Successes We Have Obtained For Past Clients
Attorney Kelly E. Reardon Wins $180,000 Verdict for Woman with Knee Injuries
Connecticut Law Tribune
Confidential Settlement of $1,200,000 Medical Malpractice; Failure to Diagnose Melanoma
In this medical malpractice case, John Doe v. John Roe, M.D., which was filed in the Superior Court and then transferred to the Complex Litigation Docket, the parties reached an agreement to settle for $1,200,000.00 following mediation with the Honorable Antonio C. Robaina. The settlement required confidentiality of the parties. View Full Press Release.
Confidential Settlement of $850,000.00 Medical Malpractice; Failure to Diagnose Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
In this medical malpractice case, Estate of John Doe, et al v. Unnamed Hospital, which was filed in the Superior Court, the parties reached an agreement to settle for $850,000.00 during jury selection. View Full Press Release.
Foley Abuse Case Settled For $550,000. The Archdiocese of Hartford agreed this week to pay $550,000 to a man who accused the Rev. Stephen Foley of using his position as Hartford County fire chaplain to sodomize him when he was a 14-year old parishioner in Windsor Locks. View full article.
Robert I. Reardon, Jr. selected as Connecticut Super Lawyer for second year in a row
For the second year, Robert I. Reardon, Jr. has been designated by his peers as one of Connecticut’s Super Lawyers. With a skilled staff of twenty lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants, Bob Reardon has gained a national reputation as a top trial lawyer by successfully handling numerous high profile personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. For the full text of the press release, please see attached.
Settlement of $1,000,000.00: Slip and Fall
In the case of Nicole Majette, et al, v. New London Housing Authority, et al , the parties settled for $1,000,000 at mediation with Judge Antonio C. Robaina one week before trial. View Full Press Release.
Connecticut victims of R.I. fire file suit
The New London Day
Trump sues tribe, rivals over casino ‘conspiracy’
The New Haven Register
Settlement: Medical Malpractice; Confidential Settlement of $1,100,00.00
In the case of the Estate of John Doe v. Unnamed Psychiatrist and Hospital, the parties agreed to settle the claim for $1,100,000.00 following mediation with the Honorable Antonio C. Robaina. The settlement required confidentiality of the parties. View Full Press Release.
Attorney wants to change opinions about lawyers
The Norwich Bulletin
Family of hospital patient who died settles suit for $1.4M
The New London Day
Jury Verdict of $2 Million Awarded
A jury verdict of $2.2 million was awarded in the wrongful drowning of a 2 year-old child. attorney Reardon represented the estate of Wyatt Bresnan, and his parents, Timothy and Tina Bresnan, against the defendant, Pachaug Marina and Campground Association. The jury determined that the Campground was negligent by placing a children’s playground close to boating docks at Pachaug Pond.
During the afternoon of July 23, 1997, Wyatt Bresnan and his 3 year-old brother wandered from their yard and headed to the playground. The Bresnan’s backyard borders the campground where the playground is located. Wyatt Bresnan later fell from the defendant’s dock which is adjacent to the children’s playground. His body was recovered from the pond after he had drowned.
The lawsuit was based on the doctrine of “attractive nuisance.” By placing a playground directly adjacent to a marina, the campground was negligent in that the un-gated dock was a danger to children playing in the area, and the campground should have known that children would be attracted to the dock, considering the close proximity to the playground.
This case is analogous to drowning in swimming pools, which are required to have a fence placed around them. A fence cannot be placed around an entire pond, but at a minimum, the dock should have been gated at relatively little cost to the campground.
As a final note, since this verdict was announced, the campground has removed the playground so that future tragedies such as this one, will not occur.
Ex-sailor wins $3.6M award for injuries in 1994 accident
The New London Day
Jogger gets $1.1 million settlement from town
The Norwich Bulletin
Jury awards $3.27 million in car fatality
The New London Day
Press Release – June 6, 2006
Residents of the troubled Thames River Apartments in New London gathered tonight to speak out on the squalid, unsanitary and unacceptable living conditions in this low-income housing complex. The apartments, at 48 Crystal Avenue, are so dilapidated, crime-ridden and unhealthy the federal government has threatened to take them and the entire New London Housing Authority over.
Tenants of the complex have sued the Housing Authority, the City of New London and various city employees for putting them at risk, on a daily basis, of serious injury, illness and death. The tenants, including one who slipped on urine in a stairwell and suffered serious, permanent injuries to her head and arm, call the Thames River Apartments unfit for human habitation.
Their attorney, Robert I. Reardon, Jr. says, These conditions are deplorable and they’re only getting worse. The City of New London has promised, time and again, to clean up the mess they’ve created. But, there have been no significant improvements at the Thames River Apartments since we filed our lawsuit two years ago.
Attorneys from The Reardon Law Firm led the forum tonight to allow residents to discuss their concerns and learn more about the pending lawsuit.
Construction Worker Wins 3.45 Million Dollar Verdict
A Middletown Jury awarded a construction worker $3,450,000.00 on Monday afternoon, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. On October 30, 1998 at the Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center, where a BJ’s store was under construction, Richard Archambault of Montville, CT, age 44, while in the course of his employment, was operating an excavator when a portion of a trench nearby collapsed, burying James Dowd, a co-worker of Richard. Richard rushed to the aid of said co-worker and attempted to free him. While attempting to rescue Mr. Dowd, another portion of the trench collapsed, completely burying Richard and another co-worker, Dubie Sowell, resulting in severe injuries.
Attorney Robert I. Reardon, Jr., of The Reardon Law Firm, P.C. of New London, brought a lawsuit against Konover Construction Company, the General Contractor on the job, alleging that the October 30, 1998 accident was due to Konover’s negligent conduct in failing to enforce its own safety requirements during the excavation.
Archambault went through seven surgeries and years of therapy, but was never able to return to work as a construction worker. It has been determined that he is permanently disabled from any manual labor.
After a four-week trial, the jury deliberated for two days before returning a verdict of $1.55 million in economic damages and $1.9 million in non-economic damages, for a verdict of $3.45 million dollars. Mr. Archambault is also entitled to interest on the award of an additional $2.3 million for a total award of $5.8 million. The jury found that Konover Construction Company was 100% responsible for the cave-in and that all damages claimed by Richard Archambault were attributable to the accident.
Dubie Sowell, age 37 of Montville, suffered serious head injuries in the cave-in. He was represented by attorney Gerald Sack of Hartford at trial and the jury awarded him $2.83 million for his injuries and damages.
Reardon stated: “Rich Archambault is satisfied that this jury finally allowed him the justice he has been waiting for over the last nearly seven years. While the award is substantial, it is fair as it will provide for Rich for the rest of his life.
Konover refused to settle and I am pleased the jury sent a message that general contractors are required to follow safe procedures on construction sites.”
Attorney Reardon Elected Governor of National Trial Lawyers Association
Attorney Robert I. Reardon, Jr., President of The Reardon Law Firm, P.C. of New London, was elected a Governor of the American Association for Justice at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco on July 20. He will represent Connecticut on the Board of Governors of this national professional organization of over sixty thousand trial lawyers.
ATLA has been a strong voice nationally in protecting the rights of the victims of civil wrongs, in Congress and state legislatures. It has an extensive legal continuing education program for its members and provides community support through its bicycle helmet program distributing helmets to school children, its Habitat for Humanity Program and its recently begun Children in Need Program that provides free legal representation to foster children.
Injured Pfizer Construction Worker Receives $1.3 Million Settlement
A Voluntown construction worker, seriously injured when a wood pallet loaded with sheet metal parts fell on him while being lifted by a crane onto a Pfizer building under construction in Groton, has settled his personal injury lawsuit for $1.3 million Friday. Gerald Hatfield, age 53, filed his case in the New London Superior Court three years ago against L. K. Sheet Metal Company of East Hartford, the company that was delivering the sheet metal parts to the construction site. Hatfield was on the roof of Pfizer building 274 on Eastern Point Road when a 2700 pound load of sheet metal ducting broke loose
from the crane, falling 20 feet to the roof and crushing him. Under the terms of the settlement, CNA Insurance Company, which was the liability insurance company for L. K Sheet Metal Company and the workers compensation insurer for Hatfield’s employer, Yankee Sheet Metal Company, agreed to pay Hatfield a lump sum of $950,000 and to waive any claim for reimbursement of the $350,000 it had previously paid to him for his medical bills and weekly workers compensation since the accident. Hatfield was represented in the lawsuit by attorney Robert I. Reardon, Jr., of The Reardon Law Firm of New London.
After an investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Occupation Safety and Health Administration, cited L. K. Sheet Metal for violating safety standards by using a nylon hoisting strap to lift the load, which was not protected from rubbing on the sharp edges of the sheet metal. OSHA determined this to be a serious violation and fined L. K. Sheet Metal $1,500.
The Reardon Law Firm retained experts in the field of crane operation, mechanical engineering and safe construction practices. It was determined that wear pads or protective sleeves are commonly placed over nylon webbing before loads of materials are to be lifted on pallets by cranes, and that while these protective sleeves were available, they were not used by workers at the site. Further, it was determined there was no rigging competent person designated at the site to oversee proper rigging as required by industry standards and there was no one to guide the load properly.
Hatfield suffered a pelvic fracture, fractures of his left leg, a laceration of his spleen and multiple internal injuries. He was hospitalized for several weeks at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital where he underwent several surgeries and then was transferred to the Riverside Rehabilitation Health Care Facility in East Hartford where he spent another month recuperating from his injuries. He has been left with permanent neurological damage to his left leg and has been unable to return to construction work.
Attorney Reardon states: “This case was complicated by the fact that there were many sub-contractors on the site, each pointing the finger at the other. After depositions were taken, it became clear that L. K. Sheet Metal and its parent corporation, Kleeberg Sheet Metal, were responsible for the nylon webbing and the rigging that failed. My client is pleased that this case has now concluded with a fair settlement before a trial. He has been through a long and painful recuperation from his injuries and can now move on with his life. ”
New London Woman Receives $1.3 Million Settlement
A New London woman, seriously injured in an accident while a patient at Bayview Health Care Center of Waterford, Connecticut, has settled her personal injury lawsuit today for $1.3 million. Patricia Payne filed her case in the New London Superior Court two years ago against Bayview Health Care Center. On October 16, 1999, Patricia Payne, was being transferred from her wheelchair to a bed by a Hoyer lift. She had been a paraplegic for many years and was residing at Bayview as a patient. Since Ms. Payne was not ambulatory, in order to move her from her wheelchair to a bed, or vice versa, she was transferred by means of a Hoyer lift, which is a hydraulic device, unpowered and hand-operated. It lifts a person using a net or nylon sling attached to lifting arms and pulleys. Proper use of the Hoyer lift usually requires two people: one to operate the lift and another to guide the patient. On this occasion, the sling on the Hoyer tore apart, and Ms. Payne dropped suddenly to the floor, suffering a compound fracture of her left tibia. Since her fracture never healed properly, Ms. Payne suffered infections and eventually was required to undergo an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg in July, 2001. After the accident, Ms. Payne returned to Bayview as a patient where she remained until she moved in with her daughter in October, 2000.
Ms. Payne, age 52, has been represented in her lawsuit by Robert I. Reardon, Jr., of The Reardon Law Firm, P.C. of New London. Reardon retained an expert in the field of nursing care, an engineer and a hospital administrator to testify to the proper procedures for the use of Hoyer lift and the necessity of inspecting the equipment thoroughly for defects before using it. After depositions of nursing personnel involved in the incident, a mediation was conducted by former Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice John A. Speziale, and The Hartford Insurance Company, insurer for Bayview Health Care Center, agreed to pay the settlement to resolve the claim.
Reardon stated, “Ms. Payne has suffered a great deal since her accident, and will be able to purchase a handicapped accessible home, anew wheelchair, a handicapped accessible van, and will have a much better quality of life because of this settlement. She and I are so pleased that she can now live with her family in a setting that will allow her to enjoy the rest of her life.”
Past results are not meant to be a guarantee of future success in any particular case.