For parents and their children alike, the end of school and the beginning of summer signals one of the most enjoyable times of the year: the time when kids head off to summer camp. Today’s camps offer a wide range of activities and settings to match the interests and needs of every child, and the experiences build memories that last a lifetime. As much fun and enjoyment as summer camp brings, it can also result in mishaps and accidents. Though the majority of summer camp injuries in Connecticut are nothing more than bumps, bruises, and bad cases of poison ivy, there are unfortunate instances where camps fail in their responsibility to keep children safe and serious damage results. If your child has been hurt at camp and you suspect that it is the result of the staff or owners not paying sufficient attention or exercising their responsibility to the children appropriately, then your child may be entitled to compensation for the damages that they suffered. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are available at your convenience to discuss your child’s circumstances and advise you of your rights.
There are a number of different ways that a camp’s negligence can result in injuries to a child. These include:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Many parents whose children suffer summer camp injuries in Connecticut believe that because they signed a form indemnifying and holding the camp harmless in case of injury that they are unable to file a personal injury lawsuit when their child is injured, but this is not true. The legal system holds that these waivers are only binding in cases of ordinary negligence, but when recklessness or gross negligence causes harm, they do not provide the camp with protection. The camp can still be held liable, particularly when a personal injury lawsuit is being pursued by an experienced, knowledgeable attorney.
Camps can be held liable for injuries under many circumstances, including providing inappropriate or insufficient medical responses to an illness or injury, failing to protect children from traumatic injuries, and for negligent supervision resulting in harm from the failure to protect and monitor the child. Though not every injury that happens will be deemed the camp’s responsibility or will place a camp owner in the position of being financial responsible, when it can be proven that certain elements existed, then a case for liability can be made. Most important is a breach of the camp’s duty to care for the child, as well as proof that this breech was directly responsible for the injury that resulted.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that camp should be a wonderful and safe experience for children, and when that is not the case and a child is injured, it is important to look at all of the details to determine where the fault lies. If you believe that your child’s summer camp injury in Connecticut may have been a result of negligence or recklessness on the part of a camp counselor or the camp’s management or ownership, contact our office for a free review of your situation.
Summer has finally arrived in Connecticut, and with its warmth and sunshine it also brings the promise of family car rides to barbeques and community events as well as road trips to vacation destinations. The anticipated pleasures of the season and the joys of spending time together are what summer is all about – and to make sure that our activities leave us with nothing but happy memories, it’s important that we remain vigilant on the road. You and your loved ones will not be the only ones on the highway – far from it — so it’s important that you remain aware of the potential risks inherent in summer driving, and do everything you can to make sure that you are well protected.
There are a number of steps that you can take to improve your travel safety in Connecticut and stay safe on the road. The very first of these is to make sure that your car is in its best possible condition. You can begin in your own driveway or at your neighborhood auto shop by checking the oil, all fluid levels, the air pressure in your tires, and the condition of your brakes. Make sure that you have essentials packed into your vehicle, including a jack, a roadside emergency kit, and a first aid kit, as well as enough water for everybody who will be riding in the car. You also want to make sure that your air conditioning is running well.
Once you’ve made sure that your vehicle is ready, the next step is to make sure that you’re doing your part by driving safely and obeying all of the rules of the road. This means that you should not exceed the posted speed limit and obey all driving rules. Connecticut drivers should avoid the use of electronic devices such as cell phones or GPS devices, leaving it to other passengers in the car to navigate and manage communications. It is essential that the driver remains alert and focused on the road. If you are behind the wheel and begin to feel drowsy, do not push yourself – ask another driver in the car to take over if they are up to it, or take a break at a rest stop. The safety of you, your passengers, and those with whom you share the road is in your hands.
Unfortunately, the steps that you take to ensure that you are behaving as a responsible vehicle owner and driver are not necessarily taken by all of the other drivers on the road. Negligent drivers can wreak havoc by drinking and driving, speeding, texting behind the wheel, and generally ignoring traffic laws. Their irresponsible actions can claim lives and cause untold injuries. If you or someone you love suffers an injury as a result of another’s negligence in an auto accident in Connecticut, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today. We are dedicated to providing victims of negligence with the legal representation that they need to get the compensation that they deserve.
Dogs are arguably the most popular pet in the United States, with an estimated 80 million of them sharing our homes and our lives. Though the majority of these canines are truly man’s best friend, providing their owners and those who they encounter with love, companionship, and the joy of a constantly wagging tail, there are also those who act unpredictably, biting people and causing considerable pain and suffering.
Now that we are in the warmer weather and are spending more time outdoors, the likelihood of encountering a dog increases, so it is important to know how to stay safe around dogs who are unfamiliar or who may act unpredictably. The attorneys at Perkins Law offer these tips for how to avoid getting bitten, as well as what to do if you are injured by a dog.
If you encounter a dog with whom you are unfamiliar, there are several precautionary measures you can take to minimize your chances of getting bitten. These include:
- Avoid staring into a dog’s eyes. If the dog is territorial, it may interpret your direct eye contact as a threat.
- Do not ever tease a dog. This is true of dogs that are unfamiliar to you as well as dogs that you know.
- Do not approach a dog that is injured or that is tied up on a chain, particularly if the owner is not around.
- Do not approach a dog that you do not know or whose owner is not available for you to ask permission.
- Do not run away if a dog is running after you. Doing so will incite the dog to think of you as prey. Also, do not scream if a dog is running towards you. It will raise the dog’s excitement level.
- Do not try to pet or play with a dog while it is eating.
- Do not try to pet or play with a dog while it is sleeping.
- Do not approach a dog that is nursing puppies, or attempt to pick up a pup while in the presence of its mother.
- Do not ever leave a small child alone with a dog, even if the dog is a trusted and much-loved family pet.
It is a good idea to approach a dog with care. Ask the owner for their permission to pet the dog, no matter how friendly the dog looks, and do not disregard what the owner says if they warn you against petting the dog. Many people who suffer dog bites argue with a warning pet owner, saying, “Oh, dogs love me,” only to find out that the owner knew what they were talking about when they said that the dog was not friendly. Approach all dogs with a closed fist for them to sniff before extending any soft flesh such as a palm or fingers.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important to remember that you have rights. Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their animals unless you have been teasing the dog or are illegally on the owner’s property with the intent to commit a crime. If you have suffered a dog bite and would like more information on your legal rights, call the attorneys at Perkins Law today.
Motorcycles are extremely popular. They have a mystique that goes far beyond being a simple mode of transportation, providing their riders with an air of independence and self-confidence. Unfortunately, in addition to the bravado and freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle, so does a fair amount of risk. No matter how skilled you are as a rider or how much care you exercise while on the road, there is always the potential for getting into an accident with other vehicles whose drivers are not paying close enough attention or who are acting negligently. Because motorcycles offer no protection for their riders outside of the helmet and clothing that they are wearing, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and need help pursuing legal action against those responsible, contact the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today.
As a motorcycle enthusiast, you have probably spent a great deal of time learning everything you can about injury prevention. In addition to knowing what helmet provides you with the best protection and what bikes offer the greatest level of stability, it is important to understand the exact physical risk that you are facing. There are certain injuries that are most common when a motorcycle accident occurs, and these include:
- Concussion- There is a high risk that the rider’s head will crash into the ground, the other vehicle, or an object such as a sign, lamp, or highway barricade.
- Brain damage – Riders who do not wear a helmet are at particular risk of death or brain injury following an accident. Head and neck injuries make up roughly 22 percent of motorcycle injuries
- Broken joints and limbs – Arms, wrists and legs are frequently broken, and often as a result of the bike itself falling on top of the rider. These injuries often occur when a rider tries to break their fall
- Injuries to the legs and feet – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries happen to the legs and feet.
- Broken shoulders – Shoulders and chest injuries occur in roughly 22 percent of motorcycle accidents
- Broken pelvis – The pelvis is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body in serious motorcycle accidents
- Spinal damage – When a rider is thrown from their bike or crushed by another vehicle, they run the risk of severe damage to the spinal cord and vertebrae
- Soft tissue damage (road rash) – This type of damage occurs when the body slides across the surface of the highway
- Biker’s arm – This is a highly specific injury that occurs when the nerves in the upper arm are damaged in a fall from the bike. Use of the arm is often permanently lost
- Facial disfigurement – When a motorcycle rider is not wearing a full face helmet and is in an accident, they run the risk of doing permanent damage when their face slides across the ground or crashes into a vehicle or object.
Motorcycle riders who suffer these types of injuries face high medical bills and long rehabilitation periods. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, call the Connecticut law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today to see how we can get you compensation for the damage you’ve suffered.
Do you have a Facebook account? An Instagram account? Do you tweet? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Social media usage has taken the country by storm, and has led to many positive social goods, billions of selfies being taken, and news stories, political opinions and videos of cute cats being shared. As enjoyable as it can be to participate in this digital revolution, if you are in the process of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for an injury, then it is important that you understand that you need to be careful in what you post on social media, as it could be used against you in your personal injury claim.
The lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law are strong advocates for our clients, and it is important to us that you understand the various risks that your involvement in social media may pose.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you are seeking more than a judgment that the defendant is at fault for what has happened to you. You are seeking compensation for the damages that you have suffered. Damages in a personal injury lawsuit can fall into a number of categories, including the cost of any medical expenses that you incurred or property damage that you suffered. It can also include claims of loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and the like. These claims are quite legitimate, but they are much more difficult to prove in a lawsuit then actual submission of hospital and doctor bills. A personal injury attorney’s ability to get a plaintiff the compensation that they deserve for this less tangible damages relies on how compelling and believable their account of the injury victim’s suffering is, and to that end the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law often enlist the expert testimony of a number of witnesses.
At the same time that a personal injury attorney is gathering evidence in support of an injury victim’s case, the attorneys representing a defendant are doing the same – gathering evidence to prove that the injuries suffered are not severe, or even that they are non-existent. One of the most powerful tools that they have begun to use is social media postings. When a plaintiff is claiming to be unable to enjoy life but then posts a photo on Facebook or Instagram showing them dancing, or running on the beach, it works against the jury’s belief in their suffering. Even a posting without a photo, or a picture posted and tagged by a friend, can be entered as evidence against you. It is important that you are careful about what you post on social media.
Victims of negligence are entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that they endure, but in order to win their personal injury lawsuit it is important that they do everything that they can to support their case.
For information on how we can help you win the compensation that you deserve, contact the Connecticut law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today.
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Medical malpractice occurs when a person who has sought treatment from a physician or other health care provider suffers harm as a result of their failure to competently perform their professional duties. There are many different circumstances and examples that constitute medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition, childbirth injuries, medication errors, anesthesia or surgical errors, but in all cases the case is based entirely on whether the practitioner was negligent and that their lack of skill, competence or caring was what harmed the patient. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law. We are successful and accomplished medical malpractice lawyers who will listen carefully to your concerns, investigate your case thoroughly and then pursue it aggressively in order to get you the maximum compensation for the harm that you’ve suffered.
It is important to remember that a poor medical outcome does not mean that medical malpractice occurred. There are many occasions when a patient seeks medical help and do not get the results that they are hoping for, but that does not mean that the physician or health care provider acted inappropriately or negligently. The first step that the Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law will do when we meet with a client is to work to determine whether negligence has occurred or not. This investigation will include interviewing you about your experience and reviewing your medical records with experts in the field. Our goal will be to determine whether the health professional acted in a way that was in keeping with what another competent doctor would have done in the same circumstances – if not and you suffered an injury as a result, then there is grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and we will work aggressively to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Many people who have been injured by a physician or other health practitioner’s negligence are hesitant about filing a lawsuit, but doing so is in your best interest. The compensation that you may be entitled to as a victim of medical malpractice is meant to provide reimbursement for medical bills and the costs of treatment for the injuries suffered, for any physical pain and mental anguish that you’ve suffered or additional medical bills you may need to incur in the future, and any lost work or earnings capacity. In order to successfully pursue a case it is important that you not let too much time go by. Medical malpractice claims generally need to be filed relatively quickly after the damage has occurred. Failure to file a suit within the statute of limitations may prevent you from being able to get the compensation that you deserve, so call the Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law as soon as possible.
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Lead is an extremely toxic material that occurs in nature. Though it was once used in paint and gasoline, it is no longer used in those applications. Unfortunately, lead-based paint was widely used to paint walls and trim as well as household furniture and children’s toys until the time that it was banned in 1978. Though lead poisoning statistics have fallen as a result of that action, lead-based paint is still very much in evidence in older homes and apartments, and has been responsible for serious injuries. Children are at particular risk because they often eat chips of paint that contain lead, but even adults can suffer serious health problems by coming into contact or constant exposure with lead-contaminated air, water, soil, food or household products. If you have suffered lead poisoning and believe that you know its source, you may have a claim against the responsible party. The lead poisoning lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law have extensive knowledge of the laws involving lead exposure and poisoning, and can provide you with compassionate, qualified legal representation.
Exposure to even minute amounts of lead can lead to concerning health issues and even deaths. Exposure in children is of particular concern because they are so small and their bodies are still developing: children under the age of six with trace amounts of lead poisoning may experience delays in cognitive and physical development, and more extensive exposure can lead to fatalities. In most cases lead poisoning occurs in older buildings, though lead is also present in other environments.
Detecting lead poisoning can be difficult because though it may be present, symptoms don’t appear until the situation has become acute. Symptoms may also be overlooked or misinterpreted, making diagnosis even more difficult. In children the symptoms include:
- Developmental delays
- Difficulty learning
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
Though adult lead poisoning is not seen as frequently as in children, it is just as dangerous. The symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders
- Declines in mental functioning
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Pain of the extremities
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Reduced sperm count or abnormal sperm
Exposure to lead is something that the government has worked hard to prevent – its use in paint and food cans has been banned. Unfortunately, many landlords and building owners have failed to take action to prevent exposure to lead in tenants, children and others. If you or your child have been exposed to lead paint and suffered as a result, then you may be eligible for compensation for the harm that you’ve suffered. To meet with us to discuss a claim, contact the lead poisoning lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law to set up an appointment.
The most recent winter storm Pax has set its sights on Connecticut, and with as much as one foot of snow expected to fall today and through the evening, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has ordered non-essential state employees to stay home from work.
In the face of Pax, many school districts announced cancellations and the state is bracing for heavy, wet snowfall over the course of Thursday and into Friday. Gov. Malloy released a statement, saying, “With heavy snow falling across the state and forecast to continue throughout the day, I am asking residents to avoid unnecessary travel.”
Blinding, wind-driven snow like the precipitation brought by Pax can mean not only dangerous driving conditions but also dangerously low temperatures, freezing rain and strong winds.
To say safe while Pax passes, keep the following tips in mind:
- Put together a supply kit with enough water and food to last at least three days
- Keep a flashlight and extra batteries nearby
- Ensure that your first-aid supplies are fully stocked
- Know where all medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items are
- Keep cell phones charged
- Secure an ample amount of alternate heating methods like fireplaces, wood or coal-burning stoves
- Don’t forget to secure any items your pet may need while preparing for the storm (collar, leash, identification, food, bowls, etc.)
- Have emergency family contact information at the ready
- Keep sand, rock salt or kitty litter on hand to help with slippery walkways or driveways on your property
- Have extra cash
- Keep copies of important personal documents in a designated place of the house
- Winterize your vehicle by keeping all fluids topped off and a full tank of gas, which will keep the fuel line from freezing
Prior to a storm hitting it’s a good idea to install storm windows and perform regular maintenance on chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. If you plan to travel during the winter or will not be home for most of the season, set your heater to no lower than 55° F.
Connecticut Light & Power released a statement assuring residents that the utility company is prepared to respond to any and all outages quickly and safely. “The company will activate its emergency response plan…and we will have crews standing by across the state,” CL&P said. The company also encouraged customers who rely heavily on electricity for critical medical needs to make alternate arrangements wherever possible by switching to a backup source or securing another location.
Pax is forecast to end by early Friday. Residents should take all reasonable precautions and stay off the road until absolutely necessary.
A massive fire in Shelton late Sunday evening destroyed a building and injured five people while leaving 28 others homeless. The Shelton Fire Department was dispatched to battle the flames and rescue residents.
“It was a mass evacuation rescue from the get-go,” said Shelton Fire Department Assistant Chief Nick Verdicchio. The four-story blaze required several crews to extinguish, though approximately 30 minutes into the effort the building collapsed. Crews from Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Monroe, Milford, Seymour and Stratford worked together throughout the night to dampen the flames. Firefighters were battling two frozen fire hydrants in addition to the blaze, which delayed their efforts considerably. At approximately 5 a.m., fire crews finally extinguished the blaze by shutting off a gas line which had been obscured by the smoke and underneath the rubble caused by the fire.
Five people were transported to local hospitals to treat injuries, though none of them were reported as life-threatening. Another 28 individuals were left homeless after the 125-year-old building was destroyed. The Red Cross is reportedly offering assistance to these people who were left without shelter, clothing and food after the blaze.
“Someone grabbed me and dragged me out to where the back door was,” said third-floor resident John Quick. “Someone held me up and I got in the ambulance.”
The building itself was 125 years old with apartments on the upper stories and businesses on the ground level units. Resident Adam Barbera said of the fire, “You just woke up and there was a cloud of smoke, and within 10 minutes it was just more and more.”
The cause of the fire is yet unknown, though investigators determined that it began in the building’s basement at approximately 11:10 p.m. Sunday night. Monday afternoon, Howe Avenue was closed between Center Street and White Street.