trespassingWhen you no longer have a use for a larger household item or piece of furniture, have you ever put the item out by the street for passersby to take as needed? If someone were to stop and look more closely at your item, would you consider him or her to be trespassing? The notion of trespassing is one that can vary from one person to another. There is also a legal definition, of course, but as with most laws, the application of the definition frequently depends on the circumstances of a particular case. Trespassing is often an element in personal injury lawsuits involving dog bites, as highlighted by a recent ruling in Connecticut Superior Court.

Chair for the Taking

The case in question dates back to an incident that occurred in June 2014 when a 58-year-old Kent woman stopped to investigate a chair that had been placed near the side of the road on another’s property. The woman pulled her car into the driveway of the property and got out to look more closely at the chair. She was subsequently attacked by three dogs who lived on the property, causing nerve damage, lacerations, scarring, and disfigurement. The woman filed a lawsuit against the owner of the property and the dogs for medical expenses as well as non-economic damages.

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good samaritan, Hartford personal injury attorneyIn the state of Connecticut, the law offers a measure of protection to those who—voluntarily or in the scope of their employment—provide emergency medical assistance or first aid to a person in need. Known colloquially as a Good Samaritan law, the statute specifies that teachers, lifeguards, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel may not be held liable for any injuries resulting from “acts or omissions” by the first-responder “which may constitute ordinary negligence.”

The protection offered by the Good Samaritan law in Connecticut is generally considered to be broader than that provided by similar laws in other states. A recent decision by a New Haven Superior Court judge, however, determined that while the law may protect the individuals who provide first aid, it does not apply to all for-profit companies who employ first-responders.

General Background

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school officials, Hartford personal injury lawyerWhen a child is injured on school property, Connecticut law makes it rather difficult to hold the school administrators, faculty, or staff responsible for the child’s injuries. The law affords a great deal of protection to school officials and employees, shielding them on the basis of governmental immunity. A teacher or school official acting within the discretionary scope of his or her employment is typically granted generous considerations regarding liability. Otherwise, the floodgates could be opened for massive numbers of lawsuits each year.

But, what about a school official who does properly carry out his or her job-related assignments? Can he or she be held responsible if a student is injured as a result? A recent ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court indicates that the answer is “maybe.”

Smoking Before School

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lawyer, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhen you have been injured in an automobile accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or any other incident attributable to the actions or negligence of another person, you may need to take aggressive legal action to ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, recovering damages in a personal injury case can be very difficult without responsible representation from a qualified legal professional. Choosing the right attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case so it is important to consider your options carefully before making a decision.

If you have been hurt and are looking for an injury lawyer to assist you in filing a claim or a lawsuit, there are many factors to take into account, including:

Type of Accident and Areas of Focus

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police, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhen police officers are responding to a call, it is not uncommon for them to go speeding through city streets—sometimes pausing at red lights, sometimes not. For a responding officer, time is of the essence, of course, as the situation to which he or she has been called can quickly go out of control. When a private citizen is speeding along the highway or on city roads, he or she is typically responsible for any accidents, damages, or injuries that may arise as a result. But what about police officers? Can they be held accountable when an accident occurs in the line of duty?

Tragic Circumstances

In July of 2012, a 50-year-old Hartford man was driving along Albany Avenue, and was heading—with a green light—through the Woodland Street intersection. Seemingly out of nowhere, the man’s car was broadsided by a speeding police cruiser heading south on Woodland Street and running the red light. The man’s car was crushed on the passenger side and was pushed into a building on the side of the road. He was taken immediately to the hospital with severe injuries, where he died a week later. The officer driving the police cruiser was not hurt.

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