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litigation, Connecticut car accident attorneyIf you have been involved in a car accident—whether or not you were injured—you probably know that there is often a great deal of negotiation regarding which insurance company will be paying and how much. In many cases, there are no formal, sit-down negotiating sessions. Instead, the involved insurers often work behind the scenes, communicating only with you when necessary to accept their offers.

Sometimes, however, negotiations fail to produce a result that meets the needs of those who suffered losses as a result of the accident. This is especially true when someone has been injured. A recent case from Waterbury demonstrates that aggressive litigation can sometimes be the best option for recovering compensation.

A Recap of the Case

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assault, Hartford personal injury lawyerWhen a person is sexually assaulted, his or her life is often changed forever. While therapy and counseling may help, the emotional trauma of such an experience may never really go away. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult, in many cases, to successfully prosecute a perpetrator of sexual assault in criminal court because the standard of proof is quite high. Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect committed the crime can be nearly impossible when the case boils down to two conflicting stories about what happened. Some victims of sexual assault are able to secure justice to a certain degree in the form of a personal injury verdict or settlement, as a headline-making case from Georgia recently demonstrated.

Teen Raped by Security Guard

In 2012, a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old man who worked as a security guard at a housing complex near Atlanta. The girl was at the complex for a friend’s birthday party. Following the incident, the man was arrested and charged with several criminal counts related to the assault, including rape, statutory rape, sexual battery, and molesting a child. He pleaded guilty to several of the charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison—a sentence that he is currently serving.

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dump truck, Hartford personal injury lawyerEven the most experienced drivers can become distracted, and the consequences are often dangerous, as one Connecticut man was forced to learn painfully. In many cases, however, distractions may be considered negligence under the law, leaving a distracted driver liable for injuries or damages sustained as a result. Such was the situation in a New Britain courtroom recently, as the jury awarded more than $2 million in damages to a man whose foot had been crushed by a towed trailer.

Anger Over Parking

According to court records, the injured had parked the dump truck he was driving in a Farmington cul-de-sac in connection with a landscaping job for which he was partially responsible. The owner of the landscaping business, who was driving a pickup truck and towing a Bobcat on a trailer, pulled up extremely close behind the dump truck, reportedly to “chastise” the dump truck driver for how he had parked. When the owner finished, he went to drive away, and the 4-ton trailer drove over the dump truck driver’s right foot, causing a crush fracture. Surgery was not performed, but the accident allegedly also caused irreversible nerve damage and significant pain.

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premises liability, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhen you rent from a landlord, it is generally assumed that the property owner will keep common or shared areas safe and in compliance with building and safety codes. In many rental properties, staircases present the most danger, as even a single damaged step or slippery tread can lead to serious injury, and potentially, a lawsuit on the basis of premises liability. One such example can be found in the case of a man who fell down a flight of stairs, which his suit claimed did not have even a handrail, leading a Stamford jury to award him more than $2 million in damages.

“His Life Changed Forever”

The man’s injury dates back to 2010, when he fell down a staircase that led to a room he was renting from a couple on Irving Avenue in Stamford. According to the injured man’s attorney and subsequent lawsuit, the victim suffered a fractured skull and other injuries that kept him the hospital for six weeks. Much of the hospital stay was reportedly spent in intensive care and the man’s skull injuries required surgery.

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shared liability, Hartford personal injury attorneyWhen you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, slip-and-fall accident, or an accident involving recreational equipment, it is important to determine if the actions or negligence of another party contributed to your injuries. If someone else is found to have caused the accident and, therefore, your injuries, he or she may be held liable for the losses you have suffered, including both economic and noneconomic damages. But, what if more than one party shares the blame for the accident? How is each to be held liable for his or her contribution and what if one of those at fault is unable to pay? A recent ruling by a jury in Middletown Superior Court took these questions into consideration as it awarded a teen more than $360,000 from three defendants for injuries sustained in a 2012 ATV accident.

Weekend of Fun Turns Dangerous

According to reports, the incident occurred in May 2012, when a teen girl invited three friends to her parents’ ranch in North Branford, all of whom were 15 or 16 years old at the time. As part of the weekend’s fun, the teens went for a ride on a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, owned by the girls’ parents. The rides went without a problem on Saturday night, but on Sunday morning, two of the boys took the ATV back out again. During the morning ride, the driver began turning tight circles, or “doing doughnuts,” and, due to its high center of gravity, the vehicle tipped over and landed on the teen passenger’s ankle. The teen suffered severe lacerations, soft tissue damage, and a torn ligament, which, along with complications in the healing process, led to approximately $100,000 in medical bills.

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