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April 2018 Archives

Car accidents and employer-owned vehicles

An employee in Connecticut who gets into an accident driving his or her employer's vehicle may wonder who is liable for damages. While most employers should have a certain amount of insurance to cover employee-related accidents, there are certain instances in which the employer is found not to be responsible and the employee will have to use his or her own insurance.

Are two-lane roads especially dangerous at night?

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, so many factors should be taken into consideration when assessing the likelihood of an accident. Certain behaviors can increase the chances of a wreck, such as irresponsible driving and fatigue, as well as environmental factors (snow and heavy rain). That said, there are certain types of roads that may be more dangerous to drive on and times of day where the likelihood of a serious collision is higher as well. For example, it might be helpful to review data on two-lane road accidents that take place during the night, especially if you find yourself driving on these roads frequently.

Anesthesia errors and proposed solutions

Patients in Connecticut who have an upcoming surgery should be aware of the potential dangers related to anesthesia. Due to the high-stress environment, there tends to be more errors in the operative setting, so meeting with the anesthesiologist beforehand can help reduce the chances of mistakes that can ultimately lead to serious consequences.

Does Connecticut dog bite law only apply to dogs?

Connecticut is fairly well known for dog bite laws that place strict expectations on dog owners to control their animals or face severe penalties. But what if you are attacked by an animal other than a dog? Is the animal's owner equally liable if you are assaulted by a cat? Attacked by a rabbit? Accosted by a vocal and particularly vicious parrot? What happens as far as liability if you are attacked by a pet or livestock other than a dog? When it comes to the animals themselves, Connecticut's protocol for quarantine and euthanasia treats other animals exactly the same as it treats dogs. The animal is seized by animal control and placed in quarantine, and animals determined to be potentially rabid are often put down. You are also exonerated if you kill the animal in self-defense and can prove it bit you before its death, resulting in defensive retaliation. If the animal is quarantined or disposed of, however, the owner is held liable for all associated costs the same as with dogs.

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