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  • Can I Sue If I Slipped On an Icy Walkway?

    Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe and hazard-free. This includes ensuring that their walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other common areas are clear of ice and snow. When ice and snow are allowed to accumulate, it can create very dangerous conditions that can cause serious injuries. Owners who allow dangerous conditions to exist on their property, can be held liable ...
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  • What Are My Rights In a Breach of Contract Case?

    A business contract contains specific obligations that must be fulfilled by the parties entering into the agreement. When one party fails to uphold their contractual obligations, it is known as a "breach" of the contract. A breach of contract can happen when one party fails to perform their duties on time, does not perform their duties in accordance with the terms of the agreement, or does not ...
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  • Attorney Carlos Santos Named Top Attorney for Citizen’s News

    Our firm, Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C., is thrilled to announce our very own Attorney Carlos Santos has been named the 2017 Reader’s Choice Top Attorney for Citizen’s News! This weekly local news source conducts an annual selection process for various professionals in the Naugatuck community. We are proud to work alongside such a highly respected, prestigious, and results-driven Naugatuck ...
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  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Why They Should Be Taken Seriously

    Regarding all of the possible injuries following an accident, many people are least concerned with soft tissue injuries as they are generally considered to be less serious. While other injuries, such as broken bones or TBIs are certainly incredibly severe, soft tissue injuries still have the potential to be quite dangerous. Soft tissue injuries include those concerning your muscles, tendons, ...
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  • What If My Injuries Presented Themselves Long After an Accident?

    In any accident, our bodies tend to go into a state of shock. This means we are less likely to immediately notice any injuries we have sustained until later, when the adrenaline has left our body. However, this may present a problem when it comes to pursuing the compensation you are entitled to. When another person is the cause behind your injuries, they are expected to be held liable for any ...
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  • Premises Liability: Snow & Ice Accidents

    Slip and fall accidents tend to increase during the winter time. Sometimes, these accidents are caused by a negligent property owner who fails to keep their walkways free of snow, ice, and other hazardous debris. If you are injured in an accident caused by snow and ice, you might be entitled to financial compensation. However, not all accident situations equate legal liability. In this blog, we ...
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  • Taking Pictures of Your Car Accident

    Car collisions aren’t just scary, they can be deadly. From serious injuries to accident-related fatalities, determining who is liable often comes down to which driver has the best photographic evidence on their side. Taking pictures of the accident scene can help you establish liability early on. The more pictures you take the better, as photos typically aren’t subjected to interpretation the same ...
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  • Why Wearing a Seat Belt is Important

    Despite the fact that motor vehicles are equipped with more safety features than ever before, including tire pressure monitoring systems, back-up cameras, and lane departure prevention systems, none of these innovations are as critical to the safety of passengers as a seat belt. Unfortunately, many drivers and passengers choose to ignore this effective injury-prevention device, putting themselves ...
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  • Connecticut Police Officer Unanimously Wins Appeal, Granted Pension

    On Friday July 21st, Connecticut’s Medical Examining Board overturned its previous denial and granted a Connecticut police officer, represented by Attorney Tim Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos & Sousa, her service connected disability retirement (“pension”). In February 2013, Officer suffered a torn meniscal injury to her right knee. Following the first surgery, twenty percent of the ...
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  • Can Social Media Affect My Injury Claim?

    Did you know that 74% of adults who use the internet also use one or more social media sites? While these platforms give people a place to share their personal thoughts and feelings, there are times when such sentiments can be used against you. Your personal injury case is one of them. It is now a common practice for insurance companies to scour through your social media accounts in hopes of ...
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  • Mistakes That Might Result in Denied Car Accident Claims

    Car accidents are overwhelming, especially if you sustained injuries. Survivors are often left shocked, in pain, and further stressed by costly medical bills and the inability to return to work. In the midst of this chaos and frustration, mistakes are sometimes made that could severely cripple a car accident claim, resulting in a denial. Remember, insurance companies are not your friend and will ...
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  • The Steps of a Personal Injury Case

    When we’re contacted by someone who has been injured and is considering retaining our counsel for filing a lawsuit, we often receive a number of common questions. These questions are often centered around what someone can expect on the road ahead, how much their case is worth, and perhaps most common, how long until they’ll get paid. While we’d love to be able to answer those questions with ...
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  • Three Reasons You Should Have Uninsured Motorist Coverage

    The privilege of driving in the United States comes at a cost: you have to obtain a license showing you are proficient enough to operate a vehicle on public streets, and you also have to purchase insurance to give you financial backing in the event you cause an accident. However, not everyone adheres to these laws, specifically the law which mandates that you purchase coverage for any financial ...
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  • Maximize Your Personal Injury Claim

    Accidents can be devastating, leaving victims injured and faced with unexpected medical bills. Navigating the legal aspects of a personal injury claim can have people feeling hopelessly lost, on top of recovering from their injuries. There are steps you can take after a personal injury to help you prepare for filing a lawsuit or claim. These are the top tips for handling a personal injury claim: ...
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  • Understanding Truck Accidents

    Even the smallest accidents involving a semi-truck can cause enormous amounts of damage. Commercial trucks typically weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Fully loaded and travelling at 55 miles-per-hour, a semi can take 100 yards to stop—the length of a football field. In normal traffic conditions, it is extremely rare that a truck will have the appropriate amount of distance to stop safely in ...
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