Nursing Home Patients and Their Families Recover Key Rights…

No longer forced into arbitration for nursing home neglect

“In the last few years, powerful corporate lawyers have begun encouraging their corporate clients to insert clauses into consumer contracts that protect those companies from all class action lawsuits.

The motivation for this strategy?

It’s as simple as it is wrong. These lawyers simply want to shield the corporate profits of their clients in the event a corporation’s products or services cause harm to consumers.”

We wrote those paragraphs almost a year ago – and in that article we talked about the harm caused by this new tactic to nursing home clients across Connecticut and the rest of the country.

On September 28th, 2016 – the U.S. government’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a ruling that bars any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring that its residents resolve any disputes in arbitration, instead of court.

This new rule, which will affect over 1.5 million nursing home patients across America, will prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as arbitration.

Just what is arbitration?

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Could This Simple Road Sign Save 4,000 Lives a Year?

Fatal car accidents are a daily occurrence on U.S. roads.  Head on collisions tend to be particularly deadly – with one in five resulting in a fatality. Did you know that a growing number of these car crashes are caused by people going the wrong way on exit ramps?

4,000 annually to be exact…

What is causing these accidents in the first place and what can be done about it?

Predictably alcohol plays a major role. Intoxicated drivers cause more than 80% of these wrong way car crashes.

Highway safety experts say that improving markings on the highway, adding red reflectors, and lowering “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs could make a real difference in reducing this type of car accident.

Why might lowering the height of signs make a difference?

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Congress Wouldn’t Really Do This… Would They?

 

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation set limits on the number of hours tractor trailer drivers could drive in a week. They set the ceiling at a whopping 70 hours.

Seventy hours is a long time to be driving a very large, very heavy, very dangerous piece of equipment at high speeds.

Incredibly, Congress wants to increase that ceiling to over 82 hours a week – all as a part of the omnibus spending bill being rushed through both chambers.  Trucking interests are seeking that increase – despite the dangers posed to truckers and the driving public.

Recent government data shows that close to 4,000 people die and 104,000 are injured each year in car accidents involving large trucks, with truck driver fatigue identified as a major factor in many of the crashes.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker are trying block this dangerous initiative before it becomes law.  Let’s hope they do!

 

Source:  http://nyti.ms/1slKkDe

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.

 

Helpful Tips To Keep Your Pool A Safe Place This Summer

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The hot and humid weather of summer leaves many of us looking for a swim.  If you own a pool, you know how great they can be.  You also know the work they take and the safety measures that are essential to keeping a pool safe for anyone using it.

Pool safety gained significant attention from the Connecticut legislature this year after Manchester High School freshman Malvrick Donkor, 14, died recently during a swim class in the main pool at Manchester High School, and 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah drowned during a swim class at East Hartford High School.

Governor Malloy just signed legislation that stipulates that schools are be required to have a trained swimming instructor or lifeguard on duty during swimming lessons, practices or competitions. That additional person will be required to watch for and assist swimmers who are in danger.  Districts will also be required to develop safety plans for their schools.

So what steps should you take as a private pool owner?  Here are some tips:

  • Always erect safety fences that completely encircle your pool to insure that small children cannot wander into the water unattended.  If you have a small pool or hot tub – consider using your cover when not using the pool.
  • Install pool alarms if you can.  These alarms signal when the pool has been entered by someone.
  • Always watch children at ALL times.  Children can get into trouble very quickly in water – so stay in arms length of little ones and have inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard certified life jacket.
  • Establish basic pool rules and enforce them – like no running, no diving in certain areas, no pushing and shoving near the water and more.
  • Encourage all who may enter your pool to take swim lessons if they have not already done so.
  • Make sure to keep your pool clean at all times – applying chemicals safely and only as needed.  Doing so will help prevent the spread of illnesses.

Throughout our history, RisCassi & Davis has handled cases involving pool accidents and drownings and we can help you if you ever have a problem.

For more than 55 years, RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of personal injury cases in Connecticut.  Our personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of accident 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.

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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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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Infant Seats ReCalled – Make Sure Your Child’s Seat is Safe!

A South African manufacturer is recalling about four million baby seatsKeep you child safe in the car - choose the right safety seat that were sold at major retailers including Target Corp., Wal-Mart, and Toys “R” Us after reports that at least twenty-one babies fell from the seats and fractured their skulls.

The company itself has received some 84 reports of infants falling from the seats.  This recall is the second for these seats since 2007

Infant seats are a major fixture in many households.  Choosing a safe infant seat is crucial to protecting the health of your child.

Here are some tips from kidshealth.org:

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Keep Your Child Safe In The Event Of A Car Accident

Car accidents are the leading cause of death of children above the age ofKeep your child safe in the event of an accident three in the U.S. and here in Connecticut.

Well, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has just published a new study showing how little regard adults have for the safety of their children when those children ride in cars – and the results are very disturbing.

The study was conducted by researchers who stopped adults at gas stations, shopping centers, fast food chains and day care centers – among other locations.  This methodology insured the researchers collected accurate visual data about all the passengers in each car.

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Doctors Being Paid By Pharmaceutical Companies Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Drug company records show that a number of Connecticut Doctors being paid by pharmaceutical companies can lead to medical malpracticephysicians are both top prescribers of certain drugs and receiving extra benefits – speaking fees, consulting fees and gifts from the same companies who make those drugs.

This from the West Hartford News (7/31/12):  “West Hartford (physician) was the state’s topprescriber of Invega, an antipsychotic medication marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She also was in the top five prescribers of Zyprexa, an antipsychotic marketed by Eli Lilly, in 2008 and 2009.

Drug company reports show Janssen paid this West Hartford doctor $11,900 in speaking fees and travel expenses in 2010. Eli Lilly paid her $26,000 as a speaker in 2009, and morethan $47,000 for speaking and travel in 2010.

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