Personal Injury

The Steps You Should Take After You Have Been in a Car Accident

This is a rather “just the facts” kind of list, but that is what you will need most after a car accident. Besides the emotional shock and physical injuries comes a long road of recovery. Here is a simple checklist of what to do after being involved in a car accident in Connecticut.

  1. Provide a statement of your side of the story to the police
  2. Obtain a copy of the police report
  3. Talk to witnesses and collect their contact information
  4. Exchange contact and insurance information with all other drivers involved
  5. Take pictures of the vehicle damage, your injuries and area of the accident
  6. Take notes of the details of the accident
  7. Report the incident to your insurance company
  8. Get a damage figure from your insurance company
  9. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Connecticut

If you have been involved in a car accident in Connecticut, you’ll need an experienced attorney to handle the insurance company and your legal claims. Call the Personal Injury Law Group at Maya Murphy, P.C. in Westport at 203-221-3100 or email ask@mayalaw.com today for a free consultation.

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The Steps You Should Take After You Have Been in a Car Accident

This is a rather “just the facts” kind of list, but that is what you will need most after a car accident. Besides the emotional shock and physical injuries comes a long road of recovery. Here is a simple checklist of what to do after being involved in a car accident in Connecticut.

  1. Provide a statement of your side of the story to the police
  2. Obtain a copy of the police report
  3. Talk to witnesses and collect their contact information
  4. Exchange contact and insurance information with all other drivers involved
  5. Take pictures of the vehicle damage, your injuries and area of the accident
  6. Take notes of the details of the accident
  7. Report the incident to your insurance company
  8. Get a damage figure from your insurance company
  9. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Connecticut

If you have been involved in a car accident in Connecticut, you’ll need an experienced attorney to handle the insurance company and your legal claims. Call the Personal Injury Law Group at Maya Murphy, P.C. in Westport at 203-221-3100 or email ask@mayalaw.com today for a free consultation.

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The Law on Dog Bites in Connecticut

To many, dogs are wonderful companions and beloved members of the family. However, we must remember that they are animals, and are born with the instincts and ability to attack. Each year, the CDC estimates that roughly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs. Of those victims, approximately one half are children with the majority composed of senior citizens. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that almost a million individuals who have suffered a dog bite require medical attention. If you have been attacked by a dog or your dog bit someone in Connecticut, it is important to understand your legal rights.

In Connecticut, if you are bitten by a dog, you have some statutory relief. According to Section 22-357 of the Connecticut General Statutes, “if any dog does damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper. . . shall be liable for such damage, except when such damage has been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time of such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting, or abusing such dog.” This law applies to everyone except a minor under the age of seven, in which case the burden of proof shifts to the defendant to prove fault on behalf of the minor.

If your dog did the biting, you are strictly liable for damages to the victim. Additionally, you should know that the victim is allowed, by law, to kill the dog during the attack (if it does not occur on your property), or make a complaint about such dog to the Chief Animal Control Officer who will quarantine the animal pending investigation. C.G.A. 22-358.

There are some precautionary steps you can take to avoid dog bites, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends:

  • properly training your dogs
  • socializing your dog with other dogs/humans at an early age
  • placing warning signs on your property
  • keeping your dog on a leash or fenced in
  • not antagonizing or “riling” up a dog
  • approaching a dog slowly and with your hand out
  • avoiding trespassing on individuals property

If you are the victim of a dog bite, you have a claim for damages against the owner. After receiving medical attention, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in order to safeguard your rights. The Personal Injury Law Group at Maya Murphy, P.C. is on call to serve your needs. Call 203-221-3100 or email ask@mayalaw.com to schedule a consultation.

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The Attorneys of Maya Murphy, P.C. In the News

The attorneys of Maya Murphy have received significant news coverage for their excellent representation on a variety of issues. Please scroll through the newspaper clippings below to view the news coverage.


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$1,250,000 Settlement – Distracted Driver Fatally Injures Pedestrian

In a recent wrongful death lawsuit, the estate of a 21 year-old deceased man sued the distracted driver that had caused the man’s death.  Through negotiations with the defendant’s auto insurer, the carrier agreed to $1,250,000 to resolve the case before trial.

The young man had been walking in the marked shoulder of a roadway at night and was killed when hit from behind by an SUV driven by a distracted driver who was glancing at his mobile device. The defendant pled guilty to two motor vehicle violations, including failure to stay in his lane.

The defendant’s insurance company made several attempts to mitigate the defendant’s responsibility for the accident as well as exclude coverage, all of which failed. The insurance company argued that the value of the plaintiff and victim’s life was worth less than the full $1,250,000 coverage on the policy.

Because the damages for a wrongful death of a 21-year-old, where liability is conclusively established, well exceeds the full $1,250,000 policy limits, the carrier agreed to pay the $1,250,000 to resolve the case.

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County. If you have any questions relating to a wrongful death claim or personal injury claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com

 

$495,000 Car Accident Settlement for Woman’s Personal Injuries in Drunken Driving Accident

A Milford, Connecticut woman who suffered severe neck, back and shoulder injuries during a 2005 car accident with a drunken driver settled her personal injury lawsuit for $495,000.

A Saturday online story of The Connecticut Post detailed how 20-year-old Elisha Vernucci came to her near half-a-million car accident settlement on Friday with 23-year-old Megan Davis, who had already been convicted for DUI and driving the wrong way, sentenced to two days in jail and fined $1,000 for her role in the incident.

Vernucci suffered her severe injuries from a car accident that occurred while driving on I-95 in Westport shortly after midnight on June 15, 2005. While proceeding north in the left lane, Vernucci told police that she saw a vehicle heading toward her. While she tried to avoid the car, Vernucci was hemmed in by other traffic and struck by the vehicle driven by Davis. Specifically, The Connecticut Post story described how Vernucci’s car was stricken on the passenger side and spun around before it came to rest backwards partially in the highway median.

Following the accident, Vernucci was rushed to Newark Hospital for her Connecticut car accident injuries. She later had back surgery for the various personal injuries that she suffered. At the time, Davis said that she did not know she was driving the wrong way and wasn’t sure how she got to be that way. While she did not suffer any injuries in the incident, Davis was later convicted for a DUI.

By: Mary Ann Pekara, totalinjury.com

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County. If you have any questions relating to a personal injury claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com 

 
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$3.77 Million Settlement Awarded to Widow Who Lost Husband in Car Accident

A Wilton, Connecticut jury awarded $3.77 million to Janet Fleming, whose husband died in a 2009 auto accident. The driver of the other car, Gregory Dionisio, was intoxicated at the time. This jury settlement closes the wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2009 car crash.

The accident occurred early in the morning of July 5, 2009. Dionisio was traveling north on Ridgefield Road in Wilton when he veered into the southbound lane. His car crashed into Fleming’s husband’s motorcycle. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and Fleming’s husband died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Dionisio turned himself in to the police the following month on charges of second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. He was found to have been driving with a BAC of .09 percent, which is .01 percent over the legal limit. Additionally, Dionisio’s body tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and painkillers, according to Wilton police.

While at the hospital, Dionisio attempted to drink the urine from his bed pan because he was worried that authorities would test his urine. A nurse witnessed this and sent the urine sample to the hospital’s lab, which proved to be the evidence needed to convict him for the DUI charge.

The settlement consists of the $3.77 million to be paid by Dionisio. In a statement to the court, Mrs. Fleming said that her husband was “needlessly killed” by a driver who was intoxicated on various mind-altering substances and that she misses him terribly.

For his part, Dionisio made a statement that he is deeply sorry for the “thoughtless and stupid mistake” he made. He expressed his sadness for the victim’s family and friends, saying that while he doesn’t expect forgiveness, he hopes that they will one day be able to do so.

Dionisio is currently serving five years in prison on DUI and manslaughter charges related to the incident

By: Martin, settlementboard.com

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County.  If you have any questions relating to a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com 

 

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$3.77 Million Settlement Awarded to Widow Who Lost Husband in Car Accident

A Wilton, Connecticut jury awarded $3.77 million to Janet Fleming, whose husband died in a 2009 auto accident. The driver of the other car, Gregory Dionisio, was intoxicated at the time. This jury settlement closes the wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2009 car crash.

The accident occurred early in the morning of July 5, 2009. Dionisio was traveling north on Ridgefield Road in Wilton when he veered into the southbound lane. His car crashed into Fleming’s husband’s motorcycle. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and Fleming’s husband died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Dionisio turned himself in to the police the following month on charges of second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. He was found to have been driving with a BAC of .09 percent, which is .01 percent over the legal limit. Additionally, Dionisio’s body tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and painkillers, according to Wilton police.

While at the hospital, Dionisio attempted to drink the urine from his bed pan because he was worried that authorities would test his urine. A nurse witnessed this and sent the urine sample to the hospital’s lab, which proved to be the evidence needed to convict him for the DUI charge.

The settlement consists of the $3.77 million to be paid by Dionisio. In a statement to the court, Mrs. Fleming said that her husband was “needlessly killed” by a driver who was intoxicated on various mind-altering substances and that she misses him terribly.

For his part, Dionisio made a statement that he is deeply sorry for the “thoughtless and stupid mistake” he made. He expressed his sadness for the victim’s family and friends, saying that while he doesn’t expect forgiveness, he hopes that they will one day be able to do so.

Dionisio is currently serving five years in prison on DUI and manslaughter charges related to the incident

By: Martin, settlementboard.com

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County.  If you have any questions relating to a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com 

 

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$50,000 Car Accident Settlement for Woman Struck During Police Chase

The state of Connecticut has agreed to a $50,000 car accident settlement with a North Haven woman whose van was hit by a car being chased by a police officer six years ago.

Michelle Reed claimed in her personal injury lawsuit that the accident caused post-traumatic disorder which requires her to rely on the comfort of a service dog 24/7 to deal with her pain. Reed did not sustain any physical injuries from the accident.

The strange case began when Connecticut Trooper William Urgo pulled over Ricky Lyons for speeding in July 2000 and developed what he described in testimony as a “gut instinct” that the woman in the car with Lyons was being held against her will. This feeling proved wrong as the passenger, Colleen Shea,was in the vehicle based on her own will. In fact, Shea owned the car.

Nervous by Urgo’s suspicions, Lyons suddenly sped off from the officer. A chase ensued for the next 4.5 miles with speeds reaching 90 mph. Immediately after Urgo’s supervisor called off the chase when Lyons drove down a North Haven ramp, the suspect slammed into Reed’s van at a stoplight. In addition to the state and Reed’s personal injury lawyer coming to terms on a settlement, Lyons and Shea agreed to pay $7,000 and $500 respectively to Reed.

By Mary Ann Pekara, totalinjury.com

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County. If you have any questions relating to a personal injury claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com 

 

 

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$70,000 Settlement from Accident Where Motorist Changing Lanes

A Connecticut motorist secured a $70.000 settlement from a recent auto accident where she was broad-sided by an elderly driver changing lanes.

The automobile collision occurred on an Interstate I-84 off ramp in Waterbury, Connecticut.  The defendant, an elderly gentlemen from Watertown, CT., attempted to cross over multiple traffic lanes striking the plaintiff who was in her proper lane coming off of the I 84 exit.

As a result of the accident, the plaintiff, who was a Southbury woman, aggravated an active preexisting Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or “RSD” in her lower extremity. The plaintiff driver also suffered soft tissue injuries to her cervical spine.

The treating physician was a pain management specialist who opined that the patient’s treatment plan predating the accident would not have changed but that the motor vehicle accident aggravated the underlying condition.

The defense hired a neurosurgeon to perform a Defense Medical Exam who opined that the plaintiff’s complaints were subjective rather than objective. The defense expert, however, did not offer a medical opinion on the permanent injury assigned to the plaintiff, by her doctor, to her right lower extremity and cervical spine. The parties settled on $70,000 to cover the cost of her injuries and treatments.

 

At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury.  Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County. If you have any questions relating to an automobile accident or a personal injury claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com 

 

 

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