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New Hampshire drivers urged to stay safe this Memorial Day

New Hampshire police sent out a reminder to residents of the state -- go ahead and enjoy the weekend and the start of summer, but please drive safely and defensively over the weekend.

More than 34 million Americans are expected to hit the roads and travel 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend just to celebrate with their families and friends.

Cat bites may be more dangerous than you originally thought

When people think of potentially dangerous animal bites, probably very few consider cat bites to have the potential of becoming a problem. In fact, it might be shocking to find out that cat bites have the highest risk of becoming infected than any other type of animal bite.

One reason cat bites can be so harmful has to do with the type of teeth they have. Cat's teeth are very sharp and have a slender profile, features that allow them to not only puncture an individual's skin, but penetrate more deeply as well.

Mother of man killed in police shooting refiles suit against city

The mother of a 41-year-old man shot and killed by police in Haverhill, New Hampshire, has refiled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The case was filed in federal court for the District of New Hampshire.

The two officers involved in the shooting and the city of Haverhill have filed motions asking for the case to be dismissed or to go before a jury.

Is your teen safe on prom night?

Parents of high school-age teens often feel ambivalent about prom night. The time-honored rite of passage allows their teens to dress up as adults in beautiful clothing and twirl around on the dance floor with their date and friends, but it is also a night that can be fraught with danger.

Below are some statistics about teenagers, and some safety tips to follow for a safer, accident-free prom night.

Wrongful death case dismissed when agreement reached

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire has been dismissed after an agreement was reached by all parties. There are no specifics about the agreements reported, other than the fact that the case was dismissed with prejudice. That means that no one can bring the lawsuit back to court.

The lawsuit was brought the parents of a 24-year-old man who died after being beaten while at The Page, which is a local bar. The man's death was listed as a homicide due to a fractured skull that resulted "in an acute epidural hematoma." The man convicted of killing the victim was sentenced to 10 and a half to 22 years in prison.

Menacing, nuisance or vicious dogs in New Hampshire

Dogs are often said to be "man's best friend, " but when someone is bitten, the consequences can be significant for the victim. Dogs can maim or kill someone rather quickly, especially children.

In New Hampshire, the law defines a dog as a menace, a nuisance or vicious when it:

A woman dies admist untimely diagnosis by long-term care facility

A lawsuit has been brought against a Nashua, New Hampshire, long-term care living facility, alleging that its staff's failure to render timely care to one of its 85-year-old patients resulted in her ultimate demise. The woman had been living at the facility for a little more than a year before she was ultimately transferred to an area hospital with unrecoverable ailments including sepsis, severe dehydration and a possible stroke.

The lawsuit chronicles how the victim in this case became a resident of the dementia care program at the facility in question on April 10, 2013. After admittance, she is alleged to have endured numerous urinary tract infections and falls. The filing claims staff made no attempts to address these issues.

What should you know about workers' compensation claims?

You were at work when it happened: You fell off the scaffold and hit your head when you landed below. You suffered a head injury, and now you need months or years of recovery and rehabilitation.

Do all employers have workers' compensation?

1 woman seriously hurt in 3-car accident in New Hampshire

Car crashes have the potential to lead to serious injuries and death. Passing into another person's lane could result in a head-on collision, while entering an intersection at the wrong point could cause a serious t-bone accident. No matter what the cause is, no one should have to go through the pain and suffering of an accident.

Victims have a right to pursue a claim against any driver that causes them injuries. For example, if you're struck by a driver who was using a phone to text others while behind the wheel, then you have the right to pursue a claim. The victim in this case might want to do the same.

Cat bites: As serious or more serious than bites from dogs

Despite the fact that many people discuss dog bites when they think of animal bites, the truth is that cat bites are as dangerous or potentially even more so when it comes to infection. Cat bites, specifically those to the hands, can cause serious infections that impact your life in a variety of ways.

Cat bites can lead to serious bacterial infections, according to Mayo Clinic, and these are difficult to treat. The infections most often occur in puncture wounds, so they're deep in the hand. The punctures close over quickly, but since the wound does not bleed as much as a wider wound, it's more likely to retain dangerous bacteria.

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