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Law providing PTSD workers' compensation closer to passage

Connecticut first responders place their lives in jeopardy to help others. Part of that is knowing they can be injured on the job, face medical expenses and lost time at work. While workers' compensation benefits are available to help them when they are recuperating and grant them coverage for medical care and wage loss if they are unable to return to work at all, there are some aspects of their work that are not covered under the law.

For those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from their work as emergency responders, a new law to cover them in these instances is getting closer to passage. The state senate passed a law that will give one year of coverage for PTSD suffered by first responders. This comes after those who supported this expansion first started their campaign in 2012.

Ride share cars could have a negligent driver ignoring recalls

In Connecticut and across the nation, people have become accustomed to having a ride at the click of a button with ride-sharing services. These services are convenient, diminish the need to rely on public transportation and friends, and allow a person to multitask without the fear of being a danger to others when behind the wheel. What people might not realize, however, is that many of the vehicles driven for ride-sharing companies have outstanding recalls that the driver might not have addressed.

New research from Consumer Reports examined the nature of the problem and it is significant. In the study, an estimated 94,000 vehicles that are driven for Lyft and Uber in New York City and King County in Washington State were studied. Of those vehicles, 16.2% had at least one recall that had not been fixed.

Accident victim hospitalized after being caught in machine

For industrial workers in Connecticut, there is a certain amount of risk involved in the jobs they do. Operating heavy machinery, trusting other employees and keeping track of many different requirements of the job are all part of performing their duties and simultaneously maintaining a safe working environment. Unfortunately, even the most well-trained employees and safety-oriented workplaces can have accidents. When there is a machine accident and a worker is injured, it can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. To make ends meet when a worker is unable to do their job, workers' compensation benefits are needed.

A man working at an industrial facility was injured when he became trapped in a machine. Emergency responders were called to help the 58-year-old man. The man was airlifted to the hospital for treatment for serious injuries to his legs. The facility manufactures aerospace parts and it is not known how he became caught in the machine. The incident is not believed to have been suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called.

Worker injured on the job when trench wall collapsed

Construction work is ever-present in Connecticut. This is an overall positive as it provides jobs, shores up infrastructure, raises property values, and improves aesthetics. Still, it is a risky occupation for those who are doing the work. Workers' compensation claims are common in construction, as workers are around heavy machinery, use large tools, trust other employees to do their jobs and maintain safety, and are stationed in areas where accidents can happen. For those who are injured when performing a physically taxing job like construction, it can have a negative impact on their entire lives. If there is a dispute over workers' compensation, having legal assistance is vital.

A worker who was helping install a water line became trapped when a trench wall collapsed. The worker was trapped up to his waist and was helped from the trench by fellow workers. He was injured, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Loss of a loved one before and after pregnancy highly preventable

Expecting parents and those who have a newborn in Connecticut are enthusiastic about the entire process. However, it is frequently forgotten that the process of having a child can pose risks to the mother and child. When there is an unexpected death after giving birth, legal advice is important when considering a lawsuit for compensation.

A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that mothers are increasingly at risk of death during and after childbirth. According to the report, an estimated 700 women die due to complications or mistakes during pregnancy and childbirth each year in the United States. In these cases, 31% die while they are pregnant, 36% die while giving birth or within one week after, and 33% die in the year after they have given birth. More troubling is the assessment that around 60% of these deaths could have been prevented.

Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run; driver later contacts police

Connecticut pedestrians are always at risk when walking along the street. The risk is even greater when one considers the prevalence of drivers who are distracted, under the influence, or just plain reckless. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, they can suffer severe injuries and death. These accidents are compounded if a driver decides to flee the scene. After a pedestrian accident, the victim and their family should understand the steps necessary to file a lawsuit for compensation.

An overnight pedestrian accident sent a man to the hospital, while the driver fled the scene. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with injuries. Although the driver fled the scene of the crash, he later contacted law enforcement and is being cooperative with them as the investigation moves forward.

Workplace accident kills worker when building collapses

No matter what kind of job a Connecticut resident does, one of the last things they think will happen to them is a fatal workplace accident. Unfortunately, there are times when the unforeseen occurs and people lose their lives in an accident on the job. The family left behind must think about all they have lost and consider filing a lawsuit to recover their damages.

A construction crew was working on a barn when it collapsed. A law enforcement officer was close to the area and heard the crash. When the trooper arrived, there was a man trapped inside who was screaming for assistance. When others arrived to help, they found a 38-year-old man inside the barn. He was unresponsive and died at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Study examines causes and costs of workers injured on the job

Work injuries are an unfortunate fact of life. For those in Connecticut who have suffered a workplace injury, the aftermath is of grave concern. Medical expenses, the inability to work and earn money and other problems will inevitably arise. This is when it is wise to think about workers' compensation benefits.

These benefits can provide compensation for lost wages and medical care until the worker is able to get back to their old job or is well enough to look for different employment. It is also beneficial if the person cannot work at all and is permanently disabled. Keeping track of statistics for workplace injuries is a useful part of knowing the dangers that workers can face. One recently released report from Liberty Mutual details the most common causes of workplace injuries and their costs to insurers.

Head-on collision of buses injures 10 people

Buses are a common sight on Connecticut roadways. While most are operated safely, they are still large vehicles that can be difficult to control. Any minor issue or mishap can cause a crash. When two large vehicles - often traveling at significant speeds - collide, there can be serious injuries and death. As the case moves forward and people are treated, it is essential for the victims and their families to think about the future by calling a law firm.

Two buses had a near head-on collision and injured 10 people. One was a school bus that had no passengers. The other was a transport bus that had nine people aboard. It is not known what sparked the crash and the investigation is continuing.

Distracted teens prone to car accidents

There is an understandable fear of encountering teen drivers on the road in Connecticut. New drivers will not have the necessary experience to be prepared for every eventuality on the road, regardless of how conscientious they are and how well they were taught. When that is combined with other risks like distracted driving, it is a recipe for accidents. Since April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" across the nation, it is important to think about the problem of distracted driving by teens. When there is an accident, the possibility that a teen was distracted can be a key factor in a successful case.

Statistics indicate that teens are three times more likely to be in an auto accident while using their smartphone. Teens are seven times more likely of being in a crash not due to distraction with a device, but by reaching for something or handling an item while driving.

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