Representative Cases

The attorneys at Kocian Law Group have helped thousands of clients in Connecticut with their personal injury needs.  Below is a list of some of our representative cases.

Personal Injury Cases:

  • A 52-year-old social worker was injured in the course of her employment at a local hospital. She had completed a significant spinal operation just a few weeks beforehand. Water carelessly left on the floor in the hospital cafeteria caused her to slip and fall and sustain serious injuries, which necessitated several more surgeries to fix the hardware which was damaged in the fall.  A $1.95 million dollar settlement was reached.
  • A tractor trailer rolled downhill when the driver negligently forgot to set the brakes.  The vehicle struck a 50-year-old woman in her car, which lead to traumatic brain injury and damages. A $1.4 million dollar settlement was reached.
  • A city police officer was and struck by another vehicle while parked at an accident scene in her police vehicle. She later required back surgery including a fusion to her vertebrae.  The result was a $1,200,000 dollar judgment for the plaintiff.
  • A 20-year-old man was struck in his motor vehicle when a car travelled through a stop sign causing a fracture of the femur bone in his right leg. A $1 million dollar settlement was reached.
  • A 16-year-old woman, who was a passenger in a motor vehicle, was struck when the tortfeasor’s vehicle went through a red light, causing a scar on her cornea.  An $814,321.12 dollar settlement was reached.
  • Motor vehicle accident / jury trial involving a shoulder injury. Liability was disputed. The pre-trial offer was $12,000 dollars. A Stamford jury awarded $138,000 dollars.
  • Motor vehicle accident / jury trial involving $5,000 dollars in chiropractic bills and a $7,000 dollar offer. The defendant’s policy was $25,000 dollars. The jury awarded $26,981 dollars.
  • Highway defect case against a city about a sidewalk fall down accident involving a crack in sidewalk. The plaintiff sustained a closed fracture of the fourth (“pinky”) finger. Judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $20,000 dollars plus costs and pre-judgment interest.

Medical Malpractice Cases:

  • Medical malpractice / failure to diagnose a 90 percent blockage of the left anterior descending artery. The physician’s insurer settled the matter for $1.5 million dollars before a lawsuit was even filed due to the extensive preparation of expert reports documenting the loss coupled with Kocian Law group’s advocacy on the client’s behalf in a professional and expeditious manner.
  • A child at a local hospital was dropped on its head and died due to the negligence of the hospital security system and medical providers.  Although the child was already very ill, with significant pre-existing medical conditions, the negligence accelerated the child’s early demise. A $1.4 million dollar settlement was reached.
  • A 39-year-old man was given the wrong prescription by a nationally well-known pharmacy for approximately 10 months.  He suffered significant cardiac and mental damages as a result of the negligence by both the pharmacy and his medical caregivers who failed to appreciate the error.  A $600,000 dollar settlement was reached.
  • Medical malpractice involving an 80-year-old nursing home resident who was fed “by mouth” despite contrary orders. The patient developed a serious and possibly fatal respiratory condition. The result was a judgment for the plaintiff for $506,000 dollars.
  • Nursing errors caused permanent damages to a 46-year-old man who was an insulin-dependent diabetic, and schizophrenic.  While liability and causation were strongly contested, as an autopsy was never performed, the Kocian Law Group successfully pursued the matter to a resolution of $500,000 dollars.
  • A thirty two year old female patient was seen by her ob/gyn who identified a palpable 1.5 cm x 1 cm lump in her breast during pregnancy.  Despite identifying the lump no testing, imaging, tissue sampling, radiography or any other medical measures were taken by the same physician, over the course of two years of treatment, to identify whether the persistent lump was benign or cancerous. In fact, the physician assured the woman, during her course of care, that her lump was nothing to worry about and was likely a clogged milk duct.  Approximately two years later the lump was determined to be a malignant cancer.  The failure to timely provide the correct diagnosis led to a delay in treatment of the cancer. The matter resolved for the sum of $850,000.00.

Workers’ Compensation Cases:

  • Contested workers’ compensation claim for back fusion surgery. The injured worker sustained a back injury in 1997. Thereafter, the injured worker sustained two subsequent injuries to his back at different times for different employers. The insurer contested that the need for fusion surgery was due to the 1997 injury. The Commissioner ordered the fusion surgery and the matter was later settled for $145,000 dollars.
  • Contested workers’ compensation heart disability case. The injured worker retired, and 10 years later developed a heart condition leading to a heart attack and 40 percent disability of the heart. The insurance company claimed that the heart attack was not related to the original claim. The Commissioner awarded $135,000 dollars in heart disability payments and sanctioned the employer, awarding $24,000 dollars in attorneys’ fees for an unreasonable contest of the claim.
  • Workers’ compensation claim where the employer alleged that our client’s workplace injury did not actually occur and produced two witnesses who testified that our client’s injury did not occur despite the fact that our client testified during the formal hearing that those two witnesses had actually observed the injury take place.  Based on the persuasive and professional presentation of the claim by Kocian Law Group attorneys the Commissioner found our client credible and found the claim to be a compensable workers’ compensation claim.
  • The Claimant was injured on the job but failed to file a written accident report in accordance with his employer’s policy. The employer respondents argued that his actions led inexorably to the conclusion that the trier should have authorized neither his treatment nor the period of total disability that, according to the doctor, immediately followed his injury. The doctor consulted was not a member physician in the employer’s medical care plan. The respondents maintained that the Claimant was required to accept responsibility for seeking treatment outside the plan. Kocian Law Group lawyers countered that the respondents’ internal injury-reporting protocol cannot be absolute given the employer’s statutory obligation to provide competent medical care as soon as it has knowledge of an injury. This significant workers’ compensation decision created important legal precedent that an employer cannot insist that a Claimant seek treatment only from doctors within its own medical care plan in the event the case is later determined to be compensable.
  • The Claimant was working for his employer undoing an expansion tank when he sustained injuries to his lumbar spine which led to chronic lower back and leg pain and surgical intervention to address his medical maladies.  Although the matter was hotly contested Kocian Law Group resolved the matter for $558,828.00.

Disclaimer: These verdicts and settlements represent actual cases that Kocian Law Group has handled. Additional details are available from our law firm. Each case is unique; the facts, the law, the age of the injured person, the severity of the injury and the composition of the jury are some of the factors that make each case different. The cases above do not guarantee that if you have a similar claim, you will secure a similar result.