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Dog bites and their fallout: How to protect your family

For many people, dogs are a beloved part of the family. They provide companionship, an opportunity for exercise, valuable lessons about responsibility, and even protection from burglars and wild animals. However, dogs can also pose a threat to humans if they aren't properly contained, leashed, or trained. If you, or a family member, have been the victim of a dog bite attack, your family should seek legal counsel as soon as possible, even if the dog belonged to a friend, relative, or neighbor.

Recovery for injuries suffered on rental property in Connecticut

This blog has discussed various aspects of premises liability law in Connecticut and whether a property owner is liable for injuries someone suffers while on that property. We have touched on the fact that this partially depends upon the status of the injured party; that is, whether he or she is an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser. This discussion has generally focused on properties where visitors are transient, such as places of business and the like. However, many people in the state actually reside in properties that they do not own. What happens when someone is injured on the premises of a rental property?

When does defensive driving affect liability?

Every Connecticut resident who has gone through the process of testing for and receiving his or her driver's license is aware of the term "defensive driving." This is generally defined as driving while being aware of what other people are doing on the road, and never making assumptions that other drivers will do what is expected. There is no doubt that this is the best policy as a practical matter, and will likely help drivers avoid car accidents in many situations.

Dog bites and their fallout: How to protect your family

For many people, dogs are a beloved part of the family. They provide companionship, an opportunity for exercise, valuable lessons about responsibility, and even protection from burglars and wild animals. However, dogs can also pose a threat to humans if they aren't properly contained, leashed, or trained. If you, or a family member, have been the victim of a dog bite attack, your family should seek legal counsel as soon as possible, even if the dog belonged to a friend, relative, or neighbor.

Do not ignore signs of nursing home abuse in Connecticut

The holidays are once again fast approaching, and for many people in Connecticut and around the country, this means gatherings with friends and family. Unfortunately, some people have had to place elderly relatives in places where they can be cared for regularly and their quality of life maintained. Whether these individuals are being picked up for a holiday celebration elsewhere, or family members are visiting them at their nursing homes, it is important for family members to be vigilant about the conditions in their loved one's place of residence.

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?

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.

What should not be in a nursing home care plan in Connecticut?

A previous post here discussed the use of care plans for people in Connecticut who need to reside in a nursing home or other care facility. These plans are a written roadmap for the care of an elderly or disabled person that should be tailored to that individual's specific needs and desires. These plans can be followed by care facilities so that they can better provide appropriate care and be held accountable for any neglect and abuse that might arise.

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