Liability Claims

If you’ve been injured and another person or company is at fault, they are liable for the harm that they’ve caused you. We at Cooper Sevillano are committed to holding people and organizations accountable for their actions and getting justice for victims.

Our areas of expertise include:

Catastrophic Injuries

When you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure what to do next.  Catastrophic injuries are the most devastating and life-altering.  Such injuries can leave you unable to work or in need of long term hospital care.  In the wake of such an injury, there are very real emotional consequences which must be addressed.  Catastrophic injuries may also be life-altering for the victim’s family members, who may have to adjust their lives to care for a loved one.

Defective Products

Manufacturers have a responsibility to the public to produce safe products which carry adequate safety warnings and operating instructions.  Nevertheless, every year in Connecticut hundreds of people are seriously injured due to defective products, ranging from simple household items to complicated medical devices and manufacturing equipment.  A wide range of products may cause injury if they have not been designed, assembled or marketed properly, including medications, medical devices, vehicle parts, children’s toys, fire alarms, and even food and beverages.  The party responsible for your injury could be found at any stage of the manufacturing or sales process, so it’s important to fully investigate the circumstances.

Elevator Accidents

Although rare, when elevators malfunction and an accident occurs, the resulting injuries are often catastrophic.  And most elevator accidents are entirely preventable through regular inspection and maintenance.  The causes of elevator accidents may be complex.  The elevator equipment may have malfunctioned or the property owner may have failed to ensure the elevator was properly maintained.  Workers may have incorrectly installed or repaired the equipment. We can help investigate the cause of your injury and identify all of your options for recovery.

Errors and Omissions

Professional liability insurance also known as Errors and Omissions insurance provides lawsuit protection to a wide range of professionals including doctors, nurses, chiropractors, accountants, contractors, architects, engineers, and lawyers. Under such malpractice policies, the insurance company must defend the professional and his or her company against claims for damages when they make a mistake on the job, and also must provide the monies to settle the claim or pay for any judgment rendered. In spite of this coverage, insurance companies often seek to avoid defending or paying malpractice claims, sometimes in bad faith.  We can help you file and defend errors and omissions claims against your insurance company, so you get the protection your deserve.

Escalator Accidents

When escalators malfunction, accidents may occur leading to serious injury.  Even when properly maintained, accidents on escalators may occur.  Property owners are responsible for making sure that an escalator on their property is safe for riders and that safety warnings are displayed. The causes of escalator accidents may be complex, so they require careful investigation and planning.

Fall Down Accidents

Property owners have an obligation to the public to keep their premises safe.  When they fail to do so and someone is injured, the property owner can and should be held responsible.  If you have fallen and been injured on public or private property, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. You may also have a claim for damages against a third party property owner if the fall occurred outside of your employer’s property or was caused by another party’s negligence.

Federal Employers Liability Act Cases

Unlike most state and federal employees, railroad employees are not covered by state workers’ compensation laws.  If they are injured on the job, they must bring a claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).  Such claims can be extremely complex.  They differ greatly from state workers compensation claims and are governed by an entirely different set of laws and standards of proof. There is also a three year statute of limitations for FELA claims against the railroad, meaning that the claim must be settled or a lawsuit must be brought within three years of the date of the injury.  If you fail to do so, you will be barred from bringing a claim for compensation.  This makes it imperative that you speak with a skilled attorney as soon as possible after a railroad injury.

Federal Tort Claims Act Cases

Federal employees are generally not personally liable for injuries they cause while engaged in the course of their work.  Instead, if you have been injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of a federal employee, your sole avenue for recovery is bringing a claim under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA).  The FTCA essentially removes the federal government’s immunity from suit which in turn permits the injured party to file a lawsuit against the government for damages.  FTCA cases differ significantly from other personal injury cases in that the case is tried before a federal judge rather than a jury.  In addition, the injured party must exhaust all administrative remedies prior to bringing suit, meaning that they must file an administrative claim with the applicable government agency before being permitted to file a claim in court.

Liquor Liability

Alcohol consumption is a regular part of life for many Connecticut residents.  Unfortunately, alcohol is also the primary cause of dozens of accidents and injuries each year.  The Connecticut laws surrounding liquor liability are extremely complex.  Under the Connecticut Dram Shop Act, you may be able to recover from the individual, bar, or liquor store if they furnished the alcohol to an already intoxicated person who then caused serious injury or death while intoxicated. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver or in another alcohol related incident, it is important that you consult an attorney as soon as possible because the deadlines for notice and bringing claims are short.

Municipal Liability

Sometimes a municipality may be partially or solely responsible for your injuries.  This is often the case when accidents occur on school grounds or other municipal property.  Claims against governmental entities can be particularly difficult to bring due to governmental immunity. If you or someone you love has been injured on municipal property or due to the negligence of a municipal employee, Cooper Sevillano can help.

Premises Liability

Home and business owners owe an obligation to the community to keep their premises safe.  When they fail to do so and an injury occurs, the property owner can and should be held responsible.

When you visit a business or another’s home, slip and fall accidents may occur due to ice, snow, liquid spills, or uneven surfaces.   Property owners also must provide adequate security on their property.  Additionally, you may have an actionable claim against a property owner if you are raped or assaulted on a property with inadequate security, such as poor lighting or security technology.

Professional Malpractice and Negligence

When you hire a professional, you trust that they will execute their work competently.  Whenever someone presents themselves as an expert, the professional may be held responsible if she does not meet the minimum standards of the field.  When a doctor, lawyer, accountant, architect or other professional fails to meet these standards, their patients or clients suffer the negative consequences.   If the mistake of a professional has caused you financial or even physical harm, you may have a claim for monetary damages against the professional or their employer. 

Sidewalk Defects

Whether in front of a home or a business or other entity, property owners are obligated to maintain their sidewalks.  This is especially true in New England, where snow and ice are the winter norm.  Such falls may result in serious injuries such as broken bones, dislocated joints, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.  When involved in a fall, you may be left unable to work or in need of hospital care and rehabilitation.  If you or someone you love was injured due to a damaged or ill-maintained sidewalk,  the property owner can and should be held responsible.

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Bridgeport, CT 06604
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