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The various causes of premises liability claims

Most people who are in any way familiar with premises liability law often associate this particular area of the law with the classic "slip-and-fall" scenario. In this type of situation, individuals suffer an injury after they fall on another party's property due to the presence of a dangerous property condition, such as a slippery floor surface. However, this is just one type of scenario that can result in a premises liability claim in Connecticut.

While most people probably envision slip-and-fall incidents occurring at a retail or other commercial location, such as a grocery store, the reality is that these types of accidents can occur on private property as well. Imagine a circumstance in which you are at a house party and you fall and injure yourself due to a broken handrail on a set of stairs - this could lead to a premises liability claim.

Watching for concussion symptoms after an accident

There have been many news articles over the years about the issue of concussions, mostly because of concerns with football players, particularly in the National Football League. However, football players aren't the only ones who need to be worried about the potential danger of concussions. These serious brain injuries can affect anyone from any walk of life, particularly if they are involved in an accident of some kind, such as a car accident.

So, what happens if you don't know whether or not you have suffered a concussion after an accident? What concussion symptoms should Connecticut residents be on the lookout for? Well, some of the most obvious symptoms are dizziness, blurry vision, nausea and headaches. These types of symptoms typically occur in the immediate aftermath of suffering a concussion.

The deadly impact of impaired and distracted driving

Over the recent holiday season, many of our readers in Connecticut likely saw news reports about how dangerous drunk driving can be. As a recent article noted, impaired driving is certainly a major concern, as it has been for decades. In fact, as the recent article noted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 28 people die in America each day due to car accidents that involve impaired driving.

What is it about drinking alcohol that makes it so dangerous to get behind the wheel of a vehicle - be it a passenger car or a semi-truck? According to the recent article, once a person's blood alcohol content rises above the legal limit of .08 percent, a person can experience impairment to their hearing and vision, a loss of balance and decreased muscle coordination. It is pretty obvious that all of those functions need to be top-notch when operating a motor vehicle.

Will federal truck driver regulations be a part of your case?

When a truck accident occurs on the roadways of Connecticut, the results can be devastating. We have all seen accidents that shut down roads and highways for hours, causing traffic jams at the most inopportune times. Besides property damage, these accidents can also cause catastrophic injuries for the people involved.

There can be a wide variety of factors involved in a truck accident. In some, weather conditions will be a primary factor. In others, the condition of the vehicles involved, especially the maintenance - or lack thereof - of the semi-truck involved can be an important factor. But, in many truck accident cases, the person behind the wheel of the semi-truck will be the most highly scrutinized aspect of the case.

Pursuing compensation when you lose a loved one

The vast majority of people have gone through the sorrow and grief of the death of a loved one, but those emotions and experiences can be complicated immensely when the circumstances of the death are not natural. If the death of a loved one was caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another party, the family members who are left behind are usually struggling to come up with answers for why this had to happen and what could have prevented it.

In some cases, those answers will never be found. After all, nothing can replace a loved one who was lost due to another party's reckless actions. But, in an attempt to correct some of the financial impact of the loss, those family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Woman and her dog injured when attacked by pit bull

When many of our readers think about dog bite attacks that occur in Connecticut or elsewhere, they probably envision visitors to property who are attacked by the property owner's animal. While that indeed is the case in many instances in which the property owner can be held responsible for the injuries inflicted by the dog, animal owners can also be held legally responsible in other types of situations as well.

For instance, a recent report detailed a pit bull attack on a woman and her own dog that occurred in New London on December 3. The reports indicate that the woman was walking her dog when the pit bull ran up to them and attacked. The pit bull was apparently being walked by its owner when it got loose from the owner's leash. For the woman, the result was a bite to the hand as she attempted to protect her own dog. She had to be transported for medical care after the attack. Her dog was also injured and reportedly received medical treatment as well.

Living with a spinal cord injury after a motorcycle accident

Connecticut residents who are injured in motorcycle accidents may be facing the prospect of living with serious disabilities, either short-term or for the rest of their lives. Motorcycle accidents are notorious for the level of damage and harm that can be caused to the motorcyclist and any passengers, while the driver and passengers in the other vehicles involved are protected within the vehicle. Of all the different types of injuries that a motorcyclist in Connecticut can suffer, a spinal cord injury can be one of the most severe.

In fact, understanding the spinal cord injury and its effect on the individual is a key part of living with the injury. For instance, some of our readers may be under the impression that the spinal cord needs to be severed in order for a person to suffer paralysis. However, that isn't necessarily true. A spinal cord that has been bruised or stretched can also cause serious disabilities.

What are the common ways that truck drivers cause accidents?

Many Connecticut residents may get nervous when they are driving their vehicles on our state's highways next to a large truck, such as a semi-truck. There is good reason to be nervous in these types of situations: These large trucks weigh significantly more than regular passenger vehicles, and any resulting accident between these types of vehicles of such disparate size can be devastating. So, what are the most common ways that truck drivers cause accidents?

Typically, there are three different types of scenarios that can lead to a truck driver causing a truck accident. First, truck drivers may be unqualified to operate their vehicles. While it is true that most truck drivers are skilled and adequately trained, there are some who do not understand the safest driving techniques for any given situation, and others who may not practice defensive driving despite the best training.

Fighting for compensation after a motorcycle accident

Any type of car accident has the potential to cause devastating injuries to those involved, but motorcycle accidents in particular are notorious for the catastrophic injuries they cause. In many of these types of incidents, the driver and passengers of the other vehicle involved walk away without a scratch. It is the motorcyclist who will usually suffer the brunt of the injuries - or the crash could even be fatal.

When motorcycle accidents occur, there is often an immediate perception by others that the motorcyclist was at fault. People may think that motorcyclists are inherent risktakers. But those misconceptions are unfounded. Contrary to what some people may believe, it takes skill and practice to ride a motorcycle.

Head-on collision results in death of one motorist in West Haven

Car accidents are fairly common in Connecticut, but fatal car accidents are - thankfully - not quite as common as the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. Unfortunately fatal accidents do occur occasionally, however. And when they do, the family members of the deceased are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened.

According to a recent report, a deadly accident occurred in nearby West Haven on November 9. The accident was a head-on collision that occurred in the evening hours. The details of how the collision occurred will likely leave many people shaking their heads at how avoidable it was.

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