Category Archives: Personal Injury

CRUISE SHIP INJURIES AND THE “CRUISE CONTRACT”

If the release of this blog goes according to schedule, as you’re reading it I am sitting on the Lido deck of the ms Veendam, enjoying a cocktail and celebrating my 35th wedding anniversary with my wife, along with our children and their respective spouses.  A family vacation that is long overdue and I would… Read More »

HOSPITAL “OBSERVATION STATUS” REVISITED

Let me start by stating that recent laws have made some changes to this living nightmare, but the changes appear to be aesthetic only. First, the rule: Within 24-48 hours of entering the hospital, the doctor(s) must determine if you will be admitted as an inpatient (2 midnight rule); Once admitted as an inpatient, you… Read More »

DEFFECTIVE PRODUCTS: Rights & Remedies for Injuries, Damages or Death

Many states, including Connecticut, have laws that spell out under what circumstances someone who suffers an injury or sustains damage to property may assert a product liability claim. The Connecticut statute provides that “A product liability claim…may be asserted and shall be in lieu of all other claims against product sellers…for harm caused by a… Read More »

BEWARE OF ER “OBSERVATION STATUS”

Traditionally, if you were relocated out of the emergency room (ER) to another room in the hospital and spent the night, you were considered “admitted” to the hospital. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. You can be spending many nights at the hospital and still not be “admitted”. You may be classified as “observation… Read More »

WORKPLACE INJURIES AND THE CONNECTICUT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWS

I was injured at work, can I sue my employer? With some limited exceptions the answer is no. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employer who has complied with the compensation laws will not be liable for damages for injuries or death beyond the benefits afforded by the Act. When an employee suffers… Read More »

DOG BITES AND OTHER DAMAGES AND THE CONNECTICUT STRICT LIABILITY LAW

Many states, including Connecticut have laws that spell out who is responsible for injuries and damages caused by dogs. The Connecticut law makes the owner or keeper of a dog that causes personal injuries or property damage to the body or property of any person responsible for those injuries and damages. The Statute provides that… Read More »

I WAS JUST INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT…WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Most people who are injured in a car accident quickly realize that trying to deal with the insurance companies on their own is not pleasant. All too often I have met with clients who have been trying to navigate the insurance maze on their own only to realize that they were going around in circles… Read More »

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORLD OF LITIGATION

Social media is an important networking tool in this day and age of technology and one or more forms of social media are used by many individuals. However, there can also be a downside to over sharing on social media, particularly when a claim or litigation is involved. Suppose, for example, that you are involved… Read More »

WHAT IS UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE AND WHY DO I NEED IT?

Stop. Before you continue reading this blog, look over your Automobile Insurance Policy. The policy will have different limits for different types of coverage, including liability, property damage, collision, medical payments and the ever elusive “Uninsured Motorist Coverage” (UM). Most states, including Connecticut, have minimum insurance requirements in order to register motor vehicles. What coverage… Read More »

INJURED BY A DRUNK DRIVER? DRAM.

Many states, including Connecticut have enacted so called Dram Shop Laws. A Dram Shop is an establishment that sells liquor for consumption on the premises, such as a bar or restaurant. The Dram Shop Laws are designed to provide monetary recovery for those injured as a result of the actions of intoxicated individuals if those… Read More »

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