Avoid New Haven Personal Injury Liability As A Holiday Party Host

December 1st, 2017

Being the host of a holiday party can help you enjoy the season with family and friends, but if you’re serving alcohol there are also some things that you need to be aware of to protect yourself from New Haven personal injury liability. In the State of Connecticut, social hosts can be held liable if one of their guests leaves their home intoxicated and ends up injuring or killing someone after getting on the road.  Liabilities greatly increase if the guest of the party is under the legal drinking age of 21 years old. There are a few sure-fire ways to make sure that your guests arrive home safely after attending your holiday party. Don’t serve alcohol at your party at all.  This is the best way to avoid any liability when a guest at your party leaves your home and injures someone. Take your guest’s keys and offer him/her a place to spend the night.  If your guest is intoxicated, keep them off the road.  They may put up a fight, but in the end they will thank you for watching out for them. Call them a cab.  If you don’t have the room or your guest refuses to spend the night, call them a cab to get them home safely. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver who was returning home from a holiday party,…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injury: Back Pain Has New Treatment

November 29th, 2017

New Haven auto accidents or other New Haven personal injuries can result in back pain that ranges from temporary or debilitating. With Connecticut and the entire nation facing an opioid epidemic, the American College of Physicians has released new guidelines on how to treat those who suffer from back pain.   For pain lasting less than three months, the new recommendation is to treat patients with heat wraps, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and massage. Recommendation guidelines stress the importance of avoiding narcotic prescriptions for pain management during this time frame. When back pain lasts longer than three months, strengthening and stretching exercises are recommended along with yoga and tai chi. If these methods fail, anti-inflammatory medications should be considered first then nerve-dulling medications. If you or a loved one are suffering back injuries from a New Haven auto accident, slip and fall, or workers’ compensation injury, call our office. Our team of experienced New Haven personal injury attorneys will begin an immediate investigation into your case.

New Haven Auto Accident: Drivers Influenced By Opioids Die 7x Faster

November 28th, 2017

Since 1995, instances of auto accident deaths have increased by seven times with drivers who were under the influence of opioids, according to a study conducted at Columbia University. The study researched drivers in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, and West Virginia who died within one hour of being in an accident. Research showed that the percentage of drivers with prescription opioids in their system rose from 1% in 1995 to 7.2% in 2015. The three most commonly detected opioids were codeine, morphine, and oxycodone. Nearly 70% of those who tested positive for opioids also tested positive for other drugs and 30% also had elevated blood alcohol levels. If you or your loved one was involved in a New Haven auto accident, contact our firm. We will begin to immediately protect your rights, interests, and work our hardest to get you compensation for your injuries.

Staying Safe In a Passenger Van

November 24th, 2017

Traveling from New Haven to to an airport in the coming weeks? The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration warned of the safety risks when traveling in a passenger van. 1. Make sure an experienced passenger van driver is operating the vehicle. In the state of Connecticut, drivers operating a passenger vehicle must obtain a special endorsement from the Department of Motor Vehicles before transporting passengers. 2. Improperly sized/inflated tires. The manufacturer sets the size and inflation for optimal vehicle performance in all situations. If the vehicle is not operating with properly sized tires, or the air is too low in the tires, it can affect how the vehicle handles on the road, especially in an auto accident. 3. Incorrectly loaded cargo/passengers that affect the vehicle’s center of gravity. When a vehicle’s cargo, including passengers, is not loaded properly the balance can be off and result in a New Haven auto accident, such as a rollover. If you were the passenger in a van that was in an auto accident, a New Haven auto accident attorney may be able to help you. Because there are limitations to when an injured person can file a claim, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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. 

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