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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.

How can motorcyclists avoid risks this spring?

As the spring approaches, it's time to start thinking about motorcycle safety. More people are heading out onto the roads as the weather warms, and there are many risks to consider.

Spring is unpredictable, and that's something to keep in mind when you head out. Bad weather can hit in an instant, and that puts you and others at risk of being involved in an accident. Rainstorms make the roads slick. Make sure your tires have good tread. Additionally, be vigilant when the rain is heavy because larger vehicles take longer to stop. If a driver doesn't see you, he or she could slide on the wet ground and crash into you. Remember that even if the rain has stopped, the roads may still be slick.

These tips help you avoid crashes with dangerous drivers

The last sounds you heard were screeching tires and the crunching of metal, and now you have found yourself with a crumpled vehicle with all your airbags deployed. You suffered some injuries, and you were taken for medical care. Now, you need to focus on filing your claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve from the reckless driver.

It's sad, but true, that most accidents are avoidable. Here are a few tips for staying safe when you're headed back out on the road.

Complications that can arise from animal bites

Many people fear diseases such as rabies or tetanus when they're bitten by an animal, but there are other complications that are much more common. For instance, deep puncture wounds make it possible for bacteria to gather and get trapped in the body. This can cause deep infections that are difficult to treat. For this reason, those who suffer a dog or cat bite may need to have the wound disinfected or cleaned in a surgical procedure.

One infection that can result if a joint or bone is infected is called osteomyelitis. It is better known as septic arthritis. This infection progresses quickly in most cases. It causes the skin to swell and become red, and the pain intensifies as time goes on.

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