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February 2018 Archives

Could legalized marijuana result in more drugged driving?

As Connecticut lawmakers consider legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, opponents are insisting that doing so would lead to an increase in drugged driving and other ills. While proponents in the legislature say that the tax revenues to reaped from passing the law would outweigh any detriments, an anti-marijuana group alleges that the move would actually cost the state more than $200 million in less than two years. The costs, the group says will stem from the administration and enforcement of the law.

Brain injuries are a major cause of death in accidents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that almost a third of all deaths that stem from accidents involve some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Across the United States, including Connecticut, more than 150 people die every day from brain injuries. In cases where a fatal brain injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, such as a car accident, assault or other personal injury, the death of the victim could give rise to a wrongful death claim.

Winter weather and tractor-trailers make a dangerous mix

Because of their size and weight, the involvement of a truck, whether a pick-up, sport-utility vehicle (SUV) or tractor trailer, can exacerbate the amount of damage and injury caused by an accident. In accidents where there is a significant difference in size between the vehicles involved, like a big rig versus a passenger car, the damage can be catastrophic. The potential dangers that trucks pose to other drivers can be amplified by winter weather or icy conditions.

In Connecticut, hospitals more dangerous than construction sites

When people think of workplace accidents, they probably conjure up images of construction sites, manufacturing plants, or fishing boats. But in Connecticut and elsewhere, folks who work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities run a greater risk for workplace injury than those employed in construction or manufacturing jobs. The incidence of injury is similar across all types of health care facilities, public or private, union or nonunion.

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