This is our old blog with news from our old website. Some interesting stuff from the period 2007 to December 2012.
December 12 2012:The Connecticut Health I Team reported that a Yale study for between 300 and 400 patients revealed that over 80% experienced some sort of medication error upon discharge. Errors included patient misunderstandings, and also prescription errors. The study emphasized the need for better patient education, and medication tracking systems within the hospitals. While some medication errors are minor, many are very serious and cause serious injury to patients in Connecticut. The article illustrates just how prevalent medication errors are and offers some plans to improve the situation through penalties from Medicare.
September 2012:The firm is a sponsor to the Fairview OddFellows Home annual action, and also a sponsor of the Fitch High School marching band. The is happy to make financial contributions to these community service organizations.
August 2012:The Bartinik Law Firm, PC is very proud to support Soccer Plus Junions, Junior Hawks soccer team. The firm is one of several sponsors for the program. The program plays at Pine Point School in Stonington on Saturdays, and Tuesdays. The program has a strong emphasis on individual player development, and a very detailed rigorous curriculum. The firm is very proud to sponsor the organization.
July 2012:The Bartinik Law Firm, PC is very proud to announce that attorney Brandon H. Marley has started working as a lawyer for the firm.
May 17, 2012:Peter Bartinik, Jr. took part in a baking competition "Look Who's Cookin' Too'" which was a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity organized by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers. The event was a competition and auction for the Habitat for Humanity charity. Peter Bartinik, Jr. made biscotti, and although he did not win the baking competition, his cookies were excellent. The event was held in Orange, Connecticut at the Grassy Hill Country Club, and raised over $40,000 for the Habitat charity.
April, 2012:The Bartinik Law Firm, PC proudly sponsored the spelling bee at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, Connecticut.
December, 2011:Peter Bartinik Jr., Esq. will be speaking at a seminar for other lawyers on January 20, 2011 in New Haven, CT. The topics will include evidence and expert testimony. He will also present on honesty in litigation.
August 9, 2011:Several inland state park swimming areas have been closed due to elevated bacterial levels in the water. The following areas were closed: Day Pond in Colchester; Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth; Warton Brook in Wallingford; Indian Well in Shelton; and Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield.
August 8, 2011:The Ledyard Police Deptartment in Ledyard, Connecticut recently warned of a scam. In the scan someone will receive something in the mail indicating that they have won some sort of prize. Then they will receive a phone call, and the scammer will attempt to gain personal information over the phone including bank account information. The police warn never to give out bank account information over the telephone.
August, 2011:The Bartinik Law Firm, PC. is proud to continue its support the Groton Lions Club annual golf tournament with a $1000 corporate sponsorship.
July, 2011:Peter J. Bartinik, Jr. Esq. attended the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in New York. He is involved in the employment law section, and also the spinal cord injury litigation group.
Summer, 2011:Peter J. Bartinik, Jr. Esq. has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer for 2011.
April 7, 2011:Groton attorney and former Groton Town Councilor, Lori N. Bartinik, a Republican, announced today that she will run for Probate Judge for the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate Court in the special election this August. The position is vacant due to the passing of Judge Fred Palm last month. Prior to moving to Stonington last year with her husband, Attorney Peter J. Bartinik, Jr., and their children, Lori lived in Groton for 18 years. While residing in Groton, where she continues to manage a very successful family law practice, Bartinik was very active in the community. She served as an elected official in Groton for many years, both on the Groton Town Council (1995 – 1999), as well as the Representative Town Meeting for District 7 (2003-2008). “As a lawyer practicing all aspects of family law and probate administration for the past 18 years before the Superior Court, the Juvenile Court, and the Probate Court, I have developed great insights into the needs of people in crisis. My legal experience is broad and extensive, as I have represented parents, children, wards, and executors in thousands of cases over the past 18 years. I believe that my professional background, as well as my approachable demeanor and compassion for others, make me especially well suited for this position. It would be an honor to serve as Probate Judge for the people of Southeastern Connecticut.” Bartinik is seeking the nomination of the Republican Party this month.
March 18, 2011:The Bartinik Law Firm based in Groton, CT is proud to announce that two of its attorneys Peter Bartinik, Jr. and Peter Bartinik, Sr. recently achieved their respective re-certifications as Board Certified Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The National Board of Trial Advocacy, based out of Boston, MA, is a national organization that sets standards, tests, and monitors attorneys on trial skills, experience, and ethics. The process to become certified includes proven experience actually trying cases to verdict, and recommendations from opposing attorneys, and judges. The organization requires re-certification every five years.
Holiday and New Year news: The economy was very poor in 2009. We say goodbye to 2009 and we welcome 2010. We wish everyone as happy and safe New Year. Always remember, be safe and don't drink and drive.
December 2009. Cervical disc injury settlement. As an example of a case we handle the firm settled a cervical disc injury car crash case for $62,500. The settlement was an excellent settlement in light of all factors involved in the case. The case settled for far more than many cases of its type.
November 2009. Community Involvement. The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. congratulates its attorney Peter Bartinik, Jr. for his election to the Town of Groton Representative Town Meeting. Over the years attorney Bartinik has served his town in many respects including the RTM, Town Council, and Board of Education.
Summer 2009. Community Support. The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. sponsors the Groton Lion's Club charity fundraiser golf tournament. The firm has supported the event since the early 1990s. The event raised money for local charities as well as Lions International. Lions International supports many world charities and focuses on eye research and blindness. The firm is proud to support the Groton Lions.
August 2008. Insurance. According to the Connecticut Insurance Commissioner, certain health insurance companies have engaged in the unfair insurance practice of cancelling health insurance policies, or denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. The Connecticut Insurance Commissioner has issued a “consumer alert” for all Connecticut residences that purchased health insurance from three heath insurance companies that are part of Assurant Health: Time Insurance Company (formerly Fortis); John Alden Life Insurance Company; and Union Security Insurance Company. The March 2007 Connecticut Insurance Commissioner ordered that all claim denials and cancelations must be reviewed to determine whether the claims should have been covered. The companies were required to notify their customers of the order.
July 2008. Product liability. Merck & Co. the maker of Vioxx has agreed to pay $58 million as part of a multi-state settlement of allegations that its ads for their product deceptively played down health risks. Also, in February 2007 Merck agreed to pay $671 million to settled claims that it overcharged the government for its Vioxx medication, and three other popular drugs, and bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs. Additionally, there is a pending $4.85 billion settlement that would end the bulk of the litigation regarding the thousands of product liability claims that Vioxx caused heart attacks and strokes. From the Connecticut Law Tribune.
June 2008. Product liability. All products must be reasonably safe for the intended and reasonably foreseeable uses of the product. Part of the obligation to make products reasonably safe is to include proper warnings of hazards that accompany the product and its uses. The American National Standards Institute published a new standard regarding warnings accompanying a product. The new standard Z353.6 is specifically designed for warnings on materials that accompany the product rather than warning that are on the product itself.
November 2007. Worker’s Compensation. Workers compensations insurance rates will rise an average of 3.4 percent for 2008 as reported by the Hartford Currant newspaper. Workers compensation insurance protects workers from injuries that occur on the job. Each industry has its own rates depending on how dangerous the job is. On average, rates for all industries will rise by 3.4 percent. The rate increase was approved by the Connecticut Insurance Commissioner.