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Summer Bicycle Safety

With summer in full swing, neighborhoods across Connecticut are full of children on bicycles, which unfortunately means that children are also increasingly getting hurt in bicycle accidents. Most bicycle accidents occur between May and September, and nearly 11% of bicycle accident fatalities involve children. During the summer, many children bike alone in the dark or through heavily trafficked areas on their way to and from home, to their friends’ homes, and to destinations like the neighborhood pool or park.

It is important for parents to emphasize bicycle safety when talking to their kids, and it is the responsibility of all drivers to watch out for kids on the road and drive in a responsible manner. If the driver acts in an aggressive or careless manner, they might be held liable for any injuries, property damage, or wrongful death of a child if an accident occurs.

Protect Your Children

Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to help protect your children this summer.

  • Require Helmets: The most important step a child can take to protect their life while riding a bicycle is to wear a helmet. Using helmets reduces the risk of serious injuries by up to 70%. Make sure your child is equipped with a great helmet, and ensure that they wear it whenever they ride their bike.
  • Increase Visibility: If your child ever rides their bike in the dark, you can install reflectors or lights on their bike to increase their visibility. You can also invest in bright clothes especially for biking to further increase their chances of being seen. When your child is more visible, drivers are less likely to accidentally run into them.
  • Install a Bell: Bells are useful for warning drivers and other bikers of your presence when you pass them or turn. Make sure your child’s bell is loud enough to be functional in these situations.
  • Take a Bicycle Safety Class Together: Taking a course together to get a refresher on bicycle laws and safety practices can be one of the most helpful things you can do to protect your child this summer. Getting that reminder, even if they’ve been told these rules in the past, can help your child avoid making a mistake or doing something risky that compromises their safety.

Get Help

Unfortunately, even when you take all the proper precautions, accidents sometimes still happen. In the event that your child is injured in a bicycle accident in Connecticut this summer, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help protect your rights and get you the compensation and justice you deserve. Motorists are responsible for paying attention to bicyclists on the road, so if they collide with your child and cause an accident, you can hold them liable for the consequences. To discuss your legal options with a bicycle accident attorney who cares, contact 1-800-PERKINS today.

Child Car Seat Safety for Summer Roadtrips

This summer, families in Connecticut and across the nation will pack up their cars and will hit the road for vacation. If you have small children, it is critical that you keep them properly restrained in the car while driving. Incorrect usage of safety seats correlates to a 3 ½ times higher risk of serious injury in the event of a collision. According to statistics released by Safe Ride 4 Kids, nearly 84% of child restraints reveal critical (and potentially fatal) misuse or incorrect installation. Shockingly, 96% of parents believe that their seats are correctly installed.

How to ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly

Fortunately, there are many resources for families in Connecticut to make sure that their car seats are installed correctly and are safe for use. Organizations like Safe Kids Connecticut are an excellent resource for parents, and they routinely host car seat check events across the state.

There are also over 70 car seat fitting stations in Connecticut, which means that a trained car seat technician is likely close to you. These technicians will have taken a 32-hour training course and must be certified by Safe Kids Worldwide. At your appointment, the technician will check the seat to make sure it has not been recalled. They will also determine your particular seat fits your child correctly based on their current height and weight. The technician will install the seat, adjust the straps, and will show you how to remove and install the seat in the future.

By making sure the car seats in your vehicle are properly installed, you can rest easier knowing that they are safely restrained while traveling on your summer road trip.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and the busy summer months show a spike in collisions across the nation. If you are hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, help is available. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 1-800-PERKINS to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate Connecticut car accident attorneys today.


Swimming Pool Accidents: Is the Property Owner Responsible?

During the warm summer months, public and private swimming pools are a popular destination for adults and children. While pools are a great way to escape the summer heat, they also present specific hazards, especially if they are not properly maintained and if guests are not supervised. If you or someone you love is hurt at a swimming pool, you could be eligible to pursue a premises liability claim against the property owner or management company. If this has happened to you, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to understand your rights.

How is Liability Determined in Swimming Pool Accidents?

Because swimming pools are considered part of the property, premises liability laws apply to any accidental injury claims that arise. When it comes to the level of responsibility assumed by the property owner, there are three different types of entrants on the property that are recognized. These entrants include:

Invitees– In the case of a public pool, entrants are considered to be invitees, regardless of whether the pool is free or if admission is charged. The owner of the property has a responsibility to take reasonable care of the pool, which includes maintenance and repairs.

Licensees– If you are invited to someone’s private pool, you are considered to be a licensee. The pool owner has a responsibility to warn you of potential hazards like slippery deck surfaces, shallow water, and other hazards that might not be readily apparent.

Trespassers– If you are not invited to someone’s pool, you are considered a trespasser on their property. If you are hurt at someone else’s pool while trespassing, the property owner has almost no “duty of care” in this situation.

It is important to note that while premises liability laws do not protect trespassing adults, children who trespass and are injured at a pool might be protected under the state’s “attractive nuisance” doctrine. Because pools are considered attractive nuisances, the property owner might still be required to safeguard it from potential trespassing children. This could include signage warning of hazards and fences or gates to keep children out.

Hurt in a Swimming Pool Accident? We Can Help.

The swimming pool accident attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are ready to help you if you’ve been hurt in an accident at a public or private pool. We understand the impact that an accident can have on your life, and we want you to know that you have legal options to protect yourself and your family. Contact us at 1-800-PERKINS to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with us today.





Observe National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month with the Team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

Each May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and motorcycle advocates encourage people to recognize the importance of safe driving when it comes to sharing the road with motorcycles. Because every vehicle has the same rights and responsibilities on our highways, streets, and roads, it is important to remember to watch out for bikes while driving.

Because motorcycle riders and their passengers have little to no protection from serious injury in the event of an accident, it is the responsibility of the rider and other drivers to practice safe driving when sharing the road. Helmets and protective gear will only go so far to prevent injury, and in the event of an accident, the rider and passengers often suffer far worse consequences than those in cars or trucks.

The NHTSA website provides a few helpful tips for both motorists and bikers to keep both safe on the road. Motorists should:

  • Be aware of motorcyclists on the road. Always check for motorcyclists when changing lanes, merging, or leaving the highway.
  • Be sure to always signal lane changes to alert riders of your intent to move.
  • Motorcycles have the same rights as any other vehicle, which means they are entitled to a full-lane when driving. Do not try to share a lane with a motorcycle.
  • Always maintain a safe driving distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle in front of you.
  • As always, do not drive while intoxicated or allow in-vehicle distractions to take your eyes off the road.

For motorcycle riders, the NHTSA recommends:

  • Always wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet, boots, and protective clothing while riding.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your bike and other vehicles.
  • Do not attempt to share a lane with a car or truck.
  • Obey all traffic laws, and don’t try to pass traffic by weaving in-and-out among other vehicles.
  • Do not operate a motorcycle while drunk or under the influence of drugs or prescription medication.

If both bikers and the motorists they share the road with follow these helpful tips, severe injury accidents may be prevented.

Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers are Here to Help

The experienced Connecticut motorcycle accident lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have helped injured bikers get the compensation they need to get back on their feet after an accident. We know the devastation that a motorcycle accident can cause, and we firmly believe in doing what’s right and helping make sure that justice is served. Hurt in an accident? We can help. Call us at (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today.

Jonathan Perkins Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2018 AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Connecticut For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of
Connecticut’s Personal Injury Attorney Jonathan Perkins as 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for
Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that
publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client
and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list
was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and
reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the
utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal
Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on
attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Jonathan Perkins on this achievement, and we are honored to have him as a 2018
AIOPIA Member.

You can contact Jonathan Perkins directly at (203) 397-1283 or www.800perkins.com.

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers team attends Hartford Wolf Pack hockey game

It was hockey night at the XL Center in Hartford for the Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers office team. Pictured at one of the last games of the AHL season for the Hartford Wolf Pack ice hockey team are staff members Shawn Von Briesen, Bob Brinchman, Connor Lynch, Milvette Betancourt and Sara-Lynn Dickinson.

Johnathan Perkins Team

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers Team at the Hartford Wolfpack ice hockey game.

With offices in Hartford, Bridgeport, Woodbridge (New Haven area) and Waterbury, Connecticut, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers proudly fight for the rights of individuals who have been injured due to the negligent or careless behavior of others. This includes auto accidents, defective products, dog bites, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home accidents or abuse, premises liability, slip-and-fall accidents, and workers’ compensation cases. For more information, visit www.800perkins.com or call us at 1-800-PERKINS today.

What type of insurance coverage do Uber and Lyft drivers have in the event of an accident?

Popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are incredibly convenient, but what happens if a rideshare driver is involved in an accident? Ridesharing laws are evolving and may differ from state-to-state, so it is important to know what protections are available to you if you are hurt in an accident as a passenger or are involved in a collision with an Uber or Lyft.

If an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in a crash, the driver and the company may be liable, depending on the circumstances. In 2017, Connecticut passed rideshare legislation requiring background checks for drivers to identify potential safety issues including major traffic violations and others and mandating that drivers have adequate insurance to protect passengers and other drivers in the event of a collision.

In addition to the driver’s personal insurance policy, Uber and Lyft both have a three-tier insurance policy that applies depending on the circumstances:

Tier One: The rideshare app is not active. In the event of a collision, the driver will be personally liable. The driver’s insurance policy will be responsible for damages.

Tier Two: The rideshare app is active, and the driver is waiting to take fares. If the driver is involved in a collision, Uber and Lyft both have a 50/100/25 policy. For bodily injury, there is a maximum of $50,000 liability per person (with a maximum of $100,000 in liability per accident). A $25,000 property damage limit also may apply.

Tier Three: The rideshare app is on, and the driver is transporting a passenger or is on the way to pick up a fare. Uber and Lyft both have a $1 million-dollar liability policy that may apply if an accident occurs.

While ridesharing services have revolutionized the transportation industry, we have a right to expect that the drivers they employ operate their vehicles in a safe, responsible manner. If you have been hurt in an accident with an Uber or Lyft, you may be entitled to damages. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to discuss your rights.

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers Expands Its Connecticut Presence With Recent Opening Of Offices In Downtown Waterbury

With the help of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce and City of Waterbury officials, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week as the personal injury law firm opened its new offices in downtown Waterbury, CT.

“We reviewed market and economic trends for this region and found downtown Waterbury to be a great location for growth in central and western Connecticut. Located in between the UConn Waterbury campus, Waterbury Palace Theater and Waterbury Green is the perfect location for our law practice. Our redevelopment plans for the building at 30 North Main Street where our offices are located were on-target thanks to our many community partners and contractors,” said Attorney Jonathan Perkins. “We look forward to meeting all of the community members and strengthening the local economy here in Waterbury.”

“The Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to have Attorney Jonathan Perkins and his legal team as a member of our organization and a new neighbor in our downtown business community,” said Christopher Conway, Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured above during the recent ribbon cutting ceremony (L to R) are 1. Dr. William Pizzuto, University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus; CT State Representative Geraldo Reyes Jr.; Attorney Jonathan Perkins; Lynne Ward, Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce; Joe McGrath, City of Waterbury; and Carlos Rosa, Main Street Waterbury.

Pictured above at the recent law office opening in Waterbury (L to R) are Attorney Jonathan Perkins and Mattatuck Museum staffers Stephanie Harris, Roxane Sanders and Cyndi Tolosa.

With offices in Hartford, Bridgeport, Woodbridge (New Haven area) and Waterbury, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers specialize in representing the rights of individuals who have been injured due to the negligence and wrongful acts of others. This includes auto accidents, defective products, dog bites, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home accidents/abuse, personal injury, premise liability, slip and fall and workers’ compensation cases. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PerkinsInjuryLawyers, www.twitter.com/JPInjuryLawyers, www.800perkins.com or phone 1.800.PERKINS.

Safest Ways to Remove Snow and Ice from the Roof of your Vehicle

car buried in snow - personal injuryWinter means treacherous driving, and drivers need to pay extra attention when they get behind the wheel. Drivers in Connecticut have an even greater level of responsibility to those with whom we share the road: to reduce the number of personal injuries caused by winter accumulations, the state has required drivers to clear snow and ice from all parts of their vehicles after a snowstorm.

The law was passed several years ago because of accidents and near-misses caused by snow and ice blowing off cars. Though it’s common sense as well as common courtesy, it’s also more easily said than done. Here are some tips on how to do it without harming your car, or yourself.

  • Assuming that you can open your car door, always begin by starting your car. The warmer your vehicle is, the more easily the snow and ice will be dislodged. Turn the defroster on to full blast and turn on your rear window defroster too. Make sure your doors are unlocked before you close the door again.
  • Clear off the snow from the more accessible areas of the car first. Pay special attention to all windows, as well as the hood and trunk of the car.
  • When it comes to clearing the roof, remember that it is easier to pull the snow down than to push it, even though that means that it is going to fall on you. The most effective tool for clearing snow from the roof is called a foam push broom. Its soft surface won’t scratch your car’s paint, and it has a long handle so that even short people are able to reach at least halfway across.
  • Make sure your headlights and brake lights are clear of snow – and your license plate too.

Take care while doing this – the goal may be to avoid causing a personal injury to drivers around you, but you don’t want to slip and fall while you’re doing your civic duty! Wearing shoes or boots with good grips is always a good idea in icy conditions.

If you’ve been in an accident caused by another person’s failure to clear ice or snow off their vehicle, you may be entitled to damages. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights.

Weight Loss Surgery: New Year’s Resolutions and Complications

Weight Loss Surgery - Medical MalpracticeWe are well into the new year of 2018: did you make a New Year’s resolution? According to the online polling website YouGov, two out of three Americans do, and the top resolution that people make is to lose weight. Though eating better and exercising more are the safest and most-frequently followed pathways to weight loss, some people opt for weight loss surgery, which is usually accomplished either through an adjustable gastric band, a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass. Though these surgeries are increasingly common that does not necessarily mean that they are always safe. There have been many instances in which people have suffered severe injuries or even died as a result of complications due to medical malpractice.

When patients opt for weight loss surgery, they are asked to sign numerous forms acknowledging that the procedure is inherently dangerous. Though these forms are intended to protect surgeons and medical facilities from being sued in case something goes wrong during the surgery, a signature does not give them permission to act negligently. Healthcare professionals are expected to perform with a degree of care at all times when providing medical care, and if their actions are deemed substandard, reckless or careless, it is considered medical malpractice. They can be held legally and financially responsible for the harm that they do.

There are a number of common injuries suffered by weight loss surgery patients that are indicative of medical malpractice. These include:

  • Failure to respond to reports of patient pain, leading to patient injury, illness or death
  • Failure to advise a patient against the surgery as a result of pre-existing conditions that add risk
  • Failure to diagnose postoperative infections or bleeding leading to patient injury or death
  • Postoperative leakage
  • Failure to treat postoperative leakage
  • Intra-abdominal hemorrhage
  • Gallstones
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Stomach perforation

Failure of a weight loss surgery to provide you with the weight loss you had hoped for does not constitute medical malpractice: patients have a responsibility to adhere to doctor’s orders and even an operation does not provide a magical effect: losing weight is still hard work. But if the doctor fails in his medical technique or in some other way falls short of the level of care that is expected as standard from others in the field, they can be held responsible for any resulting damage or loss.

If you or someone you love has been hurt as a result of medical malpractice, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your situation.