The need to plan for Fourth of July safety has never been greater. Many Connecticut residents have been bottled up inside or playing it safe at get-togethers the last few years due to fear of spreading COVID-19. Now that life has returned to pre-pandemic activity levels, patrons of this summer holiday are ready to let loose. 

While Independence Day is one of the most exciting and patriotic holidays of the year, it’s also the deadliest. The National Safety Council (N.S.C.) reports that the weekend surrounding July 4th has the highest accident statistics of any other holiday on the road and at home. Here are some of the most common risks your family should prepare for to keep everyone safe this holiday weekend. 

Road Fatalities 

Over the July 4th weekend, drivers have a 20% higher chance of getting into an accident than at any other time of the year. Based on road trends from previous years, the N.S.C. estimates 462 people may lose their lives on American roads this weekend from preventable accidents. 

Independence Day is one of the riskiest holidays on the road, equally affecting drivers, occupants, cyclists, and pedestrians. Some of the risk factors leading to these holiday tragedies include:  

Firework Dangers 

Firework shows and displays are the grand finales of most Fourth of July celebrations and one of the most dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association reports thousands of injuries every July 4th weekend related to firework accidents. Sadly, most of these injuries affect teens and children, suffering devastating burns, amputations, and in the worst cases, fatal injuries. 

Most firework injuries occurring on or around the Fourth of July are burn injuries affecting the hands and fingers (28%), legs (24%), eyes (19%), head, face or ears (15%), trunk area (10%), or the arms (4%). 

Avoid lighting fireworks at holiday parties and backyard barbeques to help keep your family and loved ones safe. Consider attending a local firework show where professionals are trained to operate these explosive contraptions from a distance safely. For those looking for something exciting other than fireworks, the N.F.P.A. suggests the following non-firework activities as replacements: 

Water Safety 

Independence Day is all about cooling off in the water, pool parties, beach parties, lake trips, and more. Sadly, whenever swimming is involved at a holiday party, the risk of drowning significantly increases. Studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) show drowning is the leading cause of death for children 0-4 and the second leading cause of death for children ages 0-17.

When it comes to preventing drowning deaths, there are several steps Connecticut residents can take to protect their loved ones this holiday. Supervision is always the first and most important safety practice. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, even when parents are standing feet away. 

Parents and caregivers should always have close and sober eyes on swimming children, standing close by to react in the case of an emergency. It’s also important to note that beaches across Connecticut are experiencing a massive shortage of lifeguards, making it especially crucial to supervise children whenever you swim this holiday. 

Other safety tips for preventing drowning tragedies include: 

Pet Safety 

The Fourth of July is exciting for humans but it’s full of dangers and frightening things for pets. From picnics sporting unhealthy food to noisy fireworks to crowded celebrations, your pets may not enjoy this lively holiday as much as you think. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests pet owners take the following steps prior to celebrating Independence Day this weekend to keep their pets safe and healthy: 

We wish every Connecticut resident and family a Happy Fourth of July weekend! Have fun and stay safe. 

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Summer is almost here! It’s been another challenging year, and millions of Connecticut residents are eager to start the season of outdoor fun in the sun. But before you jump right in, don’t forget to prepare for safety to reduce injuries that can ruin a good time. 

Between the extreme heat and general excitement of the season, summer-related accidents can happen quickly, and results can be severe– even fatal. Knowing the risks and taking precautions while working and playing this summer is essential to help you prepare and prevent dangers. Here are the most common summer hazards associated with your favorite activities and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

Swimming

Regardless of whether you’re swimming in a pool, lake, or the ocean this summer, swimming can be dangerous without proper safety measures in place. Drowning is a concern for swimmers of all ages, especially children. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) reports that unintentional drownings remain the second leading cause of death for children 0-17 and the leading cause of death for children 0-4. 

Supervision is the most effective measure to take when it comes to preventing unintentional drownings. Always supervise children in the water and accompany children in the water if they cannot swim. Other steps you can take to stay safe while swimming include: 

Finally, it has been all over the news that lifeguards are in short supply. It is essential to be aware that there are limited lifeguards and to supervise your children and swimmers swimming alone. Paying attention is primary as we cannot count on lifeguards to be everywhere.

Boating and Personal Watercrafts

Boating and personal watercrafts are a staple in New England when it’s finally warm enough to stand the water. Both motorized and non-motorized vessels can pose risks to occupants. Understanding the dangers of your particular boat and your surroundings is the first step to staying safe. 

Connecticut has seen a significant rise in boating accidents since the pandemic. Boaters and occupants reduce injuries and accidents using basic boating safety measures highlighted by the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), such as: 

If you’re looking to take a ride on a boat, be sure to only accept invitations from people who are certified/licensed captains with credentials. During the pandemic, many people bought boats to escape their confines but had little to no experience on the water or driving a boat.

Water Sports

On the East Coast, summer is the season when water sports come alive. Surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding, and other endless excitement will fill every lake and ocean across the state. But as fun as these activities are, injuries resulting from water sports accidents can be catastrophic and fatal when things go wrong. 

Common injuries related to water sports accidents include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and tissue damage. To stay safe, the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin provides the following tips: 

Beach Trips

Summer is the official start of beach season! Before you and the family pack up the blanket to your favorite beach, remind everyone how to stay safe when hanging out near open water. 

Unlike pools, lakes and oceans provide unique hazards and deep, deep water than can pose a severe risk for injuries. The Red Cross recommends taking the following steps every time you visit the beach to keep everyone safe: 

Summer Jobs

Okay–maybe this isn’t the most fun of all summer activities but working a summer job can cause life-threatening injuries that can put you in the hospital. 

Working in the summer often involves exposure to extreme heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. The three most common heat-related illnesses include heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. All these conditions result from the body overheating, but heatstroke is by far the deadliest. 

Workers can protect themselves from heat-related illnesses by monitoring their body temperature throughout the workday and knowing how to identify the symptoms. Taking frequent cooldown breaks, drinking lots of water, wearing light-colored and breathable clothing, and never overworking in extreme heat can also help prevent the onset of heat-related injuries. 

We wish all Connecticut residents and families a safe and healthy summer!

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Connecticut hospitals are on the rise in the safety rankings! According to the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, Connecticut now ranks 23rd out of 49 states evaluated this season regarding daily health and safety practices, up from 27th in the Fall of 2021. 

Medical errors remain one of the leading causes of preventable death in the country, resulting in an estimated 400,000 fatalities annually. Hospitals and medical centers are responsible for adhering to their oath of protecting patients against all foreseeable harm; this includes taking preventative measures at all levels of care to reduce infections, disease, and injuries occurring within the facility. 

While Connecticut is still not one of the leading states for hospital health and safety practices, the increase in the rankings is hopeful. Here’s how residents can interpret the scores and a list of all state medical facilities evaluated this season.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Review

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are considered the ‘golden standard’ in health evaluations to determine how safe a hospital or medical center operates. The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization with over 20 years of experience helping to provide patients with transparency regarding their healthcare. Patients deserve to make educated decisions about their health, and it starts with holding medical facilities accountable for their practices.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are released biannually and center on five crucial areas of medical care that can significantly affect the safety of a facility: 

Rankings are determined by analyzing the weight of 28 proven hospital safety measures based on three factors: improvement, evidence, and impact. To establish an overall letter grade ranking (A-F), the Leapfrog Group then categorizes each measure into two groups:

Outcome Measure: These measures include outcomes and actions involved in patient care while a patient is receiving treatment.

Connecticut Hospital Rankings Spring 2022

Now, the moment we have all been waiting for! There were 29 Connecticut medical facilities evaluated in the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Report. None of these facilities received a rating lower than a ‘C’; however, Rockville General Hospital in Vernon did not receive a grade on this report, with no clear indication as to why. 

The summary of the Spring 2022 grades includes: 

All Bridgeport hospitals evaluated saw improvements from Fall 2021, rising from a ‘C’ rating to a ‘B’ rating. You can find the complete list of evaluated hospitals and medical centers below with links to their full evaluation: 

A-Grade 

B- Grade

C- Grade

Not Graded (NG)

For more information on how to use the grades, Leapfrog has put together a helpful video for patients on learning to navigate the system.

How to Stay Safe

Not every hospital or medical facility will prioritize your health and safety above all else. It’s a sad reality in the industry, but it’s a factor patients must prepare for before seeking any type of treatment or medical procedure.  We recommend researching medical facilities and physicians before scheduling any appointments. This step alone can weed out some potentially harmful providers known for making errors in care. 

Additional steps patients can take while receiving care proven to prevent medical errors include: 

Finally, if you are unable to advocate for yourself in a medical setting, bring a medical advocate with you to help make sure your needs are being met. You are a “customer” and medical providers must provide you with good customer service. Nothing is more important than our health. 

Visit The Leapfrog Group for additional safety tips on how to protect the health of you and your loved ones.

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Trampoline season is well underway in Connecticut. Kids are already bouncing about in backyards across every neighborhood. Since the pandemic, trampoline sales have been skyrocketing, and they don’t seem to be slowing any time soon. 
But while home trampolines have certainly become more popular, that doesn’t make them any safer. Mayo Clinic reports that more than 1 million Americans are seen in emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries every year. Most of these incidents involve children under the age of 16, and all of these accidents are 100% preventable. 

How Do Trampoline Accidents Occur

Hospitals across the state are experiencing an increase in seasonal influenza and an uptick in COVID-19 cases. The emergency room is the last place anyone wants to be right now, especially when the weather is warm and beautiful. But when trampoline season is upon us, more families end up spending their day in the hospital treating injuries than playing outdoors. 

Trampoline injuries most often occur when too many people are on the apparatus, when the trampoline is in poor condition, or when jumpers neglect to use safe behaviors. Trampoline accidents can happen for several reasons, but most injuries involve the following:  

Trampolines have always had a reputation for being dangerous, and for a good reason. People jumping on trampolines use excessive force to propel themselves upward, forward, backward, barreling into flips or twists. When things (or people) get in the way, or the force of a jump is redirected, the body can sustain severe trauma, especially when falling from elevated surfaces.

Common Trampoline Injuries

Trampoline injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to severe health conditions depending on the events transpiring before the accident. Some severe trampoline-related injuries result in intensive care, long-term treatments, and can even result in the form of disability.  

Some of the most common injuries diagnosed in emergency rooms include: 

Among all trampoline injuries reported each year, Mayo Clinic reports that one-third of trampoline accidents involve an injury to the upper or lower extremities, typically a fracture or sprain. The most common fractures involve the two largest bones in the forearm– the ulna and the radius. These injuries occur most often when children bounce out of control and shoot their arms in front or behind them to brace for the fall. 

The Net Misconception

Every year, trampoline participants mistakenly rely too heavily on trampoline safety nets to protect them while bouncing. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a safe landing on a trampoline, even with safety nets installed. 

Trampoline nets have been known to fail, tangle bouncers, or even collapse on children while in use. Aside from these mishaps, some jumpers will purposely bounce against the net, over the net, or use it as a “sling shot”, further wearing the device and increasing its likelihood to fail over time.

How To Jump Safe This Spring

Keeping children off of trampolines this season will prevent 100% of accidents. However, if you still want to bounce, safety is key to staying out of the emergency room this spring. 

First and foremast, make sure to read all trampoline instructions carefully and follow the safety precautions provided by the manufacturer.  While it seems like a harmless bouncing activity, if used incorrectly, trampolines will lead to serious injuries to your children or other children participating, which could subject you to a future lawsuit. Supervision and following the safety guidelines are key to a happy and safe summer.

Here are some other general trampoline safety rules you can implement to help prevent injuries:  

When in doubt, don’t jump. If there are too many kids to supervise or participants are not following the rules, redirect the group to another activity. There are plenty of other ways to stay busy and active outside that do not involve a trampoline. Some of these activities may include: 

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Falls from elevated surfaces have continuously ranked as the leading cause of death in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.), 35% of all construction fatalities in 2020 resulted from elevated falls, 351 deaths out of 1,008. 

Most construction falls are preventable with the implementation of safety training and fall protection equipment. To help encourage workplaces to prioritize fall safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) created the National Safety Stand-Down Week to spread awareness and inspire action. 

From May 2 to May 6, workplaces are encouraged to discuss fall protection with their employees to decrease the risk of workplace fatalities and injuries, but this is merely a jumping off point. Fatal falls occur in the workplace throughout the year, and employers can benefit from frequent stand-downs to help keep workers safe. Here are a few things to consider before you start. 

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A safety stand-down is a genuine conversation and gathering of employees to discuss fall prevention and safety habits related to the workplace. These can include toolbox talks, luncheons, community events, or whatever type of gathering fits the culture of the workplace. They are geared towards having honest conversations regarding current fall hazards and safety concerns and planning to address them to protect workers on the job.

When Should You Host a Safety Stand-Down?

Safety stand-downs are most effective when all or most construction crew members attend. The more workers employers can encourage to become involved in increasing workplace safety, the greater chance of reducing accidents. These meetings can be hosted at any time, not just during National Safety Stand-Down Week. Fall protection is an ongoing hazard that should be planned for and discussed all year round.

Discussion Topics for Safety Stand-Downs

A safety stand-down is the perfect time to discuss current safety concerns related to fall hazards or other safety issues affecting workers. Employers may choose to review past accidents, safety training bits, or inspect Personal Protective Equipment. No topics related to safety are off-limits if they will help workers perform their jobs safely. 

Other Tips for Safety Stand-Downs

Regardless of when, how often, or what you choose to do during your safety stand-down, remember to show workers you value their safety. Workers who feel valued by employers are more likely to build a positive workplace culture of safety, looking out for hazards and coworkers on every shift. 
Employers can show value by presenting certificates to employees who show exceptional safety efforts during stand-downs, sharing personal stories, continuing to check in monthly, or showing their support for their workers outside of the workplace. Employers can also share their stories on social media using #StandDown4Safety or send an email to oshastandown@dol.gov to show support.

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Every year, thousands of people die in preventable distracted driving accidents. In 2020, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) reported that 8 percent of all car crashes nationwide were linked to distracted driving, resulting in 3,142 traffic fatalities. When looking specifically at Connecticut accident statistics, 5,000 crashes in 2020 were attributed to acts of distracted driving. 

To help spread awareness of the deadly consequences resulting from distracted driving, the N.H.T.S.A. has deemed April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This life-saving initiative aims to educate drivers on avoiding distractions behind the wheel while laying down strict penalties for those caught putting others at risk. 

U Drive. U Text. U Pay Initiative

A major part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign. Throughout the months of April, Connecticut will provide outreach services and increased law enforcement to reduce distracted driving behaviors in our communities.

Utilizing billboards, television, radio ads, and social media, local safety advocates will teach communities how to spot driving distractions and the dangers of participating in them. On the roads, law enforcement will be increased throughout the state, watching for drivers who are putting others in harm's way, and stopping the behaviors before they lead to accidents. 

Drivers who violate distracted driving laws in Connecticut will be given a $200 fine for the first offense, $375 for the second, and $625 for third and subsequent offenses. More than three offenses can also result in the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. 

What is Distracted Driving? 

The N.H.T.S.A. defines distracted driving as performing any act aside from driving while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. These behaviors can include: 

One of the most common distracted driving behaviors on American roads is texting and scrolling social media. While drivers can use hands-free options for most communication functions, these features don’t always work, nor are they distraction-free. 

If you are speaking to someone through Bluetooth, your brain is only partially focused on the road. Half of your brain is watching the road, but the other half is listening to the conversation, interpreting information, and figuring out how to respond. This reduces alertness vital to spotting road hazards and making quick decisions.

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Distracted driving is never acceptable. It is important to avoid distracting tasks such as texting, eating, or resetting your GPS device to avoid harming yourself or others on the road. If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver you need an experienced law firm to represent you. Jacobs & Wallace, PLLC, has decades of experience fighting for the rights of Connecticut’s injured victims. Please contact us today for a FREE case evaluation: 203-332-7700.

Delivery drivers today are under more pressure to perform than ever before. When the pandemic hit, next-day and expedited delivery services became the norm. By 2022, it was almost unheard of for customers to wait more than three days to receive a product within two years. Sadly, the workers behind the scenes have struggled ever since, and delivery driver injuries have increased starkly. 

Types of Delivery Driver Injuries 

Typically, when we think of delivery driver accidents, the first thought is crash-related injuries. While these do happen, several other occupational injuries affect delivery drivers aside from traffic accidents. 

Slip and Fall Accidents 

Delivering packages presents many hazards that can cause slip and fall accidents. On the truck alone, drivers scale in and out of open doors, up ladders, through towers of parcels, and lift heavy boxes on platforms. Aside from that, delivery drivers encounter premise hazards: stairs, stairwells, fences, curbs, pets, decks, garbage cans, shrubbery– a never-ending list. 

Overexertion Injuries 

Delivery drivers work long shifts, lifting and delivering packages weighing hundreds of pounds depending on the products. Overexertion injuries can frequently occur when rushing and performing repetitive movements. Examples of overexertion injuries include soft tissue damage, back injuries, joint pain, and nerve damage. 

Struck By Injuries 

Have you ever seen a delivery truck from the back? Delivery companies stock these vehicles to the brim with boxes and packages. Any of these can tumble down when drivers go to pull a delivery. Other features of delivery vehicles posing a risk of striking injuries include metal ramps, doors, and gates. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents 

Sadly, nearly 20 percent of all work-related motor vehicle accident fatalities involve delivery drivers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5,550 delivery drivers were killed on the job between 2016 and 2019. With the boom in home deliveries occurring between 2020 to 2022, experts predict these numbers will increase tremendously. 

Delivery Driver Risk Factors Leading to Accidents on the Road While Working 

Working as a delivery driver is not what it used to be. Drivers in 2022 are overworked and stretched to the max. These grueling schedules expose them to several dangerous risk factors that can lead to accidents. 

Driver Fatigue

Compounding expectations to meet next-day and expedited delivery standards have led drivers to work extra-long and overnight shifts with minimal breaks. This work schedule leads drivers to become fatigued quickly and increases their risks for accidents. Fatigued drivers are more prone to behaviors including swerving, sudden accelerations and braking, and falling asleep behind the wheel. 

Distracted Driving

Delivery drivers face more distractions than most motorists on the road. Aside from the typical distractions (phones, other vehicles, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists), delivery drivers worry about their parcels' safety, meeting delivery deadlines, parking restrictions, and meeting deadlines. Additionally, delivery drivers are also heavily dependent on their GPSs, following their routes carefully to fulfill each order. These high levels of distractions leave more opportunities for drivers to miss hazards that can lead to tragic accidents. 

Speeding 

Drivers adhering to expedited shipping schedules are held to strict standards by their customers and employers. These stressors can lead drivers to feel the need to speed from job to job. In 2019, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A) reported that speeding led to 9,478 fatalities on U.S. roads. It's one of the leading causes of fatal accidents every year and can be particularly dangerous for trucks and larger vehicles. 

Inexperienced Drivers

During the pandemic, the boom in home deliveries resulted in a dire need to fill driving positions quickly, and inexperienced drivers were hired in bulk. The N.H.T.S.A. reports that inexperience is one of the most prevalent risk factors leading to motor vehicle accidents. In combination with trucks and vans weighing tens of thousands of pounds loaded, inexperience behind the wheel can result in catastrophic crashes on the road. 

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Dealing with an injury at work can feel overwhelming and complicated. In addition to needing time to heal and recover, you also need to file your workers’ compensation claim.

In some cases, your employer is not the only one liable for your injuries. When another party was part of the accident, you may need to pursue a third-party liability claim.

Here’s what you should know about third-party liability claims and when third-party liability applies.

An accident with more than one cause

When there is only one cause for a work-related injury, the workers’ compensation claim is relatively simple. On the other hand, it can get more complex when another company or another individual adds another element to the accident that caused the injury.

For example, suppose you are working in a store and are injured when you slip on a wet floor because the company that cleans the floors failed to mark the slippery area. In that case, there could be two parties liable for your injuries.

Where the liability lies

The store you work for is responsible for ensuring your workplace is safe and free from hazards. Since you fell while performing your job duties, the store carries some liability for your injuries.

In this example, there is another party who contributed to the unsafe workplace. The company that comes in to clean the floor is responsible for marking damp areas to prevent injuries. Since an additional party was responsible for both the circumstances and the resulting injury, you could also have a claim with the other party.

These claims tend to be complex, so working with an experienced professional who understands your claims is essential.

Car accidents have the potential to turn someone’s life upside down in a matter of seconds. You were commuting to work, picking up your kids from school or going to visit a friend, and suddenly you find yourself in excruciating pain, with extensive medical bills, a totaled car and an inability to return to work – all because of the negligent driving of another. In this horrific situation, what can you hope to recover from a lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident?

Compensation for monetary harm

First and foremost, you could attempt to recover compensation for your potentially overwhelming medical expenses. This does not just include any hospital bills you may have. It can also cover medications you must take, in-home services, physical therapy and any other cost required for full recovery from your injury.

Your medical expenses are probably not the only cost that you find yourself faced with after your accident. You can also include in your suit a request for compensation for any of your resulting property damage. This means damage to your car, as well as to your other personal property that may have suffered damage in the crash.

Finally, if you are unable to work and support your family, you can seek compensation for lost wages. If your disability is permanent, you may even receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.

Compensation for other types of harm

You do not need to limit your recovery to purely monetary damages. There are other types of damages for which you can seek compensation that have nothing to do with money.

For example, depending upon the circumstances, you might be able to ask for compensation for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and things of that nature.

This accident was not your fault, but you are paying serious consequences for it. Fortunately, our judicial system affords you the opportunity to seek compensation for the harm that you suffered, so that you can start to put your life back together.

People often mistakenly believe the answer to this question is No. They think that if they had any role in an accident or admit any amount of fault, the law bars them from recovering financial damages through a lawsuit. But, this is not exactly true.

Connecticut drivers can still collect damages from a personal injury claim even if they were partially to blame for an accident. However, there are some important caveats and limits.

Understanding modified comparative negligence

In this state, we have modified comparative negligence laws. Generally, this means that even if you carry some responsibility for an accident, you can still pursue and recover damages.

The critical exceptions include situations where you are more than 50 percent to blame. In these situations, you cannot recover financial damages.

Another critical element of these laws is the difference between what is awarded and what you actually receive. The law specifies the amount you recover will be reduced in proportion to your liability. In other words, if your negligence was 20 percent, the courts will reduce any award you collect by 20 percent.

Who calculates liability?

Considering how much could be on the line when it comes to calculating liability, people often worry about who makes these determinations.

Assigning liability often involves several parties and factors, especially when there are several people involved. Among them are:

These parties investigate a crash and use the evidence to decide which parties were negligent or reckless. Typically, they will look at:

Putting these pieces together can help parties understand what happened who is liable for a severe car accident.

Making your case

Details matter when it comes to investigating the cause of an accident and calculating the damages resulting from a crash. Percentages add up to dollars, and every cent counts when it comes to compensating crash victims. 

Keep all this in mind before you dismiss your legal options or assume a settlement is good enough.

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