Dog Bites

Just because dogs are man’s best friend, doesn’t mean they are always perfectly behaved. Unfortunately, some dogs bite. Dog bites range in seriousness; they can be a puppy in the teething stage, a dog playfully nipping at your pant leg, or a dog you don’t know that bites you while you’re out on the streets.

If after being bitten by a dog you get an abrasion, simply run water over it and use hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound. Use an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage to keep it clean.

If the wound is more severe, like a puncture wound, assess your situation. If you are bleeding excessively, especially from a wound in your head or neck, call 911. Otherwise, some bleeding will help to clean the wound. If after five minutes the bleeding hasn’t slowed, apply more pressure and wait a few more minutes before checking with a doctor. If the bleeding has slowed or stopped, rinse under running water and wash with some mild soap for five minutes.

If the bite is worse than a puncture wound, you need to seek medical attention immediately to avoid infection and to get the best chance at a full recovery.

Bites from puppies aren’t serious. Just like teething babies, they bite when something is in their mouth. Try not to overreact, and try to correct the behavior before the bite happens.

A bite from your older dog may be a sign that the dog is in pain or injured, and it is a good idea to take a trip to the vet. If your dog seems territorial and bites you, it may be time for an obedience refresher course.

If you are bitten by a stranger’s dog, try to locate the owner. You’ll want to confirm that the dog has had its rabies shots and exchange contact information.  You may also want to contact the police so they can follow up with the situation. If there were witnesses or neighbors who saw the attack, you’ll want to get their account as well. It may come in handy later…

Whether your dog bite is a puncture wound or worse, you may be left in a lot of pain with a long recovery ahead of you. In these situations, it is a good idea to contact an attorney who has experience with dog bites.

After being bitten by a dog, you may be wondering what to do next or whether or not you have a strong case. That’s where Cockayne Law can help. They offer a free consultation where your attorney will review your case and help to establish who has liability of the dog, whether or not this dog was known as a dangerous one, and what can be done to help you get your life back on track.

Cockayne Law fights for those who need it most. If you’ve recently been bitten by a dog and are suffering physically or emotionally, they can help. With a free consultation, you have nothing to lose.

Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days – How to Stay Safe

It’s true that there are more dangerous times to travel than others. In Utah, you may think that the deadliest days for driving or traveling are around the holidays when many people are traveling, partying and there are snowy, icy road conditions. But you may be surprised to learn that Utah’s ‘100 Deadliest Days’ actually begin Memorial Day weekend. During the next hundred days, the Utah Department of Transportation says fatal crashes nearly double on Utah roads. With so many fun summer activities to do, many Utahns are driving more often. And while icy conditions are dangerous, many drivers realize this and take the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, many drivers think clear roads means they don’t need to be as careful. Here are five ways you can stay safe during the ‘100 Deadliest Days’.

  1. Pay Attention
    You pay close attention during a blizzard or when you know there is black ice on the road; you should be paying just as much attention when you’re cruising around this summer with the windows down and a cold soda in your hand. By simply paying attention, many of the accidents during the summer can be avoided.
  2. Don’t Speed
    Speeding is always a temptation, but one way to stay safe this summer is to go the speed limit. When you are going too fast, you lose the precious time you need react properly to avoid an accident. You should also make sure you are obeying all laws of the road, not just the speed limit. Doing so will keep you and others on the road safe.
  3. Wear Your Seat belt
    If you want to stay safe and alive, wear your seat-belt! It’s as simple as that.
  4. Avoid High Traffic Times
    Another way to stay safe is to avoid areas that are more likely to have accidents. If you know a certain road or area is highly congested at certain days or times of day, it’s best to avoid that area. More cars moving through an area only increases your risk of getting in an accident.
  5. Drive Sober
    If you drink and drive, you ought to know the risks by now. But that doesn’t stop many from driving impaired during the ‘100 Deadliest Days’, and any other day of the year. If you don’t want to be injured or killed, or injure or kill another person on the road, don’t drink and drive.

Following these five tips between Memorial Day and Labor Day will help you stay safe during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days. But if you do find yourself in an accident (whether it be auto, bicycle, motorcycle, or pedestrian) make sure you have someone in your corner to help you deal with other drivers, insurance, and lawyers. Cockayne Law fights for those who need it most. Don’t suffer any more than you need to, whether physically or emotionally. Call Cockayne Law!