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Understanding Hostile Work Environments

 Posted on February 20, 2024 in Business Law

CT employment lawyerThe more employees you have, the more likely it is you will be threatened with a hostile work environment claim. Many employees do not understand what this claim actually means. A hostile work environment is not one in which your employee simply feels that other employees have been rude or unpleasant to work with. To sustain a legal claim for a hostile work environment, your employee would need to prove that they have been deliberately mistreated or discriminated against based on their membership in a protected class. It is somewhat rare for this type of claim to succeed. However, if you have received legal threats of any kind from an employee, it is important to immediately contact a Metro New York Area employment law attorney for advice on how to proceed.

The Legal Meaning of “Hostile Work Environment” 

Many employees will be quick to claim a hostile work environment if they are not getting along with their coworkers or generally feel like they have been treated unfairly due to a personality clash. However, this is far from the proper legal meaning of “hostile work environment.” To prove this claim, your employee would have to prove that they have been unlawfully discriminated against or harassed because they are a member of a constitutionally protected class.

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Why Child Pedestrians Are at Risk

 Posted on February 12, 2024 in Car Accidents

CT injury lawyerNearly every parent whose child walks to school or plays outside worries about the danger traffic can pose to children. Inattentive or unsafe drivers can seriously injure children faster than a parent or caregiver can react. Even if you have taught your child well about staying on the sidewalk and looking both ways before crossing the street, there is little you can do if a driver fails to observe basic pedestrian safety rules. While some pedestrian accidents are caused by children abruptly running into the road before a car has time to stop, most are caused by careless drivers. If your child is involved in an accident, it is important to get them prompt medical care and to contact a Metro New York Area pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you can. The sooner a lawyer can begin investigating, the more evidence they may be able to find. 

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Home-Buying Help for Veterans

 Posted on January 24, 2024 in Real Estate

Blog ImageIf you are a veteran or an active-duty service member, you may qualify for a housing loan through a special program offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Navigating this program, however, can be a bit challenging. If you plan to buy a family home using a VA loan, enlisting the aid of a qualified Greenwich, CT, real estate lawyer may be extremely helpful. 

The home you purchase must meet certain minimum standards. A real estate agent working alone may struggle to understand the process or the requirements. An attorney can help you ensure that everything is in order and that your home-buying process goes smoothly. While a real estate agent may not identify title defects or other issues that could block the sale, an attorney can conduct detailed research on the property you are considering. We take special care when working with our veterans and active-duty military members. 

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What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

 Posted on January 08, 2024 in Personal Injury

Blog ImageA majority of people who sustain injuries in a motor vehicle accident will ultimately make a full recovery. This cannot be said for those who suffer catastrophic injuries, which have permanent and life-altering effects. Catastrophic injuries include things like traumatic brain injuries, lost limbs, and spinal cord injuries. In many cases, a catastrophic injury leaves the sufferer permanently disabled to some degree. If you have suffered an injury that prevents you from returning to your job or responsibilities, or leaves you in need of lasting disability accommodations, you can likely consider your injury catastrophic. If you have suffered this type of grave injury, it is important to seek the help of a Greenwich, CT, personal injury attorney when pursuing damages. You may be entitled to substantial compensation.

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Common Legal Issues in Home Sales

 Posted on December 27, 2023 in Business Law

Home SalesThe vast majority of people will probably never buy anything more expensive than a house. When you are in the process of buying a home, you have the option of working with only a realtor or bringing on an attorney as well. A realtor can help you find a house you like and make it through the closing process. However, there is a lot a realtor cannot do that an attorney can. An attorney can not only interpret an existing deed, but write a completely new deed if there are problems with the deed the seller offers. A qualified Greenwich, CT, real estate attorney can also conduct a more thorough and purposeful title search and potentially uncover other legal issues a realtor might not know about. It is best to work with a lawyer in addition to your realtor for this reason, among others

What Legal Issues Might Arise When I am Buying a Home?

Some of the more common legal complications that can arise when you are trying to buy your new house include:

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Winter Wrecks: Bad Weather or Bad Driving?

 Posted on December 08, 2023 in Car Accidents

black ice car accidentIf you have been involved in a not-at-fault car accident this winter, there is a very high chance you heard the other driver blame hitting you on the weather. “There was ice on the ground and I could not stop.” “I could not see you because of the snow.” “The wet road made me lose control.” These are commonly offered excuses for causing a car accident that left someone injured during the wintertime. While it is undoubtedly true that driving in the ice and snow can be more challenging and riskier, driving carefully and responsibly according to government guidelines can greatly reduce that risk. If you were hit by another driver who is claiming they could not have avoided the accident, there is a strong chance their defense will not work. An experienced Greenwich, CT, car accident attorney can conduct a skilled investigation that may reveal negligence on the other driver’s behalf. 

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An Alternative to Probate in Connecticut

 Posted on November 22, 2023 in Estate Planning

Untitled---2023-11-22T124048.765.jpgProbate is a highly-feared legal process, and for good reason. It can be complicated and costly. Even mid-sized estates might be significantly depleted by the costs of probate, leaving the decedent’s beneficiaries with less than they deserve. Probate court procedures can also take a very, very long time. Simple estates might take months. More complex estates can take years. There is also a chance that the will could be contested by almost anyone who is not pleased with their gift, or lack thereof. Since probate is a public process, and wills that have taken effect are public documents, anyone can see the details of what is happening with your case. The lack of privacy is concerning to many. If you are hoping to spare your future beneficiaries the trouble of going through probate, an attorney can help you accomplish this goal. 

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4 Most Common Ways Drivers Hit Pedestrians

 Posted on November 08, 2023 in Personal Injury

Untitled---2023-11-08T155826.819.jpgPedestrian accidents can be especially ugly, because pedestrians rarely have any real protection against the impact. While the driver is nearly always unhurt after hitting a pedestrian, the pedestrian is very likely to suffer severe injuries. Many pedestrians sustain lifelong injuries that can change the courses of their lives. Some will need to give up their career as a result. Others will have decades of medical bills. The need for compensation can be overwhelming for these plaintiffs. One of the things your attorney must prove in order to show that the driver owes the pedestrian compensation is what the driver did wrong. This means that attorneys are often very familiar with the types of careless mistakes drivers make to cause these often-devastating collisions. If you are hit by a car, you should urgently seek skilled legal representation. 

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6 Types of Disputes That May Lead to Construction Litigation

 Posted on October 23, 2023 in Business Law

Untitled---2023-10-23T121540.367.jpgConstruction projects can be complex, and they may involve multiple parties, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, property owners, and real estate developers. With so many moving parts, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise during the course of a construction project. These disputes can range from minor disagreements to major conflicts that require legal intervention. When litigation may be necessary to address different types of disputes, it is crucial to work with an attorney to determine the best course of action.

Common issues with construction projects that may result in disputes that lead to litigation include:

1. Payment Disputes

Many disputes that arise during construction projects are related to payment. These disputes may involve issues such as non-payment or underpayment by an owner or contractor, disputed change orders or extra charges, delays in payment processing, or disagreements over the scope of work completed. Parties who have not been paid correctly may use litigation to pursue payment for services or materials.

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How Often Does Driver Fatigue Cause Truck Accidents?

 Posted on October 09, 2023 in Truck Accidents

Untitled---2023-10-09T160143.141.jpgCommercial truck accidents can be devastating. They often result in serious injuries or even fatalities, and people in passenger vehicles are likely to suffer serious harm in a collision with a large truck. While there are various factors that contribute to these accidents, driver fatigue is one of the most common causes. When truck drivers become exhausted or drowsy, their ability to operate their vehicles safely is affected. This can greatly increase the risks of dangerous accidents. An experienced attorney can help people who have been injured by drowsy or fatigued truck drivers understand their options for pursuing compensation for their damages.

The Prevalence of Driver Fatigue

Fatigued driving is a widespread issue in the trucking industry. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver fatigue was found to be a contributing factor in approximately 13 percent of all commercial motor vehicle crashes. However, other studies have found that 65 percent of truck drivers occasionally or regularly drive while drowsy, and nearly 50 percent of truck drivers have reported falling asleep behind the wheel.

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