Many Connecticut residents likely know a family member or a friend who is aging and who will likely need some intervention to ensure safety and proper care as the person ages. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 10,000 individuals turn 65 every day, a phenomenon that is going to continue at least for another two decades.
Attorney Cindy Robinson is often asked how to protect loved ones when they enter a nursing home. Her experience in nursing home neglect and elder abuse cases has taught her that being present and getting to know the staff who will be providing the day-to-day care are invaluable in ensuring that your loved one receives the best possible care.
When one least expects it, seeking medical attention and care may become necessary in some cases, such as when an individual falls and suffers a fracture or has another type of accident. Falls, accidents requiring medical care and other injuries can happen at any time, without notice to anyone. When such incidents occur, most people can rest assured that hospitals and doctors can tend to their needs. However, doctors are human and human beings can make errors. Particularly when doctors make mistakes such as failing to diagnose a condition, the patient may suffer harm due to negligence and may be entitled to compensation.
Tremont & Sheldon's newest attorney worked with victims in the Suffolk County DA's office in Massachusetts, an experience that Tim Ramsey credits with attracting him to the personal injury law firm. As a legal intern, he worked on claims brought against the state. He met with victims and helped them through the process.
Many Connecticut residents drive a car to get from point A to point B, for work, school and more. Most realize that freeways, highways and roads are shared by many different types of vehicles on a daily basis. When one gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, the prospect of being involved in a car accident likely does not occur to the driver or passenger. However, the reality is that every 10 seconds someone in the U.S. is involved in a car accident.
School's out for the summer and it's a beautiful time for a road trip. But, as Attorney Frank Bailey reminds us, with more teen drivers on the road, it can be an especially dangerous time to drive. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July had the highest number of fatal car accidents in 2012, with June and August rounding out the top three months.
Now that summer is here, kids are out of school and outdoors. In many parts of Connecticut, kids are still free to roam their neighborhood without much adult supervision. This is normally pretty safe, but there are some hazards. Perhaps most notable among these is the risk of dog bite injuries. About 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites each year, and most victims are children. About 20 percent of injuries are serious enough to require medical attention.
Would you ever get behind the wheel if you knew that you had too much to drink? Would you ever send a text message or post something on Facebook while speeding down the highway? Most of us would say "no" to both of these questions, because we are responsible drivers and we value our own safety.
The majority of states have passed bans on texting while driving. But Connecticut is one of only about a dozen states to also ban all use of cell phones. Distracted driving is among the most serious public health hazards in the United States, and cell phones are a major source of distraction.
The issues of hospital negligence and medical malpractice have played out publicly and politically here in Connecticut as they have in many other states. In 2005, the state legislature passed several medical malpractice-related measures, some of which make it more difficult for patients and their families to sue for injuries and death.