14 Injured in Connecticut School Bus Accident

Bus AccidentA school bus crash on May 28th in Greenwich has left 14 people injured, including the driver of the bus. The bus, which was carrying students from The Stanwich School, was operated by a 74-year-old driver who, while driving on Stanwich Road, swerved for reasons which have yet to be identified, causing the bus to hit a large tree on the side of the road.

The bus driver’s compartment saw the brunt of the impact, and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital in order to treat serious but non-life threatening injuries. Some students on the bus also suffered injuries, including broken bones in a few cases, and thirteen had to be taken to hospitals nearby in order to receive treatment for their injuries.

Bus accidents can have serious consequences for injury victims, and at the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand how important it may be for accident victims to get compensation for their resulting losses. If you have been injured in a bus or other automotive accident in Connecticut, contact us today at 860-322-5302 to learn more about how we can help.

Suzuki Recalls More than 180,000 Vehicles

Steering ColumnSuzuki has issued a recall for 184,244 cars in the U.S. after a potential problem with the steering column in these vehicles came to light. Specifically, the headlamp switch or daytime running light module in these vehicles has a problem with overheating, which can eventually cause it to melt and cause the left side of the steering column to catch fire.

The problem relates to a similar recall issued earlier in the week by General Motors, which also was involved in the production of these vehicles. Two different parts suppliers, Woochang in South Korea and Hamsar Diversco in Canada, were responsible for manufacturing the defective headlamp switches and daytime running light modules, respectively.

The recall will affect a substantial range of Suzuki vehicles: all Suzuki Forenza models between 2004 and 2008 as well as all Reno models from 2005 to 2008.
At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, our dedicated legal team understands how devastating the consequences of vehicle defects can be. That’s why we make it our mission to provide the victims of automotive defects with the legal representation they need. Contact us today at (860) 322-5302 to learn more about how our dedicated legal team can help you.

Connecticut to Address Campus Sexual Assaults

Sexual AssaultIn the fall of 2013, students from the University of Connecticut filed a Title IX complaint alleging that the University had not properly handled reports of sexual assaults on the campus, part of a growing national trend of current and former students at the university level bringing awareness to the problem of sexual assault in college.

Though there is a national campaign to take the steps necessary to ensure that college sexual assault victims get the help and support they need, Connecticut is moving on its own to help fight this problem. Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law legislation that would require colleges to provide assault victims with free counseling services and written explanations of the school’s policies regarding sexual assault, and creates a resource team to review these policies at Connecticut colleges and make suggestions for improvements. Hopefully, this measure will force schools to start taking the problem of sexual assault more seriously and develop improved institutional responses.

Sexual assault and abuse is an extremely serious problem that cannot and should not be taken lightly, and at the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we work to help assault victims fight for justice. Contact us at (860) 322-5302 to learn more about what we can do to help if you have been the victim of sexual assault.

USDA Investigating Massive Beef Recall

Beef RecallOne of the largest recent recalls of tainted beef is under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after evidence emerged that a foreman at the ranch responsible for the recalled beef had been romantically involved with a government inspector.

The recall, which affects more than 9 million pounds of beef, was issued after evidence came to light suggesting that Rancho Feeding Corporation had processed cancerous cattle when government inspectors were not at the site. Federal investigators believe that Rancho purposefully purchased diseased dairy cattle in order to lower prices, hiding the evidence from investigators by trimming off diseased parts or placing fake seals of approval on the sick animals.

Criminal charges have already been decided – though not announced – against the former owners of Rancho Feeding Corporation. However, in a strange development, the USDA has also opened an investigation into an apparent romantic linkage between one of the investigators tasked with vetting the site and an employee of Rancho. Though the relationship has not yet been linked to the recall, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco continues to investigate any possible ties it may have had.

The dedicated legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin understands the serious impact that tainted beef and other recalled products can have on consumer health and safety. That’s why we are committed to fighting for consumer rights in these circumstances. If you have been impacted by a recalled product, contact us today at (860) 322-5302 to learn more about how we can help.

Florida Court Reverses Medical Malpractice Caps

Medical MalpracticeFlorida’s Supreme Court recently issued a ruling overturning a state law imposing caps on the amount that medical malpractice victims’ families can recover for non-compensatory damages following the wrongful death of a loved one. While limited in nature, the ruling is part of a broader trend against caps for non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases across the country.

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision rests on a number of different issues that are shared in common by medical malpractice caps throughout the country. For one, the cap unfairly burdened families in which multiple individuals may have suffered losses because it effectively created a system in which a single plaintiff’s recovery for non-economic damages would necessarily be greater than situations in which multiple plaintiffs were involved.

Perhaps more importantly, however, the Court noted that in spite of promises to the contrary, the state’s cap on medical malpractice damages appeared to do little to check the increasing cost of medical malpractice premiums for doctors, with insurers instead largely pocketing the benefits for themselves. This finding is what has largely opened up a larger national debate on the validity and effectiveness of these measures.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one as a result of medical malpractice or any other cause, and we are committed to helping families in this difficult situation. Contact us today at 860-322-5302 to learn more about what we can do to get you the help you need.