Colchester, Vermont Personal Injury Lawyers
Vermont Personal Injury Attorney with 34 years experience
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Attorney Pettersen grew up in Montpelier, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. He graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and a nominee for the Paul Lisnek Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Attorney Pettersen was a law clerk for two state trial courts where he assisted judges in civil, criminal, family, and...
• A brain injury which occurred when the surgeon entered into patients brain while removing sinus polyps
• Cerebral Palsy and other brain injuries caused by an anesthesiologist who administered an adult dose of anesthetic to a six-month-old infant
• The death of a nineteen-year-old caused by the hospital’s emergency room’s failure to properly treat an aspirin overdose
• The death of a seventy-year-old woman due to...
I was born on May 8, 1959. After various stints running ski lifts at Killington Ski Area, picking apples in Putney, and traveling in Central America, I moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1981. Over the following several years, I taught skiing, flipped pizzas, sold bicycles, and worked as an adolescent and family counselor for a community action agency. I eventually went on to study law, graduating from Vermont Law School, summa cum laude (1st in my class) in 1990.
After receiving my law degree, I served as a law clerk to Associate Justice John A. Dooley of the Vermont Supreme...
Well, maybe it started a little bit earlier…
The other day my mother pulled something out of the basement, framed it and put it on my desk.
While it wasn’t a box of old cookies (which I will get to in a moment) it was my political platform for running for third-grade class president.
Like the Constitution, it set out a framework based on equality and justice for all.
I laugh at it now, because, in this day and age, what kind of equality and justice would I have needed to...
After graduating from law school, Mr. Deppman worked as an associated at Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd., until joining the firm of Deppman & Foley, P.C., in 1995. He was appointed partner in 2000. Benj serves on the board of directors for the following: Town Hall Theater, Inc.; Porter...
Bob began his career as a defense attorney in Massachusetts after graduating, cum laude, from law school in Boston. After three years, he moved to Vermont where he married his wife, a native Vermonter, and joined a mid-sized firm specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury defense.
Todd has been an avid outdoorsman from an early age. Since graduating from Vermont Law School, he has focused solely on representing injured workers. He and his wife, Karen, established Kalter & Kalter in 1997. He has been named a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, named one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2004 and also named in the workers’ compensation practice area of New England Super Lawyers. When not representing injured workers, he can be found...
Karen is a native Vermonter who has spent most of her life living in the Rutland area. After graduating from Vermont Law School, cum laude, she worked as a defense attorney with a particular interest in professional malpractice. Since founding Kalter & Kalter with Todd, she “crossed the v” and has represented injured and disabled persons, in workers’ compensation, social security disability and personal injury.
She previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and went on to graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2013. She focuses much of her work on intellectual property, business law, and personal injury cases.
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When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior cases. The amount of damages a plaintiff to a personal injury action may receive can be determined by statute, or by a judge or jury. Typical recoveries may include compensatory damages (e.g., lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages. In some cases, a plaintiff may recover certain non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss of enjoyment of life.
Personal injury lawyers help injured people seek compensation from those who have harmed them. Some injury attorneys focus on a specific type of case, such as truck accidents, car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, medical malpractice or products liability cases. If a person is injured as a result of criminal behavior, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state's criminal investigation or prosecution.
Many personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim.
Negligence: Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.
Joint and several liability: A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.
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