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The attorneys and staff at Leighton, Katz & Drapeau strive to give the injured worker the best in legal services to get the best results. All three of our attorneys who practice in workers’ compensation are board certified specialists, certified by the Connecticut Bar Association. Attorneys Mark Leighton, Francis (“Bud”) Drapeau and Scott Carta have all worked for insurance companies and/or law firms representing insurance companies, thus our motto: “We worked for them. Now we work for you.”

Our firm has been in business for over 25 years, and collectively, our attorneys have over 100 years of experience. Not only do our past and current clients routinely refer their family, friends and co-workers to us, but dozens of other lawyers refer their clients to us to handle workers’ compensation cases for their clients. That is why we are lawyers’ choice for workers’ compensation lawyers. We are the best choice for you.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Workers' Compensation

  • Construction Job Accidents
  • Denial of Workers' Comp Benefits and Appeals
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Asbestos Exposure
  • Wrongful Death
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Amputation or Crush Injuries

Our goal is to get the best results for our clients. We don’t just say it, we do it. Whether it is to receive lost wage benefits for temporary total disability or temporary partial disability, payment of medical bills, payment of permanent disability benefits or settlement of your claim, we are here to help you and to get you the best result.

Call Leighton, Katz & Drapeau today at 860-294-4411 to arrange your free initial consultation. With offices in Hartford, Middletown, Vernon and Enfield, we serve all of central and northern Connecticut.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney Mark D. Leighton

Jurisdictions:

  • Connecticut, 1981
  • Massachusetts, 1980

Education:

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, J.D., 1980
  • Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts, B.A., 1977

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, House of Delegates member (current)
  • Workers’ Compensation Section, past Vice Chair and Chair
  • Continuing Legal Education, past Chair 
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, member
  • Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Tolland County Bar Association, past President 

Board Certifications

  • Workers’ Compensation, Connecticut

Attorney Francis X. Drapeau

 

Jurisdictions:

  • Connecticut, 1991

Education:

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, J.D., 1991
  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, B.A., 1982
    • Major: Psychology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, current Vice-Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Examining Committee for Workers’ Compensation Specialization 2002-2015
  • Tolland County Bar Association, past President
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • New England Super Lawyer 2006-2015 

Board Certifications

  • Workers’ Compensation Specialist, Connecticut 2001 to present

Attorney Scott A. Carta

Jurisdictions:

  • Connecticut, 1999

Education:

  • UCONN Law School, Storrs, Connecticut, J.D., 1999
  • UCONN, Storrs, Connecticut, B.A., 1996

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Chair of Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Compensation Quarterly, Editor

Board Certifications

  • Workers’ Compensation, Connecticut

Verdicts & Settlements

Ramsahai v. Coca Cola Finding and Award (“Verdict”)
Respondent-employer denied injured worker was totally disabled and stopped weekly benefits. After four days of trial, the Commissioner found injured worker totally disabled as a result of injuries suffered on the job. Employer ordered to pay back benefits of over $100,000 and continued weekly benefits (and cost of living increases), as well as medical treatment.

Palma v. Ernest Peterson, Inc. Frank, a roofer for nearly 40 years was injured on the job in a car accident. He suffered an injury to his neck, ultimately requiring fusion surgery. From the time of the accident, we were able to maintain weekly workers’ compensation payments for Frank of over $625.00. At the same time, we brought suit against two parties we believed were at fault for the accident. With the use of our team of experts including an accounting firm, we were able to settle Frank’s personal injury claim for over $325,000, while still keeping his workers’ compensation claim open, maintaining his weekly checks and all medical treatment. While the case for his neck injury was still pending, we then made a “repetitive trauma” claim that as a result of his over 30 years on the job of hard manual labor, he now had back problems and that his back problems were related to his employment. Once again we employed a team of experts, this time a vocational expert, an orthopedic surgeon and our team of workers’ compensation specialists, we were able to put together a package to settle his workers’ compensation case for an additional $315,000. With proper wording in the settlement paperwork, we were able to leave his Social Security benefits unaffected and actually increase his pension benefits. Between his personal injury settlement, his weekly workers’ compensation benefits and his workers’ compensation “stipulation,” we were able to recover over one million dollars.

Our client, a mechanic, had sustained an injury to his neck while working on an automobile fifteen years before coming to us. He was diagnosed with a cervical disc herniation. Over the course of the next few years, he underwent three spinal surgeries (including one to correct a previous incorrectly done procedure) and rigorous physical and occupational therapy. Unfortunately, his condition continued to worsen and as a result of not being able to work, along with debilitating chronic pain, he developed severe depression. In fact, he was never able to return to work. Throughout this entire period, our client was receiving weekly workers' compensation benefits and received medical care. But after fifteen years, he had had enough of the workers' compensation system and wanted to settle his case. That’s why he came to us. We negotiated a settlement of over half a million dollars in new money.

Successful resolution of a Workers’ Compensation widow's claim - $450,000 settlement - The case involved a tractor trailer accident where my client’s husband, the claimant, was at fault for the accident and died as a result of accident. There were levels of methodone found in his blood and the respondents were denying the claim on the basis that he was under the influence of drugs which caused the accident. We were able to, through deposition testimony, show that the claimant’s son was taking a form of methodone for pain that you would dissolve in a soft drink. It appeared more likely than not that the claimant, at dinner the night before the accident, drank from his son’s drink, rather than his own. Based on that inference we were able to settle the case for $450,000 without pursuing protracted litigation.

Computer IT worker with permanent total disability claim - $350,000 settlement - This case involved a computer IT worker who injured his back. The claimant scored very high on his aptitude tests making it more difficult to prove total disability under Workers’ Compensation. However, our argument, which was backed up by a vocational expert, was that his back pain was so bad that he could not sit for any extended period of time and level of pain prevented him from concentrating and focusing. Therefore, he could not attend school or find a job that he could tolerate even in a sedentary capacity. We were able to settle the case for $350,000.
 

Testimonials

I want to say thank you for taking my case, as unusual as it was. Your perseverance and experience of the last four years gave me the confidence that everything would work out and it did.

Jim and Diane


Thanks for having my best interests at heart and for your expertise in my past and current “woes” for lack of a better word.

Debbie – Rocky Hill, CT


I would like to thank all included in going to bat for me on my workman’s comp case. It’s a comfort to know, in this day and age, that workers, like me, still have people protecting us.

Michael – Bristol, CT
 

Office Locations

Vernon Office

20 East Main Street
Vernon, CT 06066

Enfield Office (by appointment)

264 Hazard Avenue
Enfield, CT 06082 

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