- Nominated American Institute of Legal Advocates Rising Star 2018
- Admitted to Connecticut Bar November 2017
- CT Bar Association (CBA)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
- Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDA)
- Connecticut Youth Lawyers Association (CYLA)
Zero Pay results in $1.7 Million Award- April 2017, New Britain Superior Court
A New Britain jury awarded over $1.7 million dollars to a 22 year old Avon woman who was badly burned on her back when she caught fire while standing next to a propane heater. The Christian Youth Fellowship d/b/a Mountain Lake Bible Camp, Inc., in Warren, Connecticut, permitted a caretaker to perform personal repairs to his son’s truck in a small garage on its property. The caretaker’s son and our client were in the garage for a couple of hours when the caretaker came to check on them. They said it was cold and asked him to bring a propane tank so they could light the construction style, top hat heater. The heater was so old that the labeling was worn off and nobody would determine the make or model. The fire investigators testified that similar units have a clear to combustible of 6 to 10 feet.
Although our client admitted to hospital personnel that she was standing too close to the heater and caught fire, the jury found her just 20% at fault. The defense argued that plaintiff was a trespasser. We argued that she was a gratuitous licensee by virtue of the owner of the bible camp not objecting to other friends of the caretaker’s son who he discovered in the garage weeks earlier.
Nobody claimed ownership of the heater. The defendants blamed the caretaker for supplying the propane, the son for lighting the heater and the both of them for not warning the plaintiff to stand back. The Warren fire marshal and state trooper fire investigator agreed that the heater was not supposed to be used inside a building filled with flammable and combustible materials. The Warren fire marshal testified that the garage should have had a fire extinguisher.
Plaintiff filed an offer of compromise for $925,000.00 within 18 months of the return date, so approximately $220,000.00 in interest will be added to the verdict when the court enters judgment.
Attorney Monique Foley and certified legal intern Cara Cavallari assisted Attorney Ferry at trial.
7 Figure Confidential Settlement: Abuse of Disabled Persons – October 2015
We filed suit to obtain money damages for acts of abuse and neglect. Our office obtained over 30,000 pages of documents from the defendant’s long term care facility. We hired an expert in administration of long term care facilities, a psychologist to provide expert opinion on the long term consequences of physical and emotional abuse, and a life care planner to determine the expenses for future medical needs due to the abuse. We expertly picked apart in deposition the president of the company and the managers who failed to properly hire, train, and supervise the employees who committed the abuse. The end result was a very satisfying settlement for our two clients.
Truck Driver Runs Over Pedestrian—$2.134 Million Dollar Jury Verdict; May 2016
Jury awarded $2,800,000.00 to Plaintiff and $90,000.00 to Plaintiff’s wife. Plaintiff’s award was reduced to $2,044,000.00 after jury found Plaintiff 27% comparatively at fault. Final verdict $2,134,000.00.
Construction site work zone injury brought under the exception to worker’s compensation statute– negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Plaintiff sustained foot injury after being run over by a 2,000-lb. trailer towing a 7,200 lb. Skid-Steer bobcat. Eyewitness standing next to Plaintiff testified that Plaintiff walked into the path of the trailer.
The Defense hired an engineer to scientifically test Plaintiff’s version of the accident, testifying that it could not have possibly happened the way that Plaintiff said.
Defense had over 130 hours of surveillance of Plaintiff, and had but 13 hours of tape. Defense showed around 1 hour of tape, while we showed around 1 hour and 10 min. of the surveillance to prove how bad Plaintiff’s injuries really were.
We also called a truck driving expert, pain management doctor, and an orthopedist to trial.
Travelers Insurance Company had a 1-million-dollar insurance policy and an umbrella policy above that. Travelers’ highest offer was $500,000.00. Several judges who pre-tried the case suggested the case would settle for 1 million dollars and in New Britain, it would be hard to convince a New Britain jury to provide a verdict higher than that. This case proved that a New Britain jury can be fair and care about people who are injured.
Confidential Settlement – June 2015
A man assaulted at a fast food restaurant by an employee recovers a confidential amount from the fast food restaurant. We alleged negligent training, negligent supervision, and negligent hiring. This case settled after several depositions of the manager and employees on duty as well as the orthopedic surgeon who operated on our client.
$115,000.00 Settlement – Slip & Fall at Wal-Mart
A Wal-Mart shopper was entering the store on a rainy day and slid on the wet floor and landed on her back. Several months later, she developed increased neck symptoms and ultimately had neck surgery.
$700,000.00 Settlement – Sexual Abuse Settlement with the State of Connecticut Department Of Children And Families
$1,000,000.00 Settlement: Dangerous & Defective Premises
Man Wearing Wrong T-Shirt Assaulted and Drowns.
STATE V. LENARZ, 301 Conn. 417 (2011) – Sexual Assault
Not Guilty of 8 of the 9 charges at trial and the sole conviction dismissed on appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court.
State v. Rodriguez – Felony Trial
The firm represented Mr. Rodriguez on multiple felony charges. Mr. Rodriguez was observed by a joint task squad of local and state police based on a tip provided by a confidential informant. Rodriguez was seen with a garbage bag which was later searched by police and found to contain 700 bags of heroin. He was charged with possession with intent to sell, possession within 1500 feet of a school and numerous other felony charges. The jury found the defendant not guilty of all charges.
$210,000.00 Settlement – Tradesmen Injured Due To Stairway Collapse
A plumber and a plumber’s helper were injured when the basement stairs they were walking down collapsed. Case settled on the first day of jury selection. Parties participated in meditation two weeks before trial which helped frame the issues and bring the case to a point where it could be settled soon after.
$1.6 Million Settlement – Construction Site Accident
The Plaintiff fell from the second story of a residence he was helping to construct and now suffers permanent paralysis. OSHA reports showed that there were no industry required railing or safety harnesses at the job site.
$1,000,000.00 Settlement – Construction Accident: Local 23 Union Carpenter
$275,000.00 Settlement – Contractor Liability
Elderly man who had let floor refinishing crew into son’s apartment suffers badly burned leg when workmen failed to turn off stove pilot light. Flooring stain ignites causing flash fire resulting in second and third degree burns to leg. No lost wages and all medical bills paid by health insurance.
$56,000.00 – Jury Award: Blasting Accident
A woman was struck in the side of her foot by a small rock sent through the roof of Costco by a nearby blasting operation. New Britain Superior Court. 2010.
$250,000.00 (Liability Action) and $7,500.00 (Declaratory Action) Settlement. Car v. Bicyclist Accident
$1,000,000.00 Settlement: Wrongful Death – March 2009
A woman cited for making an illegal u–turn was hit by an approaching vehicle on New Year’s Eve during a snow storm.
An Eastern Connecticut State University student was visiting the University of Connecticut with some friends. While walking home from an off-campus party, he was struck by a car which fled the scene. The young driver crashed his car into a tree about a mile from the scene and reported that accident to police, but not the fact that he had struck our client. The Eastern Student was unconscious and suffered facial injuries and a badly fractured leg.
$3 Million Pre-Suit (Tortfeasor Recoveries; Bodily Injury; Loss of Consortium; Familial Consortium)
A helmeted motorcyclist became pinned with his right leg under an 18-wheeler truck (owned by a major office supply distributor) after the truck made an improper left turn directly in front of the path he was traveling. When EMS extricated him, they noted that the right leg appeared to be 95% amputated below the knee.
He sustained significant injuries including: post traumatic amputation of the right leg secondary to motor vehicle accident; fracture L3; fracture right clavicle, first and second ribs; intracranial punctate bleeds times two; and degloving laceration left thigh and left calf.
His injuries required immediate surgery and amputation of the right lower leg. Total losses resulted in over $400,000.00 in medical bills and lost wages. Our office brought claims on behalf of the motorcyclist, his wife for loss of consortium and his three minor children for familial consortium claims based on a recent change in the law allowing loss of consortium claims to be brought by minor children.
We settled very quickly with the at-fault party, without having to file a formal lawsuit, for its policy limits of $1,000,000.00 plus umbrella and excess insurance totaling in excess of $3,000,000.00.