A pet dog is a cherished member of the family in one-third of households in Pennsylvania and around the country. Unfortunately, this means that dog bite injuries are extremely common in the United States. About one in five dog bites are serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, and a dog's saliva can be just as dangerous as its teeth. The Centers for Disease Control urges Americans to disinfect dog bites even if no further medical treatment is necessary to prevent the spread of illnesses caused by bacteria such as Clostridium tetani, MRSA, Pasteurella and Capnocytophaga.
Trips and slips on dangerous property unfortunately happen year-round in Pennsylvania, but the risk is especially high during the winter months.
For drivers, distraction can come from just about any angle -- particularly in the form of text messages and phone calls. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction contributed to more than 390,000 injuries and 3,477 deaths in 2015, the last year for which complete data is available.
Before it happens to you, a trip- or slip-and-fall accident might not seem like a life-shattering event. But the reality is that these accidents can result in serious injuries, and people are often in such pain and confusion after a fall that they don't know what to do.