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Better Not Bite – Dog Safety

May 18, 2013

One of the most frightening experiences for a child or adult can be facing an angry or hostile dog. Whether it’s a scared neighborhood pooch, or a lost puppy wandering around Steele Indian School Dog Park, canine’s can cause serious damage if they choose to attack. Two girls found out the hard way in Flagstaff recently when they were attacked by a pair of dogs after volunteering to help clean up equipment at a baseball field. The dogs’ owner fled the scene, shirking responsibility for her actions.

Owning a dog comes with certain responsibilities. Other than feeding it, giving it water, and walking it for exercise, a dog’s owner must ensure that it’s not a danger to society or those around it. If they cannot provide this assurance, they must keep it in a fenced area on their own property so that it cannot harm anyone. The owner is also responsible for providing an enclosure that is free of holes and that will keep the dog from escaping from the property.

But what happens if the dog escapes and causes trouble in town? You certainly can’t blame the dog, can you? That’s right, it’s difficult to place blame on an animal that can’t read the Phoenix laws on dog safety. Instead, in the event of an injury caused by a dog, the owner assumes liability.

So if you or a loved one has been bitten or injured in any other way by a dog, don’t worry – it’s not your fault! Track down the owner, call the offices of Michael Cordova and let us work on what we do best. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can expeditiously work on your case to ensure that you receive compensation for the damages caused by the aggressive canine.

This doesn’t mean you can act like the children in “the Sandlot”, though. If you’ve ever seen that classic movie, you’ve witnessed a bunch of foolish kids angering a giant dog by lobbing baseballs into its yard. If you’ve been intentionally hitting dogs with baseballs or other objects, or crawling around the neighbor’s yard trying to avoid his or her chained animal, you might be out of luck.

But if you were walking around South Mountain park, enjoying a beautiful sunset with friends or family, and were chased down and attacked by an angry dog, that’s a different story. That certainly wasn’t your fault, and we’re here to ensure that justice is served.

The first step you need to take is to monitor your wounds and make sure your life isn’t in danger. Next, call the offices of Michael Cordova. Even if you can’t track down the owner of the dogs, don’t worry. We will be here by your side every step of the way, and we will fight to find the person that’s liable and make them pay for their actions. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Phoenix will work with you through this, and keep that dog away so you may hear its bark, but will never feel its bite.

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Life-Saving Laws of Cycling

May 5, 2013

In any sport or activity, there are certain techniques and rules in place to improve performance and ensure the safety of the participants. In the world of cycling things are no different. Before jumping onto the Arizona Canal path a new bicyclist must learn the rules if he or she is going to stay out of harm’s way.
The risks are heightened for bikers because, not only is the ground speeding by just a couple feet below them, but they are in close contact with cars. They must act like every other car on the road—except without the added protection of airbags and bumpers. Because of this great risk, it is absolutely vital for cyclists to follow the rules and learn the techniques to avoid an accident and stay safe.

The Right Gear

Protection is limited for a bicyclist, but having the proper equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Before it is important for a person to have the following:
• Helmet
Wearing a helmet is common sense. It can literally be the difference between a minor accident and a major tragedy.
• Gloves
For serious riders, padded gloves help absorb shock. But in the event of a fall, gloves will also protect a rider’s hands from being scraped up.
• Lights
Many bikers avoid riding at night altogether; most auto-on-bike accidents occur when it is dark outside. However, if a rider goes out at night it is law to be equipped with both a tail light and headlight. Without proper lights, he or she would be nearly invisible to a driver at night.
• Bright Clothing
Bikers are not known for their impeccable fashion sense—but those bright neon colors and loud patterns are not meant for the runway anyway. Being conspicuous, both day and night, is perhaps a rider’s best protection because it will prevent an accident from happening in the first place.

Obey the Laws

Bicyclists need to behave just like motorists when riding in the street. Stop signs, lighted intersections, flow-of-traffic, turn signals…riders must observe these with as much, if not more, careful attention as a motorist. And while it may seem safer to stick to the sidewalks, the risks of hurting a pedestrian or being hit by a car (who is not looking for bikers on the sidewalk) are actually greater than just following the rules of the road. Almost all accidents can be prevented by simply sticking to the laws.
The majority of car-bicycle accidents happen at intersections, when every driver is looking around for other cars coming from different directions. A small biker can become invisible in the chaos of a busy intersection—especially if he or she is trying to turn left or right. For a safe right turn, a rider is better off stopping behind a car instead of to the side of it. This way he or she will avoid being turned into or cut off on during the turn. A left turn is a little trickier. A cyclist may either signal and merge into the left-turn lane, or he or she can ride to the corner of the sidewalk and use the lit crosswalk.

Prepared for an Emergency

Sometimes a rider does all of the right things: wears a good helmet, has bright clothes, signals properly, and uses the proper lane. But when it comes down to it, bicycle safety involves two people. All it takes is one driver who isn’t paying attention. This is why, despite everything, a cyclist still needs to be prepared for an emergency.
When faced with an accident, a rider can basically do two things: brake or turn. Maintaining healthy brakes is a must and practicing a sudden-stop can save a biker’s life. On the other hand, knowing how to expertly maneuver one’s bike can also help. For a quick turn, a rider should steer the handle bars away from the direction he or she wants to go. Instead, lean into that direction. This will lead the bicyclist to then correct the lean by steering back in the direction of his or her body. A turn like this is more natural and balanced, so the cyclist will not fly off in the sudden change in direction. Standing up on the pedals can also give the rider more control.
Another part of being prepared for an emergency is knowing what to do immediately after. Cyclists deserve to be repaid for injuries and damages because they typically bear the brunt of an accident. When it comes to auto-bicycle accidents, the law offices of Michael Cordova can expertly handle any situation. Between a bike helmet and Michael Cordova, a rider will be protected both on and off the road.

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Mother gives birth to quadruplets while battling cancer

October 11, 2012

In Aurora, Colorado Ashley and her husband Andy Adams found out they would be having quadruplets in March which seemed like the biggest news they could possibly receive until further examinations showed Ashley had thyroid cancer. The cancer was in stage 1 and had spread to her lymph nodes.

They had been married for four years and decided to start a family. After unsuccessfully trying to conceive, Ashley underwent infertility treatments.

“When the doctors told us we were having quads, we were extremely terrified and ridiculously excited all at the same time,” said Andy.

Four months into Ashley’s pregnancy her doctors diagnosed her with thyroid cancer. It is not rare to diagnose cancer in pregnant women because that is normally the time they have their first broad health examinations done.

Multiple-birth pregnancies are often complicated, said Julie Scott, a high-risk obstetrician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Due to possible complications, Ashley decided to wait until after the babies were born to undergo cancer surgery. She delivered three girls and a boy on August 26.

A few weeks after Ashley gave birth she had her surgery. The surgery was a seven-hour procedure that included a thyroidectomy and lymph node removal.

Ashley and her family are now waiting for the test results to determine a treatment plan. She may need chemotherapy, iodine radiation or possibly both. After her cesarean section and cancer surgery, Ashley is now recovering and the quadruplet babies are developing healthy.

Veteran gets a ‘smart’ home

September 11, 2012

Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, 28 years old, was on duty in Afghanistan on October of 2010 when he slipped down an embankment and landed on a buried bomb. He lost both legs and his right arm due to the explosion.

Dominguez spent months undergoing multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions since October when the incident occurred. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and partner Gary Sinise Foundation are donating a new “smart home” to Dominguez and his wife to aid in his recovery.

“I consider this foundation like part of my family. They’ve taken great care of me, with no strings attached, and I couldn’t have asked for more,” Dominguez said.

The home is in Reserve at Paseo del Sol community in Temecula, California. It was specially built to help Dominguez lead an independent life. The home has shelves and kitchen cabinets that lower for easy access to items, an elevator, and doors that open as part of an electronic-sensor system run from an iPad.

“Our team has worked with our subcontractors and vendors to create an exceptional home for an extremely deserving American hero,” said manager for Standard Pacific Homes, Marty Langpap.

Dominguez is from New Mexico but chose to live in Temecula after he fell in love with the city during the many visits he had. It is close to San Diego where he receives his outpatient care. Temecula eagerly anticipated his transfer and welcomed him with American flags on the morning of his arrival. Temecula police and firefighters, representatives from the foundations, city officials, city residents and actor Gary Sinise were there to celebrate as Dominguez accepted his new house.

Ned Wallace, president of Wallace Air Cargo Group Inc., donated a whopping $450,000 for Dominguez’s $600,000 “smart home.” The rest of the money was raised through fundraisers which included a benefit concert starring Sinise and his band. The furnishings for the home were donated by Shubert Design Furniture in St. Louis.

17 foot pregnant python found in Florida

August 14, 2012

Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History examined a 164.5-pound, 17.5-foot pregnant Burmese python carcass on Friday after it was brought there from the Everglades National Park. They found a record of 87 eggs inside the python which gave them important clues about the reproductive capability of the species. Scientists say exploring the snake’s biology is essential in understanding how to stop the python’s spread around the world.

“I think one of the important facts about this animal is its reproductive capability. There are not many records of how many eggs a large female snake carries in the wild. This shows they’re a really reproductive animal, which aids in their invasiveness,” said park wildlife biologist Skip Snow.

Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are working with other agencies on the Burmese python problem. The Burmese python is a non-native but established species in Florida that is one of the deadliest, most competitive predators in the southern part of the state, according to the university. The snakes have no known predator and population range from the thousands to hundreds of thousands. The Burmese python was first found in the Everglades in 1979 yet it is native to Southeast Asia.

State laws prohibit people from owning Burmese pythons as pets or taking them across state lines without a federal permit. Florida has the world’s most awful problem with amphibians and invasive reptiles, the university said. The journal Zootaxa, Krysko published a study last year which found that 137 non-native species were introduced to Florida between 1863 and 2010. Pet trade was determined as the number one cause.

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