maximize your settlement.Read More
If you receive a dog bite, getting the proper medical care is vital. This is especially true if the dog has not been properly vaccinated or if you cannot acquire proof of vaccination in a timely manner. If the dog is vaccinated against rabies, then the main concern is keeping the wound from infection. Here are some tips to help:
- Clean the wound – Use a mild soap to clean bacteria from the wound. Run water over the wound for 5-10 minutes to flush out bacteria.
- Use a clean cloth to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. If you can’t stop the bleeding, seek immediate medical attention.
- Use an antibiotic cream – Many antibiotic creams also feature pain-relieving agents.
- Use a sterile bandage to wrap the wound.
- See your doctor to learn if any further care is needed.
- Change your bandages every few hours while you are awake and first thing in the morning when you get up.
- If you notice any signs of infection, seek further medical care. Signals that infection is setting in include changes in color around the wound, swelling, fever, or increased pain.
For serious wounds, you may require stitches. Depending on your medical history, you may need a tetanus shot. If the medical history of the dog is unknown or incomplete, you may be treated for rabies.
Get the Help You Need to Recover Your Losses
If you have been bitten by a dog in southern California, Petrov Law Firm can help you to recover your losses by negotiating a settlement for you. Call 619.344.0360 to learn more.Read More