Is Your Surgeon Using Approved Tools?

When any of us require surgery for whatever the reason – we should be able to expect that the surgical equipment used by our surgeons will be FDA approved – correct?

But is that always the case?

Sadly – no.

 

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Did A Defect in Your Car Cause an Auto Accident?

auto_accidentsIf you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance you’re driving a car with a defect that could cause a  car accident or cause injuries in the event of an accident… and it’s a car that would have been recalled and fixed if you lived outside the U.S.

The New York Times just released findings of an investigation showing that car companies – in dozens of instances – skirted recalls here but not in foreign countries for identical safety problems.

Why?

Good question…

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Can Technology Make School Buses Safer?

As our kids head back to school – bus safety and travel safety must come back into focus for all of us.  Just this week, school children were injured in Missouri when a school bus rolled over after the bus driver tried to take a turn at too high a rate of speed.  While no one was killed – many youngsters were injured.  Since 2000, approximately 150 school children (younger than 19) have died in school transportation-related crashes. Another 7,000 are injured annually.  Of those fatally injured, over two-thirds (67%) were struck by school buses.  Six percent were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses, and 27 percent by other vehicles involved in the crashes. Forty-three percent of school children killed in school transportation-related accidents were between the ages of 5 and 7.

Fifty-one percent of the time, the children that are injured are struck by the front of the transporting vehicle.

More school-age pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than any other time of day.

So what can be done to keep our children safer?  Is technology part of the solution?

Well, there is new technology emerging that allows bus companies to remotely monitor all mechanical systems on buses as well as monitor bus speeds and locations.  This new technology will allow bus companies to know when brakes and other critical parts need repair.  It will also allow companies to better understand which drivers may be unsafe.

Driving Tips To Keep The Roads Safe For Children Riding School Buses:

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that a bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. When you see this signal, always slow down and prepare to stop.  Red flashing lights and extended stop arms signal that a bus has come to a full stop and that children are getting on or off.  You must stop your car and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before you start driving again.
  •  Bus stops are areas where children often play.  If you see a group waiting for a bus – be on guard.  And always watch for that child who is late for the bus and may run into the street without thinking or looking.
  • Be alert for children walking in the street.

If a loved one is ever injured in a school bus accident in Connecticut, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled many school bus accident cases in Connecticut over our more than 55 years serving the people of this state.  Our attorneys have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of these kinds of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

 

 

Summer and Boating Go Together. What You Need To Do To Stay Safe.

 

There are over 12 million recreational boats registered in America.  In 2012, the Coast Guard recorded over 4,500 accidents, 651 deaths and over 3,000 injuries from recreational boating accidents.  There was also $38 million in property damage done as a result of these accidents.

The majority of fatal boating accidents involve drowning and approximately 85% of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing a life jacket.  Seventy-five percent of the fatal accidents occurred in boats less than 21 feet long.  The most often cited reason for the accidents? 

  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speeds
  • Operator inattention
  • Lookout inattention
  • Equipment failure

Open motor boats and personal watercraft were most often the vessel in use at the time of an accident.  Operating the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol was cited in 17% of the deaths.

What steps should you take to make sure your next boating adventure is a safe one?

  • Make sure you receive proper training before operating your boat.
  • Always carry a Coast Guard approved life vest for each passenger on board.
  • Operate your boat responsibly at all times.
  • Stay away from areas not safe for your boat.
  • Always operate your boat at a safe speed.  And once dusk arrives – put the brakes on!
  • Comply with all signage. This includes speed limit signs, no-wake zone signs and underwater hazzard warnings, etc .
  • Always have a one passenger serve as a lookout to keep an eye out for other boats, objects and swimmers.
  • Use great care when approaching a wake. Never jump a wake. When crossing a wake, cross at low speeds and watch for skiers and towables.
  • When towing your boat, ALWAYS make sure your trailer is in proper working order and that your trailer lights work. Also ALWAYS make sure that your boat is properly secured to the trailer and that your trailer is properly secured to your vehicle before you move the vehicle.

If you are ever injured while boating in Connecticut, call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected. 

RisCassi & Davis has handled numerous boating accident cases over our more than 55 years serving the people of Connecticut.

What’s more, our attorneys have received local and national recognition for our handling of accident cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms”
  • Top listing by Martindale-Hubbell as a “New England Top Rated AV Preeminent® Law Firm.
  • Admission of five of our personal injury lawyers as members in the very prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.  The American College is a professional society of Fellows who become members only by invitation, with admission limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers.  Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state are offered admission as members to the College.
  • Listing in New England Super Lawyers published by Connecticut Magazine.  Less than 5% of attorneys in the New England states receive this honor
  • Lifetime Achievement awards from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

We have a great team dedicated to boating accident cases.    Please contact us if we can help you. The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind.

Airbags on the Outside of Cars??

Airbags, safety belts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, back-up cameras, traffic sensors… It seems with each new car model year there are new safety features to protect the driver and the passengers of cars and trucks.  What if vehicles could also be built with protection for pedestrians in mind?

More than 4,000 pedestrians are killed and over 70,000 injured each year from being hit by cars or trucks.

But there is a bit of good news… a few car companies are beginning to factor pedestrian safety into vehicle design.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they are often thrown onto the hood of the car and into the windshield wipers and the windshield – resulting in serious injury or death.   Federal regulators are considering creating incentives to encourage car makers to build pedestrian safety measures into their cars.  To date – both Honda and Volvo have begun to make progress in this area voluntarily.

Both car companies are beginning to build cars with breakaway wiper systems (wiper blades have been known to literally impale pedestrians), space between the hood and the engine to absorb impacts better, and even exterior air bags to keep heads from striking the windshield from the outside.

Some auto trade groups are fighting the changes, saying that consumers are reluctant to pay for safety features that protect them inside the car – let alone pedestrians on the outside.   U.S. car makers have tended to focus more on technology that would prevent pedestrian – car collisions in the first place – using motion and infra-red sensor technology to warn drivers of the presence of pedestrians.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission proposed a rule requiring electric and hybrid-electric cars to emit sounds to warn and protect bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly the visually impaired.  The NHTSA is also considering adding pedestrian safety features to its five-star safety rating system in the hope that car makers will find that an incentive to build in these pedestrian safety features. As similar tactic was employed with some success to get car makers to begin installing back-up cameras on their vehicles.

If you or a loved one are ever struck by a careless driver in Connecticut while walking or riding your bike, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of injury cases in Connecticut over our more than 55 years serving the people of this state.  Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

 

Steps You Can Take To Avoid Endangering Cyclists On The Road

RisCassi & Davis has been a long-term major sponsor of charitableSteps_you_can_take_to_keep_cyclists_safe_on_the_road. cycling events organized by Coach Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut.  With this year’s event approaching, let’s examine steps you can take to avoid endangering cyclists on the road.

Here are a few important things to consider:

  • Be alert for cyclists at all times.  Slow down when you see one and always maintain at least 4 feet of space between your vehicle and any cyclists.  Also be aware of hazards on the road that a cyclist may need to avoid – anticipate their troubles and give them extra room.

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Car Accidents Kill More Teenagers Than Anything Else…

(From CNN 3.11.13) “The eight teenagers crammed into an SUVCar_accidents_kill_more_teenagers_than_anything_else. that was only supposed to seat five.

They were driving a vehicle they didn’t have permission to use.

And they were speeding down a two-lane northeastern Ohio road, authorities say.

But any poor judgment was quickly eclipsed by a tragic crash that cut short six young lives.

The black Honda Passport veered over the left side of the road, crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a pond near the city of Warren.

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Experience and Dedication to Excellence Has Lead RisCassi & Davis To Be Selected for Many High-Profile Cases

RisCassi & Davis, P.C., has been protecting the rights of injured victims of negligence inThe_Connecticut_personal_injury_lawyers_at RisCassi_&_Davis_have_been_chosen_by_many_because_of_their_dedication_to_excellence Connecticut long before it was popular to do so. Since 1955, the firm has been dedicated to protecting the rights of the seriously injured and has been nationally recognized for handling complex injury cases.

In addition, the firm has handled many high profile cases for decades, going back to the its involvement in the litigation surrounding the collapse of the roof of the Hartford Civic Center more than 30 years ago.  From that time, the firm has represented victims of the Connecticut Lottery shootings, Mott Metallurgical mercury poisoning, a fatal tour-bus accident in England, the Lifestar helicopter crash, electrocution after Hurricane Gloria, and a drowning in Elizabeth Park.

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10 Shocking Errors That Lead To Medical Malpractice

10 shocking errors that cause medical malpractice

CNN Health recently ran a story* on shocking medical errors and their findings were just that, shocking.

10 Shocking Errors That Lead To Medical Malpractice:

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