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Jury Awards $5M To Cancer Patient, Husband, May 2010

Allison and Michael Downs v. Orlito A. Trias, M.D. et al.: A New Milford woman was awarded $4 million and her husband $1 million after proving that a doctor failed to warn the woman she had an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. In June 2005, Allison Downs underwent a hysterectomy after tests found large… Read more >

Jury in Tobacco Case Awards Smoker $8 Million, May 2010

BRIDGEPORT — A federal court jury dealt a stunning blow to the tobacco industry this week when it awarded $8 million to a Norwich woman who developed cancer after smoking Salem cigarettes for more than 25 years. Her larynx had to be removed as a result of the cancer and she is forced to breathe… Read more >

Town Agrees to Pay Fire Victim’s Family $1.4 Million, June 2009

Edward Romig v. James Sutton, et al.: The Town of Greenwich has agreed to pay $1.4 million to the family of a 22- year-old who was killed in his apartment during a fire in December 2000. The case had been pending for more than six years and a settlement between the town and the family’s… Read more >

Rising Up to Stop a Raid, May 2009

The news came out late at night in March. Desperate for money and looking for anything to bridge historic budget defi cits, the state needed funds and needed them quickly. What they found was a $2 million surplus in the Client Security Fund, a creation of the bar with the purpose of recompensing clients wronged… Read more >

Tackling Head Trauma: The Concussion Problem In Sports, March 2009

Recent revelations about permanent brain trauma suffered by football players raise serious ethical questions and liability concerns about head trauma in sports. Public understanding about the lasting effects of serious head injuries has been growing in recent years, due in large part to high numbers of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain… Read more >

Record Medical Malpractice Verdict Upheld

Lawyers defending a Stamford obstetrician were unable to persuade a trial judge to set aside a $38.5 million medical malpractice verdict rendered in February, or reduce the award by a single penny. The case now heads to an appeal. Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggart Adams held last week that this state record award was “just… Read more >

Listening – CTLA Forum

One of the most memorable compliments I’ve received in the thirty years I’ve been a trial lawyer came as a result of a case I felt compelled to turn down.

$38 Million for Brain-Damaged Baby

Please click here for the Featured Case Study After a seven-week trial, a Stamford jury found obstetrician Corinne de Cholnoky liable for $38.5 million in damages for deciding too late to deliver an oxygen-deprived infant by Cesarean section. At the same time, it cleared co-defendant Stamford Hospital. The record-setting award marks the start of a vigorous… Read more >

Plaintiffs Get Jump on Deposing Defendants

In the first in-depth written decision on the point, Waterbury Superior Court Judge Jane Scholl has concluded that a plaintiff can file a notice of deposition with the initial complaint. This tactical advantage gives the plaintiff first crack at digging up — or nailing down — key information in the case. Scholl ruled that the… Read more >

SGT Brings Suit on Behalf of Child Suffering Severe Near-Drowning Brain Injury

The parents of Chandler Marx, the boy who nearly drowned at Topstone Park in August 2006, have filed a lawsuit against the town and 14 public employees. The suit, filed on July 24 in Danbury Superior Court, alleges the town and the employees failed to properly operate a summer camp, leading to their son’s near… Read more >

Pool Death Causes Legal Ripples

The civil lawsuit against David Lionetti and his Shoreline Pools business promised to be dramatic enough. After all, a security video captured heroic efforts to try to save 6-year-old Zachary Cohn last July from a Greenwich pool installed by Shoreline. Cohn drowned after his arm got caught in a powerful drain pump in the family’s… Read more >

Stamford Marriott’s Negligence Led To Parking Garage Rape, May 2008

A woman raped at gunpoint in front of her children in a Stamford hotel parking garage has filed a lawsuit accusing the hotel of failure to prevent the 2006 attack. The lawsuit says the assailant roamed the Marriott hotel and parking lot for days without being questioned by security and spent “many hours” looking for… Read more >

Lawsuit Alleges Stamford Marriott Negligence Led To Parking Garage Sexual Assault

children in a Stamford hotel parking garage has filed a lawsuit accusing the hotel of failure to prevent the 2006 attack. The lawsuit says the assailant roamed the Marriott hotel and parking lot for days without being questioned by security and spent “many hours” looking for victims the day of the attack. The day before… Read more >

Jury Awards $38.5 Million in Malpractice Case, Stamford Advocate, February 2008

STAMFORD — A jury yesterday ruled a city obstetrician must pay $38.5 million to the family of a baby born with cerebral palsy in what may be the state’s largest medical malpractice award ever.

Complaint: Multiple Code Violations Led To Greenwich Child Drowning, January 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The parents of a boy who drowned after his arm got trapped in a powerful suction drain in their swimming pool sued Monday, alleging that the pool violated safety requirements designed in response to a rash of similar tragedies. The lawsuit was filed in Stamford Superior Court by Brian and Karen… Read more >

The Facts About Doctors’ Opinions by Richard Silver and Amanda Whitman

In 2005, the Connecticut legislature significantly amended the requirements for bringing a medical malpractice action. (See Public Act No. 05-275, § 2). Now a plaintiff must first obtain a written opinion from a health care provider of the same specialty as the defendant, which states “that there appears to be evidence of medical negligence and… Read more >

Physician’s Widow Accepts $5M Settlement, July 2007

The wife of a physician who died after the sac around his heart was punctured during laparoscopic surgery will receive a total of $5 million from various defendants.

Subway Restaurant Settles Landmark Case, April 2007

Estate of Lee C. Trahan v. Salem Subway Restaurant, et al: A wrongful death case brought against a Subway sandwich shop in Salem over a store manager’s role in a fatal car accident has been settled for $2.2 million.

Doctors Fail to Diagnose Man’s Thyroid Cancer

Ellis Hall, et al. v. Michael Kelleher, M.D., et al.:Three Bridgeport physicians who allegedly failed to diagnose and treat a patient’s thyroid cancer have settled the case for a total of $3,075.000.

Second Victim Alleges Scoutmaster Sexual Abuse Stems From Lack Of Supervision, January 2006

STAMFORD — A former Boy Scout field a lawsuit yesterday accusing the Boy Scouts of America of negligence for failing to prevent a Scout leader from sexually abusing him numerous times over six years.

Former Boy Scout Child Sexual Abuse Victim Suit Claims Lack Of Supervision, July 2005

STAMFORD — A former Boy Scout in a Stamford troop filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing his troop leader, who committed suicide last week, of sexually assaulting him more than 20 years ago while teaching self-defense and first aid.

Lawsuit: Negligence Led To Lawnmower Amputation, February 2005

STAMFORD — The mother of a 7-year-old girl whose left foot was partially severed in a lawnmower accident in June 2003 will file a lawsuit this week in Stamford Superior Court seeking unspecified damages from the couple on whose lawn the accident occurred.

Op Ed: Paul Slager On Priestly Privilege, January 23rd, 2005

What Can the Cardinal Say?  This newspaper’s editorial of Jan. 18 (“An issue of limits in cleric’s testimony”) voices concerns about the potential for Cardinal Edward Egan’s testimony to have a chilling effect on what a church official can hear or advise professionally.

Alter Boy Sex Abuse Victim Settles Case With Bridgeport Diocese, January 2005

STAMFORD —  A former altar boy who claimed he was molested by a priest reached a financial settlement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in his civil lawsuit, his attorneys said yesterday.

SGT’s Slager Represents Victim of Stamford Town Center Mall Explosion, October 2002

STAMFORD — The explosion that knocked out power to the Stamford Town Center Mall last year sparked a web of lawsuits and countersuits not likely to be untangled soon.

SGT Attorneys Bring Lawsuit For Victims of Day Care Sexual Abuse

NORWALK — A civil suit has been filed against the Norwalk day care provider whose son sexually assaulted two young twin girls in her care.

Five Attorneys from SGT Named to 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

STAMFORD, CT, March 29, 2012: Five attorneys from the Stamford, CT trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®2012. The five Silver Golub & Teitell attorneys selected are partners Richard A. Silver, DavidS. Golub, Ernest F. Teitell, Paul A. Slager… Read more >

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