Author Archives: Lawrence C. Sgrignari

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 »

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 »

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