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What are some steps to take when pursuing workers' compensation?

Workplace injuries can happen to just about anyone in Connecticut. While a construction worker may fall from a height or a factory worker may be injured by a piece of machinery, even office workers could be injured lifting something or could suffer repetitive stress injuries. When a person is injured on-the-job, it is important to take certain steps to pursue workers' compensation benefits, if appropriate.

First, workers should immediately let their employer know they have been injured. This way the employer can provide the worker with medical treatment and file the appropriate forms with the Workers' Compensation Commission and its own workers' compensation insurance carrier. Second, workers should seek medical care. If an employer has a designated medical provider, the worker may need to visit that physician for initial treatment of injuries.

Alcohol use continues to be a factor in Connecticut car crashes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 88,000 people die annually due to alcohol use. This number is greater than fatal overdoses of all drugs combined. According to some, this issue is being obscured due to the nation's current focus on opioid use. Despite this, Connecticut's rate of alcohol use has remained relatively steady since the early 2000s.

However, this doesn't mean that alcohol use is not an issue in the state. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Connecticut has a higher percentage of drunk driving fatalities than any other state in the nation. Of the 278 traffic fatalities in the state in 2017, drunk driving was a factor in 43% of these deaths. The national average that year was 29%.

Drowsy driving a factor in many car accidents each year

The American Sleep Foundation reports that approximately 50% of motorists stated they consistently drove their vehicles even if they were fatigued. In fact, 20% of these motorists said they fell asleep while driving at least once over the past year.

These numbers are concerning, as drowsy driving is a factor in many car accidents in Connecticut and across the nation. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that across the United States in 2015, approximately 5,000 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents involving fatigued drivers.

Share the road with pedestrians safely this summer

Now that summer is in full swing in Connecticut, people may have noticed there are more pedestrians on the road. Children are on summer break and may be riding their bikes or walking to a friend's house or to a playground. People may be taking advantage of the pleasant weather to take a walk or go jogging. And sometimes its simply easier to go somewhere on foot, rather than having to deal with congested traffic.

However, this means that motorists must be extra-vigilant to ensure they do not cause a pedestrian accident. For example, motorists should avoid driving above the posted speed limit. A pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle travelling 40 mph has an 85% chance of dying due to the crash. Pedestrians struck by vehicles travelling 20 mph only face a 5% chance of dying due to the crash. Motorists should also avoid impaired driving or distracted driving, as these actions take a person's mind off the task of driving, making them unaware of pedestrians in their surroundings. Motorists should also come to a complete stop at intersections, so pedestrians can safely cross the road.

What are some common types of workers' compensation benefits?

Workers' compensation is meant to pay the medical expenses and lost wages a worker incurs due to a work-related illness or injury. It is a no-fault system of insurance, but it is an exclusive remedy, meaning that workers who are injured or become ill on the job are prohibited from suing their employer. There are a variety of benefits a worker may receive through Connecticut's workers' compensation system.

The first, and often the most immediate concern, is how the victim will pay for medical expenses. Workers' comp covers medical treatment. The employer will choose the medical professional for the initial treatment of the worker's illness or injury. However, it is the worker who will decide who their attending physician will be.

We help families of wrongful death victims

We all hope that our loved ones will live to an old age, and when they do pass away, that it is peaceful. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many in Connecticut. A car accident, an act of medical malpractice or other careless or negligent acts sometimes steal a loved one away from them much too soon. Death is not easy to deal with, but it is even more difficult when your loved one died due to another person's poor choices.

When a person is killed due to the negligent acts of another, their loved ones will have a lot to cope with. There will be immediate expenses, such as medical expenses and funeral costs. However, other damages will be much more long-lasting, such as the loss of future income, loss of companionship, emotional trauma and more. These damages can be difficult to cope with, which is why some people choose to pursue a wrongful death claim.

July is a peak time for fatal drunk driving accidents

Summer is a prime season for celebrations across Connecticut. Starting with Memorial Day, leading up to the Fourth of July and ending with Labor Day, not to mention graduation parties and weddings, it may seem like there is always a reason to throw a party during the summer months. Many people at parties will drink alcohol as part of the celebration. Unfortunately, this also means many people will make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to drive drunk.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that July sees more fatal drunk driving accidents than any other month of the year. The Fourth of July weekend is especially deadly due to drunk drivers. In 2017, approximately 40% of all traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July week involved alcohol. That year, almost 11,000 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving accidents.

Who is most at risk for suffering a pedestrian accident?

Now that summer is here, drivers in Connecticut may notice more people walking than during the colder winter months. However, being a pedestrian is not always safe. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents across the nation. A year earlier, nearly 129,000 pedestrians received treatment at a hospital for non-fatal injuries suffered in auto-pedestrian accidents. These statistics highlight just how serious the issue of pedestrian accidents is in the U.S.

Certain factors make some people more at risk for suffering a pedestrian accident. One is age. In 2016, 20% of pedestrian fatalities were among those age 65 and up. In addition, in 2016, one-fifth of those under age 15 who lost their lives in a motor vehicle accident were pedestrians.

Summertime sees more car accidents involving teen drivers

Getting their driver's license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Connecticut. After all, a driver's license gives them freedom to go to school, work or out with friends without having to rely on a ride from mom or dad. However, teens do not have the driving experience and maturity that older motorists do, and, thus, may be more prone to causing car accidents.

In fact, the period spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day has been dubbed the "100 Deadliest Days" in which the number of deadly auto accidents involving teenage drivers goes up. The average number of fatalities from accidents involving motorists between the ages of 15 to 18 during this period is 17% greater per day compared to other days of the year. Data from 2013 to 2017 shows that during the summer, speeding is a factor in 28% of fatal teen crashes, drunk driving is a factor in 17% and distracted driving is a factor in 9% of fatal teen crashes.

Connecticut trooper injured in auto accident

State troopers and other police personnel put themselves in jeopardy every day in Connecticut. For law enforcement officers who are injured on the job, the lost time at work and medical expenses can impact them just as they would anyone else. Help getting workers' compensation benefits is often needed to obtain the maximum amount while recovering.

A state police officer was hit by a car while in his vehicle when he was helping a person whose vehicle was disabled. The officer had pulled his cruiser over to help a woman whose vehicle stopped on the median. Another vehicle ran into the cruiser, causing the officer's vehicle to hit the rear of the vehicle he had stopped to assist. The people in the stopped vehicle had minor injuries, as did the driver who hit the cruiser. The officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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