As we head towards summer and kids are outside more, it seems like a good time to discuss the doctrine of “attractive nuisances” and how it’s relevant to injuries kids often suffer as their natural curiosity takes them outside their usual surroundings. When can a...
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2 ways that bad lighting can lead to premises liability claims
Premises liability is the technical term for the legal and financial responsibility that a property owner or business incurs when someone gets hurt as a result of a hazardous property-related condition. Homeowners and landlords typically have insurance that provides...
Handrails help to prevent stairway falls
Stairways form a central part of most buildings that comprise more than one floor. If the elevator is out of order, then the stairway provides an alternative route. In some buildings, the stairways are the primary way of traveling up and down between stories. Sadly,...
Connecticut property owners are required to clear ice, snow
Here in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast, snow and ice are a normal part of winter. That doesn’t make it any easier to get around them – especially on foot. Icy sidewalks, outdoor stairs and walkways can be particularly treacherous if they haven’t been...
Factors that can increase the risk of stairway falls
Every week, you attend a number of public buildings, such as grocery stores, libraries, the gym etc. Usually, these visits go by without cause for concern or incidents. This is largely due to the owners and management of these public buildings being safety conscious. ...
2 reasons your dog bite claim can be denied
Dogs offer incredible companionship to their owners. However, these friendly canines can cause immense pain when they turn vicious. A dog attack can leave you with both physical and emotional wounds. If you are attacked by another person’s dog, you may pursue the dog...
Why older dogs can become prone to biting
Many dog bites are caused by the unlikeliest culprits. Most people reflexively stay away and keep their children away from large, aggressive-looking dogs -- particularly those breeds that have a bad reputation. People are less likely to fear smaller dogs – even though...
Catastrophic slip-and-fall accidents: How do they happen?
A trip, slip and fall incident can ruin your day. While most slip-and-fall incidents end with an embarrassment and a stained outfit, some can literally turn your life upside down. It is not uncommon for a slip-and-fall accident to lead to catastrophic injuries....
Should a store owner have known about a hazard?
When people get injured in stores, they will often point to a clear hazard that caused that injury. An example is when something has been spilled on a tile floor and becomes very slick. This can lead to slip and fall accidents, which can cause serious head injuries,...
Who is responsible for city sidewalks?
Cities put a lot of planning and labor into their downtown areas. Benches and trees along city sidewalks make it a pleasant place to go, whether running errands or just enjoying a leisurely stroll. However, it seems many city planners forgot one thing - as trees grow,...
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.