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July 11, 2013

Keeping Children "Dog Bite Free" This Summer


Summer time means taking evening walks, weekends at the beach, and camping trips with the family--and with pets. With more dogs out in public, there is an increased chance of dog bites and animal attacks. This summer, it is best to be aware of the danger of dog bites to protect yourself and your children. If you are a dog owner, you should also be aware of children and other animals that could incite your dog.

A dog bite can cause serious injury, including lacerations puncture wounds, loss of limb, permanent muscle damage, facial scarring, and other lasting injuries. In addition to physical injuries, many victims will suffer from emotional trauma, requiring professional help. Our Charleston child injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting victims and raising awareness to prevent dog bites and injuries.

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Children are at an especially high risk of suffering from dog bite injuries and animal attacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the 800,000 Americans seeking medical attention each year for dog bites are children. Children are more curious and can be more threatening to animals, especially if their movements are erratic or if they face dogs at eye level.

If you have children, be sure to teach them how to safely approach animals to prevent injury. Many children do not realize how quickly a dog can snap a chain, jump a fence, or break away from an owner. It is best to keep your children safe by keeping them informed. Animal Care and Control advise to teach children to respect animals and their space. Children should never tease a dog, even if they are behind a fence or on a chain. Here are some other tips to prevent animal bites and dog bite attacks.

Children and adults should be cautious about strange dogs. You should always treat pets with respect and approach them with care. Always wait to ask an owner if they can be touched and approach them carefully. Some safety advocates advise allowing a dog to smell your hand before petting it.

Small children should never be left alone with animals. Even dogs without a history of bites can become agitated around children. Dangerous and deadly dog attacks have occurred in only a few months.

Know proper animal defense. You should always avoid unfamiliar dogs, but if you are approached, you should know how to protect yourself and your children. If you are approached, stay still. In most cases the dog will leave once it is able to determine that you are not a threat.

Never run away because dogs could see this as a threat and they are trained to run and chase. You should also never disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies. In these instances dogs may be irritable and sensitive and any unwanted advances could provoke a bite.

As a dog owner, you also have a duty to prevent bites this summer. Avoid riling up your dog or getting your dog excited. You should always use a leash when bringing your dog in public. Warn children and their parents if your dog is not used to being approached. Keep your dog healthy, keep up with vaccinations and make sure to spay or neuter your pet to prevent bad behavior.

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March 31, 2013

Dog Bite Injuries in Carolinas a Spring Risk


Dogs may be mans best friend, but unfortunately they aren't always so friendly. The American Humane Association estimates that around 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, approximately 800,000 of which are serious enough that the bite victim needs medical care. These dog bites cause more than $1 billion in insurance claims to be paid out. 1267447_muzzled.jpg

Our Charlotte dog bite lawyers know that the spring and summer season may be the times when people are most at risk of dog bites. Kids and adults tend to spend more time outside during the warm seasons where they may encounter dogs who bite, and dogs may also be more likely to be outdoors once the weather is warm. More interaction with dogs outdoors can potentially up the chances of bite incidents occurring.

Dog bites can cause lasting disfigurement, serious harm and sometimes death, especially when a child is bitten. Avoiding a dog attack and preventing a dog bite from occurring are very important and dog owners and individuals should all be aware of how to stay safe to minimize the risk of dog attacks from occurring.

Safety Tips for Dog Owners
Dog owners are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their dogs and can be held liable if a dog bite or a dog attack occurs. As such, dog owners should do everything possible to ensure their dogs don't bite. Some tips include:

  • Keeping dogs on a leash at all times. Most areas throughout North Carolina have leash laws or ordinances requiring dogs to be leashed.
  • Ensuring your yard is dog-proof or that your dogs are kept in a secured area when let outdoors. You should never let your dog roam free since your dog could get hurt or hurt someone else.
  • Socializing puppies to new experiences. The best way to prevent a dog bite is to make sure your dog is not aggressive. A great deal of aggression is caused by fear, and you can help to make your dog more comfortable and less prone to fear by providing proper socialization as a puppy.
  • Keeping aggressive dogs contained. A dog that seems to present a bite risk should be kept away from areas where the dog might hurt someone. If the dog has to be in a public area, the use of a muzzle is appropriate.
  • Seeking behavioral training for bad behaviors. If your dog shows aggression or fails to be obedient to you, then you may wish to find a trainer who can help you to solve your problems before something bad happens.

By following these basic safety tips, you can help to ensure that your dog doesn't hurt anyone.

Safety Tips for Individuals

Even the best trained dog could bite when provoked. As such, everyone has the responsibility to try to keep himself or herself safe from becoming the victim of a dog attack. Tips to do this include:


  • Refraining from approaching dogs you do not know. If you wish to pet or interact with a dog, ask the dog's owner first.

  • Greeting dogs in a calm manner by holding out your hand to let the dog sniff it first. Avoid approaching dogs you don't know head-on or overly aggressively as this can be seen as a threat.

  • Supervising your kids when they are interacting with dogs.

  • Leaving animals alone when they are eating and not taking things from dogs such as toys or food.

  • Remaining calm and still. If you shout or try to run away when confronted by a stray dog or a potentially dangerous dog, you can increase the chances of getting hurt since the dog may see you as prey.

While an individual who is bit by a dog can generally hold the dog's owner accountable depending upon the circumstances, you cannot make a claim against a dog's owner if you were bit after provoking the dog. Treat dogs with respect and you should hopefully be able to avoid a bite or attack.

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October 17, 2012

Dog Bite Law in North Carolina


We've recently been discussing the dangers and the risks for dog bite attacks. But did you know that there are very specific laws in the state of North Carolina that are designed to help to reduce the risks of these kinds of incidents?
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If a dog attacks a person or damages property when they're off of their own property, then the owner of the dog will be held liable for any of the damages, injuries or deaths that were sustained. They're also liable to cover the costs of suit. If someone owns a dog and allows them to run at large, the owner may be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Our Charlotte dog bite injury lawyers understand that dogs are prohibited from running at large in the state. The bad news about this law is that it's so restrictive because it only applies during the evening hours and to dogs that are a specific age. This creates a loophole for dog owners and puts everyone at increased risk. In most other states, dog are not allowed to run at large regardless of their age or the time of day. In the state of North Carolina, an owner can only be held liable if you can prove that they were in fact aware that their dog was out running at large. In many cases, without proper representation, the owner is let off of the hook and violations are void.

If the owner is found to be guilty of allowing the pup to run at large, then there can be some strict liability in the case if the dog has a history of this aggressive behavior and has previous injured another person or damaged properly, according to North Carolina dog bite law.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is critical for you to contact and experienced attorney. There are laws protecting you from negligent owners. In some cases, you may be covered by your own homeowner's insurance policy. An attorney can help you to track down the paperwork you'll need to back your case, including police reports, medical records and photographs. A lawyer can also help you to collect the items needed to prove the compensation that you deserve, including medical information.

Another thing that is commonly overlooked in these incidents is your credit score. What does your credit score have to do with a dog bite attack? When you can't afford medical treatment and you're awaiting compensation for your injuries, an attorney can help you to get creditors to hold off on late notices until you've collected compensation.

These kinds of suits can be awfully complicated. Make sure you have experienced legal representation on your side will help ensure your rights are protected should future medical complications arise as a result of a dog attack.

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October 15, 2012

North Carolina Dog Bite Incident Kills 10-Month-Old Child


In a recent dog bite incident, a 10-month-old boy was killed. He was killed by his own family's dog, according to Pilot Online.

Officials with the Perquimans County Sheriff's Department report that the accident happened off of West Railroad Avenue at roughly 6:00 p.m. When they arrived, they found that the child had already been bitten a number of times. The pup was quarantined and was euthanized without the standard 10-day waiting period, according to Sheriff Eric Tilley.
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The child was inside of the family's home when the attack happened. We recently talked about these accidents on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog.

According to the child's grandma, she and some of the other children were in the bathroom at the time. When she witnessed the attack, she tried to get the dog away, but was injured in the process. She was also treated for dog bite injuries. The family was not opposed to euthanizing the dog. Previously, an older boy inside that home was bitten by that same dog. The grandmother says she is still surprised by the incident though, saying that the family dog had never showed any kind of aggression toward the young child.

Our Charlotte dog bite injury lawyers understand how severe dog bite attacks can be. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are close to 5 million people who are bitten by man's best friend each and every year. Safety advocates think that public education can actually help to reduce these risks. This is one reason why the third week in May is always used to host National Dog Bite Prevention Week. But it's important that we are aware of the risks and the preventative measures year round!

Americans seek medical attention close to 1 million times each year because of dog bite accidents. Half of these Americans are young children. As a matter of fact, there are more than 385,000 people who require treatment in an emergency room every year in these incidents. Close to 20 people die.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the most at risk for a dog bite injury. As a child ages, their risks for one of these incidents decreases. About 70 percent of the injuries sustained by these young individuals happen to the neck or the head region. Boys are typically at higher risks than girls, too.

Before bringing a pup into your home, you're going to want to do your research. Talk with a professional about the breed of pup that is most suitable for the members of your family. Make sure that you don't get one that has a history of aggression if you've got children in your home. Spend a lot of time with the dog before purchasing or adopting. You want to make sure that you and your family members mesh well with it.

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October 8, 2012

Dogs and Children: Reducing Injury Risks in North Carolina


As we recently reported, there were two devastating dog bite incidents in the Carolinas in recent weeks. Both incidents occurred to small children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 4.5 million people who are the victim of a dog bite incident every year. About 20 percent of these victims require medical attention. A large number of them are even forced to undergo reconstructive surgery because of a dog attack.
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You'd be surprised to learn about how many children are involved in these incidents. Officials with the CDC report that children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely that anyone else to suffer a dog bite injury that requires medical attention. Our Asheville injury lawyers understand that owning a dog, or even interacting with other dogs, can lead to a dog bite when you least expect it.

Before bringing home a new dog:

-Make sure you talk with a professional (a professional breeder, an animal behaviorist, a veterinarian) to learn about which breeds of dogs are the best fit for your home.

-Remember that dogs that have a history of aggression are not suitable for homes with children.

-Pay attention to your child's reactions. If you notice that they're fearful or apprehensive about your new dog, wait a while before bringing it into your home.

-Make sure you spend an adequate amount of time before bringing a dog into your home. You want to get a thorough feel for the dog's personality.

-Make sure you get your dog spayed or neutered before bringing it home. This helps to reduce the tendencies for aggression.

-You never want to leave young children home along with your dog.

-Avoid playing aggressively with your dog.

-Teach your dog submissive behaviors.

-Make sure that you properly socialize your dog before bringing it home. Teach the dog submissive behaviors, like rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling.

-Seek advice from a professional if you dog starts to display angry or aggressive behaviors.

There are special tips that you should consider when dealing with dogs and children! Review the following if there are young ones in your home!

Dogs and Kids: Safety Tips!

-Teach children never to approach a dog that they don't know.

-Never run from a dog or scream near one.

-If frightened, don't move! Act like a tree!

-If you get knocked over by a dog, just roll into a ball and lay down still.

-Never play with a dog unless a parent is watching.

-If you see a dog you don't know wandering around, tell an adult immediately!

-Avoid making direct eye contact with a dog.

-Never bother a dog when it's eating, sleeping or taking care of its puppies.

-Always let a dog sniff you before playing with it.

-If you get bitten, tell an adult right away!

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October 6, 2012

Carolina Dog Bite Accidents Worrying Parents


A 10-month-old boy was killed recently after he was attacked by the family's dog.

The recent accident happened just after 6:00 p.m. According to WAVY.com,at the child's grandparents' house in Hertford on West Railroad Avenue. Accident reports indicate that the child's grandma was watching him play on the bed when the attack occurred. Without warning, the dog leaped in and suddenly attacked. The family's dog was mixed breed and was named "Copper." The grandmother attempted to restrain the dog and keep it from the young child, but she was unsuccessful.
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Our Asheville dog bite lawyers are hesitant to continue on with the accident report as it gets pretty brutal. According to officers, the room was covered in blood. The grandmother said that she was in such shock that she could barely grasp what was going on. The family carried the young child to the front porch of the home where they tried to bandage up the wounds.

Two years prior, the family found Copper wandering the streets and decided that they were going to adopt him. The family reports that the dog attacked one time before, but was always gentle with the baby and with the rest of the family. No one is sure what made the dog attack this time around.

"If you have children and you have animals, make sure you totally understand the relationship you have with your animals and your pets," said the family. The dog is going to be put down. According to local animal experts, the dog was an American Bulldog/Labrador mix.

This isn't the only recent dog attack incident. A family in Rock Hill is trying to make sure that a dog that attacked their 10-year-old doesn't do it to anyone else. This incident happened at the child's friend's house on Silverstream Drive. When the family's front door opened, the dog ran out, jumped on him and started biting, according to WSOCTV.com.

The young boy had to have seven stitches in his cheek. He also suffered from a number of scratches and a bloody nose. The father of the child isn't happy because Animal Control has yet to seize the dog. Steve Stuber with local Animal Control says that they can't seize the dog because of where the accident took place.

"If this happens on the dog's property, it's considered a provoked attack," said Stuber.

For the dog to be seized, officers are going to have to prove that the pup is in fact aggressive and dangerous. Stuber says that isn't likely in this case.

These are tragic cases. Oftentimes it's a family pet or a pet of a close friend or a neighbor that ends up hurting a child or other family member. An experienced dog bite injury attorney can work in as amicable a manner as possible to file a claim against a homeowner's insurance. But claims should always be made, even when an injury seems minor. Children may have a particularly difficult time getting over dog bite incidents emotionally, and infection, scaring and other issues can result in medical complications.

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March 9, 2012

North Carolina Dog Bites Baby, Caution Urged


A baby in Henderson County is recovering after he suffered a vicious North Carolina dog bite while visiting with relatives.

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Our Asheville dog bite attorneys understand that the incident happened at the home of the infant's great-grandmother. According to ABC News 13, the 10-month-old was mauled by the great-grandmother's pit bull.

The older woman called 911, telling the dispatcher that the child had suffered injuries to his entire body.

The baby was rushed to Mission Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. Although the injuries at first appeared to be grave, it seems the child is thankfully faring better than expected.

Authorities say the dog will be killed and sent to a state laboratory for testing.

While this case may have a happy ending, so many others do not. Researchers from the American Academy of Family Physicians report that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of these, approximately 800,000 (or about 45 percent) are under the age of 14. Dozens die as a result of these injuries.

Nearly 35 million American households own canines, many more than one, meaning there are more than 55 million dogs in the country. Most of them are never going to be a threat. However, just about any dog has the potential to hurt someone if the circumstances are just right. About half of all reported dog bite cases involve a pet that is owned by either the family of the victim or neighbors.

Often, these involve an animal that is not provoked. Sadly, a large number of deaths involving babies and dogs occur when the baby is simply sleeping.

Even if a bite isn't fatal or cause severe injury, there is a possibility you could be at great risk for an infection. About 20 percent of people bitten suffer some degree of infection. People with the following conditions are at particular risk:

  • Chronic edema (or insufficient blood flow) to the arms or legs;
  • Diabetes;
  • Immune deficiencies;
  • Liver disease;
  • Mastectomy;
  • Those with prosthetic joints or valves;
  • Lupus.

While any dog has the potential to inflict harm, some breeds are known to have a history of greater aggression than others. These include: Cocker Spaniel, Chow Chow, German Shepherd, Grate Dane, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinscher, Collie, Bull Terrier.

By contrast, the least aggressive dogs - those considered to be "family dogs," are: Boxer, Golden Retriever, Dalmatian, Irish Setter, English Setter, Labrador Retriever, English Springer, Spaniel.

Of course, there are Gold Retrievers that have been known to bite, and Rottweilers that are gentle to a fault. It depends on a myriad of factors, but the point is, every dog should be approached as if it has the potential to inflict injury to either you or your child.

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January 11, 2012

Train Puppies from Santa to Help Reduce Risks of Dog Bite Injuries in Charlotte


Every year, close to 5 million people suffer from dog-bite injuries in Charlotte and elsewhere. Man's best friend can strike at any minute, but there are ways to reduce your risks for these types of injuries.
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Our North Carolina dog bite attorneys understand that many families added a new member over the holidays -- a dog. We would like to use this time to educate owners about the risks involved with dogs and offer you some tips to keep you and you children safe around them. Many dog bites are caused by a close friend's pet or the pet of a neighbor or of a family member. If you or someone in your family has been bitten by a dog, it's important for you to contact an experienced attorney, especially when the injuries involve young children. Legal assistance can help you to file a claim in as amicable a manner as possible. Legal representation is important in the event that medical complications or emotional issues arise following a serious dog bite.

Of the people bitten by a dog every year, nearly 100,000 seek medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Half of these victims are children. Nearly 390,000 get their assistance from an emergency room. More than 15 die every year.

The injury rate for dog bites is highest among children who are 5- to 9-years-old. Most of these bite injuries occur to the neck or head area of the body for these young victims. Boys have a higher rate for these types of accidents than girls.

As many families got a new pup for Christmas, there are things to consider now for the safety of you and your family.

When getting a new dog:

-Be on the lookout for signs that your child may be scared of the dog. Talk with them about the role of a dog in the family.

-Be sure to spend adequate time with your dog to help it get acquainted with its new family and its new surroundings.

-Spay or neuter to help reduce its aggressive tendencies.

-Never allow your young child to play with the dog alone.

-Never play aggressively with your new dog. Teach it to play nicely.

-Teach the dog submissive behaviors, like sitting, rolling over and dropping food without growling.

What's most important is that your child knows how to act around dogs and that your dog is acclimated to playing with children. Devastating bite accidents can occur if this isn't done. Discuss the responsibilities and requirements of having a dog in the house with your kids.

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December 22, 2011

Supervise Pets at Holiday Gatherings to Reduce the Risk of Dog Bite Injuries in Winston-Salem, Statewide


Hickory injury lawyers want to remind pet owners to keep a watchful eye on their dogs during the holiday season to avoid a potential dog-bite accident. You may be having visitors coming and going this time of year that can cause a change in routine for your pet. Disruption can cause even the friendliest of dogs to become agitated or stressed, which can lead to serious injury when a dog attacks in Winston-Salem, Statesville or elsewhere in North Carolina.
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American Humane Association reports there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites annually in the U.S. Roughly 20 percent require a trip to the emergency room. Hands, arms, feet and legs are the most common areas to be bitten on an adult as evidenced in more than 70 percent of reported accidents. Children are more likely to be bit on the face, head or neck (65 percent) as these body parts are in close relation to a dog's mouth. Half of the dog bites that occur are to children under the age of 12 years-old. Alarmingly, 70 percent of deaths caused by a dog attack are children ages 9 and under. Newborns left unsupervised with a dog in the room are 370 times more likely to be killed by a pet.

Many pet owners have a misconception that their pets are so friendly that they would never hurt anyone, especially at home. What pet owners need to understand is that dogs are protective by nature, especially when it comes to family members or where they live. Almost 60 percent of dog bite fatalities occur on an owner's property compared to 24 percent off the owner's property when a dog is unrestrained. Almost two-thirds of bites occur when the victim is familiar with a dog on the victim's own property.

Dogs often give recognizable indicators when they become stressed. If you plan to have relatives or friends visit over the holidays, look for the following signs from your pet that they may have had too much excitement: yawning or constant licking of their chops, pacing, tail is tucked or moving stiff and swift like a rattle snake, hiding under furniture or behind your leg, intense staring towards a person, growling, fur is raised along their back or excessive barking.

Pet owners can reduce the risk of dog bite incidents this holiday season with the following dog bite prevention tips from doggonesafe:

-Keep your pet crated until visitors arrive and get settled in a seat.

-Instruct children not to approach your pet too quickly. Have them stand still and let the dog sniff them before they try to reach or pet the dog.

-Assign an adult to watch the pet for signs of stress. If the pet seems agitated or stressed, put them in a separate room or crate with their favorite chew toy or bone.

-Remind visitors not to feed the pet scraps from the table.

-Never permit visitors to bring their own pets to large gatherings, even if the dogs are familiar with each other.

-Make sure children and your pet are always supervised.

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October 24, 2010

North Carolina car accidents, pedestrian accidents, premise liability claims a Halloween danger


On Halloween night the streets will be full of children collecting treats and many others playing tricks. It's important to know the dangers and how to keep your children safe on Halloween. Last year United Press International reported that a child in New Jersey and a child in Florida had been killed in car accidents on the night of Halloween.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports about 5,000 traffic fatalities have occurred during Halloween week during the last decade. Drunk drivers have been involved in more than half of those fatal crashes. Nationwide, law enforcement will be conducting an "Over the Limit. Under Arrest" drunk driving enforcement campaign from Oct. 25 -31.
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Aside from the increased risk of North Carolina car accidents, parents and kids are also at high risk of North Carolina pedestrian accidents and premise liability claims, including slip and fall accidents and dog attacks.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that Halloween is among the busiest holidays in hospital emergency rooms, with hand and finger injuries being the most common. Children ages 10 to 14 are among the most frequently injured.

There are many things you can do in order to protect your child from being in a North Carolina car accident and other premise liability issues on All Hollows Eve.

Halloween is an exciting time of the year. Unfortunately it is also host to frightening realities. Here are some helpful tips to keep your family safe on Halloween:

-Get costumes that are bright and fit properly and shoes are properly fitted to prevent tripping.

-Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.

-Use makeup as a safe alternative to masks that limit eyesight.

-When purchasing costumes and accessories be sure that they are flame resistant.

-Insist on flashlights for all children and escorts.

-Make sure your children know how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) just in case.

-Instead of using candles for pumpkins buy glow sticks.

-Cross the street at cross walks and never in between vehicles on the street.

-Stay out of areas that are not well lit.

-Only visit houses that have their porch light on.

-Never go into anyone's home.

-Don't assume that vehicles are going to stop for you; always let them pass before crossing.

Halloween is one of a kid' favorite holidays and parents can do so much to ensure it is a safe one. You can find many more tips like the ones above on having a safe Halloween including how to make your home safer for trick-or-treaters and having a healthier Halloween at theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics website.

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