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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 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.

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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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$350,000 Awarded in Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

In Connecticut, the wife or husband of an employee who dies as a result of a work injury is entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits for life or until he or she remarries. Due to this law, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has been able to favorably resolve a number of these cases for substantial amounts, even when it was difficult, if not impossible, to prove how the death occurred or its relationship to the employment. A good example of such an outcome is a case that Attorney Bob Sheldon of our office recently settled.

The decedent was 45 years of age at the time of his death. He was married and had three children. He was a very good wage earner and his family was dependent upon him. In early June, 2008 the decedent left on a business trip to South America for his employer. Approximately two weeks later he developed symptoms of abdominal pain, dark diarrhea, and vomiting. After attempts to self-treat for one day proved unsuccessful, he was admitted to a hospital. Examination at the hospital revealed him to be in a generally bad state, with diffuse abdominal pain upon palpation and generalized tremors. He was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis, a condition that is usually caused by infection from contaminated food or water or travel in areas of poor sanitation.

Gastroenteritis suffered by adults is generally not life-threatening and responds well to treatment. The client’s husband did improve with treatment (hydration, antibiotics, and pain medication) over the next two days and was up and walking around on the morning that he died. Several hours later, however, he was found in his room unconscious and not breathing. Efforts to resuscitate him were not successful.

Despite extensive investigation, the actual source of the decedent’s infection could not be determined. Attorney Sheldon hired an independent expert to review the medical and autopsy records. The expert concluded that the death was more likely than not due to a sudden event, such as cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac ischemia, not gastroenteritis, given the resolution of the symptoms of that condition. An independent expert hired by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier agreed with this analysis, finding that the death was not causally related to the decedent’s employment.

Notwithstanding the substantial factual, medical, and legal roadblocks that he faced, Attorney Sheldon was able, after numerous hearings and considerable negotiation, to resolve the matter for the client for $350,000. This was a tremendous result for a very grateful client and her family.