RisCassi & Davis Partner David Cooney Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers

Dave Cooney a 2017 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the YearAttorney David Cooney, Partner at the Hartford law firm of RisCassi & Davis, has just been named the Best Lawyers’ 2017 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

His selection means that an attorney from RisCassi & Davis has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in six of the last eight years (Bill Davis, Jim Bartolini, Kathy Calibey, Michael Jainchill, Andy Groher, and Dave Cooney). Additionally, nine of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of personal injury litigation.

How does Best Lawyers choose the top attorneys in a region?

“Inclusion  is based entirely on 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. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer-review survey is directly related to the quality of its voting pool.

“Lawyer of the Year” recognitions 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.”

David Cooney is a 1975 honors graduate of Rutgers College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law receiving his J.D. in May, 1978. In 1998, David obtained an M.A. degree from Wesleyan University, where he studied history, politics and literature. He joined RisCassi & Davis in June, 1985.

Since 1994, David has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was also selected as an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

Since 1994, David has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2006 and is a member of the Roscoe Pound Foundation. He is also a member of the State of Connecticut’s Judicial Civil Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and a member of the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

David Cooney is Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2017

Can Technology Make School Buses Safer?

As our kids head back to school – bus safety and travel safety must come back into focus for all of us.  Just this week, school children were injured in Missouri when a school bus rolled over after the bus driver tried to take a turn at too high a rate of speed.  While no one was killed – many youngsters were injured.  Since 2000, approximately 150 school children (younger than 19) have died in school transportation-related crashes. Another 7,000 are injured annually.  Of those fatally injured, over two-thirds (67%) were struck by school buses.  Six percent were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses, and 27 percent by other vehicles involved in the crashes. Forty-three percent of school children killed in school transportation-related accidents were between the ages of 5 and 7.

Fifty-one percent of the time, the children that are injured are struck by the front of the transporting vehicle.

More school-age pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than any other time of day.

So what can be done to keep our children safer?  Is technology part of the solution?

Well, there is new technology emerging that allows bus companies to remotely monitor all mechanical systems on buses as well as monitor bus speeds and locations.  This new technology will allow bus companies to know when brakes and other critical parts need repair.  It will also allow companies to better understand which drivers may be unsafe.

Driving Tips To Keep The Roads Safe For Children Riding School Buses:

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that a bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. When you see this signal, always slow down and prepare to stop.  Red flashing lights and extended stop arms signal that a bus has come to a full stop and that children are getting on or off.  You must stop your car and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before you start driving again.
  •  Bus stops are areas where children often play.  If you see a group waiting for a bus – be on guard.  And always watch for that child who is late for the bus and may run into the street without thinking or looking.
  • Be alert for children walking in the street.

If a loved one is ever injured in a school bus accident in Connecticut, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled many school bus accident cases in Connecticut over our more than 55 years serving the people of this state.  Our attorneys have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of these kinds of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

 

 

Summer and Boating Go Together. What You Need To Do To Stay Safe.

 

There are over 12 million recreational boats registered in America.  In 2012, the Coast Guard recorded over 4,500 accidents, 651 deaths and over 3,000 injuries from recreational boating accidents.  There was also $38 million in property damage done as a result of these accidents.

The majority of fatal boating accidents involve drowning and approximately 85% of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing a life jacket.  Seventy-five percent of the fatal accidents occurred in boats less than 21 feet long.  The most often cited reason for the accidents? 

  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speeds
  • Operator inattention
  • Lookout inattention
  • Equipment failure

Open motor boats and personal watercraft were most often the vessel in use at the time of an accident.  Operating the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol was cited in 17% of the deaths.

What steps should you take to make sure your next boating adventure is a safe one?

  • Make sure you receive proper training before operating your boat.
  • Always carry a Coast Guard approved life vest for each passenger on board.
  • Operate your boat responsibly at all times.
  • Stay away from areas not safe for your boat.
  • Always operate your boat at a safe speed.  And once dusk arrives – put the brakes on!
  • Comply with all signage. This includes speed limit signs, no-wake zone signs and underwater hazzard warnings, etc .
  • Always have a one passenger serve as a lookout to keep an eye out for other boats, objects and swimmers.
  • Use great care when approaching a wake. Never jump a wake. When crossing a wake, cross at low speeds and watch for skiers and towables.
  • When towing your boat, ALWAYS make sure your trailer is in proper working order and that your trailer lights work. Also ALWAYS make sure that your boat is properly secured to the trailer and that your trailer is properly secured to your vehicle before you move the vehicle.

If you are ever injured while boating in Connecticut, call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected. 

RisCassi & Davis has handled numerous boating accident cases over our more than 55 years serving the people of Connecticut.

What’s more, our attorneys have received local and national recognition for our handling of accident cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms”
  • Top listing by Martindale-Hubbell as a “New England Top Rated AV Preeminent® Law Firm.
  • Admission of five of our personal injury lawyers as members in the very prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.  The American College is a professional society of Fellows who become members only by invitation, with admission limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers.  Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state are offered admission as members to the College.
  • Listing in New England Super Lawyers published by Connecticut Magazine.  Less than 5% of attorneys in the New England states receive this honor
  • Lifetime Achievement awards from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

We have a great team dedicated to boating accident cases.    Please contact us if we can help you. The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind.

Airbags on the Outside of Cars??

Airbags, safety belts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, back-up cameras, traffic sensors… It seems with each new car model year there are new safety features to protect the driver and the passengers of cars and trucks.  What if vehicles could also be built with protection for pedestrians in mind?

More than 4,000 pedestrians are killed and over 70,000 injured each year from being hit by cars or trucks.

But there is a bit of good news… a few car companies are beginning to factor pedestrian safety into vehicle design.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they are often thrown onto the hood of the car and into the windshield wipers and the windshield – resulting in serious injury or death.   Federal regulators are considering creating incentives to encourage car makers to build pedestrian safety measures into their cars.  To date – both Honda and Volvo have begun to make progress in this area voluntarily.

Both car companies are beginning to build cars with breakaway wiper systems (wiper blades have been known to literally impale pedestrians), space between the hood and the engine to absorb impacts better, and even exterior air bags to keep heads from striking the windshield from the outside.

Some auto trade groups are fighting the changes, saying that consumers are reluctant to pay for safety features that protect them inside the car – let alone pedestrians on the outside.   U.S. car makers have tended to focus more on technology that would prevent pedestrian – car collisions in the first place – using motion and infra-red sensor technology to warn drivers of the presence of pedestrians.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission proposed a rule requiring electric and hybrid-electric cars to emit sounds to warn and protect bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly the visually impaired.  The NHTSA is also considering adding pedestrian safety features to its five-star safety rating system in the hope that car makers will find that an incentive to build in these pedestrian safety features. As similar tactic was employed with some success to get car makers to begin installing back-up cameras on their vehicles.

If you or a loved one are ever struck by a careless driver in Connecticut while walking or riding your bike, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of injury cases in Connecticut over our more than 55 years serving the people of this state.  Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

 

Helpful Tips To Keep Your Pool A Safe Place This Summer

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The hot and humid weather of summer leaves many of us looking for a swim.  If you own a pool, you know how great they can be.  You also know the work they take and the safety measures that are essential to keeping a pool safe for anyone using it.

Pool safety gained significant attention from the Connecticut legislature this year after Manchester High School freshman Malvrick Donkor, 14, died recently during a swim class in the main pool at Manchester High School, and 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah drowned during a swim class at East Hartford High School.

Governor Malloy just signed legislation that stipulates that schools are be required to have a trained swimming instructor or lifeguard on duty during swimming lessons, practices or competitions. That additional person will be required to watch for and assist swimmers who are in danger.  Districts will also be required to develop safety plans for their schools.

So what steps should you take as a private pool owner?  Here are some tips:

  • Always erect safety fences that completely encircle your pool to insure that small children cannot wander into the water unattended.  If you have a small pool or hot tub – consider using your cover when not using the pool.
  • Install pool alarms if you can.  These alarms signal when the pool has been entered by someone.
  • Always watch children at ALL times.  Children can get into trouble very quickly in water – so stay in arms length of little ones and have inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard certified life jacket.
  • Establish basic pool rules and enforce them – like no running, no diving in certain areas, no pushing and shoving near the water and more.
  • Encourage all who may enter your pool to take swim lessons if they have not already done so.
  • Make sure to keep your pool clean at all times – applying chemicals safely and only as needed.  Doing so will help prevent the spread of illnesses.

Throughout our history, RisCassi & Davis has handled cases involving pool accidents and drownings and we can help you if you ever have a problem.

For more than 55 years, RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of personal injury cases in Connecticut.  Our personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of accident cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

If you would like a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

Steps You Can Take To Avoid Endangering Cyclists On The Road

RisCassi & Davis has been a long-term major sponsor of charitableSteps_you_can_take_to_keep_cyclists_safe_on_the_road. cycling events organized by Coach Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut.  With this year’s event approaching, let’s examine steps you can take to avoid endangering cyclists on the road.

Here are a few important things to consider:

  • Be alert for cyclists at all times.  Slow down when you see one and always maintain at least 4 feet of space between your vehicle and any cyclists.  Also be aware of hazards on the road that a cyclist may need to avoid – anticipate their troubles and give them extra room.

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Pedestrian Injuries On the Rise – Is There Technology That Can Help?

The most recent U.S. traffic data shows pedestrian fatalities due toPedestrian_injuries_are_on_the_rise. motor vehicle crashes rose 4.2%.   In addition, pedestrian injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes increased by 19% from the previous year – all this according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sadly – U.S. roads were designed with cars in mind – not pedestrians.

So how can we significantly reduce the incidence of pedestrian injuries?  Perhaps emerging technology offers part of the answer.

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Experience and Dedication to Excellence Has Lead RisCassi & Davis To Be Selected for Many High-Profile Cases

RisCassi & Davis, P.C., has been protecting the rights of injured victims of negligence inThe_Connecticut_personal_injury_lawyers_at RisCassi_&_Davis_have_been_chosen_by_many_because_of_their_dedication_to_excellence Connecticut long before it was popular to do so. Since 1955, the firm has been dedicated to protecting the rights of the seriously injured and has been nationally recognized for handling complex injury cases.

In addition, the firm has handled many high profile cases for decades, going back to the its involvement in the litigation surrounding the collapse of the roof of the Hartford Civic Center more than 30 years ago.  From that time, the firm has represented victims of the Connecticut Lottery shootings, Mott Metallurgical mercury poisoning, a fatal tour-bus accident in England, the Lifestar helicopter crash, electrocution after Hurricane Gloria, and a drowning in Elizabeth Park.

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News You Should Know If You Have A Hip Implant

By some estimates,  500,000 patients in the United States have received a type ofNews-you-should-know-if-you-have-a-hip-implantartificial hip that is failing prematurely in a number of cases.

The FDA is currently proposing new rules that would prohibit manufacturers from selling these implants.

Under the proposed new rules, manufacturers will have to prove that each device is safe and effective before selling them or before obtaining approval for new all-metal versions.

Under current rules, manufacturers do not need to prove efficacy or put their products through rigorous clinical trials.

The F.D.A. rule proposal is intended to improve the 1976 federal law under which medical devices were first regulated.

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