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Who is responsible for paying damages after an animal bite?

Millions of people suffer from animal bites each year. Many of these require medical treatment, while some even require surgical intervention. When an animal bite occurs and causes serious harm to an individual here in Rhode Island, who exactly is responsible for paying for the losses related to the bite?

Texting drivers can cause serious accidents

Cellphones have made communication much easier. We can call people when we need to. We can access the Internet from anywhere with an Internet-enabled phone. We can even send text messages that allow us to communicate without having to speak. While all of these benefits are wonderful, they can turn dangerous when they are used at inappropriate times. One of these times is while driving.

Connecticut bus crash leaves 36 passengers injured

The state of Connecticut, along with the rest of the Northeastern U.S., has been hit hard this winter with snow, ice and frigid temperatures. As we noted in a recent blog post, there are numerous challenges associated with driving in inclement winter weather and drivers are advised to slow down and use extreme caution when road conditions are hazardous.

Parents with teen drivers advised to communicate clearly and frequently

Lack of driving experience and immaturity are often cited as contributing to the high number of traffic accidents involving teen drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2013 alone, a total of 2,163 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents and more than 243,000 sought emergency medical care for injuries suffered in traffic accidents.

When a shopping trip ends in an injury

From Kleenex to the kitchen sink, when it comes to retail stores and finding what you need, residents in and around the Newport area have a variety of options. Whether you choose to purchase goods from a big-box retailer or an independent mom-and-pop shop, all store owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that a premise is safe and free of known hazards—both inside and outside.

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