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Spinal injury due to car accident could lead to lawsuit

Some car accidents that occur on Connecticut roads result in devastating injuries to those involved. One type of injury that falls into that category is spinal injuries. An injury to the spine can result in lifelong changes for those who experience it.

Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include an unnatural positioning of the head, pain or stiffness in the neck area, unconsciousness, the loss of control of the bowels or bladder, signs of shock and headache. In addition, tingling or spreading numbness in the extremities and the inability to move legs or arms are perhaps the best known symptoms of this serious medical condition.

Halloween: find a safe way home and watch out for drunk drivers

Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids in Connecticut and across the entire nation. They get to dress up in fun costumes and run around with their friends asking their neighbors for free candy. Let's face it; what's not to like? As parents, you most likely love watching their smiling faces and excited screams as much as you fear for their safety as they cross the street.

The truth is that there are some realistic dangers surrounding Halloween, from costumes that could hinder movement to food allergies. You can do a lot as a parent to make sure that your kids are safe, but are you making sure to protect yourself too?

Things to know when pursing a personal injury lawsuit

Motor vehicle accidents involving all types of vehicles occur on roads in Connecticut each day. Some of them result in serious injuries to those involved. In addition to being long and painful, the recovery period can also be expensive. This could leave those involved unsure of how they will get by.

In some situations those injured in a car accident may decide to file a lawsuit against driver of the vehicle responsible for the crash. This civil complaint is filed in a civil court and if successful, the person who filed the lawsuit will secure financial damages. To be viable, the claim must be filed within a certain amount of time following the injury. Claims filed after that period of time is up, will not be successful.

Massive Recalls Due to Defective Takata Airbags Highlight the Dangers of Confidential Settlements in Product Liability Litigation

The New York Times has reported that at least 3 deaths and 139 injuries have been associated with the defective Takata airbags that have led to the recalls of 14 million vehicles worldwide from 11 automakers. That is approximately 5 times the number of vehicles recalled this year by General Motors for its deadly ignition switch defect. (A complete list of affected vehicles is available here.)  The airbag safety crisis is yet another example of the significant "disconnect between what automakers are aware of internally and what they reveal publicly," as previously reported by the NY Times. It is also another gruesome reminder of the danger in allowing confidential settlements in product liability claims. With respect to the Takata airbags, the NY Times reported:

Custody arrangement important when couples with kids splits

When children are the product of a relationship between a couple, if the relationship ends who the children will live with following the split, is often one of the most contentious issues. This is true regardless of whether the couple was ever married. Since most parents are interested in being active participants in the lives of their children, it is not surprising that individuals would seek the assistance of a family law attorney to work through this process.

Infections in nursing homes

Infections in nursing homes are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, frequent hospitalizations, pain, a rapid decline in cognitive and physical functioning, and often death. As such, nursing homes are required to have a heightened awareness for preventing infections, diagnosing infections, and treating infections.

Diagnosis of condition important part of treatment

When it comes to treating an injury to a child, the approach is not always the same as for adults. Tools used when assessing adults may in fact do more harm in the long run to children. One situation where this may be the case is where blunt head trauma is concerned.

Computed tomography, also referred to CT is one of the most often used methods of determining the severity of a blunt head trauma injury in children. While it is effective in determining the severity of the injury, it could ultimately lead to other health issues in the future for children, such as radiation-induced malignancies. In cases where a head injury is minor, the risk associated with the use of this diagnostic tool can make it less desirable to use.

Survey: Public against increasing truck driving hours allowed

As is the case in any type of motor vehicle accident, there are multiple reasons why a truck accident might occur. A reason getting a lot of attention lately is drowsy drivers. Despite this, a senator recently amended the Senate appropriations bill to increase the amount of hours a truck driver would be allowed to drive. Specifically, per week, the amendment seeks to increase the hours allowed to 82 from the current standard of 70 hours per week.

Tips on keeping child pedestrians safe on Halloween

As many parents of children are well aware, Halloween is one of their favorite days of the year. For many children, the excitement tied to picking a costume, dressing up and heading out to get candy makes it a day that is looked forward to for weeks and sometimes even months in advance. Unfortunately with so many young children running around in the dark, the evening can be dangerous as well as drivers are not accustomed to a large amount of children running through the neighborhood.

There are steps that both pedestrians as well as drivers can take to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.

Product defect could be to blame in motorcycle accidents

When it comes to causes of motor vehicle accidents, driver error is often to blame. This is true regardless of the type of vehicle involved, including motorcycles. There are however other factors that may contribute to a crash occurring. One of these is a defect in the vehicle.

In situations where a defect is uncovered, it is incumbent upon the manufacturer to let the public know about the issue. This is accomplished by filing a public report in conjunction with a recall. This public report must contain several pieces of information.

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