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Cerebral Palsy – Was It Caused by Doctor Negligence?

April 11, 2017 

When complications arise during the birth of a baby, the result can be heartbreaking injuries to the infant or the mother.  Birth injuries are some of the most devastating personally and financially and are often complicated to prove.  These injuries can be extensive — impairment of motor function, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex,… Read more >


SGT Partners Ziotas & Dreyer on ‘The Art of Jury Selection’ at CTLA CLE Seminar

April 6, 2017 

Friday, April 7, 2017 Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange CT 06477 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM Register Member Fee: $225.00 Member (licensed 5 years or less) Fee: $155.00 Law Student Fee: $0.00 Non-Member Fee: $280.00   add to calendar CLE Credits Members who purchase and listen to the audio version of materials… Read more >


Sorry Isn’t Enough: Apology Laws Don’t Limit Doctor’s Risk of Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

March 30, 2017 

Apology laws are designed to reduce medical malpractice lawsuits by allowing doctors to apologize to patients or their families, with those statements prohibited from being admissible in a lawsuit. However, a recent Vanderbilt University study found that these laws do not limit medical malpractice lawsuits. After analyzing 3,517 malpractice claims, the researchers found that apology… Read more >


Thoughts Raised by the Article ‘Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care’

September 29, 2016 

According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (“Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care,” September 15, 2016), the hospitalist model has provided such benefits as reductions in length of stay, cost of hospitalization and readmission rates – all hospital-defined metrics.  But what is its impact on overall health, total costs… Read more >


Medical Errors Found in Nearly 50% of Surgeries

September 15, 2016 

Over the years, I have written much about the impact of medical errors in medical malpractice cases, and now a new study has found them to be a much larger problem than previously thought — medical errors or unintended drug side effects occur in nearly 50% of surgeries. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston… Read more >


Mining for Gold in Medical Malpractice Data

August 31, 2016 

Healthcare professionals and insurers have started mining recent medical malpractice lawsuits in order to learn how to make fewer mistakes and improve the quality of care. They are looking at tried, settled and dismissed lawsuits to find out the reasons that doctors are sued and are then sharing these findings with doctors and hospitals in… Read more >


Why Can’t Modern Medicine Perform as well as the Airline Industry?

June 20, 2016 

The airline industry is considered to be second to none in safety.  Airplanes are designed and built to fly safely and efficiently.  Pilots are focused solely on flying their planes.  Crew members and ground support are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the planes both in the air and on the ground. Compare this to… Read more >


The Numbers Add Up: Various Components of Potential Damage Award in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases Can Reach Significant Totals

April 25, 2016 

The scope and nature of damages in childhood sexual abuse cases brought against institutional and other defendants is broader than one might expect. Some of the damages caused by childhood sexual abuse have long been recognize — horrific physical violation and a lifetime of feelings of terrible shame, guilt and secrecy that can permeate every… Read more >


Proving Institutional Liability for Childhood Sexual Abuse Requires Careful Choice of Legal Theory

April 20, 2016 

The recent spate of sexual abuse cases lodged against educational and youth-centered organizations, such as boarding or preparatory schools, YMCAs and the Boy Scouts of America, raises issues regarding which theory of negligence will prove most effective at trial. A common mistake made by many plaintiffs’ attorneys is to seek to hold the parent organization… Read more >


Individual Voir Dire = Justice

March 30, 2016 

Individual voir dire is an important Constitutional and statutory right in Connecticut which provides the litigants an opportunity to discover a potential juror’s bias and prejudices.  The fundamental purpose of voir dire is not to select appropriate jurors, but rather to eliminate potential jurors who have strong bias and prejudices that will be harmful to… Read more >


Winning the Defective Premises Case

March 10, 2016 

By Angelo A. Ziotas Like most personal injury cases, premises liability cases arise from circumstances in which someone responsible for the safety of another fails to take care for that other person when he or she should have. Unlike other personal injury cases, however, the responsibility of the person owning or controlling the property, whether… Read more >


Office-based Solo Practitioners Face Majority of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

March 7, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Office-based solo practitioners face the majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,000 primary care physicians and selected specialists conducted by Medscape and contained in the… Read more >


SGT Partner Slager Co-Chairs Upcoming CTLA Seminar: Lessons from the Doctors

March 3, 2016 

How to Identify & Prove Head Injuries, Emotional Distress & Chronic Pain Through Expert Testimony Speakers   Paul A. Slager, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Anastasios T. Savvaides, Esq. (Co-Chair) Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC Vincent Carlesi, MD Pain Management Associates of CT, PC Jeffrey Deitz, MD Fairfield County Psychiatry Robert P. Tepley,… Read more >


Medication Errors Found in Almost Half of All Surgeries

February 29, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs In the first study that measured medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period, nearly half of the operations included at least one medication error or adverse drug event,… Read more >


Only 1% of Doctors Incur Largest Share of Medical Malpractice Payments

February 24, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Only 1% of U.S. doctors are responsible for the largest share of paid medical malpractice claims – some 32%, according to a Stanford University study that was recently published in The… Read more >


Arguing Damages and Maximizing the Verdict

February 5, 2016 

There is little disagreement among attorneys that arguing damages is one of the most sensitive and delicate elements of the entire trial process. However, to maximize the damages of a case based on solid evidence and supporting testimony, there are a number of ways both in preparing for trial and during trial to reach that… Read more >


SGT Partner Ziotas Co-Chairs Upcoming CTLA Seminar: Winning the Defective Premises Case

January 13, 2016 

A Comprehensive Overview and Analysis of Premises Liability Law for All Levels of Experience  Speakers Angelo A. Ziotas, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Michael J. Walsh, Esq. (Co-Chair) Walsh Woodard LLC John R. Logan, Esq. Logan & Mencuccini, LLP Stephanie Z. Roberge, Esq. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC Agenda Supreme and Appellate… Read more >


Richard Silver & Michael Kennedy Present ‘Primer on Medical Negligence for Medical Students’ at Quinnipiac University

November 24, 2015 

Senior partner Richard A. Silver and attorney Michael R. Kennedy presented a “Primer on Medical Negligence for Medical Students” at the Frank H. Netter, MD, Medical School at Quinnipiac University on Monday, November 23. Attorney Silver is a member of both the Board of Trustees of Quinnipiac’s Medical School and the Advisory Board of the university’s… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell Flies Elmo at Stamford Thanksgiving Parade

November 23, 2015 

Silver Golub & Teitell is proud to have once again flown the Elmo balloon at the Stamford Thanksgiving parade, sharing the honors with Emmett & Glander. According to the Stamford Advocate, more than 100,000 people — a crowd nearly the size of the entire population of Stamford — were expected to attend. They gathered on… Read more >


SGT Partners Silver & Dreyer Speak at CTLA Seminar: Arguing Damages — Maximizing the Verdict

November 13, 2015 

Speakers Brian M. Flood, Esq. (Co-Chair) The Flood Law Firm, LLC Richard A. Silver, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Pamela L. Cameron, Esq. Moore O’Brien & Foti Peter M. Dreyer, Esq. Silver Golub & Teitell LLP John J. Kennedy, Jr., Esq. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC Sean K. McElligott, Esq. Koskoff Koskoff… Read more >


David S. Golub Receives Professional Excellence Award from CT Law Tribune

October 22, 2015 

David S. Golub received a Professional Excellence Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune at a special event at the New Haven Lawn Club last night. For years, the Law Tribune has honored young up-and-coming lawyers, calling them New Leaders of the Law.  The Professional Excellence Awards serve as a sort of bookend, honoring attorneys with 30 or more years… Read more >


SGT Partner Paul A. Slager To Speak at The Norwalk Youth Concussion Summit

August 24, 2015 

SGT partner Paul A. Slager will speak at The Norwalk Youth Concussion Summit tonight on “Educating Coaches and Parents Does Not Increase Liability” and will also moderate a panel with several local youth sports representatives. Hosted by the Mayor of Norwalk, Harry Rilling, the Norwalk Department of Health, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Executive… Read more >


Correction to Recent Articles about Lanza Estate Lawsuits

August 5, 2015 

By Angelo A. Ziotas Several news outlets across Connecticut reported this week that there are 14 estate plaintiffs and two personal injury plaintiffs (survivors) in the consolidated actions against the Estate of Nancy Lanza. This is incorrect. There had been two personal injury plaintiffs, but those two actions were withdrawn in April. Presently, there are… Read more >


How Many Lawyers Signed the Declaration of Independence?

July 2, 2015 

As we celebrate the Fourth of July two days from now, marking the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, how much do we really know about this document? There are many surprising facts about one of our most important founding documents that most of us simply don’t know.  On… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell Had an Active June for Sponsorships

July 2, 2015 

The firm takes great pride in its commitment to corporate social responsibility, and as part of that commitment, we sponsor as a firm or through individual partners support many worthy causes and organizations throughout Connecticut. Looking back at last month, for instance, we sponsored: The Bartlett Arboretum’s “A Summer Fete,” on June 4, an evening of… Read more >


David S. Golub Named Winner of CT Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award

June 30, 2015 

The Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever Professional Excellence Awards, including David S. Golub of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP. The state’s legal newspaper has honored young up-and-coming lawyers for years calling them New Leaders of the Law.  The Professional Excellence Awards serve as a sort of bookend, honoring… Read more >


Looking Back — and Ahead — at the Importance of the CT Trial Lawyers Association

June 17, 2015 

It is hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I was president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)!  That was the year we first moved to Water’s Edge for our full day meeting; the Workers Compensation Committee was formally created to recognize the work being done by the folks in that part of our… Read more >


Think Quickly about Your Constitutional Rights. What Comes to Mind?

May 13, 2015 

Freedom of Speech?  Freedom of Religion?  Protection from Self-Incrimination?  Due Process of Law? Among the many freedoms in the Bill of Rights and the Connecticut Constitution is one that often goes unnoticed. It is the right to a jury trial in suits at common law, which includes negligence. Specifically, the Seventh Amendment provides: “In Suits… Read more >


Youth Athletics Concussion Bill Raises Awareness & Prevention — and Needs Your Support

April 30, 2015 

A bill currently before Connecticut lawmakers — raised as H.B. No. 6722, An Act Concerning Concussions in Youth Athletics — would expand protections to children ages 7-18 in sports outside of school.  Under the proposed bill, beginning in 2016, anyone hosting a youth athletic activity would need to provide an annual statement regarding concussions to… Read more >


Time for Connecticut To Pass Bill Protecting Young Athletes from Concussions

March 30, 2015 

It seems that every day we learn more about the damage concussions can do to young athletes.  As adults, we have a responsibility to give each other the information and resources to deal with the prevention and treatment of concussions. In 2010, Connecticut lawmakers responded to this issue by adopting An Act Concerning Student Athletes and Concussions,… Read more >


Listening and Open-Ended Questions in Voir Dire

March 27, 2015 

Unlike lawyers who try to indoctrinate potential jurors during the process, I believe that the most important goal of voir dire is to obtain information about the potential juror.  Jury research shows that when you try to indoctrinate or shape a juror’s thinking about a case, you end up not only failing to achieve that… Read more >


Dramatic Increase in Hospital Deaths and Injuries As a Result of Medical Errors

June 9, 2014 

By Richard A. Silver The Institute of Medicine, in its seminal 1999 work “To Err Is Human,” indicated that there were more than 100,000 deaths per year as a result of medical errors in hospitals in the United States.  More recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in deaths due to… Read more >