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How can you prove a dog has 'vicious propensities'?

It may seem like such a simple thing to accomplish in the wake of a dog bite incident, but proving that the dog that attacked you or a loved one was dangerous -- and that the owner knew it was dangerous -- can be more difficult when you are actually tasked with supporting your claim. Luckily, there are some telltale signs that a dog was (and is) dangerous and that the owner knew about the "vicious propensities" of his or her dog.

First, just consider the basic physical characteristics of the dog. The breed of the dog and the size of the dog are two critical indicators for a dog's potential threat to the public.

Wrong-way accident claims 1 life, leaves 2 others with injuries

A tragic accident in Branford, Connecticut claimed the life of a wrong-way driver after the 69-year-old was driving in the opposite lane of traffic on Interstate 95. The vehicle eventually struck another car with the two people in that vehicle suffering serious injuries. They were both hospitalized as a result of the accident.

At this time, it is unclear why the 69-year-old was driving the wrong way on the interstate. The accident happened around 4 a.m. so it is possible that the man was intoxicated. It's also just as possible that he was confused and turned on to an off-ramp. There are plenty of potential reasons as to why the man drove the wrong way. Until the police conduct a thorough investigation into the unfortunate matter, we won't know for sure.

Startling lead exposure in apartment leads to lawsuit

While the following story isn't from the state of Connecticut, it does originate just to our southwest in New York City -- and it involves a premises issue that is pertinent anywhere in the country. What we are talking about is a landlord's responsibility to keep the premises he or she is in charge of in as safe a condition as possible. More specifically, it involves a landlord's responsibility to maintain safe atmospheric and environmental conditions in their building.

An apartment building in New York City registered astonishing levels of lead after a demolition project in one of the apartments kicked up the particles and dispersed them throughout the building. According to a dust measurement on one of the floors of the apartment complex, there were 8,400 micrograms of lead per square foot. The legal limit, per Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, is 40 micrograms per square foot.

Construction accident kills family, work plan scrutinized

In a tragic construction accident that will fill you with outrage, a family was killed near an overpass that was under construction -- but the subcontractors in charge of the project seem to have worked outside of the parameters of their work plan.

On the day of the fatal accident, the subcontractors were indeed supposed to be working. But they were not supposed to be doing anything involving the demolition or dismantling of the overpass. If they were, officials in the the city where the construction was being done would have demanded road closures to ensure the safety of the public. The city confirmed that they had no idea this type of work would be occurring on the day of the incident, though they are still trying to confirm if the subcontractors did indeed go outside of the work plan.

Bus, car collide after the latter runs red light

A car accident in New Haven, Connecticut involved a driver that fled the scene and a CTfastrak bus, providing some complicated details to what would seemingly be a simple collision between two vehicles.

The crash occurred when the 24-year-old driver of the car ran a red light. There was a passenger in this person's car as well. The driver fled the scene of the wreck afterwards, though it seems that his escape attempt was by foot. He was later caught and both he and his passenger were taken to the hospital due to visible injuries on their arms and head. There were no injuries to the people on the CTfastrak bus.

Can you sue your employer while receiving workers' comp?

Let's say that while you are at work, you get injured in some way. The injury is bad enough that you have to take some time off of work to recover and rehabilitate. During this time, you receive workers' compensation, but even these benefits don't satisfy you. You feel as though your employer was in the wrong and you decide to sue them. The question is this: are you allowed to sue your employer for your work injury?

The answer should seemingly be a simple "yes," right? Well, unfortunately it isn't. If you receive workers' compensation, you basically give up your right to sue your employer. This is because workers' comp is a no-fault system, which means the employer is protected from dealing with lawsuits from the injured party relating to the incident.

A reminder about truck drivers and rest laws

One of the common things that people will bring up when the topic of motor vehicle accidents comes up is distracted driving. The idea that someone would get behind the wheel of a car -- presumably traveling at a high rate of speed -- and then take out their cellphone, or fiddle with the radio, or try to move some objects in the backseat is quite upsetting. It's negligent and it could cause a devastating and life-changing car accident.

But there's another driving behavior that is similar to distracted driving that doesn't quite get the attention that it necessarily deserves. We're talking about fatigued or sleepy driving.

7 safety features to consider when choosing an apartment

Landlords in Stamford and throughout Connecticut have a duty to make apartments safe for their tenants. They are responsible for putting adequate measures in place to protect tenants from many different risks, both accidental and intentional. When a landlord fails in this duty, injured tenants can seek legal recourse through a premises liability claim.

Damages in a personal injury lawsuit help compensate for such things as medical bills and lost wages after an injury, but it does not mean tenants want to live in an unsafe environment. What should a prospective tenant look out for when choosing an apartment?

Pile-up accidents can create complicated situations for victims

Car accidents typically involve numerous parties and numerous vehicles. Still, most people tend to think of a car accident as a collision between two vehicles. It's simple, and it would make it seem like one person is at fault and another person is the victim of the accident. The insurance companies deal with the accident, and everyone goes on their way once the accident has been resolved.

However, many accidents are not so straightforward. They involve many vehicles, and this is where things can get really tricky. Take a wreck that involved 10 vehicles on Interstate 66 recently.

Workplace with hole on premises sparks lawsuit

Safety in the workplace should seem like a given, and yet there are far too many examples of workplaces failing to maintain safe premises for their employees. As an example, take the case of a man who literally fell into a hole while at his job site. There is no crazy story here, nor are there any mitigating circumstances from what we can tell -- there was just a hole, and a worker who was unaware of the hole fell into it.

How could a company let this happen? Well, hopefully that answer is discovered in court because the worker who fell into the hole is suing Halliburton, the employer responsible.

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