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Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

Bringing over 75 years of experience to your case with proven ability, dedication and ethics

Walsh Woodard has the highest personal injury verdict in Connecticut in the last 5 years*

Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents Attorney

Many of our cases involve personal injuries arising out of automobile accidents. If you are injured due to the fault or conduct of another driver, then you are probably entitled to compensation from that person. In addition to the insurance covering the person that hit you, you may also be entitled to compensation under your own insurance for uninsured or underinsured drivers.

We have handled many cases involving difficult accident scenarios that have required expert testimony to prove that another driver’s negligence was the cause of your injury. We have retained experienced engineers and others who can investigate and testify on a variety of complicated accident-related issues including full accident reconstructions, faulty brakes, faulty airbag deployment, and violations of federal and state trucking regulations. While this can be expensive, we only incur costs that are necessary to maximize your case’s potential and we usually front all costs associated with the claim.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, we would be happy to review the case to determine what your best legal recourse is.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type and speak with an automobile and motorcycle accidents attorney.

Motorcycle Accidents

Many of our cases involve personal injuries arising out of motorcycle accidents. If you are injured due to the fault or conduct of another driver, then you are probably entitled to compensation from that person. In addition to the insurance covering the person that hit you, you may also be entitled to compensation under your own insurance for uninsured or underinsured drivers.

We have handled many cases involving difficult accident scenarios that have required expert testimony to prove that another driver’s negligence was the cause of your injury. We have retained experienced engineers and others who can investigate and testify on a variety of complicated motorcycle accident-related issues including full accident reconstructions. While this can be expensive, we only incur costs that are necessary to maximize your case’s potential and we usually front all costs associated with the claim.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an motorcycle accident, we would be happy to review the case to determine what your best legal recourse is.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Long-Term Disability Benefits

Are you looking for an experienced disability lawyer in Connecticut?  Have you been denied long-term disability benefits even though your doctor says you are disabled and does not think you can work? You may have been wrongfully denied benefits under the terms of your long-term disability policy. Under most circumstances, the long-term disability plan administrator can be held liable for the money you should have received plus your lawyer’s fees, interest, and costs. We have successfully represented clients across the nation in claims against some of the largest and well-known companies such as CIGNA, Unum, The Hartford, MetLife, and Aetna.

As a wrongful benefit denial lawyer in Connecticut, let us look at your long-term disability claim denial letter and see if there are any inconsistencies or errors made on their part that would allow you a fighting chance of getting your benefits reinstated. Life is already difficult enough when you are disabled, and the added stress of receiving a letter stating you have been denied disability benefits can put some people into a state of despair. Below are some cases where we have successfully defended our clients against wrongful terminations.

Representative Cases

We file administrative claims and lawsuits against long-term disability insurance companies for our clients.  We have successfully resolved a number of long-term disability administrative claims before litigation.  Administrative claims, however, are not public record and we cannot disclose them here.   The following is a list of our recent court victories against long-term disability plan administrators:

  • A senior bank executive with NewAlliance Bank won a five-year legal battle for the long-term disability benefits Unum denied her after a violent motor vehicle accident left her with a broken back and unable to return to work.
  • A 48-year old compliance analyst for Mass Mutual diagnosed with fibromyalgia and secondary conditions sued Liberty for terminating disability benefits after paying benefits for eleven years claiming she could return to work. The parties settled out of court.
  • A 20-year Perkin Elmer employee found totally disabled by his combination of serious physical conditions was awarded long-term disability benefits under the plan terms against Hartford Life.
  • A pediatric nurse seriously injured in a car accident and disabled according to the Social Security Administration was awarded long-term disability benefits against Unum because the record showed its decision to terminate her benefits was influenced by a conflict of interest.
  • A 35-year Pfizer analytical pharmaceutical report writer suffering from a life-long degenerative vision problem affecting his work performance awarded long-term disability benefits against CIGNA.
  • A former Pratt & Whitney engineer whose reoccurring chronic headaches caused him unceasing, disabling pain sued CIGNA for denying him long-term disability benefits.  The parties settled out of court.

Generally, lawsuits take from two to five years to complete. While usually a settlement can be reached, sometimes trials are required. While we cannot assure positive results, we have a proven track record of success. Further, our lawyers and staff will be with you at every step to help you through the process, answer questions and address concerns.

If you need to file a long-term disability benefit appeal and need a lawyer to assist you with a well-established track record in fighting them, please look at our contact information page.

Negligent Maintenance of Property

If someone invites another onto their property, whether a business, or private residence, they must take reasonable steps to ensure their property is safe. If they do not and someone is injured, that person may be entitled to monetary compensation. Our firm has handled many cases involving injuries resulting from this type of negligence. Attorney Michael Walsh successfully represented a client, both at trial and on appeal in one of the seminal cases in this area of law, Meek v. Walmart. Attorney Walsh has lectured several times on this topic for Connecticut attorneys at continuing education courses and is well known in this field.

Your case may involve a defective condition from accumulated ice and snow that was not properly cleared away, falling merchandise, longstanding sidewalk or parking lot defects, or other dangerous or slippery conditions within a store or piece of property. All of these cases require careful investigation and it is usually beneficial to have an attorney involved early on to ensure that the particular defect is well documented and important evidence preserved.

We have successfully sued large retail department stores, including Home Depot, Ocean State Job Lot, and Walmart, for falling merchandise that caused injury to others. We have handled matters involving defects within restaurants, bars, many smaller businesses where individuals have been harmed. We have also pursued claims against homeowners and landlords where dangerous defects on someone’s property have injured our client.

Oftentimes, our cases involve injuries to people injured due to defects in areas controlled by municipalities, such as sidewalks, roadways or parking lots. In those cases, the injured party should consider consulting an attorney very early because the law requires the person to notify the municipality within 90 days of the incident, and provide very specific information within that timeframe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Dog Attacks

We have handled many matters involving dog attacks. Connecticut has specific laws that protect individuals from injuries caused by dogs. Biting is obviously the most common type of serious injury. Connecticut law holds an owner or keeper of a dog strictly liable for injuries caused by that dog, even if not from a bite, or if the dog has no history of attacking others, so long as the victim was not trespassing or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. Depending on the circumstances of the particular case, we have also pursued these cases on a theory of negligence, especially when the person in control of the dog knows that it is dangerous.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Workplace Accidents

When an individual is injured while in the course of his employment, that person is normally limited to recovery under the Connecticut Workers Compensation Laws. However, there are certain exceptions to the exclusive Workers’ Compensation remedy, and we have represented many individuals who fit within one of the enumerated exceptions. Additionally, even if the claim against the employer is limited to Workers’ Compensation, there may be other avenues for recovery as to other wrongdoers.

This area of the law is extremely complex and cannot be adequately addressed in general terms on this website. However, if you have suffered a workplace injury and would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.

Unfair and Improper Insurance Practices

Invariably, automobile accidents and many other types of personal injury, medical malpractice or wrongful death claims involve claims against insurance companies. In some instances, insurance companies engage in questionable practices when, for example, denying coverage, limiting an insurance benefit or settling a claim.

We have handled many matters involving bad faith claims against insurance companies. We have represented individuals who have had their insurance coverage improperly denied and many matters where a claim was unfairly processed by an insurance company.

These types of cases almost always requires careful study of the particular policy language and knowledge of insurance law in order protect an individual’s rights. A policy’s language, listed declarations, definitions, exclusions and interpretations relied upon by the insurance company in denying rights should be carefully examined.

We are prepared to provide a free consultation and review of insurance documents in order to evaluate potential insurance fraud and coverage claims.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, some cases involve injuries so severe that they result in the premature death of an individual. Our firm has assisted many families and represented executors/administrators of those who have suffered untimely death due to the conduct of others. In Connecticut, cases of wrongful death involve mainly the same elements of the other types of cases our firm has experience in handling, such as motor vehicle accidents, defective products and medical malpractice. There is a statute, however, Connecticut General Statutes Section 52-555, that has special provisions for the time limitations and types of damages that can be claimed.

If you are concerned about a wrongful, premature death of someone close to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trucking Collisions

Each year 400,000 to 500,000 large trucks are involved in collisions with automobiles. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, one out of eight traffic fatalities results from a collision involving a large truck. Often, it is critical that victims of these tragedies take immediate steps to preserve critical evidence and retain independent experts to investigate the circumstances of the crash and to determine whether the drivers and trucking companies have complied with the many trucking regulations designed to protect other drivers.

As with Medical Malpractice and Defective Products matters, pursuing these cases can be very expensive. However, as with most cases involving personal injuries, all costs are paid by us and are only charged to the client if we succeed in recovering a favorable settlement or judgment.

We have represented many individuals and families that have been victimized by these tragedies and are familiar with the safety standards required by the State and Federal Government. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a collision of this nature, please contact us and ask more about our experience handling these matters.

Dangerous/Defective Products

Individuals who have been injured by defective products may have a right to monetary compensation. These claims include injuries arising from the use of automobiles, tools, equipment, medications and any other manufactured products. The law in this area requires that an injured person demonstrate that the product did not adequately warn of the potential dangers or that the design or manufacture of the product was unreasonably flawed and caused injury.

We have handled cases involving sporting equipment, medical devices, power tools, lawn mowers, tractors, and many other consumer products. These cases usually require expert technicians, engineers or specialists who are intimately familiar with a particular product, its design, and its intended uses, and dangers.

Defective product cases are usually vigorously defended by the manufacturers and require substantial costs to adequately bring with success. If, after investigating your case, we believe we can succeed in pursuing your case, we will pay the expenses of retaining the necessary experts up front and only ask that you bear the costs after we have succeeded in obtaining a recovery.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

 

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