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Behind The Wheel Near Schools, Drivers Have Bad Habits

Did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens? It’s a sad but true fact. And one of the most dangerous places for kids when it comes to being hit by a car? On or near their school grounds.

Zendrive, a road safety analytics company, recently compiled data to study driving habits around 75,000 schools across the country and the dangers to children. Using phone sensors, they measured phone use, hard braking and acceleration. They rated each state with a grade of A through F. The results were an eye-opening look into how dangerously many Americans drive around schools, one of the places where the safety of children should be a top priority.

Fatal Connecticut motor vehicle accidents may cause complications

Serious car crashes can occur in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents have a tendency to have tragic outcomes, and those involved could face serious or fatal injuries. The ways in which individuals choose to deal with the aftermath of this type of event may differ, but for many parties, considering legal action may be warranted.

Multiple individuals may be looking into their legal options after a recent crash in Connecticut. Reports stated that the two vehicles involved were traveling in the same direction with one vehicle the left lane and one in the right lane. Somehow the two cars collided, which sent both vehicles into the guardrails on either side of the road. The first vehicle came to a stop on the roadway, and the second vehicle overturned.

Medical malpractice could lead to unnecessary surgeries

Having to go through any type of medical procedure can be daunting. When it turns out that major surgeries were not necessary, patients may feel violated, confused and concerned over the issues. Because invasive medical procedures can have life-changing effects, individuals who have been the victims of such situations may wish to consider filing medical malpractice claims.

Connecticut residents may be interested in this type of case currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that a woman underwent genetic testing to determine whether she could face a high risk of developing cancer. The woman was told that her test results were positive for genetic markers that put her at a considerable risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. As a result, doctors performed a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy on the woman.

Unsafe conditions may lead to premises liability claims

The unexpected death of a loved one under any circumstances can leave families feeling lost. They may have many questions regarding how the incident occurred and who was responsible. When a person dies due to dangerous conditions on someone else's property, the surviving family may have legal grounds to file a premises liability claim in order to seek compensation.

Connecticut residents may be interested in such a case that is currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that a man was attending a professional football game last year when he fell over the railing of a fire escape staircase and suffered blunt force injuries that proved fatal. The man's surviving widow and children recently filed a lawsuit against the stadium at which the fatal incident occurred.

Undisclosed allergen could lead to products liability claims

Having a serious food allergy can often leave individuals on high alert when it comes to what they eat. Most Connecticut residents know that nut allergies can have serious or even fatal results in the event that a person accidentally ingests a nut. Because of these potential outcomes, correct labeling on food products is vital. If a product is improperly labeled and a person suffers as a result, a products liability claim may be warranted.

It was recently reported that General Mills, Inc. issued a recall due to a potential allergen that was not properly disclosed. Apparently, the Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola packaging did not list almonds as an ingredient on the label. Because almonds can act as a serious allergen to many individuals, the possibility exists that certain consumers could suffer if they eat the product.

Motor vehicle accidents: Drunk driver critically injures child

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never advisable, and can place others nearby in harm's way. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be devastating, and those who come in contact with a drunk driver may find it nearly impossible to react in time to avoid a collision. A recent accident involving an intoxicated driver in Connecticut has reportedly left a 2-year-old child in critical condition.

According to authorities, the incident took place on a recent Thursday evening as a driver lost control of his vehicle while traveling in a westbound lane. His vehicle proceeded to pass into an oncoming lane and collided with another. There was a 2-year-old child in the other vehicle at the time of the accident, who was reportedly airlifted to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Preventing Dog Bites On Halloween

The doorbell is ringing nonstop. Unfamiliar humans are coming to the door in costume, causing frequent noise and commotion. For all of these reasons, Halloween is often a frightening and unsettling time for pets, prompting dogs to behave in ways they wouldn’t otherwise.

It is the responsibility of a pet owner to provide a safe environment for those coming on their property. However, no parent wants to see their child hurt, so teaching kids safety tips before Halloween can help. There are steps parents can take to try to prevent their child from becoming the victim of a dog bite and to avoid suffering a terrible injury. Doggone Safe, a nonprofit organization focused on dog bite prevention through education, offers these tips:

Lack of communication could lead to medical malpractice claims

When medical staff do not act appropriately and fail to provide needed care to a patient, serious problems could result. In some cases, the issues may not present themselves until years later, but the damage could have permanent effects on a person's life. When such a situation arises, some individuals may find it reasonable to file medical malpractice claims against the parties believed responsible.

Connecticut residents may be interested in one family in another state who have recently decided to take such action. The situation began in 2013 when the couple's son was born. At the time of his birth, he showed no indicators of abnormalities, but he had difficulty breastfeeding. The child began to drop in body weight, his body temperature lowered and he stopped breathing intermittently. The issues apparently related to the baby being malnourished.

Slip-and-fall accidents may warrant premises liability claims

When the owner or operator of a business fails to ensure that conditions are safe for shoppers, serious issues could arise. In some cases, individuals could become injured due to the lack of precautions taken to make sure that no hazards exist. In the event that a person does become seriously injured under such circumstances, there may be legal grounds to file a premises liability claim.

Connecticut residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman's claim that was recently filed. Reports stated that she was at a Walmart shopping center when she slipped on a foreign substance that was on the floor. The incident caused her to fall, which resulted in her suffering injuries, physical impairment, pain and other negative outcomes.

Motor vehicle accidents caused by minors may cause complications

Single-vehicle accidents are sometimes considered less serious than other types of crashes. However, these motor vehicle accidents can just as easily result in severe injuries or fatalities. It is not uncommon for parties involved in such events to require medical treatment or hospitalization in order for their injuries to be properly treated.

It was recently reported that two Connecticut teenagers ended up in the hospital after a single-car crash. Reports stated that the incident occurred just before midnight when the driver of the southbound car attempted to make a turn onto another road. However, the turn was not successfully completed, and as a result, the vehicle went off the roadway and flipped down an embankment. It came to a stop after striking a tree.

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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