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When you turn to a doctor or other health care professional for treatment of a condition, you trust she or he has the knowledge and experience to come up with a successful treatment plan and prescribe you any medications that will help you feel better. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and issues with medication are a big part of that. Before you blindly trust your health care professional or pharmacist to have your best interests in mind, educate yourself about what you should do to stay safe from medication errors.

1. Discuss all medications with your doctor

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As parents and other loved ones age and it becomes difficult for you or other family members to care for them, it is often easier to entrust them to a nursing home or assisted living facility. These facilities are designed to care for the elderly with everything from basic tasks like grooming and bathing, to medical treatment for serious diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. But when leaving family members in the care of others, the possibility of nursing home abuse or neglect may weigh heavily on your mind. If you fear that the facility is mistreating your loved one, here are several signs to watch out for.

The difference between neglect and abuse

Neglect is defined as a failure to provide the basic services that guarantee the patient is free from pain or harm. This included failing to react quickly to a dangerous situation that may cause the patient harm or anxiety.

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With 26 letter carriers having been attacked by dogs in Fort Worth in 2013, the city is ranked 16th in the country for such attacks, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Overall, 5,581 letter carriers were attacked in the United States, and many of the attacks occurred in older neighborhoods where the mail has to be delivered through door slots.

One woman was bitten in the leg by a dog while working in the southeast part of the city. On Aug. 3, 2003, she took note that a pit bull was missing from where it was normally tied up. After preparing herself, she continued with her task, but the dog soon bit her in the leg, causing a gash that required 10 stitches to close. The dog had originally aimed for her head, but she managed to fend off that attack with her mail satchel.

To lower the odds of being attacked by dogs, postal service employees are armed with a spray that contains a small amount of cayenne pepper. Employees are also quick to warn other employees of potential danger spots or will skip houses where dogs are not tied up. It is also common for postal workers to call the proper authorities when dogs are spotted walking around without leashes. Dog owners who do not have their animals leashed when off their properties could pay fines of up to $2,000.

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A Texas man filed a civil suit against a couple after their dog bit his daughter. The dog, a Chow Chow, bit the girl while she was at the dog owners’ home in February 2012. The man filed a civil suit in the Galveston County District Court for his daughter’s animal bite injuries on Jan. 22 of this year.

According to the girl’s father, she needed treatment for injuries following the bite. He is seeking compensation from the owners of the dog, and he said that the dog owners’ negligence led to his daughter’s injuries. He is holding them responsible and is asking for less than $100,000 to cover the costs of the girl’s medical bills stemming from her treatment.

Animal bites can cause serious injuries. Large breeds of dog can cause major damage if they bite or attack people, especially children. According to a 2000 article in the “Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,” Chow Chows, like the dog in this incident, were involved in eight dog attack deaths from 1981 to 1996.

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The owners of a pit bull in Texas were in their home when their dog savagely attacked them. Both of the people were bitten as a result of the attack, and the dog ended up being put to sleep. One of the owners try to stop the dog from making a mess on the couch by swatting at the dog’s hind end, but that led to the dog attacking the other owner instead. The pit bull reportedly attacked the woman’s legs. He ended up biting a chunk out of one of her arms as well as both sides of her spine.

The man then used a steak knife to try to fight the dog off the woman, after which he too was attacked. He suffered from animal bites as well and even had to have one of his fingers amputated. Animal Control officers as well as police officershad to shoot the dog with a tranquilizer gun to eventually gain control of him They then took him to a veterinary clinic to be tested for rabies (which came up negative) and be euthanized at the owners’ requests.

People who are attacked by other people’s dogs may be able to file personal injury lawsuits against the owners of the dog. The basis of personal injury lawsuits is that the person’s injuries would not have occurred had it not been for the negligence of the other person. It allows people to receive compensation for their injuries, hospital bills, any time missed from work and pain and suffering.