Personal Injury

Why MZS? Zealous and compassionate representation.

We represent individuals and their loved ones who have been injured due to the wrongful conduct of another. We handle a wide range of personal injury claims, including lawsuits involving motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and construction accidents. MZS attorneys help clients to maximize their recovery following an injury, while providing legal services that are efficient, responsive, and compassionate. We understand that experiencing an injury due to the actions of another can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially when you are still dealing with the physical and mental injuries caused by the accident, as well as the resulting challenges (returning to work, caring for your family while still trying to heal). You may have lots of questions along the way. We strive to keep you well-informed through every step of the process.

The first step in a personal injury claim is to ensure that the applicable statute of limitations (generally, two years from the injury, with some exceptions) has not yet expired and to satisfy any initial procedural requirements. When injured due to the actions of another, it is important to get representation as soon as possible. Once that is done, we work closely with our clients to build a strong case, always taking an individualized approach tailored to the client’s specific circumstances and needs. We thoroughly investigate every claim we file, interviewing witness, visiting the scene of the accident, meeting with expert witnesses, and collecting evidence.

Experienced and aggressive trial attorneys, we are also successful in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients through negotiations with insurance companies and/or defense attorneys, or through an alternative dispute resolution option such as mediation. Well-known in the Connecticut legal community for our integrity and professionalism, we rely on our solid reputation, as well as our ability to present a compelling case, when we advocate on behalf of our clients at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.

Personal Injury Services

Our personal injury services include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to bring a personal injury action, even if you are partially at fault. Connecticut uses a modified comparative fault rule that allows individuals who are somewhat responsible for their injury to recover. For example, if you are found to be 40% at fault and the other party is 60% at fault, then you will be awarded 40% of the total judgment or settlement reached. However, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault for your injury, then you will not be allowed to collect from the other at-fault party or parties.

Slip and Fall/Premises Liability

We represent individuals injured in slip- or trip-and-fall cases, which require proving that the business or property owner had notice of the dangerous condition that caused the fall. We help our clients to maximize the compensation they receive, including recovery for economic damages (such as medical expenses and lost income), non-economic damages (for pain and suffering), and, in rare cases, punitive damages (for egregious conduct).

Medical Malpractice

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence of a health care provider, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. The applicable statute of limitations provides that the claim must be filed within two years of when the injury was first sustained or discovered (or should have been discovered), but no later than three years after the injury occurred. Another important procedural requirement is the filing of a certificate with the court, when the case is first brought, showing that a “reasonable inquiry” has been made to determine that there is a good faith belief that there was negligence by the named health care provider(s). The certificate must be accompanied by a detailed written opinion from an expert stating that the patient was injured by medical negligence

We handle medical malpractice cases from start to finish, working closely with experts to understand the medical evidence, gathering all relevant medical records and evidence of damages, and building a strong case for our client.

Construction Accidents

We represent clients or their loved ones in cases involving construction accidents, including wrongful death cases. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common fatal construction accidents (the “fatal four”) are caused by: falls; worker being struck by an object; electrocutions; and being caught in or between a collapsing structure. A detailed understanding of OSHA policies and requirements for construction sites, as well as the legal duties and obligations of the various potential parties to a claim for damages (employer, contractor, sub-contractor, property owner) is critical to the success of a construction accident case. At MZS, we are experienced in construction litigation and can bring our considerable knowledge and expertise to bear when representing individuals in personal injury cases involving construction sites.

Product Liability

We represent injured individuals in product liability claims alleging design defects, manufacturing defects, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions. Connecticut's Product Liability Act allows for claims based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty. Because they often involve some form of catastrophic injury and can be highly technical, we work closely with expert witnesses, including engineers, economists, and medical specialists to prepare a comprehensive and compelling case on behalf of our clients and their loved ones.

For More Information

For more information on our Connecticut personal injury services, we welcome you to contact us.

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Vincent Marino presently represents the towns of Greenwich, Orange, Derby, North Branford, Bethany, Seymour, Stratford and Beacon Falls. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2018-2019) for his work in Municipal Law. In his land use and zoning…