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Five injured in early morning two-car crash on I-91

As most Connecticut residents can imagine, seeing a loved one severely injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle is among the worst traumas a family can endure. When the facts of an accident show that a negligent driver was responsible, many of those injured may be understandably angry. Fortunately, some instances of negligence are punishable criminal offenses, and almost all instances of negligence can lead to civil litigation.

One recent car accident involving two cars on Interstate 91 north of Wallingford may well result in personal injury lawsuits being filed on behalf of at least some of the five people injured. According to the Connecticut State Police, the 2:40 a.m. accident occurred near exit 14 when a 2005 Toyota Scion on Interstate 91 when was struck from behind by a 2009 Nissan ATS. The Toyota had been stopped in the center lane of the highway after an earlier accident. The driver of the Toyota was not injured, but his passenger was. The Nissan driver and all three passengers in that vehicle also sustained injuries. The injured were transported to area hospitals for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Although some of those in the Nissan were apparently not wearing seatbelts, there were no ejections from the vehicle.

Helping spinal cord injury victims obtain compensation

Whether they like to think about it or not, every Connecticut resident can be injured in an accident at virtually any time. Although an accident may not result in a serious injury or death, a handful out of every few thousand do leave people handicapped for years and sometimes for life. Not every spinal cord injury results in paraplegia or quadriplegia, but many do result in permanent disability. The results are usually huge medical expenses and lost income. Both the physical and financial losses can affect victims and their families for years, creating emotional distress for every family member.

For more than 25 years, our law firm has been helping all personal injury victims, including those suffering from spinal cord trauma, recover compensation when their injuries were caused by the negligence of others.

Identifying and addressing the symptoms of a concussion-Part II

The previous post on this blog discussed some of the major symptoms that a person develops after suffering a concussion. Sadly, many of those symptoms cannot be identified easily or quickly, either by the person who has suffered the concussion or a family member or friend. However, with adequate knowledge of concussions, it may be possible to act before the brain injury does a lot of damage.

Among adults who have sustained a concussion, it is common for blood to clot around the brain and crowd the brain against the skull, which can have serious consequences. Therefore, if any adult feels a headache that worsens day by day or feels weakness, numbness or decreased coordination among the various parts of the body, that person must immediately consult a doctor. Other symptoms may include vomiting repeatedly, nausea and slurred speech.

Identifying and addressing the symptoms of a concussion-Part I

Many people in New Haven, Connecticut, know about concussions. While in many cases, concussions are not life-threatening; however, as with other traumatic brain injuries, the effects of a concussion can still be very serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concussions are defined as a type of traumatic brain injury that impedes the way in which the brain functions. Concussions are generally caused by a head injury or a jolt to the brain.

In many cases when a person has suffered a concussion, a full recovery is possible within a short span of time. However, the pace of recovery is usually slower among older adults, children and teenagers. If, for some reason, the symptoms of a concussion continue for an extended period of time, especially in the case of older adults, children or teenagers, the situation should be considered serious. This also holds true for those people who have suffered a concussion in the past.

Clinic sued for medical malpractice after Joan Rivers' death

The loss of a loved one is often difficult to accept. Yet, people learn to accept the loss over time and move on. However, if someone else's negligence is the cause of a loved one's death, especially in a healthcare facility, accepting it can be next to impossible. Thankfully, laws in the Connecticut acknowledge that and permit survivors of victims to seek legal recourse by means of a wrongful death lawsuit.

One event that has grabbed national headlines surrounds the death of actress, producer, comedienne and television host Joan Rivers. Rivers passed away at a New York City clinic under questionable circumstances a few months ago. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against that clinic, blaming it for her mother's death. The lawsuit claims that the negligence of the clinic and five of its doctors resulted in the 81-year-old's death.

Do New Haven parents know the various causes of cerebral palsy?

Birth injuries are defined as any acquired injuries during the birth of an infant. As many New Haven, Connecticut, parents know, cerebral palsy is one of the most common forms of birth injuries. When afflicted by cerebral palsy, the infant's brain does not develop the way it is supposed to do along with the normal aging process. Additionally, cerebral palsy may be caused by damage to the head or brain.

While cerebral palsy may be congenital, such congenital cerebral palsy is not considered acquired cerebral palsy. Acquired cerebral palsy may be caused during the birth or delivery of the infant. Research has also found that children born as twins were more likely to contract cerebral palsy.

Brain injury rehabilitation critical to Connecticut recovery

Because the human brain is critical to normal daily functioning, any injury or trauma it suffers has the potential to make a Connecticut resident unable to do all the things we take for granted. Brain injuries can lead to memory loss, diminished motor reflexes and permanent impairment. Brain injury victims across the country, including many in Connecticut, also frequently suffer posttraumatic stress disorders, depression and anxiety.

If a brain injury victim is to recover, rehabilitation services are key. Medical advances have undergone something of a revolution in the last two decades, with care moving from a one-size-fits-all model to individual care options. Home and hospice rehabilitation is now common, increasing the need for state-aided social services.

Providing legal help after a Connecticut car accident

Connecticut residents who have been through them will say that injury car accidents wreak havoc in people's lives. The difficulties victims and family members face are innumerable. Physical pain and suffering are just the start. Too often financial pain sets in as medical costs and lost wages bring a family close to financial ruin. The situation can be even worse for people who lose loved ones. Fortunately, Connecticut law allows victims and surviving family members to seek monetary compensation.

Even with state laws in place that allow victims to seek compensation, legal action after a car accident can be emotionally difficult. Getting the appropriate medical attention is the first challenge; obtaining crash records and dealing with insurance companies then requires time and persistence. Once these steps are complete, however, an accident victim can contact a lawyer to understand his or her legal options.

Mother files birth injury lawsuit against doctor

At times, Connecticut residents would probably agree that childbirth can be a very risky experience for both the child and the mother. Medical advances have significantly reduced birth injuries in the United States, thanks to the professionalism of doctors and nurses. However, there are instances when a trained medical professional fails to do the job properly, and the result is that the child experiences long-term damages.

Recently, a mother filed a lawsuit against a doctor for causing injuries and bodily harm to her child. According to the birth injury lawsuit, the child suffered disabling injuries as a result of medical malpractice during the delivery. The mother stated that in 2011, she became pregnant with her second child. Her first child, a healthy baby girl, was delivered without any complications. The mother reported that she attended eight appointments between Dec. 2011 and June 2012.

Vocational rehabilitation for spinal cord injury victims-Part II

For many Connecticut spinal cord injury victims, rehabilitation is the first step on the path to freedom. It is important for the injured person to work since that is the first step toward gaining self-confidence and financial independence. This holds true for any spinal cord injury victim across the United States, including people in Connecticut.

The rehabilitation process starts with an assessment of the job market. A spinal cord injury patient may be interested in a particular job in a specific industry, but if the industry does not have openings, that person will need to consider a different sector of the job market. The patient's rehabilitation counselor may be able to help the person assess job opportunities. The rehabilitation counselor may also help with tasks, wages and other preparation that the person may have to undertake.

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