Umbrella Insurance Can Increase Medical Payment Coverage

An appellate court in New Jersey issued an important opinion a few months ago, holding that a homeowners insurance policy on a house in one city provides coverage for a second house in another city that was underinsured. Significantly, the umbrella policy covering the first house applied to the medical payment limit, thereby increasing medical […]
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Hawaii Lawmakers Can Help Stop Dog Attacks

Hawaii lawmakers are considering whether to pass new criminal laws about dog attacks. House Bill 2058 would make the failure to control a dangerous dog a felony punishable by five years in prison if the victim died in an attack, or up to one year in jail if the victim survived. (See Bills Introduced for Dangerous Dogs, Involuntary […]
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An Ordinary Day of Mayhem in Pitbull-Land

Today’s headlines about pit bulls: People Magazine: “Iowa Woman Loses Legs and Needs Facial Reconstruction Surgery After Being Mauled by 3 Pit Bulls.” City Watch Los Angeles: “Pit Bull Attacks: Is the Breed, the Owner, or a Lack of Law-Enforcement to Blame?” Atlanta City Press: “Atlantic City man beat pit bull with pipe, police say.” […]
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Impairment and Disability – How They Differ

Courts and insurance companies might treat two dog bite victims with the same injuries very differently. The difference may be based on the distinctions between impairment and disability. The injuries might produce the same impairments, but one victim might be disabled while the other might not. For example, a young person with a good education […]
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A Day in the Life of the Pit Bull Owner

The headlines, like the nature and temperament of this type of dog, do not change from day to day, week to week, year to year. The type of dog we call a “pit bull” was meticulously bred for sudden, dedicated violence. The goal of this type of dog is not to bite, but to shred, […]
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Shelters Can Be Forced to Tell the Whole Truth

“The Pit Bull Meat Grinder Case” (Alvarado v. City of Los Angeles) Will Force Shelters to Tell Adopters in Writing the Whole Truth about a Dog’s Bite History and the Circumstances of Any Bite. In September 2020, 70-year-old Argelia Alvarado became another victim of our nation’s animal shelters which, simply to boost their own reputations, trick […]
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