This blog has previously discussed some of the potential signs that a Connecticut resident who is living in a nursing home may be neglected or abused. While psychological and financial abuse and exploitation are just as bad, physical abuse or neglect can lead to some dire consequences, and sometimes may be most obvious to notice. One of the possible signs of neglect of abuse in a nursing home is bedsores. But are bedsores really that serious?
Matthew Madden, 22, of New York City has been charged with having inappropriate sexual relationships with minors. At the time of the alleged inappropriate contact, Madden was employed by Sabrina's Encore Productions of Newtown, CT as its theater coach and director. It is alleged that on several occasions, Madden engaged in sexual acts with the girls.
A month or so ago on this blog we discussed the various types of status a person may have when he or she has been injured on the property of another. This status can affect the duty a premises owner has to the individual with regard to risks on the property. This week, we'll take a brief look at one aspect of premises liability in cases involving invitees to a property. You may recall that an "invitee" is a person who is present on a property for the benefit of the owner or for their mutual benefit. This covers nearly all commercial transactions that occur in brick-and-mortar businesses. The aspect we will look at is called the "mode of operation rule."
Currently there are seven plaintiffs who are seeking to consolidate their cases against Robert Martinez, a gym teacher at Rogers Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut in 1970s and 1980s. All seven men are represented by Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney. All the plaintiffs claim to have been abused when they were in fourth, fifth or sixth grade at Rogers Elementary which at the time was on Lockwood Avenue. This case has several similarities to the priest cases that the firm handles, said attorney Cindy Robinson, a partner in the firm."From the victims' standpoint it's very similar because it involves a person in a position of trust, who is put on a pedestal, respected, a role model to children," Robinson said. "And then this happens."
We've previously discussed in this space that many medical malpractice suits in Connecticut are based on the concept of negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that comes down to us from the common law, which has its origins in England a long time ago. Suffice to say the basic idea of negligence has changed through the years and is a bit more well-defined now that many states have codified what it means and the methods of showing it in court. But, while medical malpractice cases may often rest on a negligence theory, there are some differences that should be understood.
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not just toys. Children, adults, businesses and government entities use them. While some UAVs are small and lightweight, commercial and government UAVs are often larger and heavier. Any UAV that is not used properly, however, has the potential to cause injury.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the arm of the state that is supposed to protect children who are not being taken care of properly by others. It is generally the organization that investigates abuse claims and makes determinations of where children with no other place to go should be placed, whether that is in an institutional setting, with relatives or a foster home. As with these agencies in many other states, however, there is a lack of funding and large caseloads, which make it almost inevitable that mistakes will happen. That is what a recent report claims happened to two children in Willimantic, Connecticut.
A Grand Jury report released today reveals that two bishops helped cover up the abuse of hundreds of children by some 50 priests in the central Pennsylvania diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report finds that Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec were involved in a scheme that involved transferring priests after they had been accused of sexually abusing children and in some cases threatening the victims with excommunication. Criminal charges are not being filed in part due to the length of time that has elapsed and the death of persons involved. The report revealed that the Diocese would use a "pay out chart" to determine the amount of money to be given to victims.