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What should I do after a dog bite?

Dogs are truly man's best friend but not all of them are sweet, calm and nice. There are dogs out there who are not trained properly, or who have a temper. Dogs will bite, some playfully and others in an effort to harm their victims. So, what should you do after a dog bite in Gainesville?

Even if the dog did not puncture your skin, it's still a good idea to seek medical care following a dog bite. Being examined medically will help your situation should you file a lawsuit or claim down the road. Seeking medical care will also help you recover from the bite should it have caused damage.

Is your child safe at day care?

Your decision to find a day care provider for your children was likely a very personal one. If you struggled over the choice, you are in good company. However, you may have known from the beginning that your children would go to day care, and maybe you even had one picked out months before your child was born.

Choosing a day care facility is often painstaking since there are many factors to consider. Certainly, you want a bright, clean, safe environment for your child, age-appropriate activities, and a caring and attentive staff. Finding those qualities within your budget is a bonus. However, you may be concerned with recent findings by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after they inspected numerous day care centers across the country.

You must know the dangers of falls

More than 8 million people visit an emergency room each year because of injuries due to falls. These accidents can lead to a host of injuries, but one of the most serious is fractured bones.

Of the fractures possible in a fall accident, a hip fracture is the most serious. A hip fracture can lead to many complications, including time in the hospital and even death. In older Americans, a hip injury means that they might not be able to live independently or return home. In fact, this is the case for half of these individuals who are hospitalized with a hip injury.

Deadly accident leads to charges

A woman was killed in an accident in Sandy Springs, out on I-285. She was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima. According to authorities, another driver was coming up behind her in a Honda Accord and ran into the back of her vehicle. That pushed her car forward and to the left, right into the path of a semi-truck.

The accident, which happened in the eastbound lanes, was called in to the authorities around 9:00 p.m. on September 26. The woman who passed away was just 31 years old.

Using virtual visitation in child custody agreement

When two parents enter into a child custody agreement, both will look for different ways to receive the better end of the deal. What many parents forget is that these agreements are tough on their children and should be created with only one goal in mind: the best interests of the children. Here's how virtual visitation can help in a child custody agreement.

Virtual visitation is exactly what you are thinking: communicating with your child via the various forms of technology available to us today. These methods can include phone calls, video chats, text messaging, emails, chat applications and more.

What are the most common distracted driving habits?

Distracted driving is a problem that is taking over the roads of Georgia. Drivers can be distracted for various reasons, not just from talking or texting on their phones. Today, we will discuss some other common distracted driving habits found on the roads of Gainesville.

Having a pet in the car can be a major distraction for drivers. It can be even worse if the pet is in the front passenger seat. It can be downright deadly if the pet is sitting on the driver's lap. All pets should be in the rear of the vehicle, in a secure crate if possible.

Safely driving near large trucks in Gainesville

The roads of Gainesville can be stressful during the morning and afternoon rush hours. They can be stressful in the middle of the day and at night. Driving is not always a fun task to complete, especially when you need to operate your vehicle around large trucks. They dominate the traffic on the road because of their size and speed. Here are some important safety tips for your next trip.

Ever find it scary to pass a large truck on the roads of Gainesville? It is an unnerving task to perform. The next time you need to pass a truck, do so with care. Leave yourself plenty of room when moving in front of the truck in its lane. If you move back into the lane too close to the truck it could clip the rear of your vehicle, sending you off the road.

Tips for safe motorcycle riding during the fall season

Owning a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, but it's also dangerous. We all know how important safety is when it comes to being on a bike, but not everyone understands how vital safety efforts can be to preventing injury or death. Never take for granted that others around you will notice your motorcycle. Here are some safety tips for riding during the fall.

You might notice more motorcycles on the roads of Georgia this fall season compared to the summer. Many enthusiasts ride their bikes in the fall when seeking out the changing foliage across the state. Since we are talking about leaves, never operate your bike in the rain or immediately after it has rained in the fall. This is a recipe for disaster because of wet leaves, which can send you into a tailspin.

Domestic violence has profound impact on children


Domestic violence is one of these things that people rarely talk about. It is often hidden behind closed doors and victims are often afraid to speak out for fear of being left by their significant other, being abused further, or subjecting their children to additional traumatic experiences. However, it is for these reasons that those who are in an abusive relationship need to think about the best way to end their marriage so that they can ensure their safety, future well-being and future financial security.

If that isn't enough reason to spur one to consider marriage dissolution, then perhaps consideration of the effect of domestic violence on children will. Domestic violence can have a profound impact on children both short and long-term. In the short-term, children who witness domestic violence may develop generalized anxiety, increased aggression, concern for the well-being of their parents and trouble concentrating on daily tasks.

Why do courts focus on the "best interests of the child"?


While there may seem to be countless decisions to be made during the process of a divorce, such as property division and alimony or spousal support, when there are children involved from the marriage, the decisions may be even more complicated. The courts will need to look at the family and make decisions regarding child support and child custody, which may also affect other decisions that are made.

During this process, it is not uncommon to hear about the courts and their efforts to protect "the best interests of the child." What does this mean and how is this determined? In order to minimize the potential impact a divorce may have on a child, the courts will look at the relationship between the child or children and each parent.

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