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Get legal help when preparing a workers' compensation appeal

To an injured worker, a claim for workers' compensation benefits may be clear. If their injury happened while they were on the job, doing tasks that were assigned to them by their employer, they may fail to see how their claim could possibly be denied. However, it is an unfortunate fact that some Connecticut workers experience just this dilemma when their claims are rejected, leaving them with no financial support.

Workers who face this difficult situation should know that they do not have to accept defeat. There are ways to appeal workers' compensation decisions, allowing their claims to be reconsidered for benefits. Doing so can require acquiring more evidence, preparing more concise documentation and understanding the procedures of the workers' compensation process better than they did the first time they sought benefits.

Fatal New Haven crash claims one life

There are many reasons for car accidents; however, when motorists travel on the roadways, they do not expect to be involved in one. These incidents can be tragic, resulting in severe injuries and lost lives. In the events of fatalities, this can be challenging for loved ones to cope with, as they never expected to suddenly lose a family member because of the negligence of another motorist.

An evening accident at the intersection of Kimberly Avenue and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard claimed one life and caused injuries to several others. The fatal accident occurred around in the late hours of the night when one of the two involved vehicles turned into the intersection. While both of the drivers escaped with injuries, a passenger in one of the involved automobiles was seriously hurt and later died at the hospital from her injuries.

What is third-party liability?

Readers are asked to imagine driving down a busy New Haven street. As they work their way through traffic, navigate around pedestrians and avoid bicyclists, a large commercial truck suddenly hits them from behind. As a result of the collision, the victim-driver suffers broken bones, a concussion and other forms of physical injury and loss.

After the victim is treated for their harm and is able to return to their home, they may feel compelled to seek the recovery of their damages. It is not fair that they may have to pay out of pocket for the harm they suffered due to the truck driver's negligence. In such a case, a victim may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, knowing what parties to include as possible defendants may be tricky for someone who has never had to confront personal injury legal issues before.

Ways to stay safe and alert on long distance drives

Do you have a family trip planned yet this winter for Florida or even all the way across country to California? Even for spots in-between those sunny destinations, you will need to plan differently for a long-distance trip than would for a normal short driving excursion. Preparing to hit the road for many miles and even across state lines requires proper planning to make sure safety is at the forefront.

Everything from comfort to supplies should not go unplanned before pulling out of the driveway. You do not want to be caught in a strange area of the country only to be afflicted with a case of “highway hypnosis,” where the demands of long hours of driving can catch you off guard and put you in a dangerous situation. Boredom and drowsy driving can both play a part in causing a catastrophic accident that can cause serious injury or even death to you, your passengers or another driver.

Victims of pedestrian-auto accidents have options

Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians often have tragic ends. While some victims succumb to their injuries and leave their families contemplating wrongful death claims to cover their losses, other victims are left with long-term injuries, pain and suffering. Connecticut residents who have been hit by vehicles while traveling on foot may have rights to seek compensation for their accident-related harm.

The option to sue is available to individuals who wish to put forth claims for their losses. Pedestrian accident victims generally must be able to prove that the driver of the vehicle that hit them was negligent or reckless in the execution of their driving. They must be able to show that they suffered harm and the compensation they seek is justified to help them become whole.

Is drunk driving a problem in Connecticut?

There is an easy answer to the question posed in the title of this post: drunk driving is a problem everywhere that it happens, including the state of Connecticut. New Haven residents may have firsthand knowledge about the damage drunk drivers can cause when they crash their vehicles and inflict injuries on those who are near them. It is not uncommon for drunk driving accident victims to suffer broken bones, tissue damage and other serious harm when drivers who are impaired hit them.

Drunk driving has claimed many lives in Connecticut. According to data offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,039 people died in drunk driving-related incidents between 2003 and 2012. While rates of death per age group due to drunk driving in Connecticut are somewhat lower than rates of death associated with drunk driving on the national average, hundreds of victims are created each and every year in the state when drunk drivers are allowed to operate unchecked.

Liability when an auto-pedestrian accident happens

If a New Haven resident is harmed in a roadway accident, they may have the right to sue the party that caused their harm if that party was liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Liability may apply to a party who acted negligently, recklessly, criminally or who had a duty to act and failed to do so. Being liable for someone else's injuries may require a person to pay for the losses their victim has sustained.

This application of liability also relates to pedestrian accidents. Accidents between cars and people are unfortunately common and can have deadly results. However, not every collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle is the fault of the automobile's driver. Liability may also apply or may exclusively apply to the pedestrian.

How long does an injured worker have to file for workers' comp?

After suffering a workplace injury, a New Haven resident must report their harm to their employer. The reporting should be immediate, but if the worker must seek immediate medical attention to preserve their health and welfare, the reporting may be slightly delayed. Non-emergency incidents should be reported immediately, and workers who delay in the reporting of their harm may face challenges later on when they work to receive workers' compensation benefits.

The reporting requirement is just one of the important elements of a workers' compensation claim that an injured party must meet to protect their right to financial support. Another requirement that they must meet is the filing requirement. According to the statute of limitations applicable to Connecticut workers' compensation claims, a worker has either one year or up to three years to file their workers' compensation paperwork.

Speak to an attorney after a slip-and-fall accident

Slips-and-falls can be embarrassing accidents that leave individuals in awkward positions and struggling to move if they have suffered harm. While some of the slip-and-fall accidents that individuals suffer are self-inflicted, many Connecticut residents are hurt each year when they trip, stumble and fall due to the negligence of other parties. These accidents can happen when people fail to keep their homes and yards maintained, when stores fail to keep their floors clean and dry and when a number of other negligence-based actions occur.

After a slip-and-fall accident, a victim may simply want to move forward with their life and forget that their accident ever happened. However, this can be impossible if that victim suffered a serious injury or loss due to their involvement in the accident.

Driving at night can be dangerous, risky and deadly

Winter can bring with it many obstacles when it comes to driving. Whether it be snow, ice or just extreme cold. But another danger that comes with winter is extended hours of darkness. Even if you are not a night person and do not like to go out at night, you may still need to drive in the dark on a commute in the morning or after you leave work.

The National Safety Council reports that drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash at night. What can you encounter while driving on a cold dark night in the winter or at any time during the year when it is dark out? Here are a few things to be aware of and watch out as a night driver.

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