Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dog Bite Attack & Family Dog Advice

Dog bites infant is the headline from Santa Barbara where an 11-month-old was bitten by the family dog (a pit bull mutt). The dog bite to her face is receiving plastic surgery, but the truth is she's lucky to be alive and the dog bite scars will remain. Now I have a dog, he's a 20-lb Cavalier and he's great. So I do appreciate dogs, just not dog bites:

So for those seeking a family dog, take advice from insurance companies (note: dog bites are usually covered by homeowner's insurance and a Wisconsin umbrella policy). Some insurers have "blacklisted" breeds based on a propensity to cause dog bites.

Allstate is likely not to cover: Akitas, Chows, Dobermans, Huskies, Pit Bulls, Presa Canarios, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Terriers.

AIG: Dobermans, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

Liberty Mutual: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Huskies, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Terriers.

Nationwide: Chows, Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Presa Canarios and Rottweilers.

Thus, my suggestion is to avoid the above breeds, especially if you have children and put them away when children visit to avoid some of the most dangerous dog bites.

Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

Monday, July 10, 2006

Door County Explosion & Investigation

An apparent gas explosion in Door County (WFRV CBS 5's explosion story) raises interesting legal issues involved in burn injury, fire and explosion cases. The Wisconsin case of Garfoot v. Fireman's Fund illustrates the main one, which is the cause and origin of the fire or explosion.

In Garfoot, a man was burned after a gas explosion involving a pilot light. During investigation of the explosion, a witness disturbed evidence that would have shown if a gas leak in pipes caused the explosion, fire and burn injuries. Specifically, the witness failed to properly pressure test the liquid propane (LP) system dismantling gas pipes such that these could not be tested. The case shows how extreme care must be exercised in the investigation of fire and explosion accidents whether the cases involve defective pipes or allegations relating to gas control valves, defective gas tanks, machine malfunction or overfilling of propane cylinders.

Here's the wiki on fire investigation.

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