For decades now, workplace accidents and workplace deaths have been in decline – thanks in large part to the actions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Despite that good news, almost three million workers suffer injuries on the job in America each year – a rate of three cases per 100 full-time workers.
Now, with the recent uptick in employment numbers comes news that workplace accident rates are rising in some industries – the first such rise recorded in years.
Particularly noteworthy has been the sharp increase in construction worker injuries in the past year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting a jump of 27% in the number of fatal workplace injuries among those workers.
So just what are the most common workplace injuries? Continue reading “Workplace Accidents on the Rise” »
“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?
Continue reading “Nursing Home Patients and Their Families Recover Key Rights…” »
Connecticut’s deadliest roads for pedestrians
A new Tri-State Transportation committee report finds that 99 pedestrians were killed on Connecticut roads between 2011 and 2013.
The good news – that’s a drop from the 111 killed between 2010 and 2012.
So what road has proved to be the state’s most deadly for pedestrians? Continuing a trend of the last seven years – U.S. Route 1 in Fairfield County.
Elderly pedestrians were the most frequent victims of these fatal incidents – with those 60 years of age or older making up a third of the total.
The report stated that the deadliest roads in Connecticut for pedestrians are what are called arterial roads. The primary function of an arterial road is to deliver traffic from collector roads to freeways or expressways. As such, many arteries are limited-access roads, or feature restrictions on private access.
Do we have a lot of arterial roads in Connecticut?
Actually, only about 15 percent of total lane miles in Connecticut are classified as arterial roads, but sadly half of pedestrian deaths in the State happen on these roads.
So what can be done to make these roads safer?
Continue reading “One Connecticut Road is the State’s Deadliest for Pedestrians…” »
In the field of law – lawyers admitted to their state bar associations are permitted to accept cases in any area of the law – regardless of whether they are well qualified.
Years ago, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) was formed in the belief that consumers and the legal profession would benefit from establishing objective standards by which to measure legal experience and expertise… and the National Board of Trial Advocacy certification process was created. (In medicine, most hospitals do not let physicians practice without proof of board certification. Why? Because board certification provides an objective measure of experience and expertise.)
Currently, seven of the personal injury lawyers at RisCassi & Davis are Board Certified – among the highest percentage of any law firm in the region.
And what did our attorneys do to become Board Certified?
Each had to undergo a very rigorous review of their credentials, including full documentation of
their experience, all judicial and peer references, and an exam. They also had to report any and all disciplinary matters brought before any official body, whether public or private, for scrutiny by the NBLSC Standards Committee.
All are not created equal. It’s very important not to settle for just any personal injury law firm. Make sure the majority of the lawyers in the law firm you choose are Board Certified. It matters.
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!
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.
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.
Recently released studies on highway safety provide disturbing news for motorists. There is a higher frequency of car crashes in Hartford, ironically the Insurance Capital of the World, than in any other major metropolitan area in the U.S. And Bridgeport is close behind Hartford. These studies show that Connecticut drivers face real safety challenges – particularly errors made by other drivers.
The two studies showing low scores for Connecticut drivers were the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview and the 2011 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.
Continue reading “High Car Accident Rate For Connecticut Drivers” »
One question we encourage folks to ask each personal injury law firm they talk to about their accident case is, “how many cases have you won?”
Why does that question matter? It matters because there are a number of high profile firms and attorneys representing injury victims who rarely if ever actually try cases in court. To be successful as a personal injury lawyer, opposing parties (lawyers and insurance companies) need to know that you are prepared to take a personal injury case to trial if need be – and that you have a record of winning those trials. Without that element – a personal injury lawyer’s ability to negotiate settlements is severely weakened. Leverage is gone.
Continue reading “What To Ask Each Personal Injury Law Firm You Meet With” »
The Connecticut State Legislature is currently considering legislation to allow cities and towns to install what are called Red Light Cameras. These devices record the behavior of drivers at traffic lights allowing for automated fining of drivers who run red lights.
Drivers ignoring or running red lights are a persistent cause of serious car accidents in Connecticut.
Continue reading “Will Red Light Cameras Prevent Car Accidents in Connecticut?” »