Author Archives: Lawrence C. Sgrignari

WORKERS COMPENSATION AND THE PRINCIPAL EMPLOYER RULE

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court had occasion to review the circumstances where an employee of a subcontractor can maintain a claim for workers compensation benefits against the “principal employer.” Section 31-291 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides that “when any principal employer procures any work to be done wholly or part for… Read More »

SUDDEN ACCELERATION IN TESLA VEHICLES: FACT OR FICTION?

Recently new allegations of unintended sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have made national headlines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing a petition that alleges that Tesla models experience sudden unintended acceleration which results in dangerous situations. The Agency is reviewing the petition, which references 127 separate complaints with 110 crashes and 52 injuries…. Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: CRASHING INTO CONNECTICUT

In the last two years I have written several blogs on the safety risks inherent in autonomous vehicles: The Future is Here Technology with Risks Safety at Risk The common thread reveals technological advances that carry with them inherent safety risks. These risks, whether caused by inadequate safety risk assessments or failure of the vehicle… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: SAFETY AT RISK

In previous blogs I wrote about the emerging trends in autonomous vehicles, and the risks inherent in the new technology. [GPS Blog – The Future is Here] [GPS Blog – Technology with Risks]. I specifically referenced well publicized accidents involving the autonomous vehicles, and the rapid response of the potentially liable parties in reaching settlements… Read More »

DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF CONSORTIUM

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? In prior blogs I discussed different types of damages recoverable for injury or harm caused by negligent or reckless conduct, as well as different components of damages, including damages for economic and non-economic compensation for injuries. In addition to these damages designed to compensate the injured person, Connecticut also permits… Read More »

DOG BITES: LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY A TENANT’S DOG

In a blog published in 2016 I wrote about the Connecticut Strict Liability law as it relates to damages caused by dogs, and the absolute responsibility of the owner or keeper of the dog for those damages. A question that often comes up is what happens when the owner or keeper is a tenant in… Read More »

RETALIATORY DISCHARGE FOR EXERCISING RIGHTS UNDER THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT:

You suffer an injury on the job, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, and coincidentally begin to notice subtle differences in the way your employer treats you. Then, in the guise of a restructuring, you find yourself out of a job. That is a familiar story I have heard time and again from clients… Read More »

ENHANCED DAMAGES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING: Statutory Double or Treble Damages

In recent blogs we covered damages and distracted driving. Now, those topics come together with the passage of Substitute House Bill No. 7126, which amends section 14-295 of the Connecticut General Statutes by adding distracted driving to the litany of traffic violations that will give rise to double or treble damages. This statute provides that… Read More »

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 »

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