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CT TRIAL FIRM WINS UNPRECEDENTED VERDICT
This is the kind of story that makes you smile and never stop. The kind where you know that everyone involved has made a difference...not only in their clients' lives, but also in their own. Glastonbury-based CT Trial Firm helped their one of their personal injury clients win $100-million in a case against Philips/Signify. Five years ago, Juan 'Mikey' Cruz (a Hartford High School graduate and hardworking father) was paralyzed from the belly button down when a 1,300-pound load of unsecured Philips lighting products fell on him. Since then, Mikey has lived in constant, immense pain while his wife, Emily, has had to take on the role of caregiver. The accident all but destroyed the life Mikey and Emily had built together. When the defendant in the case, Philips/Signify offered a settlement of $1.5 million, the couple was left with no choice but to go to trial. The team from CT Trial Firm was led by Attorney Andrew Garza, with Attorneys Ryan McKeen, Alexa Mahony, and Andrew Ranks assisting. A jury of 6 people found Philips Signify 90% at fault. The award brought some members of the CT Trial Firm to tears. They had formed such a close working relationship with Mikey, understanding that this was a case where he wasn't being taken seriously and something needed to be done. The Cruz family is grateful for the jury. Their verdict will allow them to lead a better life, have access to medical care, and start a foundation to help others who have been paralyzed.
Andrew Garza: "This case was simply about negligence. It's about a family's life being turned upside down by a catastrophic event that took away a man's ability to work, function, in his day-to-day, and get on the floor to play with his grandkids. The most infuriating part is that it was 100% preventable."
Ryan McKeen: "This is an outcome that they deserve. Their lives will never be the same, but I hope that this verdict makes both Mikey and Emily feel seen and heard."
Truly the kind of story that makes you believe in justice and humanity. Well done to our friends at CT Trial Firm!
MELZEN'S FARM SUPPLY CLOSING AFTER 102 YEARS IN BUSINESS
It wasn't long ago that we reported Melzen's was up for sale. They had said that if they could not find a buyer to continue the business, they would close for good. Their last day of business will be Saturday, November 12th. The family run business has been a part of the Glastonbury community for 102 years, started by Stanley Melzen in 1920 after he immigrated from Poland. In a recent social media post, they thanked their countless loyal customers and friends for the support that allowed them to thrive for more than a century. Cheers to their impressive run!
POKEWORKS HIRING AS THEY GET READY TO OPEN
Pokeworks in Glastonbury is aiming to OPEN by the END OF OCTOBER. They also currently in the HIRING stages and looking for qualified candidates to help run their Glastonbury location. If you're interested, stop in and talk with Elizabeth, the General Manager.
ODDS & ENDS...
*Sponsored by The Custom Shop
*Giovanni's is having a 20th Anniversary Party! Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00 PM, they will have LIVE MUSIC, Dudes Donuts, Apple Fritters, a Beer Station, Bourbon Tasting, and a Raffle. Follow them on Insta for all the juicy deets!
*If you missed it on social media, Red Fox Prime Steakhouse is NOW OPEN in Glen Lochen. We popped in to see the space and they are ready for you. If you go, let us know what you think! Can't wait to try them...we keep hearing lots of buzz about their Middletown location.