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The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

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We have modified our office to help with social distancing. We are able to see clients inside or outside the office, or by video or telephone conference.

Courts are beginning to reopen, and insurance companies are resuming normal business. We are here for you and happy to help with insurance issues, medical bills and everything else.

We are open and ready to help…
We have modified our office to help with social distancing. We are able to see clients inside or outside the office, or by video or telephone conference.
Courts are beginning to reopen, and insurance companies are resuming normal business. We are here for you and happy to help with insurance issues, medical bills and everything else.

Over $70 Million

Awards and settlements collected for child victims of sexual abuse across Connecticut involving priests, clergy, teachers, coaches and family members.

$6.2Million

Landmark verdict holding an off-duty police officer responsible for failing to prevent a fatal drunk driving accident.

$6Million

Recovered award for family after proving the medical manufacturer knew about the faulty oxygen machine that killed a patient.

$5.39Million

Won settlement for truck accident victim by taking the case before the superior court after trucking company filed for bankruptcy.

$2.1Million

Largest verdict in Connecticut history involving serious injuries after a motorcycle accident.

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  4.  » What is “cause-in-fact” in Connecticut premises liability?

Several weeks ago we began taking a look at the elements of negligence that might be involved in a premises liability lawsuit in Connecticut. Readers may remember that we briefly covered the concepts of duty and breach, and how they were related to the various statuses a visitor on property may have, such as invitee or trespasser. This week we will look at an element that is independent of the status of the visitor: “cause-in-fact.”

Our readers may remember that when we outlined negligence, we touched on two types of causation: cause-in-fact and proximate cause. It is important to first understand why we are discussing causation at all. When someone is injured, it generally is the result of some action or event; that is, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. So, when someone slips and falls there is usually a cause, such as a wet floor, or ice or a piece of lettuce. This is what we mean, in general, when we talk about cause-in-fact. Did what the defendant do or not do actually cause the injury to the victim? In this way it is sometimes termed “but for” causation, as in “but for the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff would not have been injured.” So, if a person is injured because a meteor crushed the city she was in while shopping at the defendant’s store, the defendant’s action was not likely the cause-in-fact of the injury, even if he left a banana peel on the floor.

Cause-in-fact and proximate cause often bleed into each other in negligence cases, and proximate cause is usually the point of contention, as cause-in-fact is usually fairly obvious. However, as with all lawsuits, plaintiffs must prove all the elements of their claim, and people with questions about causation in premises liability lawsuits may need to get more information.