Drowsy driving is a serious problem in the United States and it is linked to many fatal accidents. Everyone has had the experience of being tired in the car, and many people have even felt themselves nodding off behind the wheel. To prevent this, people will often...
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Motor Vehicle Accidents
Thankfully, most drivers across Connecticut utilize the roads each day without incident. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. Road traffic accidents are common enough to warrant careful consideration. T-bone accidents occur when the front of a vehicle crashes...
When people picture what a car accident causing serious injury looks like, they may envision a head-to-head high speed collision. However, rear-end collisions can also cause painful and permanent injuries. Backseat passengers are at risk of serious physical trauma. A...
Practicing responsible driving may elevate your confidence and increase your safety, but what if you encounter other drivers who are behaving recklessly? Or maybe the weather has turned on you. Or you suddenly come upon a construction zone. Your preparation for...
After a major car crash, you may feel intense pain in your back and spine. This ache could signal a spinal cord injury, which impacts not only your muscles but also your mood and brain. Accidents and injuries According to the Mayo Clinic, these kinds of injuries...
Most people in Connecticut are aware that riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than driving in a car. However, it is important to understand how to share the road with motorcyclists in order to reduce accidents and fatalities. Many car operators are nervous when...
The fall and winter months can be difficult for people in many places, especially when it comes to weather. Cold temperatures, snow, rain and ice are all concerns in many U.S. cities. Unfortunately, these weather-related issues can pose a number of risks, especially...
Thousands of people across the United States come to Connecticut each year to enjoy our wonderful scenery and roads on the back of a motorcycle. If you are a motorcycle rider or looking to become one, it is important to take proper precautions so that you do not end...
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...
A 64-year-old Bridgeport man was sentenced on Feb. 19 to three years in Connecticut prison for his role in causing car crash that claimed the life of a 31-year-old father of three. The accident that claimed the young Stamford father's life took place on Father's Day...
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.