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Survey says: Don't tinker with minimum age for drinking

More than 30 years ago, a uniform legal drinking age was established in all states across the country, with a Gallup poll taken around that time revealing wide support nationally for federal legislation that set 21 as the threshold age for legal drinkers.

As wide as support for the legislation was back in 1984 (when it stood at close to 80 percent), it appears to be equally strong now, with recent Gallup polling data indicating that about 74 percent of Americans favor leaving the threshold drinking age just where it is.

Although many Connecticut minors and their peers elsewhere across the country might be chagrined to hear that, such wide support seemingly ensures that no age adjustments are on the horizon.

The key attributes of a proven personal injury law firm

As lawyers, we can certainly empathize with members of the general public who have suffered a personal injury and subsequently seek legal assistance for medical expenses, lost wages and related costs arising from that harm.

Indeed, it can be flatly overwhelming for an accident victim in Connecticut or anywhere else in the country to scan law firms and try to come to a studied conclusion regarding their effectiveness and professionalism.

For starters, an injured accident victim is already compromised by the physical and emotional fallout suffered as a result of third-party negligence. Consequently, immediate needs are myriad and pressing. An injury victim obviously needs to get well, to ensure that things continue to remain OK on the job front and to know that family members will continue to be provided for during a period of recovery and rehabilitation.

Premises liability injury considerations: Get a proven lawyer

Say, for example, that you’re a Connecticut resident who slips and falls at a business establishment, injuring yourself. As a result, you incur substantial medical expenses and lose additional money through the time you have to spend at home -- and, thus, away from work -- recuperating.

You reasonably believe that the business owner, who leases space from a property owner, was negligent in keeping conditions safe in the area where you were injured. That party strenuously denies any liability, stating that the duty of care in maintaining the space resides with the property owner. The owner in turn denies liability, saying that the lessee is contractually required to properly look out for the interests of customers.

Should anti-crash technologies be mandated nationally?

Motorists of a certain age in Connecticut and nationally will well remember the rudimentary nature of drivers' safety assists that were generally available in vehicles in bygone decades. Some drivers will readily recollect a time when seat belts did not even exist and when, following their introduction, many motorists resisted wearing them out of fear that they increased rather than reduced driving risks.

Since the advent of seat belts, many other notable safety enhancements have followed, including improved structural designs to vehicles, higher quality tires and air bags. These have all contributed materially to a reduction in automobile accidents, as well as to better crash outcomes.

And impressive accident-reduction technologies continue to be developed, with researchers and safety advocates being tremendously excited over innovative features that are progressively improving roadway safety.

Focus: heat-related risks at the workplace, tips for avoidance

After the bone-chilling weather that centrally marked last winter across much of the country, including in Connecticut, it is certainly understandable why millions of people from coast to coast are now avidly embracing the welcome heat of summer.

As enticing as the rising temperatures of recent months have been for many people, though, they spell peril for workers who spend too much time in hot environments.

Safety regulators, health groups and conscientious employers are well aware of that, and tips on staying cool are routinely forthcoming each year around this time.

Are tire recycling plants dangerous for workers and the public?

The term “crumb rubber” is something that many Connecticut residents are likely not familiar with, but that could be changing.

Although it may sound innocuous, crumb rubber actually entails a product and manufacturing process that is attended by some controversy.

The obvious question surrounding crumb rubber is this: What is it?

As many people -- certainly environmentalists -- know, discarded tires have long shelf lives as they sit in waste facilities or otherwise clutter landscapes across the country.

Truck accidents on the rise across the country

Truck accidents have received increased media scrutiny after famous comedian Tracy Morgan, of SNL and 30 Rock fame, suffered serious injuries in a tragic accident. The accident happened after the star finished a show with his colleagues that was part of a comedic tour, and the driver of the commercial truck is facing criminal charges. This accident is just one of thousands that happen on our nation's roadways every single year.

A recent report by NBC News is calling attention to this growing issue. According to the report there were almost 4,000 fatalities connected to truck crashes in 2012 and the number of fatal truck accidents has jumped over 18 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012.

Slip and fall: aging population, growing problem

Calling it "just the plain facts," an orthopedic surgeon with decades of experience points to slip-and-fall accidents across the country as being a major and growing health problem nationally.

Many of our readers in Connecticut and elsewhere certainly know that such mishaps are common and can lead to dire personal injury outcomes.

In conjuring up images of victims, though, many people might readily think of persons who are of truly advanced age or otherwise slowed greatly already by various physical ailments and thus susceptible to a fall.

Teens and vehicle safety: Product choice is centrally important

Safety regulators say that, in a perfect world, every teen motorist will be driving a vehicle that is stolid, heavy, won't roll over and provides more than adequate protection against front and side collisions.

How about a tank?

OK, that's tongue in cheek, but probably not far from what many parents would like to see their teen drivers buckled into.

A recent media release by the national nonprofit group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety focuses on the country's youngest drivers, noting that group's relative immaturity and comparatively enhanced driving vulnerabilities.

Golf course injury brings scrutiny from Connecticut OSHA

An accident that occurred last month at the town golf course in Ridgefield injured one worker and has resulted in a tandem investigation by state safety regulators and the Ridgefield Police Department.

While cutting grass at the course, a worker stepped off a mower to clear debris from the front of the machine. Under such circumstances, the mower should have automatically shut off.

Unfortunately, and owing to the intentional actions of a third party (as yet unknown at the time this post was written), it did not. Instead, the mower ensnared the worker’s hand and cut several of his fingers. He subsequently received about 50 stitches to repair the damage. Luckily, he didn’t lose any of the injured fingers.

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