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What's a POA and do I need one?

No one, whether they reside in Connecticut or elsewhere, wants to think about what they would do if they became incapacitated. This happens, though, often when people least expect it. While hard to think about, not taking the time to make a plan for how to handle personal affairs can be a mistake and cause difficulties in the future. Estate planning and creating a POA could help prevent problems down the line.

What exactly is a POA? Is it difficult to create one? Do I really need it?

If a medical mistake caused you harm, what party is to blame?

Medical problems can be frustrating for you and your Connecticut family. The costs are high, and it could lead to various complications that carry over into multiple areas of your life. These problems can be compounded when medical mistakes cause additional physical harm. People who are victims of medical errors have certain rights.

If you believe you are the victim of a medical mistake, it is much more than an inconvenience. It can cost you in many ways, yet it is possible to hold liable parties accountable if you suffered harm due to the negligent care of a medical professional. It may seem like a daunting prospect to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim, but you do not have to walk through it alone.

Administrative penalties following an OUI conviction

Drunk driving laws in Connecticut place the state among those with the strictest laws and harshest penalties. The consequences of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol begin almost immediately. If police determine you are under the influence of alcohol, even if your blood alcohol content is lower than .08, officers will arrest you and take you to a lock-up facility. From there, your future depends on whether a court convicts you of the offense.

In addition to legal consequences for a conviction, such as jail time, fines and community service, you will face mandatory administrative penalties that involve the suspension of your driving privileges. These penalties are separate from your criminal charges, and for some, the outcome of your criminal case may have no bearing.

The types of distraction threatening your safety

Distracted driving is a serious threat to the well-being of every person driving on Connecticut roads and highways. The choice to engage in negligent or reckless behavior while behind the wheel is not only dangerous for the driver, it puts everyone else on the road at an increased risk for an accident.

Victims of distracted driving accidents have rights, including the right to hold liable parties accountable through a civil claim. There are various types of distracted driving, and they are all dangerous. If you believe that you have grounds to move forward with a claim, you may find it beneficial to first seek an evaluation of your case and an explanation of your legal options.

Do you need a trust as part of your complete estate plan?

Connecticut readers know that estate planning is a smart step for everyone, regardless of income level or the size of the estate. A basic estate plan can allow you to decide what will happen to your property in the future and make things easier for your beneficiaries. Most people could benefit from a basic will, but you may need more than that in order to meet specific objectives.

One of the things you may need as part of your estate plan is a trust. This is simply setting aside certain assets for a specific purpose. Different from naming beneficiaries in your will, a trust can allow you to hold certain property aside for the benefit of a specific person or reason. If you think you could benefit from the creation of a trust, you may need to learn about the specific types of trusts.

I'm selling my home. What do I have to tell the buyer?

Selling your home is a major decision, and it could be important for the future of your Connecticut family. You understand there is more to selling your home than simply putting up a sign in your yard and entertaining offers from potential buyers. In fact, there are certain things you must tell potential buyers about your home.

Required disclosures are an integral part of the home-selling process. You must tell the buyer about potential problems with the house, but that does not necessarily mean you must give a detailed report of every single tiny problem they may find. It could be helpful to seek legal guidance as you navigate this process in order to ensure you meet all of your legal obligations.

Did a consumer product cause you harm? You can fight back.

When you buy a product from a Connecticut store or distributor, you understandably have the expectation that it is safe for you to use. However, there are times that consumer products can cause harm, leaving with you with injuries or illness. It may seem like an impossible task to find out who is responsible for your suffering, but with help, you can hold liable parties accountable and seek appropriate compensation.

Through a products liability claim, you can seek recovery of your losses associated with a dangerous consumer product. Average consumers like yourself have the right to hold manufacturers and other parties accountable when their products cause harm to innocent people. If you think you have grounds to move forward with a products liability claim, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.

Will your child's birth injury give birth to a malpractice claim?

It is devastating for a Connecticut family to learn that their child suffered injuries during the birth process. It can be particularly unfortunate when these injuries happen as a result of the careless or reckless actions of a doctor, nurse or other health care professional.

If your child suffered an injury during the birth process that you believe was the result of the actions or negligence of your care provider, you could have grounds to move forward with a medical malpractice claim. This is a complex process, but it could allow your family to recover some of the financial losses you experienced and care for the ongoing medical needs of your child.

Workers' compensation: Separating fact from fiction

Accidents happen. Sometimes they're impossible to avoid -- unpredictable weather -- or unforeseeable -- a machine malfunctions for no apparent reason. Other times, it could be simple human error, from a co-worker's careless mistake to your own momentary distraction. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that you suffered an injury on the job and are unable to work.

Now, you probably have a number of concerns, from lost wages to mounting medical bills to the possibility of termination. Even if you're familiar with the basics of workers' compensation insurance, you're likely feeling intimidated by the complicated process, or perhaps you're worried about getting all the benefits you need to pay your bills. Thankfully, there are legal professionals who can not only help you understand your rights but can fight on your behalf to get the maximum amount.

Seeking guidance when a commercial vehicle puts you in harm's way

With the increases in the moving and shipping business, commercial vehicles are a more common sight out on the road. While these vehicles offer numerous benefits, with the inherent weight and size, they may also present a certain level of risk to those nearby.

Commercial vehicle collisions can be devastating, having the potential to cause serious injuries to those involved. If you suffered serious injuries in a similar incident, you might be in search of restitution, and perhaps you are subsequently wondering how to proceed.

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