Is Your Physician Setting You Up For Addiction?


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is calling it a public health crisis and an epidemic.

What is it?

An epidemic of addiction to opioid painkilling drugs. And it is destroying families and lives in Connecticut and across America.

In the mid-nineties, the large pharmaceutical companies began aggressively marketing a new class of painkilling drugs. These drugs were aggressively advertised to consumers and physicians alike. They were going to end the problem of chronic pain in America. And – they were extremely profitable.

“Prescribe them aggressively…”, said the big drug companies.

And physicians did just that – taking a class of drugs normally reserved for managing severe cancer pain and instead prescribing them for every variety of pain known to human kind.

Just one problem. This class off drugs is unmistakably one of the most addictive (and therefore dangerous) in all of medicine. And – by the way – the drug companies knew this fact when they released these drugs to the market. Know what else? Physicians very quickly discovered the dangers too (and this was 25 years ago).

So knowing the dangers – health care experts sounded the alarm – right?

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How to Choose a Lawyer

In all specialties, whether that be medicine, law, accounting, engineering, science or some other field, there are those who are exceptionally gifted, those that sit somewhere in the middle of the pack, and those that are not well suited for their chosen field.

If you have a complicated and personally meaningful problem to solve, one that requires outside help – don’t you want to feel you’re working with someone who is talented – and really well trained? Someone who is exceptional?

Of course. But how do you find those folks?

Happily, there are a number of ways to solve the puzzle.

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Big Companies Bending the Rules

It has been written that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”

Sadly, that statement often applies to powerful corporations.

Throughout history, the owners and management of powerful companies have all too often chosen profits over the wellbeing of employees and consumers.

In the late 19th century, large rail, mining and steel corporations (among others) regularly forced employees to work in dangerous, unsafe environments – choices that often led to serious career and life ending personal injuries.

In the 20th century, car, appliance, medical, and technology companies – to name just a few – repeatedly and knowingly sold unsafe products to unsuspecting consumers. Think Corvair, Ford Pinto, Bextra, Accutane, and others.

Each time, choices were made to put profit over public safety.

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RisCassi & Davis Wins New Honors

best_law_firms_2016_RisCassi_davisFor the 7th year in a row, the Connecticut personal injury law firm of RisCassi & Davis has been named a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in personal injury litigation for Hartford by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers.

The U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and a review of additional information provided by other law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. RisCassi & Davis is proud to have 10 of 12 attorneys listed by Best Lawyers.

Why do honors like this one matter?

Choosing a personal injury lawyer is a daunting task in Connecticut. With so many law firms aggressively vying for these cases – identifying the truly qualified personal injury attorney for your case is difficult. That’s why we believe it’s so important to do your homework and ask some tough questions when interviewing attorney candidates.   Continue reading “RisCassi & Davis Wins New Honors” »

Another Major National Honor for RisCassi & Davis

national_law_journal_top_50For us – the focus of our professional lives has always been on the wellbeing of our clients.

Having said that – honors and tributes from colleagues and peers (and competitors) are also gratifying to receive.

So it was with great pride that we learned this week that The National Law Journal had chosen us as one of the top 50 trial law firms in the United States – the only trial law firm in Connecticut to be so recognized.

The Publishers of The National Law Journal stated in their letter to us that “that the competition was fierce and that the process of selecting (the) group of honorees was difficult… our selections represent those law firms that are on the cutting edge of plaintiffs-side work in the United States and that have achieved exemplary results for their clients.”

For 60 years, the attorneys at RisCassi & Davis, have fought for justice in Connecticut courts for those injured through no fault of their own. Our Founding partners, Leon RisCassi and William Davis, began the firm in 1955, in an era when the rights of injured people were severely limited.  They fought to change the status quo – a status quo favoring powerful corporations – so that average families would have a chance to survive when a father or mother or child were seriously injured. And they succeeded.

Their example guides us to this day, and so we thank The National Law Journal for the honor they have bestowed.

What Your Peers Think Says a Lot…


Each year, a number of prestibest_lawyers_riscassi_davisgious national and regional law firm rating agencies evaluate Personal Injury attorneys and others by looking at their professional achievements and by examining peer reviews.

One of the most respected such rating agencies is Best Lawyers.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on extensive peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

We are proud to announce that the 2016 evaluations have just been released and that 10 of our 11 attorneys have made the list! Congratulations to each!

  • Jim Bartolini
  • Kathy Calibey
  • Dave Cooney
  • Bill Davis
  • Andy Groher
  • John Houlihan
  • Paul Iannaccone
  • Michael Jainchill
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Gene Swain

What’s more, for the 5th time in the last 7 years – one of our attorneys has been named “Lawyer of the Year”. “Lawyer of the Year” designations are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.   Our colleague, Andy Groher has been named the Best Lawyers‘ 2016 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” Bill Davis, Kathy Calibey, Jim Bartolini and Michael Jainchill are our prior years “Lawyer of the Year” honorees.

To learn more about our team of attorneys and how we might help you with your injury case, please take a look around our website. We have been helping people from across Connecticut just like you for 60 years. If you are ever in an accident of any kind and would like a free consultation with one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers, please contact usThere is no obligation.  

Another Major Drug – Xarelto – Found to Cause Harm

You’ve undoubtedly seen the TV commercials.

You know the ones with a middle aged man talking about having an irregular heart beat not caused by a faulty heart valve with a “heightened risk of stroke”…

He cheerfully announces to the camera that he takes Xarelto – a new drug that doesn’t “tie him down to once a month blood tests” – giving him the freedom to live his life.

Pretty inspiring stuff – right?

These slick commercials fail to add one very significant fact… Xarelto is known to cause uncontrolled bleeding and death and in fact has resulted in injury to thousands of Americans, including 151 deaths.

Xarelto was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and eventually went on to garner $2 billion in sales nationwide with roughly one million prescriptions written by 2013, two years after the drug’s introduction into the market, according to court documents.

Consumer advocates are accusing the maker of the drug, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals of concealing safety information from the public and for failing to properly test the drug prior to its release.

This latest case of a pharmaceutical drug causing harm is just one of many over the last decade. Another blood thinner called Pradaxa has caused similar harm. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently revealed that blood thinners – including Xarelto – were among the most dangerous drugs on the market – with the highest number of serious side effects reported to the FDA.  Add to that fact, the many documented examples of drug research fraud, payments to doctors to prescribe certain medications and an industry that spends more to influence government regulators than any other industry – and you have a significant problem effecting patient safety.

If you or a loved one is ever the victim of a defective drug like Xarelto, call a qualified Connecticut product liability lawyer. A knowledgeable product liability attorney can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled large numbers of these kinds of cases over our 60 years serving the people of Connecticut.

What’s more, our Connecticut product liability lawyers have received local and national recognition for our handling of these cases.

Please contact us if we can help you. The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind. And – there is no fee or other costs unless we are successful on your behalf.

Choose a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer

nbta_logoIn the field of law – lawyers admitted to their state bar associations are permitted to accept cases in any area of the law – regardless of whether they are well qualified.

Years ago, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) was formed in the belief that consumers and the legal profession would benefit from establishing objective standards by which to measure legal experience and expertise… and the National Board of Trial Advocacy certification process was created. (In medicine, most hospitals do not let physicians practice without proof of board certification.  Why?  Because board certification provides an objective measure of experience and expertise.)

Currently, seven of the personal injury lawyers at RisCassi & Davis are Board Certified – among the highest percentage of any law firm in the region.

And what did our attorneys do to become Board Certified?

Each had to undergo a very rigorous review of their credentials, including full documentation of

their experience, all judicial and peer references, and an exam.  They also had to report any and all disciplinary matters brought before any official body, whether public or private, for scrutiny by the NBLSC Standards Committee.

All are not created equal.  It’s very important not to settle for just any personal injury law firm.  Make sure the majority of the lawyers in the law firm you choose are Board Certified.  It matters.

Buying Toys for the Holidays? Buyer Beware of Defective Products.

The holiday season is fun for many reasons – not the least of which is the joy it brings to the children in our lives. This season is also a time when many of us are buying toys for our kids and grandkids.

But buyer beware…

Researchers from the Center for Injury and Research policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio just released a study in the journal Clinical Pediatrics analyzing 1990-2011 data from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

What they found… toy related injuries among children (infants to adolescents) has jumped 40% in the past 20 years.  In fact – every three (3) minutes a child is treated in an emergency room in America for a toy related injury.  More than 50% of these injuries occurred with children under the age of five.

What toys are major culprits in injuries to children?

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Does Your Car Have An Airbag That Kills?

For weeks, we have been reporting on defective airbags made by the Japanese company Takata built  into many of the cars on Connecticut roads today.  Investigators have found that when these airbags deploy – metal components found in the bags explode sending shrapnel into car occupants . A number of drivers have been killed by this flying debris – others severely injured.

It now turns out that Takata knew about this defect over a decade ago.

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