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There’s more to hosting a party than serving hors d'oeuvres

No matter the occasion, hosting a party is a lot of work. The host has to make decisions regarding food, decorations, the guest list and what kinds of beverages to serve. After making these decisions, the host then has to take care of the actual physical preparations. But, duties as a host go far beyond these kinds of decisions. The host may also have to shoulder liability for any alcohol-related injuries if he or she is serving beer, wine or liquor at the special event.

While some states limit social host liability laws to minors, other states, including Connecticut, have extended these laws to apply to any guest that consumes alcohol at a party.

Thanksgiving weekend car accidents

When people get on the Connecticut highway to visit loved ones over Thanksgiving, they usually think about the fun they will have with family, not the possibility of a car accident. However, driving on holiday weekends can be dangerous and it is important to understand what drivers can do to make sure they arrive at their destination safely.

While people may die on the road at any time of the year, holidays generally witness more fatalities. The Washington Post says that alcohol plays a role in 33 percent of the fatal accidents which occur around Thanksgiving. This percentage is not much higher than the average percentage of collisions that involve alcohol. However, it is still important for drivers to use caution. One group calculated that in 2015, 52,300 people would receive injuries in a car crash, while 433 people would die.

Tips to avoid becoming a fall statistic this winter

When winter sets in and snow and ice become a daily reality for Connecticut residents, you probably fall into one of two categories – you either love the winter wonderland, or you are annoyed by the inconvenience of dealing with the wet, slippery cold. Whether you enjoy or cannot stand winter, you are as likely as anyone this season to slip and fall in the ice or snow. At Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., we want to help you avoid an injury that could land you in the emergency room.

Slip-and-fall claims are among those most commonly reported at work, according to EHS Today. You do not only face a slip-and-fall risk on the job, but anywhere there are wet or icy conditions. Common places to slip and be injured are grocery stores, sidewalks, parking lots and building entryways.

How do you treat hypertrophic scarring?

As a resident of Connecticut who has been the victim of a dog bite attack, you've likely been left with your share of scars. Unfortunately, some scars are more difficult to deal with than others, as they look prominent or are too severe for over-the-counter scar remedies to work on.

Healthline states that hypertrophic scarring is the result of abnormal responses during the healing process. This response results in too much collagen being produced. Because of this, the injured skin may become tough, bumpy, or it can even bulge outward. The "raised" appearance is typical for hypertrophic scarring. It's been compared to keloid scarring before, though it's generally considered milder for various reasons.

How much will it cost to recover from a dog attack?

Connecticut residents who have been attacked by a dog will soon find out that the expenses of these attacks can be quite high. From medical bills to therapy to extended treatments and more, an attack that lasts just a few seconds can end up leaving you with long-lasting and heavy expenses.

There's more than just the medical expenses in the immediate aftermath to consider, which many people don't realize. Of course, that doesn't mean the initial care should be written off. Forbes even states that the average dog bite claim in 2010 was for $26,166. Needless to say, it's costly to recover from a dog attack. You'll likely need to go to the hospital to see a doctor. If the dog doesn't have its shots on record, it will need to be quarantined and tested, and you'll need to get a rabies vaccine.

How should parents handle underage drinking at parties?

As a Connecticut parent, you may want to keep your teenager away from parties with alcohol. However, you may find that the presence of alcohol and other substances is beyond your control if you are not hosting the party. Because of this, it is important to know how you and your teenager should handle parties.

HealthyChildren.org says that because adolescents often use social media to discuss parties, it can be difficult for you to make sure that no one brings alcohol. Instead, it is a good idea to communicate with your teenager. You should usually explain that you are available if he or she needs a ride home. Additionally, ask where the party will take place. This allows you to call the host's parents so you can ensure the party will be supervised.

Childhood dog bites: Treating them on the scene

Your child was playing in the yard when your neighbor's dog started to walk toward him. You were familiar with the dog, so you didn't go out of your way to protect your child from it. As your child was playing with the pet, he began to get a little rough, as toddlers do. Unfortunately, he did something the dog didn't like, and, after your toddler, understandably, missed the warning signs, the dog bit him.

This is a common occurrence in the United States. Many people have family pets, or familiar pets, who cause trouble because people miss the signs of aggression, sickness or other issues. Dogs bite over four million people yearly, with children suffering some of the most severe injuries.

What should you do after a dog bite?

It is easy to think your dog will not bite someone because he is well-trained. Because of this, you may not know what to do if you find yourself in this situation. However, dog bites can have serious consequences in Connecticut. It is best for both you and your dog if you are prepared for this situation before it occurs.

The immediate aftermath of a dog bite may sometimes seem confusing. According to CanineJournal.com, you should make sure the person who has been bitten sees a doctor. Even if someone says they are not badly hurt and do not need a doctor, you should usually still make sure this person receives medical attention. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask if you can pay for any medical treatment the person needs.

Halloween road safety

As Halloween draws closer, many Connecticut residents pay more attention to costumes and trick-or-treating routes than to road safety. However, Halloween provides more opportunities for drivers to be involved in a collision, and it is important for people to know how they can drive safely.

Because of the number of children out trick-or-treating, drivers are more likely to accidentally hit a pedestrian, especially while driving through neighborhoods. The National Safety Council says that October experiences the second-highest rates of motor vehicle deaths. This is because drivers may not always see pedestrians in the dark, particularly if children are wearing dark costumes. Additionally, children may dart in front of cars or cross in the middle of the street instead of at intersections.

Diseases incurred after a dog bite

While Connecticut residents know that rabies can be incurred after a dog bite, they may not realize that there are other diseases they can receive. It is important to understand which illnesses someone may have after a dog bite so people can seek medical attention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a dog bite can spread bacteria which make humans sick. This occurs in 18 percent of bites. Sometimes these bacteria are not harmful to animals, making it difficult to tell if a dog is carrying it. One bacteria is related to Staph infections. People who receive this during a dog bite may have infections in their lungs or skin. One of the most common bacteria to infect dog bites is Pasteurella. People may experience swollen glands, and the bacteria usually results in an infected bite. Someone who has a weakened immune system may be more likely to become seriously ill.