Six Years After Sandy Hook: Are Tighter Gun Laws Working?

A woman stands at a memorial for victims from the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Justin Lane via NBC News

It’s been almost six years since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 young children, six educators, his mother and himself on December 14, 2012.

The devastation was unimaginable. Flanked by mothers and fathers who lost their children, Governor Dan Malloy signed into law sweeping gun regulation just four months after the Newtown tragedy.

Connecticut has since been commended on a national level as a leader in gun control. Continue reading

Knowing Your Rights After a Burn Injury

bandaged burn injury

Did you know that each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention? (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Unfortunately, many burn injuries are often the result of preventable accidents. Whether it occurs on the job, from a defective product or chemical, even mild burn injuries can be devastating.

Serious burn injury cases are complex and require an experienced attorney to represent your case accurately. Read on to learn more about your legal rights if you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury and are considering legal help. Continue reading

Helmet Law to Pass in Wake of Skateboarder’s Death

helmets protect against skateboarding injury

On November 25, 2016, 14-year-old Conor Irwin was skateboarding with friends. When his board skidded on some leaves, he lost control and fell to the ground. Conor hit his head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

He wasn’t wearing a helmet. 

Conor suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after striking his head. He was diagnosed with irreparable injuries including a skull fracture and brain bruising. As a result, Conor later died from his injuries. Continue reading

The Difference Between Hiring an Attorney & Representing Yourself

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“He who represents himself is a fool for a client.” –Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was an attorney. As brilliant as he was, he understood when to accept help and that the courtroom is no place for egos.

For a person unfamiliar with the legal process, it might sound easier to just go to court without an attorney. However, few understand the practical differences between representing yourself and hiring an attorney.

For example, the average person receives a settlement three and a half times larger with legal assistance than without it (Insurance Research Council).

If you’re still undecided about the best way to pursue a negligent party for your losses, we break down the differences between hiring an attorney and representing yourself Continue reading

baby in carseat

4 Safety Tips to Prevent Potential Injury & Disaster

You’ve got plans this summer, no doubt. The last thing you and your loved ones need is an injury or accident to cut in on those long-awaited plans for fun. No matter the time of year, proper safety and prevention is always in season.

The Flood Law Firm wants to help ensure your summer starts off right by challenging your family with the NSC’s 4 areas of preventable safety measures.

Did you know?: The National Safety Council (NSC) reported a shocking 161,374 avoidable deaths and 44.5 million preventable injuries in 2016?

It’s time to improve these statistics! With June being National Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to think of how you and your family can take simple steps to help prevent potential disaster. Continue reading

kid at trampoline park

The Risk & Liability of Trampolines

With their appeal to both kids and grown-ups, trampoline parks are popular without a doubt. They are fun, go-to venues where people of all ages can enjoy themselves. In spite of their attraction, what many don’t know about these attractions are the countless injuries children suffer every year at these facilities.

Children at Higher Risk for Injury

Related injuries are now higher than ever. A 2016 study published in Pediatrics revealed that trampoline-park related hospitalizations grew from 600 in 2010 to nearly 7,000 in 2014. Continue reading

Project Graduation & TFLF Raise Funds for Portland High Sober Grad Party

After an entire childhood’s worth of homework, skinning knees at recess and pizza Fridays, teens are finally ready to say goodbye to their alma mater and welcome a new chapter in their lives. High school seniors are getting ready to don their caps and gowns for a long-anticipated milestone: Graduation day.

Graduating high school is no small feat and deserves to be celebrated. But graduation parties filled with underage drinking and risky behavior are no way to start off adulthood. With your support, we can help give teens a celebration they will actually remember.

The Project Graduation Committee is a parent group seeking to raise funds for a sober graduation party for Portland High School’s class of 2018.

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Teenage Drinking: How Big is the Problem?

Alcohol use among teens is a national epidemic. In fact, alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States. Continue reading

The Flood Law Firm Recovers $890,000 for Injured Delivery Man

Brookfield Square. Photo: Connecticut Law Tribune

The Flood Law Firm recently secured an $890,000 settlement for a 42-year-old delivery man who severely injured his neck after he slipped on a sheet of ice.

The incident happened in February 2015 when German Perez was delivering furniture to Bassett Furniture at a strip mall in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Attorney and managing firm partner Brian Flood represented Perez. He said the area where Perez fell had a dangerous three-day accumulation of ice that should have been cornered off.

“There was ice on the roof of the building and there were ice dams forming,” said Flood. “The ice dams were also forming on the ground and were not going down the drain.” Continue reading

Distracted Driving Awareness: Be the Driver You Want Your Teen to Be

April is distracted driving monthFor many of us, it’s easy to dismiss the seriousness of sending a text while driving or fiddling with the radio more than watching the road. But this is distracted driving and it takes on many forms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than eight people are killed each day in the United States due to distracted driving. The most alarming truth about this statistic is the fact that these types of car accidents are increasing. According to the most recent study the number traffic crashes due to distracted driving in Connecticut continue to rise.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

While safe driving techniques are important all year long, there is no better time than now to make smart choices behind the wheel and set good examples for your teen driverContinue reading

Study: Driving with the Flu Same as Driving Drunk

Flu Season in 2018

driving sick with fluIt’s no news that the U.S. is currently dealing with one of the worst flu seasons in years. Connecticut’s Health Department is calling this year’s flu epidemic “alarming,” with the Department of Public Health now reporting Connecticut’s flu death toll at 105 for the 2018 season alone.

Far more than simply alarming, the flu season has proven to be deadly for New England residents.

While the vast majority of deaths have occurred among patients over 65, the flu poses surprising dangers for all ages when people decide to drive while suffering from a serious cold. Continue reading