Author Archives: Lawrence C. Sgrignari

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 »

HURRICANES, FLOODS AND HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COVERAGE AND EXCLUSIONS

As we pray for and render aid to those who have experienced the recent devastation brought forth by Hurricane Harvey, we begin to fear the threat of Irma whose uncertain path can keep it out to sea, or strike some yet unidentified portion of the East Coast. Florida appears particularly vulnerable right now. Those of… Read More »

CRUISE SHIP INJURIES AND THE “CRUISE CONTRACT”

If the release of this blog goes according to schedule, as you’re reading it I am sitting on the Lido deck of the ms Veendam, enjoying a cocktail and celebrating my 35th wedding anniversary with my wife, along with our children and their respective spouses.  A family vacation that is long overdue and I would… Read More »

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