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Glossary of Legal Terms

Below is a glossary of legal terms you may encounter while Walsh Woodard LLC is handling your case.  

This glossary of legal terms  is provided by Walsh Woodard LLC for information only and does not constitute legal advice or represent the most up-to-date definition of a legal term based on current court procedure or case law.  If there is a legal term you are looking for that you cannot find here, please let us know by contacting us

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Common Legal Malpractice Claims

When an attorney is negligent in the manner in which he represents a client, the client has every right to seek compensation for any harms or losses he suffers as a result. Below is a chart of the most common legal malpractice claims by error according to the American Bar Association. The percentages are rounded.

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Legal Mal

We routinely represent clients in legal malpractice claims when there is a financial loss caused by the actions of an attorney.  In Connecticut, the strength of a legal malpractice case is usually dependent on the strength of the client’s underlying case that was lost or harmed as a result of the attorney’s malpractice.  As with most of our cases, we typically handle these cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we only charge the client legal fees out of the proceeds of a judgment or settlement.  If you believe you are a victim of legal malpractice, call Walsh Woodard LLC at (860) 549-8440 for a free consultation with our legal malpractice team.

Michael J. Walsh: Top 1% of Attorneys


Michael J. Walsh, of Walsh Woodard LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.  Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.  Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC.  This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

Two Snowmobilers Cause Serious Injuries

Over the last weekend in February, two snowmobilers were allegedly riding on the wrong side of the trail, and forced another snowmobiler off of the trail. He lost control and went into the trees. The injured man became pinned between his rented snowmobile and a tree, and sustained serious injuries. He was apparently rounding a corner when he ran almost head-on into the two snowmobilers.

The Fish and Game officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying these snowmobilers. One snowmobile was a yellow Ski-doo model, and the other was a dark color.

It is important to realize that personal injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. These two snowmobilers will likely be liable for the other rider’s injuries because they were riding on the wrong side of the trail at the time of the accident. It looks even worse that they just left the injured man there and did not offer any assistance.

If you are involved in an accident, of any kind, always stay to help authorities and offer aid. Offering aid can be as simple as calling the police and reporting the injury.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as practical. The experienced attorneys at Walsh Woodard are happy to help with your legal issues. Call 860-549-8440 today!

Source: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Officials-Seeking-Snowmobilers-Who-Forced-Connecticut-Rider-Off-New-Hampshire-Trails-294584481.html?_osource=outbrain_recirc=obinsite

Ice Flies Off of Car and Damages Another Car

A vehicle’s window and roof were damaged when ice flew off of another traveling vehicle and hit the car on Friday, February 13, 2015. The vehicles were traveling on Interstate 91 in New Haven. There do not appear to be any injuries, but the vehicle damage is somewhat extensive.At this time, police have not found the vehicle that caused the damage.

In Connecticut, drivers are required to completely remove snow and ice from the vehicle prior to driving it. Drivers who fail to do so can be fined. Where that does not happen and the snow or ice causes damage, then driver can face additional fines. The fines are even higher for commercial vehicles.

In addition to fines, drivers could also face a personal injury lawsuit for any damage or injuries that they cause. Liability in a vehicle extends to more than just car crashes. It also includes any cause of any type of damage—even if that damage is actually “caused” by the snow and ice. The accident would not have occurred if the driver had cleared his or her car properly, so the driver would still be liable. The individuals in this case are lucky that the damage did not cause any serious injuries.

If you have been in an accident or situation similar to this case, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. The attorneys at Walsh Woodard, LLC are ready and willing to help. Call 860-549-8440 today!

Source: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Ice-Missile-Hits-Car-on-I-91-in-New-Haven-291830781.html

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