coach, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhile school-aged children around the country are getting back into the full swing of classes, many parents and members of the community look forward to fall Friday nights, the traditional setting for high school football games. There are few things that match the pageantry of a football game: the marching band, the cheerleaders, excitement by the teams on both sidelines, and then the cracking of pads as the game gets underway. When the action comes to screeching halt due to an injury on the field, however, there is often a moment of terror for the injured player’s family.

In most cases, on-field injuries are relatively minor—cramps, sprains, strains—are all very common in football and other interscholastic sports. Sometimes, however, things are much more serious. Broken bones, torn ligaments, and head or neck injuries can have a dramatic impact on the player’s future. If your child has been seriously injured on the field of play, you may be wondering if it is possible to hold the coaching staff liable for your child’s injuries.

Assumption of Risk

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medical care, Hartford car accident lawyerThe moments after a serious car accident or truck crash can be chaotic and overwhelming. Your heart is racing, you are likely a bit disoriented, and, in many cases, your vehicle is severely damaged and unable to be moved. Of course, there is also the possibility that you have been injured. In more obvious situations, broken bones, intense pain, blood, and other evidence may be proof that you are hurt. In others, however, you may feel no indication of an injury. One of the most important elements of any auto accidents is making sure that you get the medical care you need, even if you are not sure that you have been hurt.

Work With First Responders

Depending on the severity of the accident, local authorities often respond with fire trucks and ambulances, even if there have been no reports of injuries. If emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are on the scene, it is a good idea to submit to a precursory examination. You may not feel like you are hurt, but a trained EMT may be able to identify a possible problem. Based on the symptoms you are showing, the EMT may suggest transporting you to the hospital for further tests and observation. While an EMT is not a doctor, he or she is a professional whose job is to make sure that you get the medical attention you need. If he or she feels that a hospital evaluation is a good idea, complying with the request is probably in your best interest.

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social media, Hartford personal injury attorneyMillions of times each day, Americans both young and old share a part of their lives on some type of online social media outlet. Social media use has become so culturally pervasive that nearly two-thirds of the adult population in the United States use Facebook or other networking sites. The number is significantly higher in certain demographics, with younger age groups reporting that 90 percent of them use social media. Sharing life’s big moments can certainly be a good thing, but oversharing can sometimes cause problems, especially if a post contradicts claims being made in a personal injury lawsuit for negligence and product liability.

The Injury

In late March 2011, a woman was shopping at a mall in Trumbull when she set off security alarms leaving a store. Instead of stopping, the woman reportedly walked away and began going down an escalator near the store’s exit. When the store security called to her and asked her to come back, she turned and started walking up the downward-moving escalator. The woman fell, fracturing her right ankle, which required several surgeries and left her with a permanent partial disability. Claiming the escalator was defective and dangerous, the woman sued the mall for negligence and the escalator manufacturer for product liability.

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liable, Hartford personal injury lawyer“Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.” This disclaimer can be found on millions of workout DVDs and infomercials. It is meant to serve as a reminder that drastic lifestyle changes, even for the better, can be dangerous, and your doctor can help you take on the new challenges in a healthy, safe manner. But what if you are the doctor? And what if you join a health club and enlist the assistance of a paid personal trainer—a professional who is supposed to understand the body’s limits? The danger of injury is still very real, as it was exactly that situation in which a Connecticut man suffered a stroke following an intense exercise session. Earlier this year, a Connecticut Superior Court jury found the health club liable for the doctor’s injuries, returning a verdict of $14.5 million in his favor.

Pushing Through Limits

The doctor, a popular primary care physician, was 42 years old when he hired a personal trainer in 2011 at the Greenwich gym where he was a member. According to the man’s attorneys, the first four training sessions were without incident, but during the fifth, the trainer instructed the man to use a rowing machine. The trainer reportedly set the resistance on the machine to its maximum setting, and encouraged his client to do an “explosive pull.” When he did so, the doctor’s vision become blurry and he “did not feel right.” The trainer allegedly continued to push the man to finish his workout.

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comparative negligence, personal injury, connecticut personal injury attorneyWhen a person is injured in a car accident, by a defective product, or by any other means, he or she will often be entitled to seek compensation from the party or parties whose actions or negligence ultimately caused the injuries. Besides not being injured at all, the best-case scenario for such a claimant would be the existence of clear and convincing evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the defendant(s), and that the actions were completely responsible for the resulting harm.

However, in the real world, select few personal injury cases are that simple. More commonly, actions or negligence on the part of the injured person are at least partially to blame, and it is often left to a jury to determine the extent of that responsibility. The idea of comparative negligence, sometimes called comparative fault, can greatly impact an injured party’s ability to recover personal injury damages, depending upon the nature of the situation.

 Pure Contributory Negligence vs. Comparative Negligence

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