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2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • Tips For How To Be a Safe Driver

    Driving a car is so commonplace for the majority of Americans, we tend to forget just how dangerous operating a vehicle can be. In fact, each year thousands of people are killed or injured in accidents that could have been prevented if only the driver had been less reckless or taken reasonable care on the road. At Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C. , we have represented hundreds of clients ...
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  • Why You Should See a Doctor Right After an Accident

    You’ve just been in a car accident. You don’t remember exactly what happened, but you wake up to notice the air bags have gone off. You do a quick scan to make sure nothing is broken or bleeding and then you exit the vehicle. Aside from the damage to your car and the other cars involved, everyone seems all right. You exchange information and decide to skip seeing your doctor. A few days later, you ...
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  • What is Title Insurance?

    Title insurance is a means of protecting lenders and real property owners against title errors or defects in the property that could arise after the purchase of the property. Title insurance is different than other home, car or health insurance in that it does not protect from occurrences that could arise in the future, but instead from issues that occurred in the past. What is a title defect? A ...
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  • How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

    With the prices of housing skyrocketing in places like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, homeowners interested in purchasing housing have started putting less than 20% down on a home. If you put less than 20%, your lender requires you to purchase private mortgage insurance to protect against you defaulting on your loan. How to Remove PMI PMI can be expensive, but there are ways you can ...
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  • How Does a Breach of Contract Affect Small Businesses?

    If you are a small business owner, you more than likely understand the importance of a contract. A breach of a contract can be followed by a lot of frustration and ill-feelings. It can result in a waste of time, resources, and money. Understanding the ways in which a breach of contract can impact a small business can help you better determine whether or not to file suit. Our legal team at ...
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  • Tips for Driving Safely this Winter Season

    During the winter, driving conditions can become incredibly hazardous. Ice and snow cause hundreds of auto accidents each year. Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C. shares some safety tips to help reduce your risk of an accident while on the road. Things you should look out for and how to respond: Ice and black ice – The traction on your tires can become useless on roads covered in ice, packed ...
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  • FDA Warns Against Fake Diabetes Products

    November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. This month the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against using products that were illegally marketed with promises to cure, prevent or treat diabetes. The FDA has advised consumers do not use these products because they ...
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  • Injured by a Drunk Driver on Halloween?

    For many adults, Halloween is a time to let loose and have a little fun. Often this fun includes drinking alcohol. Statistically, over 40 percent of all automobile accidents that occur on Halloween are alcohol related. If you or someone you love was injured by a reckless, drunk driver on Halloween, the skilled, compassionate team at Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C is ready to help you. The ...
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  • Waterbury Car Accident 101: What To Do Immediately Following An Accident

    You are a great driver. But sometimes, your skills on the road will not stop an accident from happening. If you drive in the Waterbury area, or are unfortunate enough to spend time around I-84, driving is stressful. Waterbury is filled with constant stop-and-go traffic, numerous lane-shifts, and merging in the left and right lanes of the highway. Interstate 84 is also a major route for travelers ...
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  • Winter Driving Safety Tips for CT Drivers

    Fall will soon turn to winter and as many of us know, with winter, comes snow. While snow can be beautiful, it can also lead to dangerous driving conditions on the road. If you are planning to drive this winter, there are steps you can take to help prevent injuries or death. Check out this guide from our Naugatuck personal injury attorney. Be Prepared – Whether this is your first Connecticut ...
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  • How a Real Estate Attorney Can Help You

    For most, buying a family home is one of the most significant purchases of their lives. Purchasing property is a huge investment, but it can also be incredibly complex for first-time buyers and sellers. Hiring a real estate attorney can help you avoid some of the common problems associated with buying or selling a home. Keep reading to learn more about how our Naugatuck real estate lawyer can help ...
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  • Conviction Overturned for Driver Using Cell-Phone in Connecticut

    The Case: State v. Dunbar On April 29, 2014 Lonnie Dunbar was driving on Route 66 in Columbia, Connecticut when he received a phone call. Wearing a head-set, he grabbed his phone, brought it to about “steering-wheel level,” and tapped the “answer” button. At the same time Dunbar grabbed at his phone, State Trooper Josh McElroy sat thirty feet away, watching Route 66 looking for traffic violations. ...
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  • Marijuana Convictions Erased in Connecticut

    Over the last few years, the Connecticut Legislature has been easing marijuana conviction laws. For example, if you were arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 1/2 ounce) in 2007, you would have been arrested and convicted of a crime. While you may not have jail time, the stigma of being a convict is heavy. If an employer, or a landlord, asks if you have ever been ...
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