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What sort of aid should expect after a car accident?

It may be common knowledge amongst most in New Haven that people are not supposed to drive off after having been involved in a car accident. If for nothing else, a driver whose vehicle collides with yours is expected to at least provide you with their contact and insurance information. Yet what if you are injured in the accident and need immediate aid? Is said driver expected to provide it? 

Coming up with the correct answer for that question may be tricky. From a legal standpoint, Sections 14-224(b)(1-3) of Connecticut's General Statutes state that anyone involved in an accident has a duty to render aid to those injured in it. Thus, you should expect that the others involved in your accident (who are physically capable of doing so) will do so. Yet the odds of even one of them having the medical skill and knowledge needed to effectively treat your injuries may be slim. Plus, you do not want someone unfamiliar with medical treatment to try and manipulate your injuries for fear that whatever they do could make them worse. 

Foggy windows and motor vehicle crashes

In November, many Americans experience much colder weather than their cities saw during the summer months. Some people may miss the summer while others embrace the seasonal change and look forward to winter. Either way, fall weather can lead to a variety of risks that may cause a car accident. Aside from road conditions, weather can even cause the windows on a driver’s vehicle to become foggy, which can prevent them from being able to see other vehicles and the road in front of them.

Foggy windows can be dangerous for many reasons. For example, someone may try to drive because their side windows are foggy, but they can see out of their windshield fine. Unfortunately, this can lead to a crash when they are unable to see other vehicles while switching lanes or turning. This is also true for back windows and some people drive even though they can barely see through their windshield. For example, a driver who has to get to school or work could make the poor decision to drive when their windows are foggy.

How can I tell if a nursing home is negligent?

For New Haven families looking for a nursing home on the behalf of a loved one, finding quality care is crucial. There are many red flags to be aware of, many of which indicate that a facility may be negligent towards residents. Not only does negligence diminish one's quality of life, it can also lead to serious health consequences. U.S. News & World Report recommends looking for the following signs when in search of a nursing facility for a family member.

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Is it a head injury or a spinal cord injury or something else?

The funny thing about car accidents is that you can't predict the injuries you could suffer. In fact, you can't predict the injuries that each person in the car will suffer. One of you could break a leg while another hits his or her head. Yet you could suffer a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury while another passenger walks away with just a case of the shakes.

What makes matters worse is that some injuries aren't always evident in the immediate aftermath of a crash. It could take days before the symptoms of a serious injury manifest. That's why it's recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident.

Repetitive motion injuries may qualify for workers’ comp

Workers’ compensation in Connecticut typically covers injuries caused as a result of repetitive trauma. Rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and bursitis claims often result from positions in warehouse and construction work. Repetitive strain injuries affecting the neck and shoulders, forearms, elbows, wrists and hands caused by assembly line or keyboard work may also qualify.

The severity of symptoms and an employee’s general health determine the treatment, from cold compresses and steroid injections to surgery. Healthline reports that wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome may range from occasional aches to numbness and constant intense pain, limiting the ability to perform job tasks. A doctor can assess the symptoms and determine if the pain is a result of job induced RSI. An evaluation may include a physical exam which tests range of motion, reflexes and strength in the affected area. An EMG can indicate whether there is nerve damage and an MRI or ultrasound can assess the tissue damage.

How can I make my home winter ready?

It’s no secret that Connecticut winters can get pretty rough. That’s why ensuring your home is winter ready is so important. Not only will this make for a more comfortable season, it will also prevent you and guests in your home from experiencing serious injuries, which could lead to legal issues if a third party chooses to file suit. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer the following tips in this case, which will make for a safe and happy winter.

Ice accumulation on walkways and driveways is the cause of many serious accidents. That’s why property owners must take the proper steps to remove ice. Along with shoveling snow, sprinkling salt, sand, or even cat litter increases tractions and prevents slip-and-fall accidents. When working outside, be sure to dress appropriately to protect yourself from the cold. This entails wearing hats and gloves, along with warm clothing.

How are burn injuries classified?

If you sustain a burn injury in Connecticut, the treatment you receive depends in part on the severity of the burn. According to the Mayo Clinic, the more layers of tissue affected by the burn, the more severe it is.

Medical professionals use three classifications to categorize the severity of a burn case and help determine appropriate treatment. You may have heard references in the past to first-, second- or third-degree burns. Here is what those classifications mean in more detail. 

No one wants to share the road with distracted big rig drivers

Commercial truck drivers from Connecticut travel the roadways nationwide. If you are one of them, you likely know the potential hazards of your job. The fact that you spend many hours in your own company might make the temptation to use a mobile phone irresistible. The laws prohibiting mobile phone use by drivers apply nationwide.

You might think it will only take a moment to check an incoming message on your phone, but studies show that it typically takes a driver's eyes off the road for 3.8 to 4.6 seconds at a time. While this might seem insignificant, if your speed is about 55mph, your truck will travel more than the length of a football field during those few seconds. What happens while your vehicle travels those 300 feet uncontrolled could cause death or injuries to you or other road users.

When someone is overexcited while driving

A driver’s emotional state can increase the probability of a crash in different ways. For example, those who are angry may drive more aggressively, while drivers struggling with deep depression may struggle to respond to a threat on the road promptly. In this post, we will look at some of the concerns that are associated with driving while overexcited, which can be dangerous for different reasons even though some drivers do not realize it.

A driver may become extremely excited for any number of reasons, from finding out that their wife is pregnant to hearing that they were accepted into a particular college or hired by a company they applied to work with. Unfortunately, these feelings can get in the way of driving responsibly and may cause a driver to become distracted. Not only can a driver lose mental focus when they are thinking about something else while behind the wheel, but some may even use their phone to text or call friends and family members, which can be extremely dangerous.

What can I do if I’m involved in a hit and run?

It’s every Connecticut driver’s worst nightmare. One minute you’re going about your merry way and the next you’re involved in a hit and run accident. Even if you were not at fault, it’s important you take the right steps in the aftermath. State Farm explains what you should do immediately following a hit and run, both to preserve safety and to ensure you receive the assistance you need.

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