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USPS halts service to Kentucky location with series of dog bites

Those who work in the mail and parcel delivery fields must contend with all manner of weather conditions, traffic congestion and a wide variety of personalities. Unfortunately, they also have another obstacle that can cause them to suffer serious physical and psychological injuries: dog bites. In an effort to protect U.S. mail carriers in one city from suffering these types of attacks, mail delivery to one Kentucky street has been temporarily halted.

According to a United States Postal Service representative, one neighborhood in Louisville has a troubling history of dog-bite incidents. The decision to stop home delivery was made after a USPS worker was forced to evade a a possible attack by three dogs running loose on the street. Until the situation can be improved, residents will required to collect their mail at a local facility.

Man faces homicide and other charges after fatal car crash

With the growth of on-line sales continuing to escalate, the need to deliver these products means there are more trucks on the road. Though the majority of these drivers strive to complete their deliveries in a safe manner, the chances of a serious car crash involving these tractor-trailers increases due to higher demand and strict time constraints. Sadly, one woman recently died along a Kentucky highway in a fatal crash involving a man hauling an Amazon Prime trailer.

According to police, a woman driving a passenger vehicle was forced to stop with other traffic while traveling through a construction zone. A 34-year-old man traveling north in his semi-truck apparently did not reduce his speed in time to avoid colliding with the stopped traffic ahead of him. His truck then slammed into the woman's vehicle.

Potential nursing home neglect and abuse going unreported

The day inevitably comes when our loved ones become unable to comfortably take care of themselves. The day when, for their own safety, they are admitted to a nursing home or long-term care facility.

You expect the nursing home will provide expert care for your family member. What you should never expect to worry about in your parents', grandparents' or relatives' future is the potential for nursing home neglect or abuse.

Kentucky Supreme Court says injured girl can sue House of Boom

If you’re the parent of a young child, you may have been to one of the many trampoline parks cropping up across the nation. These parks have recently become a billion-dollar industry, fueled by excited, sugar-high children. They jump, flip and race around, often with no regard for other children’s safety.

But when you go to one of these parks, you’re almost always asked to sign a waiver. Even before you get in the door, the park may ask you to give up any right to sue in case of injury. The problem is that you’re not signing away your right to sue. You’re signing away your child’s right to sue. And the Kentucky Supreme Court recently stepped in to say parents and parks couldn’t deny children their individual rights.

Nursing home center of several allegations of neglect

Families who have a loved one in failing health due to age or illness take every measure possible to find a qualified nursing home. Unfortunately, in spite of a family's best efforts, there remains a possibility that a resident will become a victim of neglect or abuse. One of the biggest challenges these facilities face here in Kentucky, and elsewhere, is the lack of adequate staff.

Recently, affiliates from a local CBS news station attempted to conduct an interview with the staff of a nursing facility that has been accused of neglecting residents to the point of death. One of the most recent allegations involved a resident who died in 2017 from a severe infection caused by bed sores. The woman's adult children shared their concerns over what they witnessed while their mother was a patient at the facility. They reported finding their mother walking the hallways without clothing, beds without any linens and their mother claiming that she often slept on the floor after falling out of bed. There have been other allegations of neglect from other families.

USPS working to make sure the bark is worse than dog bites

The old motto of nothing stopping the mail is true to the point of carriers often suffering injuries in the course of a normal day. While inclement weather cannot be remedied, there are steps Kentucky residents can take to ensure that postal service workers do not run the risk of suffering a serious injury while on their properties. One step is securing pets inside the home to prevent serious dog bites from even docile companions.

Every year, the United States Postal Service releases its figures of dog bite reports. Though the most recent numbers from 2018 show a decrease of more than 500 incidents, the overall numbers remain high. Officials with the USPS wish to eliminate the danger posed by pets and are seeking to increase the safety of employees. Along with requests for information from customers concerning the amount and type of dogs that may reside at a home, carriers are also taking notes relating to the pets they encounter. 

Man seeks answers after suspected neglect leads to father's death

Those who have served their country are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity, especially as they age. When failing health requires skilled care, assistance is often sought through Veterans' Administration facilities. Kentucky residents should be able to trust this agency's homes and hospitals without worrying about neglect or abuse.

One man learned that the staff of one such nursing home failed to provide appropriate care for his father. According to the records, the 91-year-old patient suffered what became a fatal brain hemorrhage after he fell.  According to the records, the blind Alzheimer's patient was left unattended to wander the hallways in his wheelchair. Video surveillance shows him entering another resident's room, leaving, then circling around before attempting to re-enter the room. His chair is then seen tipping backwards, and the man fell and hit the back of his head. 

Industry worries about drug use and commercial vehicles

Several states modified their laws to allow the use of medical or recreational marijuana. During the controversy regarding these changes, there has been little public discussion regarding the consequences that could impact the safety of others, including the possibility that impaired drivers could cause serious crashes involving commercial vehicles. Trucking companies here in Kentucky and elsewhere are hoping law enforcement can adapt to prevent impaired driving accidents. 

The American Transportation Research Institute published a study that addressed the need for law enforcement to develop effective tools to handle the issue of marijuana-impaired drivers. Though states have revised their drug laws, police do not have the tools needed to combat the threat that these drivers may pose to others. While there are effective means to correctly identify those who are impaired by alcohol use, there is currently no standard methods to accurately test a motorist who is believed to be under the influence of marijuana.

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