Verdicts And Settlements

Our firm's notable verdicts* and settlements* include:

  • Medical malpractice case settled for $2.85 million: Passenger injured in a motor vehicle accident was hospitalized with serious injuries. Despite the fact that progress was being made during hospitalization, the defendant hospital and their agents removed a ventilator without properly and adequately evaluating readiness for extubation resulting in an emergency tracheotomy. The patient died. Action against defendant hospital and its agents.

  • Medical malpractice case settled for $2.5 million: Action against physicians and medical group for failure to diagnose bacterial endocarditis, which led to a debilitating stroke requiring 24-hour care for the patient until his subsequent death five years later.

  • Sexual assault cases settled for $12 million: 23 young Haitian boys alleged sexual abuse against defendant abuser and facilities which were involved in the activities of the abuser.

  • Airplane crash case settled for $4.25 million: 37-year-old female passenger involved in small plane crash sustaining multiple trauma and burns over 50 to 60 percent of her body and requiring a prolonged hospitalization and several surgeries. Action brought against the aircraft broker and the aircraft maintenance company.

  • Medical malpractice case settled for $2.15 million: Medical malpractice action brought following the death of a 43-year-old married father of three young children who died following a cardiovascular event. Action against family physician who failed to follow up with testing or referrals, despite the fact that the victim had complained of chest pain, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath on exertion on multiple occasions over a three-year period.

  • Settlement of $150,000 against Dunkin' Donuts for leg burns received from hot coffee.

  • Jury verdict of $140,000 for neck sprain against Safeco Insurance Company.

  • Settlement of $1 million after woman is killed by automobile.

  • Settlement against phone company for $675,000 after their employee rear-ends automobile causing head injury.

  • Settlement of $500,000 on behalf of woman who suffered neck and back injuries after being struck by drunk driver.

  • Settlement against PetCo for $240,000 after woman sustains hip injury after falling on dog biscuit located on store floor.

  • Settlement of $190,000 against Quassy Amusement Park after young girl receives neck injury on unsupervised water slide.

  • Settlement of $182,500 for man's shoulder injury after being rear-ended on residential road.

  • Settlement of $250,000 against building contractor for injuries man receives after falling from ladder that was not properly set up.

  • Settlement of $200,000 for injuries man receives to his neck and shoulder after his vehicle is struck by school bus in parking lot.

  • $2.3 Million: Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $4 million Verdict: Motor Vehicle Accident
    Attorney Marisa Bellair secured a $4 million verdict related to a multi-crash accident that occurred in Orange, Connecticut. The jury verdict was entered against the state of Connecticut, which was found to be partially at fault for the accident that took the life of a young father.

  • $1.25 million Settlement: Motor Vehicle Accident
    Lisa Puglia collects $1.25 million after box truck sideswipe. Eye and ear disorders lead to problems with balance, focus.

  • $825,000 Verdict: Motor Vehicle Accident
    Congratulations to our partner, Donn Swift, for his recent jury verdict.

    Donn Swift recently concluded a trial in the Stamford Superior Court before Judge Frank D'Andrea and a jury of six. The case involved a motor vehicle accident whereby our client, Mrs. Nance Hutter, was hit from behind by a large beer truck owned by DiChello Distributors. As a result of the collision, Mrs. Hutter sustained a number of serious injuries including injuries to her head and neck. Mrs. Hutter also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury.

    Donn tried the case for over three weeks and presented a substantial number of witnesses to establish the significance of the impact and the extent of the injuries. The experts included an accident reconstruction expert from Maryland, a bio-mechanical expert from Virginia, a neurologist, a psychiatrist and a neuro-psychologist.

    In addition to the various expert witnesses, Donn also presented testimony from friends of Mrs. Hutter who knew her before the time of the accident and were able to explain to the jury the significant change in Mrs. Hutter that occurred as a result of the incident.

    After three weeks of evidence, the jury deliberated for two and one-half days and then rendered a verdict in favor of Mrs. Hutter in the amount of $825,000, including over $500,000 for compensation for her pain and suffering.

    The defendant made a final offer just before the case was given to the jury in the amount of $450,000.

  • $250,000 Settlement: Falldown Premises Liability
    48-year-old man sustained an injury to his right hip when he tripped and fell as a result of an elevator that was misleveling in the apartment building where he resided. Plaintiff alleges that the elevator continuously misleveled, creating a 3" lip which caused him to lose his balance after the toe of his shoe hit it.
  • $150,000 Settlement: Motor Vehicle Accident
    46-year-old woman was traveling on Route 118 in Harwinton, Connecticut, at which time she struck a motor vehicle that was coming to a stop directly in front of her vehicle. As a result of striking the vehicle directly in front of her vehicle, her vehicle was subsequently struck by the motor vehicle directly behind hers causing a second collision. The plaintiff alleged that the injury to her shoulder was a result of the collision when her vehicle was struck from behind and not as a result of the collision that she caused when she struck the vehicle directly in front of hers. The defendants tried to argue that there was no way for the plaintiff nor her doctors to prove which collision caused the injury to her shoulder. The plaintiff was able to successfully convince a judge that the impact when her vehicle was struck from behind was the cause of her injury and not the first impact with the vehicle directly in front of her which she was responsible for causing. Furthermore, the defendants were arguing that the plaintiff was a mail carrier who worked for the U.S. Post Office for the last 22 years and her shoulder problems were directly caused by her repetitive use of her shoulder during the scope of her employment and not the motor vehicle accidents in question.
  • $200,000 Settlement Motor Vehicle Accident
    45-year-old woman claimed personal injuries to her right shoulder when she was struck by a motor vehicle from behind on Route 80 in Waterford, Connecticut. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff underwent arthroscopic surgery to her shoulder. The plaintiff testified that the shoulder surgery considerably reduced her pain to the point where she was close to 100 percent healed. The plaintiff was able to show that the defendant was traveling too fast for roadway conditions and that he failed to keep a reasonable and proper look out. The plaintiff owned her own paving company. The defendants tried to argue that her shoulder injury was a result of arthritic conditions that pre-existed the accident in question.
  • $3.9 million jury verdict airplane crash An action for aviation negligence and wrongful death against the pilot of a small aircraft who failed to follow proper piloting procedures. The airplane crashed, killing a young female passenger.
  • $3.5 million settlement motor vehicle accident An action for negligence against the driver of an automobile for crossing a double yellow line on a highway — colliding with and killing the driver of an oncoming vehicle.
  • $3.25 million settlement railroad electrical accident An action for negligence against a large commuter railroad company for the failure of its employees to properly supervise and protect a subcontractor's employee who was working on railroad property from energized overhead power lines. The victim was electrocuted twice and sustained serious burns over much of his body.
  • $3 million settlement negligent hiring
    An action for negligence against an employment agency for failing to properly screen and background check a new employee who had dangerous propensities and subsequently attacked a co-worker, resulting in multiple stab wounds and other serious personal injuries.
  • $1.3 million jury verdict medical malpractice
    an action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against a hospital radiologist who failed to properly diagnose a young boy's clogged Ventricular Peritoneal Shunt, resulting in his death.
  • $1.3 million settlement -medical malpractice
    n action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against physicians who failed to properly manage a mother's pregnancy and delivery, resulting in the birth of a child with cerebral palsy.
  • $1 million jury verdict -medical malpractice
    n action for professional negligence (medical malpractice) against physicians who failed to properly read a biopsy slide, resulting in unnecessary surgery and other personal injuries.

Our experience in handling complex cases includes:

  • Tanker explosion. We successfully litigated a negligence action against a chemical waste and disposal company after its employees failed to properly drain and clean a tanker truck, resulting in a violent combustion explosion that killed the young man who was assigned to perform routine maintenance on the tanker.
  • Misread pathology slide. We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against a pathologist who failed to properly read a pathology slide and timely diagnose a patient's stomach cancer.
  • Defective bicycle. We successfully litigated a product liability action against a prominent bicycle manufacturer after a defective stem weld broke during an international triathlon event, seriously injuring the rider.
  • Birth injury. We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against obstetricians after they failed to properly deliver a baby boy during vaginal delivery, resulting in permanent nerve damage and other associated physical deficits and impairments.
  • Defective machinery. We successfully litigated a product liability action against the manufacturer of a commercial wood chipper after its defective design and lack of proper safety guards dismembered, and ultimately killed, a user.
  • Failure to diagnose. We successfully litigated a medical malpractice action against a physician who failed to properly interpret an EKG study, which prevented diagnosis of his patient's cardiac problems. Shortly thereafter, the patient died from a fatal arrhythmia stemming from his undiagnosed cardiac problem.
  • Defective premises. We successfully litigated a negligence action against the owner and operator of a vocational school for persons with acquired brain injuries after a defective hot water distribution system scalded and killed a young resident student.
  • High-risk pregnancy. We successfully litigated a malpractice action against obstetricians and hospital personnel after they failed to recognize and address severe intra-uterine growth retardation in twin fetuses, resulting in the death of one of the twins.
  • Accounting malpractice. We successfully litigated a professional malpractice action against an accounting firm after it failed to properly complete certain accounting transactions and make certain filings for a prominent business client.

* Results depend upon the unique facts of each case. We cannot guarantee results such as these in your case.