Head-on collisions can result in severe injuries and significant property damage. And determining liability in such accidents is crucial for insurance claims, legal proceedings and overall accountability. Liability in head-on collisions is determined by examining...
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Motor Vehicle Accidents
Who is at fault for a T-bone collision?
Determining fault for a T-bone collision, where one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle forming a "T" shape, is not always easy. Although the driver who fails to yield the right of way is typically considered to be at fault, there are a host of circumstances...
Common injuries from car accidents
Motor vehicle accidents, especially car accidents, happen all too often. They range in severity and many of them are devastating to the individuals involved and their families. Even in the safest of cars there is no such thing as a 100% safe car. While some vehicles...
4 mistakes that could hurt your car accident claim
A car accident claim can help recover compensation after a crash. However, there are several mistakes you could make that could hurt your claim and reduce your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. The good news is that these blunders are avoidable if you...
Would it be wise to avoid left turns?
If you’re interested in safety above all else, then it may be a good idea not to turn left when you drive. This is something that most drivers have not ever considered, but you’ll find that some companies have a policy where their drivers are instructed not to turn...
Modern trends in auto safety design
Many people have a soft spot for classic cars, perhaps due to nostalgia or simply because they like those design elements. But, on the whole, it is clear that modern cars are vastly superior to their previous counterparts. In no place is this as obvious as when it...
Adrenaline may keep you from feeling pain
Your body has a built-in fight or flight response. Part of this process is the release of adrenaline. The goal of the fight or flight response as a whole is simply to help you survive. If your body believes that you are in a traumatic situation, this natural response...
Tips for clearing the snow from your car effectively
Did you know that you could be liable for an accident if you caused the crash because you failed to clear all of the snow off of your car? This sometimes happens when someone has limited visibility because there is snow and ice on the side windows, for example, and...
Car insurance requirements aren’t aligned with the cost of wrecks
If you have yet to experience a major motor vehicle collision, you may not realize just how expensive they can be. People tend to underestimate how much a wreck will cost and overestimate how much protection they have in the event of a wreck. Car crashes in...
Is your car winter-ready?
Temperatures in Stamford, Connecticut, aren’t quite hitting sub-zero yet, but that could be just around the corner. Whatever the situation with the weather, it’s likely that you’re going to have to head to work in the car. Perhaps you take your kids to school this way...
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.