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Barry Doyle

Liability for Slip and Fall on Ice Suits in Illinois

Winter in Illinois can be long and hard, and the frequent presence of snow can also make it more dangerous than it needs to be. The presence of snow and ice often leads people to slip and fall,…

Kristina Labanauskas

Preventing Falls Among Senior Citizens

It has happened to all of us (even the most well coordinated). You are walking, sun is shining, IPod playing, smiling to your fellow walkers who too are enjoying their walks. Then suddenly and…

Barry Doyle

Teen suffers infection from dog bite

A 13 year old New Jersey boy was bitten by a pit bull recently while he was out going to restaurant. The pit bull was being walked by a walker when he lunged after the boy, biting him in the calf.The boy was badly wounded as a result of the attack, with wounds requiring 146 stitches to close. More significantly, he suffered a cellulitis infection which required hospitalization.The most obvious…

Barry Doyle

Pit bull attacks deputy

A Michigan sheriff’s deputy was bitten recently by a pit bull when the deputy resp[onded to a call that the pit bull had attacked another dog who was chained in his yard. The deputy had to shoot the pit bull to bring the attack to an end.The deputy suffered bite wounds to his arm which required medical attentionMost on the job injuries involve things other than dog bites — falls, car…

Barry Doyle

Infant attacked by rottweiler

An 18 month old Indianapolis child is recovering after being attacked by a neighbor’s rottweiler. The dog ran out of the house and grabbed the boy out of his stroller by the leg, grabbing onto the leg, and shaking the boy violently. The dog finally released the child after being beaten by a police officer who arrived on the scene.The child suffered bite wounds to his leg.Rottweilers are among…

Barry Doyle

Worker killed at Tribune plant

A “temporary contract worker” was killed at the Chicago Tribune printing plant two weeks ago. The worker was cleaning gears at the bottom of an elevator shaft when the elevator started.The worker was cut in half by the machinery, resulting in instant fatal injuries.This clearly was an avoidable accident. When people are working in an enclosed area such as this, it should be clearly and plainly…

Barry Doyle

Two year old mauled by pit bull

In Toledo, Ohio last week a two year old girl was attacked by a pit bull while she was sitting in her stroller. The pit bull was being brought out of the house by its owner. Before the owner could attach a line to the pit bull’s collar, it broke free, jumped the fence, and attacked the girl.The little girl suffered numerous bite wounds to her face.Advocates of pit bull owners say that they are…

Barry Doyle

Pit bull bites woman second time

A California woman who was visiting a friend was bitten by the friend’s 90 pound pit bull for the second time. The woman, who had been bitten on the leg in December, 2005, realized that the dog was acting aggressively, and tried to hide in the bathroom, but the dog broke down the door in order to attack her.The woman suffered serious injuries to her arm in the most recent attack.The traditional…

Barry Doyle

Girl mauled by pit bull

A visit to a friend’s home tragic for a 7-year old Ohio girl last week. While she was playing in the backyard with her friend, a 7-month old pit bull owned her friend’s uncle mauled the girl and did not stop attacking the girl until the friend’s mother drove the animal away.The victim lost an ear and suffered facial fractures which required the insertion of a steel plate in her cheek. The bite…

Barry Doyle

Woman bitten by Akita

A Georgia woman passing through a trailer park attempted to provide some water to a dog that was tied to a trailer and was bitten for her efforts.The dog, an Akita, bit the woman so badly on the hand that she had to undergo thumb reattachment surgery.The Akita is one of the breeds which insurers are increasingly reluctant to provide coverage for. Some carriers are excluding them from coverage…