Verdicts & Settlements

AZ vs. Jon Doe Company - $880,000.00. School bus accident.

The minor child hit his head on a side window when the bus was struck by the defendant's vehicle. The minor then developed hydrocephalus; a condition that caused excess liquid on the brain. The claim was heard before a three-member arbitration panel who awarded $880,000.00.

The Estate of RC vs. VNA - $500,000.00. Medical Malpractice.

The plaintiff was an elderly disabled man who would have the VNA Service come into his home and lift him into and out of bed by the use of a Hoyer. The defendant, an agent of VNA dropped the plaintiff while trying to lift him out of bed thereby breaking his femur. The plaintiff eventually became septic, lost his leg and then died. The case was complicated by the fact that it was discovered that the plaintiff had Stage 4 cancer with a life expectancy of only one year at the time of his death. A three-member arbitration panel awarded $500,00.00 to the plaintiff's estate.

John Doe vs. John Doe - $7,500,000.00 settlement with $2,000,000.00 workers' compensation lien waiver. Construction Accident; fall down with traumatic brain injury and paralysis.

The plaintiff who was employed by a roofing contractor fell from the roof of a construction site 11 feet to the hard pavement below. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff sustained multiple skull fractures, pneumocephalus, near occlusion of the basil artery, right frontal epidural hematoma and trace subarachnoid hemorrhage. As a result of the injuries, the plaintiff was left with functional brain impairment, visual impairment and little to no movement to his upper and lower extremities. After the plaintiff's claim was reviewed and refused by another law firm, they then retained The Law Office of George H. Romania. Attorney Romania brought a claim against the owner of the commercial building where he fell and the general contractor. The general contractor then sued the plaintiff's employer based on an indemnification claim and separately, the plaintiff's employer joined the lawsuit seeking reimbursement of workers' compensation benefits. In order to succeed with the plaintiff's claim, Attorney Romania needed to establish that the general contractor and/or the owner of the business had control of the work site and their negligence resulted in the injuries that plaintiff sustained. Attorney Romania hired a top liability expert, multiple medical experts, a neuropsychologist, an occupational expert to develop a life plan and an economist. The matter recently settled at mediation for the sum of $7,500,000.00 with a waiver of the workers' compensation lien which was approximately $2,000,000.00.

JG vs. DD and Trash Masters - $2,500,000.00. Workers' compensation/personal injury claim. Crushed leg.

The plaintiff was working during the course of his employment as a garbage picker for Trash Masters. As he was loading trash in the back of the garbage truck, the driver backed over the plaintiff's leg. The plaintiff suffered multiple fractures, a massive crush injury and the removal of a large portion of skin. The plaintiff required several years of medical care that included multiple surgeries to his leg arid knee along with extensive plastic surgery. Even though the plaintiff was working for Trash Master at the time of the accident and received workers' compensation benefits, because of the accident involved a motor vehicle, he was also able to sue Trash Masters for his pain and suffering. Trash Master denied responsibility claiming that the plaintiff's own negligence was what caused his injuries. With the use of liability experts, the plaintiff was able to establish that the defendant was responsible for his injuries. With the use of numerous medical experts, of an economist, and other experts who prepared a life care plan for the plaintiff, he was able to establish his extensive damages. The case was mediated before a retired Judge from the Connecticut Supreme Court and settled for $2,500,000.00.

VVB vs. CH2M Hill Companies. $903,000.00. Workers' Compensation Claim. Back injury.

The claimant suffered a severe low back injury many years ago during the course of his employment. The back injury resulted in subsequent surgery which did not relieve his chronic lower extremity pain. The claimant became disabled and became eligible for Social Security Disability. Over the years, the claim was contested many times concerning the claimant's work capacity however, it was established that he was permanently and totally disabled. Eventually the claim settled for $903,000.00.

PD vs. O & B Trucking and Delivery - $750,000.00. Construction accident.

While at work, the plaintiff was operating a forklift and unloading a truck at a loading dock. As the forklift was removing items from the back of the truck, the truck suddenly moved away from the loading dock causing the forklift to fall to the ground. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff was required to have right and left shoulder surgery and knee surgery. The plaintiff also developed depression from his inability to work and chronic pain. It was the plaintiff's position that the truck moved away from the loading dock because the wheels of the truck were not chocked and that it was the truck drivers responsibility to chock the wheels. The defendant took the position that the plaintiff began unloading his truck before he had the opportunity to chock his wheels. After numerous depositions and years of litigation, the plaintiff settled his claim for $750,000.00 and workers' compensation waived their $200,000.00 lien.

SR vs. Light Sources - $632,535.00. Workers' compensation claim.

The claimant injured his back during the course of his employment which resulted in a lumbar fusion. The surgery was not successful as the claimant was left with chronic pain. After extensive litigation, it was determined that the claimant was permanently disabled from the work place. The claimant settled his claim of $632,535.00.

RD vs. JA - $485,000.00 settlement; Auto collision

A young woman sustained a displaced tibia fracture as a result of a motor vehicle accident. A rod was placed in her leg and ankle surgery was also required. Complex medical exhibits were prepared by Attorney Romania with the help of an expert from Louisiana which clearly demonstrated the injury helping the matter to resolve.

MR vs. ST. RAPHAELS - $484,000.00 workers' compensation settlement.

After receiving benefits for over 15 years, the woman settled her claim with the hospital for $484,000.00. A complex agreement was worked out by Attorney Romania with Medicare which allowed the woman to continue to receive Medicare Benefits and actually have her monthly Social Security Disability check increase.

PH vs. Pratt & Whitney - $455,837.00. Workers' compensation claim. Low Back

The claimant injured his back during the course of his employment which resulted in a lumbar fusion. After the surgery, the claimant was left with severe chronic pain. A dispute arose between the claimant and Pratt & Whitney as to whether or not the claimant maintained a work capacity. With the use of medical and occupational experts, it was determined that the claimant no longer had a work capacity. The claim settled for $455,837.00.

KL vs. Dental Group - $433,122.00. Workers' compensation claim, carpel tunnel.

The claimant, an administrative secretary for a dental group developed bilateral carpel tunnel and cubical tunnel as a result of repetitive work using her arms and hands. The claimant underwent bilateral carpel tunnel surgery and a release of the cubical tunnel. Said surgeries resulted in the claimant suffering from chronic pain to both upper extremities. The claimant was diagnosed as having sustained chronic pain syndrome and/or regional pain syndrome. The claimant was required to have a pain pump implanted. The pain pump eventually failed and was required to be removed. Attorney Romania provided the claimant with the necessary assistance needed in order to receive Social Security Disability and Medicare. After many years of litigation, the claim settled for the total amount of $433,122.00.

AV vs. RS - 430,000.00 settlement; Underinsured motorist claim.

A man sustained neck and back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision. He eventually went on to have neck and low back surgery. The man had a history of two back surgeries taking place prior to the accident. Multiple parties were involved in the litigation along with the plaintiff's own insurance company concerning an underinsured motorist claim. At the start of the litigation, the man's own orthopaedic surgeon was reluctant to connect the low back surgery to the recent motor vehicle accident. But after medical and legal literature was provided to the surgeon by Attorney Romania, a connection was made. The case, where the defendants' original offer was $65,000.00, subsequently settled for $430,000.00.

GS vs. Eastern Bag and Paper Company - $375,000.00. Personal Injury claim. Crushed leg.

The plaintiff was an employee of a temp. agency placed at the defendant's work site when an employee of the defendant's company backed over his leg with a forklift. Because the plaintiff was an employee of a temp agency, he was able to sue the employer of the individual whose negligence resulted in the plaintiff's injuries. The plaintiff suffered a severe displaced fracture of his tibia which required surgery. The plaintiff also received subsequent plastic surgery at the area of the wound. The claim was contested by the defendant but with the use of liability and medical experts, the claim settled for $375,000.00.

CJ vs. A & D Home Health Services - $329,232.00. Workers' compensation claim. Low Back.

The claimant, who was a home health aide, injured her back while lifting a patient. After years of disputing whether or not the claimant had a work capacity, a settlement was reached for the total amount of $329,232.00. Part of the settlement was set aside under the control of the claimant to be used toward future medical expenses related to the work related injury. Medicare's consent was required so that in the event that the claimant ever exhausted the money that was put aside for future expenses, then Medicare agreed to cover anything thereafter.

DR. C. vs. PROGRESSIVE$315,000.00 settlement; Underinsured motorist claim.

A woman sustained a neck injury requiring surgery as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She first settled for the policy limits against the negligent party in the amount of $100,000.00. An underinsured motorist action was brought against her insurance carrier, Progressive. Progressive defended the claim on the basis that the woman's neck symptoms did not start to arise until well after the motor vehicle accident took place. Attorney Romania prepared complex medical/legal material to support the neck claim and along with important testimony from an expert orthopedic surgeon, the matter subsequently settled for an additional $215,000.00.

HC vs. Latex Foam International - $300,000.00. Premises Liability, head injury.

The Claimant during the course his employment was at the premises of an industrial plant when we he was caused to slip on ice and fall to the ground. When the claimant went to stand up, a large icicle fell from a rain gutter attached to the edge of the roof striking the claimant in the head and rendering him temporarily unconscious. The claimant sustained a concussion and suffered from chronic headaches, short term memory loss and significant neck pain. The claimant underwent an examination by a neuro-psychiatrist who established the validity of the claimant's symptoms. Since the defendants took the position that they were not negligent, Attorney Romania retained two liability experts. The first, a mechanical biomedical engineer determined that the maintenance and drainage of the roof gutter was improper and subsequently caused the formation of an unstable ice dam which led to the formation of dangerous icicles. A second expert, a civil engineer with a concentration in water intrusion, determined that the area where the claimant was walking at the time of the fall, was susceptible to water runoff and had inappropriate drainage which would then lead to the buildup of water and the formation of ice if sufficiently cold. The matter was mediated and settled for $300,000.00 against the industrial plant and the claimant did not have to pay back the money he received from workers' compensation.

AS vs. MN - $295,000.00 Arbitration; Auto Collision

A young man was operating his vehicle when the defendant, who was travelling in the opposite direction, crossed into his lane of travel causing a head on collision. The young man was required to be extracted from the vehicle and taken to the hospital where he was found to have a tibial fracture and multiple fractures to his ankle. He was required to undergo surgery for the placement of a rod in his leg. During the course of his recovery, the rod was removed because of pain. Attorney Romania prepared a complex medical legal poster demonstrating the injury to the claimant's leg and elicited important testimony from an expert orthopaedic surgeon describing what the claimant had gone through and outlined his current and future disabilities. The arbitrator found for the plaintiff in the amount of $295,000.00.

NP vs. Wallingford China Buffett - $275,00.00 Settlement; Premises Liability, Fall Down Claim

A young woman was a business invitee in a Wallingford restaurant when she was caused to slip and fall to the ground because of water that was left on the floor in the ladies room. The young woman sustained a serious back injury and was required to have surgery. The claim was complicated by a prior medical condition and the defendant had hired experts who provided opinions to the effect that the pre-existing condition was the substantial factor in her need for surgery and not the injuries that she sustained when she fell. Attorney Romania elicited expert opinions from both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons to support the claimant's position that the fall was the substantial contributing factor in her need for surgery. Attorney Romania used a complex medical legal chart demonstrating the injury and the surgery that the claimant underwent. During mediation the case settled for $275,000.00.

CW vs. St. Raphael Health Care Systems - $252,757.00. Workers' compensation claim.

While lifting a patient, claimant suffered a neck and shoulder injury. As a result of the injury, the claimant was eventually diagnosed with a chronic pain syndrome and later, depression. After receiving workers' compensation benefits for approximately ten years, the matter was settled for $252,757.00.

WO vs. G. Motors - $240,000.00 Settlement; Workers' Compensation Settlement

After a four year battle to recover all benefits that he was entitled to by law under the Workers' Compensation Act, the Claimant settled his low back claim for an additional $240,000.00.

SP vs. Hillard Group Condominium Association - $228,418.24. Jury verdict; Trip and Fall.

A woman sustained a torn Achilles tendon when she was caused to trip over a rolled up carpet in a walkway located in a common area of a commercial condominium. The woman was required to have a surgical procedure to reattach her Achilles tendon and evidence was offered that she would suffer symptoms for the remainder of her life. The defendant strongly denied that they were responsible for the plaintiff's injuries. At trial, it was established that the defendant contracted with a cleaning company to clean the area where the plaintiff fell. Evidence was also offered by testimony of the plaintiff and a witness that there were cleaning people in the vicinity where the accident occurred. The defendant offered $30,000.00. A jury trial was held and a verdict was returned for the plaintiff in the amount of $228,418.24.

JD vs. METROPOLITAN - $220,000.00 arbitration award

An older woman sustained leg injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. After settling for the policy limits with the negligent party for $20,000.00, an underinsured motorist action was brought against her own insurance company, Metropolitan. The matter was arbitrated and Metropolitan argued that the woman's claim was only worth $60,000.00. A total award of $220,000.00 was entered.

FB vs. U-HAUL - $213,000.00. Motor vehicle accident.

The plaintiff was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was struck in the rear by a U-haul vehicle. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff sustained injuries to both shoulders and was required to undergo arthroscopic procedures. The defendant hired an orthopaedic expert who opined that the injuries to the plaintiff's shoulder pre-existed the motor vehicle accident. The defendant also hired a bio-mechanical engineer who opined that the plaintiff could not have been injured as a result of a rear end collision. Attorney Romania obtained medical experts to support the plaintiff's position and successfully settled the claim for $213,000.00.

AR vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company - $210,000.00. Pedestrian struck by motor vehicle.

The plaintiff, a young woman, was struck by an automobile while rollerblading. The plaintiff who was traveling down a linear parkway had entered into a roadway where she was struck by the defendant's vehicle. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, the plaintiff sustained a concussion and was also required to have shoulder surgery. The plaintiff exhausted the entire policy of insurance which insured the defendant's vehicle. Thereafter, she brought an uninsured motorist action against her own automobile insurance policy. A dispute arose concerning the amount of coverage available to the plaintiff pursuant to her underinsured motorist coverage. The dispute was resolved in favor of the plaintiff and the case subsequently settled for the total amount of $210,000.00.

AC vs. AD - $195,000.00 Settlement; Motorcycle Collision

A young man was operating his motorcycle when a vehicle took a left hand turn directly in front of him thereby causing a collision. A witness indicated that she heard the motorcycle engine rev up immediately prior to the accident and therefore she believed that the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed. By the use of an expert witness and the testimony of the claimant, it was established that the motorcycle was actually downshifting in an effort to slow down in order to avoid the accident. After testimony, the matter settled in favor of the motorcycle operator and he received $195,000.00.

AG vs. HH - $195,000.00 workers' compensation settlement.

After years of litigation, a woman was successful in recovering all benefits that she was entitled to by law for a back and neck injury. After working out an agreement with Social Security, the woman was able to settle her workers' compensation claim for $195,000.00 and have her monthly Social Security benefit check increase.

JL vs. ltJ - $193,391.39 - Motor Vehicle Accident, scaphoid fracture. Court judgment

The plaintiff injured her left wrist when it was jammed as a result of a motor vehicle collision. It was determined that the plaintiff fractured her scaphoid, a small bone in the wrist. After many months of conservative care, the plaintiff was required to undergo a bone graft surgery. The surgery resulted in the plaintiff losing substantial range of motion in her wrist with weakness. The medical providers established that the plaintiff at some point in her life before the motor vehicle accident had fractured the same scaphoid. It was the plaintiff's testimony that she had no memory of ever injuring her scaphoid and did not suffer from any pain and/or limitations with the wrist prior to the motor vehicle accident. With the use of extensive medical research and medical records, Attorney Romania established that asymptomatic scaphoid injuries are a very common occurrence. A fractured scaphoid can result in little to no symptoms for many years, if not a person's entire life. Attorney Romania was able to prove to the Court that the motor vehicle accident was a substantial contributing factor in the plaintiff's subsequent pain, the need for surgery and disabilities. The case was tried before the Court and judgment was rendered in the amount of $193,391.39.

LWG vs. MG - $175,000.00 Settlement; Auto Collision, Scar Award

The claimant sustained severe scarring to his right arm as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Attorney Romania sent the man to a plastic surgeon to determine the extent of the scarring and whether or not it could be revised. After the plastic surgeon determined that most of the scarring would not be able to be cosmetically repaired, Attorney Romania was able to settle the claim for $175,000.00.

LC vs. TS - $150,000.00. Motorcycle Accident; Claim against lead motorcycle.

The plaintiff was in a group of motorcycles and was involved in an accident when the lead motorcycle operator made a sudden right hand turn causing the plaintiff to suddenly slow her motorcycle and then to be struck from behind by the rider who was directly behind her motorcycle. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff was thrown from her bike and suffered a tibial and fibula fracture, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, broken clavicle and multiple contusions. After recovering the policy limit from the operator of the motorcycle that struck the plaintiff from behind, a claim was then made against the operator of the lead motorcycle for his failure to operate his motorcycle properly and specifically, for his failure to make a safe right hand turn. After depositions were taken of all the witnesses, an expert was retained to describe the proper methods and signals employed when making a right hand turn when operating a motorcycle. After it was established that the lead rider failed to operate the motorcycle in a proper manner, the case was settled for the full policy limit.

NU vs. Carrier Transicold - $150,000.00; Workers' Compensation Claim

The claimant injured his back during the course of his employment. The claimant was initially referred for surgery which, because of his young age, he was reluctant to have. The workers' compensation insurance carrier then sought to terminate his benefits claiming that the claimant was refusing necessary medical care. The Commissioner ruled in the claimant's favor. Several years later, the claimant could no longer live with his pain and requested authorization for surgery. At this time, the workers' compensation carrier attempted to refuse authorization for the surgery. A trial was held and the Commissioner found in favor of the claimant who eventually underwent surgery. After receiving all benefits that he was entitled to by law, the claimant settled his workers' compensation claim for $150,000.00.

TR vs. HOME DEPOT$150,000.00 worker's compensation settlement.

After recovering all benefits that he was entitled to by law under the Worker's Compensation Act, the claimant settled his low back claim with the Home Depot for an additional $150,000.00.

RA vs. Watson Foods - $140,109.40. Premises Liability. Shoulder injury.

The plaintiff was employed by a refuse company and was required to remove cardboard from a large trash compactor at the defendant's premises. During the hook up of the compactor to the garbage disposal truck, the plaintiff was caused to trip and fall due to a buildup of ice, thereby injuring his shoulder. The plaintiff was required to have rotator cuff surgery to repair the injuries sustained as a result of the fall. With the use of experts, it was established that the area where the plaintiff was required to perform the hook up was unreasonably dangerous because of defective drainage pipes resulting in a buildup of water and ice in said area. An arbitration decision was rendered in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $140,109.40.

FT vs. JD - $130,000.00 Settlement; Motorcycle Collision

A young man operating his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle thereby causing his right leg to sustain multiple fractures. The young man was required to undergo numerous surgeries and it became apparent quite quickly that the individual who caused the accident did not have sufficient insurance to compensate the claimant for the serious injuries that he sustained. Attorney Romania brought suit immediately and attached the assets of the individual who caused the accident. Attorney Romania was able to obtain compensation for his client far in excess of the limited insurance proceeds available.

NG vs. LA - $125,000.00. Motor vehicle accident with facial laceration.

A young woman was a passenger in an automobile that was being operated in the wrong direction on Interstate 91 in North Haven, Connecticut which was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sustained multiple injuries, the most serious of which was a deep forehead laceration. A claim was brought against the owner and operator of the motor vehicle in which she was a passenger. With the use of professional photographs and expert plastic surgeon, it was established that the plaintiff's forehead scar would be permanent. The claim settled for the full policy limits available.

JD vs. Allstate - $115,759.03 jury verdict; Underinsured motorist claim

A woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident and sustained neck and back injuries. After recovering the policy limit of $20,000.00 from the negligent party, she brought an underinsured motorist claim against her automobile insurance carrier, Allstate. The women suffered numbness in her hands which her treating physician attributed to her neck injury however, since all of her scans were negative concerning objective evidence of disc injury, Allstate offered $7,000.00. A jury trial was held and a verdict was returned for the woman in the total amount of $115,759.03.

CM vs. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. - $115,000.00 Settlement; Premises Liability, Fall Down Claim

The claimant was shopping at a supermarket and was caused to slip and fall because of tomatoes on the floor. As a result of the fall, the women sustained back injuries which required medical care including physical therapy and eventually fluoroscopic epidural injections. The supermarket denied liability. After Attorney Romania took the deposition of the store manager, it was established that the store did not have appropriate safeguards in place to prevent injuries like this from occurring. At mediation, the matter settled for $115,000.00.

Dr. NB vs. John Doe - $100,000.00 settlement. Dog bite.

The plaintiff was bitten several times in the leg by a neighbor's dog. The bites became infected and required surgical intervention. Thereafter, the plaintiff was required to be antibiotics for a period of time. The dog bites resulted in scarring to the plaintiff's leg. A plastic surgeon determined that the scars would be permanent. The matter was tried before an arbitration panel and the plaintiff received an award of $100,000.00.

SM vs. Hartford Civic Center - $100,000.00. Premises liability, fall down.

The plaintiff fell while descending a stairway located inside the Hartford Civic Center. As a result of the fall, she sustained a displaced fracture of her fibula and a left posterior malleolus fracture. The plaintiff required surgery and thereafter developed an infection which required the placement of PICC line and wound VAC application. The plaintiff claimed that there was little to no lighting in the area of the stairway where she fell and at the time of the fall, the overhead auditorium lights were off. Plaintiff's counsel retained a professional engineer who after a physical inspection of the Hartford Civic Center, determined that the lighting in the stairway did not fulfill local and federal requirements. The expert was also able to testify that the dimension of the stairs where the plaintiff fell did not meet code and was not uniformed. The plaintiff had talked to several lawyers who were not interested in her claim before she retained the Law Office of George H. Romania. The matter settled at mediation in the amount of $100,000.00.

AR vs. One Beacon Insurance Co. - $100,000.00 Settlement; Uninsured Motorist Claim

A young college student was operating her motor vehicle when she was struck violently by a stolen vehicle which fled the scene of the accident. The young woman sustained a severe ankle injury which required surgery. A claim was brought against her own insurance company by an uninsured motorist claim. The case settled for the policy limits of $100,000.00.

MD vs. One Beacon Insurance Co. - $100,000.00; Underinsured Motorist Claim

The plaintiff sustained very serious injuries when the vehicle that she was traveling in was hit head on by a truck operated by an uninsured motorist. Attorney Romania brought an underinsured motorist claim under the policy of insurance covering the woman's vehicle. The case settled for the policy limits of $100,000.00.

AW vs. RR - $97,549.03. Motor vehicle accident; jury verdict.

The plaintiff was in a motor vehicle accident and suffered sprains to her neck, mid back and low back area. The plaintiff also suffered from headaches and some intermittent numbness going down her leg into her toes. She underwent a series of nerve block injections which were not successful. Since all of her objective tests came back negative, the defendant took the position that this was nothing more than a simple soft tissue neck sprain, low back sprain type of claim and offered $30,000.00 for the settlement. The matter was tried at the Superior Court in Waterbury and the jury returned a verdict of $97,549.03.

FM vs. Harleysville - $87,000.00 Settlement; Underinsured Motorist Claim

A man sustained neck and back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision. A subsequent MRI revealed significant degenerative changes to his cervical and lumbar spine. Even though it could not be established that the motor vehicle accident caused any of the irregularities seen on the films, the man was not symptomatic and was free from any neck or back pain prior to the motor vehicle accident. Attorney Romania obtained an expert to testify how pre-existing changes with your spine may not cause symptoms but when aggravated by a trauma can become quite symptomatic and result in permanent discomfort. After recovering the policy limits of $20,000.00 from a negligent party, Attorney Romania was able to recover an additional $67,000.00 by an underinsured motorist action.

LK vs LA Fitness - $80,000.00. Premises liability, fall down claim.

The plaintiff was attempting to enter a health and fitness club when she was caused to trip over broken curbing and an accumulation of snow and ice which was near the entrance to the facility. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff sustained a right broken foot. It was established through medical experts that the plaintiff would continue to have problems with her right foot into the future consisting of pain and limited motion. The matter was mediated and settled for $80,000.00.

KE vs. ALLSTATE - $80,000.00 arbitration award; Uninsured motorist claim

An uninsured motor vehicle collided with the rear of a woman's motor vehicle. Because of back pain, the woman underwent two epidural injections and several months of physical therapy. After the start of a jury trial, the parties agreed to arbitrate the matter. Allstate's offer was $25,000.00 and the arbitrator found for the woman in the amount of $80,000.00.

VD vs. Easter Seals Goodwill - $75,000.00. Defective Premises. Fractured right arm.

The plaintiff, an elderly woman, was leaving a Good Will Store when she was caused to trip and -fall to the ground because of a defect in the walkway. The plaintiff suffered a right humorous fracture. The case was contested and went to binding arbitration. Judgment was found in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $75,000.00.

Dr. JB vs. SB - $70,000.00 Arbitration Award; Auto Collision

A busy surgeon suffered a neck injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The doctor claimed significant discomfort during his long surgeries although was unable to substantiate a wage loss claim. The doctor also had limited medical treatment since it was his testimony that he self-treated. The parties agreed to arbitration and an arbitrator found for the doctor in the amount of $70,000.00.

MC vs. Harleysville Insurance Co. - $70,000.00 Settlement; Dog Bite

The minor plaintiff was a temporary ward of the State and placed in a foster home. While she was placed in said home, she was bitten in the arm by a dog owned by her temporary foster parents. Attorney Romania contacted the insurance company for the owners of the dog, the foster parents. The insurance company denied coverage. Attorney Romania brought a claim against the owners of the dog and received judgment after trial. Thereafter, Attorney Romania then sued the insurance company who had denied coverage claiming that their denial had been wrongful and that they were responsible for paying the judgment which was brought against the owners of the dog. Attorney Romania was successful and obtained a $70,000.00 settlement for the minor child.

ES vs. BJ - $65,000.00. Assault.

The plaintiff was lawfully at a bar in Wallingford, Connecticut when he was assaulted by an off-duty state police officer. The plaintiff sustained a large laceration to the side of his head. A negligence claim was brought against the defendant, police officer in an effort to find insurance coverage through the defendant's homeowner's insurance company. The homeowner's insurance company defended the police office and contested the claim. The matter was tried before the court and judgment was entered in the amount of $65,000.00.

OG vs. DH - Death of a Dog; Emotional Distress

A couple witnessed their small dog attacked by a larger German Sheppard that had entered their yard. Unfortunately, the dog sustained serious injuries and died in route to the Veterinarian. In an effort to expand upon the law dealing with emotional distress, Attorney Romania brought a claim against the owner of the large German Sheppard not only for the value of the deceased dog, but also sought damages for the owners of the dog who witnessed the brutal attack. Attorney Romania was able to successfully obtain a settlement which was well in excess of the value of the deceased dog.

TH vs. SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT - workers' compensation decision; gun belt injury.

A State Police Office sought benefits from the State of Connecticut for a low back injury which he claimed resulted from the repetitive use of his heavy leather gun belt and holster. The case, perhaps the first of its kind in Connecticut was fiercely contested by the State's Attorney General's Office. After a formal trial before a Workers' Compensation Commissioner, all issues were found in favor of the police officer. The benefits he received included weekly wage benefits, payment of medical bills and specific awards concerning his injury.