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Can workers' compensation restart if a relapse or injuries recur?

For Connecticut workers who suffer a workplace accident injury or have an occupational disease, workers' compensation benefits are in place to provide for them while they cannot work. Some cannot get back on the job, but some can. Many are eventually able and willing to try to get back to work. However, recurrence or relapse is a potential problem and a lingering concern. Fortunately, the law accounts for this possibility.

If a person who has gotten workers' compensation went back to work and then suffered from partial or total incapacity due to a relapse or recurrence from the issue that led to the workers' compensation benefits being provided in the first place, the worker will again receive benefits. The amount will be 75 percent of the average weekly amount earned on the date of the initial injury or illness, or the amount earned at the time of the relapse or recurrence, whichever is higher.

Motorcyclist hurt in hit and run; driver caught and arrested

Drivers and motorcyclists must safely share Connecticut roads. While most drivers and motorcyclists are cautious, accidents still happen. When they do, it is imperative that those involved stop and make certain the others involved in the crash are uninjured. And, if they are, they should call for assistance. However, just as it is unfortunate that some car crashes are unavoidable, people might also make the situation worse by committing a hit and run. Those who were injured in motorcycle-car accidents must remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Recently, a crash between a car and a motorcycle at around 3 p.m. left the motorcyclist hospitalized. The driver of the car fled the scene, making the crash a hit and run. When law enforcement arrived, they investigated and found a witness who had followed the fleeing car. They found the vehicle and the driver, a 20-year-old man, at a residence. They placed him under arrest for several charges, including evading responsibility and not granting right of way.

How does workers' compensation cover medical expenses?

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job or who suffered an illness or condition because of their work, can seek workers' compensation benefits. A common concern that these workers have surrounds their medical expenses and how they are paid. As such, understanding how workers' compensation benefits are paid with these issues is key.

A work accident victim or worker who became ill from the job should have all medical bills paid by the insurance carrier or the employer. If a worker has expenses for prescriptions, this should also be paid by the same entities. From Jan. 1, 2002, onward, the prescription costs should be paid by the insurer or employer directly. Claimants are not expected to pay out-of-pocket nor need to seek reimbursement. The medical bills should never be sent to the claimant.

Alleged drunk driver has 2 crashes, hospitalizing married couple

There are numerous dangers on the road in Connecticut. People who are operating their vehicles recklessly, negligently or are under the influence are a constant threat to have an accident. When there is a crash, it is imperative that the drivers stay at the scene to ensure that everyone involved in safe and to call for medical attention if it is needed. When there is a combination of drunk driving accidents and the driver flees the scene, the aftermath can be terrible for the victims. They must be sure that they protect themselves by considering a legal filing to be compensated.

The driver of a food truck was arrested after he had two separate accidents and fled both scenes. In one, the people in the other vehicle -- a husband and wife -- were sent to the hospital. The accidents occurred not long after 7 p.m. In the first, a white GMC Sierra crashed into a vehicle in the parking lot of a liquor store. The person whose car was hit took photos of the truck's license plate as it fled. There was a second crash in which the injured couple was rear-ended as they sat at a stop sign. They saw the name of the company on the side of the pickup as it drove on the sidewalk to get away from the scene. In the process, the female passenger of the car was almost hit again.

Distracted driver incidents can stem from work calls and messages

Connecticut drivers who are injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident will want to know its cause. It is an unfortunate reality that many crashes are due to a driver not paying attention.

Distracted driving is a problem, and with the new ways people can be distracted with smartphones and other devices, it is not going away. According to a recent survey, many of these distractions are because of work demands.

What is a wrongful death claim for damages?

Wrongful death claims are an important resource available to help surviving family members of victims killed in an accident such as a car accident caused by a negligent party such as a negligent driver. A wrongful death claim for damages can help families with the financial and emotional damages oftentimes associated with an unexpected fatal accident. Surviving family members may have questions, however, as to how a wrongful death claim works and what types of damages they can receive.

Wrongfully losing a loved one because of another party's negligence can take an emotional and financial toll on surviving family members. Wrongful death legal protections provide family members with options to help them recover compensation for the medical and funeral experiences they may be left facing after the loss of a loved one. In addition, they may be able to receive compensation for loss of support and services and other damages as well.

Three-vehicle car accident on I-95 leads to injuries

Interstate highways make it possible for people in Connecticut to traverse the nation. However, the high speeds at which people drive on the interstate combined with the sometimes heavy traffic on interstates mean that car accidents that occur on interstates can be very serious.

Several people are lucky to be alive following a crash involving a semi-truck and two automobiles. The collision took place on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in the area of Norwalk, Connecticut. The incident began when the driver of a BMW struck an SUV from behind. The force of the collision caused the SUV to be pushed onto the median of the interstate. The BMW then got stuck to the side of a semi-truck and was dragged more than 1,000 feet before stopping on a guardrail.

Calculating pain and suffering damages in a car accident

When we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we can control where we go, what route we take, how fast we drive and what stops to make. On the other hand, as a driver we have no control over traffic, when the light will turn green and if the motorists we encounter will follow the rules of the road. Car accidents are unexpected and unpredictable. They have the tendency of causing destruction and pain. Thus, it is important for accident victims to understand what they could seek regarding damages in in a civil action.

Depending on the severity of the accident, the cause of the crash and the injuries and damages suffered, a compensation award could be recovered through a personal injury action. Typically, accident victims seek damages for pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, impairment, shortened lifespan, mental anguish, loss of reputation, loss of companionship, loss of the enjoyment of life and emotional distress.

How common are drunk driving accident?

It is not uncommon for those 21-years-old and older to partake in consuming alcohol beverages. Although it is not illegal for these individuals to have a few intoxicating beverages, it is illegal for these individuals to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Even if a driver presumes that it is fine for them to operate a car, this does not mean that he or she is under the legal limit. Additionally, this could cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle or do another negligent act, resulting in a serious or even fatal accident.

How common are drunk driving accidents? According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 individuals die in an alcohol-related accident in the U.S. everyday. This equates to one person every 51 minutes. While drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, drunk-driving accidents still claim more than 10,000 lives every year. Additionally, the damages related to these fatal and injury-causing accidents amounts to around $52 billion a year.

What is an OSHA investigation?

When a workplace accident has resulted in death or injury, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be involved in investigating the incident. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may wonder what an OSHA investigation entails and what an employer investigation might look like? Employers are encouraged to investigate workplace accidents. OSHA notes that nearly all workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses are preventable and uses the term incident to refer to preventable workplace accidents.

OSHA accident investigations provide an opportunity for employers to identify hazards and shortcomings in their workplaces and in their safety and health programs. Doing so allows employers to implement corrective actions to prevent future incidents and create safer workplaces for their workers. Employers have an obligation to create a safe workplace free of hazards and investigations into incidents can help them fulfill that obligation.

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