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Firefighter injured on the job after lightning causes fire

Whether a worker in Fairfield and throughout Connecticut works in a job that has inherent dangers or is in a sedentary "safe" job, there is always a chance that there will be a workplace injury accident. This can come in many ways and afflict any area of the person's body. Similarly, the aftereffects can vary.

For some, they can get treatment and be back on the job in short order. For others, the injuries can be long lasting and cause them to miss significant time and need extensive treatment to get back on the job, if they can get back on the job at all. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits are available to help. But, knowing how to get these benefits is a foundational aspect to maximizing them.

Distracted driving behaviors go beyond smartphone use

In the world today, it goes without saying that Connecticut drivers should be completely alert and aware of the potential dangers of crossing paths with a distracted driver. In the past, that might have been limited to cellphone use with the driver making calls or texting and driving. Then, as technology advanced, drivers were increasingly using smartphones for other purposes including navigation apps, surfing the web and social media. All are dangerous. Now, there is a growing number of people who are using infotainment systems that is placed in their vehicle. Understanding how this can affect driving safely is imperative when on the road.

In a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it was found that outside companies' systems - namely those made by Google and Apple - are not as distracting as those installed by the manufacturer. CarPlay by Apple and Android Auto by Google have software that make them easier and safer to use. However, simply being "safer" does not imply "safe". While Apple and Google allowed drivers to access their functions more quickly - 5 seconds quicker to make a call and 15 seconds quicker when navigating - it is still risky to be doing anything other than watch the road when driving. In the U.S., there are an annual average of 3,500 fatalities and 390,000 injuries because of a distracted driver. Simply removing one's eyes from the road for 2 seconds doubles the chance of being in an auto accident.

Auto accident between SUV and scooter injures rider

There are many different vehicles that will be on the road throughout Connecticut and their operators must be vigilant and watch out for one another. Especially vulnerable are those on motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. Even when the rider is taking all the necessary precautions and wearing protective gear, there can still be serious injury and death when there is a crash with a car. People who have been hurt when riding a scooter, and those who have lost a loved one in a crash involving one, should know they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

An afternoon accident between an SUV and a scooter sent the rider to the hospital with a head injury. The accident happened before 3 p.m. When emergency personnel were contacted, there was a request for the team that handles accident investigation when there is a fatality to come to the scene.

Can one be fired for seeking workers' compensation?

Many Connecticut workers injured on the job might have the right to get workers' compensation benefits, but are afraid to because there was an implied or direct threat to their job, if they did so. For workers who are facing this type of situation, it is important to know the law and how it deals with employers who are engaging in this activity. If it happens, the worker should consider filing a lawsuit.

An employer is not allowed to discharge or discriminate against a worker when the worker has filed for workers' compensation benefits. If this occurs, the worker can file a civil suit to seek reinstatement to the job, back pay, the benefits that should have been available if there was no discrimination or a discharge, and other damages that the treatment created. It is also possible to receive punitive damages. Winning the case in court will yield reasonable fees for the attorney.

Pedestrian accident caused by drunk driver injures mother, child

Connecticut roads have become increasingly dangerous for drivers and especially for pedestrians. With the number of drivers who are distracted, reckless and engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, there are many accidents that would otherwise not happen if the driver was taking caution. An issue that remains problematic in this generation but has largely been pushed to the side with the other, above-mentioned dangers on the road is an accident caused by a drunk driver. Drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a major threat. This is worse when they hit a pedestrian and a child.

A crash sent a woman and her two-year-old toddler to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident happened in the afternoon as the mother pushed the child in a stroller. After the crash, the car fled. Witnesses who saw what happened gave descriptions to law enforcement and the driver was found a short while after the incident. Upon investigation, police found the 27-year-old male driver to exhibit signs of being under the influence. He was arrested on multiple offenses including DUI, vehicular assault, evasion and more.

What reimbursement does workers' compensation provide?

While injured workers in Connecticut who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should be aware that their coverage will include medical expenses, lost time at work and other obvious costs, there are some coverable expenses that they should also know about. For people who need certain services, it is possible that they can get reimbursement for expenses they have accrued. Knowing when they can get these reimbursements through the rules set by the Workers' Compensation Commission is important.

When there is medical treatment and the worker has lost time because of it, this is reimbursable. The medical treatment should be given during work hours if possible. When the worker receives this treatment, the employee should be paid his or her normal wages should that worker not be eligible for wage replacement under workers' compensation. The employer is not allowed to require that the treatment be taken outside of the workers' regular hours if it is available during regular work hours. If it is not available during regular work hours, the workers should get it when it is available and reimbursed at the hourly wages like it was lost time at work. The employer can seek to be reimbursed by the insurer.

Driver flees scene after fatal pedestrian accident in Connecticut

Stories about accidents involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in Connecticut have become commonplace. Reports about these crashes are prominent largely because they happen so frequently. Cars and pedestrians must share the road, but unfortunately, there are many drivers who are distracted, speeding, are under the influence, or simply do not exercise the proper amount of caution to make certain pedestrians remain safe. This leads to crashes. Since pedestrians are not protected, they will often suffer severe - and even fatal - injuries. Some of the worst kinds of accidents are hit-and-run pedestrian accidents. This is not only a violation of the law, but it also betrays human decency. After an accident in which a pedestrian was injured or a loved one was lost, it is critical to understand how to pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

A 64-year-old man died after he was hit by a car that fled the scene. The accident happened at approximately 4 p.m. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and found the man with severe injuries that were believed to be life-threatening. He was taken for treatment and died. According to the initial investigation, a silver Toyota Avalon is believed to be the vehicle that struck the man and fled. It has four doors, tinted windows and a sunroof. It is also believed that the vehicle has windshield and front-end damage stemming from the crash.

Fatal pedestrian accidents happening more frequently

Connecticut pedestrians and drivers must share the road to make certain that everyone stays safe. Unfortunately, there are incidents where pedestrians will be hit by a car and suffer injuries and death. The vulnerability of pedestrians leaves them susceptible to the worst-case scenario when they are hit. While automakers and legislators are actively trying to formulate and implement strategies to improve safety, recent information shows a trending and troublesome rise in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents across the U.S. It is important that people are aware of this to avoid an accident and to know what to do after one has happened in terms of seeking compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied data related to pedestrian accidents and found that, between 2009 and 2016, there was a 46 percent increase in the U.S. For its part, Connecticut has had 215 such accidents in 2018 alone, nine of which resulted in a fatality. Anecdotal evidence shows how prevalent the problem is. For example, in April a woman was crossing the road when she was hit by a vehicle. The man who hit her got out of his vehicle to assist her and was also hit by a car. The woman survived. The man did not.

Workers' compensation and exams from different doctors

Connecticut workers who are injured on the job might be eligible to receive workers' compensation. It is important, however, to remember that there are certain rules that the state has in place to ensure those who should be getting benefits are receiving them. Part of that is the medical examination to determine the extent of the injuries. To assess that, the worker might be asked to have an Employer/Respondent's Examination. This was previously referred to as IME. The worker need not be concerned about medical expenses with this request as they are paid for by the employer/respondent.

The claimant can have their own doctor present when this examination takes place, but it is at his or her own expense. It is not common that this is done. A claimant is required to take the examination upon reasonable request. Refusing to take this examination could lead to the suspension of the right to get workers' compensation benefits. An example of when the request is considered unreasonable is if traveling to take the test is long and difficult. Prior to the determination being made as to the reasonableness of the request, the claimant should ask that there be an informal hearing. The report from the physician must be provided to the employer/respondent within 30 days of it being completed. All parties - the employer or insurer; the claimant or a legal representative - should get the report in a similar fashion.

Fatal accident injures motorcycle passenger, kills passenger

Motorcycles are a common sight on the Connecticut roads and drivers of conventional vehicles must be aware of them. Since a motorcycle rider is so inherently vulnerable to injuries and death in a crash, it is imperative for drivers to share the road with them and adhere to the law when it comes to turning, yielding or any other maneuver that could place riders in jeopardy. Even when drivers do exercise that caution, there will still be motorcycle accidents. When they happen and a rider is injured or killed, it is critical that the injured person and the family of the person who was killed understands the steps necessary to file a personal injury or wrongful death legal case.

A motorcycle accident injured a man and killed a woman. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. According to the investigation, the motorcycle was heading straight when a car turned in front of it. The motorcycle ran into the vehicle's rear. The people on the motorcycle were ejected. The man, 30, was operating it. The woman, 20, was the passenger. The man had a brain injury and his wrist was fractured. He was hospitalized. The driver remained at the scene. The accident is still being investigated and it is not known whether charges will be filed against the driver.

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