Traumatic brain injuries are a common neurological disease in New Haven, and throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2.5 million brain injuries suffered in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics were available. These injuries generally occur when some outside force causes brain dysfunction; typically due to a blow, jolt or bump to the head. People can suffer traumatic brain injuries as the result of motor vehicle accidents, while participating in sporting events, on the job or due to any other number of accidents and incidents. Regardless of the cause, returning to their everyday activities can be a lengthy process for people who have suffered this type of injury.
Motor vehicle accidents occur every day on the roads throughout New Haven, and all of New England. These types of collisions can affect more than just negligent or careless drivers. Often, other motorists are also involved. This can result in them, or their passengers, suffering serious injury, or even death. Generally, both male and female drivers of all ages have at least some level of risk of being involved in auto accidents. However, the danger may be greater for some groups than it is for others. One such group, according to a study recently conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, is pregnant women. According to a Fox News report, the study found that approximately one out of every 50 women would be in an auto collision.
Drunk driving continues to be a problem in New Haven, and throughout the U.S. As was discussed in last week’s post, getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol can be highly dangerous. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-involved collisions in 2012 alone, and many more were injured. It is not just drunk drivers who are at risk of being injured or killed in drunk driving accidents, but also other motorists, passengers and bystanders.
Often, the winter months are filled with parties and other gatherings for people in New Haven, and throughout the U.S. While attending these numerous soirees, some may choose to indulge in libations. This can quickly take an evening of fun and laughter to one of tragedy, however, when people who have been drinking choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. As a result, other motorists and passengers, as well as the drunk drivers themselves, may be seriously injured or, in some cases, killed.
Dogs that are kept as pets in Connecticut, and throughout the U.S., may bite or attack for any number of reasons. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million people suffer dog bite injuries in the U.S. each year. Of these, approximately one out of every five requires medical treatment. With few exceptions, Connecticut state law generally holds dog owners liable for the losses resulting from such injuries. To ensure that they receive the help that they need, it can be important for dog bite victims to understand what type of compensation they may be entitled to.