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Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers Support the Penguin Plunge!

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is proud to support the Penguin Plunge taking place Saturday February 20th from the Polish Falcons Club at Crystal Lake in Middletown.  This fun event helps to support Special Olympics Connecticut.  If you would like to join in the fun, walk-up registration begins at 10AM with the plunge happening at 12PM.  Learn more about the Penguin Plunge HERE.

Special Olympics Connecticut offers year round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities looking to compete in Connecticut.  Beyond competitive events, Special Olympics Connecticut also provides their Healthy Athlete’s Program to provide Special Olympians with health screenings and educational resources towards preventative care.  They also offer the Unified Sports Fitness Club to provide opportunities for regular fitness activity.

Please help us support such a worthy cause.  Learn more about Special Olympics Connecticut HERE, and come out the Crystal Lake this weekend to take the plunge with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers!

Connecticut under High Fire Warning from National Weather Service

Gusty winds and dry conditions in Connecticut prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a warning for high fire risk to residents on Thursday, April 24.

The red flag warning affects all of Connecticut, western Massachusetts and other areas of the Northeastern U.S. Residents were cautioned to avoid lighting fires in open spaces throughout the region’s parks and forests. After Thursday evening the warning was set to expire, but residents should remain wary.

Officials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection noted that any open fires should be carefully extinguished, and that charcoal would need to be disposed of cautiously.

On Thursday, humidity was anticipated to fall as low as 15% with winds gusting up to 40 mph. Following local open fire laws is imperative while these dangerous conditions are present.

The risk of injuries from fires are difficult to ignore. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s statistics on fire injury risk from 2009-2011 show that residential fires are on the rise, as are deaths and injuries caused by them.

A quick look reflects an increase in all three categories each year:

  • 2009 – 357,000 residential fires; 2,210 deaths; 12,140 injuries causing $6.96 billion in property loss
  • 2010 – 364,300 residential fires; 2,330 deaths; 12,910 injuries causing $6.63 billion in property loss
  • 2011 – 365,500 residential fires; 2,240 deaths; 13,400 injuries causing $6.46 billion in property loss

During these years, an average of almost 13,000 Connecticut citizens were injured in fires that very likely could have been prevented had the proper precautions been taken. Many of the fires began with consumer products like candles and ranges.

Cooking equipment was the largest contributing factor in this data, accounting for just over 40% of all residential fires. Second most common factors included heating and cooling equipment, which caused 13.3% of these incidents.

With respect to the first item ignited in the fire, upholstered furniture was involved in the greatest number of deaths annually. Smoking materials caused an average of 450 deaths across all three years.

With these statistics in mind it is crucial that Connecticut residents heed the warnings of the NWS during this week’s gusty, dry conditions.

Jonathan Perkins Invited to Judge Yale Law School Mock Trial

The Yale Law School Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union holds an annual mock trial for students to learn trial advocacy skills. This year, Jonathan Perkins has been asked to judge this prestigious competition.

The competition takes place in March and offers students the chance to sharpen their skills in a simulated trial setting. Participation is open to all Yale Law School students and requires they prepare witnesses, write pre-trial motions, opening statements, direct and cross examinations and give closing arguments.

The winners of the mock trial will proceed to the National Trial Competition, where Yale’s competitors will face intramural mock trial participants from across the nation.

Yale Law School is known for its rich history and academic standards of excellence and is consistently ranked as one of the country’s top law schools. U.S. News’ recent list of 2014’s Best Law Schools names Yale as number one with a 2012 acceptance rate of only 8.3%.

As a judge in the competition, Jonathan Perkins will have the opportunity to help some of the legal industry’s future stars hone their trial skills and experience the excitement of bringing a case to life in the courtroom.

New Urgent Care Coming to Bridgeport

The nation’s top urgent care clinic is about to debut in Bridgeport. Residents can visit Doctors Express Urgent Care Center for quick and affordable treatment for illnesses, medical emergencies, X-rays and any need in between. The center has a laboratory for blood and urine tests on its grounds, as well as an on-site pharmacy.

Doctors Express will have its grand opening Mar. 12 from 4-8 p.m. at the center’s facility, located at 161 Boston Avenue.

If you or a loved one was injured, seek medical treatment immediately. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for free legal advice if you believe your injury was the result of another person’s negligence.

As originally reported Feb. 20, 2014 by PRUnderground

Bridgeport area residents are about to receive access to one of the nation’s top health care facilities. The new state-of-the-art Doctors Express Urgent Care Center, located at 161 Boston Ave, opens to the public on Monday, March 3rd.

A special Ceremonial Grand Opening evening event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th from 4-8pm when Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, as well as other community leaders, and businessmen and women from the area will gather to celebrate the opening of the new office.

The new Doctors Express Bridgeport, led by Greenwich Hospital emergency room veteran physician, Dr. Steven Heffer, is capable of caring for every patient need, while being a quicker, easier, more convenient and affordable alternative to large hospital emergency rooms.

“Not only will Doctors Express help reduce the burden at our area’s busiest emergency rooms, like Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s, but our services can greatly decrease the wait time for patients and meet their most immediate medical needs,” said Heffer. “Our objective is to help our patients quickly and effectively. The Doctors Express goal is to have all patients treated in 30 – 60 minutes.”

As a fully staffed patient care facility catering to any age, from infant to elderly, Doctors Express can handle all types of medical emergencies from life threatening and painful physical conditions to pre and post treatment assessments and follow-up attention.

“We will treat everything from asthma to allergies, stitches to sinus infections, and breaks to burns. We offer flu shots, travel immunizations and physicals. Our goal will be to evaluate and treat most patients in under an hour. We have an on-site laboratory for blood and urine tests, x-ray, and an on-site pharmacy for patient convenience. You could call it a one-stop comprehensive medical center,” said Dr. Heffer.

The new Bridgeport office is in the Bayview Plaza (landmarked as part of the Bridgeport Post Office plaza, and behind Burger King on Boston Ave.), which is conveniently located right off CT Routes 8 and 25, and a few minutes from I-95. The Doctors Express staff of 15-20 operates its own on-site laboratory, pharmacy and x-ray equipment enabling doctors and licensed professionals to diagnose and treat illnesses, dispense medication, set broken bones, and tend to thousands of other patient care needs, all under one roof. In addition to urgent care, additional services include pre-employment exams, drug screening, pre-surgical, sports and school physicals.

The facility is the first Doctors Express Urgent Care Center in Bridgeport, second in Connecticut, and joins a group of more than 140 locations in 26 states across the country that treat more than 1 million patients annually. Because Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut, Doctors Express Bridgeport location will play an important role in the community. In addition to its urgent care capabilities, Doctors Express offers local businesses the option for convenient occupational health services for their employees.

Doctors Express Urgent Care will be open7 days a week, no appointments necessary, Monday – Friday from 8am-8pm, and 8am-5pm on weekends. Doctors Express Urgent Care accepts most health insurance plans, including state and federal health programs. There will be special rates for those who choose to pay by credit card or cash and affordable visits for the uninsured and underinsured. Doctors Express will have a Spanish speaking staff member on duty at all times and the website has translation capabilities to the top 12 languages spoken in CT. including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, German, Italian, French, Vietnamese and French.

For more information, please visit the company website and to interact with the company, join its social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. To contact Doctors Express, patients can simply walk-in to the facility at 161 Boston Avenue; call 203-333-4400; or e-mail

About Doctors Express of Bridgeport

About AFC/ Doctors Express Urgent Care:
Founded by an emergency room physician seeking a more efficient, affordable and personable system for urgent care patients, AFC/ Doctors Express walk-in medical centers are sweeping the country as the nation’s largest urgent care franchise. AFC/Doctors Express provides state-of-the-art treatment for acute illness, trauma (including minor surgical procedures) and has on-site laboratory and digital x-ray service as well as medication dispensing. Pre-employment physicals, drug screening and treatment of work related injuries are also available to local employers. In 2013, American Family Care acquired Doctors Express, further expanding its reach and available services. By the end of 2013, AFC/DRX will operate more than 140 facilities in 26 states, providing care to more than a million patients. For more information visit

Winter Weather Advisory in Place as Snow Falls on Fairfield

As a light snow falls on Fairfield’s roads, a Winter Weather Advisory across most of Connecticut remains in place until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

At daybreak the snow began to fall in pockets across Fairfield County. The National Weather Service reports that snowfall could amount to one inch per hour, and New Haven Line trains are already experiencing short delays from the precipitation. Riders should anticipate the wait but listen for updates of arrival and departure times.

Drivers should also take extra precautions as 2-4 inches of snow will make roads slippery and accidents are more likely to occur in these conditions. Some basic safety tips include checking all lights and directional signals on the vehicle; topping off fluids; keeping the gas tank full; fitting the vehicle with snow tires; and driving a safe, slower speed for present conditions.

Later this week the area should be getting warmer temperatures, however a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of Connecticut, the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey. Temperatures on Wednesday are forecast for highs in the 40s with some daytime rain; Thursday a high in the 40s but partly sunny with rain in the evening; Friday will warm up to highs in the 50s.

Winter car care is one of the most important aspects of staying safe when snow falls in Connecticut. If you or a loved one was hurt in a winter weather-related auto accident, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation of your case.