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Received a summons for divorce? You may need an attorney

Getting a divorce in Connecticut may be a frustrating and challenging time in your life. It's hard to imagine years of your life with another person coming to an end, but if that's what you're going through, then you deserve to do all you can to protect yourself and your interests.

When your spouse files for a divorce, you will be served with divorce papers. If you are given documents called Summons, Complaint and Notice of Automatic Orders, then you should address them right away. They may be delivered to you by a state marshal or be left at your home. Your spouse may present them to you as well.

Get help with your Social Security Disability denial letter

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a protection for people who end up disabled after doing their part to pay into the Social Security system. If you intend to apply for SSD or have and were denied, it's important for you to know the steps to take next.

Social Security Disability claims can happen for many reasons. You might apply for SSD because of being unable to perform substantial gainful activity for 12 months or longer. Some examples of injuries or illnesses that may lead to an SSD claim include:

  • Mental disorders, like depression
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Pulmonary disease caused by asbestos exposure
  • Accidents resulting in injuries, like auto accidents or workplace injuries
  • And many others

Connecticut man sentenced in accident that killed girlfriend

A Stamford, Connecticut, man will spend three years behind bars in the death of his girlfriend in a drunk-driving accident.

The man, 37, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the 2017 crash. He was sentenced to seven years and must serve three years in jail along with three years of probation. He has been jailed since February 2018 and has received credit for time served.

New Connecticut law supports employees facing sexual harassment

This past summer, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law the Time’s Up Act. This law offers more protections to victims of workplace sexual harassment. It also enforces stricter training standards and tougher penalties for noncompliant employers.

Most of the new law’s stipulations went into effect on October 1 of this year. Here is an overview of what constitutes workplace sexual harassment – and a breakdown of the changes created by this new law:

Be ready if you have to go to divorce court

Divorces can be frustrating, tedious and time-consuming. There is a potential that nothing you say or do will help you and your spouse come to an agreement on anything from child custody to property division. It's a bad feeling, but in some cases, divorces simply have to go to trial.

The majority of the time, it is possible to negotiate and settle prior to trial so that you don't have to leave your divorce settlement, child custody and other issues to chance. However, if you have tried to negotiate, but your spouse won't budge, then a trial might be necessary.

Mesothelioma: Learn more about this rare disease

Of the personal injuries that you may suffer, one of the most surprising is mesothelioma. It's a rare disease and type of cancer that is normally only present when a person has been exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma occurs in the tissues covering the internal organs, called the mesothelium. This kind of cancer is aggressive and difficult to identify, which is why many patients don't find out that they have it until they are in the late stages of the disease or terminal.

What is mesothelioma, and are you at risk of developing it?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects some people who have been exposed to asbestos. The cancer develops into a malignant tumor that is a direct result of inhaling asbestos fibers that scar the lungs, abdomen or heart.

Sadly, the life expectancy for those who develop mesothelioma is not very long. This is because mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose and may only be diagnosed once the patient is in the end stages.

Why could you be denied for Social Security Disability?

You were badly injured in the past, and it has made it nearly impossible to work. Even on the days when you can go in, you're there for only an hour or two before you have to leave.

The reality is that your disability has made your job impossible, and you want to fall back on Social Security Disability (SSD) so that you can make ends meet. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to qualify for this benefits program.

Worksite safety must be a priority to prevent injuries

Working in a construction zone on a highway or roadway is dangerous. While you may have on a reflective vest and have flares or other notices out where drivers can see them, there's no guarantee that a driver won't drive into the area and cause a construction accident.

One of the most important things for you to know about is road construction safety. Taking your safety seriously may help you reduce the risk of a crash at your worksite and protect you and your co-workers from harm.

4 injured, 1 killed in sudden crash on Interstate 95

Car crashes often involve a number of victims. Sometimes, those victims are all in a single vehicle, but that doesn't mean that they can't pursue compensation if they get hurt. Even if you're related to the driver, there could be a chance of pursuing compensation through their insurance carrier, so that you can have your injuries tended to without worrying about the cost.

In this case, one person was killed while four others were hurt in a single-vehicle collision in Darien, Connecticut. The crash happened on Interstate 95 between exits 9 and 10.

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