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Dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend". However, this may not be entirely accurate, as they often become more than just a mere friend and become members of the family. Even with all the love that we show our dogs, or they show us, one thing remains certain, they are still animals.

One of the most common reminders of the fact that these furry members of the family are still animals is when they or another dog bites a person. From small nibbles to severe maulings that leave both physical and mental scars, even the most loveable dogs may pose injury risks to people.

Growing Number of Dog Bite Cases

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Across the state of California, there are a number of different amusement parks that boast different themes to attract families from all over the country. Young and old alike can find something they enjoy at the parks, whether it is a thrilling rollercoaster or a relaxing water ride.

But an enjoyable trip can be cut short if an amusement park accident occurs. Instead of finishing the day with a family dinner, parents may find themselves rushing to the hospital because their child sustained a serious injury. Nearly two years ago, a family was visiting Knott's Berry Farm when a cable snapped on a rollercoaster, injuring the son. Earlier this week, the amusement park reached a settlement with the victim for the 2009 incident.

Amusement park accidents can occur for several reasons. One of the reasons why something can break or go wrong on a roller coaster is if there was poor maintenance. After the incident, the California division of Occupational Safety and Health investigated the accident to determine what could have caused the cable to snap while the ride was in operation. Their final report was that the manufacturer did not properly maintain the ride, contributing to the accident.

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When you enter a store in California, you expect that the store owner and employees are taking reasonable care to protect you from hazards or dangers. The last thing you expect is for something to fall on you or for you to trip on something while you are shopping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a million Americans slip and fall on someone else's property each year. This can be due to a number of different factors: icy sidewalks, water on the floor, and even slipping on an object that should not have been in the middle of a walkway. But what can be done in the event of a slip and fall?

A slip and fall victim can sustain a number of different injuries, from minor bruises to a brain injury. Even the less severe injuries can result in serious financial difficulties for the injured person - a trip to the emergency room to simply make sure nothing is wrong can cost thousands of dollars. If the injury is serious, there could be long-term care required, surgical procedures, and medication that costs a lot.

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Getting injured in a slip-and-fall accident can lead to a number of injuries. Serious injuries can result in high medical bills and financial challenges resulting from an inability to work. Victims of slip-and-fall incidents can seek compensation by filing premises liability claims.

One man filed a lawsuit nearly three years ago against celebrity Sharon Stone on the grounds that he slipped and fell on her property. The trial began yesterday; it is unclear how long it will take to reach a verdict. However, if the court finds in favor of the man, Stone could be ordered to pay him a settlement.

The incident occurred when the man was installing speakers on Stone's property in 2006. According to the man, there was a drop-off that was not apparent to him while he was working; he fell down and landed on a fence that separated Stone's property from her neighbors. The fence then collapsed and he fell into the neighbor's yard. He was injured but the extent of the injuries was not specified in the article.

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When vacationers think of California, they often picture sunny beaches and amusement parks. There are so many across the state for children and parents alike to enjoy. But amusement parks can be dangerous with a number of rides that are intended to thrill the rider. However there are a number of more tame rides, such as the Ferris wheel.

But if there is an amusement park accident, is the park owner or operator liable for any injuries or death? Does it depend on the circumstances of the accident? And can the victim or family of the victim seek compensation for their injuries or loss? Unfortunately, one little girl's family is faced with those very questions.

Last Friday, a fatal accident occurred at an amusement park when a young girl fell from a Ferris wheel to her death. She had been at the park with a group of her classmates and teachers for a school outing. So far investigators know that she had been sitting on the ride by herself but are still not sure what caused her to fall.

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