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How Prescription Medications Could Affect Your Driving

Did you know that eight out of every ten drivers who are over the age of 65 take medications on a regular basis? Despite the fact that most senior drivers take over-the-counter medications, only about half of them have actually talked to their doctor about how these drugs could affect their driving abilities. This means that a significant number of senior drivers could be putting themselves at risk every time they get behind the wheel-not to mention, everyone else on the road. This is why AAA has developed a resource called Roadwise Rx that adults can use to explore how certain medications could affect their safety.

Can I File a Car Accident Claim If I Was a Passenger?

When two drivers are involved in a car accident and no one is seriously injured, the following procedures are relatively simple: they exchange contact and insurance information and proceed to file a claim. What happens, however, when you suffer an injury as the passenger? Do you file a claim with your own insurance company or that of one of the drivers, or possibly even both? In this situation, it may be in your best interest to discuss your options with a Connecticut car accident lawyer. Filing an insurance claim as a passenger can be tricky-especially if it is unclear who was actually at fault-so it is important to ensure that your rights are protected. Fortunately, the legal team at McCoy & McCoy has the experience and knowledge to help you through this process.

The Importance of Hiring a Good Trial Attorney

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident you need to find a respected and prominent personal injury lawyer. McCoy & McCoy has been successfully representing car accident victims throughout Connecticut for almost 50 years. We are not only known for our success in helping people recover fair compensation, but our entire firm is dedicated to serving each client with an uncommon level of personal attention and care. We are board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and are specialists in the fields of civil trial law and personal injury law, an accomplishment that less than 150 attorneys in the entire state can claim.

The Importance of Documenting the Scene of a Car Accident

A car accident is a very traumatic and painful event. Whether you are involved in a single-vehicle accident or a multi-vehicle accident, the injuries caused by a collision are often serious or life-threatening. If you or your passengers have sustained injuries from a car accident, getting medical attention is the first priority. Once emergency medical care has assessed your condition, it is important for the parties to exchange contact information and provide a statement to the police. Never admit any fault, simply provide facts the officer can use to file his or her report. The police report from the scene of an accident is an essential piece of evidence that will be used to help in determining liability for the accident and to substantiate your insurance claims.

Can I File a Lawsuit in Connecticut if I Was Misdiagnosed?

According to recent statistics, a significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits in the U.S. stem from misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis. While not all ailments will worsen when a doctor misses the mark, countless other patients could be susceptible to deteriorating health if a physician fails to provide a timely and accurate diagnosis of their condition. For example, stage 1 cancer could quickly turn fatal if a careless doctor fails to recognize the symptoms until the disease has already progressed to the third or fourth stage. In its early stages, the condition may have been treatable or even completely curable. For this reason, the negligent physician would be financially liable for the unnecessary suffering that their patient has endured. Under different circumstances, however, the misdiagnosis itself would not provide the patient with sufficient grounds to pursue compensation.

Understanding Connecticut's Comparative Negligence Laws

If you have been wrongfully injured in Connecticut, there are a few things that you must understand before taking any action to pursue your case. First and foremost, you must review the circumstances of your accident and determine whether or not someone else's negligent actions have contributed to your harm. If, for example, you were struck by a car while crossing the street, you must be able to show that the driver had acted either carelessly or recklessly while behind the wheel. This means that they could have been talking on the phone, driving at excessive speeds or driving while intoxicated at the time of the collision. From there, you must ask yourself if you had any part in causing the accident-as this may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation.

Why Hire McCoy & McCoy?

At the firm of McCoy & McCoy, we don't just represent accident victims, but rather any individual that has sustained an unwarranted injury at the hands of a negligent party. For this reason, a wide variety of clients enlist the services of our dedicated legal team-from those that have been involved in a serious motor vehicle collision to those that have suffered harm at the hands of a careless medical professional. Amidst all of the personal injury law firms that advocate for the rights of unrightfully injured victims, however, we believe that we bring something different to the table: we actually invest in the wellbeing of our clients.

Will a Pre-Existing Injury Affect Your Car Accident Claim?

When people with a pre-existing condition are severely injured in an accident, such as a car accident, they may wonder if their pre-existing condition that is an obstacle for health care coverage will also be a problem in a personal injury claim. Our Connecticut injury lawyers recently filed a lawsuit stemming from a rear-end impact that caused our client a serious back injury. Her back had previously been injured in another accident, but she had fully recovered at the time she was rear-ended.