Top 20 Workers Compensation and Employment Law
Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, PC
1000 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 500
PO Box 1740
Bridgeport, CT 06601 US
Jeremy C. Virgil concentrates his practice in the areas of plaintiff?s personal injury, malpractice and workers? compensation. He also handles employment and commercial litigation.
Mr. Virgil?s personal injury practice involves wrongful death, serious and significant personal injuries, general negligence cases, such as car accidents, truck crashes, construction injuries, railroad accidents, defective and dangerous products, slip and falls, assaults, sexual assaults, toxic torts, hit and run collisions, uninsured drivers, underinsured drivers. He has pursued class action lawsuits on behalf of the victims of defective products and unscrupulous retailers. Mr. Virgil has also sued multiple insurance companies directly for their misconduct and bad faith behavior in the handling and processing of personal injury lawsuits and claims.
Mr. Virgil represents the victims of medical malpractice and professional negligence. He has obtained favorable verdicts or settlements for clients who were the victims of medical negligence involving reproductive and fertility medicine, tissue banking and cryopreservation, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, physical therapy and nursing care amongst others.
Mr. Virgil?s workers? compensation practice involves the representation of seriously injured workers and complex claims. He has represented union and non-union workers, police officers, paid and volunteer fire fighters, correction officers, truck drivers, delivery drivers, factor workers, administrative assistants, laboratory technicians, medical record keepers, teachers and professional athletes amongst others. Mr. Virgil has obtained workers? compensation benefits for clients suffering back injuries, neck injuries, paralysis, heart attacks and heart conditions (myocardial infarction (MI), atrial fibrillation (afib), hypertension, aortic dissection), concussions, comas, ringing in the ears, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, foot and ankle injuries, elbow injuries, hernias, carpal tunnel, burns, PTSD, exposure to MRSA, exposure to HIV, infections, and death.
Mr. Virgil?s labor and employment practice involves representing individuals and companies before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, industry regulatory bodies, and private arbitrators. Mr. Virgil handles sexual harassment, age discrimination, sex discrimination, race discrimination, employment contracts, whistleblower claims, FMLA violations, and wrongful discharge.
Mr. Virgil earned his B.A. and M.A. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2001 and 2002, and his J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005. While at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Virgil received the CALI award for excellence in trial practice.
From 2014 through the present, Mr. Virgil has been selected as one of the ?Top 100 Trial Lawyers? for his representation of plaintiff in their personal injury claims. For information on the ?Top 100 Trial Lawyers,? click here.
From 2012 through the present, Mr. Virgil has been selected every year by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the ?Top 40 Under 40? for his representation of plaintiffs in their personal injury claims. For information on the ?Top 40 Under 40? process, click here.
Mr. Virgil has been named a Connecticut Rising Star in the area of General Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Compensation every year from 2009 through the present. For information on the Connecticut Rising Star process, click here.
Mr. Virgil also has been given a 10.0 ?Superb? rating by Avvo. For information on the Avvo process, click here.
Many of Mr. Virgil?s results are confidential settlements, but a few examples of recent results include:
$2,841,914.84 verdict for a man who suffered burns to nearly his entire body from a defective stove in a rooming house where he was renting in New Haven, Connecticut.
$2,000,000 verdict for wrongful death from a motor vehicle collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
$835,000 settlement of head-on motor vehicle collision in Wilton, Connecticut.
$625,000 settlement during trial of ankle injury suffered by a student while the gymnastics floor was being set-up in Milford, Connecticut.
$485,000 settlement of intersection collision requiring back surgery in Waterbury, Connecticut
$400,000 settlement for negligent destruction of cryopreserved sperm by a tissue bank in Manhattan, New York.
$350,000 settlement for neck, back and emotional injuries sustained by a client who was rear-ended by a truck at the intersection of Route 91 South and Route 95 South in New Haven, Connecticut.
$325,000 settlement for employee whose arm was pulled into and broken by a film winder due to a defective design;
$147,275.31 verdict for pedestrian injured in a fall on snow and ice in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
$95,000 verdict for pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle in Southport, Connecticut.
$65,141.02 verdict for patron assaulted by another patron at a bar in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
$63,468.07 verdict for pedestrian injured in fall due to defective sidewalk in Stratford, Connecticut.
$45,244.16 verdict for consumers who were sold defective cars by a dealership in Vernon, Connecticut.
*Every case is different and results are not intended to guarantee or predict future results in other cases.
Mr. Virgil has also obtained some noteworthy decisions in Connecticut?s Supreme Court, Appellate Court, Superior Court and in the South District of New York, including:
Fiallo v. Allstate, 138 Conn. App. 325 (2012).
Smith v. Town of Greenwich, 278 Conn. 428 (2006).
Bavedas v. Middlesex Health Systems, Inc., et al. AAN-CV-12-6009536-S (#104.01)(January 24, 2013; Hiller, J); (#108.20)(December 4, 2012; Doherty, J); (#111.10)(March 20, 2013; Hiller, J).
Bavedas v. Hunter?s Ambulance, et al. AAN-CV-12-6008733-S (#103.1)(August 1, 2012; Arnold, J).
Rigoli v. City of Stratford, et al. AAN-CV09-5007920-S (#109.11)(February 6, 2012; Hiller, J).
Marsilio v. Norwalk Hospital, FBT-CV11-6015463-S (#126.00)(May 29, 2012)(Radcliffe, J).
Ritchie v. City of Milford, et al., AAN-CV06-5001722-S (#135.20)(May 27, 2010; Hiller, J).
Teed v. ReproLab, Inc. SDNY 1:07-cv-4097 (March 17, 2009; Griesa, J).
Catalano v. Town of Greenwich, CV-06-6000073 (April 27, 2009; Adams, J).
Stewart v. Stamford Radiology Assoc., CV-05-40006288-S (Dec. 18. 2007; Tierney, J).
Mr. Virgil is also active in the community and has helped to raise thousands of dollars for local charities. In 2006 Mr. Virgil raised $3,200 for St. Vincent Hospital's cancer prevention, education and assistance program Swim Across Sound by solo swimming and winning, in record setting time, the over 16 mile race from Port Jefferson, Long Island to Captain's Cove in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Each year from 2007 through 2013, Mr. Virgil has participated in relay swims across Long Island Sound and raised over $7,000. Over the month of January, every year from 2009 through the present, Mr. Virgil swam approximately 125 miles each year as part of the ?January Jam ? MS Plunge for Parcells? to raise money for patients and families through the St. Vincent?s Medical Center Foundation to help with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In 2007 Mr. Virgil and his relay team, won the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), which benefits children 1-14 who can participate for free in the New York City Parks Department's Learn to Swim program.
EducationMarist College (B.A. 2001)
Marist College (M.A. 2002)
University of Connecticut School of Law (2005)
CALI Award for Excellence, Trial Advocacy
Bar AdmissionsConnecticut (2005)
New York (2006)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2007)
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (2008)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (2010)
MembershipsConnecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Membership Committee; Public Service Committee; formerly chair New Lawyers)
American Association for Justice (formerly New Lawyer Division Board of Governors)
Connecticut Bar Association (Executive Committee Litigation Section)
Fairfield County Bar Association
Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
Connecticut Psychological Association
American Psychological Association