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    At the Law Firm of the Serrano Law Firm, we have over 40 years combined experience helping people who have suffered a personal injury in a car accident or other unfortunate event.

    We are dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else's carelessness.

    We will use our skill and determination to get you the best results possible for your personal injury case.  We will  file a Connecticut law suit, in either state court or federal court, if necessary, to get you the compensation you deserve for your accident claim.  We will handle the law suit ourselves instead of turning you over to another attorney.

    For car accident insurance claims, we will handle every aspect of your auto insurance claim, including filing the law suit against the person or company responsible for causing your personal injury..  

    As your Connecticut personal injury and accident lawyers, we will:


Investigate your case.


Collect and safeguard evidence.


Hire any experts needed to help prove your case.


Work hard to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company responsible for your case.


File a law suit if necessary to protect your rights.


Take the case to trial if the insurance company will not offer a reasonable settlement.

    Connecticut Personal Injury Deadlines

    In Connecticut, a law suit for a personal injury case usually must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident.

    However, much earlier deadlines may apply in a Connecticut personal injury case.  Earlier deadlines will apply if, for example, your personal injury arose from an accident caused by the negligence of a government employee or of a person who sold liquor to a drunk driver, or if your personal injury was due to an accident caused by a defective road or sidewalk.   (This is not a complete list.  Your should ask an experienced Connecticut accident lawyer for advice in regard to your specific personal injury case.)

    If your personal injury or wrongful death claim is due to medical malpractice, different rules apply as to when the time limit starts running.

    Some types of personal injury law suits, such as for dog bite injuries or accidents caused by defective products, may have a 3-year deadline.

    Because of these deadlines, and because of the need to get evidence, it is important to speak to an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

    Please call to schedule an appointment to speak with us free of charge about your accident case.  We handle accident and personal injury cases throughout Connecticut from our offices in West Hartford and Waterbury.  Or you may Click the Buttons to confidentially send us information for us to review your accident or other personal injury case.


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Sigular v. Gilson  Although a jury verdict for the plaintiff in a personal injury case establishes a technical legal injury entitling the plaintiff to nominal damages, a judgment will not be reversed if the jury does not award nominal damages.

Mulcahy v. Hartell  In a personal injury case against an acupuncturist for allegedly causing a bacterial infection, the defendant was allowed to introduce evidence that the plaintiff’s own actions caused the infection even though the defendant did not plead comparative negligence.

Duncan v. Mill Management Co. of Greenwich, Inc.  In a personal injury case due to a fall on steps, a verdict for the plaintiff was upheld, even though evidence was improperly admitted of repairs to the steps after the accident, because the evidence was cumulative of other evidence and of testimony that the stairs violated the building code.

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 collateral estoppel.

O’Connor v. Med-Center Home Health Care, Inc.  The workers’ compensation commissioner properly held that a nurse who fell on ice in a patient’s driveway was totally disabled from work, even though her treating doctors said she was limited to sedentary work.  The commissioner reasonably and logically could have concluded that the nurse's testimony that she was unable to sit for long periods, stand for long periods, repeatedly get up from a chair, twist, lift or drive, combined with the pain associated with her condition, rendered her temporarily totally incapacitated from work.

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.

Lubrano v. Mohegan Sun Casino  In a combined personal injury and workers’ compensation case, the workers’ compensation commissioner has no jurisdiction to consider what part of a personal injury settlement has been paid to a spouse for a loss of consortium claim when determining how much reimbursement should be paid to the workers’ compensation insurance company from the personal injury settlement.

Sweeney v. Friends of Hammonasset  An individual who was injured in an accident when he slipped and fell on ice on a driveway during a nature walk held in a state park was limited to bringing a personal injury lawsuit based on liability for defective premises.  The individual could not bring a law suit claiming negligence on the part of a volunteer group that assisted with the nature walk.

Pellecchia v. CL&P  In a personal injury case involving a fatal electrocution, a company hired to provide emergency communication services was found to have negligently caused the death by failing to relay a message to the power company about a downed power line.  However, the communication company had the right to be reimbursed by the power company because the power company failed to deenergize the line after receiving another message that the line was down.

Cannizzaro v. Marinyak  A homeowner’s liability insurance company was not required to cover a personal injury claim arising from a car accident caused by a drunk driver who had been drinking while working at the homeowner’s residence.

Mott v. Wall-Mart  In a personal injury accident case due to a slip and fall at a Wall-Mart department store, summary judgment for the defendant could not enter unless the defendant produced some evidence that it did not have actual or constructive notice of the defect that caused the fall.

Ortiz v. The Metropolitan District  A pedestrian who suffered serious injuries when she fell while crossing a downtown Hartford street that had a hole due to a missing water company cover could not sue because the notice of her accident that her attorney provided to the water company failed to give a description of her injuries.

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.

Pond v. City of Middletown  The Connecticut Supreme Court sent a personal injury case involving a student’s attack on another student at a high school back to the Appellate Court because the Appellate Court decided the case on an issue that the parties had not raised or briefed in the appeal.

Jarmie v. Troncale  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.

Desmond v. Yale-New Haven Hospital  A claim against an insurance company for handling a workers compensation case in bad faith cannot be brought in court but must be brought in the workers compensation system.

Giacalone v. Housing Authority of Wallingford  Although a landlord who is not the keeper or owner of a dog would not be liable under the dog bite statute for personal injury caused by a tenant’s dog, the landlord may be liable in negligence if the landlord knew or should have known that the dog was vicious.

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 have deployed.

Wikander v. Asbury Automotive Group  The workers’ compensation commissioner properly allowed a case to go forward regarding an employee who had a fatal heart attack on the job even though the case was filed almost two years after the death.  The commissioner properly rejected an argument by the employer’s lawyer that Connecticut workers compensation law allowed only one year to file a claim if the employee died on the day of the accident or injury.

DiPietro v. Farmington Sports Arena, LLC  In a personal injury case involving an indoor soccer player who alleged she fell because the carpet used for the playing surface was not appropriate for soccer, the court properly ruled that the owner of the arena, in the absence of visually discoverable hazards, previous indications of danger, or industry or government standards, was not required to conduct scientific tests to discover the carpet’s alleged defects.

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 vehicle.

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.

Malaguit v. Ski Sundown, Inc.  In a personal injury case brought by a skier who lost control and fell while attempting to go over a snow jump, severely injuring his spine so as to be left a quadriplegic, the court properly ruled that (1) the snow jump was a terrain variation hazard inherent in the sport of skiing and (2) the ski area operator therefore was not responsible for the injury under Connecticut negligence law .



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