What is Governmental Immunity?

Police brutality has been in the news a lot lately. So, too, has the term “qualified immunity” and the question of whether citizens can sue police officers for civil rights violations. 

Here, we break down the definition of qualified immunity, at both the federal and state levels. We also discuss what the current laws mean for anyone seeking to sue a police officer for a civil rights violation and how a Hartford personal injury attorney can help you.

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Connecticut Police Reform
What Is Included In The New Connecticut Police Reform Law?

In the wake of the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police brutality, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law comprehensive police accountability legislation that institutes a new statewide watchdog for police misconduct.

The new law bans the controversial use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limits the ability of police officers to withhold officer disciplinary records, and requires all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. In addition, the new law allows individual officers to be held financially responsible in civil lawsuits over their actions.

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OSHA fines EB in case of injured worker

Groton — Following a six-month investigation, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Electric Boat with a serious workplace violation for failing to properly guard an area where a newly hired shipyard employee fell more than 20 feet while pressure-washing a submarine.

The accident, which occurred May 7, seriously injured 22-year-old Tanessa Pabon, a painter who'd been on the job less than six months and still was considered a probationary employee. OSHA began investigating a day after the fall.

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Injured Electric Boat employee credits coworker with saving her life

Groton — An Electric Boat employee, injured in a fall last week and scheduled to be released from the hospital Wednesday, said through her lawyer that a coworker is the only reason she's alive.

Eric Schoenberg, an attorney with the Freeman Law Firm in Hartford, is representing the injured employee, Tanessa Pabon, in two workers' compensation claims related to her May 7 fall at EB's Groton shipyard.

Schoenberg said Pabon, recently released from the intensive care unit, still has "numerous complications from the fall."

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EB employee ingested fluid after fall; doctors want to know what it was

The lawyer for the Electric Boat employee injured in a May 7 fall said he has "serious questions" about the initial results from testing done on the fluid she ingested after the fall.

Tanessa Pabon, 22, landed face-down in fluid after falling about 30 feet while power-washing a submarine. Her lawyer, Eric Schoenberg, an attorney with the Freeman Law Firm in Hartford, said she ingested a "large quantity" of fluid.

Pabon's doctors indicated that she has internal complications as a result of the materials she ingested and asked that the fluid be tested so they could determine how best to treat her, and to asses any long-term complications that might arise, Schoenberg said.

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