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Filing a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut: Requirements

You're completely certain that your medical provider made a mistake in your diagnosis. As a result, you took medications that you never should have had in your body. You lost your hair, went through months of weakness and only now are beginning to recover.

You want to make sure you get the right treatment for your condition now, but you also think the past provider needs to pay for his negligence. Connecticut's laws require that you have made a reasonable inquiry to suspect grounds for a medical malpractice case. For example, if you spoke to your doctor about the issues that resulted in your injury and he admits an error, that would be good grounds for a claim. Likewise, if you go to a new physician who points out an error the previous medical provider made, you could use this as grounds to show negligence or errors in your treatment.

Broken bones at school can be a sign of negligence

When you were growing up, there's a high likelihood that you fell or tripping in a way that resulted in a broken bone. Broken bones are fairly common among children, and they're not unusual in adults, either.

As a parent to a young child, you want to make sure he or she doesn't get hurt because of other people's actions while at school, but you still want your child to experience life. If your child comes home with an injury you suspect is a broken bone, you'll need to identify it, the cause and consider what to do next.

What should you do if you're in a crash?

You're a young driver, so you aren't familiar with what you're meant to do if you get into a crash. You're shaken up, and you have a few injuries that are making it hard to concentrate.

It's very simple to start with. If you're hurt, you need to call for emergency help. Your health is the most important thing to worry about. If you're in good enough shape, you should see if others involved in the collision are hurt. If they are, try to make them comfortable or help them until emergency help arrives.

Black box data can help your truck crash case

Truck accidents happen all the time, but although they're extremely damaging, there is one upside. These crashes often have evidence that can help show why the crash occurred.

Semitrucks and commercial vehicles usually contain a black box, which, similarly to those in airplanes, contains operational data about the things the driver did behind the wheel.

After losing a loved one, help is there for you

Car accidents happen in many places. It may seem like it's hard to predict where one could happen, but the reality is that there are some specific places where they're more likely to happen to you. Did you know, for example, that crashes are more likely when you're driving close to your home?

The reason is simple: People feel more comfortable driving near their homes, and they may get distracted or be less alert, which then leads to an accident. Individuals traveling close to home may also not use their seat belts, which could lead to more serious injuries if a crash does occur.

Do bridges really ice before other roads?

You knew it was going to snow, and you prepared by making sure you had emergency supplies in your vehicle. You have blankets, a small amount of food and water. You've taken steps to guarantee that you can help yourself if you get stuck.

While these are helpful things to do, they won't help if you don't know how to drive in the conditions or if you have poor tires on your vehicle. It's important that you have tires with plenty of tread; using winter tires is preferable. You should also reeducate yourself on what you need to do differently when you drive in the winter.

Winter is a hazard to drivers as they travel

When you travel, you know there's always a risk of an accident, but you usually don't think it's going to happen to you. With winter here, it's more important than ever to realize that you are in danger every time you get on the roads.

There are ways to help reduce the risk to you and your family, even if you're just driving locally. Slowing down, watching out for drivers from out of state and avoiding distractions all help keep you safe and on the road.

Preventing biking injuries: Encouraging safety

Biking safety education is one way to help keep your child safe. Children often ride bikes, many more often than adults. As a result, they're at a higher risk of getting into a crash, especially if they ride near roadways.

Biking-related injuries are the injuries most often seen in emergency rooms around the country for anyone between the ages of 5 and 14. Only around 45 percent of children 14 and under wear a helmet, which increases the likelihood of a serious head injury.

Driving safe in the winter helps prevent crashes

Winter weather is here, and with it comes many dangers on the roads. Storms impact different regions in a variety of ways, and some areas are better prepared than others. While your area might be well-equipped to handle ice and snow, there are still some things you should know about being safe in the winter.

One thing to think about is, of course, the ice and snow. Accumulating snow makes it hard to see the road or ditches that may follow the roads. Someone sliding on ice could end up in a snowbank, which is difficult to get out of. Along with snow and ice come cold, which can freeze liquids in your vehicle and cause hypothermia if you're caught without heat. Remember to keep an emergency safety kit. You should keep emergency blankets, food and water on hand in case your vehicle stalls or you're in an accident and have to wait for help to arrive.

Can you sue if you're hurt in an emergency room?

When you go to the emergency room, you're in the most dire need. You're in pain, feeling sick and aren't thinking clearly. You don't want to wait any longer, and you'd do whatever someone tells you if it would help you feel like yourself again.

The problem with emergency rooms is that there is a high risk of malpractice and misdiagnoses. These doctors and nurses see patients only for a short time. Some are meeting patients for the first time in the most dire of circumstances. They have to make decisions, and sometimes, those decisions are wrong.

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