Cases & Verdicts

Although the following is just a sampling of some of the cases we have resolved for our clients, we do not limit our practice to any particular type of case.  In fact, since many insurance companies have refused to fairly settle cases in which the injuries are so called “soft tissue” injuries, or where the property damage is slight, many of our cases each year are against these insurance companies.  We encourage our clients to litigate these type of cases rather than accept a settlement offer that is unfair and inadequate to compensate them fully.

 

Please be advised that the following are only brief descriptions of the cases. Many details were, by necessity, omitted. In addition, our past results should in no way indicate the future success of a claim. Each case is unique and we fully encourage you to meet with one of our attorney’s to discuss the individual circumstances of your claim.

  • INJURED WORKER RECOVERS $1,165,000 IN THIRD PARTY LAWSUIT

    Our client sustained serious and disabling injuries during the course and scope of his employment at an automobile dealer in Connecticut. The injuries were incurred when our client was struck by an automobile being operated by an employee of a Pennsylvania auto dealer who had come to Connecticut to pick up a vehicle. In addition to recovering the Workers’ Compensation benefits to which our client was entitled, a lawsuit was filed against the driver of the vehicle. In conjunction with out of state counsel, suit was filed in Pennsylvania and, after a day-long mediation in Pennsylvania, the Defendants agreed to a payment of $1,165,000 to our client.

  • PRETRIAL CONFERENCE RESULTS IN $85,000 RECOVERY

    Our client was injured when a car in which he was a passenger was struck by a driver who ran a red light at an intersection in Waterbury, CT. As the parties were unable to amicably resolve the case on behalf of our client, suit was filed against the Defendant driver in Superior Court. After a pretrial before the Presiding Judge at the Waterbury Courthouse, the Defendant’s insurance carrier agreed to a payment of $85,000 to our client.

  • CORPORATE LITIGATION NETS $2.1 MILLION DOLLAR AWARD

    M&O represented a partial owner of a large manufacturing company in an action for dissolution brought by one of its members. When settlement negotiations failed, the matter was submitted for binding arbitration. Despite the demand being in excess of $8 million dollars, the attorney’s at M & O were able to successfully demonstrate gross exaggeration and misstatements of facts made by the other party. As a result, the arbiter accepted the Company’s estimated value of 2.1 million dollars and awarded the client full ownership of the business.

  • CASE SETTLES FOR $100,000 ON EVE OF TRIAL

    Our client, a registered nurse, was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in minimal damage to her vehicle. As a result of the accident, she exacerbated a pre-existing injury to her neck that required her to miss several weeks from her employment. Initially the insurance company refused to make any settlement offer claiming that the minor impact could not have caused an aggravation to her prior neck injury. Despite numerous settlement conferences, the parties were not able to reach a settlement agreement. Finally, when it became apparent that the plaintiff was prepared to litigate the case, the insurance carrier agreed to pay our demand of $100,000 thereby resolving the claim.

  • SLIP AND FALL RESULTS IN $86,000 SETTLEMENT

    Our client, a 46 year old female was a business invitee at a local shopping plaza. After parking her car and attempting to exit her vehicle, she was caused to slip and fall in a large pot hole. As a result, our client fractured her left ankle. Upon further investigation, it became apparent that this plaza’s owner had a history of failing to repair obvious defects in the parking area, such as the one in which the client fell in. When it became clear that the parties would not be able to resolve the claim in an amicable manner, a law suit was filed. The matter was eventually submitted for mediation. After nearly two days of negotiations, the insurance carrier finally agreed to pay our client the sum of $86,000.

  • CAR ACCIDENT, SETTLEMENT FOR $335,000

    Our client, a 21 year old male was a passenger in a car that lost control and struck another motor vehicle resulting in a fractured pelvis and tibia. The claim settled for $335,000.

  • ARBITRATION RESULTS IN $424,281 AWARD FOR PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY MOTOR VEHICLE

    Our client, a 58 year old woman was struck by a motor vehicle while walking across the street. As a result, she suffered a traumatic brain injury and several fractured bones in her lower extremities. The insurance company denied liability. We hired an accident reconstruction expert to demonstrate that the driver was at fault in the accident. The arbitrator awarded our client $424,281.

  • MINIMAL DAMAGE/ LOW IMPACT CLAIM, JURY VERDICT FOR $16,500

    Our client was rear ended resulting in a minor impact with minimal property damage. The insurance company refused to offer more than $5,000. The jury awarded our client $16,500.

  • CAR ACCIDENT, SETTLEMENT FOR $125,000

    Our client’s vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle. She fractured her right foot in the accident that required surgery to repair. The other driver only had $100,000 of insurance coverage. After lengthy settlement negotiations, the driver agreed to personally pay the client the sum of $25,000 resulting in a total settlement amount of $125,000.

  • WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM SETTLES FOR $325,000

    Our client, a 47 year old nurse, sustained injuries to her back during the course and scope of her employment. After numerous hearings before the Workers Compensation Commission, the claim was settled for $325,000.

  • CAR ACCIDENT, MEDIATION SETTLEMENT FOR $375,000

    Our client was a business invitee at a car auction when his left foot was run over resulting in severe low back and knee injuries. After filing a lawsuit, the insurance company agreed to participate in a mediation where the case was settled for $375,000.

  • DOG BITE, SETTLEMENT FOR $95,000

    Our client, a 27 year old actress, was bitten on the face by a Rottweiler. As a result, she underwent 6 months of treatment and was left with a permanent scar on her upper lip. The case settled at trial for $95,000.

  • FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTS IN $650,000 RECOVERY FOR THE ESTATE

    Our office initiated a claim on behalf of the Estate of a woman who suffered fatal injuries when her vehicle was struck by a 17 year old driver. The insurance company for the young driver maintained that the collision was, in part, due to the negligence of the decedent for making an improper turn. In spite of this, and after extensive negotiations with the insurance carrier, a recovery of 650,000 was made on behalf of the Estate.

  • RECOVERY AGAINST DRUNK DRIVER AND BAR THAT SERVED DRIVER

    Having lost his son at the hands of a drunk driver, our client approached us to pursue a claim against the driver and the bar that had served her the alcohol. After recovering the full amount of insurance from the insurance company that insured the driver personally, our office secured a recovery for an additional $210,000 from the establishment that had served the driver shortly before she operated her car and struck our client's son, a pedestrian at the time.

  • VINDICATION FOR A FIREFIGHTER AFTER TRIAL AND APPEAL

    During the course of his employment as a firefighter, our client injured his right shoulder. A workers' compensation claim was pursued by our office after the city denied that the injury occurred. After several days of testimony and extensive briefs were submitted by the parties, the Trial Commissioner ruled in favor of our client. The City appealed the Trial Commissioner's decision and, after the case was argued before the Compensation Review Board, our client was vindicated when the appeal was denied and the decision of the Commissioner was upheld.   After years of litigation, our client was awarded all the benefits to which he was entitled under the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Act for the injuries he sustained in the line of duty.

  • JURY RETURNS VERDICT OVER $21,500 IN SPITE OF ONLY $500 OF PROPERTY DAMAGE TO CAR

    In a collision that occurred in morning rush hour traffic on I-84 in Hartford, our client was injured when her motor vehicle was rear-ended by an inattentive driver. The insurance carrier argued that since our client's vehicle only sustained approximately $500 in property damage, her case had little value in spite of her claimed injuries. In light of the resulting minimal offer, the case was tried to verdict, which included testimony both from our client and her treating orthopedic surgeon - the result, a verdict of $21,566 on behalf of our client.

  • WORKPLACE INJURY CAUSING PARTIAL HAND AMPUTATION RESULTS IN NET RECOVERY OVER $850,000 FROM NEGLIGENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

    As a result of a crushing injury to his hand on a punch press at work, our client lost his entire left thumb as well as half his middle finger and his entire ring  and pinky finger. He also suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and nightmares with depression and anxiety as a result of this loss. In addition to securing for our client all the benefits to which he was entitled under the Workers' Compensation Act, our office also pursued a claim against the electrician we claimed negligently started the punch press while our client's hand was in the machine, bypassing the emergency safety mechanism and resulting in the crushing injury to our client. Ultimately, the insurance carrier for the electrician offered a structured payout of over $850,0000 to resolve the claim.

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