About Bruce Jacobs
The lead attorney on the Dawson case was Bruce Jacobs. Bruce has practiced personal injury law in New Haven for more than 30 years. He has represented thousands of people who were injured in automobile accidents, through medical malpractice, or as a result of an unsafe condition or product.
Many of Bruce’s clients are referred by other lawyers who know the success Bruce has had in trying and settling major cases.
Bruce is a member of the New Haven Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a member of the Medical Malpractice Committee.
Bruce served as president of the Greater New Haven JCC, where he was the first person to hold that position twice. He is a former president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and former member of the Committee of Trustees at the Hopkins School in New Haven.
(The names of the clients and their family members have been changed to preserve their privacy.)
A Horrible Mistake
It started out like a lot of medical malpractice cases for attorney Bruce Jacobs— an unsolicited and unexpected phone call. The call, from a fellow New Haven attorney, Geoffrey Hecht, was the launching pad for a grueling three-and-a-half-year fight to secure the future of a person who was the victim of medical malpractice.
Geoff Hecht had been the Dawson family’s attorney for many years in matters ranging from wills to real estate. One day, they called Geoff with terrible news: Paul Dawson, a family member who was recuperating from an illness in the hospital, had been given improper medicine.
Because of that mistake, Paul had suffered a stroke, was now in a coma, and the hospital felt that Paul would probably not survive. The family was being asked to consider pulling the plug on Paul. The family wasn’t ready to give up on Paul, and they were praying for his recovery. They asked Geoff’s advice as their trusted attorney: What should we do?
Geoff decided that a referral was in the best interest of the client. The injuries were so severe that a large verdict or settlement would be necessary to provide the resources Paul would need as he recovered from his brain injury.
Geoff explains his decision to refer the case this way: “Years ago I participated with my partners in medical malpractice cases and we’ve done a fair amount of personal injury. But I wanted to get someone who lives and breathes these types of cases. I’m not that type of attorney.” Geoff thought of Bruce Jacobs and his firm, Jacobs & Jacobs. Geoff says, “First and foremost, Bruce knows how to handle these cases. There was a lot on the line here. My job was to get the best person to handle it.”
Although there are a number of personal injury lawyers in the New Haven area, Hecht knew that he made the right choice with Bruce Jacobs. “Bruce is my kind of person. No airs. He is a very good person with very good instincts. I knew he and I could work well together.”