What You Don’t Know About Dog Bites Might Come Back to Bite You

There are approximately 800,000 people each year who get medical attention because of injuries suffered in an attack by a dog, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are a dog attack victim you should be aware of your options and the bite laws for your state. While laws can vary both by state and local municipalities, generally, there are 3 categories for dog bite laws, strict liability laws, one bite laws and negligence laws.

In the case of a strict liability law, the dog owner is completely responsible for injuries caused by their pet,even whether or not he has taken steps such as warning people about the dog by posting signs on the property. There are, however, a few exceptions to the law, these being that the dog bite victim was trespassing or they were teasing or provoking the animal who eventually became aggressive.

The one bite law, in some states, says that the owner isn’t responsible the first time their dog attacks someone. But he is responsible for taking measures to assure that the dog does not bite anyone. It also states that if the owner has a reason to believe the dog might bite he would be responsible the first time.

The negligence law simply means that the owner did not act responsibly and there were injuries caused by their pet. If the dog has been known to bite, there should be cautionary measures taken. Install fences and locked gates and post signs.

Dog attacks number over one-third of all claims filed each year by homeowners. Since there are no nationwide laws for being bitten by a dog it sometimes leads to a lot of confusion as there may be a lot of conflicting parts to an ordinance for dog bite attacks that has to be proven.

Be aware of the laws governing dog bite cases whether you are an owner or a dog bite victim. If you feel that you need legal advice look for an attorney who has a good reputation in dog bite cases. Often these cases are settled out of court by the insurance company or the owner himself. An experienced dog attack lawyer can make all the difference in your case.

Contact The Law of Jeffrey S. Dawson today at 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your dog attack case. Dog attacks can be horrible and traumatic, but learning how to avoid one can literally save a life. If you have been involved in a dog attack, contact the law offices of Jeffrey S. Dawson to discuss your potential dog bite lawsuit settlement.

Lori’s Heart

It’s coming up on the first anniversary of Lori’s passing. I’ll never forget the last time I saw her, two years ago, and what she did before hundreds of onlookers…

Silence stilled the air as more than 200 people watched Lori’s caretaker gently push the wheelchair to the front of the crowd. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – better known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease – had weakened Lori’s body, but her will was strong, and she was determined to deliver a message from spirit to the crowd at Inspiration Stump in Lily Dale. Lori’s body slumped back in her chair, and her caretaker gently propped her forward. Another woman held a microphone to Lori’s face so her words could be heard. I held my breath and, like so many others around me, concentrated on sending Lori the energy she needed to complete her wish.

For those who may not know, Lily Dale, New York, is the largest Spiritualist centre in the world. Every day during the summer season, “the Dale” has three outdoor message services – weather permitting – where mediums from around the world bring proof of spirit to random audience members. Two of those services are held at Inspiration Stump, a clearing in the middle of an old-growth forest, where the lush crowns of stately hundreds-year-old trees form a canopy over the stump of a huge tree that had fallen over a century ago.

Basically, here’s how a message service works: mediums who want to serve give their name to the person chairing the service. Then, the chairperson calls each medium in turn to stand in front of the audience, and deliver three greetings from spirit in five minutes.

I got to know Lori through Lily Dale registered medium Sharon Klingler. Like me, Lori loved visiting Lily Dale and doing what she can for the community. A few years ago, she organized hundreds of photos into the scrapbooks that are in the Maplewood Hotel lobby.

Lori had come to Lily Dale to take a week-long mediumship class team-taught by Sharon and English medium Lisa Williams, whose encouraging advice inspires all students: “Speak from the heart. Open your heart chakra and let spirit flow through you.”

Lisa also addresses people’s fear of public speaking. “Just do it!” she urges. “Get up in front of people and say to yourself, ‘Spirit will never let me down!'”

After class, Sharon and Lisa’s students delivered messages at Inspiration Stump before hundreds of people. For many of them, it was their first time speaking in public. When the chairperson leading the service announced Lori’s name, the crowd waited for her to appear. They saw someone push a woman in a wheelchair to the front of the gathering, and a moment of stunned silence ensued.

The only person who wasn’t anxious was Lori, who invited spirit to work through her. Instantly, she began talking in a delicate, wavering voice and brought through an aunt who, among other things, loved baking cakes – but didn’t do them very well. A young man in the audience recognized his aunt and Lori roared into her message. She joked with the crowd and spoke with the poise and confidence of someone who didn’t have a care in the world.

Afterward, I congratulated her on a job well done. “It takes courage to do what you did,” I said. “You have a gift for this.”

Lori smiled. “Every day is a gift,” she said. “Every day, I grab every opportunity that’s given to me to serve, and what an opportunity it is to do it at the Stump. It’s a special place for me.”

The next day, Lori grabbed the chance to work again at the Stump. This powerful little woman, anchored in her wheelchair, let spirit flow through her, and as her heart opened, her graceful soul began to fly.

Carolyn Molnar is a Toronto based Psychic Medium and Spiritual Teacher. She has over 30 years’ experience. She provides readings and also teaches others how to tap into their intuitive abilities.

Her book, ‘It Is Time: Knowledge From The Other Side’, has made a real impact in how people understand intuition. She has been featured on radio, television and in print. Carolyn believes intuition is accessible to everyone.