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$8.9 Million Dollar Verdict – I-95 Truck Accident, East Lyme
Shelley Graves named Best Lawyers 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" Award by peers – 5th time Faulkner & Graves lawyers have received this coveted honor.
Attorney Shelley Graves has been named Best Lawyers 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" for New London County in the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. This designation is awarded to one lawyer per legal community for having received the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. She and her partner Dale Faulkner have together received this award five times. Faulkner in 2011 and 2012, Graves in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Confidential Settlement Reached for Drowning Death of 19 year old Montville Woman in Ocean Beach Park Pool
Attorneys Dale Faulkner and Kara Crismale obtained a $3.2 million dollar jury verdict in New London Superior Court for a car crash victim. Our client was a 45-year-old truck driver hit head-on while driving on Route 32 in Norwich. He suffered multiple fractures in his hips and legs resulting in long term hospitalization, surgeries, severe disability and an impairment of his earning ability. The jury also awarded monies to his wife for her loss of consortium with her husband.
Kevin Smith Wins Appeal filed in the Connecticut Appellate Court in Fall Down Case
$1.2 Million Dollar Settlement – Lack of Railing results in Wheelchair Fall – Facial Fractures
$605,000 Settlement – Auto Accident - Traumatic Brain Injury & PTSD
$212,500 Settlement – Fall Down – Placement of Electrical Cords in Hair Salon
$287,500 Settlement – United States Postal Truck Runs Over Man
$350,000 Jury Verdict – Malpractice – Pharmacy Prescription Error Injures Child
A jury in Putnam awarded a toddler and her parents $350,000.00 as a result of a drug store's error in providing her Prozac, an anti-depressant, instead of Prilosec, a medication for stomach upset. The jury of four women and two men awarded our one year old client $250,000.00 for the illness she suffered and an additional $50,000.00 to each of her parents for their emotional distress. The case was tried by attorneys Dale Faulkner and Kara Crismale.
$139,938.17 Jury Verdict – ATV Roll Over – Fracture of Leg
Attorney Crismale secured a $139,938.17 jury verdict for a 17-year-old client, who was injured in an ATV accident while attending an after prom party at a friend's home. The friend's parents hosted the party and allowed their son and his friends to ride ATVs on their property. Our client was riding on the back of an ATV, which was being operated by an inexperienced driver. The ATV flipped, causing our client to fracture her leg.
A lawsuit was brought against the parents for negligent supervision, along with failing to instruct their guests on how to ride ATVs. The insurance company for the parents aggressively defended the case and it was tried to a jury. Crismale hired an expert in ATV safety, who testified to the safety instructions that should have been provided. A New London jury found the parents to be 90% at fault and our client to be 10% at fault. After a reduction of 10% for her negligence, our client was awarded $139,938.17.
$100,000 Arbitration Award – Rear End Accident – Hernia Repair Disrupted
$30,000 Verdict – Disputed Liability Car Crash, New London
Six Figure Confidential Settlement – Restaurant Patron Drinks Toxic Chemical Left In Beer Tap Line
A woman who was served a beer at a Mystic restaurant became violently ill. It quickly became apparent that the tap had not been purged of the poisonous cleaning agent. Parts of her larynx, esophagus and stomach were burned. Even though she made a good recovery, Attorney Faulkner was able to settle her case at mediation for a sum in the high six figures. (A confidentiality agreement prevents us from providing further details.)
$200,000 Settlement – Middle Schooler Crashes Parents' Utility Vehicle – Eye Injury to Passenger
$100,000 Settlement (Policy Limits) – Car Accident - Concussion, Tongue Laceration and Multiple Strains
$125,000 Settlement – Man Fractures Hip at Mohegan Sun
$250,000 Settlement – Fall on Black Ice – Fracture of Ankle
Notorious Middletown Route 9 Car Crash Case Concludes
The civil case of Heather Specyalski v. Neil Esposito pending on the Complex Litigation Docket in Waterbury concluded by way of a confidential agreement between the parties. The case involved a single car high-speed collision on Route 9 in Cromwell as a result of which Neil Esposito was killed and Heather Specyalski suffered numerous life threatening injuries. The case gained notoriety when the Connecticut State Police reversed their original finding that Esposito was the driver and charged Specyalski with vehicular manslaughter. A lengthy six-week criminal trial ensued. Represented by respected criminal defense attorney Jeremiah Donovan, and her civil counsel Shelley Graves, Ms. Specyalski was acquitted of all charges.
DISCLAIMER: We have successfully represented many clients. Of course, your case will be decided on its own facts and we cannot imply that our previous success will result in us winning your case.