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Rule tries to tackle the problem of trucker fatigue

The fact that a truck driver could become fatigued in Connecticut while operating a semi truck or other large rig is not surprising. These drivers often spend many hours on the road and may even be forced to drive in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Being alone while driving may also influence their ability to remain alert being the wheel.

Because it is known that fatigue among truckers may contribute to serious accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established some rules that govern break periods for drivers. The goal is an effort to reduce instances of fatigue so as to simultaneously improve safety on the road.

The importance of manufacturing work in america

The giant of the American economy, the manufacturing industry is one that countless workers rely on as a way of life. Although many experts predict the end of the manufacturing world in the coming years, others beg to differ, pointing out that the industry is as vital as ever before. With the importance of manufacturing in current debate, many have turned to the subtopics of safety and efficiency in America's factories; does the nation's attitude toward manufacturing work reflect an accurate portrayal of the industry itself?

When it comes to the aforementioned question, Industry Week stresses that a harmful stigma surrounding manufacturing work has circulated in the minds of Americans for decades. As a result, many Americans avoid the industry altogether. In reality, manufacturing work often requires advanced skills and can pay reasonably high wages; however, the public largely associates this work with danger and a lack of cleanliness. Even though there may be inherent risks in, for instance, a job that requires work with heavy machinery, IW points out that the public's view of manufacturing work is nevertheless too narrow. According to IW, the nation is in dire need of restructuring stigmatized branches such as production work.

How Can I Prevent Car Accidents From Occurring?

Even the safest drivers in New Haven may find themselves involved in a car accident, despite their best efforts. While you can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of crash as well as reduce the severity of injury or property damage. The Balance offers the following tips to drivers to ensure they remain safe and secure behind the wheel.

Keep Distractions to a Minimum

Avoiding traumatic brain injuries in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides standards and guidelines with which employers in all industries in Connecticut must comply to ensure employee safety. However, regardless of your employer's commitment to compliance, accidents will happen. Some injuries like head trauma and traumatic brain injuries, are not as apparent as open wounds and fractured bones, and they frequently remain undiagnosed for days or weeks -- sometimes months -- after the initial trauma to your head.

For this reason, it is crucial to undergo a thorough assessment by a physician after any workplace accident, even if you appear to be uninjured. Regardless of the industry in which you earn your living, whether you are in a factory, on a construction site or behind a desk, head injuries could happen.

Family pursuing wrongful death lawsuit in alleged suicide case

When people in New Haven die under mysterious circumstances, their family and friends may hold on to the hope that law enforcement officials will find those responsible for their deaths, and that those parties will face criminal charges. If that does not happen, they may still choose to pursue a wrongful death action. One might question how one who was cleared for any criminal wrongdoing can then be the target of civil action for the same issue. Yet civil courts assign liability based on different criteria than those hearing criminal cases. 

The brother of a California businessman has recently become the target of such action after the family of his brother's deceased girlfriend accused him of her murder. The man discovered the woman's body in his brother's home after she had apparently committed suicide. Law enforcement officials confirmed that the woman had indeed killed herself. However, her family cites evidence at the scene (such as an apparent suicide note that an expert testified was likely written by the accused) as well as her deep religious beliefs as reasons why they believe she was murdered. 

Why are expert witnesses important to medical malpractice cases?

Pursuing a medical malpractice case can be extremely trying, particularly if you or a loved one are already suffering under the stress of traumatic injury or wrongful death. When it comes to discussing and proving your medical malpractice case, courts may rely on expert witnesses to provide testimony that can validate or negate your claims. But what are expert witnesses, and why do they matter?

Per the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Law Libraries, an expert witness is one whose depth of expertise and knowledge in a field qualifies them to offer influential opinions on a case, where normally cases would be decided based on facts alone. In the case of a medical malpractice case, your most likely expert witnesses are doctors - though if any medical equipment was involved in your malpractice issue, you may even hear testimony from equipment manufacturers or technicians.

Understanding "move over" laws

If you were asked what would be the absolute worst place to stop your car, you would likely echo the same answer that many in New Haven might give: the side of the freeway. Yet in some of the cases that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC deal with, people are often left with little choice. If your vehicle has recently become disabled on a freeway, then you are well aware of just how harrowing such an experience can be. If that incident resulted in another car striking yours, then you may justly be questioning who is at fault. 

When you are forced to stop on a freeway, you are expected to still remove your vehicle (if possible) from the road so as to not interrupt the flow of traffic. Thus, deciding whether or not you were far enough off the road depends on where you were stopped at. Yet you might have heard that in such a situation, other vehicles are legally obliged to move over so as to not risk your safety. Is this true? 

Examining the potential impact of a slip-and-fall accident

Many in New Haven may buy into the notion that America has become a litigious society. They may point to incidents involving slips and falls and say that such accidents do not warrant legal action. This may come from the assumption that one would not likely sustain serious injuries in a fall. Yet statistics seem to indicate that incidents as seemingly benign as a ground-level fall can actually result in serious health consequences. 

Typically, the elderly are most at-risk for experiencing serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. Yet that does not mean that younger, able-bodied adults cannot be affected by them as well. While a slip-and-fall accident may be unlikely to result in a fatality (especially amongst the aforementioned demographic), it can produce other costly outcomes. For example, the National Floor Safety Institute reports that falls are the most common cause of emergency room visits in the U.S., with over 8 million occurring annually. Fractures are the most common result of such incidents, which can require those that suffer them to undergo extensive recovery (and potentially, rehabilitation). These results can directly contribute to another problem the NFSI links to ground-level falls: Days away from work. Indeed, it lists slip-and-fall accidents as being the primary cause for workers' compensation claims. 

Can you sue a hospital for an infection?

Residents of Connecticut and every state in the U.S. have likely heard someone say, “the hospital is no place for sick people,” or “I got sick at the hospital.” The sentiments were probably delivered tongue-in-cheek, good for a snicker or two, but there are times when a comment like one of these is all too appropriate.

The flu epidemic has sent many residents to the hospital already. Unfortunately, those who are most at risk from the flu—the very young, very old and those with compromised immune systems—are also at risk of further, deadly infections in a health-care surrounding, according to Reuters.

Motorcycle safety: Watch out for negligent motorists!

Motorcycle travel enjoyed a great resurgence as gasoline prices continued to rise over the past few years. You may be one of many who use this form of travel to commute to and from work, or you may simply be a Connecticut motorcycle enthusiast who loves the sound of a Harley Davidson and the feel of the wind while sailing down a highway on two wheels.

As a responsible motorist, you have likely researched state laws regarding motorcycle travel. It's also always a good idea to stay updated on travel safety tips for motorcycle operators. It's one thing to understand how to reduce your injury risk, and quite another to fall victim to another driver's reckless or negligent actions behind the wheel. In such circumstances, it's critical to know what to do and where to turn for help if you're involved in a collision that causes you injury.

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