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Accident investigation ongoing in fatal snow plow incident

Winters in Connecticut can be particularly harsh, and 2017 has been no exception. When there is inclement weather, there is an increased danger of a car accident. Compounding the issue is the difficulty to see, the number of people who are trying to navigate while on slippery surfaces, and the large vehicles that are used to remove ice and snow. Those who are injured or lose a loved one in an incident in poor weather have the right to seek compensation for it.

Nursing home abuse and other issues lead to state issued fines

When it becomes necessary for Connecticut residents to place an elderly or infirm loved one in a nursing home, it is not a decision they come to lightly. The goal is to provide sound, expert care. Unfortunately, there are times when a nursing home does not provide the care that is required. It can even reach the level of nursing home abuse. The state authorities regulate these facilities and issue sanctions if there are violations. Families should particularly pay attention to their loved ones to see if there are any issues that might warrant a legal filing.

High-profile case serves as guide for sex abuse victims

Sexual abuse of children is one of the worst crimes imaginable and there are many people in Connecticut who have been victimized and suffered lifelong aftereffects from it. This is a matter that will affect a person not just physically, but emotionally as well. With the number of high-profile cases involving people who were arrested and convicted of child sexual abuse, a greater number of people are choosing to come forward with their own stories of abuse.

Study shows activities that lead to being a distracted driver

Connecticut drivers undoubtedly know the expansive list of concerns when they are out on the road and the danger of being in a car accident without even knowing the actual statistics. When the numbers are examined, these concerns increase exponentially. In 2015, the number of deaths on highways is believed to have surpassed 40,000. If accurate, that would be the highest number of deaths in the almost 10 years. Understanding why the numbers are increasing is important to try and prevent an accident. It is also important to know the cause of an accident after it has happened so the victims can seek compensation in a legal filing.

What rights do Medicare nursing home residents have?

Medicare and Medicaid are two of the most widely utilized federal programs in Connecticut and other states throughout the country. These programs are meant to help individuals pay for healthcare when they are either older and likely not working, which is when Medicare is often used, or when they have little income or assets regardless of age, which is when Medicaid is frequently sought. One of the services often provided by Medicare especially is helping to pay for long-term care in a certified nursing home. Those Connecticut residents who use this system should know that the federal government mandates that individuals in such homes have certain rights.

Connecticut winter, drivers' carelessness, cause accidents

Winter in Connecticut has its advantages. Many people enjoy participating in outdoor cold-weather activities, such as skiing, ice-skating and sledding. Some simply like walking around looking at the freshly-fallen snow. Unfortunately, however, for those that have to travel during the winter, whether for a long trip or just a daily commute, snow, ice and slush can be dangerous.

What may be considered in a Connecticut car accident settlement?

Life in the modern world, especially in the United States, makes driving a car almost a necessity for most people. Outside large urban areas, private vehicles are the most efficient and sometimes only way to get from one place to another. Even those who live near Connecticut's cities likely need a car to commute to work or get to other places they need to go.

Connecticut nursing homes cited for numerous violations

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy one. Families place their faith in the nursing home that their loved one will receive the best quality of care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. For example, three nursing homes in Connecticut have recently been fined for violations.

Sleep deprivation can lead to fatal medical errors

Health care employees in Bridgeport may aim to provide their patients with the best possible care, but unfortunately, they may undermine this goal by not getting enough sleep. According to one report, 32 percent of health care employees stated that they only got six hours of sleep daily. This is different from the amount of sleep professionals recommend that adults get of seven to nine hours a day.

Can nursing home abuse in Connecticut be 'passive?'

When many Connecticut residents hear the word 'abuse' in the context of another person being 'abused,' they usually think about an active, physical act. Punching or hitting someone, for example, may be the kind of abuse most often pictured. While these kinds of overt acts certainly are abuse in most circumstance, there are other, more insidious forms of abuse that exist, and these may be more prevalent, especially when dealing with vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

How much gets paid out in Connecticut medical malpractice?

This blog has talked about the many facets of medical malpractice cases in Connecticut. We've discussed the basics of negligence and how professional negligence standards differ from the normal ones. We've touched on some of the procedural requirements for filing a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut, including getting a medical opinion letter by a similar practitioner before filing the case. We've also pointed out that, many times, the results of medical malpractice can be devastating to victims in terms of increased medical costs, as well as increased pain and suffering.

What is the Connecticut physician profile law?

As previously discussed in this blog, medical mistakes can lead to dire consequences for its victims and their families. When healthcare professionals do not meet the accepted standard of care while treating a patient, the result can be unnecessary medical expenses and longer hospital stays, as well as disability or even death. For these reasons, Connecticut takes the issue of medical malpractice very seriously.

What is a main question in 'slip and fall' cases in Connecticut?

Recently, this blog discussed some of the most common causes of so-called 'slip and fall' accidents on Connecticut properties. Between items left on the floor of businesses to poor lighting or wet or icy surfaces, there is no shortage of things that can cause a fall that lead to an injury. However, the mere fact of a fall occurring does not necessarily mean a property owner will be liable for it. One of the main questions to be answered in such cases is whether the property owner was at fault for the incident.

What commonly cause 'slip and fall' accidents in Connecticut?

This blog has talked about the fact that individuals who enter into property owned by another as an invitee or licensee are owed a duty by the property owner regarding the safety of the premises. This means making sure that reasonably foreseeable causes for injury are removed or warned about. When this doesn't happen and a person is hurt on the property, the owner may end up being liable for the injuries. But what commonly might cause this to occur?

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