Arnold v. Moriarty
In a car accident personal injury case in which the
jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff but awarded zero
damages, the court property instructed the jury to use the
verdict for the defendant form.
Anastasia v. General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin
The trial court properly held in a motor vehicle
accident personal injury case that an insurer is entitled
to a reduction of its limits of liability for uninsured
and underinsured motorist coverage by an amount equal to
the sum of punitive damages paid to the insured.
Marques v. Allstate Insurance Co.
In a personal injury motor vehicle accident case,
an injured person who was awarded $20,000 in an
arbitration involving the driver at fault could not make a
claim against the underinsured motorist provision of his
own automobile insurance policy, which had a limit of
$20,000, because the amount of money he was entitled to
had been determined by the arbitrator, resulting in
Kumah v. Brown
In a personal injury case involving a car that hit
a town’s fire truck blocking an interstate highway at an
accident scene, the town could be held liable in nuisance
for the injuries suffered by the driver of the car even
though the state and not the town was responsible for
maintaining the highway in good condition.
Cima v. Sciaretta
In a personal injury case involving a car accident,
the court correctly ruled that because the owner of the
vehicle had provided the vehicle for his son’s use and
the son had given a friend permission to drive the vehicle
while the son rode as a passenger, the vehicle’s owner
was liable for injuries caused by the friend’s
negligence in going through a stop sign.
Sic v. Nunan A
driver who is lawfully stopped in his own lane of travel
waiting to turn left is not required to keep his wheels
straight to avoid being sent into oncoming traffic if he
is struck from behind.
If such a driver is struck from behind and gets
sent into an oncoming car because his wheels were turned
left, the driver or passengers in the oncoming car cannot
bring a personal injury lawsuit against him for not having
his wheels straight before the accident.
Fiallo v. Allstate Insurance Co.
In a car accident personal injury case involving a
claim for underinsured benefits, the plaintiff could not
amend the complaint after the jury’s verdict was
accepted by the court in order to allege bad faith on the
part of the insurance company.
A doctor who fails to warn a patient with a medical
problem that may cause the patient to black out cannot be
sued for medical malpractice or for negligence by someone
who suffers personal injury in a motor vehicle accident
caused by the patient blacking out while driving.
Garcia v. Bridgeport
The uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage
provided by the self-insured City of Bridgeport was the
minimum amount required by Connecticut automobile
insurance law and did not have to match the amount
provided by the City for personal injury liability for
motor vehicle accidents caused by its employees.
Koutsoukos v. Toyota Motor Sales An automobile accident reconstruction expert would be
necessary to go forward with a personal injury, fatal
accident lawsuit based on the theory that an airbag should
New London County Mut. Ins. Co. v. Bialobrodec
A homeowner’s insurance policy would not cover a
personal injury claim for a fatal motorcycle accident on
the theory that the homeowners negligently supervised
their son who entrusted the motorcycle to the decedent,
who crashed it and died in the accident, because the
policy specifically excluded coverage for bodily injury
due to the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor
Stott v. Peerless Ins. Co. The
plaintiff, who was seriously injured in a car crash, could
not recover underinsured motorist benefits under her
parent’s automobile insurance policy for her personal
injury claim because the policy excluded insurance
coverage for persons in the household, such as the
plaintiff, who had their own vehicle and automobile
LaPlante v. Vasquez
In a dram shop personal injury claim against a bar
which served liquor to the defendant who caused a motor
vehicle accident while driving drunk (DUI) in which the
plaintiff was severely injured, the court properly reduced
the jury verdict of $4.2 million to the dram shop limit of
$250,000 and properly allowed prejudgment interest to be
added in excess of the limit.
Johnson v. Pike
In an automobile accident personal injury case, the
trial court properly upheld a jury verdict of close to
$86,000 even though the medical bills from the accident
were less than $2000.
v. Ortiz In
a personal injury car accident case, a passenger who
suffered serious injuries was allowed to sue her
automobile insurance agent in negligence for failing to
explain uninsured / underinsured motorist insurance, to
explain the consequences of not having enough uninsured /
underinsured insurance, and to recommend a proper amount
of such insurance.
Wisniewski v. Darien The
driver and passenger in a car could win a personal injury
lawsuit against a town when they were injured by a tree
limb falling onto their car.
v. Windsor A bicyclist who suffered a
personal injury in an accident when he hit a radar sign
placed by the Town of Windsor on a State highway (Route
159) should have sued the State of Connecticut and not the
town because on State highways the State has the duty to
keep the roadways safe for travel. The court stated
that the way in which a hazard is created does not matter
in a case brought under the Connecticut statute for
accidents on State maintained streets, roads, bridges and
sidewalks; what matters is that the hazard exists, causing
a personal injury.