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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 »

“LOOK BOSS, THE [CLAIM], THE [CLAIM]!” – Tattoo, Fantasy Island

Tattoos and piercings are far more prevalent in society today than in recent history. Gone are the days where one would hurriedly cross the street in avoidance of an encounter with a tattooed man or woman walking in their direction. Tattoos are no longer associated with criminals and seedy characters, but now adorn the bodies… Read More »

WHAT DOES “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE” MEAN IN A CONTRACT?

Most written agreements have dates for the performance of certain obligations. For instance in an agreement to buy a home, there will be a closing date. What happens if that date arrives, and the closing is not held? Is the delaying party automatically in breach of contract? Many people would be surprised to learn that… Read More »

WHAT IS “COTTAGE FOOD,” AND IS IT ALLOWED IN CONNECTICUT

You may have never heard of the term “cottage food,” but I am sure you have heard of a home-based business.  Cottage food is the term now applied to the idea of using your home kitchen to make food products for sale to the public.  Many people have culinary skills, and want to start their… Read More »

DRIVING- A COMMON SENSE APPROACH

Every one of us has been on a multi lane roadway or limited access highway in low to moderate traffic and had someone enter the highway from an entrance ramp and make a bee line to the far left lane; whether it is two, three or even four lanes they need to cross, they need… 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 »

WHAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ABOUT YOURSELF

As long as you are able to actively take part in medical decisions about yourself and are over the age of 18, no one else has the legal authority to do so.  As happens in life, circumstances may occur which impair your ability to make a medical decision for yourself.  It can be a temporary… Read More »

MEDICAID/TITLE XIX

Why Have an Elder Law Attorney Prepare the Application? Medicaid, also known as Title XIX (T19), is a welfare program, by definition, for anyone who needs long term services and support (LTSS). We all hope to never have to go this route, but with the cost of long term care today (upwards of $14,000/month for… Read More »

NEW LEGISLATION AFFECTING SENIORS (2018 Session)

The Office of Legislative Research for the State of Connecticut has published some of the new laws passed by the Connecticut legislature during the 2018 session.  Here are some of those new laws which were effective either when passed or as of October 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted: Emergency Medical Response System Contract: If you… 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 »

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