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Puncture wounds from animal bites must be monitored carefully

People who are bitten by an animal are at risk of many different things. The bite wounds can leave scarring, which is a life-changing event for people who are bitten on high visibility areas of the body, such as the face. There is also a chance of the wound becoming infected, which could be painful and costly.

An animal's mouth is full of bacteria. When a person is bitten, this bacteria can be pushed down into the wound. Unfortunately, inside of a puncture wound from the tooth is a perfect place for the bacteria to flourish. The area is warm, moist, and dark, so it is usually best not to have these puncture wounds sutured closed because that will create a haven for the bacteria.

Are there certain things that a power of attorney can't include?

When people think of some types of contracts like prenuptial agreements or power of attorneys (POAs), they often get the impression that they can include virtually anything in them. They often think that so long as the person drafting it or agreeing to the terms is willing to sign it, it will seen as legally enforceable. This is far from the case, though.

While POAs can be used to give someone else a tremendous amount of leeway to make both personal and financial decisions in the life of someone they care about, there are limitations to what can be included in them.

What distracts you while driving, beside your phone?

Distracted driving is a growing issue in most states with nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involving some form of distraction within three seconds before the event. Most people assume cellphones are the only major distraction in the vehicle but that’s not always the case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in and has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving. Any distraction that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task can increase risk of crashes.

Estate planning isn't limited only to the wealthy

You can't think of an estate plan as something that only applies to wealthy people. Instead, you need to look at your circumstances and find out how an estate plan might benefit your needs. You need to look at the totality of the situation to determine what estate plan components you need.

One thing that you need to know from the start is that you don't need to worry about accounts that already have beneficiary designations. These include some financial accounts like bank accounts or life insurance policies. When you started the accounts, you indicated who these would go to. Look at the payable on death designation for the accounts.

Kentucky law changes direction on custody cases

Kentucky is making waves among divorcing parents as it becomes the first of the states to establish the idea of joint custody for both parents as the default legal option.

Joint custody is generally preferred by experts who believe that it helps steady the life of a child whose parents end up divorced. It's also heavily preferred by a lot of parents who feel they would be cheated out of precious time with their children under the old default model of custody, which essentially gave primary physical custody to just one parent. The other parent had to make do with little more than alternate weekend visits and occasional weeknights. Many parents, especially fathers, felt that they were being punished for getting divorced under the old way of doing things.

Women face financial challenges after gray divorce

Since the 1990s, the rate at which people over 50 years old get divorced has doubled. It has been termed "gray divorce," and it is more common than ever in the United States.

Experts warn that this can lead to a lot of financial challenges, especially for women. No matter how you feel about traditional gender roles, the reality is that men are still the main financial planners in most marriages. Studies have shown that women defer to their husbands in this regard in 56 percent of cases.

Can a Kentucky Senator sue the neighbor who attacked him?

A guilty plea was in the cards in the case of the retired doctor who tackled Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to the ground while mowing his lawn. Prosecutors charged Rene Boucher with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law.

These life events should lead to a review of your will

One of the greatest mistakes that many people make is they assume that estate planning is only meant for people with a vast amount of wealth. But to the contrary, estate planning is something that everyone should engage in as early as possible in their life. The decisions you can make in your estate plan are crucial, and any wealth that you have -- no matter how "small" it may seem to you -- should be protected.

A will is the central pillar of an estate plan. This critical document should not be taken lightly, and after you create yours, it should be properly maintained and reviewed on a frequent basis. Letting it decay and become obsolete or out-of-date is a major "no-no" when it comes to estate planning.

How to cope after divorce

As a major life event, divorce comes with strong emotions attached. Often people emerge from the divorce process exhausted, both physically and mentally. While there may be positives to the divorce, there can also be feelings of loss and failure. Here are some post-divorce coping strategies that can help you move on with your life.

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7 car crash delayed injury symptoms to be on the lookout for

Car crashes happen in seconds but not all injuries after a car accident are immediately apparent. Unlike broken bones or lacerations which are easily diagnosable and treatable, delayed injury symptoms come on after the accident.

Latent injury symptoms

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