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December 2012 Archives

Driver and his employer found liable in fatal 2008 accident

A wrongful death trial in a New Haven courtroom ended on Dec. 20 with a verdict of nearly $2.3 million against two defendants: the driver of a van that struck and killed a bicyclist in 2008 and the hotel he worked for. The jury in the trial found that the evidence showed the defendants were mostly to blame for the accident, which took the life of a 52-year-old man.

MRI scan may predict brain injury problems better than CTs

When people in New Haven suffer a possible brain injury and go to the hospital, doctors will often order a CT scan to look for brain trauma. But a new study suggests that a CT may not be sufficient to diagnose some brain injuries. Instead, an MRI scan may be more effective in predicting long-term effects on patients.

Wrongful death suit over police car crash settled for $4M

Back on Nov. 9, we brought you the story of a New Haven County couple that was killed in a car accident with a police officer in June 2009. At that time, the criminal trial against the officer, who has since been fired from the Milford force, was found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter but the judge sent the jury back to deliberate further because it wanted to find him guilty of lesser charges.

Plea deal in dog bite case would require euthanasia

In Connecticut dog bite cases, authorities sometimes require that the dog that made the attack be put down because it is too dangerous. In a dog bite case from another state, the decision to euthanize a dog that bit four people during a fight will be up to its owner. Unless he chooses to go to trial, the man will essentially have to decide between prison and euthanizing his dog.

Wrongful death suit filed after campus health clinic fails student

The parents of a now deceased engineering student want answers as to what led to their son's wrongful death. The 21-year-old student had been in good health when he decided to participate in a sporting activity at school. The true extent of his injuries was never evaluated, and he died from lack of timely medical treatment.