Author Archives: Lawrence C. Sgrignari

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Technology with Risks

Last year I wrote about the future in a blog dealing with autonomous vehicles and some of the challenges that come along with the emerging technology.  As automakers and ride sharing companies race to the finish line in an effort to perfect the technological advances that will set them aside from the rest so as… Read More »

WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW

  Connecticut, like many other states, has enacted a statute that protects an employee from adverse employment action as a result of reporting certain violations of state or federal laws by his or her employer. Known as “The Whistleblower Statute,” Connecticut General Statutes 31-51m provides that “no employer shall discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any… Read More »

DAMAGES: COMPENSATORY VERSUS PUNITIVE DAMAGES

In a prior blog I discussed the difference between economic and non-economic damages in the context of compensating those injured as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. (Read More). As a general rule, insofar as money can do it, a plaintiff is entitled to receive fair, just and reasonable compensation… Read More »

FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT (FTCA)

A large part of my practice involves bringing claims and lawsuits for damages on behalf of those injured by the negligent conduct of another, but what happens when the negligent party is an employee of the federal government? Early in my legal career I represented a veteran who claimed injuries due to the misdiagnosis of… Read More »

DAMAGES: Economic & Non-Economic Compensation for Injuries

Most of my practice involves representing those injured as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. Once we get beyond the issue of legal liability for the conduct causing the harm, and establish that the injuries were caused as a result of that conduct we reach the issue of damages. In… Read More »

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS

…to bring claims that is. A significant part of my practice involves tort litigation, specifically representing those injured as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. Unfortunately, at times the injured client waits before consulting with an attorney only to be told at the initial meeting that they are beyond an… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: The Future Is Here

Last year, Connecticut joined a number of other states that have enacted laws to regulate autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars. The Connecticut law is designed to allow a limited number of municipalities to apply for permission to permit testing of fully autonomous vehicles within specifically designated areas of the municipality. Whether or not… Read More »

SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

“Did you fall at your place or somebody else’s”? This line from “My Cousin Vinny” is sure to bring chuckles every time it is uttered. Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, a fictional character played by Joe Pesci in the hit movie asks an obviously injured man in a neck brace if the fall that caused his injury… Read More »

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS: The Reasonable Inquiry & Good Faith Certificate Requirements

I am often asked by prospective clients if they have a malpractice claim as a result of a perceived medical error in the treatment they received from a health care provider. The answer to that simple question is an involved process that requires careful review and analysis, along with a written opinion from a health… Read More »

CONTESTING A LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

“I was left out of mom’s will, can I challenge the will in court, and what are my chances of success?” That is a question that I have answered for prospective clients hundreds of times over the years. Of course, the person asking the question can be any heir at law (those individuals who would… Read More »

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