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Voted #1 Attorney In Connecticut: Michael J. Walsh, Esq.

West Hartford attorney Michael J. Walsh has been ranked as the number one attorney in the state in a statewide poll of practicing attorneys.  The poll is conducted each year by Thomson Reuters and is published in the November issue of Connecticut Magazine.

Attorney Walsh practices personal injury law at his West Hartford law firm, Walsh Woodard LLC.  He has handled several high-profile personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits.

Attorney Walsh is a 1987 graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School.  He clerked for the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns in the United States Federal District Court, and has then practiced personal injury law in the West Hartford and Hartford areas for his entire career.

The statewide poll consists not only of a vote by other attorneys in the state, but also consists of third party validation and independent research analysis by a Blue Ribbon panel of attorneys.  The poll is conducted under the “Super Lawyers” trademark and is considered a highly credentialed resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

To read more about Michael J. Walsh, please see his bio here.




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Attacked By A Dog In Hartford?

If you have been attacked by a dog in Hartford, then you may be able to collect compensation. However, there are several requirements that must be met in order for a person to file a lawsuit. It is important for you to be aware of the dog bite laws in Connecticut.

Dog Bite Laws in Connecticut

In order to file a lawsuit, you must have suffered an injury due to the dog bite. You must also not have been trespassing on someone else’s property. Additionally, you must not have provoked or teased the dog. Keep in mind that these laws also apply to other injuries that a dog can cause. For example, if a dog knocks you over and pounces on you, then you can file a lawsuit even if the dog does not bite you.

Strict Liability

Connecticut has a strict liability law regarding dog bites. This means that the owner can be held responsible for the dog bite even if they did not know that the dog was aggressive. Most states have a strict liability law. If a state does not have a strict liability law, then it likely has a one-bite rule. This means that the owner cannot be held responsible unless they knew that the dog was aggressive.

Time Limits

If you have been attacked by a dog in Hartford, then you have a limited amount of time to file a case in court. Cases that are filed after a certain period of time are almost always thrown out. That is why it is vital for you to file your case within the allowable time period.

Why it is Important to Contact an Attorney

One of the most important things that you can do if you have been attacked by a dog in Hartford is to hire an attorney. Your lawyer can review your case and help you get compensated. Contact the dog bite attorneys at Walsh Woodard today for a free case evaluation.

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Common Summertime Injuries

For many people, summer is the time to unwind and relax after months of waiting for the mediocre weather to subside. While the sunshine is great, it also encourages more activity among people in a community. More activity, therefore, increases the chances that a person gets into an accident and injures him or herself. There are a plethora of situations that a person can file a personal injury claim for. Whether an individual is hit by a car, bit by a dog, or slips on a wet floor, certain steps should be taken to handle the situation accordingly.

Nice weather normally results in more people leaving their homes. Congestion, especially in an urban area, greatly increases the chance that a citizen is hit by a car. Getting hit by an automobile is one of the more pertinent summertime injuries. The severity of a car accident may vary greatly from person to person, but it is important to address the situation correctly. Often times, an accident will result in the victim(s) having to seek medical attention. Although driving is convenient, pedestrians have to remain aware because car accidents produce between 20-50 million injuries each year (ASIRT,2017).

While everything may appear to be glorious, it is very true that accidents happen. Perhaps a person is walking in the park and suddenly gets attacked by a dog. Similar to most summertime injuries, the severity of a dog’s bite can vary, but may result in stitches to stop the bleeding. Nearly every park consists of multiple dogs roaming around, making the chance to get bitten much higher.

Even a trip to the grocery store could result in a person getting injured. The summer humidity often persuades business owners to mop their floors more frequently. Without suspecting it, any random person could fail to notice the wet floor and fall rather hard.

If you have been injured, please contact Walsh Woodard LLC’s personal injury attorneys today at (860) 549-8440 for a free consultation.

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Safety Tips For Your Summer Road Trips

In many parts of the country, winter was long and hard. And many of us are not quite done with a cold and wet spring. But summer will be here in just a matter of weeks. Most people are not yet ready to think about it, let alone prepare for it. We’re not just talking about finding and washing the window screens we’re talking about summer road trips. And preparing for summer road trips doesn’t just mean getting swimsuit ready or making hotel reservations.

Americans will be spending hundreds of thousands of miles behind the wheels of their vehicles this summer or as passengers, and why not? Time off + beautiful weather + predicted low gas prices means that it’s a great time to take your motorized old heap on holiday with you. But sadly, a consequence of summer luring more motorists onto the road is more vehicle-related mishaps. Some of them are the result of actual contact between two vehicles. But a surprising number of them aren’t and could have been potentially avoided altogether with more preparation. Read on for some tips on how to avoid summer road trip mishaps, and keeping your trips memorable for all of the right reasons.

Car Health

Most of us wouldn’t take a trip if we were ill or had broken bones. So why are you doing so with a car with bald tires, a bad axle or dying brakes? Even if “Christine” is in generally good health, make sure that her filters, plugs, hoses, windshield/windshield wipers and air tire pressure are all in good shape.


Yes, it’s probably unlikely that you’ll encounter a blizzard at the height of summer. But severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornados, hailstorms, and flash flooding can certainly happen. Savvy road warriors check weather reports before heading out and take them seriously. Delay trips or get off of the road before bad weather strikes.


The American Automobile Association calls the days when these inexperienced and often inattentive drivers are out of school “the deadliest days of summer”. Use extra caution while driving in areas where they congregate- shopping centers, movie theaters, restaurants, parks, and swimming pools and beaches.

Night-Time Driving

You might think that you’ll save time and money on summer road trips by driving at night when there’s less traffic. But night-time driving often causes dangerous driver fatigue to occur. And late hours often mean fewer people to report and respond to accidents and breakdowns that might occur.

Walsh Woodard LLC is a law firm that represents individuals in personal injury matters. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Do You Have a Wrongful Death Case?

To know whether or not you have the right to file a claim for wrongful death, you need to understand exactly what it is.

Wrongful death is a claim that can be filed when a person (or a company) is at fault for the death of a person. There are a variety of reasons to file this type of claim, such as medical malpractice, vehicle accidents caused by another driver, a defective automobile, dangerous roadways, and even abuse. Any fatal accident which has been caused by negligence can cause a wrongful death claim to be filed.

In the United States, this is the only method of suing a company when a death has been caused by their actions instead of those of an individual. Around 400 lawsuits were filed against Toyota when their broken gas pedals caused cars to accelerate and crash.

So do you have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit? If your loved one was killed in an automobile accident caused by another driver or caused by a failure in their car, you could have a case. If they died during surgery or another medical procedure, you should consider pursuing a civil lawsuit– especially if the doctor has a history of medical malpractice. Essentially, if you have lost a loved one in a way that you feel could have been prevented and you know who’s at fault, consider filing a wrongful death claim.

You can contact Walsh Woodard LLC for your civil litigation needs online or call us at 860-785-2011 for a free consultation.

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Victims of Trucking Accidents in The Winter Deserve Fair Compensation!

The average family vehicle weighs 2,000 – 5,000 pounds. Semi’s hauling tractor trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. You don’t have to be an expert in math to understand that the odds are against you when you are involved in an accident with these huge machines. Add to the equation ice, sleet, and snow and the results can be catastrophic.

There are half a million accidents involving 18 wheeled vehicles every year. In fact, one out of every eight traffic deaths are a result of just such a collision. Many freight companies are neglectful of the safety standards needed to keep these trucks safe in good weather. When you are talking about winter conditions these lapses in regulation can be disastrous for people who are involved in accidents with these “Big Rigs.”Read More

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Avoid an Increase In Holiday Injuries

The holiday season is a time of year to catch up with friends and family, and it is often a time of travel. Leaving home may seem safe as most accidents occur within a five-mile radius, but the holiday season is often a time when there is an increase in injuries for many. There are a number of reasons this occurs, but staying safe and injury free is possible.

Texting and Driving Do Not Mix

Over the last few years, texting and driving has been in the news for causing accidents. People become distracted while they are on the road, and they forget about vehicle safety. This has become such an issue that the U. S. Air Force  has listed it first in a post about holiday safety. No matter how important that text may seem, it will wait until later. Ignoring the phone also allows for defensive driving and watching for road hazards such as impaired drivers in other vehicles.Read More

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Thanksgiving Weekend: Tips For Staying Safe

Thanksgiving weekend is quickly approaching. As personal injury attorneys, we know that the Thanksgiving weekend is perhaps the deadliest time to be traveling on the road. This time of year there are more people driving to visit friends and family than any other time of year. With an increase in the number of cars on the road comes an increase in the number car accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during a recent Thanksgiving weekend, in excess of 300 individuals lost their lives in car accidents in the United States.Read More

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Number Of IVC Filter Lawsuits On The Rise

An IVC filter lawsuit was recently filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by a woman who alleges that the IVC filter caused her serious adverse side effects. The lawsuit (Case no. 5:16-cv-00065) asserts the woman was implanted with IVC filter manufactured by Boston Scientific in May of 2005 after she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her right leg.

The plaintiff, Katherine Milan, claims  she experienced lower abdomen pain shortly after she the IVC filter was implanted. That the device caused serious clotting is also alleged in the complaint. After being readmitted to the hospital, a CAT scan revealed that the Inferior Vena Cava filter became occluded. According to reports in the court records, Ms. Milan has to remain on blood thinners for the remainder of her life.

Hundreds of IVC filter lawsuits have already accumulated against Inferior Vena Cava filter manufacturers. The manufacturers that have been sued include C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. These IVC filter lawsuits have been combined in Multidistrict Litigation in Arizona and Indiana. The lawsuits charge these companies with knowingly marketing a defective medical device that has allegedly caused serious health issues for a significant number of patients implanted with the filters.

The number of IVC filter lawsuits are expected to grow in number. Victims of defective medical devices are entitled to justice. Walsh Woodard LLC is providing case evaluations to individuals who have been adversely affected by the an IVC filter device. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Lost Wages After An Auto Accident

The pain you feel after a car accident may not only be physical but also financial. After most people get into an accident they generally do not think about work and whether they will be able to go. Working is how most individuals earn their living, and if they don’t go then a financial crisis may develop.

People who are injured in a car accident can recover lost wages. How much lost pay they will be able to recover depends on a number of factors such as the the type of employment, state law, and whether they file an insurance claim or a lawsuit. Regardless, there must be a connection between the accident injury and the time you were unable to work. This must also be supported by your medical records and doctors.Read More

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