Category Archives: Litigation

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 »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part VI.

Now that you have a judgment in your favor, you need to collect it. Any judgment can be appealed within twenty (20) days. Therefore, it is not a final judgment until twenty days after the date of judgment. If the losing party had insurance coverage, then collecting should not be a problem. The insurance company… 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 »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part V

If pre-trial negotiations, mediation or non-binding arbitration efforts were not successful in resolving the claims, then it is time for trial. Aside from some pretrial motions that will vary depending on whether the trial is to a judge or a jury, it is time to present evidence. Different types of claims have different burdens of… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part IV

In my prior blog “Anatomy of a Lawsuit-Part III” I referenced Mediation and Arbitration as alternatives to trial.             Mediation is very much like a pretrial, but the mediator, usually an attorney or retired judge with no ties to either party, spends several hours or even days in an effort to assist the parties in… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part III

Once the Pleadings are closed (complete) and the Discovery is finished, the parties will usually engage in discussions to attempt a resolution of their dispute. These discussions will involve a review of the pros and cons of each party’s claims and defenses in an effort to make the other see that their claims are not… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part II

Now that we covered the basics of a lawsuit from my prior blog (Anatomy of a Lawsuit-Part I) we can expand on that knowledge. In addition to filing an Answer, a Defendant can also file Counterclaims, Special Defenses and claims of Setoff.  A Counterclaim is similar to the Plaintiff’s original complaint.  It asserts claims by… 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 »

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