Day Cares & New Haven Personal Injuries

November 22nd, 2017

Here in Connecticut, day care centers and home day cares are regulated by the state’s Department of Public Health with enforceable laws. It is important to know how the state of Connecticut classifies early child care. Connecticut law classifies the following: A Day Care Center offers supplementary care to more than 12 children outside of a home on a continuous basis. A Group Day Care Home cares for seven to 12 children (related or unrelated to the provider), and may or may not operate in a private home. A Home Day Care provides care for no more than six children (including the provider’s own children). Day care centers are required to maintain a specific teacher to student ratio, additionally. If your child was injured at a day care or home day care and injury resulted, you may need a New Haven personal injury lawyer. The New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm remind Connecticut parents who are seeking day care for their children to fully vet the facility. The Department of Public Health lets you verify licenses and whether there have been any complaints or violations.

New Haven Personal Injury & Black Friday Shopping

November 20th, 2017

Thanksgiving is later this week and you know what means: folks will be out and about Friday and over the weekend to get a jump on their holiday shopping. New Haven personal injuries or slip and fall accidents can occur in any retailer, grocery store, or public walkway. If you or a loved one was injured  and believe a store was negligent and your injury could have been prevented, call the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm right away to begin an investigation. Factors that could contribute to your New Haven personal injury case include: Poor lighting. If you fell or were injured and the lighting was poor, a store could be held liable for your injuries. If you are able, photograph the lighting. Unsafe walking conditions. Cluttered walkways, wet/slippery floors, or uneven walkways can be causes for permanent injury. Broken equipment. Loose railings, stairs, handles and more can cause you to lose your footing and become injured. If you or a loved one were injured in a store or a public walkway and believe your injury could have been prevented, contact our office immediately. If your case involved local or state government, your notice needs to be filed with the town or state within a very short time after the accident, 90 days in some cases. 

New Haven Personal Injury: Avoiding Dog Bites at Thanksgiving

November 17th, 2017

Dog bites can happen more often over the colder months. During these months, we keep our celebrations indoors; and that typically includes the dog, too. As we stress over preparations, so do our dogs. In the state of Connecticut, the dog bite law is strict liability. This means that when the dog you care for harms another, you are responsible for the injuries. There are very few exceptions. Dogs show their stress in their behavior by licking their lips, pulled back ears, whites of the eyes showing. growling/barking, turning their head/body away, stiff body and resisting following their owner’s commands. As people are indoors celebrating, our dogs might be getting stressed out. Here are a few ways to keep everyone safe. Keep children supervised. Children love dogs, but dogs don’t always love them back, mostly because of their unpredictable movements. Stick to their diet. Avoid feeding Fido anything other than his normal diet. When dogs eat foods outside of their routine diet, it can cause them not to feel well and become irritable. Turn down the volume. Extra noise in their home can cause dogs to stress and become less tolerant. Eyes open. Children are not the only ones who do not understand that a dog needs space. Adults often miss a dog’s signals and don’t realize the dog needs time alone. Keep Fido stress-free to help prevent dog bites. The New Haven…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents: Work Pressure Increases Distracted Driving

November 15th, 2017

It is no secret that our lives have become busier and busier. We are multi-tasking throughout the day, and for some, that includes when they are driving. It is proven that New Haven auto accidents are caused by distracted driving, but half of drivers ages 18-44 report responding to work-related communications while behind the wheel. Distracted driving continues to be a contributory factor in auto accidents and according to the NHTSA is the cause of 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries. This equates to 10% of deaths and 16% of auto accident injuries in 2015. While younger workers have had technology a part of their lives for a longer part of their lives, the older population is not immune to distracted driving. The same study found that a third of drivers ages 45-64 participate in work-related communication while behind the wheel. If you were involved in a crash, an experienced New Haven auto accident attorney can help you navigate the claims process. We know the insurance company’s tricks – we defended them for 15 years. Contact our office today for your free consultation.

New Haven Personal Injury: 11-year-old In Dog Bite Accident

November 13th, 2017

An 11-year-old Enfield, Connecticut boy is still recovering after being bitten by his neighbor’s dog. The boy received 43 stitches and will require plastic surgery. The dog bite incident occurred when the boy and his mother and sibling went to visit their neighbor’s new baby. Connecticut law on dog bites is strict liability; this means that unless you are trespassing or taunting the dog, the owner is liable for your injuries. An 11 year-old New Haven boy was recently bitten by a dog that caused significant injuries. An experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer will work with you to maximize your recovery. In a dog bite case, you can seek damages for the following: Medical bills, treatments, and/or long term care related to the injury Any lost wages or future lost wages if your injuries have caused a change in your ability to perform the functions of your job Any psychological change in how the victim responds to dogs post-injury If you or your loved one have been injured by a dog, contact our office immediately. Our team of New Haven personal injury lawyers will begin an immediate investigation.

New Haven Auto Accidents: 4 Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

November 10th, 2017

In November, families want to spend time together and often travel great distances. If you and your family are traveling you will experience increased traffic congestion as well as an increased risk for a New Haven auto accident. Stay safe by following these tips: Drive safely. Before you and your family hit the road make sure you perform proper maintenance including oil changes, battery check, tire rotation, and top off all fluids. Also make sure you check your vehicle’s lights. Keep your emergency and first aid kit in the car and make sure you are taking breaks as needed. Follow the rules of the road. Obey all speed limit and road safety signs. Keep off your mobile devices while operating your vehicle. Car seat safety. If your children still require a car seat, make sure you are using it properly. Remember, thick, heavy jackets are not to be worn by your child while they are in the car seat. Stay safe. If you are staying in a hotel this holiday season, keep your valuables locked up. Make sure you are walking in well-lit areas. Finally, keep your door locked when you are there and away. The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm wish you and your family safe and happy Thanksgiving travel!

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