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What happens to credit card debt in a Connecticut divorce?

Most people in Connecticut going through the divorce process understand that they'll have to divide their property. They will have to decide what to do with the family home and who will get the furniture, electronics, jewelry and other assets accumulated during their marriage. However, what they may not initially realize is that they will also have to divide their debts.

One major source of debt for many Connecticut couples is credit card debt. Spouses will have to determine who will be responsible for their jointly-held credit card debt. However, just because a divorce decree states that one spouse will pay off the credit card debt may not mean that the other spouse is off the hook for any missed payments. This is because credit card issuers are not bound by divorce decrees. Both spouses are contractually obligated to pay back any debt that is in their name.

Some drugs can lead to birth defects if taken while pregnant

When a woman in Connecticut is pregnant, not only must she have regular medical care to ensure she is healthy, but also to ensure her baby is healthy. Of course, it is possible to fall ill while pregnant. However, certain medications that may be innocuous to a non-pregnant individual can be very harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. It is essential that physicians keep this in mind when prescribing a medication to a pregnant patient.

Certain drugs, referred to as teratogens, can cause birth defects. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s a medication called Thalidomide was commonly used as a sedative and to prevent nausea. However, it was found that mothers who took this drug while pregnant had infants who were born with severe limb defects. More recently, Accutane, a prescription acne medication, was found to cause babies to be born with deformed faces and brain defects if the medication was used during pregnancy.

Why you should always seek treatment after a car-bike wreck

You're out for a weekend ride on your bike one early spring weekend hoping to blow out some of the winter cobwebs from your brain and get back into a cycling routine. Out of nowhere, a car pulls into your path, leaving you with nowhere to go.

As you pick yourself up off the ground, you realize that you are lucky to be alive and in one piece. Surprisingly, even your bicycle seems to have made it through the collision with only some paint scraped off its frame. The driver checking on you doesn't appear to be intoxicated or impaired, and you decide to accept their heartfelt apology and agree to go your separate ways, both glad your collision wasn't far more serious.

What are the common causes of pedestrian accidents?

If you walk a lot in and around Stamford, you may have harrowing stories to tell about near-misses with drunk, distracted or otherwise unobservant motorists. All the traffic activity raises the level of risk for pedestrians whose mode of travel is their own two feet.

What are the causes of the 70,000 pedestrian injuries and over 4,000 deaths from encounters with drivers? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that only 11 percent of transportation is on foot, yet 13 percent of auto-related deaths involve pedestrians in the United States. Read on for some common causes of pedestrian accidents.

Lessons can be learned from Amazon CEO's high-asset divorce

People in Connecticut may have heard by now that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife are seeking a divorce. This high-asset divorce is notable as Bezos is considered the wealthiest man in the world, with a fortune of approximately $136 billion.

Unlike Connecticut, which is an "equitable distribution" state with regards to property division in a divorce, Bezos and his wife live in a "community property" state. This means that they each have a full ownership interest over assets obtained or money earned while they were married, and thus courts will divide marital assets evenly. Bezos founded Amazon while married, meaning that his wife could stand to walk away from the divorce with a significant ownership interest in the company, making her very wealthy indeed. And, reportedly the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement that could have addressed Bezos' interest his future assets and earnings.

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to Connecticut residents

The human body is composed of many parts that all work together to make everyday life possible. So, when one of these parts is injured it could affect a person's overall health and ability to complete the same tasks they were able to complete prior to being injured. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to anyone in Connecticut and across the nation.

Spinal cord injuries take place when a person receives a shock to the spine that damages at least one vertebra. The vertebra could be compressed, crushed, dislocated or fractured. In addition to the damage caused by the initial impact, a person could experience bleeding, swelling and other damages that do not manifest themselves right away. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have suffered a spinal cord injury.

Did you get "doored?" Your injuries may be covered

Connecticut bikers are all too familiar with the concept of "dooring." Getting doored while cycling is a recreational hazard for cyclists of all ages.

But the problem is that for many bikers who get struck by the opening door of a passenger vehicle as they ride by, the injuries can be severe — and sometimes fatal.

What factors will a Connecticut court consider in alimony cases?

When spouses in Connecticut divorce, they might not initially be on equal financial footing. This may especially be true if one spouse earns significantly more than the other or if one spouse stayed out of the workforce entirely to care for the family during the marriage. Therefore, the lesser-earning spouse may want to seek alimony -- also known as spousal support -- from his or her ex.

Connecticut does not have a statutory formula for calculating alimony. Instead, the court will consider several factors when deciding whether alimony should be awarded and, if so, how much to award and for how long. This gives the judge a good deal of discretion when it comes to alimony cases.

Errors in medical records could lead to medical malpractice

It is not unheard of for physicians to make mistakes when treating patients in Connecticut or elsewhere in the nation. According to a Johns Hopkins study, each year approximately 250,000 individuals in the United States lose their lives because of a medical mistake. Some of these mistakes can be found in a person's health records. In fact, according to one researcher, around 70 percent of medical records contain incorrect information. Mistakes can be made when copying and pasting information on electronic medical records, when a physician makes a typo or when a physician mishears something. Mistaken identity could also lead to the wrong information being included in a person's medical records.

Some people may believe that such errors do not necessarily cause too much harm. Unfortunately, if a mistake in one's medical records leads to a medication error, an allergic reaction or a misdiagnosis, a person can suffer a worsened condition. In the worst cases, a person could die due to an error in their medical records.

Identifying the liable parties after a truck accident

Surviving a truck accident is always a harrowing experience, even if you do not sustain any serious injuries. Of course, those who suffer serious injuries face a long road to recovery.

Not only may you have mounting medical bills from your injuries, you probably have significant property damage to account for, and you may even be losing income if you are unable to work. For many truck accident victims, losing so much in such a short period of time is devastating, and some simply do not know how to keep all of the plates spinning while they wait for fair compensation for their losses.

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