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Man wins years-long premises liability suit

When a person is injured, the owner or occupant of the place where the injury occurred often faces responsibility for the injury under a premises liability suit. The realities of premises liability suits was demonstrated recently in the resolution of years-long case of a Bridgeport man who injured his back while delivering supplies to a pizza parlor in 2010.

The superior court jury finally awarded the man around $850,000 after deliberating for several hours, bringing a close to a lengthy, but ultimately worthwhile lawsuit.

Family of student pilot mounts wrongful death suit

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding the death of a student pilot who died in a horrific crash last year is just now coming to fruition. The flight school the student was attending at the time of the crash has now shut down its last remaining branch in Connecticut as the owner prepares for what may be a complicated and lengthy legal process.

The crash occurred last fall when the student pilot and his instructor, the owner of the flight instruction school, crashed the plane into downtown Hartford, killing the student. The instructor, who survived the crash, now faces a wrongful death suit against his company, which alleges that the student was not properly equipped to handle the pressures of flight and that the plane suffered mechanical failures.

Does riding without a helmet invalidate an injury claim?

If you ride a motorcycle, then you already understand that a large part of the experience is taking responsibility for yourself and your choices. However, the rights and responsibilities of the motorcyclist vary from state to state, which can create difficulties for those of us who like to ride but also live in the northeast, where a nice long weekend ride may take us across several state lines.

Here in Connecticut, riders are not currently required to wear a helmet, although the issue is a matter of contention for state lawmakers nearly every legislative season. However, just because you can ride without a helmet in Connecticut doesn't mean that you can do so everywhere.

Man dies in rollover accident

Whenever you are on the road, there is always the possibility that tragedy can strike. Unfortunately, even if you are a very careful driver, you cannot always compensate for the reckless actions of other drivers on the road. Just such a tragedy played out near Orange, Connecticut, recently, when a man lost his life after his vehicle rolled down an embankment in a two-car collision.

While the accident is still under investigation, initial police reports indicate that the accident occurred when one driver swerved and then overcorrected into the other lane. The driver who driving quite fast in the left-hand lane, suddenly struck the curb of the median and then struck the vehicle of the victim, sending his vehicle down the right-hand embankment, and ejecting him from the vehicle.

Family wins millions in wrongful death suit

Seeking justice after the untimely death of a loved one can take time to come to fruition, but it is worth the fight. A Connecticut family recently completed a years-long pursuit of justice for their loved one, ultimately winning several million dollars in damages.

The suit originated from a biking accident that claimed a man's life in 2012 after he was struck and killed by a van while riding in East Haven. Although the man did initially survive the accident, he later succumbed to his injuries at Yale-New Haven hospital.

Delayed pain after a car accident may indicate a serious injury

Many victims of car accidents do not experience pain from their injuries immediately. Unfortunately, delayed pain doesn't mean an injury is minor. If you recently were in a car accident and you only now began to experience pain, you should seek professional medical care immediately. Many injuries that produce delayed pain are quite serious, and in some cases, can even be fatal if left untreated.

Some of the most common types of delayed pain or difficulty arise from head injuries. If you suffered a blow to the head, you may have a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can produce a wide variety of symptoms from difficulty thinking clearly and writing legibly to ongoing headaches and even seizures. Similarly, spine and shoulder injuries from whiplash may not cause pain until days or even weeks after the injury occurs.

Man receives $1.5 million settlement after truck accident

Many people think of body cameras worn by police officers as part of a larger measure to hold officers accountable for conduct. While this is certainly a component of their use, in many cases they provide valuable evidence to establish liability, especially when officers respond to an injury accident. Body camera footage proved to be quite useful in helping a man receive a strong settlement after a truck struck him while he was riding a motorcycle.

While it is rare to think of an injury accident as having a happy ending, the victim was able to secure fair compensation after the incident, in large part due to the footage from responding officer's body cameras. The footage clearly showed the man injured and in serious agony while being loaded onto the ambulance.

Hartford supreme court to hear wrongful death case

Tragically, many people lose their lives in accidents each year. Sometimes, however, the law is not clear about who is truly responsible for a wrongful death, and the court must examine the details of the matter. Just such a case that is both heartbreaking and fascinating is currently unfolding right here in the Hartford Superior Court. Jury selection has begun for the trial, which may set very important legal precedent.

The case began nearly five-and-a-half years ago down in Stamford, when a Christmas morning fire claimed five lives. The family lost three children and both of the mother's parents in the fire, and proceeded to sue the city of Stamford on behalf of their lost loved ones.

Your accident may have been caused by negligence

If you have recently been involved in an accident, you probably need to consult with an attorney to make sure that your rights remain protected and to determine whether or not your experience qualifies you to pursue fair compensation from the other party or parties in the accident. Sometimes, it is not easy to know who is at fault in the accident — but that does not help you if you suffered injuries. Even if the other party did not do anything intentionally to harm you, they may be responsible because of their negligence.

Generally speaking, negligence implies that a person did not intentionally do something against another person with malice, but their actions still caused or contributed to the harm. A driver might be negligent if he or she simply does not follow traffic signs, or does not properly signal when changing lanes. Negligence can also be active, such as a driver who runs through a stop sign or red light. If the disregard for rules or others' presence is particularly strong, the driver may be deemed reckless.

Woman struck by car while crossing street

A woman was recently injured after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street right here in Hartford, according to police records. The authorities say that they arrived at the scene of an accident between a vehicle and pedestrian to find that the woman had been struck and injured.

According to reports, the woman was crossing the street with her family when an elderly driver ignored a traffic light and struck the woman. Police noted that the pedestrian walking signal was even in effect when the accident occurred. It is thankful that the woman was the sole victim of the accident, since she was crossing the street with her husband and children.

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