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Connecticut House bill focuses on workers' comp benefits

Connecticut politicians and other state officials are grappling over the subject of expanded workers' compensation benefits for emergency responders in the public sector, with a bill addressing the topic having worked its way through a state House committee last month.

A similar bill was introduced last year in the Connecticut Senate. That legislation did not receive the requisite approval needed to move forward and was never enacted into law.

This time it's the House's turn, with that body's Public Safety Committee approving a would-be law that would enable first responders -- like teachers, police officers and fire fighters -- to apply for workers' comp benefits based on mental health issues. Most notably discussed has been post-traumatic stress disorder, which under the bill can open the door for benefits for an applicant deemed to have PTSD by a certified medical specialist, such as a psychiatrist.

Promising news on the spinal cord personal injury front

Medical journals reporting on spinal cord injury (SCI) research often assume a tone of cautious optimism and expressed hopes that current research and development efforts might some day yield truly helpful results for paralyzed people.

The reason for the guarded language and lack of hyperbole commonly associated with spinal cord research is obvious: Fundamentally restorative technologies and treatment for persons with spine-related catastrophic personal injuries have simply lacked; that is, revolutionary advances are flatly elusive in this field of research that is so closely linked with electrical signals between the brain and the rest of the body.

My aching back! Lower back pain prevalent in U.S., globally

Given recent evidence regarding the scourge of back pain that afflicts people across the globe, Connecticut employers and other businesses nationally might want to promote at-work employee walks and other forms of exercise.

Doing so would seemingly be in far more than just employees’ best interests. In fact, a proactive and employer-sponsored exercise program would likely affect the corporate bottom line in a highly salutary way.

The reason why seems obvious, given research that points to lower back pain as being the predominant cause of disability throughout the world. In fact, one estimate posits that about 10 percent of all people have lower back pain issues.

Long-awaited NHTSA safety rule on rear-view visibility announced

It’s a motoring mishap that too often brings tragic consequences when it occurs in Connecticut and elsewhere across the country, and safety advocates are voicing strong approval that something finally seems to have been done about it.

The focus this week among many vehicle-safety groups, parents and government officials has been on back-over motor vehicle accidents, which most often involve young children and the elderly.

As some of our readers are likely aware, the push to implement a law mandating greater rear-view visibility for passenger vehicles in the United States has been quite persistent and strongly lobbied for over a number of years.

Alleged underreporting of alcohol involvement in fatal crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board joins a number of safety-related organizations and advocacy groups nationally that strongly urge a lowering of the country’s present .08 blood alcohol content threshold for drunk driving to .05.

The reason for the proposed change is obvious, namely, the belief that a resulting reduction in serious -- and too often deadly -- motor vehicle accidents will coincide with such an adjustment.

The focus that is so often prominent when any discussion of traffic accidents occurs remains the same when talk turns to a lowered BAC content -- the teen driving population. In a recent press release issued by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an institute official notes that car accidents are the ranking cause of death for young Americans.

Cautionary tale in timing aspects related to slip and fall case

A recent judicial ruling in a case in nearby Pennsylvania is broadly relevant to plaintiffs in Connecticut and all other states who are diligently seeking to comply with all the legal requirements for filing a civil lawsuit.

Indeed, the case outcome recently announced by an appellate court in that state serves as a clarion call to plaintiffs, underscoring the vital need in any litigation to secure the prompt and knowledgeable assistance of a proven personal injury attorney.

Bad luck continues for GM: multiple new safety recalls announced

The most common images and depictions used to spotlight the harbingers of bad luck and doom -- ranging from dirge-like music to black clouds -- seem to have enveloped global automaker General Motors thus far in 2014.

And it’s only March.

It is far from hyperbole to state that the vehicle manufacturer is confronting serious and widespread -- and consistently mushrooming -- problems of colossal proportions that are materially tarnishing its image and damaging its coffers.

Annual clock changing comes with some material costs

Many millions of Americans rejoice over the small victory they garner on one Saturday evening each October when they get to roll back their clocks one hour and collect some extra sleep the following morning.

As with so much in life, though, there’s a price for that temporary bliss, and it comes in the form of payback on a Saturday evening the following March, when all those clocks reclaim that lost time. The result across Connecticut and nationally is, for many people, a begrudging give- back that deprives the entire populace of one hour’s slumber.

Although the effects of that lost sleep across the nation are, of course, temporary, they can also be dangerous, and in more than marginal ways.

Senior drivers: time to blow your horn

So, you think grandpa’s a bad driver, compromised by progressively slower reaction times to traffic conditions, bifocals that just aren’t doing the job anymore, and perhaps a bit of mental drift brought on by age.

Well, he just might be, but it’s a good bet that he’s a safer choice behind the wheel than one or more of your middle-aged relatives decades younger.

And that view is not simply conjecture or based on anecdotal or otherwise flimsy evidence.

New recall notices: NHTSA seeks to avoid consumer confusion

Federal safety regulators aren’t simply content that there is a process in place to notify Connecticut consumers and their peers across the country of vehicle defects via recall notices.

They want to make sure that consumers are actually reading those notices.

The concern: Important mailings from automotive manufacturers relating to safety issues often arrive at an affected consumer’s home looking completely undifferentiated from other items in the mountain of junk mail that most recipients routinely discard without perusal.

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