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March 2018 Archives

What are the most common construction site accidents?

Construction workers in Connecticut and elsewhere have a dangerous profession. Data recently released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show the variety and seriousness of construction accidents that bedevil construction workers across the country.

Electrician settles back injury claims for $610,000

Ladders and scaffolding are often involved in construction site injuries. An electrician from Torrington who suffered severe injuries to his lower back in a construction accident recently settled both his personal injury claim and his workers compensation claim for a total of $610,000.

Lunch break injuries may be eligible for workers' comp benefits

When a Connecticut resident files a claim for workers' compensation benefits, the first question is whether the injury was related to the claimant's employment. When the injury occurs at the place of employment, the answer is usually not disputed, but when an injury occurs away from the workplace or during a time when the employee is not expected to be on duty, the answer may be more complex. In a recent case, the Workers' Compensation Review Board ruled that an injury sustained during a lunch break but in the course of fulfilling a work-related task was compensable.

Marijuana gaining acceptance for work injury treatment

The legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is under consideration by a number of states. A subsidiary issue - the use of marijuana as a medical treatment - has been decided in favor of the plant by a number of states, including Connecticut. Anyone whose marijuana treatment satisfies the criteria specified in the statute is eligible for reimbursement for the costs of such treatment.

Fight for your rightful recovery of damages after a DUI crash

Drunk driving is inexcusable, and unfortunately, when DUI drivers cause crashes, the injured victims are often those who follow all the traffic laws. If you have been in such an accident, the consequences of your injuries may affect the remainder of your life. Your injuries may keep you hospitalized for months and in need of long-term rehabilitation. You might even be unable to ever return to work.

Debris chute collapse leaves worker in critical condition

One of the most common places on construction sites in Connecticut is the wooden chute extending from an upper level of the structure into a dumpster or the box of a heavy truck. The chutes are used to safely and efficiently discard debris from an upper level as work progresses. While the chutes are a relatively safe alternative to merely tossing construction trash to the ground, they must be regularly cleared of debris and checked for structural weakness to prevent collapse or other construction accident. The collapse of a debris chute on a construction site Tappan, N.Y. provides a potentially tragic illustration of the risks posed by debris chutes.

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