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Safety tips for owners of swimming pools

If you have a swimming pool on your property in Connecticut, you likely know how important safety precautions truly are. Along with preserving the health and well-being of family and guests, ensuring the environment is safe is also crucial from a liability perspective. Accordingly, the American Red Cross recommends the following guidance.

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.

Are you a trespasser, licensee or invitee?

When you are injured on someone else's property in New Haven, you might automatically assume that the property owner is liable for your injuries and their accompanying expenses. Yet premises liability is determined by your status as a visitor on another's land. That status details the duty the property owner has to ensuring your protection. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the law recognizes three distinct types of visitors: trespassers, licensees and invitees. So which were you? 

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. 

Understanding the limitations of liability waivers

Getting out to participate in the activities offered in New Haven is an integral part of enjoying life. Yet often you will find that in order to participate in such activities, you and/or members of your family will have to sign a liability waiver. Several of those that we here at The Law Office of George Romania, LLC have worked with in the past have questioned to what extent such waivers are enforceable. The answer to that question may depend upon the nature of the activity. 

New Haven property owners are liable for icy sidewalks

Snow may make for beautiful scenery around New Haven, but the icy sidewalks it leaves behind are never as welcome a view. Just about everyone dreads having to navigate ice-encrusted walkways, parking lots and other slippery winter surfaces, mentally bracing for what they know can happen in a split second—a slip and fall. Hopefully, it is only someone's ego that gets bruised, but injuries can occur, too.

Can I file a personal injury claim if I think I suffered whiplash

If someone was negligent and caused your fall and resulting injury, it may be possible to make a claim in Connecticut and even file a lawsuit if necessary. Of course, medical evidence will be necessary to prove a case of whiplash as well as the extent of your personal injury damages.

Judge agrees with woman in sandwich slip and fall case

It may not be that difficult for people to understand the responsibility that property owners in New Haven have to ensure that their premises are safe for others to visit. At the same time, some may say that they cannot be expected to plan for every single possible hazard that may pop up on their properties. Ultimately, the duty they have to protect visitors may not involve anticipating dangers, but rather responding to them when they do occur, not matter how innocuous they may appear to be. 

Business owners may owe customers highest duty of care

In Connecticut, injuries that result from a trip, slip or a fall are not uncommon. However, whether there is an actionable claim for negligence against the property or business owner depends on multiple factors. One such factor is the relationship between the property owner and the injured person.

Man sues hospital after falling while visiting relative

It may be easy for many in New Haven to classify those who file lawsuits following slip-and-fall accidents as being vindictive and "sue crazy" and labeling such action as just another example supporting the perception of a litigious society. Perhaps the biggest falacy in this assumption may be the notion that plaintiffs in such cases are simply looking for a quick cash grab. In many instances, the compensation sought is needed to cover their accident expenses. Given that in such cases, they were invited on to the properties in question under the assumption that the conditions were safe, it might be easier to understand why some choose to pursue action.

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