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Dealing with persistent injuries

While the state is generally safe for workers, some industries in Connecticut have more dangerous occupations than others. Furthermore, some jobs, such as construction worker or nurse, have a high rate of injury recurrence. 

The law might offer some protection for workers against undue hardship caused by lost wages and medical bills from relapses, similar to the benefits it could offer for initial periods of work hiatus. However, a court would typically require reassessment of a recurrence before paying benefits. Additionally, some injuries may not qualify for recurrence benefits.  

What is traumatic brain injury?

Whether due to a car accident or as a result of poorly maintained property, negligent behavior can cause a great deal of harm. This is especially true when it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have lifelong effects or even result in loss of life. The Mayo Clinic explains the basics of TBI, including symptoms and prevention.

Cause of TBI

The heat presents a dangerous health risk to outdoor workers

Even as far north as Connecticut, the temperatures can reach dangerous levels for those who work outdoors during the summer. You may feel that working in the heat is "just part of the job," but that doesn't mean that your employer doesn't owe you a duty to keep you as safe as possible from any potential health risks.

Heat-related illnesses can cause serious health issues or even death. While medical professionals consider heat stroke as the most serious of these illnesses, others such as heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat cramps may become serious as well. Knowing how to protect yourself could save you the need for medical care and time off work during your recovery.

What is defensive driving?

As a driver in New Haven, being alert and aware when behind the wheel can help prevent serious accidents from occurring. However, even safe drivers can be involved in accidents when encountering distracted or negligent motorists, which is why defensive driving is so importance. explains what defensive driving entails and how it can help avoid serious injuries and property damage.

Keep Distractions to a Minimum

The dangers of aggressive driving

Tailgating, using high beams and honking the horn can be more than just an annoyance for drivers on Connecticut roadways. These dangerous behaviors are signs of aggressive driving.  Connecticut State Police report that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving entails operating a motor vehicle in a way that endangers or may endanger people or property.

While road rage and aggressive driving are often used interchangeably, in the eyes of the law, the repercussions may be significantly different. Road rage is triggered by an incident that occurs on a roadway resulting in a physical assault between drivers with a vehicle or other deadly weapon. This is a criminal offense. 

Slip-and-fall accidents at work

There are many different risks that can result in a job-related accident. Whether someone becomes injured while working on a construction site or an office worker develops problems due to repetitive strain, there are many ways that people are hurt while carrying out their job duties. These injuries can make life very hard and may lead to a host of problems, from financial hardship to physical pain and career-related problems. Moreover, some accidents may catch a worker and an entire company off-guard, such as a slip-and-fall accident that nobody anticipated. If you were hurt in such an accident, it is crucial to understand what your options are.

Slip-and-fall accidents take place for various reasons. Sometimes, they can be blamed on the weather, such as ice that was not addressed. In other cases, a leaky pipe may be to blame, while other slip-and-fall accidents may occur because of a spill that was left unattended. These threats can present problems in all sorts of workspaces, from offices and construction sites to grocery stores, retail outlets and restaurants. Sadly, some of the employees who are involved in these incidents are not treated fairly afterward.

Wrongful death vs. survival action

If you have had a loved one die recently due to the negligent actions of another, then you might justly be considering a wrongful death lawsuit (filed by either yourself or the decedent's personal representative). However, what if you had already initiated action following an incident that injured your loved one, and then he or she suddenly succumbs to his or her injuries? Many have come to us here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC thinking that in since such action did not begin as a wrongful death lawsuit, their cause of action then dies with their family members. We can tell with certainty that is not the case. 

It is easy, however, to understand their confusion. People often differentiate between a wrongful death lawsuit and a survival action. In reality, both typically have the same objective: to hold whomever was responsible for your loved one's death civilly accountable. Yet whereas a wrongful death lawsuit specifically refers to actions in response to one's death, a survival action can be like the scenario described above: you initiating a lawsuit prior to your loved one dying. Per Section 52-599 of Connecticut's General Statutes, a cause of action does not end with one's death. You may enter into an action in your loved one's place within six months of his or her death (or the commencement of legal proceedings) and continue to pursue the case as he or she would have. 

What is the castle doctrine?

There are many laws in Connecticut that pertain to your home and your legal rights and obligations on the property you own. A common issue with property is trespassing or breaking and entering where people try to illegally come onto your property. Luckily, the law provides you with a chance to defend your property and remove the offender. One such law is called the castle doctrine, which the General Assembly explains is your right to protect your home.

If someone comes onto your property with the intent to harm you or your family, you can protect them using force thanks to this law. You do not have to try to get away from the trespasser. This law pertains only to your property, though. If you were to chase the person off your property, then you no longer have legal grounds to do anything against that person.

When post-accident symptoms include signs of brain injury

Sustaining blunt force trauma to any part of your body may not only cause moderate to severe injury, it may place you on a path toward a long, arduous recovery as well. If the blow you took was to the head, you are at much greater risk for long-lasting impairment; in fact, such situations are often life threatening. If you suffered injury in a Connecticut motor vehicle collision that someone's negligence caused, you have recourse through the civil justice system to seek full recovery for your losses.  

TBIs are not always immediately apparent. Doctors at a local hospital may have treated and released you following your accident, with instructions to let them know if you don't start feeling better in a few days. This may give you a false impression that everything is going to be fine. Unless you're aware of the signs that signify possible TBI, you may not realize how badly you were injured until it's too late. It's also a good idea to find out what type of support is available in your area.       

Detailing "The Fatal Four"

A good number of New Haven residents find a great deal of personal satisfaction in their careers as construction workers. There is good reason for such contentment; construction workers play a vital role in community development. Yet for all of the rewards that a career in the construction industry offers, it is also rife with risks. Construction routinely ranks at or near the top of the list of the most dangerous professions. Indeed, according to statistics shared by The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, one in 10 construction workers are injured on the job every year. 

Not all construction accidents are created equal; in fact, rarely are there injuries that most would consider to be minor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that as recently as 2016, over 21 percent of all workplace fatalities reported from the U.S. private sector occurred on construction sites. While the accidents that take the lives of construction workers are tragic, they do offer information that may help prevent such events from occurring in the future. OSHA has compiled enough workplace fatality data from the construction industry to identify the types of injuries most likely to cause worker deaths. Called "The Fatal Four," these include: 

  • Falls 
  • Being struck by objects
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught-in/between accidents

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