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Is there a Difference? Rotts and Pits Versus Poodles

All About California Dog Attacks.
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Dogs are the most faithful of all animals in most cultures around the world. Being man’s best friend, millions of people in the U.S. have dogs as pets. These people treat their dogs as family. And dogs reciprocate the excellent behavior of their owners with their faithfulness.

Different people have dogs in the US for various reasons. Some just want a cute animal like a Poodle in the house. But others pet them for emotional security purposes, or to protect the wife and kids when the husband is away, such as a Rottweiler or a German Shepherd.

In fact, some people have dogs to take care of their children or someone in the family with special medical needs. Still other people, like gang-bangers and thugs, seem to love having pit-bulls in their yards. These shaved headed miscreants love taking them out in public. And they particularly enjoy displaying them in their music videos.

  • Compared with the population as a whole, violent owners are attracted to guard type dogs.

Hollywood has also magnified things like the thug image and fighting dogs. For example, they have shows featuring underground dog fights, in movies and the news. The video game industry has also featured Pits and Rotties as rabid beasts in many of their games. Due to the negative imagery, soccer moms and politicians like to ban things they don’t understand.

  • New York’s Dangerous Dog Ban

New York City even considered making these dogs illegal. But it seems as far as dogs go, after much debate, it went nowhere.

“And if the city bans the pit bull, what’s to stop thugs from shifting to other breeds that can be made into weapons, such as the Canary Dog or the Dogo Argentino? Outlawing them all would be an incredibly divisive policy.” (Source.)

Of course, New York could just as easily apply that logic to gun control. But oh well, another topic for another time. At the other end of the spectrum, we have many famous, peace-loving celebrities who also love pits. For now anyway, the debate over breed and dangerous propensities are as unsettled as “global warming.” There is just no consensus despite state propaganda by lobbyists selling carbon scrubbing technologies.

However, just like humans, who are the most advanced and wise of all creates in the universe, dogs can also exhibit anomalies in their behavior. No matter how much you love them, you must remember that they can be violent. Also, this is the reason there are thousands and millions of dog bites cases every year.

In fact, many minor bites don’t get registered in the books. So they never become part of the statistics.

Dog Bite Cases And Various Dog Breeds.

In fact, most people associate dog bites with the dog’s breed. Some breeds are more violent than others. And some are virtually harmless. Several studies and surveys exist. These reports attempted to find a connection between the violent nature of dogs and their breeds.

Also, the American Veterinary Medical Association has done a survey and complete study on this matter.

Following are the breeds of dogs that AVMA has found out to be more frequent biters (See also.)

  • Rottweiler.
  • Doberman Pinscher.
  • Pit Bull.
  • German Shepherd.
  • Spaniel.
  • Labrador Retriever.
  • Jack Russel Terrier.
  • Chow.
  • Collie.
  • Saint Bernard.

Additionally, studies conducted by AVMA, and Center for Disease Control went on for nearly two decades. According to the results, Rottweilers and pit bulls are the dogs most prone to biting cases.

In fact, more than 50% of dog bites involved similar dog breeds. These results were quite similar to the result of the studies conducted by AVMA.

AVMA, however, did not recommend labeling dogs as biters based on their breeds. Aggression is associated with many factors According to the AVMA. So it’s not necessarily its breed.

The Size Of The Dog Matters?

Dog owner surveys formed the basis of many studies. Also, many behavioral tests connected a dog’s aggression and its size. Results showed that small dogs are more aggressive than bigger ones. For that reason, Collies and Spaniels are considered more dangerous than big dogs.

  • Even poodles nip children in the face.
  • But all in all, the larger, fighting dogs have far more bite power and more menacing strength than a little yelping dog.
  • Little dogs don’t get noticed or mentioned much because they’re so small.

The small size makes owners believe that the dog bite would not harm anyone seriously. However, attention must be paid to small breeds as well. By and by no matter how harmless they look due to their size, they could attack.

On the other hand, large breeds like German Shepherds and pit-bulls are known to be more aggressive. So their bite cases get reported immediately in most cases. When dogs bite, they cause severe harm. In fact, some attacks could result in fatalities.

The Background Of A Dog

Yes, just as humans we have to look at the background of a dog before we label that dog as aggressive or furious. As a matter of fact, fighting dogs like pit-bulls were used for bull-baiting, for example. So this tells us that they are aggressive in nature. But this is not because of their breed. Rather, it is because of the conditions they live.

Intelligence as a Factor?

Of course, these dogs did not choose to live in these conditions themselves. Furthermore, German Shepherds are wise dogs. But if not given proper training on socializing with people, they will remain overprotective of their territory. They might notice someone close to them or their house and attack deeming that the approaching person was an intruder. Same is the case with rottweilers.

Most of all, socialization is key with humans when it comes to dogs. Only then can they be comfortable around human environments. But if not trained properly they can devastate their victim. After all, their size, jaws, and builds could rip a person apart.

Word Of Advice.

Los Angeles is a busy place and quite a populous region in the world. You would find owners taming a huge variety of dogs here. Dog bite incidents are quite common here. When you see a dog of unknown breed nearby, it is best that you stay away. Also, avoid any moves that could infuriate him. If you or another dog owner properly train a dog, injuries are more avoidable.

Handling Dog Bite Cases.

Of course, at the end of the day, it is in the hands of the owner how his dog acts. Also, owners with dogs aggressive dogs should get dog training immediately. If you have fallen victim to a dog attack in Los Angeles, you should contact Ehline Law Firm as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that medical care needed after severe dog bites can be massive. Last, you wouldn’t want the negligent behavior of a dog owner to go unnoticed. After all, you want to keep your surroundings safe.

Construction Accident Liability Claims

The construction industry consists of building contractors, subcontractors, tradespeople, and laborers. The sites where construction takes place involves building equipment. Sometimes the equipment has a problem with it that makes it dangerous. So it often puts tradespeople and laborers at risk of job-related injuries. But when a worker gets injured at a construction site, the liability may rest with many parties. Examples include the employer, contractor or subcontractor.

But depending on the type of incident, there may be a third party liable for the damages like the people who sold the equipment. So this liability exists because in some cases the equipment or tools used are inferior. Therefore, they have a product defects issue. And in this case, liability may lie with the manufacturer of the equipment.

Construction related mishap Statistics are Sobering.

Stats are sobering. Construction-related accidents can occur on both large and small job sites. For instance, during 2014 the building participation rate remained 8.2%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistical data.

In 2012 the turnout was a small percentage higher, and during that time approximately 19.3% of workplace fatalities occurred within the construction industry.

These deaths are:

  • Electrocution: Electrocution deaths totaled 8.1% or 66 individual construction workers fatal injuries.
  • Struck by Object: Deaths caused by falling objects equated to 79 fatalities or 9.8%.
  • Falls: Falls contributed to the highest number of fatalities in the construction industry. There were 279 deaths or 34.6%.
  • Trapped: Construction workers deaths from being caught or trapped equaled 13 deaths or 1.6%.

Standard Construction Mishaps.

In the construction field, certain accidents are caused by:

  • Improper safety at the site.
  • Poor training.
  • Coworker incidences through unsafe job practices.
  • Debris at construction sites.
  • Dangerous equipment.
  • Defective equipment.
  • Scaffold incidences.

Workplace Safety.

Just like other industries construction sites can be dangerous and to help protect workers, there are rules and regulations for most work areas. The Department of Labor oversees the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970.

And it was enacted to ensure safety precautions are used at construction projects. Also, under this Act, the employer has specific obligations.  And accordingly, employees have individual rights.

OSHA Employer Obligations.

OSHA rules and regulations that employers must follow to ensure a safe work environment for workers include:

  • Making sure the job site is free from foreseeable hazards.
  • Educating the employees of OSHA safety and held standards that apply.
  • Displaying the OSHA Act official poster that describes the rights and responsibilities under the act.
  • Informing employees of the availability, existence, and location of medical and exposure records when first employed with an annual requirement to notify employees of these files. The employer must provide the documents upon request by the employee.
  • Making certain tools and equipment are in good condition and safe for use.
  • Written documentation should include a comprehensive hazard communication program. Also, covered items are employee training programs, material safety data, and container labeling.
  • Ensuring employees understand the language and that safety training gets conducted.

OSHA Employee Rights

Under the 1970 OSHA Act employees have certain rights that protect dangerous workplaces or security hazards.

These rights include:

  • Rules and Regulations: The employer should provide the employee with the appropriate copies of the standards, rules, and regulations, along with the employee requirements for the employee to review.
  • Request Inspections: For example, employees have a right under the act to apply to an OSHA area director. Next, they inspect the workplace if the employee believes some conditions violate the standards of the rules and regulations. Same goes for hazardous conditions. During this inspection, the employee can have an authorized employee accompany the OSHA compliance officer.
  • Name Withheld: The employee has the right to have their name withheld from the employer when making requests to OSHA in the event they sign and file a written complaint.
  • Retaliation: The employee is to be free from any retaliatory or discriminatory actions taken by the employer as a result of an OSHA complaint.
  • Medical Records: The employee should have access to proper employee exposure and medical records.
  • Testing: The employee should be provided with copies of testing done for possible hazards in the workplace.
  • Records: The employee has the right to review records of work-related illness and injuries.
Financial Compensation Remedies.

In some cases, those injured may be employees rather than independent subcontractors. But when employees get hurt, their only financial claim may be workers compensation. In other situations, it would go against the insurance company or employer.

In conclusion, the employee will not have the option to bring a lawsuit against the company since the worker’s compensation insurance is a viable option. But if the product maker was responsible, you could sue all in the chain of commerce.


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