Many people walk to and from places every day. No one expects to be involved in a traffic accident. However, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every seven minutes a pedestrian is injured. Additionally, every two hours a pedestrian is killed.
Connecticut State Police have arrested Brian Stroh, 30, of New Fairfield and charged him with 3 counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The reported victims are six, nine and eleven years old. Christina Carver, Superintendent of Bethel CT Schools, confirmed that Mr. Stroh was a first grade teacher at the Frank A. Berry Elementary School in Bethel until his resignation on February 19. Mr. Stroh has also been affiliated with camps in the towns of Ridgefield, New Fairfield and Redding. He has been released on $250,000 bail but is confined to his home.
Connecticut fans of 60 Minutes were likely saddened by the recent news that Bob Simon from the show was killed in a car accident while riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Simon was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. According to a representative with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Hartford Hospital, in car accidents, those who are not wearing a seat belt, particularly those seated in the back or rear seats, tend to become projectiles during a collision, and cause serious injuries not only to themselves but also the belted occupants in the vehicle.
Many people have likely have visited a dentist for a routine cleaning or some other dental health issue. No one expects to suffer a serious or fatal error at the dentist office. In fact, most people may not even categorize dental errors as medical malpractice. But, the reality is that dentist's errors fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice and the same principle of negligence applies.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) is comprised of a select group of litigators, many of whom are plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers. Cindy Robinson, the first woman in Connecticut to be inducted into IATL, attended the mid-year meeting in July where Linda Sher, the Academy executive director, made a compelling presentation on human sex trafficking of minors throughout the country. Since the meeting, Cindy, along with other Connecticut Fellows, has met with DCF Commissioner, Joette Katz and Tammy Sneed, a nationally recognized expert on child sex trafficking, in order to learn more about the problem. The group was shocked to learn that sex trafficking of minors is happening right here in the state of Connecticut! Pimps advertise online in a number of sites giving young girls VISA debit card as a form of payment. The girls then find themselves in hotels within major Connecticut cities where they meet up with a John. The group hopes to work in conjunction with other agencies in order to formulate and promote a plan to combat child sex trafficking.
In the same week that Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney filed lawsuits against the Stamford board of education, a teacher, and Rogers School principal for a gym teacher's alleged sexual abuse, 2 More teachers are accused of sexual assault or misconduct. One teacher from Danbury High School and one teacher from Daniel Hand High School. For more information see full stories below.
On the same day that Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney filed lawsuits in Superior Court to allege that Stamford Connecticut school officials stood by while the former teacher, Robert Martinez, sexually abused students, another teacher in Wilton, Connecticut has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy. Timothy Leonard a 7th grade teacher in Wilton is charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old boy in a movie theater parking lot.
Accidents can happen suddenly and when one least expects it. If injuries result, one may have a personal injury claim, particularly if said accident occurred due to the mistake or negligence of someone else. Alhough many people think of slip and fall accidents as personal injury cases, in reality, personal injury claims can arise in many other instances, as well, such as vehicular accidents or injuries caused by the usage of a dangerous or defective product, such as a toy or drug. Additionally, workplace injuries that caused not by the employer or a fellow employee, but due to the negligence of some other party, potentially can give rise to personal injury claims.
Hospitals are places where the sick go to heal and get better. No one expects to be a victim of a sexual assault while they are ill and in a vulnerable state. Our Bridgeport, Connecticut, residents may find it alarming to learn that recently, a former patient at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport has filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital. According to the lawsuit, the former patient is alleging that a nursing assistant employed by the hospital sexually assaulted him during his stay at the hospital. He is seeking nearly $25 million in damages.
Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.