Attorney Philip R. Dunn, Jr., obtains defendant’s verdict in a premises liability claim

2013-07-12 | Philip R. Dunn

Category: Employment Law

Philip R. Dunn

Jackson O’Keefe partner, Philip R. Dunn, Jr., recently obtained a defendant’s verdict in a case arising out of a fall on ice that occurred on December 10. 2009.  The plaintiff delivering the morning newspaper in New Britain, when she allegedly slipped and fell on ice in a customer’s driveway.  The jury returned a verdict for Attorney Dunn’s clients, the property owner and tenant, finding that they were not liable for the fall.  The tenants never saw or heard the plaintiff that morning, nor did the plaintiff inform them at the time that she injured herself.  The plaintiff claimed that she landed on her left knee when falling, suffering a bad bruise.  “The problem was she already had a really bad left knee,” said Dunn, noting that the pre-existing condition was attributed to arthritis.  “The key in this case indeed was notice,” said Dunn, meaning that the home owner and the tenant would have had to have known about the ice hazard in order to be held liable.  “This woman was there between 6:30 and 7 a.m., had been there the day before and admitted there was no ice and snow [that day]…There was no testimony or evidence to charge anyone with notice.”  Dunn said the ice could have been there all night long or had formed just prior to her arrival.  He thought the jurors could easily identify with the defendants, and may have been thinking:  “What homeowner can expect to have all of their snow cleared at 6:30 a.m. because the paperboy might come by?”

The firm congratulates Attorney Dunn on this victory.

Attorney Dunn grew up in West Hartford and currently resides in Farmington with his family.  He handles personal injury and litigation matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County and Litchfield County. More About Farmington Personal Injury Lawyer Dunn Since joining the firm in 1988, Attorney Dunn has concentrated in the litigation of tort and contract claims, as well as employment litigation involving wrongful discharge, Title VII discrimination actions and age discrimination cases. He has wide experience litigating premises liability claims, including lead paint litigation, and is one of the few attorneys in Connecticut to try a lead paint poisoning case to a defendant’s verdict. Attorney Dunn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1985 and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1988, to the U.S. District Court, District of the Connecticut in 1989, and to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1995. He is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. Attorney Dunn is frequently asked to act as an arbitrator and fact finder by the Judges of the Hartford and New Britain Superior Courts.  Attorney Dunn currently serves as Chairmen of the Town of Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission.  He previously served as a member and as the Secretary of the Commission for two years.  Attorney Dunn has also serves as Farmington’s representative on the Capitol Region Council of Governments Regional Planning Commission. Attorney Dunn’s full biography is available here:

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