Man charged with DUI and other offenses

car accidentA 25-year-old man from New Britain was charged with multiple offenses after his car hit a police cruiser at an intersection in Middletown on Sunday, March 16.

At around 1 a.m., Middletown Officer Patrick Keily was driving near the intersection of Washington and High Streets when a car driven by Christopher Griffiths hit the rear of his police cruiser. Keily was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for non-serious injuries. Griffiths’ 24-year-old passenger Rudy Lockhart, however, was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for minor injuries.

Griffiths, who did not sustain any injury, was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and driving too fast. Meanwhile, his passenger was found in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and was charged.

Far too many injuries and deaths have been the result of driving under the influence of dangerous drugs and/or alcohol. If you are one of those who has suffered from such recklessness in Connecticut, seek the legal guidance of an attorney from the Law Offices of Paul Levin. Call us now at (860) 560-7226 to learn more about filing a lawsuit after being involved in an accident.

Number of GM Vehicles Recalled Tops 3 Million

GM recently announced the recall of over 1.55 million SUVs, minivans, and sedans citing concerns with the vehicles’ airbags, seat belts, and brakes. This recall comes just days after the company announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches in the vehicles that could result in the vehicle suddenly losing power and airbags failing to deploy.

GM has faced considerable criticism regarding its recall of the Chevy and Pontiac vehicles, as evidence shows that the company received complaints about these vehicles as early as 2003 and failed to recall the vehicles for over a decade.

In Connecticut, case law suggests that a product seller has a duty to warn about a potential defect on a post sale basis. The failure to advise and perhaps conceal known potential defects affecting certain classes of cars may also give rise to liability for punitive damages under a recklessness theory pursuant to Conn. Gen Stat. Sec. 52-240b (http://cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap901.htm#Sec52-240b.htm). In Connecticut, like other civilized jurisdictions, people should not have to die before a product seller initiates an effort to warn consumers, even if a general recall may not be yet warranted.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a defective GM vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact Law Offices of Paul Levin today at (860) 560-7226.

Fitness tracker Fitbit Force recalled over reports of adverse skin reactions

fitbit forceAn online report published on Monday, February 24 revealed that Fitbit voluntarily recalled its fitness tracker the Force wristband over reports of skin irritation on February 20.

Fitbit CEO James Park said in a statement that almost 2% of Force wristband users experienced skin irritation. He further stated that the rashes might be the skin’s adverse reaction to certain substances found in the product’s strap or adhesives.

The company also announced it has created a website for users who want to return the Force wristband for reimbursement.

Our legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin has years of experience serving Connecticut residents who have been harmed by a defective product such as this. If you too have been suffering from an injury or harm as a result of a defective product, call us at (860) 560-7226 to discuss the possibility of filing a legal claim.

Construction accident kills two

A business owner and his employee were killed in an electrical accident on the morning of Wednesday, February 19.

Lloyd Folsom Jr., the owner of the South Windsor-based Folsom Construction, was on company-owned property at 140 Rye Street with Connor Betts when the tragic accident happened. Betts lifted the big rig of a dump trailer to dredge the snow that had amassed when it suddenly touched a live war on its way up. Betts was immediately electrocuted. Folsom got out of the car to assist Betts, but he, too, touched the charged trailer.

Both men were rushed to the hospital but, unfortunately, were pronounced dead before 2 p.m.

The lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin extend their heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the men lost in this construction accident.