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New London’s Top Leaders Celebrate Jonathan Perkins Grand Opening of Fifth Location

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Ribbon Cutting and Reception Bring together over 50 Members of the Local Political and Business Communities

(NEW LONDON, CT) – November 5, 2018 – Local leaders welcomed Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to New London at a grand opening celebration on November 1st at the practice’s new location at 164 Hempstead Street. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The law firm rolled out the red carpet by hosting an elegant professional networking reception to bring more than 50 members of the community together over refreshments and delicious hors d’ouevres served by Matthew’s Catering Company. Attendees toured the office, met the staff, learned about their services and enjoyed the warm evening weather outside on the large front porch.

Paul Formica, CT State Senator for the 20th District, kicked off the event by describing the team at Jonathan Perkins as “great representation to have in a walkable area of town.” City Council Member Alma D. Nartatez explained the firm is “the exact business and economic development that we want in New London to preserve a historic home.” Other members of the City Council who came out in support of the business included Efrain Dominguez, Jr., and Anthony Nolan. CT Representative Joe de la Cruz was also in attendance.

Attorney Perkins voiced his enthusiasm about the office and the opportunities that it provides. “It is conveniently located just steps from the court house and New London is a beautiful city. We look forward to making new connections with other professionals.”

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is one of Connecticut’s top accident and injury law firms that has successfully protected the interests of clients across the state for more than 30 years. The practice is eager to lend its respected legal expertise to the residents of New London County. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury.

attorney jonathan perkins cutting the ribbon in front of the new office's doorway

About Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

For more than 30 years, Attorney Jonathan Perkins has been committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries. He has handled thousands of cases and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security claims. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit 800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

PHOTO: From L-R: CT State Representative Joe de la Cruz, New London City Council Members Alma D. Nartatez, Efrain Dominguez, Jr. and Anthony Nolan, joined Attorney Jonathan Perkins and his wife Irit Perkins, CT State Senator Paul Formica, and President of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Tony Sheridan to celebrate the official grand opening of the New London office of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.

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School Bus Accidents: How do they Happen?

Recently, in a review of school bus safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), concluded that school buses are the safest vehicles on the road, safer even than driving your child to school in your car. Unfortunately, accidents can and do still happen, and as a parent, you have the right to take action to protect your child, secure fair and just compensation, and hold the parties responsible accountable for what happened.

While the thought of your child being injured on the way to or from school is unthinkable, it can happen. Some common school bus claims include:

  • Children being hit by buses
  • Collisions between buses and other vehicles
  • Drivers causing accidents while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Children dropped off at the wrong bus stop
  • Drivers failing to check for occupants at the end of a bus route
  • Failure on the part of transportation companies to properly screen drivers
  • Failure to train drivers
  • Failure to inspect or maintain buses
  • Failure on the part of the school district to protect students from harm

In the event of a catastrophic accident, error in judgment, or intentional act that harms your child, you have the right to take legal action. The goal of this is two-fold: to protect your child and to prevent incidents like these from happening to other children. The most important step you can take is to call an experienced school bus accident attorney to discuss your rights and legal options right away.

How We Can Help

The team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have the experience, skill, and resources you need on your side if your child has been hurt in a school bus accident. We are committed to aggressively representing our clients and working tirelessly to get the best outcome possible for your case. We understand that when it comes to your children, there is absolutely no excuse for reckless, careless, or negligent behavior from those who you trusted to care for them, so we’ll fight to make sure that justice is served. Call us at (203) 397-1283 or fill out a contact form to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with an experienced member of our team 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 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.

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.

Does Using Your GPS Count as Distracted Driving?

GPSThe dangers of distracted driving have become a hot topic among drivers of all ages and all levels of experience. Though the latest and most frequently blamed culprit is cell phone use, the truth is that distracted driving has been a major factor in car accidents since people abandoned the horse and buggy and got behind the wheel of automobiles and trucks. There are countless instances of drivers being distracted by a wide array of activities, including changing the radio station, raising or lowering windows, opening or closing sunroofs, putting on makeup, eating or drinking, or arguing with fellow passengers. Breaking up an argument between kids in the backseat means taking your eyes off of the road in front of you, and that’s all it takes to cause a significant crash.

One of the most recent additions to the list of driving distractions is the use of GPS systems. Whether the device is built into your car through a state-of-the-art navigation system or you’re using an application on your phone, using them often involves taking your eyes off of the road to check what your next turn is going to be, or whether you’ve missed it entirely. Though the new technology certainly is easier to follow than trying to read a map, it can still lead to an accident if misused. To avoid having your GPS take your focus off of the road in front of you, follow these simple rules:

  • Program your destination into your GPS before you start your journey. Typing a destination into Google Maps or Waze while driving is no different from texting while driving, and it’s just as dangerous.
  • If you are driving with passengers, put them in charge of navigation. Whether it’s checking to see how much farther you have to go, or changing the route to avoid a traffic jam ahead of you, ask the person who is riding shotgun to take care of the data input and oversight.
  • Keep your GPS volume high, and if you have Bluetooth technology, set it to play through your audio system. The less you have to glance at your screen, the better.

Though texting is what has gotten most of the attention, getting distracted by a GPS has caused thousands of accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you suspect that use of a GPS contributed to your injury, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.

 

Why You Should Always Clear Snow and Ice from Your Roof

Snow on roofWinters seem to be getting harsher with each passing year, and it’s tempting to just stay inside and hibernate until spring. Unfortunately, if you’re a homeowner or business owner responsible for a property, that means you’re also responsible for clearing snow and ice from your roof in order to prevent injuries to anybody who might pass by. Premises liability laws are clear that if snow, ice, or icicles fall from your building and strike somebody, cause property damage, or lead to a slip and fall accident, you can be held financially and legally responsible.
While there’s no expectation for you to go outside in the midst of a snow or sleet storm, once it has passed and the weather has cleared, all property owners have a duty to make sure that their property is safe. This means removing:

  • Accumulated snow or ice, which can slide off of your building and hit a passerby below, or
    create a slippery, treacherous sidewalk beneath.
  • Icicles hanging from the side of a building, which can cause traumatic brain injuries or skull
    fractures if they strike a person walking underneath, or freeze on the sidewalk below.

As beautiful as accumulated snow can be when viewed in a landscape when it is underfoot or overhead it represents a significant risk to passersby, as well as to vehicles or property that may be underneath. Premises liability is a specific area of law that addresses situations where property owners fail to exercise appropriate caution on behalf of people that may be on their property. This duty is particularly
emphasized where a property has experienced previous instances of accumulation. If you know that your roof gathers snow or your gutters collect precipitation that drips to the sidewalk below and creates an icy patch, there’s an expectation that you will anticipate the problem occurring again and take action to address it.

If you’ve been injured by a falling slab of ice or snow, or have slipped on a slippery patch while walking on a sidewalk, the property owner may be at fault for your injury. Call the premises liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to see whether you have the right to file a claim seeking compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

 

Follow all Recommended Power and Safety Guidelines for your Christmas Lights

IChristmas Lightst’s an annual tradition for many families. The weekend following Thanksgiving is spent decorating, hanging holiday lights around your property, buying a Christmas tree, and hanging wreaths and other festive holiday symbols. It’s a lot of work that brings a lot of satisfaction, but it’s important that you take the time to follow all recommended power and safety guidelines for your Christmas lights. No matter how robust defective products laws are, consumers have a responsibility to do their part and make sure that they are reading all of the precautions that manufacturers provide.

Product manufacturers have a responsibility to provide consumers with warnings of all known dangers of using their products, as well as of the dangers that may come if they are used improperly. This requirement extends to products of all kinds, including holiday lights. Though technology has provided
tremendous inroads in terms of safety, Christmas lights still rely on electricity, and that automatically means there is a risk of shock or fire when used improperly.

To make sure that your holiday decorations are safe, make sure that you do the following:

  • Make sure that they are Underwriters Laboratory-rated. Cheaper lights may not have this important testing.
  • Do not use any wiring that is frayed or damaged. Damaged lights can short circuit, and this can lead to a fire. Throw damaged lights away.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you are using lights the way they are intended. Do not use outdoor lights indoors, or indoor lights outdoors.
  • Be cautious about where you are hanging lights and electrical wiring. They should be kept away from heat sources and flammable items.
  • Use insulated holders specifically designed for lighting rather than household items like tape or staples to hang lights.
  • Be careful when using extension cords. Make sure that they are grounded and the correct length to avoid accidents.
  • Replace burnt out bulbs with bulbs that are the same wattage as the rest of the string.
  • Unplug lights before making any repairs.
  • Follow instructions and obey limits regarding the number of light strands that can be strung together. When in doubt, limit to no more than three.
  • Turn off lights before going to bed, and do not leave lights unattended.

If you have suffered an injury or loss because of Christmas lights that were used properly but were defective, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss your situation.

Opportunities to Collect Financial Damages After Drunk Driving Accident

drunk driving accidentFinancial compensation is often the last thing on someone’s mind after escaping a serious car accident, especially a drunk driving accident. However, you may be entitled to compensation for both injuries and damages that come from such an event. Further, you could be entitled to compensation for emotional damages such as pain and suffering. However, those damages become much more difficult to recover after time has passed, making it important to find the right personal injury lawyer early in the process.

The first part of the process is discerning who is liable for the damages and can be held accountable. Examples of such persons include:

  • The driver of the other vehicle in the crash
  • Governing entities if there was a defect in the roadway that led to or worsened the conditions for the accident
  • Third parties that intervened in some way, causing a negative effect
  • Owner of the other vehicle, if not the driver
  • Owner of the vehicle the victim was driving if it was not theirs and it led to or worsened conditions leading to the event
  • The establishment that served the driver in excess prior to the drunk driving accident
  • Your own insurance company
  • Insurance company of a relative that lives in the same household to get uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits

Figuring out the best party to pursue legally can be difficult. Contact our team at Jonathan Perkins Personal Injury Lawyers today. We understand the best legal strategies in any car accident. Through our years of experience, we have the knowledge needed to get the most favorable outcome in a drunk driving accident in Connecticut.

Sobering Slip and Fall Accident Statistics

Falls accounted for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. In fact, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. with the risk of falling increasing with age. In at-home settings and communities, more than 31,000 falls led to death with nearly 600 dying from a fall at the workplace. Even further, 47,000 falls that resulted in injury at the workplace in 2013.

More Statistics

  • There are more than 540,000 slip and fall injuries that require hospital care in North America every year.
  • More than 300,000 disabling injuries are caused by slipping accidents every year.
  • There are about 55 fatalities each day in North America from fall accidents.
  • Of all reported injuries, slip and fall injuries account for 30%.
  • Slip and fall injuries alone cost over $100 million each day.
  • 40% of all Workers’ Compensation claims paid out are from slip and fall accidents, accumulating over $1.8 billion in damages paid to victims every year.
  • In hotels, restaurants and public buildings, slip and falls are the top cause of accidents with 70% occurring on flat, even surfaces.
  • Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of death in the workplace.
  • The incidence of falls increases with each decade of life.
  • Fractures are the most serious injury from a slip and fall and happen in 5% of all slip and fall incidents.

Prevention

Physical aspects can be handled to help reduce the number of slip and fall accidents but there are other factors that have a major impact. The three physical precautions that can be taken include:

  • Proper and regular maintenance
  • Well-maintained equipment and guards
  • Applicable rules and regulations

In addition to these preventions, there are three major contributors to the likelihood of slipping, tripping and falling:

  • Distractions
  • Walking too fast
  • Not paying attention to where you’re walking

The human factors can be best addressed in training sessions for safety. It is also important to be prudent with your own safety and to watch for safety signs and where you are walking.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team of attorneys today at Jonathan Perkins Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.

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