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Wet floors may cause falls that lead to premises liability claims

Connecticut property owners and operators have a duty to keep their premises free of hazards or warn visitors of any existing hazards. When these actions are not taken, individuals could find themselves at risk of suffering serious injuries. Unfortunately, property hazards often exist, and when people are injured as a result of certain dangerous conditions, they may have reason to pursue premises liability claims.

It was recently reported that a woman in another state has filed such a claim. Apparently, she was at a banquet hall when she slipped and fell due to some sort of liquid on the floor. It was unclear how big the puddle of liquid was or how long it had been present. Nonetheless, the woman's fall resulted in her suffering injuries.

Fatal car accidents can lead to many questions in Connecticut

When a car crash results in fatalities, it is common for many questions to arise in the aftermath. Law enforcement officers may have questions regarding what took place, and their investigations can often help them gain answers. Family members of the deceased victims may have questions about what actions they could take in hopes of seeking justice and compensation for the outcomes of such car accidents.

Multiple families in Connecticut may be looking to gain more information on their legal options after a recent accident. Reports stated that a vehicle was heading south when it collided with another vehicle traveling north. There were at least four people in the southbound vehicle and at least three people in the northbound vehicle. It was also noted that a third vehicle was somehow also involved in the incident but not in the crash itself.

Medical malpractice believed to have contributed to boy's death

The death of a child is an experience that no parent wants to go through. Unfortunately, this type of scenario affects numerous families too often. In some cases, the circumstances under which the death occurred are unavoidable, but in others, someone may have been responsible for the fatal outcome. If individuals believe that medical professionals contributed to a child's death, they may find themselves exploring medical malpractice information.

Connecticut readers may be interested in this type of tragedy that took place in another state. Reports indicated that a family recent filed a legal claim against a hospital as they believe negligence on the part of its staff resulted in a young boy's death. The 15-month-old boy was taken to the hospital for undisclosed reasons, but despite the family's efforts to seek medical attention, the boy was not examined.

Tailgating significantly increases chances of car accidents

If asked to name common causes of car accidents, you may cite drunk driving, texting while driving or speeding. While all these are valid factors, you may be surprised that tailgating is one of the leading contributing factors of Connecticut accidents.

Looking at 2014 Connecticut crash data, nearly a third of accidents resulting in injury involved drivers who failed to leave sufficient space between cars. In comparison, the second leading factor, failure to grant right of way, caused 16.5 percent of accidents. How can drivers increase road safety and decrease the probability of serious accident?

Recall of pacifier holders may prompt products liability claims

After having a child, many parents feel that their senses of worry increase considerably. As a result, they often want to ensure that anything they give their children does not pose any unnecessary hazards to their safety. Unfortunately, some products may pose risks that are not obvious, and children could potentially suffer harm. In cases when a defective item results in injury, parents may have reason to file products liability claims.

Connecticut parents may be interested in a recent recall issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Reports indicated that the recall pertained to pacifier and teether holders manufactured by the brand Dr. Brown's. Apparently, the holders consist of a ribbon that attaches to the pacifier or teether to prevent the child from losing it.

Connecticut car crash involving teens results in injuries

When young people are hurt in car accidents, entire communities can feel upset by the events. Of course, the families of the young ones involved in the car crash and the injured individuals themselves will undoubtedly feel the greatest impacts. Even if a teen driver causes an accident that results in the injury of another person, personal injury claims could still be filed.

It was recently reported that a crash in Connecticut involved a 16-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger. Apparently the two boys had left a team meeting for football and were in the vehicle when the driver failed to keep the car on the road. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle collided with a tree, trapping both teens inside.

Falls over dangerous hazards may lead to premises liability suits

Hazards can be everywhere. Someone could easily become involved in an unexpected accident that results in serious injuries. Of course, property owners have a responsibility to ensure that hazards are kept to a minimum and that patrons and other visitors are aware of any potentially dangerous conditions. If this does not take place, a person could be injured and have reason to file a premises liability claim.

Connecticut readers may be interested in such an event that took place in another state. Reports indicated that a man recently filed a lawsuit against a sports bar after he fell on the premises. Apparently, the man was visiting the establishment when he tripped over a broken wooden post. As a result, he fell and suffered injuries that he described as "severe and permanent" and also suffered pain, medical expenses and other damages.

What circumstances may warrant a medical malpractice claim?

If Connecticut residents have suffered due to hospital negligence, they may face many long-term effects that can greatly impact their lives. Even if individuals did not suffer the injuries themselves, they may have lost loved ones due to medical malpractice. In either situation, parties who have suffered may have reason to file legal claims that allow them to pursue compensation for damages.

It is important to remember that every medical mistake may not warrant a malpractice claim. In order to seek compensation, parties may want to determine whether certain stipulations have been met. First of all, a doctor-patient relationship needs to have been created. This typically means that an individual paid for the services of a medical professional when it came to seeking medical attention.

When college 'fun' ends in death, is suing possible?

The New Haven area is not short on colleges. According to at least one list, there are more than two dozen of them within 30 miles of the city, including Yale. Post-secondary education is a big part of growing up. The focus is supposed to be on learning, but it would be naïve to say that finding fun and blowing off steam isn't also a big part of the experience.

Most college students are adults under the law. That does not mean they behave as they should. Schools have an obligation not only to the education of their enrollees, but also to their safety. And when they fail in that second duty, accountability for damages suffered may be justifiable through a personal injury claim.

Truck accident claims life in Connecticut

After a fatal accident takes place, many individuals are often left looking for more information. Many times, it can take time for investigators to determine exactly what happened after a car or truck accident, but that information is often vital in many ways. If surviving family members of deceased victims feel that taking legal action could suit their circumstances, outcomes of crash investigations may play substantial roles in their claims.

Multiple individuals may be waiting for more information after a recent accident in Connecticut. Reports stated that the collision involved a car and a freight truck. The report did not provide details on how the crash may have occurred, but it was noted that one vehicle was off the road. The incident took place in Interstate 395 at around 1:45 a.m.

Verdicts & Settlements

Jura v Denegris / Bicyclist injured in collision with motor vehicle; a New Britain jury awarded the plaintiff $3,091,700.00 Less 10%. for comparative negligence reducing the net verdict to $2,782,530.00. The highest offer made by the defendants prior to the verdict was in $50,000. 00

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