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Following the rules doesn't prevent truck driver fatigue

How many times have you gotten behind the wheel of your car after yawning and wishing you had another cup of coffee, energy drink or soda? Perhaps more times than you can count. You may know this isn't the safest way to drive, but your trips may have been relatively short. After all, you were driving locally, not across the country or even across Connecticut.

Long haul truck drivers also get behind the wheel under the same conditions, but they drive much longer distances and are on the road for extended periods. This makes them dangerous.

Are you experiencing retaliation for filing a compensation claim?

When Connecticut workers suffer injuries in workplace accidents or become ill as a result of their jobs, they have the right to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. These benefits are not always easy to get because the claims process is complex, and sometimes, employers are not always supportive of their employees' needs. In fact, some workers experience retaliation after filing a claim.

If you are experiencing retaliation from your employer because you sought rightful benefits through a claim, you have rights. You do not have to put up with this type of treatment, but you can fight back and pursue a beneficial outcome to your case. It is possible to hold employers accountable for illegal treatment while securing the benefits you need and deserve. 

Main points to keep in mind when talking to kids about divorce

It can be quite challenging for Connecticut parents to balance adult issues in marriage with parenting issues involving young children. If you and your spouse have decided to dissolve your marriage, you might be worried about how to tell your children. Especially if your kids are under age 10, it can be difficult to find the right words to explain the life-changes they are about to encounter.

There is no one way to carry out such a task. You know your children and are the person best equipped to determine what is best for them, which is also something to keep in mind during custody proceedings. As for talking to them about your divorce, it may be helpful to talk to close friends or family members who have gone through similar experiences in the past.

Authorities fighting distracted driving in Connecticut

Connecticut readers know that distracted driving is a serious issue that continues to impact drivers across the state. Despite safety awareness and other efforts, many drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving, knowing full well of the danger. Distracted driving in any form, particularly cell phone use, can lead to an increased chance of accidents.

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may not know that you have legal options available to you. Through a personal injury claim against the liable driver, you may be able to hold the driver accountable for his or her actions. Connecticut law enforcement is also making a serious effort to combat this type of dangerous driving and reduce the number of preventable accidents.

Drive-thru law firm offers conveniences to clients

When in need of legal services, especially after suffering injuries after a car accident, it can seem intimidating and inconvenient to make trips inside your chosen attorney's law office. While you certainly want the privacy needed to discuss the inner workings of your case, you may feel unenthusiastic about heading into the office to simply pick up or drop off a form.

You may find yourself wishing that a law office in Connecticut offered a more convenient option for quick drop-offs, and lucky, one does exist. Kocian Law Group understands the importance of time, and the law firm offers a drive-thru window that presents easy access for their clients.

How can I fight back after a denied workers' compensation claim?

Workers' compensation is for the benefit and support of injured Connecticut employees and those who suffered illnesses as a result of their jobs. Most workers have the right to this type of support, but many are unaware that it can actually be quite complex to obtain these benefits. Many first-time applications for these benefits come back denied.

If you learned your claim for these benefits did not get approval, it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to continue your pursuit of benefits, and at this point, you may find it beneficial to seek guidance as you fight for the financial support you need and deserve. You do not have to fight back against a denied claim alone.

Seeking damages following a truck accident

You probably do not need statistics and studies to convince you that sharing a Connecticut road with tractor-trailers and other big rigs is dangerous. Even with alert and conscientious drivers behind the wheels, trucks present a hazard to standard-sized vehicles just by their sheer size and weight disparity. A truck's cargo may present additional dangers, especially in the event of an accident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be exploring the options for seeking compensation. After all, you are likely dealing with many burdens, including hospital bills, lost wages, ongoing medical treatment, pain and suffering, and perhaps funeral expenses. However, seeking damages following a truck accident is not a simple process. In fact, it has many factors than make it far more complicated than a claim for an accident between two cars.

What you do after an accident matters

After a car accident, what you do in the seconds, hours and days following matter. The steps you take and the things you say can have a direct impact on the success of a potential claim you may have in the future. It is beneficial to know what to do to protect yourself and shield your interests. 

If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another Connecticut driver, you have the right to pursue appropriate compensation for your losses, as well as your emotional trauma. Knowing how to proceed after a personal injury incident can strengthen any potential claim you may file in the future.

When are other parties liable for injuries suffered in falls?

When you are in public and suffer from a slip-and-fall accident or other type of fall, you may assume the accident was your fault. Often, these types of accidents are the result of dangerous property conditions and factors beyond your control, and you may not be to blame.

If you are suffering from injuries related to a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident in Connecticut, you may find it beneficial to seek guidance regarding your potential legal options. It is possible you have grounds to seek compensation from liable parties, but it is important to take quick action. Premises liability claims can be complex, but you do not have to walk through this process by yourself.

Is the lingering discomfort you feel a work injury?

If you've been experiencing pain and discomfort, either off and on or consistently, and you aren't sure what's causing it, you may want to learn more about repetitive strain injuries. Especially if you work in an environment where you hold the same posture or repeat the same tasks over and over again.  

Repetitive strain injuries occur over time. As you use various parts of your body, especially muscles or tendons or certain joints, you place stress on your body that may develop into a chronic injury over time. Some jobs are more likely than others to cause this type of injury, which can be so severe that those who suffer may be unable to return to work. If you believe you've suffered a workplace injury, you may want to talk to someone about how to file a claim for benefits.     

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