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December 2013 Newsletter

Earlier this month, I was honored to be a featured speaker at an NBI Seminar on Damages in Personal Injury Law. This month we also launched a new design of our website, and we will be debuting our firm’s mobile app early in 2014. The law firm of Bruce A. Hagen wishes all of our valued clients a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year.

Now the NHL Faces Concussion Lawsuits

The ramifications of concussions in major sports leagues appear to be greater than initially thought. As more and more retired players in both the National Football League and the National Hockey League are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and dementia, the leagues and their players are set to battle in court over the rights of former players and the responsibility their respective leagues hold.

The NHL Case

A group of retired NHL players recently announced they are filing a class-action lawsuit against the league. The suit alleges that the league behaved negligently and did not offer the players adequate protection from dangerous concussion-related injuries. The controversy over concussion-related sports injuries has gotten the most media coverage in relation to the NFL, but professional hockey is also a very dangerous contact sport that puts its players at great risk. The suit will likely hinge on whether or not the NHL was aware of the dangers of concussions, whether or not they did anything about it, and whether or not they let their players know of their findings. (Read More…)

Are You a Former NFL or NHL Player with a Concussion-Related Brain Injury? Contact the law office of Bruce A. Hagen. We will work with you to get the settlement you deserve!

How to Report a Drunk Driver

Despite significant public efforts to raise awareness regarding the dangers of drunk driving, intoxicated drivers continue to cause a large percentage of automobile accidents today. If you see a driver on the road who you know is drunk or you suspect to be drunk, it is imperative that you alert the authorities and head off a tragedy before it occurs.

How can you spot a drunk driver? Drunk drivers may:

  • turn widely
  • drive below the speed limit to seem less suspicious
  • weave across the road
  • drive in the center of the road straddling both lanes
  • hit or almost hit road signs and other vehicles
  • stop abruptly or fail to stop
  • drive without their headlights on when headlights are appropriate
  • respond slowly
  • drive in the wrong lane
  • veer onto the sidewalk
  • and more

Drunk drivers can also visibly appear drunk to those who get a look at them—they may be slumped over the wheel, have glassy eyes, and exhibit other signs of intoxication. What should you do when you see a driver who is drunk or appears to be drunk? (Read More…)

Call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your auto accident or other personal injury case.

Car Accidents with Zipcars and Taxis

A car accident is one of life’s least pleasant experiences. Besides the accident itself, there are often a number of headaches that arise during the process of filing a claim, obtaining damages and getting back on the road. But what if you don’t own the vehicle you were in during the accident? If you are in an accident in a taxi or a Zipcar, two popular types of alternative car transportation, you have options to protect yourself beforehand to make sure you aren’t held liable for more than your insurance covers.

Accidents Involving Taxis

If you are involved in a car accident with a taxi, your legal options are no different than an accident with a typical passenger vehicle. However, the process will likely be different because taxi drivers are often more aggressive in avoiding liability because of the nature of their work.

There are three important things to do in the event of an accident involving a taxi. (Read More…)

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