In a perfect world, every nursing home and assisted living facility across Connecticut would maintain a safe, nurturing environment where each resident readily gets the care he or she needs, but unfortunately, this is often not the case. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we know that, in many state nursing homes, the quality of care older adults receive is up for debate, and when the quality of care suffers, injury risks – and specifically, resident fall risks – tend to rise.
You do your best to try and make your children aware of the many dangers that they can encounter both inside and outside of your home in Connecticut. Yet while you can control and restrict their access to those dangerous elements inside your home, you have control over what they may come across outside. You know that there are plenty of attractions that, despite your warnings, your kids may be naturally drawn to. Your hope is the owners of the properties on which those attractions are found are mindful of their effect on children, and thus take steps to protect kids from them.
Under Connecticut law, commercial property owners do have a duty to the safety of anyone who comes on their premises. This includes not only paying customers but the general public. Even trespassers have (very limited) protections.
Under the legal doctrine of premises liability, a Connecticut property owner has the responsibility of keeping the property safe for anyone who happens to visit the premises. In the event a person is injured on the property and the cause was something that the property owner should have foreseen or was otherwise caused by negligence, the owner could be liable for the injuries.
Connecticut residents of all ages face certain environmental hazards that make them more likely to fall and injure themselves, but when older Americans fall down, their injuries can prove even more serious and deadly. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC, we understand just how much the negligence of others can negatively impact your life, and we have helped many people who fell on private or public property pursue appropriate recourse.
After a tragic fire that killed his three daughters, a man is filing a wrongful death claim against the city along with several other defendants. On Christmas morning in Stamford, Connecticut last year, a fire burst into flames creating a firetrap with no smoke detectors or fire alarms to alert the victims. The three girls died before they were able to escape the home.
In January 2011, Connecticut received the most snowfall of any January since record-keeping began in 1905. Amid repeated snow storms, it is difficult and tiring to keep up with ice and snow clearing on sidewalks and driveways. However, in general, all Connecticut property owners have a duty to remove snow and ice from their walkways, steps and parking areas once a storm ends.