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Your babysitter may be liable for your child's injuries

Imagine leaving your child home alone with a new babysitter. You heard great things about her; she had experience and was always on time. She often stayed late for families, knows how to cook and comes at a reasonable rate.

You thought nothing could work out better than this situation, but not more than two hours after you left did you receive a call from the local hospital. Your child had been badly burned in the kitchen as the babysitter made dinner.

Paxton family sues over surgeon's alleged errors

If you follow news reports about celebrities, you may have heard about the unexpected death of Bill Paxton. The actor had to have heart surgery, but his family claims complications and errors resulted in his untimely death.

Any time a loved one dies as a result of complications it becomes a tragedy. It's worse when you believe that the surgeon did something wrong, like this family does. They claim that the surgeon used a high-risk procedure despite the fact that it was unnecessary. Additionally, they believe that he didn't have the right experience to perform the surgery.

Woman killed and dog injured in plow truck accident

The winter is a dangerous time of year for people in every state, even in Alaska where snow and ice are common. Sometimes, horrible incidents happen where people are killed or badly injured as a result of the weather and how the weather is handled in their areas.

Take for example this woman's case. A 57-year-old woman was killed when a snowplow truck struck her as it was backing up. The woman had been returning from a walk with her dog when he backed into her. The dog survived, but it was injured in the collision.

Road defects could lead to a serious crash

Getting hurt on the road isn't anyone's idea of a good day, but it's bound to happen to many each day. One of the problems you could run into is damaged or faulty roads. For instance, if you reported deepening potholes on the highway on the way to your workplace and never saw them repaired before your crash, it could be that the authorities in charge of taking care of the roads could be held accountable for your accident.

Negligence and fault doesn't always have to be asserted against an individual. Take, for example, a case where you crash without another vehicle involved. If you crash because your airbag deploys suddenly, then you may be able to seek a claim against the manufacturer. On the other hand, if you crash because you hit a pothole that blows your tire, you may be in a position to file a claim with the local state government or other authorities.

Intra-family torts protect you against accidents caused by family

It's bad enough to be involved in a car crash, but it's worse when the crash involves another member of your family. Maybe your spouse wrecked into you or your child hit your vehicle; whatever the case is, you're left in a difficult position.

You aren't sure what to do next. You're worried that you have no coverage at all. Your life seems like it's at a standstill.

Alaska Airlines faces lawsuit for woman's death

Alaska Airlines has found itself the center of a lawsuit after a woman died while leaving the airline's terminal. According to the news from Jan. 1, a woman died after falling from an escalator at Portland International Airport. The 75-year-old woman had been traveling with Alaska Airlines and was supposed to receive wheelchair assistance when she landed in Portland.

That didn't happen, though, as video footage shows. Instead, the video shows the woman walking alone before she fell head-first down an escalator. She survived the incident initially with several severe injuries, but one became infected and required doctors to remove her leg below the knee. The next day, she passed away.

What should new recreational vehicle drivers know?

Driving a recreational vehicle (RV) for the first time is a lot of fun, but it's also different from being behind the wheel of any other vehicle. RVs are substantially bigger than other personal vehicles, so they can take time to get used to.

Yes, many new RVs drive similarly to cars, but there are some things you need to remember. For instance, the vehicle weighs much more than a standard passenger vehicle. As a result, you need to take more time to slow down and stop. Failing to do so could end up causing a crash.

2016 statistics: Crashes take lives and lead to injuries

Car accidents happen nearly all the time. It's hard to drive down the street without seeing someone in a collision. Even if you don't see one, you likely know someone who was hurt in the last year or two.

Crashes happen for reasons ranging from poor driving habits, like eating behind the wheel, to medical emergencies. Winter weather, alcohol abuse and other factors also lead to a number of crashes each year.

Children: Potentially at risk in winter

Children are some of the most at-risk individuals during the winter. They love being outside, but with outdoor activities come danger. While parents put their children's needs first, that's not always the case when your children are with others. For instance, a child who goes to school should be monitored. If he or she is on the playground, it's important for someone to be watching to make sure he or she doesn't get hurt. In the winter, this is even more important, since temperatures could drop dramatically and result in hypothermia or frostbite.

Another risk to children in the winter is the use of snowplows. Remind your children to stay away from the streets on days when they're home from school. If they run into the street or are playing in snow piles, it's possible they could be hit by a snowplow.

You deserve time to grieve after a loved one's death

There is nothing worse than watching someone you love die unexpectedly. Nor is there anything quite as bad as the feeling of knowing you'll never see your loved one again. As a victim of a wrongful death, your loved one never had a chance.

Now, you're in a position where you're not quite sure what to do. On one hand, you have a right to make a claim against the person responsible. You need to be compensated for your losses, financial and personal.

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