statute of limitations, Hartford personal injury attorneyAre you a procrastinator? When you have an important yet stressful task to complete, do you actively or subconsciously find other things to do to put it off---things like repeatedly checking your email, suddenly remembering a closet that needs to be cleaned out, or distracting yourself with hours of your favorite television show? Research on the subject suggests that chronic procrastination affects up to a quarter of the U.S. population. While putting things off can cause issues when the tasks are difficult but relatively mundane, procrastination in certain situations—like following a car accident or other injury-causing event—can potentially cost you thousands of dollars and compromise your legal rights.

Defining a Statute of Limitations

When you have been injured due to the actions or negligence of another party, the law in Connecticut typically requires you to take legal action—if you wish—within a certain period of time following your injury. The amount of time you have to file a claim depends on the type of injury you have sustained and the legal basis for your intended suit. The law that provides the applicable timeframe is known as the statute of limitations, and failure to file within the allotted time may leave you unable to collect compensation for your injuries.

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damages, Hartford personal injury attorney“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

You have probably heard this line derived from an 18th century Scottish poem, thanks largely to the 1937 John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. The maxim is meant as a reminder that, even with the best intentions and meticulous planning, occasionally things go wrong. When they do, in some instances, there is little to be done other than to pick up the pieces and move on, making the best of a bad situation. Other times, plans are upset by the actions or negligence of another, who, depending on the circumstances, could be held responsible for such actions under the law. Such was the case in a Rockville courtroom, where a jury found in favor of a woman whose wedding was delayed following an auto accident which greatly affected her health and well-being.

Uncertainty Regarding Injury

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drunk driving, holiday season, Connecticut personal injury attorneyThe winter holidays are a time for getting together with family, friends, and loved ones. For many, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations involve alcohol, which, combined with the travel that is often necessary, can create serious dangers on area roadways.

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, drunk-driving related fatalities increase by nearly 25 percent during the Christmas holiday period. An average of 45 deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers occur every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with many thousands more injured. While we certainly encourage you to enjoy the holidays this year, we would like to remind you to make arrangements as needed so that you can avoid the dangers of drunk driving.

Choose a Designated Driver or Be One

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dog bites, statistics, Connecticut Personal Injury LawyerAccording to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with nearly 900,000 being serious enough to require medical attention of some kind. More than 1,000 per day require a visit to the emergency room or an inpatient admission, totaling more than 360,000 such visits per year. Unfortunately, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the highest risk for serious dog bites, and more than 40 percent of bite injuries are suffered by children 14 and under.

High-Risk Breeds

While certain demographic groups are more likely to be bitten than others, certain breeds of dog are statistically more likely to inflict serious injury. A recent analysis compiled by the editor of Animals 24-7 found that molosser breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and sharpeis, account for a mere 9.2 percent total North American dog population, but inflict more than 85 percent of injury-causing attacks, including 81 percent of all attacks against children. In addition, molossers have been found responsible for more than three-quarters of the dozens of annual dog-bite fatalities. Of all the molosser breeds, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the most quantifiably dangerous.

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accident reconstructionist, truck accident, Connecticut personal injury attorneyThe ensuing chaos after any motor vehicle accident can lead to a great deal of missed or lost information. Addressing injuries and clearing the roadways sometimes take precedence over definitively establishing what happened and the factors that may have contributed to the accident. This can be especially true when the accident involves large trucks or semitrailers.

The loss of information at the scene can present a number of challenges for you if you have been hurt in an accident, but fortunately, help may be available from a qualified personal injury attorney. In some cases, your attorney may employ the services of an accident reconstructionist to help determine what caused your injuries and the parties that should be held liable.

Truck Accidents are Different

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