Although many people do not like to think about it, the reality is that as life expectancy improves because of better medical care some people may eventually require long-term care. Furthermore, the U.S. demographics are changing. Baby boomers are expected to enter retirement and potentially require long-term care in the near future. Thus, it is very important to have a basic understanding of what elder abuse is, individual rights, how to recognize elder abuse and potential legal options.
Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. Presently in Connecticut special restriction apply to all new 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers. Connecticut law states that in the first six months after getting a driver's license, 16-year-old and 17-year-old teens can only drive a car when a parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver's license is with them in the car. After the six month period tolls, 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers may drive with their parent and can also have other immediate family members, such as a sibling, in the vehicle they are operating.
The Japanese company Takata admitted that its airbags were defective and agreed to double the number of vehicles recalled in the United States, to nearly 34 million - or about one in seven of the more than 250 million vehicles on American roads - making it the largest automotive recall in American history. Takata is one of the largest suppliers of airbags in the world. The airbags can explode violently when they deploy, sending shrapnel flying into a car's passenger compartment. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the flaw. For more information click on, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/business/takata-airbag-recall.html?_r=1 and to see if you vehicle is effected http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-your-takata-air-bag-under-recall/
Today, a hysterectomy, which is the removal of a woman's uterus by surgical methods, is considered to be a routine procedure. However, following warnings from the Federal Drug Administration regarding the use of laparoscopic power morcellators, the Hartford, Connecticut based health insurer Aetna announced that it would end coverage of hysterectomies performed by the morcellators because of the risk the procedure poses for spreading cancer.
As people retire and age, they may be concerned with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
Our Connecticut residents have likely heard a lot about distracted driving, don't text and drive enforcement initiatives and even seen commercials about not texting and driving. Most immediately think of cell phones when it comes to distracted driving. But, what many people may not know is that another type of driving that is just as dangerous and results in over a thousand fatalities and over 83,000 car crashes annually is drowsy driving.
The sudden loss of a human life in an accident is difficult for many to fathom. It is even more difficult to understand when the accident involves the loss of an innocent child. Our Connecticut residents may be saddened to learn that according to East Hartford Police, an 8-year-old was killed when he was struck by at least one car which was involved in a two-car accident.
Though many people do not want to think about a nursing home for a loved one, there are times when it may not be possible to adequately care for and meet the medical needs of a family member. This could be due to their advanced age, illness or an injury which requires medical care.
No one ever expects to be in an auto accident. But if one is injured in a car accident, it is important to keep in mind that having an experienced lawyer to look out for one's interests may be extremely helpful.
When it comes to the topic of distracted driving and related car accidents, many of our Connecticut residents may erroneously presume that a cell phone is somehow involved in all distracted driving accidents. However, it is interesting to note that distracted driving is not limited to just phone use or texting and driving. It encompasses numerous distractions which affect both first -time drivers, such as teens and adults, alike. However, teens are more likely to involved.