What To Do If You Experience A Slip And Fall Accident At The Farm This Autumn

September 17th, 2021

One of the most treasured New England past times is heading to the farm to go apple picking, have some cider, and pick out the perfect pumpkin to place on your stoop for when trick or treaters come.  It’s iconic and wonderful, until it’s not.  What happens if you are out on a farm and you experienced a slip and fall accident? Being on a farm presents a whole host of things that can cause you to slip and fall resulting in an injury that could cause lasting damage.  Take for instance when you are walking around picking apples off the trees, there are apples at your feet everywhere.  It is not unreasonable to think that one of these ankles could get under your foot in just the right way and result in a broken ankle.  If you like to go for a tractor ride while on the farm you could find yourself getting injured getting on and off this big piece of farm equipment.  There are even incidents that involve the farm stand where you lose your footing and slip inside the store. If you experience a situation like this, what should you do? The first step is to seek medical attention.  If you are injured and cannot return to your feet and continue your day you will want to seek a medical professional’s…continue reading

Autumn Weather Brings Backyard Tailgates And The Possibility Of Severe Burns

September 14th, 2021

Whether you’re a fan of college football or the NFL.  Whether you just love the outdoors this time of year and getting together with friends.  Autumn is a season for backyard get togethers that can last well into the evening.  It’s all good and a lot of fun, but if someone were to get seriously burned it could result in a New Haven personal injury and be cause for some headaches. We love a backyard cookout just as much as the next person, so we wanted to put together a list of the things you can do to keep yourself safe and avoid severe burns that can happen in the blink of an eye. Do not operate the grill.  An unfamiliar grill can mean grease burns or worse flare ups into your face and cause serious injury.  This is not something you want to be dealing with and you should decline the request from your hosts to operate the grill. Stand back from the fire pit area.  If the home you’re visiting has a fire pit you will want to keep your distance.  Not that you can’t socialize with others who are around it, but you should remain a spectator and not a participant. Make sure that you have the proper protective equipment if you are handling any hot dishes or materials.  Hot plates, instant…continue reading

The Reasons Pedestrian Accidents Are Rising

September 12th, 2021

Last year, 2020, was the deadliest year for Connecticut pedestrian accidents in recent memory.  These types of accidents are on the rise not only here in Connecticut, but around the country and there are some disturbing trends that are at the root cause of it all.  With less traffic on the roads last year due to COVID travel restrictions and lockdown you may have thought that these numbers would have decreased, they did not, the question is why not. First it is important to see where Connecticut stacked up among other New England states in this difficult statistic.  While Connecticut was one of the New England states that saw a rise in this type of accident, it certainly was not at the top of the list.  Vermont saw an enormous rise in pedestrian deaths with these types of accidents growing by 167%.  Rhode Island saw the second sharpest increase in pedestrian accidents at an increase of 125% followed by a distant third in New Hampshire which increased by 60%.  By comparison Connecticut’s increase was 23%. These percentages, of course, don’t tell the whole story because Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire all had a very small amount of pedestrian deaths to begin with 8 in Vermont, 18 in Rhode Island and 16 in New Hampshire.  Compare that to Connecticut which saw 65 deaths last year and…continue reading

Elderly Man Killed In Auto Accident Is A Sad Reminder To Keep Your Driving Skills Sharp

September 8th, 2021

Late last week and elderly man, age 81, rear-ended a vehicle in slowing down traffic on I-91 which resulted in a four car pile up and the gentleman’s untimely death.  The crash led to the other driver being injured as well.  This type of accident is a good reminder that as you age you should continue to work to keep your skills behind the wheel sharp because even a split second can make all the difference in whether you are injured or worse. When thinking about ways to avoid a New Haven auto accident as you age it is important to remember that you are not alone in the diminished skills that you may have behind the wheel.  As all adults age they begin to see declines in response times, eye sight loss, and lack of focus, all things that can lead to difficult circumstances while out driving. If you or a loved one are of advanced age and are still driving here are some things to consider before you get behind the wheel. Get an annual eye exam.  Vision impairment is something that sneaks up on you as you get older and it can be very dangerous when you are behind the wheel. Drive more slowly.  Sure there is a tired old trope about elderly drivers, but this one should be true.  If you…continue reading

Use These Tips To Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident During Flash Flooding

September 3rd, 2021

With recent weather events causing devastating flooding and death throughout the state of Connecticut it is important to have a firm understanding of the safety procedures you should be taking if a weather event like Tropical Storm Ida occurs again.  Flash flooding and overly saturated roads can lead to New Haven auto accidents and cause serious injury or death. The Connecticut State Police are encouraging drivers to follow a certain set of safety rules when driving in torrential rain storms that may lead to flash flooding.  While these are not laws that need to be followed they are recommendations to keep you and your passengers safe in the event that sudden rain dumps down on the area. Reduce your speed so you can avoid a situation that involves hydroplaning When it is gray and rainy out, always use your headlights so you can see clearly in front of you and on-coming traffic can see you clearly as well Under no circumstances should you drive through standing water, this is the most direct route to leaving your car stranded Do not drive around barricades, if there are barricades in place they are there for a reason and you should acknowledge them and find a different route Following these suggested rules of the road when gale force winds and inches of rain are falling at a increase…continue reading

Approximately 1 Million People Go To The ER Due To A Slip And Fall Accident Each Year

September 2nd, 2021

Throughout our country emergency room visits are actually quite common.  In fact, there are a reported 8 million emergency room visits per year for various injuries and illness.  Each year nearly 1/8th of those visits are due in part to slip and fall accidents.  These types of injuries are generally true accidents that cause significant injury and must be treated immediately. New Haven slip and fall accidents are just as common and require immediate attention and care from a medical professional.  These accidents can occur in any location including the stairs on your stoop, the sidewalk, at the grocery store, in a park, and just about any other location throughout the city.  Depending on the severity of these injuries you should be seen by a medical professional before you do anything further. A large percentage of people who slip and fall are over the age of 65.  Those who are over 65 years old account for 1/3 of all slip and fall emergency room visits each year.  Seniors and aging adults are at higher risk due to worsening vision and the inability to be as light on their feet as their younger counterparts. No matter the age group however, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common ways that people get injured each year.  Regardless of your youth or lack of youth it…continue reading

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