Connecticut residents may not find it surprising to learn that the well-established medical and public health infrastructure in the United States has drastically increased life expectancy. According to the CDC, in 2012 there were over 43 million persons aged 65 and older in the country. This demographic of older persons is expected to rapidly grow mainly due to the baby-boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, turning 65.
Connecticut residents who have a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility will find it helpful to know that in the State of Connecticut, all licensed health care providers are legislatively mandated to report any suspected acts of abuse, neglect or exploitation against certain vulnerable groups. These groups include children, people with disabilities, those living in long-term care facilities and our elder population.
Generally speaking most people expect the premises they are visiting such as a shopping center, store, restaurants, a friend home or apartment complex to be fairly safe. However, what many people may not realize is that if the property owner fails to take steps to keep their place free of hazardous or dangerous property conditions such as not fixing a broken step, not cleaning up a slippery floor or not addressing known security issues on one's property then that property owner may be liable for any injuries that may result directly because of the hazard the dangerous condition posed.
A recent hit and run in Connecticut sent a 26-year-old woman to the hospital with injuries. According to media reports and a video that caught the hit and run on camera, the incident occurred immediately after the 26-year-old woman was dropped off by a friend. As soon as she exited the car and started walking toward an apartment complex, she was hit by a car traveling down the street. The driver of the vehicle that hit her did not stop.
Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips and falls are the second leading cause of injury and are a major cause of workplace injuries. In fact, they account for nearly 15% of all accidents. Furthermore, according to the National Safety County, approximately 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents happen in the U.S. every day.
Patients seeking preventative care may wonder what steps are involved in detecting cancer early, what options are available to them and what risks are involved with cancer screening. There are different types of cancer screening tests for different types of cancer, ranging from bladder cancer to testicular cancer. What type of cancer screening is appropriate for the patient is a decision that the patient can make with the assistance of his or her doctor.
Aging is an inevitable progression of life. Particularly as baby boomers enter retirement, the number of older Americans is expected to increase, and pose new challenges. Most of us know a family member who is an elderly person and given their age, health status, mental status and more may have legitimate concerns about their safety. Sadly, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, which is a division Department of Human and Health Services administration on aging, elder abuse is on the rise. But, many wonder as to what elder abuse is and who is affected?
Attorney Cindy Robinson recently came across an article that discusses the frequency with which "retained surgical items" (e.g., sponges) are accidentally left inside patients during surgery. "We have represented individuals who have had this happen and have required additional surgery-scary stuff!", she said.
Connecticut residents who routinely drive on Interstate 95 may have heard of the recent tragic three-vehicle accident that involved one car and two tractor trailers, which claimed the life of one individual and critically injured another.
The very first question that comes to mind in a premises liability case is who created the hazardous or unsafe condition which resulted in harm, and what obligations that person or persons had to ensure that the premises were maintained free of the hazardous condition? The answer in most cases is that it depends on the situation.