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Attorneys Richard P. Hastings and Timothy Hollister are Interviewed by WFSB on Teen Driver Safety

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorneys Richard P. Hastings and Timothy Hollister are Interviewed by WFSB on Teen Driver Safety

 

Attorney Richard P Hastings, a personal injury lawyer with the Connecticut law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP and Attorney Timothy Hollister, a land-use lawyer with Shipman and Goodwin in Hartford were interviewed by Kim Lucey of Channel 3 WFSB on teen driver safety.

 

Both Attorney Hastings and Attorney Hollister are on the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Teen Safe Driving Committee which is developing proposed national models for safer teen driving. Tim Hollister spoke about his son Reid, who died in a motor vehicle accident, which experience spawned his book “Not So Fast”. He also stressed the fact that this was the single greatest cause of death for individuals from 16 to 21.

 

Richard Hastings spoke about the parent driver agreement which was drafted by the committee and can be downloaded by visiting www.CT.gov/teendriveragreement. He also discussed the importance of parents being good role models for their teen drivers because teens are more likely to be involved in an accident if their parents engage in bad driving behavior and the fact that parents need to be constantly involved in monitor their teen’s driving behavior.

 

Tim Hollister’s book can be found at www.nsfteendriving.com and additional information on teen driver safety can be found at www.ct.gov/teendriving.com

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Driving accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. What if parents could be provided with a tool that could help to cut down on the number of accidents that occur – would it be used? Parent teen driving agreements are a proven way to review what is expected of your teen driver in the operation of your motor vehicle which will help to reduce the risk of your teen driver being involved in a car crash. A properly drafted agreement will spell out the safety risks, what is expected of your team in driving your motor vehicle, and what will happen if the team violates his or her obligation. So where can you get such an agreement?

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and CT accident attorneys have drafted a parent teen driver agreement which can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. This teen driving agreement will allow you to sit down and have a thorough discussion with your new teen driver about the rules of the road, what you expect of them in operating your motor vehicle, and most importantly what will happen if they violate any of these rules of the road. It is important that your teen understand how important a responsibility it is in operating a motor vehicle and how your car could turn into a dangerous projectile that could end the life of anyone in an instant.

Medical research has shown us that teen driving is especially dangerous because the human brain does not fully develop until the age of approximately 25 years. This fact will reduce a teens ability to accurately assess risk and danger or control impulsive behavior. Additionally, teen driver training will not overcome this condition. Parents should also note that just because their teen has passed a driver training course and has obtained a motor vehicle drivers license this does not mean that the teen is a safe driver. It is merely a starting point for you to be actively involved in this important learning process.

Parents must impress upon their teen the fact that failure to follow driving laws which would include speeding, reckless driving, alcohol or drug use while operating a vehicle, not using seat belts, becoming distracted while driving, illegally transporting passengers, or violating any other laws could cause injury, death, damage to property and can result in criminal and civil penalties. As part of the teen driving agreements the parent must understand that they will take an active role in this process and will promise to be a good role model to their driving teen. It is important that the parent obey all traffic laws, wear their seatbelt, never drink and drive, and not engage in distracted driving.

By utilizing this very simple educational tool, parents can help to reduce the risk of their child being involved in a serious accident which could either cause injury or death to their child or to another. This is too important an issue to leave unresolved and not discussed. By reviewing this agreement with your new teen driver, all of the important terms and conditions of this very serious undertaking should be understood by the new teen driver. Additionally, your new teen driver will understand all of the penalties for violating any of the rules or regulations of the road which you as a parent must strictly enforce.

To the extent that your teen driver has been injured to the fault of another, or if anyone in your family or any of your friends, have been injured in a a motor vehicle accident, it is very important that you get the advice of a highly experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer or CT accident attorney at the earliest possible moment. You can also download free books, watch videos, or read a number of articles by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers to get your questions answered right away or to schedule a free in office consultation.

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Provides Free Books and Advice to Dog Bite Victims

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Almost 5,000,000 people, each year, are bitten by dogs in this country. It has been estimated that dog bite injury cases account for over one third of all home insurance liability claims made in any given year. Because insurance companies have had to pay out significant amounts of money in dog bite injury claims, some insurance companies have banned covering particularly aggressive dog breeds from coverage. If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, then you need the assistance of an experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to explain your rights to you so you can better understand what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

One particular class of individuals that suffers a number of dog bite injuries is mailmen, mail carriers or postal workers. Because these hard-working individuals have to deliver mail to individual residences, sometimes an individual’s dog will either get out of their house, break free from their leash, or will be roaming freely and will then bite anyone on their property. You should understand that Connecticut has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the part of the owner or keeper of the dog, unless the person bitten was either trespassing, tormenting or teasing the dog. In other words, you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner of the dog was not exercising reasonable care in watching their dog.

Dog bite injury claims are unique for a number of reasons not the least of which is the fact that there is an increased risk for developing an infection and in many cases there are issues involving scarring and cosmetic surgery opinions. Many times people think that they should speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog so that they can get their case moving along so that their medical bills can be paid, so that they can get their lost income, and so that they are able to be compensated for their injuries and damages as soon as possible. Many people think that they can handle these cases on their own because if they do not have to hire a lawyer then they will end up more with more money in their pocket because they will not have to pay legal fees. However, insurance industry studies have shown that injured parties, represented by attorneys, on average, will end up with more money in their pocket after paying their lawyer than they do if they represent themselves.

It is important that you level the playing field when dealing with professionals who are looking to pay you the least amount of money possible who represent the insurance companies. At the very least, you need to have your rights explained to you by the experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer before you do anything that could ultimately harm your case. Our Connecticut dog attack attorneys are happy to speak with you or meet with you in person to explain your rights to you so that you can understand what you need to do and what you should not be doing. You can get this valuable free information in a number of different ways.

The first thing you can do is to visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers on the phone and get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free, in office consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut dog attack attorneys to have your case reviewed with you and get your questions answered in a face-to-face meeting. You can also fill out our brief online form and one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to contact you and advise you as to what you should be doing. Do not make the mistake of speaking directly with the insurance adjuster and potentially harming your case. Get this valuable free information today from one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers.

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Cases-What Should I Do First?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Unfortunately, we are contacted on a regular basis by people who have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut. One of the questions that they need answered immediately is what should they be doing first. It is important to understand that there are a number of things that you should be doing and there are also a number of things you should not be doing after you’ve been involved in a dog bite incident. Because of our experience in dealing with Connecticut dog bite injury victims, we have written the book on dog bite injury law in the state of Connecticut and are happy to answer questions that dog bite injury victims have.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important that you contact the police or dog warden and get the proper medical attention and care. The dog warden will conduct an investigation of your case, will determine whether the dog has had its shots, and depending upon the circumstances of the case, will make sure that the dog is quarantined after the bite and will find out all of the needed information and prepare of a report. Many times people who have been bitten by a dog will not obtain medical attention immediately after the attack. If your skin has been broken by the dog’s teeth or you have been scratched then it is very important that you get to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

One of the very real risks that you have is getting an infection by virtue of the dogs teeth, and saliva, getting underneath the surface of your skin. We have represented dog bite injury victims where there have been serious infections that have resulted from the dog bite itself. The dog warden will also determine whether or not the biting dog has had its rabies shots because if that information cannot be confirmed then your doctor will suggest that you have the shots to reduce the risk of your getting rabies.

Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute, that holds the owner or keeper of the dog strictly liable for your injuries and damages, with few limited exceptions, which means that you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent in how you were bitten. Many times, the owner or keeper of the dog will have home owners or tenants insurance that will cover your injuries and damages that have resulted from the biting dog. There are a number of issues that need to be investigated and developed which, depending upon the circumstances, could include involving a plastic surgeon.

Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers have decades of experience in representing dog bite injury victims in Connecticut. You can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. This valuable free resource will advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. It will also tell you how you can get better medical care, how you can get quicker, and how you can help your Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer get you more money for your case. There are a number of things that need to be done very early on in your case so it is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorney at the earliest possible moment please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorneys immediately. Do not delay and wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Make sure you do this before you speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog!

Connecticut Injury Lawyer Gives Tips on Driving on Icy Roads

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut residents will soon be inundated with cold and snowy weather resulting in poor driving conditions, many times, as a result of snow and ice. In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur on CT roadways, is best to follow some simple advice while operating a motor vehicle on roads that contain slippery surfaces. Certainly, the best advice for driving in bad weather is to stay off the roads, if at all possible. If the roads are especially slippery, it is very important that you have a vehicle that has four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive as most rear wheel drive or front-wheel-drive cars have a great deal of difficulty in getting up even slight inclines which create all kinds of potentially problematic situations which can result in accidents and injuries to others.

 

If it is imperative that you drive your car on icy roadways, then you should make sure your car is properly prepared and that you understand how to operate a vehicle on slippery roadways. It is very helpful to practice winter driving techniques in open parking lots so that you can familiarize yourself with how a car operates in conditions such as these without having to worry about hitting other vehicles. This technique is especially important for newer drivers who have never operated a motor vehicle on snowy or icy roadways and will be completely unfamiliar with how to handle these new and potentially dangerous driving situations. There are a number of other tips and suggestions which should be utilized when driving in slippery conditions.

 

First and foremost, you should leave yourself plenty of additional time so that you are not rushed or operate your vehicle at a speed whereby you cannot control the car. You should also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and vehicles around you so that you have enough room to stop or avoid hitting or coming into contact with other vehicles. You should break gently to avoid skidding and when you feel your wheels start to lock up, if you do not have antilock brakes, it is best to ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are on to increase your visibility to other motorists and use low gears to keep traction, especially while operating on hills. You should not use cruise control while driving on icy roadways and be especially careful when driving over bridges, overpasses, infrequently traveled roads and roads that are in the shade for a good part of the day because they will be more slippery than other sections of roadway. You should also make sure that all of the snow and ice is cleared from your vehicle before operating it so that you do not create a hazard for other drivers on the roadway and so that you can properly see outside of your vehicle.

 

It is important to utilize common sense when operating a car or other motor vehicle on slippery roadways. You should completely eliminate distractions while operating a vehicle in potentially hazardous conditions which would include turning off the radio, not using your cell phone, not texting other individuals, and not having any family pets in the car who might otherwise distract you or become a deadly missile if you are hit by another vehicle. If you utilize these important safety tips and rules, then you can potentially decrease your exposure to being involved in a serious accident. If you have been involved in an accident, caused by the fault of another, while operating your vehicle on a Connecticut roadway, then please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com so you can download one of our free books, read our articles or view our videos on a variety of accident and injury related subjects.

 

You can also get answers to your questions by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speaking with one of our CT accident lawyers and injury attorneys. We will even be happy to meet with you to discuss the facts of your CT accident case where we will advise you as to what you should and should not be doing. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis which means we do not get paid unless and until we collect money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the costs to develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us when we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery then you will always know legal fees and no costs. We want you to concentrate on what is most important which is getting better. Please contact us today to find out how we can assist you.

Four Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined by the Connecticut Department of Public Health

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Four Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined by the Connecticut Department of Public Health

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has fined for nursing homes more than $1000 each as a result of incidents involving residents who suffered broken bones, cuts, dehydration and dramatic weight loss.

Maefair Healthcare Center of Trumbull was cited as a result of a residence who had dementia who fell to the floor from a wheelchair and received four stitches for a facial cut and was hospitalized for a possible cervical fracture.

The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County Inc. of Fairfield was cited for an incident involving a resident with dementia who fell out of his chair. This individual was hospitalized with the facial cut and hip and back pain which were the result of a severe compression fracture of two vertebrae.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation of Windsor was cited for three separate incidents. In one case a resident who refused to wear an alarm was found outside of the nursing home on one of the main roads. Another resident lost 15 pounds in two months who suffered from diabetes. The third case involved a resident with congestive heart failure who was taken to the hospital with dehydration and acute renal failure.

Amber Woods of Farmington was cited for an incident in which a resident with multiple sclerosis fell from a mechanical lift to the floor which resulted in two broken ribs.

If you or a loved one has suffered some type of injury as the result of the fault of a nursing home or rehabilitative care facility you should contact one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers to have your case reviewed for free. You can contact us by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 or you can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and obtain a wealth of free information which is provided on that site.

New Milford Man Arrested in Fatal Bicycle Accident Case

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

New Milford Man Arrested in Fatal Bicycle Accident Case

New Milford police arrested  Alexander Scott Lee, on Tuesday of this week, in connection with the October 20, 2013 accident that killed Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld.  Lee, 21, was arrested for evading responsibility for the fatal hit-and-run accident, making an improper left turn and tampering with evidence, New Milford police reported. It was reported that Lee was in the process of turning his car onto Route 302 from Old Hawleyville Road as the Steinert-Threlkeld was approaching on Route 302 from the other direction at which point in time the bicycle collided with the rear passenger side of the vehicle which threw the bicyclist to the ground. Moments later, a second vehicle turned onto Route 302 and struck Steinert-Threlkeld and pinned him underneath the car.  Lee was arrested at his job in Brookfield on Tuesday and is being held on $150,000 bond and will be arraigned in the Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday.

Metro North Train Accident Leaves Four Dead, Seriously Injures 11 Others and Leaves 63 People in Total Injured

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

SPUYTEN DUYVIL, NY — In a tragic post Thanksgiving accident,  three men and one woman were killed and dozens of others were seriously injured Sunday morning when a Poughkeepsie, NY, Grand Central bound Metro-North train left the tracks just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said 63 people were injured, including 11 who are in serious but stable condition. The injured were being taken to Jacobi, Montefiore, Columbia Medical Center’s New York Presbyterian and St. Barnabas hospitals.  it was reported that this was the first fatal derailment on  a Metro North train.

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority Spokesperson said that the train left Poughkeepsie, NY as an express at 5:44 a.m. where it was headed for Grand Central Station when it left the southbound track along the Hudson River just after 7:30 a.m. The train, which stopped at  both the Croton and Tarrytown stations, was powered by a diesel locomotive with seven cars. Four of the cars left the tracks and crashed.

Governor Cuomo stated that officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were on their way from Washington DC to begin what he said would be a thorough investigation of the accident. The chairman of the MTA, Thomas Pendergast, indicated that speed would be one of the factors that would be investigated. The train’s black box will be able to tell how fast the train was traveling at the time it left the tracks.

Sunday’s derailment is the third of its kind in recent months for the railroad and is one of several Metro North train accidents this year.

Unfortunately, this most recent derailment is the third of its kind this year.  In May of this year, more than 70 people were injured when two Metro-North trains collided and derailed during rush hour traffic in Bridgeport, Connecticut that were operating on the New Haven line. Less than two weeks later, a train foreman was struck and killed by a Metro North train after the worksite area was mistakenly open to train traffic. Prior to the Bridgeport train accident, a track worker in Mount Vernon was almost struck by a train. Ironically, these incidents led the NTSB to conduct hearings last month. It was reported that Metro-North officials stated that they have taken steps to improve rail and worker safety.

Another train accident occured  in July of this year, when a freight train using Metro-North tracks derailed in the Bronx, not far from the site of this most recent tragedy. Ten cars of a CSX freight train that were transporting garbage derailed between the Marble Hill and Spuyten Duyvil stations, dumping huge piles of trash on to the railway tracks which resulted in the suspension of service on the Hudson Line between Yonkers and Grand Central Terminal. The investigation of this accident will take quite some time to determine the cause of this tragic derailment. Unfortunately, the victims families and those injured in this tragic crash are at the mercy of the NTSB to await the results of this investigation but might be better served, in the meantime, to consult with a train accident lawyer to look into conducting an independent investigation into the facts surrounding this tragic crash.

 

 

 

What is an IME as it Relates to your Connecticut Personal Injury Case?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

What is an IME as it Relates to your Connecticut Personal Injury Case?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident which your Connecticut personal injury attorney has been unable to resolve with the insurance carrier, then the case will be put into suit. At some point in time the insurance company, through its defense counsel, will in all likelihood set up an independent medical examination (IME) to help bolster its claim that either you were not injured or that your injuries are less severe than your doctor states. This is one of the techniques that the insurance company will use to attempt to pay you less money for your claim in an effort to indicate to the jury that the at fault party did not cause all of the injuries which you claim to have suffered.

 

The injured party should be made aware of the fact that this could be a very important component of their CT perosnal injury case and could have a great impact upon the ultimate value of their case. The IME doctor will look to downplay any injuries claimed by you in order to reduce or eliminate any disability rating that you received from your doctor. You should make sure that you prepare for this examination with your Connecticut personal injury attorney before seeing the insurance company doctor. Your CT personal injury lawyer should provide you with a number of instructions as to what you should be doing and what you should be saying.

 

It is important that the injured party be fully prepared for the IME and should be ready to intelligently discuss a great number of issues, which would include but not be limited to the following: how did the accident happened; what injuries did you sustain as a result of the accident; what are your symptoms; how have they changed since the accident occurred; what pain complaints have you had, how severe have they been, for how long and what activities cause additional problems; what medical treatment have you received; what medications have you taken; we were you told by your doctors; what specific activities are you now limited in performing; what is your medical history; what pre-existing injuries do you have; and how you feel now.

 

Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys have written a book on Connecticut accident and injury law. One of the chapters in this book gives you instructions as to what you should be doing when you go to have your independent medical examination. There is also a lot of other valuable information in the book that will tell you what to do, what not to do, what you should be telling your doctors, how you can get better medical care, how you can get better quicker, how you can properly develop your lost wage claim, and what you can be doing to help your Connecticut accident lawyer and injury attorney get you more money for your case. The book can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com.

 

If you would prefer, you can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys to get your questions answered over the telephone or you can schedule a free consultation where one of our CT injury lawyers and accident attorneys will be happy to sit down with you and discuss the facts of your case with you in detail and give you specific advice as to what you should be doing. Do not wait until you made a mistake in attempting to handle your own Connecticut personal injury case. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers are happy to provide you with this valuable free information so you can make a decision as to how you would like to proceed with your important injury case. Do not wait until you have made a serious mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Contact us today.

New Haven CT Dog Bite Injury Claims and What YOU Need To Do!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Victims of New Haven CT dog bite attacks suffer a variety of different types of injuries and damages. Regardless of the injuries and damages suffered by a New Haven dog bite attack victim it is very important that the injured party get the advice of an experienced New Haven, CT dog bite injury lawyer and accident attorney. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed when a person incurs a serious dog bite injury and it is very important that an experienced New Haven CT dog bite attorney advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. If you proceed without first getting the advice of an experienced New Haven, Conn. dog attack lawyer or injury attorney you could run the very real risk of costing yourself many thousands of dollars because of the mistakes that you might be making.

 

The figures for individuals who have been attacked and bitten by dogs are staggering.  One report in 2007 indicated that more than 4 1/2 million people were bitten by dogs in one particular year. More than three quarters of 1 million of those injured would go on to seek medical attention and more than one third of 1 million victims will require medical treatment at a hospital emergency room. You should know that Connecticut has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the owner or keeper of a dog with very limited exceptions. The Connecticut dog bite statute can be found at Connecticut General Statutes section 22 – 357. That statute provides for strict liability on the part of the owner or keeper of the dog unless the injured party was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.

 

Therefore, it is not necessary to prove that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent in any way or that the dog had previously bitten someone before, in order to hold the owner or keeper of the dog liable for your injuries and damages resulting from their biting dog so long as one of the exceptions to the statute is not present. Despite the fact that there is a strict liability statute in Connecticut, there are still a number of issues that need to be addressed in a serious CT animal attack injury case. Our New Haven Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers and attorneys will be happy to advise you, for free, as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. Call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our New Haven CT dog bite attorneys right away.

 

Our New Haven CT dog bite attack attorneys and injury lawyers have written the book on dog bite injury claims in Connecticut. Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book. This valuable free resource will provide you with information on Connecticut dog bite injury claims, what you should be doing, what you should not be doing, and how you can help your Conn dog bite injury lawyer get you more money for your case. Our CT dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to meet with you, at no cost or obligation, to review the facts of your case with you so you can understand what you need to be doing with your case.

 

Do not wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to represent yourself in your own New Haven Connecticut dog bite injury case. Contact our experienced New Haven CT dog attack lawyers and injury attorneys today.