The holidays are full of parties in Connecticut where friends, family and coworkers gather around and often drink. Unfortunately, car accidents as a result of impaired driving can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities if a collision occurs. The chances of a car...
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Is motorcycle lane splitting or filtering legal in Connecticut?
Lane splitting and filtering are topics of controversy across the country. Many people believe these practices can reduce the volume of motorcycle accidents, while others are not so easily convinced. What is lane splitting? Splitting lanes occurs when motorcyclists...
Truck accidents: Standing up against trucking companies
Commercial vehicle accidents may result in catastrophic injuries, especially when a large tractor-trailer collides with a small personal automobile. Most of these smaller vehicles are no match for the sheer size and weight of a semi. When negligence of any kind is a...
Parents play a crucial role in creating safe teen drivers
If your teen is taking behind-the-wheel driver's education classes this summer, they'll likely be expecting you to help them get some extra practice. The thought of being in the passenger seat while your teen drives may bring back not-so-pleasant memories of those...
Why teen workers are at special risk in restaurants
Many teens seek summer employment in the restaurant industry. From casual dining chains to high-end restaurants, you'll be seeing more of them taking your orders and busing tables over the next few months. Many you may not see because they are behind the scenes in the...
Does your summer vacation include parasailing activities?
Summer vacations are a great time to head to the beaches in Connecticut and elsewhere in New England. Whether it's for a family reunion or simply a gathering of old friends, there are always fun activities going on at the shore. You may prefer to swim in the ocean,...
How safe are motorcycles?
To some degree, you decide just how safe you are on your motorcycle. There are steps you can take to increase safety and limit injuries. Some of these include: Wearing a helmet Following the speed limit Getting proper training Wearing bright colors Not riding at night...
Who can be held liable for swimming pool injuries?
As warmer weather returns to Connecticut, many people will be spending time in pools owned and managed by others, whether it's at hotels, apartment buildings, community recreational areas or other people's homes. You can't always be guaranteed that these pools are...
Read this before taking your kids to a trampoline park
Thinking about bringing your children to a trampoline park? These indoor facilities often have dozens of trampolines, which are all connected together. The result is a huge area where kids can jump and play. They love it, and parents love how it helps them burn off so...
How Connecticut motorcyclists can reduce their risk of a crash
The National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) posits that one of the leading reasons that motorcyclists become involved in crashes is because of carelessness. They note that there are certain actions that they can practice when operating their motorcycles on public roads to...
Verdicts & Settlements
36-year-old laborer for landscaping company fractured wrist when fellow employee hit him with truck. Claimant received in excess of $30,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for total disability and medical expenses and settled with automobile insurance company for fellow employee for $95,000.
1989 workers’ compensation claim settled for $125,000. Claimant originally sustained a low back injury when she slipped and fell at local grocery store resulting in low back surgery in 1989. Several years later, claimant exacerbated her low back injury. Claim was reopened and settled with carrier for $125,000 in 2006.
47-year-old deli clerk sustained low back injuries at work for local supermarket. Carrier originally denied claim on the grounds that the injury was pre-existing. After formal workers’ compensation hearing carrier accepted claim and paid all total disability benefits and medical expenses in excess of $100,000. Case then settled for an additional $100,000 after injured person received a permanent disability rating.
34-year-old male roofer sustained multiple injuries to his shoulder, neck, back and hip when he fell from roof during work. Claimant was provided workers’ compensation benefits in excess of $100,000 and settled remaining claims for an additional $55,000.
40-year-old male working for cleaning company sustained neck and low back injuries when he fell on defective staircase while cleaning local museum. Claimant recovered over $95,000 in workers’ compensation benefits and resolved claim against museum for $85,000.
26-year-old laborer sustained fractured foot when a cast iron pipe was dropped on his foot. Employer and workers’ compensation carrier denied claim on basis that injured worker was an independent contractor. After a series of informal and formal workers’ compensation hearings, carrier conceded that claimant was an employee and settled case for $85,000.
24-year-old waitress sustained back injury while working at Outback Steak House. Workers’ compensation insurance company initially denied the claim. After a series of informal hearings, carrier accepted claim paying medical expenses and total disability benefits. In addition to those benefits paid, claim settled for an additional $75,000.
Delivery truck driver sustained right wrist fracture in rear-end motor vehicle accident while in the course of his employment. Claimant recovered in excess of $40,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses and total disability benefits. Claimant settled case against at-fault driver for $105,000.
22-year-old male working as stocking clerk at “big box” retailer sustained herniated disc in low back. Workers’ compensation carrier refused to accept the claim. After formal workers’ compensation, hearing commissioner ordered carrier to pay over $35,000 in past total disability benefits and pay for surgery and all related medical expenses. Case settled for an additional $35,000 for a total recovery in excess of $100,000.
Rear-end collision on entrance ramp to Merritt Parkway resulting in 49-year-old woman sustaining mid-back injury. Case settled at mediation after filing suit for $300,000.
28-year-old passenger sustained multiple herniated discs in automobile accident in New York state. New York no-fault carrier paid for extended period of disability from work and medical expenses, including expenses for surgery. Case settled against driver of vehicle for $300,000 policy limits shortly after filing suit.
54-year-old man sustains shoulder injury when hit from behind by uninsured motorist on New Jersey Turnpike. Case settled for $135,000 prior to trial.
CT Transit bus driver sustained torn meniscus in collision with another vehicle. Claims made against at-fault driver, workers’ compensation carrier and client’s underinsured motorist policy. All claims settle for a recovery in excess of $100,000.
68-year-old woman sustained neck and back injuries in rear-end collision and required extended course physical therapy, but was not a surgical candidate. Case settled for $100,000 prior to filing suit.
34-year-old woman sustained concussion and neck and back injuries in hit-and-run accident on a New York highway. Claimant settled uninsured motorist claim for her $100,000 policy limits.
80-year-old woman sustained right foot fracture when her foot was run over in a parking lot. Case settled for at-fault driver’s policy limit of $100,000 prior to filing suit.
38-year-old nanny sustained right femur fracture when she fell down defective stairs in home of her employer’s neighbor. All medical expenses and lost wages reimbursed and case settled for an additional $150,000.
Claim against landlord for defective staircase in multi-family rental house. Claimant sustained a right femur fracture. Case settled for $125,000 prior to filing suit.
$95,000 judgment obtained against bar and nightclub for assault by one of its patrons against another patron.
47-year-old woman sustained a broken left wrist when she fell from porch stairs at house she was renting. Case settled for $95,000 shortly before trial.
26-year-old male bitten on leg by German shepherd. Claim against dog owner settled for $65,000 plus payment of all medical expenses.