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June 2014 Archives

Could self-driving cars be safer than human-driven ones?

If you are like many Connecticut residents, you probably love the idea of self-driving cars. In theory, it sounds wonderful: Instead of tightly gripping the steering wheel during rush-hour traffic you could be relaxing while reading a book or getting a head-start on work before arriving at the office.

Two people hospitalized after accident in Connecticut

Car accidents have become an increasing problem on U.S. roads in the last several years. Various factors can possibly cause a car accident. One of the leading causes of a car accident is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a situation where the driver gets distracted by any number of things and stops paying attention to the road ahead and causes an accident. Drunk driving and texting while driving are forms of distracted driving.

Doctor's negligence causes wrong kidney to be removed

Connecticut residents would likely be horrified to learn that the wrong organ was removed from their body during surgery. That is the situation that a 55-year-old man is facing after a CT scan showed that he had a cancerous kidney. But instead of removing the right one, the left one was removed instead, leaving the cancer-ridden kidney still inside the man. He and his wife have filed a medical malpractice suit so they can recover compensation for the doctor's negligence.

Bike-sharing leading to increased brain injury cases

As bike share programs continues to spread from city to city, some are calling into question one potentially harmful element of the two-wheeled trend - the lack of helmets. While a city-wide bike share program has yet to debut in New Haven, the relatively recent addition of Zagster bike share to the campus of Yale University makes recent studies on such programs and associated injuries resonate.

Too many truckers getting away with fatigued driving

Earlier this month, we wrote about the tragic trucking accident that claimed the life of a veteran comedy writer and left Tracy Morgan and others seriously injured. The accident occurred on June 7 when a Walmart tractor-trailer careened into the back of the comedians' limo bus.

Two school buses collide in multi-car crash in Connecticut

Accidents are a major problem that cause far too many deaths and injuries to America's drivers. Car accidents can be caused by any number of reasons, but many car crashes are caused by distracted driving, texting and driving or drunk driving.

$14.5 million award in birth injury medical malpractice case

According to the March of Dimes website, about two or three babies in 1,000 are born with cerebral palsy. In many cases, there are other birth defects or health conditions other than cerebral palsy that the baby and the family must learn to deal with. When these health problems are a result of malpractice or negligence by the mother's physician, it's even more sad. However, compensation may be sought from the doctor, other medical staff and even the facility itself through a civil lawsuit.

PSA demonstrates how distracted driving accidents occur

Thanks to smartphones, the world is literally at our fingertips 24-7. We use our phones to connect with family and friends, stay up on current events, play games, surf the Internet, shop and do countless other things.

Nurse negligence makes Connecticut center liable for man's death

Medical malpractice is any act, or the omission of an act, by a medical practitioner whereby the patient suffers injury or damages caused by ignoring the normal practices in medicine. Medical negligence is not limited to doctors but also be done any other medical practitioners, such as a nurse.

Hospital appeal of $200,000 verdict in malpractice claim denied

When a patient is diagnosed with a disease such as cancer, it is devastating. The emotional turmoil of the diagnosis affects not only the patient, but his or her family, friends and even community. In a story from Connecticut's regional neighbor of Maine, a hospital's appeal of a $200,000 verdict in a medical malpractice case has been denied by the state's Supreme Judicial Court.

Three pedestrians injured in car accident in Connecticut

Car accidents have long been a major problem on the roads in the United States. Car accidents can occur on any road and in any town, city or state. There can be many different possible causes of car accidents. Although distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in U.S., there are other various causes of accidents including, but not limited to, drunk driving, driving while texting, weather related accidents and more.

Connecticut woman wins $12M in medical malpractice settlement

Medical malpractice or medical negligence is any act or omission of any act of a licensed medical practitioner which causes injury to the patient due to digression from the usual norms of medical ethics and practice. Lawsuits relating to medical negligence are ever increasing in the USA.

Summer is here: Time to warn teens about drunk driving

School is out for most high school and college students in Connecticut. While the summer months are a favorite among young people, they can also be the most dangerous when it comes to fatal car accidents, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Hit-and-run accident in Connecticut injures driver

New Haven residents probably know that a car accident can have a detrimental effect on the physical and emotional well-being of a victim. In addition to pain and suffering, the victim and his or her family also have to deal with financial issues resulting from high medical expenses and lost wages. The effects of an accident can become even more challenging if the accident was caused by negligence on the part of another motorist.

$12 million medical malpractice award for Connecticut woman

We put a lot of faith in our medical professionals. When we're injured or sick, all we really want is to feel better. However, when a doctor makes a mistake that affects our health, it not only shatters our faith in our physician, but it can be very expensive and painful to recover. In some cases, patients don't recover from a doctor's error.

Doctor's license revoked for medical malpractice

Medical professional negligence refers to any act or omission by a doctor which digresses from normal medical practice protocol, thereby resulting in damages or injury to the patient. Medical malpractice has become a concern in New Haven and all throughout the United States. However, many cases that are filed are found to lack concrete proof, and are dismissed.

Connecticut officials target commercial vehicle safety

Anyone who has been involved in a collision with a truck or another large commercial vehicle knows how catastrophic the results can be. Sadly, individuals are often killed or seriously injured in trucking accidents because a small passenger vehicle is no match for a large and powerful truck.

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