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Waterbury Child Injury Car Accident Case Foreseeable Risk

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

According to the CDC child injury report 2000-2006, for children less than 1 year of age, two-thirds of injury deaths were due to suffocation. Drowning was the leading cause of injury death for those 1 to 4 years of age. For children 5 to 19 years of age, the most injury deaths were due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle traffic crash.A Waterbury Connecticut car accident can be tragic for your family.  The most devastating is that it has been caused by the negligence of another driver.  Prior to the jury getting your Waterbury child injury case, the judge will have to instruct the jury on how to apply the law to the facts of your case. The way in which the judge does this is to “charge” the jury. The judge might give the following jury charge as it relates to the issue of causation in your child’s injury case:

Proximate Cause – Foreseeable Risk.  To prove that an injury is a reasonably foreseeable consequence of negligent conduct, a plaintiff need not prove that the defendant actually foresaw or should have foreseen the extent of the harm suffered or the manner in which it occurred.  Instead, the plaintiff must prove that it is a harm of the same general nature as that which a reasonably prudent person in the defendant’s position should have anticipated, in view of what the defendant knew or should have known at the time of the negligent conduct.

After your  Waterbury child injury car accident , it is important that you get accurate and prompt legal advice. You need answers to your important questions so you take the necessary steps to develop your case. Injured parties call the Waterbury child injury lawyers at Hastings, Cohan, and Walsh with many legal questions and accident related issues, which is why we wrote the book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. Contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com or call us toll free at (888) 842-8466 to get a FREE copy of our book. You have questions, we have the answers. Do not speak to anyone from the insurance company, do not hire an attorney and do not sign any papers until you read our free book. Don’t delay. Get the information you need today.

Most Common Type of CT Accident and Injury Cases is Negligence

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been injured in a CT accident or have received injuries through the fault of another you need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. One of the most common type of case that a Connecticut accident and injury attorneys deals with is that of negligence. Negligence is a very broad area of tort law that deals with a great many types and causes of action.  Basically, negligence involves the failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the same circumstances.  If a person causes a motor vehicle accident, for example, an issue that would have to be determined is whether or not the person who caused the accident was negligent, that is, whether that person did something that a reasonably prudent person would not have done, such as speed or go through a red light.

Negligence involves a breach of that duty that one person owes to another person and the damage that results from that breach.

Because the laws vary greatly from state to state, it is important to consult with us to determine how the specific laws of a state impact on your case.  In Connecticut, for example, we follow a comparative negligence standard.  If you are injured in Connecticut and your case has a value of $100,000, if a jury finds you to be 40% at fault, you would be awarded $60,000 (40% less than the total value of the case).

The great number of issues involved in these kinds of cases could include different parties being responsible, notice provisions, causally related accident damages, mitigation of damages,  differing standards of care, a preexisting condition, statutory duties, overtreatment, superceding negligence ,age, the use of alcohol or drugs, duties, attractive nuisances, Good Samaritan laws, insurance issues and  proximate cause.  These and many other nuances make this a very complicated area of the law.

Typical examples of negligence cases include:

·         Accident cases, all types

·         Slips and falls

·         Medical malpractice

·         Birth injuries

·         Traumatic brain injuries

·         Spinal-cord injuries

·         Wrongful death

·         Premises liability

·         Lead poisoning

·         Defective products

·         Burns

·         Explosions

·         Toxic torts

·         Class actions

 

Because this is such a highly complicated area of the law you should contact an experienced CT accident and injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment. Do not retain an attorney, say anything to anyone from the insurance
company or sign any type of documents until you read a copy of our FREE book
“The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut”. Learn what you
need to do and how an injury case is developed and put together. Learn how
cases are evaluated and what insurance adjusters look for before making
offers of money or the injured party. Call us at (888) 842-8466, visit us at
www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your case. We’ll call you and answer your
questions. Get the answers you need today!

Strengthening the Claim and Increasing Value in CT Child Injury Car Accident Cases

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After your child has been involved in a car accident case, you need to take a number of steps to strengthen the value of your child’s  claim and here are a number of things you could do to harm your child injury  case. Found out what to do and what not to do by ordering our FREE comprehensive book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” for FREE. Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or order it online at www.hcwlaw.com. By properly developing your child’s case from the start, you can increase the amount of money you will get for your injuries.  But what about teen diving accidents, who is at risk and what are the causes.

 

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers

in the United States which account for more than one in three deaths in

this age group. In 2008, it was reported that nine teen drivers ages 16 to

19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. On average, for every mile

driven, it is estimated that teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more

likely than their older counterparts to get into an accident.

Those who are at an especially high risk for motor vehicle accidents,

among teenage drivers, are:

Males: In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers

and passengers ages 15 to 19 was almost twice as high as

those of female drivers.

Teen Passengers: Teen drivers are more likely to get into an

accident if they have teen passengers. Additionally, this risk

increases with the number of additional teen age passengers

present.

• Teenagers Who Are Newly Licensed Drivers: Teenage drivers

who are licensed within the first year also have an increased

risk of being in a motor vehicle accident.

 

The factors, which contribute to teen driving accidents,

include:

Not Recognizing Hazardous Situations: A teens inability

to recognize a hazardous situation resulting from a

lack of driving experience;

Speeding: Speeding and not allowing enough room

between vehicles and the presence of a male teenage

passenger increases the likelihood of risky or reckless

behavior;

Drinking: In 2005, among male drivers ages 16 to 19

who were involved in fatal accidents, 37% of those were

speeding and 26% had been drinking.

Not Using Seatbelts: Teenage drivers have the lowest rate

of seat belt use. In one report it was determined that 10%

of high school students surveyed in 2005 reported rarely or

never wearing a seat belt while riding as a passenger.

Drinking: In 2008, nearly three quarters of all teenage drivers

killed in motor vehicle accidents had been drinking and not

wearing a seat belt.

Day of the Week and Time Of Day: In 2008, one half of

all teenage motor vehicle deaths occurred between 3 pm and

midnight and 56% occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

The insurance company of the person who caused your  child’s car accident case has adjusters, investigators and lawyers working on your case so they can determine how to pay you the least amount of money possible. You need someone working for you. Do not wait until it’s too late. Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or visit us online at www.hcwlaw.com to get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claim in Connecticut”. Do not hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork until you order our FREE book.

Second Opinions

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Second Opinions Make A Lot Of Sense.

It is standard practice in the world of medicine to seek a second opinion. When you have a serious condition or injury and are told that your child needs a test or certain treatment—especially surgery—it is a good idea to get a second opinion from another doctor. Find out if your insurance plan covers a second opinion. Your doctor should understand this and should not be offended when you say you plan to seek another opinion. Here are some polite ways you can use to arrange for a second opinion.

If You Are Told Your Child Needs Surgery or a complex test or treatment, tell the doctor or the office staff that you must first check with your health insurance carrier to see if it is completely covered.

Call Your Health Insurance Carrier to determine if the procedure itself will be approved and if a second opinion is covered—or required. If so, ask the health plan representative for a list of other providers whose services the plan will cover for the second opinion. Be sure to write down the name of the person you spoke to, the date and the details of the conversation in your health care notebook in case you have a problem later.

To Find Other Health Care Providers, ask friends and relatives if they know of doctors who have treated others with your child’s injury or condition. You can also call a local doctor-referral service or contact your state medical society. (The number can be found in the “white pages” of the phone book.)

When You Call To Make The Appointment With The Second Doctor, tell the office staff that you are seeking a second opinion. Depending on your child’s condition, you will be asked to bring certain medical records, which you will need to get from the current doctor’s office staff. Do not be shy about requesting these records.

Once You Get A Second Opinion, compare the two findings. Ask questions of the second doctor about the differences in opinions. Remember to bring your friend or a family member with you to this very important meeting. Again, write down everything that is said in your healthcare notebook. When you next visit with the first doctor, you should again ask questions about the different opinions, making sure you understand everything and then make an informed decision about what to do.

People somehow contact us weeks or even months after their child is injured asking that we represent them. Unfortunately, many times these people have done things to negatively affect their case. They have created great problems for their case that will have a negative impact upon their case because they waited to contact an attorney. Don’t wait and potentially harm your case. Get our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” today and learn how to increase the value of your case. Call us toll free at (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com. Don’t wait, as it may be too late!

Assumption of Risk

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

You should be aware that studies have shown that experienced lawyers can negotiate settlements and obtain judgments that are often considerably higher than what the injured parties can negotiate for themselves. In other words, in most cases, you will do better off after paying a lawyer than you would if you attempted to negotiate your own settlement with insurance company claims’ adjusters. This is just one of the many complications which you might encounter so it is very important to at least get the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer:

Assumption Of Risk

This legal doctrine provides that a plaintiff who has knowingly and voluntarily exposed himself or herself to a dangerous condition or situation that results in an injury may not be entitled to compensation on the grounds that the plaintiff has assumed the risk and agreed to accept the consequences.

Call us today to speak to us about your child’s injuries. Our consultations are FREE. We can help answer your questions and we can put you at ease so you know what you need to be doing. We will even send you our book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” for FREE.
There is no obligation, so call us at (888) 842-8466 today; even the call is
FREE.

Failure to Inspect, Maintain and Warn

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

f your child has been injured in some type of accident, you could potentially assess liability, if applicable, based upon the following legal theory:

Failure to Inspect , Maintain and Warn: Property owners have a duty to properly inspect and maintain their property in a reasonable and safe condition and to warn or protect others from dangerous conditions, which they know of or should have known of. These same owners and/ or possessors have a duty to properly inspect their property to make sure it is safe for persons using that property. When a property and/or possessors owner fails to properly inspect their property to discover an unsafe condition that causes injury to another that owner may be held liable for the damages and injuries incurred by the third party.

Examples of dangerous conditions that should be inspected by the property owner and/or possessors, which could result in liability might include:

• Standing, pooling or dripping water on a surface;

• Ice or snow;

• Inadequate lighting;

• Defective cracked or chipped flooring;

• Improperly secured floor coverings;

• Stairs, steps, or handrails that are dangerous and/or defective;

• Hidden or concealed hazardous;

• Slippery substances on surfaces;

• Mechanical malfunctions;

• Failure to repair broken or defective items;

• Dangerous or defective playing fields; or

• Rusted, broken, or damaged playground equipment.

If a negligent properly owner and/or possessors fails to properly maintain, inspect, repair, replace or warn others of hazard, which they know of or should have known of then the injured party or parent of an injured child could make a claim against the negligent property owner and/or possessors.

You need to be aware that there are time limitations in which you
have to file your claim If you miss the time limit for filing your case, you will be barred from ever collecting any money. Don’t run the risk of jeopardizing your right to collect money damages. Call us at (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com.

Children Car and Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

In the United States, motor vehicle accidents account for twenty percent of all deaths among children ages 1 to 14 and pedestrian injuries account for one third of them as has been reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pedestrian injuries are more severe on average than injuries to occupants of motor vehicles. Death to pedestrians is five times more likely to occur. In a one year period of time, it was reported that 533 child pedestrians were killed and at least 30,000 children were injured in traffic accidents.

Another 200 children were killed in non-traffic situations that include places like driveways, walkways and parkway lots. A major cause of these deaths result from traumatic brain injuries.

The type and cause of child pedestrian accidents is largely determined by a child’s age and sex. Boys statistically are more likely to be injured than girls. Generally, children are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident in an urban area, on a residential street, in the late afternoon or early evening. At risk children include those who dart out into traffic in the middle of a block, those who run across intersections and those who run out while exiting buses.

You cannot afford to wait before contacting an injury lawyer about your child’s car caused injuries. Put our decades of aggressive experience to work for you. Order a copy of our FREE injury book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut” today. Get all of your questions answered by reading our comprehensive book or by calling us toll free at (888) 842-8466.

Teen Car Accidents and Parent Concerns

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

One in three teenager deaths are caused by a car accident. The factors, which contribute to teen driving accidents, include:

  • Not Recognizing Hazardous Situations: A teens inability to recognize a hazardous situation resulting from a lack of driving experience;
  • Speeding: Speeding and not allowing enough room between vehicles and the presence of a male teenage passenger increases the likelihood of risky or reckless behavior;
  • Drinking: In 2005, among male drivers ages 16 to 19 who were involved in fatal accidents, 37% of those were speeding and 26% had been drinking.
  • Not Using Seatbelts: Teenage drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In one report it was determined that 10% of high school students surveyed in 2005 reported rarely or never wearing a seat belt while riding as a passenger.
  • Drinking: In 2008, nearly three quarters of all teenage drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents had been drinking and not wearing a seat belt.
  • Day of the Week and Time Of Day: In 2008, one half of all teenage motor vehicle deaths occurred between 3 pm and midnight and 56% occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

You have two main concerns when your child in involved in an accident or is injured: improving your child’s physical and emotional condition as quickly as possible and holding the responsible party accountable and maximizing the amount of money you can collect. We can provide you with answers to many of your questions and we will give you practical strategies to use in obtaining better medical care for your child. We are available to help answer your questions so you can concentrate on getting your child well.

Call us today to speak to us about your child’s injury. Our
consultations are FREE. We can help answer your questions and we can put you
at ease so you know what you need to be doing. We will even send you our
book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” for FREE.
There is no obligation, so call us at (888) 842-8466 today; even the call is
FREE.

Car Accidents are Leading Cause of Teenager Death

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States which account for more than one in three deaths in this age group. In 2008, it was reported that nine teen drivers ages 16 to19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.

On average, for every mile driven, it is estimated that teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than their older counterparts to get into an accident.

Those who are at an especially high risk for motor vehicle accidents, among teenage drivers, are:

• Males: In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19 was almost twice as high as those of female drivers.

• Teen Passengers: Teen drivers are more likely to get into an accident if they have teen passengers. Additionally, this risk increases with the number of additional teen age passengers present.

• Teenagers Who Are Newly Licensed Drivers: Teenage drivers who are licensed within the first year also have an increased risk of being in a motor vehicle accident.

The insurance company of the person who caused your child’s
car accident injuries has adjusters, investigators and lawyers working on your
case so they can determine how to pay you the least amount of money
possible. You need someone working for you. Do not wait until it’s too late.
Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or visit us online at www.hcwlaw.com to get
a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claim in
Connecticut”. Do not hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sing
any paperwork until you order our FREE book.

 

Children, Car Accidents and Related Causes

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

In 2005 in the United States, 1,335 children ages 14 and under died as occupants of motor vehicles in accidents and approximately 184,000 were injured as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On average, 4 children die each day in motor vehicle accidents and more than 500 are injured.

The risk factors for these accidents are varied but could include the following:

• Alcohol: Approximately 25% of child occupant deaths in motor vehicle accidents involved alcohol and more than 66% of these fatalities involved children being in a vehicle with a driver who had been drinking.

• Front Seat Passengers: Children under the age of 16 who ride in the front seat of a motor vehicle have a 40% greater chance of being seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident than if they were sitting in the back seat.

• Not Using Booster Seats: Using a booster seat with children from 4 to 7 can reduce their risk of an injury by almost 60% compared to just using a seat belt.

• Being Incorrectly Restraint: Studies have shown that children who are correctly restrained using the proper restraint for their size, weight, and age are at a greatly reduced risk of sustaining a serious or fatal injury.

After your child is involved in a car accident, it is important that you get accurate and prompt legal advice. You need answers to your important questions so you take the necessary steps to develop your case. Injured parties call us with many legal questions and accident related issues, which is why we wrote the book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. Contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com or call us toll free at (888) 842-8466 to get a FREE copy of our book. You have questions, we have the answers. Do not speak to anyone from the insurance company, do not hire an attorney and do not sign any papers until you read our free book. Don’t delay. Get the information you need today.