New Haven Personal Injury: 4 Most Common Fall Injuries

August 20th, 2017

As New Haven personal injury lawyers, we see injuries that are life-changing. A slip and fall can lead to serious injuries. Below are some of the most common that you could sustain: 1.) Head injuries. A head striking the ground, curb, As New Haven personal injury lawyers, we see injuries that are life-changing. A slip and fall can lead to serious injuries. Below are some of the most common that you could sustain:shelf, or other structure can cause lifelong impairments and injuries. Concussions are now classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 2.) Neck, back and spine injuries. A slip and fall accident, even trying to CATCH yourself from falling, can cause extremely painful and difficult to treat injuries. Slipped, bulging or herniated disks can cause chronic pain and even lead to surgery or make a return to work impossible. 3.) Hip and/or pelvic injuries. Broken hips and pelvis bones are most often seen in elderly patients, however can affect any age. A serious New Haven personal injury could require the need for a hip replacement surgery or a prolonged nursing home stay. 4.) Torn tendons and/or ligaments. Injuries to the tendons and ligaments are very painful and can require months of physical therapy. Even then, sometimes patients never fully return to 100% mobility and usability. If you or your loved one was injured, call an experienced New Haven personal injury…continue reading

Do Signs Mean I Cannot File a New Haven Personal Injury Lawsuit?

August 17th, 2017

Did you or a loved one slip and fell in a store or walkway? You may be able to still collect New Haven personal injury damages for your injuries even if signage was posted warning of the conditions. Many people believe that just because there is a sign that the establishment is not liable. This is not always the case. The question of liability could depend on where the signs are positioned. For example, if you slip and fall at the entrance to a supermarket and signs are posted, but they are 10 feet inside the store, you would not have had adequate time to adjust footing. Or perhaps, signage inside the doors might have been turned away from all pedestrians. Signage needs to be posted so that all pedestrians can view it to adequately change their footing to avoid a fall. If you fall in a public place (or even private place), take the following actions: Report the fall to the manager, supervisor, property owner etc. immediately Get medical help immediately. Sometimes it can take days or weeks for injuries to surface. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. Photograph the scene. Consult an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer. A New Haven personal injury lawyer can discuss with you your claim and options. The LoRicco Law Firm has successfully handled claims like these. Contact our office…continue reading

Connecticut Has Some Of The Strictest DUI Laws

August 14th, 2017

A new survey released reveals that Connecticut has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. Arizona has the strictest laws while South Dakota has the most lenient. According to a report from the Office of Legislative Research, drunk driving law is broken into two statutes. The first statute prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs based on the driver’s age and the type of vehicle being driven. Drivers under age 21 are considered to have an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% or higher, while those over the age of 21 are considered elevated 0.08% or higher. Those who operate a commercial vehicle are considered to be operating under the influence if their BAC is 0.04% or higher. The second statute that comprises Connecticut DUI law is implied consent. As a licensed Connecticut driver, it is implied that if a police officer suspects you to be operating under the influence, that you will submit to a sobriety test. You also have the right to refuse the test under this statute, but that does not go without an administrative driver’s license suspension. If it is your first offense, you could face a $500-$1,000 fine; 45 day license suspension and one year with an ignition interlock device installed at your expense; and either up to six months in jail or two days in jail with…continue reading

Limit New Haven Teen Drivers To Weekends, Experts Say

August 11th, 2017

It is mid-August and we are coming to a close to the 100 deadliest days (the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day where teens are more often in fatal accidents). A study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine suggests that limiting teenage driving, or any driving for that matter, on Friday or Saturday nights can decrease the risk of a New Haven auto accident where drunk driving was a factor.  This study looked at crashes between 2000 and 2013 which included just under 85,000 crash fatalities of people 20 years or younger. Twenty eight percent, or 23,757 fatal crashes, involved drugs or alcohol. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of children and teenagers. The study found that the states that had the lowest child/teen fatalities were those that had the strictest mix of teen driving and drunk driving laws. Connecticut teens are restricted from having passengers in their vehicle for the first six months except parents and licensed adults over 21. The second six months, teen drivers can operate a vehicle with their siblings. Until their 18th birthday, young drivers may not operate a motor vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Connecticut law prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle at 0.08 blood alcohol content. If you are under the age of 21 years, 0.02 BAC would be considered legally intoxicated. If you or a…continue reading

Avoid a New Haven Personal Injury By Staying Safe At The Public Pool

August 8th, 2017

The dog days of summer are in full swing and Connecticut families will be staying cool at the public pools offered by many towns. Splish splashing is a lot of fun, but there are also many potential risks at the public swimming pool that pose a threat for needing a New Haven personal injury lawyer. Follow these safety precautions to stay safe at your public pool this summer. Follow all posted signage. Always listen to the instructions of the lifeguard on duty. Do not run on the pool deck. Keep an eye on your children at all times. Only dive or jump in when it is safe to do so. Connecticut law also states that if there is thunder and lightening, all patrons must evacuate the pool and not get back in until the thunder and lightening has stopped for 30 minutes. The pool is a place for fun, but using it should be taken seriously to avoid serious injuries. The New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm wish you a cool summer.

9 Summer Safety Tips For The Amusement Park

August 6th, 2017

New Haven is within driving distance to so many great amusement parks, but whether it’s your first time visiting or you are an aficionado, amusement park safety is something to always keep top of mind.  A trip to the amusement park can be fun and exciting, especially for the little ones, but not taking safety precautions can have a devastating impact. When you’re hopping from ride to ride, keep these nine safety tips from the International Association of of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA): Obey all posted age/height/weight/health requirements. If you don’t meet any one of these requirements, don’t ride the ride. Follow the rules: If a ride has certain rules posted, follow them or don’t ride the ride. Keep all hands, legs, arms, and feet inside the ride at all times Stay seated. While the ride is moving it is important to remain in your seat until it has come to a complete stop. Listen to the ride’s operator and follow his/her rules Use provided safety equipment and keep it securely fastened at all times Make sure all young children understand and are able to follow all of the rules before riding a ride Do not force anyone to ride the ride. If they don’t feel comfortable, they shouldn’t ride the ride. Report anyone who is not following safety precautions to a supervisor Following these…continue reading

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