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An overview of wrongful death lawsuits in Connecticut

It is probably hard for most people to deal with the unexpected death of a loved one. But it can be even harder when the death was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person. However, when these are the circumstances in the death of a Connecticut resident, the law provides an opportunity to recover financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be based on a wide variety of circumstances, such as medical malpractice, work accidents or car accidents. Like other personal injury lawsuits, the party that files the lawsuit - the plaintiff - will need to prove that the allegedly negligent party breached a duty that was owed to the deceased person, and that the breach of that duty led directly to the death in the case.

Pursuing financial compensation after a brain injury

Almost any type of accident could leave a Connecticut resident with serious injuries. Bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents are all too common in America. These accidents can have devastating consequences, leaving the injured victims with broken bones, internal injuries and, perhaps worst of all, brain injuries.

When Connecticut residents suffer brain injuries in an accident, they may be facing months or even years of physical therapy, rehabilitation or even permanent disability. As our readers can probably imagine, this type of ongoing and extensive medical treatment can be extremely expensive. When the accident that caused the injury wasn't your fault, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation from the party that was at fault.

What are your legal options after a dog bite injury?

Most Connecticut residents probably don't expect to be in any danger when they go to another person's property, but the reality is that all too often there are dangerous conditions that visitors may not be aware of. One of those dangers is the property owner's animal -- specifically dogs.

While there are plenty of dog lovers in America, the fact is that dog bite injuries can occur, even if the dog had not bitten someone before. The worst of these types of attacks will leave the victim seriously injured, scarred for life or even left disabled or disfigured. So, what legal options do Connecticut residents have if they are injured in a dog bite attack?

Motorcyclist suffers catastrophic injuries in collision

In collisions between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, there is an extremely high chance that the motorcyclist and any passengers will suffer much more serious injuries than the driver and any passengers in the other vehicle. According to a recent report, just such a scenario occurred in nearby Hebron, Connecticut.

The report indicates that the collision occurred on July 16 during the afternoon. The motorcyclist, a 57-year-old man, was reportedly driving his motorcycle on Route 85 when a vehicle behind him slammed into his motorcycle as he was slowing down to make a turn. The motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle, and suffered what was reported as life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle and the others in it were reportedly unharmed in the collision.

Distracted or negligent drivers can cause motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists in Connecticut wait through the long winter months for a chance to get on the roads when the weather improves. The summer months are motorcycle months, and our readers have probably noticed an increase in the number of motorcycles on the roads in Connecticut over the last several weeks. However, there are dangers that motorcyclists need to be aware of when they hit the road, foremost of which is the danger presented by other vehicles.

When motorcyclists are involved in accidents, many of these incidents involve other vehicles. And, when another vehicle is involved, the risk of serious injury -- or even death -- for the motorcyclist increases significantly. Also, the unfortunate reality is that many of these types of accidents occur because the other driver made a mistake. In fact, statistics show that in motorcycle and car collisions about 66 percent of these collisions occur because the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist's right-of-way. In essence, the other driver was responsible for the motorcycle accident.

How to approach your complex truck accident claim

The aftermath of a "fender bender" isn't too complex: the parties exchange insurance information and the costs to fix any damage that occurred to the vehicles is covered by an insurance claim. However, accidents that involve more extensive damage, injuries and even fatalities will be much more complex. This is oftentimes the case in truck accidents involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles.

The victims who are injured in these types of accidents need to know that they may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. But, claims against truck drivers and the companies that employ them can get complicated very quickly. These types of cases, involving multiple defendants at times, may see differing levels of resistance when it comes to claims of liability. The truck company may attempt to shift blame to the truck driver, and vice versa.

Understanding the different types of guests on private property

All property owners throughout the state of Connecticut have certain duties with regards to the safety of others on their land. This means that they must be mindful of potential safety hazards and take proactive measures to properly warn guests or even trespassers of such warnings. Much of this depends on the status of the person who is on the private property.

An invitee is, as the title suggests, is one who is willingly given permission to be on the land. A licensee is someone who is granted permission to be on the land, often by invitation. This often includes guests of the property owner such as family or friends. An invitee is someone who is on the land often for a business or mutually beneficial reason. This could include a customer inside of a store. The difference between an invitee versus licensee often stems on whether the person was offered an invitation to be on the land, versus simply permission to be on the land.

The long-term impacts of a TBI

There are some severe injuries that can drastically change the life of a victim. While no one ever expects to be involved in a serious accident, no one expects to suffer from a traumatic brain injury either. Nonetheless, many residents in Connecticut suffer from this tragic injury, impacting his or her life in many ways. It can be a very costly injury that could affect the health of a victim for the rest of his or her life.

A TBI can range from minor to severe. And those living with a moderate to severe TBI are at a high risk of having long-term effects. Current research suggests that these come in the form of emotional, cognitive and behavioral problems. When compared to healthy individuals, those that suffered a TBI were likely to have more attention, emotional regulation and psychological difficulties.

Driver turns himself in for fatal Connecticut accident

Hearing the news that a loved one has been killed in an automobile collision is an event that is difficult to process. No matter the age of a loved one, this is a shocking way to have their life suddenly taken away. It is even more challenging to digest this tragic event when you are informed that the party responsible fled the scene of the accident. A hit-and-run accident leaves much room for questions, and surviving family members often have to wait much time for an investigation to uncover who was responsible for their loved one's death.

According to recent reports, the investigation for the driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident has ceased. This is because the man responsible turned himself into Connecticut State Police. Based on preliminary reports, the original accident took place in May of last year, resulting in a lengthy investigation to uncover who caused the accident as well as the identity of the driver responsible.

Helping you navigate a wrongful death claim

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time for the family members and friends of the deceased. It can be challenging to picture life without that person, especially when he or she was suddenly and selfishly taken away by the negligence of another. Fatal accidents are unpredictable and could impact people of any age. Thus, it is important to understand your rights as a surviving family member when it comes to holding a negligent party responsible.

It is an emotional event to process, and some find it nearly impossible to return to their normal life following a tragic accident. At Lewis, Lewis & Ferraro, L.L.C., our experienced attorneys understand the sensitivity of these matters. Therefore, we are dedicated to guiding individuals in the Hartford area through a wrongful death claim.

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