New Laws That Take Effect October 19, 2019

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October 1st, 2019

When the clock struck midnight this morning, over 75 new laws went into effect in the State of Connecticut. Below are some highlights: Opioid laws. There are several changes to the prescribing process. One of which is when a physician prescribes a longer than 12-week supply, a treatment plan must be discussed with the patient. PTSD Workers’ Compensation for Police Officers, Parole Officers, and Firefighters.  Those who work in these professions will be eligible to receive certain workers’ compensation benefits for post traumatic stress disorder causes by certain “qualifying events.” The qualifying events include seeing a dead minor’s body, witnessing a death or losing a vital body part through injury. The time period for workers’ compensation is 52 weeks and within four years of the qualifying event. Smoking age. The smoking age is raised to age 21. E-cigarette online purchases must be signed for by someone who is 21 and over. There are also penalties for those who sell to people under 21. Gun Laws. Several gun laws went into effect today. Safe storage of guns is required even if they are unloaded and it is known that a child under 18 could gain access to. Pistols and revolvers will have to be kept in a locked trunk, safe or locked glove box when left unattended in a motor vehicle. people won’t be able to create or transfer what…continue reading

Stay Protected Against A New Haven Personal Injury

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September 30th, 2019

Cool temperatures and changing leaves means autumn has officially it the Elm City. Autumn months in Connecticut can make sidewalks and walkways even more hazardous with acorns, wet leaves, and rain. It is important to know how to protect yourself against New Haven personal injury on these types of walkways. Prevention is the best way to protect yourself, but after a fall there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Get medical treatment immediately. A doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to assess your condition and the sooner, the better. Photograph the area. Visual evidence is the best way to demonstrate the conditions that caused your injury. Do not speak, either in a formal statement or otherwise, to any of the parties involved or insurance adjusters. Taking these few steps in the event that you are injured can be the difference between spending the winter months in agony from your injuries or being fairly compensated for your injuries. If you experience an injury, seek medical attention and then contact an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer.

Traumatic Brain Injuries & New Haven Auto Accidents

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September 25th, 2019

As New Haven auto accident attorneys we see injuries of all types every day. Those from auto accidents quite serious, especially if you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer this type of injury annually. Injuries can range from “mild” to “severe.” Any hit, bump or jolt of the head can cause a traumatic brain injury. A car accident can cause two types of head injureist: closed or open injuries. An open injury would be caused by a laceration. A closed injury, like the kind when your head hits the steering wheel, for example, is when your brain is jostled around within the skull. Concussions are now classified as TBIs and can be quite serious. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash, the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm can help you navigate the claims process. We’ve seen cases like this and know all of the insurance company’s tricks – we defended them for 15 years. 

New Haven Auto Accidents: Wildlife & New Haven

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September 23rd, 2019

Autumn is here and you may have had a close encounter with wild life that caused or almost caused a New Haven auto accident. No matter the animal’s size, deer, raccoons, and squirrels can cause auto accidents can happen. There are a few things New Haven and Connecticut shoreline motorists can do to avoid a collision: Look for animal crossing signs and proceed with caution. These signs are in the shape of a yellow diamond. Mind the shoulder as you may be able to see an animal on the side of the road. Eye the eyes as your headlights might be able catch their reflections. Avoid swerving and choose to brake instead. Swerving may cause your vehicle to travel into another lane injuring other passengers on the road. Injuries sustained after an accident with a wild animal require you file a claim with your own insurance company. The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm can help protect your interests. The insurance companies are trying to pay out the least amount of money – we know their tricks, we defended them for 15 years. Contact our firm to schedule your free New Haven auto accident consultation today.

Safety Tips For Kids Walking And Biking To School

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September 20th, 2019

New Haven students are officially back in school. In 2009, 14% of students ages 5-14 walked or biked to school opposed to 48-50% in previous years. If your child walks or bikes to school, here are some tips to prevent a New Haven personal injury. Cyclists must obey motor vehicle laws. That includes yielding to pedestrians, stopping for stop signs, signaling turns and traveling with the flow of traffic. Wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets significantly reduce the chance of brain injury. It should be snug, but not too tight, with the brim about an inch to an inch and a half above your child’s eyebrows. They’re more likely to be seen if they’re wearing bright clothes. They should also make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street. Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Continue looking in each direction as you cross. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If there aren’t sidewalks, walk toward oncoming traffic, so you can see what’s coming. Use crosswalks to cross the street, and don’t cross the road between parked cars. Be alert. Having your eyes on your smartphone means they aren’t on the road, or traffic. Headphones aren’t the best idea, either. The New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm with every student a safe walk or ride to and home from school!

New Haven Personal Injuries & Sidewalk Laws

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September 19th, 2019

New Haven residents are out and about taking walks in the evenings with children, grandchildren and dogs. As a pedestrian, it is important to understand Connecticut laws regarding sidewalk safety. If you or a loved one was injured on a city or state sidewalk: Seek medical treatment immediately whether with your primary care physician or at the emergency room. Document the scene of the accident as best you can from all angles, views etc. Documenting weather conditions is also important. Contact an experienced and knowledgeable New Haven personal injury lawyer immediately. There is an extremely short window of time (as short as 90 days) for you to file a claim against a municipality or the state of Connecticut. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. Do not speak to the insurance adjuster for the municipality without consulting a New Haven personal injury lawyer to discuss all of your options.

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