Trial Demonstration of a Low Impact MVA Case

Friday, September 30, 2011

See demonstrations of direct and cross examinations of the plaintiff, defendant and treating doctor, and also demonstrations of Opening Statements and Closing Arguments.

In June 2006, the Plaintiff, a 23 year old female, was rear ended on the Post Road in Greenwich, CT while stopped waiting for a vehicle in front of her to turn left. There was relatively minimal property damage to the rear of her vehicle. The Plaintiff suffered an exacerbation of a prior sprain/strain injury of her neck. A little over one year prior to this collision, in March 2005, the Plaintiff was rear ended by a truck and injured her neck. She was not assigned any permanency following the first collision but did have a cervical epidural injection in December 2005. She was last treated for her neck injury before the second collision in February 2006. MRI of her neck after the second collision was normal. She was assigned a 6% impairment of her neck as a result of the second collision. Her medical expenses were approximately $11,000. 

Issues in the Case:

  • Minimal Property Damage
  • Aggravation of Pre-existing Injury
  • Mitigation of Damages – Cancellation or No-show to Physical Therapy Appointments
  • Defendant’s Admission of Liability Right Before Trial
  • Active Plaintiff Who Continued Her Lifestyle and Activities


The Faculty

Presiding Judge
The Honorable Theodore R. Tyma
Superior Court, Bridgeport

James O. Gaston, Esq.
Law Office of James O. Gaston, Bridgeport

John W. Mills, Esq.
The Mills Law Firm LLC, New Haven

Thomas P. O’Dea, Jr., Esq.
Halloran & Sage, LLP, Westport

John F. Naizby, Esq.
Marcarelli-Naizby Law Firm, Guilford

Robert O. Hickey, Esq.
Ryan Ryan Deluca, LLP, Stamford

Anastasios Savvaides, Esq.
Tooher, Wocl& Leydon, LLC, Stamford

Vincent Carlesi, MD
Pain Management Associates of Connecticut, Stamford


Anastasios T. Savvaides, Esq. (chair) Wocl Leydon, LLC
Vincent Carlesi, MD Pain Management Associates of CT, PC
James O. Gaston, Esq. L/O James O. Gaston
Robert O. Hickey, Esq. Ryan Ryan Deluca, LLP
John W. Mills, Esq. Mills Law Firm, LLC
John F. Naizby, Esq. Naizby Law
Thomas P. O'Dea, Jr., Esq.
Hon. Theodore R. Tyma Superior Court, G.A. 5

CLE Credits

This Continuing Legal Education program is appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys, and has been approved for the following credits in accordance with the rule requirements of these states:

Connecticut 7.00 cr



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Additional Information

This continuing legal education program is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys, and has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 5.5 credit hours, of which 5.5 credit hours can be applied to the Skills requirement.

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