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Blog Posts in 2022

  • Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

    Property owners owe their guests and legal visitors a certain duty of care and should take the necessary steps to inform guests of potential hazards. However, because of negligence by the property owner or management, many people continue to suffer injuries in slip (or trip) and fall accidents. Below, we will discuss the leading causes of negligence-based slip and fall accidents as well as ways to ...
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  • Can Your Shoes Cause a Car Accident?

    Comparative Negligence, Car Accidents, & Your Shoes In our previous blog, “How Clothing & Shoes Can Affect Slip & Fall Claims,” we discussed how footwear can be investigated in premises liability cases . To review, Connecticut follows modified comparative negligence laws; under these laws, while plaintiffs can still recover compensation if they were not more than 50% at fault for their accident, ...
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  • Common Causes of Burn Injuries

    A common type of catastrophic injury that accident victims can sustain is burns. A burn is damage sustained to the tissue that is caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, radiation, or the sun, and they are typically classified, based on their severity, as either a first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burn. While first-degree burns are mild and only affect the top layer of skin, ...
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  • How Clothing & Shoes Can Affect Slip & Fall Claims

    Connecticut is a modified comparative fault state, which means that a plaintiff can still pursue a claim if they were partially at fault for their accident. However, they must only be 50% or less at fault, and their damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault. In slip and fall claims , especially those involving snow and ice , your clothing and footwear may be investigated and questioned ...
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  • Summer Motorcycle Safety Tips

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for every mile traveled, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than cars (and other passenger vehicles) to die in a motor vehicle crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured . Many accidents are avoidable, especially if drivers and motorcyclists take steps to ensure their safety. In this article, we will discuss some ...
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  • Common Causes of Teen Driving Accidents

    Teen Driving Crash Statistics Vehicular accidents are the second leading cause of death for teens aged 13-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2,400 U.S. teens died and 258,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2019 . Other statistics regarding teen driving and collisions include: Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the greatest risk ...
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  • What Is a Negligent Security Claim?

    What Is Negligent Security? Property owners (residential and commercial) owe people on their property (legally) a duty of care to ensure they are safe while on their property. If you suffer injuries after a crime or an accident occurs on someone else’s property because of inadequate (negligent) security, you may be able to seek compensation in a negligent security claim. Negligent security claims ...
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  • Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

    In 2020, there were over 64,000 TBI-related deaths in the U.S., which is 176 deaths per day, and in 2019, there were 223,000 hospitalizations because of TBI-related injuries ( Center for Disease Control & Prevention statistics ). Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to a person’s head, skull, and/or brain that can affect how their brain functions. In this article, we will discuss the types ...
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  • What Can I Recover with a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    If you sue for damages with a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut, you can recover important kinds of compensation, but they might be different from what you’d expect. Wrongful death is a branch of personal injury law that deals with the impact that a death can have on those the deceased leaves behind when someone else is responsible for the death occurring. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil ...
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  • How Are Wills & Trusts Different?

    When it comes to the differences between a will and a trust , a few points are key: What they are, when they take effect, and what they offer when implemented in an estate plan. Many people look at wills and trusts from an “either/or” perspective – that is, you either have a will or a trust. The reasons for this notion is understandable: Both wills and trusts can help you pass on property to your ...
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  • When Should You Start Thinking About Estate Planning?

    According to a Gallup poll , less than half of American adults have a will “that describes how they would like their money and estate to be handled after their death.” Their research also shows that: Adults with a higher income are more likely to report having drafted a will. Adults 65 years of age or older are the highest age subgroup that reports having a will (76% reporting), and the percentage ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Divorced in Connecticut?

    You are not required to retain an attorney and have the right to represent yourself during your divorce proceedings . However, it is in your best interest that you retain a reliable attorney. Even if you and your soon-to-be-ex partner plan to file uncontested, you should have an attorney review the terms of your agreement and ensure that the settlement is fair to you. 5 Reasons You Need a Divorce ...
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  • What Is Fair Eminent Domain Compensation?

    Eminent domain refers to the power governments have to take private land to accomplish a public use. If the state of Connecticut needs your property to build a new freeway, they can get it. Stopping an eminent domain seizure is extremely difficult, though not impossible. Where a landowner has a much better chance is a fight over what is fair eminent domain compensation for their property. While ...
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  • Legal Procedure for Fighting Land Encroachment

    Your right to your property is fundamental and when that right is encroached, it’s natural to want justice and to seek appropriate redress. But it’s also natural to want to get along with your neighbor, be it in a residential neighborhood or a commercial development. The legal procedure for land encroachment is designed to facilitate solutions that make it more likely you can protect both your ...
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  • Bad Faith Insurance: Definition and Your Rights

    Bad Faith Insurance: Definition and Your Rights When an insurer attempts to avoid their responsibilities to their policyholders, they are acting in bad faith. So, how does it work, and what can you do? Bad Faith Insurers act in bad faith when they use misdirection or confusion as tools to avoid holding up their end of the insurance contract. Ultimately, misrepresentation of contract language or ...
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