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What happens during divorce mediation?

Divorce has a popular reputation for being a lengthy and challenging legal process involving a bitter court battle. In reality, however, many divorce cases are never litigated in a courtroom; rather, couples choose to settle out of court. Still, divorce can be a stressful experience.

Knowing that a divorce could take a contentious turn, it's understandable why many couples might want to avoid this possibility. Even though divorcing couples might no longer see eye to eye, both spouses aren't always trying to exact "revenge" on the other. Thankfully, Connecticut law allows for mediated divorce, which is a cooperative approach to splitting up.

Steps for documenting evidence at the scene of a car accident

The days and weeks after a car accident may seem like a blur. Between trying to deal with medical issues, the impact on work and family matters, there's a lot of room for challenges to spring up. Throughout all of this, victims may have some important obligations to fulfill.

As we covered in a blog post from June 2014, seeking medical attention and swapping insurance information are some of the very first steps accident victims should take in order to protect themselves. However, there may be a couple of other steps to take in order to ensure that victims' rights are protected.

If any civil action is pursued in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, the details of the case will be of paramount importance.

Picking up on signs of nursing home neglect

Nursing home neglect is widely known as a pervasive problem. The unfortunate reality is that a nursing home resident's loved ones cannot be around at all times, so it may be difficult to identify improper care as soon as it begins.

On a basic level, neglect is characterized by failing to provide proper care to nursing home residents, which is slightly different than committing intentional acts of abuse. Despite the difference, neglect can still be devastating.

When are property owners liable for accidents?

Getting injured is never convenient. However, finding out that the injury-causing incident could have been prevented understandably adds a layer of frustration. This may be the experience for those who are injured as the result of negligence on the part of property owners.

There is any number of scenarios in which a person spends time on another party's property. Generally speaking, the owners have a duty of care to those who enter their property. This means taking steps to secure and maintain the premises in order to prevent unnecessary harm.

Connecticut's motorcycle laws could be saving more lives

Every time someone enters the roadway in a motor vehicle, there is a certain amount of risk assumed. However, as individuals, it makes sense to be as cautious and thoughtful as possible to reduce the risk of accident-related injuries. For motorcyclists, this probably means following traffic laws and wearing a helmet.

Connecticut law has a "partial" helmet mandate. This means that only bikers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Any riders who have reached the age of majority do not face any restrictions in terms of helmet use. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 15 lives and $30 million were saved as the result of Connecticut’s helmet law in 2010 alone. If the state had a universal helmet law, the numbers might be even higher.

Feds hope access to drug recall data will benefit public

At times, it seems as though another pharmaceutical product is being recalled every day. While it's great for consumers to know what type of medications to avoid taking, it can become absolutely overwhelming.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced the opening of a new way for public and media organizations to receive and process large amounts of recall data. The project, known as OpenFDA, allows organizations to download and synthesize years worth of recall information.

Can Connecticut parents move with a child custody order in place?

Today's professional world is incredibly mobile. People no longer stay with the same employer for decades. At the same time, a person may be asked to pick up and move to a new city for work purposes. Although this may seem like an exciting opportunity for some, people with families may find this to be a more difficult proposition.

For parents with a child custody arrangement in place, it's not wise to move without discussing the issue with the other parent. This could put one parent in violation of a court order or facing abduction charges for taking a child outside the bounds of a custody arrangement.

If parents must relocate with their children, there are some steps to follow provided by Connecticut law.

Communication breakdown can lead to medical misdiagnosis

In many ways, most visits with doctors are the same. Medical providers ask patients about their medical history and any troublesome ongoing symptoms. Paying careful attention to the information given during an initial interview can go a long way in moving toward diagnosis and treatment.

The reality, however, is that people are subject to inaccurate diagnoses and suffer the consequences. According to the noteworthy journal BMJ, misdiagnosis is the most common and dangerous type of medical mistake. Providing a diagnosis, albeit incorrect, and treatment can provide patients with a false sense of security until the true underlying condition becomes even more severe.

No punch line here: Morgan sues fatigued truck driver's employer

About a month ago, we covered a high-profile motor vehicle accident. As we discussed in this blog post, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured when a semi truck collided with the limo-bus he was riding in. Unfortunately, the crash killed a fellow comedian and injured another two passengers.

Morgan's recovery has been grueling and will continue into the foreseeable future. He is currently going through an "aggressive outpatient" therapy program even a month after the crash.

Recovery isn't the only thing in Morgan's sights at this time, however. The actor has filed suit against the trucker's employer, Wal-Mart.

Examining the common forms of nursing home abuse

Many of those who enter long-term care have health or mobility issues that make independent living difficult. As a result, residents of these facilities rely on staff members to provide care.

Even though this is a pretty basic, straightforward expectation for the quality of care in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, staff members will sometimes knowingly harm residents. Unfortunately, there may be little vulnerable people can do to stop this kind of treatment as it's happening.

Nursing home abuse is illegal. Not only can this sort of treatment result in criminal penalties, but the victims of abuse also have the ability to reclaim their losses -- physical and emotional.

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