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Other ways a car crash can disrupt your life

Many people realize that car accident victims often struggle with serious injuries, which may leave them unable to perform their job, or financial problems due to medical bills and other expenses. However, it is crucial to remember that there are many more ways in which a motor vehicle collision can upend your life. In this post, we will look into some of the other challenges that victims of car crashes may face.

When someone is seriously hurt in a crash, they may not be able to drive their kids to school or extracurricular activities. Moreover, they may be unable to participate in activities that involve moving around. For example, they may have to cancel events and activities they have been planning for months.

Dealing with drunk wedding guests

When couples begin to plan their Connecticut wedding, they may worry about how they will handle intoxicated guests. No one wants to hear that a guest was involved in a car accident because he or she drank too much, so it is important to think about alcohol during the planning process.

One thing couples can do to be responsible hosts is control how their guests access alcohol. The Huffington Post says that some people may want to set up the bar to limit the amount of alcohol their guests drink. This may mean using a cash bar so people are responsible for buying their own drinks or only providing champagne and a signature cocktail. People may also have a consumption bar during their reception. In this situation, a couple typically pays for a certain amount of alcohol, such as two drinks per guest. Once guests have had their free drinks, they usually need to pay if they want more.

Paralysis due to spinal injuries after a crash

Among the different types of injuries that a Connecticut driver could face due to a crash, spinal injuries are among the most severe. The term spinal injury is an umbrella that covers a wide array of issues that vary in severity, heal time, and how much they will affect the overall life of the patient in question. Paralysis in particular is a big concern.

Medline Plus describes a few different types of paralysis. Two common terms include complete and partial paralysis, which refers to the difference in severity of the paralysis. As the names suggest, complete paralysis involves the total inability to move muscles in whatever the affected area of the body is. Partial paralysis, on the other hand, means that the sufferer still has some range of motion even if it may be limited.

Why should you report a fall immediately?

After a fall, it can be tempting to hold off on immediately seeking compensation. Many people, potentially including you, may think that it's only a small accident and not worth looking into immediately, or you might feel fine. Loughlin & Fitzgerald, attorneys at law, are here to explain exactly why you might not want to wait at all.

There are a number of reasons that make it a good idea to report any slip-and-fall accidents as soon as possible. First of all, there's a two-year statute of limitations. What does this mean for you? Unfortunately, it means that you don't have an endless amount of time to make your accident claims. If too much time has passed between your claim and the incident in which you were injured, your right to seek compensation will be foreclosed.

Dog bites and facial wounds: What to expect

Facial bites are particularly dangerous injuries, especially when they're caused by larger dogs. For children, a facial wound is life changing. It may lead to the need for surgery and can result in disability.

The height and actions of children put them at a higher risk of being bitten by dogs. Their faces are in an easy-to-reach position.

Psychological trauma related to dog bites

Residents of Connecticut who have been involved in dog attack incidents will sometimes be left with physical scars. However, chances are high that there will also be mental scars that need just as much care.

CNN iReport focused on the emotional damages from dog bites and how they could impact individuals. Sufferers can face a number of troubled thoughts and emotional disturbances after an attack, including:

  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Fear of dogs
  • Agoraphobia

How does aggression affect dogs?

Residents in Connecticut may face dog attacks for many different reasons. Even dogs that you are familiar with could attack you seemingly without warning. In fact, a high number of dog attacks actually involve dogs that aren't strangers to the victim, whether that dog belongs to a friend or even family. In some cases, aggression can contribute to the likelihood of these attacks.

The ASPCA has done multiple studies and reviews regarding aggressive behavior in dogs. It's considered one of the biggest risk factors when it comes to internal factors that can prompt a dog bite attack. They state that aggression can mean many different things depending on the circumstances. In some cases, the dog may feel threatened. In others, they may be exhibiting aggressive behavior in an attempt to assert dominance or scare away intruders.

Dog breeds: the data and the dangers

Dogs are considered family members in a plethora of Connecticut households. After all, these furry friends can provide strong bonds and even protection. As loving as these creatures may be, it is impossible to predict the actions of a dog. When a person's pet turns on another human or animal, a legal situation could ensue. The following information provides a scope into the most dangerous dog breeds, as well as ways to avoid a potentially dangerous attack. 

According to Forbes, the following dog breeds pose the highest threats to people and other animals:

  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • Husky
  • German Shepherd
  • Bullmastiff

What you should know about wrong way driving

Drivers in Connecticut have to face many obstacles and potential dangers every time they're on the road. One of the most alarming issues involves wrong way drivers, who usually don't understand the panic and potential danger they're posing to everyone around them.

ABC13 News states that wrong way drivers are often either severely distracted or under the influence. Because of this, they likely won't notice any attempt to get them going the right way again. This is why it's not advised for drivers to try to catch their attention, whether that's through honking, flashing headlights, or even trying to follow the offending driver to give them warning. Instead, drivers are advised to pull off to the side of the road and give the wrong way driver a very wide berth.

Understanding social host liability

Hosting a party is not only a significant social responsibility for many hosts, it is also a significant legal liability if alcohol or other controlled substances are involved. In Connecticut and many other states, social hosts may bear some legal liability for injuries suffered because of a social gathering, depending on the nature of the event and substance available there.

If you recently suffered an injury because of a social host's negligence, then you may have strong grounds to file a personal injury claim to cover your losses and expenses. A strong claim includes clear documentation of the injuries you suffered and the medical care you received because of the injuries, as well as evidence supporting the claim that the host bears responsibility.

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