Child Injured At Westport Playground

July 1st, 2021

When playing on a public playground that is maintained by a municipality there is some risk of injury.  This was the case for an unidentified minor who was playing on a playground in Westport when she fell from a tire swing and was injured.  Public playgrounds that are maintained by municipalities may leave a minor injured and the community open to liability. If your child is playing on a playground and is injured you may have a case of a New Haven personal injury. In the case of the unidentified minor who was injured in Westport the damages that the family is seeking on her behalf are monetary and those being sought include; leg pain and injury laceration of the leg which required stitches mental and physical pain and suffering the loss of the young girl to pursue her life’s interests While the case has not yet heard, it is important to note that in many cases there is liability on the part of the municipality, especially if they are found to have been negligent in repairs to a particular piece of playground equipment, if they knowingly let a piece of equipment fall into disrepair which led to the injury, or they failed to supervise the child properly while he/she was on the equipment. If you or a loved one were injured while participating in…continue reading

5 Tips To Give Your Teen Driver To Help Them Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident

June 30th, 2021

We are in the middle of the period that AAA has labeled as the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads of the United States.  The period between Labor Day and Memorial Day has been given this ominous nickname because it is the time of year that there is more traffic that involves teen drivers who are statistically more likely to get into a New Haven auto accident then drivers of a more advanced age. There are many reasons why teen drivers are more vulnerable to being injured or killed in an auto accident.  Some of these reasons include inexperience, a propensity to drive at higher speeds, and being more likely to be driving with passengers who may be causing greater distractions for the driver.  All of these factors have been statistically shown to increase a driver’s risk of getting into a serious accident.  There is good news though, as parents still have great influence over the habits of their teen drivers.  Here are some things you can do to insure that your teen stays safe on the roads this summer; Model good behavior behind the wheel.  While your teen may pretend he knows everything, he is still watching you to see how you behave. Take steps to reduce cell phone use in the car.  A requirement that your teen stows her cell phone in the…continue reading

Police Will Be On High Alert For Drugged Driving When Marijuana Is Legalized

June 25th, 2021

On the 1st of July marijuana will become legal in the state of Connecticut for recreational use.  The state is not the first to legalize the drug and in fact it is one of nearly 40 states which have legalized the drug in some form or another.  With the legalization of marijuana comes some additional concerns for law enforcement officers around drugged driving.  One of the biggest causes of New Haven auto accidents is drugged driving and with this recreational drug now being legalized officers will begin to be on even higher alert. Some police departments across the state are already seeing upwards of 25% of all of their traffic stops involving drugged driving and that is before the law goes into affect.  While the new law does have provisions in it to help law enforcement with training on how to spot those who may be behind the wheel and under the influence of marijuana, many departments across the state are already on high alert for this risky behavior.  In order to identify those drivers who may be operating while under the influence officers are trained to look for a number of different signs including; Observations of how a person is driving Whether the driver admits to being under the influence Items within the vehicle that may give officers a reason to believe that the…continue reading

Congested Parking Lost May Lead To More Pedestrian Accidents

June 20th, 2021

Shopping plazas are quickly returning to pre-pandemic congestion levels.  After over a year of mostly empty parking lots for your favorite stores, driving through these parking lots now feels like a game of cat and mouse to find the perfect parking spot. It’s not all fun and games though as parking lots can be dangerous places where you need to be on the look-out when leaving your car and walking to the store.  Drivers are more focused on finding a parking spot then they are on avoiding a New Haven pedestrian accident and it could mean a dangerous accident for you. Luckily as a pedestrian there are some things you can do. Always walk with your head up and eyes forward.  There is no place that is deadlier then a parking lot to be looking down at your phone. If there is a median or sidewalk to walk on, always use it. Don’t be afraid to use your voice.  Cars may need a heads up if they are headed toward you and you should feel comfortable shouting out. Look both ways before crossing lanes. Make sure you can be seen before emerging from between two cars. It is incumbent on drivers in a parking lot to do more then just look for a parking spot.  Safe driving should extend to a parking lot as well…continue reading

Three Personal Injuries To Lookout For At A Summer Cookout

June 18th, 2021

If you close your eyes and linger long enough you can almost hear the grills flipping on and the burgers sizzling on the hot grates.  The age old tradition of the summer cookout is BACK this year and we’re excited to visit with friends and family with burgers and dogs on the grill.  It’s been so long since we’ve been able to gather and enjoy each other’s company that we may have forgotten some of the pitfalls of a cookout. While cookouts are a time for fun and frivolity they can also lead to some New Haven personal injuries that come up unexpectedly.  These injuries can be serious in some instances.  While there are some things you can do to prevent these injuries like drink responsibly and wear appropriate clothing.  Some of the injuries you should be on the lookout for when you’re visiting with friends and family in a backyard this summer include; Burns.  Whether you’re the grill master or not, a burn is possible.  Don’t get too close to an open flame whether it be in a grill or a fire pit.  Burns can be quite severe and can cause lasting harm. Dog bites.  Your friends pooch may be friendly with most, but when a large crowd gathers it can cause anxiety in pets that otherwise might not exist.  An anxious dog may…continue reading

Hot Weather Can Lead To More New Haven Dog Bite Injuries

June 15th, 2021

The city of New Haven hasn’t seen temperatures like this in the second week of June since the 90s and we are all feeling it.  You can sense it among the people walking around the city that the heat is getting to us all already.  It’s important to remember that as we get more agitated by the heat, so too may your dogs.  An overheated pet can become agitated and will be more likely to give strangers a New Haven dog bite injury. Too often when the heat turns up over the summer we tend to only focus on keeping ourselves hydrated and what the heats means to us, but we can’t forget our furry friends who are also affected by the heat.  Dogs who may be friendly with strangers under normal circumstances may become more aggressive towards strangers.  We are not helpless in this battle to keep our K9 friends happy during a heat wave, in fact there are some very practical things we can do to make sure that they are taken care of during these hot stretches of weather.  When taking care of your pooch over the summer you should; Never walk your dog during the hottest part of the day.  Keep walks to early mornings or evenings after the hot sun of the day has subsided If outside, make sure your…continue reading

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