Yale, Hartford personal injury attorneyA recent post on this blog talked about concerns that are being raised across the country regarding the application of due process in cases of alleged sex crimes on college campuses. While nobody would suggest that allegations of rape, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct should be taken lightly, there have been many anecdotal examples of alleged discrimination against those accused of such behavior. One such situation stemmed from allegations made against a Yale student in 2012, and earlier this month, the Ivy League university reached a settlement with the student who says he was wrongfully and unfairly expelled. The settlement comes even as another lawsuit is continuing against Yale over virtually the same issues.

A Complicated Plot

According to several news sources, a young man—identified only as John Doe—was accused of sexual assault in 2012. In the lawsuit, Doe admitted to having a sexual relationship with the accuser but that all activity was consensual. He said that the accuser fabricated sexual assault allegations in an effort to gain control over the school’s Native American Cultural Center. Doe identifies as Lakota Sioux while the accuser identifies as Navajo. The young man and his attorneys indicated that accusations were designed to remove Doe and the center’s director—who also identifies as Lakota Sioux—so that Navajo students could benefit.

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underinsured, Connecticut car accident lawyerThe state of Connecticut—like every other state—requires motorists to carry a minimum amount of liability coverage. Liability insurance is designed to help you cover any damages or injuries that may result from accidents for which you are at fault. Specifically, a driver must have at least $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident for bodily injury liability and $10,000 per accident for property damage liability.

Connecticut also requires drivers to carry uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage with the same minimums. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is intended to protect the driver and his or her passengers in the event of an accident in which the at-fault driver is either uninsured or does not have sufficient insurance to cover all of the injuries sustained.

Sometimes, however, an injured driver’s own insurance carrier may stall or delay when it comes time to pay up. Such was the case for a Niantic woman who recently reached a settlement with her insurance company after being involved in a crash caused by an underinsured driver.

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drunk, Connecticut personal injury attorneyIn many areas, the day before Thanksgiving is quickly becoming one the biggest partying days of the entire year. Bar owners and news outlets began noticing an uptick in food and liquor sales on “Thanksgiving Eve” several years ago, earning the day the ominous-sounding nickname of “Blackout Wednesday.” The moniker is a play on Black Friday—the retail boom that takes place on the day after Thanksgiving—but the word “blackout” implies the overconsumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, many of those who overindulge on Blackout Wednesday will still try to drive home, placing themselves, their passengers, and others on the road in serious danger of injury or death.

A Perfect Storm

There are many factors that come together on the day before Thanksgiving that makes it such an appealing day to party. Blackout Wednesday revelers often include a large number of college students who have returned home for the holiday and who make plans to celebrate with high school and childhood friends—usually at bars or similar establishments. In addition, most adults do not have to work or otherwise be up early on Thanksgiving Day, giving them the freedom to drink more the night before than they otherwise might. Some begin as soon as work ends on Wednesday and continue well into the night.

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black box, Connecticut personal injury lawyerThe moments after an auto accident can be extremely important in determining which driver’s insurance company should be paying for the resulting damages or injuries. In most cases, each driver provides a reasonably accurate account of what happened to the responding police officer, and the officer uses that information to file an accident report. Sometimes, however, the information provided by one or both drivers conflicts with the physical evidence or other individuals’ accounts of the accident. When this happens, crash investigators may need to find other ways to figure out exactly who was responsible.

Event Data Recorders

You are probably aware that commercial airplanes are generally equipped with an electronic device that records flight data and other important details that could be important when a crash or an unexpected mechanical failure occurs. Commonly known as a “black box”—despite being bright orange so that it can be found more easily at a crash site—the device is actually called an “event data recorder” or EDR.

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back sprain, Connecticut personal injury attorneyEvery time that a person seeks medical attention for an illness or injury, the reason for the visit is recorded in code form in the individual’s medical record. The coding system for classifying diagnoses is notoriously complex and the current iteration—known formally as the International Classification of Disease, Tenth Edition or ICD-10—includes more than 70,000 codes, with more than 3,000 dedicated just to physical injuries. Whether you have been stung by a bee or hit by a car—or even a horse-drawn buggy—there is an ICD-10 code to describe your situation.

Injury Studies

Recently, a healthcare analytic company called Amino released the results of its comprehensive analysis of about 244 million health insurance claims for services provided by medical professionals between 2012 and 2016. The research shows that Americans suffer a wide range of physical injuries but there are national trends. In addition, many states seem to have quirky conditions that set them apart from the others.

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