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General Negligence

Winburn Law Offices handles nearly all cases involving all types of negligence of others that have caused harm.  These cases include badly constructed buildings that fall and injure people, physical attacks, ATV accidents, attractive nuisance claims on behalf of children, improperly maintained trees that fall on people, accidents on rides at carnivals and fairs, improperly trained horses that are hired out to the public and other general negligence cases.  (See our blog of March 15, 2016, July 1, 2015, and May 15, 2015.)

The lawyers at Winburn Law Offices have handled thousands of personal injury cases over the last three decades.  Although most cases settle and are not reported in the media, see the following excerpts from local newspapers about a few of our cases over the years:

 

RECORDS RELEASE DISPUTED

ATTORNEYS TANGLE OVER CASE INVOLVING ALLEGED ABUSE OF AUTISTIC BOY

By Keith Whitcomb Jr.

“The school district being sued over the alleged mistreatment of a student with autism wants to keep some of the boy’s records out of the public eye, a move his attorney said has little to do with the case itself.”

“The suit, filed on behalf of [client] by Bennington based Winburn Law Offices, accuses the defendants of willful negligence.”

November 1, 2014 – Bennington Banner

 

WOMAN SUING ALLEGED ASSAILANT

“BENNINGTON — A young woman who suffered a fractured skull after being bludgeoned with a hammer has sued her alleged assailant and the North Bennington homeless shelter that employed him.”

“Her life has been turned upside down, and we believe the people who created the atmosphere in which this whole event occurred should be held accountable” [client’s] attorney Patrick Winburn said Tuesday.”

August 12, 1998 – Southern Vermont Digest

 

The lawyers of Winburn Law Offices have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. These verdicts include a $2.4 million verdict in Vermont Federal Court for a woman who was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Manchester (see Canedy v. Liberty Mutual, 126 F.3d (2nd Cir. 1997) and an award of $1.1 million in Vermont Superior Court for a man who was struck by a truck while riding his motorcycle in Northfield, Vermont (see Brown v. Roadway Express, 169 Vt. 633 (Vt. 1999). Agreements reached by pre-trial settlement also include results in excess of one million dollars.

While most cases do not guarantee verdicts or settlements of this size, our record of success in court serves all of our clients in two ways. First, it helps compensate them for the injury and losses they suffered because of someone else’s irresponsibility. Second, it contributes to our ability to reach fair settlements for our clients. Opposing lawyers and insurance companies know our track record of success in court which helps assist them in their determination of a fair settlement value of our clients’ cases.

Mr. Winburn has also been an invited speaker at the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Association of Justice meetings including:

  • The Use of Expert Witnesses – December 2, 2016
  • Extraordinary Cross-Examination – November 19, 2010
  • A review of Vermont Verdicts – April 3, 2009
  • Bench and Bar Panel – May 30, 2008
  • Trial Advocacy In Vermont – Winning Techniques and Insights – May 10, 2007
  • A Review Of Vermont Verdicts and Settlements in 2004 – March 25, 2005
  • Persuading The Gatekeeper – Daubert And It’s Progeny – January 15, 2005
  • How To Grab The Jury With Your Opening Statement – March 19, 2004
  • Anatomy of a Jury Trial – February 7, 2003
  • Nuts and Bolts of Trial Practice – February 9, 2001
  • Opening Statement – May 11, 2001
  • Insurance Abuses – July 13, 2001
  • Trial Practice – December 7, 2001
  • Gender and Case Outcome – September 8, 2000
  • Understanding Basics – Medical Malpractice – May 12, 2000
  • Vermont Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation – August 26, 1999
  • Handling Medical Malpractice Cases – April 9, 1999
  • Communication – Mock Jury – June 14, 1998
  • Closing Arguments – October 9, 1998
  • Discovery: Was Trial By Ambush Better? – September 19, 1997
  • Damages: Loss of Enjoyment – May 31, 1996
  • Compulsory Physical Examinations – 1993

Contact us at (802)447-0100, (802)362-5100, toll free at (800)640-5100 or at winburn@sover.net for a free consultation.  We only handle personal injury cases in Vermont and charge a fee only if we are successful.