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Advocacy Matters

Advocacy Matters Law is so complex that many lawyers have gravitated to specific niches. For example, lawyers who structure large company mergers and acquisitions do not appear in family court to argue child support cases. The law in each, and the expectations of...

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Groundhog Day – Failed Drug Policies

We have seen how this Movie Ends Prohibition and the long fought war on drugs are failures. The policies are failures under any measure, but the federal government, having learned nothing, is doubling down, looking to charge drug dealers under federal criminal...

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308a Benefits – Delaying the Inevitable

After PPD Benefits - 308a Benefits Can Help As I wrote in my post “PPD Benefits in Workers’ Compensation Claims”, once you are assigned your PPD rating the clock is running on your benefits. The realization that time is running out is truly frightening. An experienced...

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Medical Malpractice Cases can be Real Whodunits

A True Whodunit Medical malpractice cases are maddening. Discerning the responsible party can be complicated even in a "simple" medical malpractice scenario. For example, you go to a hospital for surgery. The doctor screws up in an obvious way. You are now a medical...

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Past Transgressions: Can I get a Pardon or Expungement?

I got in trouble when I was younger, can I get a pardon or expungement? Yes, if you got in trouble when you were younger, Connecticut has an avenue to get a pardon or expungement. Connecticut provides three ways to help its residents move past their prior...

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PPD Benefits in Workers’ Compensation Claims

What are PPD Benefits? The Clock is Ticking. PPD benefits are the workers' compensation benefits you receive when your work-related injury reaches Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). MMI is reached around the one year mark from the date of injury or date of...

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If You are a Suspect – Don’t Talk to Police

Don't Talk to Police "Don't talk to police" is a phrase that I repeat to family, friends, clients, even non-criminal clients. I have admonished people before to heed this advice. Previously, I provided a helpful video from Law School Professor James Duane. Prof. Duane...

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Young Drivers, Harsh Penalties

Young Drivers, Harsh Penalties As a general rule young drivers are bad drivers. This makes sense. The more we practice something the better we get. Young drivers lack the driving hours to be proficient. They are also young, which means they make poor choices due to...

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What happens after you file a personal injury lawsuit?

What Happens After You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit? A lot happens between filing a personal injury lawsuit and your trial date. Below is a brief and general overview. A Complaint Begins a Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint - A complaint begins a lawsuit. It notifies...

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Do Workers’ Compensation Claims go to Trial?

Workers' Compensation Claims Go to Trial, but Not the Way You Think Worker’s compensation claims go to trial, but not in the traditional sense. A trial, in a personal injury lawsuit, generally resolves all outstanding issues. If the plaintiff wins then they are...

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Marijuana is Legal in Connecticut, Right?

Marijuana is Legal in Connecticut, Right? No. No it is not. Marijuana is not legal in Connecticut. While much of the country has moved towards what is inevitable - the legalization of marijuana - Connecticut is taking half-measures. It is not legal, but for small...

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How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?

The "No Fee if We Lose" Line Isn't Unique - That Policy is Pretty Universal Common question, perhaps the most common for me - what does a personal injury attorney cost? The answer is nothing. TV/Billboard lawyers claiming they don't get paid unless you get paid are...

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What is a repetitive work injury?

Repetition makes perfect and also sometimes injured. Repetitive work injuries can sometimes sneak up on you. Think about a baseball player who tears his UCL (elbow) ligament. It happened because after thousands of throws, repeating the same motion over and over again,...

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How to Not Get Locked Out of the Legal Process

When do I have to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case? Personal injury lawsuits must be filed on time or you risk being locked out of the legal process. Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. This number can change...

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Can I settle my Workers’ Compensation Case?

Can I settle my Workers’ Compensation Case? You can settle some workers' compensation cases, but not the way you might imagine. Workers’ compensation claims are not like a personal injury case. There is no judge or jury at the end assigning a final value to the case....

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What is a Plea Bargain?

Plea Bargain a/k/a Let's Make a Deal? A  plea bargain is the most common way a criminal case is resolved and is, simply put, a form of risk management. A plea bargain is usually* an agreement to plead guilty, or nolo contendre, or under the Alford doctrine, to a crime...

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I was in a Car Accident, do I need a Lawyer?

Do you need a car accident attorney? My answer is maybe you need an auto accident lawyer. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish and whether or not you have been harmed. If you are not injured, have not sought medical treatment, feel fine, and the...

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Occupational Disease and Workers’ Compensation

How dirty is your workplace? When we think of workers’ compensation injuries it is easy to imagine that all the injuries are sudden and traumatic, e.g. I was on a construction site and the scaffolding collapsed, or I tried to lift a 50 pound bag and my back went out....

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My First Court Date – Arraignment

First time in handcuffs? Then you probably want to know what to expect at your arraignment. It all depends on whether you posted bail, failed to post bail, or were released following your arrest. While the structure is supposed to be the same your circumstances and...

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I have been arrested – What do I do?

Stop talking. Seriously, stop talking. Your vocabulary is now severely limited to: I want to contact my attorney I refuse to answer questions It is entirely possible that you will have to spend some time in a cell, maybe even a day or two or a month. That is better...

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I have been in a car accident – What should I do?

You have been in an accident, now what? With the average American spending between 9,000 and 12,000 miles on the road each year you have to accept the fact that life happens. It is the natural outgrowth of our love affair with driving. So the best advice anyone can...

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Should I file a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you are hurt, then the short answer is yes. Like all insurance claims, if the insurance company doesn’t know you were hurt then they can’t help you. Relying on your employer to file for you shows a level of optimism that I recommend against. The act of filing is...

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