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How is liability determined after a car accident?

The aftermath of a car accident can be a hectic time for any Connecticut residents who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in this type of situation. Any injuries need to be addressed with immediate medical attention, while the damage to the vehicles involved also needs to be assessed. As these immediate concerns are addressed, both parties involved in the car wreck will also likely have another question in the back of their minds: How will liability be determined?

Liability in the aftermath of a car accident isn't always an easy determination. Oftentimes law enforcement officials will need to conduct an accident investigation, noting factors such as weather, tire marks on the road, the probable speed of the vehicles involved and the angle of impact between the vehicles. All of these factors can help many different parties determine how the accident may have happened. But, in reality, only the drivers involved, and their passengers, know exactly what was going on inside the vehicles when the accident occurred.

How a misdiagnosis can lead to a medical malpractice claim

We've all had doctor visits where the medical professionals who are treating us take some basic information: the symptoms of our injury or illness; our heart rate; and our blood pressure. When Connecticut residents seek medical attention, they are looking for one thing: for the doctor to tell us what is wrong and give us a remedy. However, sometimes it isn't that simple.

Doctors, no matter how well they are trained and how smart they are, are not immune to making mistakes. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes a mistake in the diagnosis of a medical condition, the results can be disastrous.

Exploring your legal options after a car accident

Car accidents are, unfortunately, all too common on the roadways of Connecticut. These accidents can occur just about anywhere, including construction zones and intersections. There are many different types of car accidents as well, including T-bone collisions and accidents involving roll-overs. Any type of car accident, no matter where or when it occurs, has the potential to result in serious injuries and even death.

For those who have survived the devastating impact of a car accident in Connecticut, the primary concern is to get the necessary medical attention. But, from there, the attention of the victims and law enforcement officials will likely turn to one specific question: Who was at fault for the accident?

Holding property owners responsible for your injuries

Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular times of the year to go to a friend or family member's home and cap off summer with a get together. Many Connecticut residents and Americans everywhere will look forward to these parties. However, many people don't realize that when they go to another person's home, there is a possibility that some type of injury could occur.

Property owners are responsible for the condition of their property. Dangerous property conditions must be swiftly addressed in order to keep those who may be visiting the property safe. Any given property could have security concerns or an area where guests and visitors might be more prone to a fall. Or, homeowners in Connecticut may not have their pets properly secured, leading to one of the most common causes of serious injuries: dog bites.

Wrong-way driver dies in crash that injures several others

There are lots of different ways that a car accident can happen, from side-swipes to T-bone crashes to head-on collisions. But, when a Connecticut resident is driving the wrong way on the road and causes a car accident, the consequences can be deadly.

That is exactly what appears to have happened in a recent accident. Reports indicate that on August 20, a 56-year-old woman drove her Kia Sorento the wrong way on Hutchinson River Parkway at approximately 4:30 a.m. In doing so, she collided with a Land Rover and a Mercedes. The 56-year-old driver of the Kia died in the crash. Her passenger, a 45-year-old woman, suffered critical injuries.

What is the 'reasonable standard of care' in nursing homes?

Thousands of Connecticut residents live in nursing homes. Most of these people are elderly family members who need extra care and attention due to medical issues or simply the advancement of age. When the decision is made for an elderly resident to move to a nursing home, there is an expectation regarding the level of care and medical treatment they will receive. So, what is a "reasonable standard of care" in a nursing home?

For starters, it is important to recognize the duty that medical treatment providers owe to nursing home residents. These medical professionals have a duty to exercise due care and caution in rendering care and they are expected to follow the standards of the medical profession. The tricky part when it comes to those standards is proving what the standard is and how a medical professional breached that standard.

An overview of elder abuse

When most people think of elder abuse, they probably think of neglect or abuse that occurs to residents of nursing homes. But, while this is definitely a type of elder abuse, there are more instances in which elder abuse may occur.

Elder abuse is not confined to actions that occur within nursing homes. Physical abuse can occur in many different settings, including in a hospital or with in-home care. Elderly victims of physical abuse may be hesitant to speak out, so it is important for family members to look for the signs of this type of abuse, such as bruises or cuts that can't be explained.

Driver flees from police, causing fatal crash

It isn't uncommon to see reports about a law enforcement car chase on the evening news. But, it isn't every day that such a car chase has deadly results. That was the case in a recent incident that many of our readers in Bridgeport may have already seen reports about.

According to the reports, on August 10 at about 1 p.m., law enforcement officers attempted to stop a vehicle due to the fact that the vehicle did not have a license plate. The suspect stopped his vehicle on Interstate 95, but then fled in the vehicle. In the ensuing car chase, the suspect's car crashed into a Toyota being driven by a woman. After the collision with the Toyota, the suspect continued to drive and struck two pedestrians. He then fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended, and that was when law enforcement officers located several different types of narcotics on the suspect.

Why consider settlement in a medical malpractice case?

Connecticut residents who are the victims of medical malpractice can experience life-altering problems from the botched treatment. Doctor errors in surgery, misdiagnosis and prescription medication mix-ups can result in injuries or a worsened medical condition, and then the patient is left to pick up the pieces. In this type of situation, one option could be a medical malpractice lawsuit. But, these types of cases are, oftentimes, complex. This is why many plaintiffs will consider the possibility of settling the case before trial.

Why should Connecticut residents consider settlement when they are pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit? Well, all our readers need to consider the many complicated steps in these types of cases. For instance, as the victim is preparing the case, there are certain deadlines that will become important. And, quite a bit of medical documentation will need to be gathered. Victims will need to have their case thoroughly reviewed in order to ensure that a valid claim exists. And, this is all before the case is even filed.

Protect your rights when you suffer from medical malpractice

Millions of Americans suffer injuries or illness complications due to medical malpractice each year. Unfortunately, some people who suffer from medical malpractice may not realize it. Others might know that their doctors made a mistake, but they think that there is no way that they can prove it. Connecticut residents need to know that they have rights that they need to protect when they suffer from medical malpractice.

It is easy to give deference to doctors and other health care professionals when you are receiving medical treatment. They are highly trained and skilled individuals who, for the most part, are very successful at their jobs. But, mistakes can be made - and they often are.

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