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Severe drought may lead to dangerous property conditions

As record droughts stretch across much of the United States, trees in many areas of Connecticut may be affected. This could lead to dangerous property conditions. With winter just around the corner, along with the typical hazards that winter brings like snow and ice, the combination of weakened trees and winter conditions could be a recipe for disaster.

Apologies by doctors inadmissible in medical malpractice case

If there's two words no one in Connecticut wishes to hear from his or her doctor, or the physician treating a loved one, they are: "I'm sorry." That is because those words are usually followed by some form of bad news, possibly even the worst news possible. Sometimes, for people in such situations, everything after such a statement becomes a blur of emotions and non-rational reaction. The apology, however, is also standard practice by medical professionals when it comes to unexpected or unwanted outcomes of treatment.

What is a 'licensee' versus an 'invitee' in Connecticut?

This space has previously taken up the issue of what the three basic statuses are of people who are present on property owned by someone else. To refresh, these statuses include: licensee, invitee and trespasser. The reason the status of a visitor is important is that it affects the duty owed by the property owner to that individual. This may have quite an effect on a civil suit if a visitor in injured on the property. We recently discussed the duties a property owner may owe to a trespasser, but what about the other two categories?

Former Trumbull School Bus Driver, 39, Accused of Sexually Assaulting 5-Year-Old Girl: Report

BRIDGEPORT, CT - Ricardo Julien, 39, a Bridgeport resident and former school bus driver in Trumbull with Dattco, was arrested Monday on charges that he allegedly raped a five-year-old girl, according to police.

Will changing the way we talk about sexual assault change our culture?

A recent public service announcement (PSA) on sexual assault aims to change the conversation about rape and other types of sexual assault. Featuring kids, college students and adults, the PSA highlights the messages people receive about sexual assault.

What is a "sudden emergency" in a Connecticut car accident?

Previous posts here have discussed the aspects of negligence, as it is generally the most widely used cause of action in civil lawsuits in Connecticut when a person has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else. Understanding the basics of such a claim and the elements is important, but so too is knowing the possible defenses a negligent driver might use to attempt to avoid liability.

Sex abuse verdict overturned by Connecticut Supreme Court

Previous posts here have sometimes used model jury instructions to illustrate certain concepts in Connecticut law. Although these instructions are not laws in and of themselves, they generally explain what the important parts of statutes and regulations may be for making a decision in a given case. Further, when a court gives the wrong instruction or fails to give an instruction it should have given, the outcome of a case can be affected. One such example occurred recently, when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned a large verdict delivered against The Boy Scouts of America.

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