Student Concussions and New Haven Personal Injuries

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August 17th, 2018

Students in high school have started their summer training sessions in soccer, football, and field hockey, among others. That means late night practices and heading down to the field to cheer on your favorite team. For the athletes, a more looming risk is on the field: a concussion injury. A concussion is caused by a jolt, bump or blow to the head that causes the brain to twist or bounce around in the skull. This type of injury causes stretching, damage and chemical changes in brain cells. For high school athletes, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that was enacted July 1, 2014 with the following safety laws for child concussion injuries: Any league or intramural coach that observes a student athlete with concussion symptoms after witnessing a blow to the head shall immediately remove that student from play for proper evaluation. The student athlete must have written consent or approval from a qualified healthcare provider to return to play. The student cannot participate in full practice or games until written clearance is granted by a healthcare provider who is following his/her case. Any concussion injury must be reported to the Connecticut Board of Education. If your child was involved in a sports head injury and you question whether proper concussion protocol was followed, call the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm. Concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries. Our experienced…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injury: Avoid a Bike Accident In The Driveway

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August 15th, 2018

A very common New Haven auto accident with a cyclist or pedestrian occurs when someone is struck by a car leaving a driveway.  These accidents are often a result of obstructions that make it difficult for the cyclist or pedestrian to see on-coming traffic. The median age for this type of accident is 10 years old. New Haven’s school children will be starting school shortly and still out riding their bicycles and these accidents will occur more frequently. Taking a few of the following steps can help you to stave off an accident of this type. Talk to your son or daughter about making sure he/she does not race out into on-coming traffic.  Make them aware that no matter how safe your road seems to be, the possibility of a car racing down the street is always there, so looking both ways is a key way to prevent getting hurt. Cut back and bushes/trees that may obstruct the view of your child as they ride their bike or scooter into the street. Post a sign encouraging on-coming traffic to slow down and that there are children living at your address. These few steps can help to prevent these types of accidents, but if an accident were to occur make sure to consult an experienced New Haven auto accident attorney immediately to see how they can protect your long term interests.

New Haven Auto Accidents When You Are “Intexticated”

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August 13th, 2018

We have all heard of driving while intoxicated – it is illegal in the State of Connecticut as well as being highly dangerous not only for yourself and your passengers, but for all other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists you share the road with. In conjunction with many police departments across the state cracking down on distracted driving this month in the “U Drive U Text U Pay” enforcement campaign, AAA release a PSA on driving “intexticated.”  Distracted driving causes New Haven auto accidents and accounts for an average of nine deaths per day nationwide. View AAA’s PSA here. Staying focused on the road will help keep you and other drivers safe. This is especially imperative for those with teen drivers, who are inexperienced with driving and have a higher incidence of being distracted. We all need a reminder every so often to put down the phone or not eat while driving, because the safety of all those on the road is important. Types of distracted driving include: Texting or talking on your cell phone Getting something out of a purse or other bag Using GPS systems/interior touchscreens Reading Smoking Reaching for toys Grooming or applying makeup Eating or drinking The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm can help you with you claim if you or a loved one was injured by a distracted driver. We have been…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents & Rear End Collisions

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August 11th, 2018

There are many types of New Haven auto accidents. Rear end crashes happen and the severity of injuries depends on many factors, including speed, type of vehicle, and weather conditions. If you or a loved one were the victim of a rear-end collision, you may have more serious injuries. Rear-end accidents happen anytime and anywhere: stopped at a red light, on the highway, or driving the speed limit. However the accident happened, the risk of injury is high. Some common injuries associated with rear end collisions include: Traumatic brain injuries including concussions Broken bones Spinal injuries Soft tissue injuries—sprains and strains Whiplash Facial bruising (due to the force of impact when an airbag deploys) If you or a loved one were injured in a crash, the New Haven auto accident attorneys can help with your claim. The insurance companies will do everything they can not pay on your injuries, but we know their tricks. We have been defending the rights of the injured along the Connecticut shoreline and New Haven for nearly 60 years.

Avoid New Haven Personal Injury With Dogs & Extreme Heat

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August 8th, 2018

It is no secret the weather this summer has been brutal. From really high temperatures to super high humidity levels, humans and canines alike have been struggling to beat the summer heat. Discomfort causes both dogs and humans to become more irritable, therefore increasing the likelihood of a New Haven personal injury. The Humane Society advises keeping a safe distance between yourself and the dog and keep an eye out for these nine behaviors: Tensed body Backing away Stiff tail Flicking tongue or licking lips Furrowed brow Eyes rolling so the whites are visible Focused stare Pulled back head and/or ears Yawning Connecticut dog bite law is a strict liability statute; meaning unless you are trespassing or are taunting/teasing the dog, the dog’s owner is liable for your injury. Call the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm to help you handle your claim.

New Have Personal Injury: Pedestrian Accident Safety

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August 6th, 2018

At one point or another, we will all find ourselves as pedestrians. New Haven personal injury accidents, as well as accidents across the state of Connecticut, have been on the rise. Here are a few safety tips: Avoid distraction. Cell phone use or wearing earphones when crossing streets diminishes the ability of your two key senses – hearing and seeing – that are used to detect and avoid cars. Use crosswalks. Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. Don’t cross mid-block or diagonally. If there’s no crosswalk nearby, cross in a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Look left, right, and left again. No crosswalk? Yield to traffic. Pedestrians walking outside of crosswalks must yield to all other traffic. Enhance your visibility at night. Walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight or wear something reflective, such as stickers or armbands, to be more visible. Watch for cars backing up in parking lots and driveways. Brake lights can mean that a car is about to back up. On a sharp corner with limited visibility (a blind curve) or a steep hill, it’s safer to walk along the outer corner rather than to stay in the inner corner, even though this is opposite of the rule to face traffic when walking. Look for cars in all directions – including those turning – before crossing the street.…continue reading

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