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WHAT INFORMATION TO KEEP FROM YOUR CT ACCIDENT LAWYER

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured in some type of car, motorcycle, truck, dog bite attack, slip and fall accident, premises liability case, medical malpractice action, pedestrian accident, hit-and-run accident, bicycle accident, or some other type of Connecticut accident resulting in injury, there are a great number of issues that you need to discuss with an experienced CT accident lawyer as soon as possible. If you do not have your case properly investigated, at the earliest possible moment, then you run the very real risk that you can severely jeopardize your case because of mistakes that you might make that may be irreversible.

We have all heard the expression “honesty is the best policy,” and nowhere is this saying more important than in your dealings with your CT Accident Lawyer. Insurance companies and defense attorneys have databases of information regarding your past medical care, medical history, accidents that you have been involved in, motor vehicle violations that you have been charged with, insurance claims that you have filed, lawsuits that you have been involved with, your criminal history, and just about any other information which you could possibly think of. If you lie to your attorney, because you think that if this information became known it would hurt your case, then you will be seriously harming the potential value of your case because once this information becomes known by the insurance company’s lawyer, then your credibility will be seriously undermined. So make sure you keep any and all lies from your Connecticut accident lawyer.

When you go in to see a CT accident lawyer or personal injury attorney it is extremely important that you be honest with that lawyer from the very start. If you have been involved in previous accidents, let your attorney know that fact. If you have pre-existing injuries that affect the same body parts that have been injured in this current accident, let your attorney know that fact. If you have prior insurance claims, if you have a criminal record, if you have received a number of motor vehicle violations, and if there is any other information which you feel would be in your best interest to keep private and or lie about then you must be honest with your attorney and give that information to your lawyer.

Our CT accident lawyers have been representing injured parties and their families, as well as the estates of deceased persons killed in wrongful death actions, for decades. We have been nationally recognized for our work and have received a number number of prestigious awards and accolades. We also know how to handle information which might later prove to be harmful to our clients by making that known up front. Our website contains a wealth of free information that has been provided so as to enable the reader to develop a greater insight into Connecticut accident law.

Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a copy of our free book. Learn what you should be doing, what you should not be doing, how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker, and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your personal injury case. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our CT accident lawyers. We will be happy to answer your questions and advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys where we can review your case in detail and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also fill out our brief online form and give us some very basic information about your case. We will then contact you. We will even travel to your hospital or home if you are unable to get out. Get this very important, FREE, information today.

HOW DO I COLLECT MONEY DAMAGES IN MY CT INJURY CASE INVOLVING MY LANDLORD?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

What happens if you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, as a tenant, in your Waterbury, Connecticut rental property? Does it matter if you were involved in a ct injury accident as a result of a defective condition? What happens if you were injured as a result of a slippery surface? What would happen if you were seriously injured as a result of falling on snow or ice? What responsibility does the landlord have as it relates to your use of the property? Can you collect money damages against your landlord for injuries you sustained in some type of accident that occurred on the landlord’s property?

Connecticut jury instructions section 3.9, et al, deal with the requirement of notice. In order for an injured party to recover, the injured party must prove that the person with the care, custody, or control of the property had actual notice, that is, actually knew of the unsafe condition long enough before the injured party was hurt to have taken steps to correct the condition or take other appropriate preventive measures.

In order for the injured party to recover money damages in the absence of proof that the owner, keeper or possessor of the property created the condition or actually knew of it, the injured party must prove that the owner, keeper, or person in the care, custody or control of the property had constructive notice. Constructive notice means that the defendant, using reasonable care, should have known of the unsafe condition in time to take corrective steps or to take other suitable precautions.

There would be a number of considerations that must be taken into account which might include: whether the defendant inspected the premises on a reasonable basis or in a reasonable way in determining whether the defendant should have known of the unsafe condition; or the length of time that the condition had existed in determining whether the defendant should have known of the condition had the defendant used reasonable care. There might also be claims against various other parties that could include subcontractors or third parties that have been hired by the landlord or have been doing work on behalf of the landlord.

Our CT injury attorneys and accident lawyers have been representing victims of slip and fall, trip and fall, defective property conditions, and premises liability cases for decades. As a result of our knowledge, training, and experience we have written the book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” You can download a free copy of our almost 200 page book by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our CT  injury lawyers or accident attorneys to get your questions answered immediately. You can also schedule a free, no obligation, in office interview where we can review the facts of your case and advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also fill out our brief online form and give us a little information about your case. We will then contact you. There are a number of things that need to be investigated prior to proceeding with your case. Every injury case is different so you need to get the advice of an experienced Connecticut premises liability attorney immediately. Don’t get injured a second time by dealing directly with the insurance company. Get this viable free information today.

Fatal Falls

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Fatal Falls

Some slip and fall accidents result in serious personal injury such as fractured bones, brain injuries, or damage to the spinal cord. Sadly, other slip and fall accidents result in death. If you have lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident, you may have the right to take legal action against the property owner or manager where the accident occurred. A wrongful death attorney from Hastings, Cohan & Walsh can evaluate your case and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.

Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

If you have lost a loved one to a fatal fall, you may be entitled to collect compensation for:

  • Related medical expenses
  • End of life expenses
  • Projected future income
  • Projected future contributions including insurance, mortgage payments, and tuition assistance
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a loved one

The only way to make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve is with the help of a wrongful death attorney. We are prepared to take your case and fight for the justice your family deserves.

If you have lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident in or around Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Georgetown, Hamden, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield, or Stamford, Connecticut, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free initial case evaluation with one of our wrongful death attorneys today.

Determining if You have a CT Slip and Fall Claim

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The best way to determine if you have a CT slip and fall claim is with the help of an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer. A number of factors can go into determining liability in these cases, but a slip and fall lawyer will know exactly what to look for to determine if you have cause to file suit.

The CT slip and fall lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh have years of experience in premises liability cases. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, determine liability, and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Causes of CT Slip and Falls

Some CT slip and falls may at first seem to be your fault, when in reality they were caused by outside factors. Slip and falls can be caused by:

  • Debris
  • Wet or icy surfaces
  • Uneven walkways
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Missing or poorly installed handrails

If you have been injured in a CT slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. A Connecticut slip and fall attorney from our office can evaluate your case and help you determine the best course of action.

If you have been injured in a CT slip and fall accident in the Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Georgetown, Hamden, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield, or Stamford areas of Connecticut, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today.

CT Slip and Fall Accident in CT Stores

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

CT Slip and Fall Accident in CT Stores- What happens when you slip and fall in a store, mall, supermarket, shop or other retail establishment and suffer a serious injury in CT? Is the store liable for your injury? How do you prove that retail establishment is responsible for  your CT Slip and Fall Accident ? How can you collect money damages? The answer to these questions, as any great personal injury or accident lawyer in Connecticut will tell you is, it depends!

Each CT Slip and Fall Accident is fact specific. In other words, it depends on the facts of each particular situation. What caused you to slip and fall or trip and fall? How long had the item that caused you to slip or trip been present? Did the store know of this hazard? Should the store have known of this hazard? What caused this hazard to exist? Was it foreseeable that this hazard was present? Were there other similar claims? Are their third parties who could be responsible? Is there Ct case law that imparts liability on the part of the retail establishment such as did you slip on salad fixings at a self serve salad bar in a grocery store? Are there mode of operation considerations that would make the store liable? Are there other considerations?

One of the major considerations in a CT slip and fall accident or Connecticut trip and fall case is the issue of notice. Did the store, mall, supermarket, grocery store or other retail establishment know or should they have known about the hazard or should they have known of the likelihood of the problem creating the hazard. Basically there are two main types of notice: actual notice; and constructive notice. If you have a slip and fall case anywhere in CT you need to contact an experienced injury lawyer so your case can be properly investigated and developed.

If you slip and fall in some CT store or suffer a trip and fall accident in a CT supermarket or grocery store there are several things you should do which could include:

If you are able and have a camera on your cell phone, take a number of pictures that show the hazard or what caused you to fall and become injured;

If someone witnessed your fall ask them to assist you by getting the manager and getting their name and phone number so they can be contacted later;

Ask the store manager to fill out an accident report and if you are injured tell the manager what problems you are experiencing, have them call an ambulance and get taken to the nearest hospital;

Ask the store manager to give you their card or all of their contact information and ask for a copy of the accident report; and

Do not speak with any representative of the store’s insurance company until you speak with an experienced   CT slip and fall accident lawyer.

If you have been injured in any of the following Fairfield County CT towns we can assist you: Bethel, Branchville, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Byram, Cos Cob, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Georgetown, Glenville, Greenfield Hill, Greenwich, Hawleyville, Huntington, Long Hill, Lyons Plain, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Nichols, Noroton, Noroton Heights, Norwalk, Redding, Redding Ridge, Ridgefield, Riverside, Round Hill, Sandy Hook, Saugatuck, Shelton, Sherman, Southport, Stamford, Stepney, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport or Wilton.

We can also assist injured parties and their families injured in any of the following counties: New Haven; Litchfield; Hartford; Tolland; Middlesex; New London; and Windham. We have offices throughout the State of Connecticut and can even travel to meet you if you are unable to come to us.

So before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork visit us at www.hcwlaw.com and get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in CT”. You can call us to get a free consultation at (888) 842-8466 or tell us about your case online and we will contact you. You need to get immediate advice to properly protect your rights and investigate your case. Contact us today!

Connecticut Slip and Fall Jury Charges: Commercial Mode of Operation

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut Slip and Fall Jury Charges: Commercial Mode of Operation– In an instant, you slip and fall in a grocery store in Connecticut and everything changes.  Your life is suddenly put on hold.  You are in constant pain, you have mounting medical bills and you cannot work.  Where do you turn and what do you do?  The Connecticut personal injury lawyers of Hastings, Cohen & Walsh has been helping people like you for decades.  You get better and we will handle everything else.  Contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh today for a FREE case evaluation.

The Connecticut Slip and Fall  lawyers conclude their closing statements and now it is time for the trial judge to turn your case over to the jury for deliberations. Prior to the jury getting your case, the judge will have to instruct the jury on how to apply the law to the facts of your case. The way in which the judge does this is to “charge” the jury. The judge might give the following jury charge as it relates to the issue of commercial operation:

Commercial Mode of Operation.  The plaintiff has alleged that (his/her) injuries were caused by the mode by which the defendant operated the business, in particular, by the way the defendant designed, constructed or maintained the self-service salad bar.

This is called the mode of operation rule.  Under this rule, the plaintiff need not show that the defendant had notice of the particular item or defect that caused the injury.  Rather, the plaintiff must prove: 1. that this mode of operation gave rise to a foreseeable risk of injury to customers, 2. that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid foreseeable accidents created by this mode of operation, and 3.  that the plaintiff’s injury was proximately caused by such failure.

Before you hire a Connecticut lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork, visit us at www.hcwlaw.com to get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut”.

Bridgeport, CT Slip and Fall Jury Charges: Municipal Sidewalk Defect

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When you areinvolved in a CT Slip and Fall on a defective municipal/city sidewalk in Bridgeport, Connecticut you have so many questions.  Do you speak to the insurance company of the city?  How do you investigate the accident?  Who will interview the witnesses?  How are all of your bills going to be paid?  Don’t delay in getting the answers you need.  Contact Hastings, Cohan, and Walsh today.

One of the many reasons why clients settle a case prior to the jury deliberated and rendering a verdict is due to the uncertainty of what a jury might decide. Before a jury determines what facts have been proven that the various parties and then applying the law to those facts they must be first “charged” by the trial court judge. Jury charges instruct the jurors on how to apply the law of the State of Connecticut to the facts they have found to exist. One of the charges a judge might give would address the issue of the defective sidewalk and be:

Municipal Sidewalk (Road, Bridge) Defect – § 13a-149.  There is a statute that provides that a person who was injured by means of a defective sidewalk may recover damages from the party bound to keep it in repair. In making a claim under this statute, the plaintiff must prove all of the following elements by a fair preponderance of the evidence: 1. that (he/she) gave the required statutory notice of injury; 2. that the sidewalk where the injury occurred was one that the (city/town/borough) and not some other person or entity had a duty to maintain or repair; 3, that there was a defect in the sidewalk; 4. that the city had notice of the defect; 5. that the city failed to exercise reasonable care to remedy said defect; and  6. that the defect was the sole proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries; that is, no other cause was a substantial factor in causing (his/her) injuries.  In order to be entitled to compensation from the defendant, the plaintiff must prove each and every one of these elements.  If (he/she) has failed to prove any one of them, then (he/she) has failed to prove (his/her) claim.

Do not retain an attorney, say anything to anyone from the insurance company or sign any type of documents until you read a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut”. Learn what you need to do and how an injury case is developed and put together. Learn how cases are evaluated and what insurance adjusters look for before making offers of money or the injured party. Call us at (888) 842-8466, visit us at www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your  CT Slip and Fall case. We’ll call you and answer your questions. Get the answers you need today!

Bridgeport Slip and Fall Accident Jury Charges: Municipal Sidewalk Defect

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When you are seriously injured falling on a defective municipal/city sidewalk in Bridgeport, Connecticut you have so many questions.  Do you speak to the insurance company of the city?  How do you investigate the accident?  Who will interview the witnesses?  How are all of your bills going to be paid?  Don’t delay in getting the answers you need in your Bridgeport slip and fall accident.  Call us today.

One of the many reasons why clients settle a Bridgeport slip and fall accident case prior to the jury deliberated and rendering a verdict is due to the uncertainty of what a jury might decide. Before a jury determines what facts have been proven that the various parties and then applying the law to those facts they must be first “charged” by the trial court judge. Jury charges instruct the jurors on how to apply the law of the State of Connecticut to the facts they have found to exist. One of the charges a judge might give would address the issue of the defective sidewalk and be:

Municipal Sidewalk (Road, Bridge) Defect – § 13a-149.  There is a statute that provides that a person who was injured by means of a defective sidewalk may recover damages from the party bound to keep it in repair. In making a claim under this statute, the plaintiff must prove all of the following elements by a fair preponderance of the evidence: 1. that (he/she) gave the required statutory notice of injury; 2. that the sidewalk where the injury occurred was one that the (city/town/borough) and not some other person or entity had a duty to maintain or repair; 3, that there was a defect in the sidewalk; 4. that the city had notice of the defect; 5. that the city failed to exercise reasonable care to remedy said defect; and  6. that the defect was the sole proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries; that is, no other cause was a substantial factor in causing (his/her) injuries.  In order to be entitled to compensation from the defendant, the plaintiff must prove each and every one of these elements.  If (he/she) has failed to prove any one of them, then (he/she) has failed to prove (his/her) claim.

Do not retain a Bridgeport slip and fall accident attorney, say anything to anyone from the insurance company or sign any type of documents until you read a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut”. Learn what you need to do and how an injury case is developed and put together. Learn how cases are evaluated and what insurance adjusters look for before making offers of money or the injured party. Call us at (888) 842-8466, visit us at www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your case. We’ll call you and answer your questions. Get the answers you need today!

Bridgeport Slip and Fall Jury Charges: Commercial Mode of Operation

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

In an instant, you slip and fall in a grocery store in Bridgeport, Connecticut and everything changes.  Your life is suddenly put on hold.  You are in constant pain, you have mounting medical bills and you cannot work.  Where do you turn and what do you do?  Our firm has been helping people like you for decades.  You get better and we will handle everything else.

The lawyers conclude their closing statements and now it is time for the trial judge to turn your case over to the jury for deliberations. Prior to the jury getting your case, the judge will have to instruct the jury on how to apply the law to the facts of your case. The way in which the judge does this is to “charge” the jury. The judge might give the following jury charge as it relates to the issue of commercial operation:

Commercial Mode of Operation.  The plaintiff has alleged that (his/her) injuries were caused by the mode by which the defendant operated the business, in particular, by the way the defendant designed, constructed or maintained the self-service salad bar.

This is called the mode of operation rule.  Under this rule, the plaintiff need not show that the defendant had notice of the particular item or defect that caused the injury.  Rather, the plaintiff must prove: 1. that this mode of operation gave rise to a foreseeable risk of injury to customers, 2. that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid foreseeable accidents created by this mode of operation, and 3.  that the plaintiff’s injury was proximately caused by such failure.

Before you hire a Connecticut lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork, visit us at www.hcwlaw.com to get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut”.

Waterbury, CT Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Seriously injured in a Waterbury, CT slip and fall case?  We can help.  Get a copy of our FREE book today “The Crash Course On Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”.  Find out what to do and find out how you could be harming your case. You need to contact a Waterbury, CT slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Hurt, angry, confused because of your Waterbury slip and fall case?  We understand what you are going through and we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Let us explain to you your rights, what you need to do, how you can recover physically quicker and what you need to do to get more money for your case. We will even provide you with our FREE CT accident and injury law book ” The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut” so you know exactly what to do and even more importantly, what not to do. Don’t get injured a second time by harming your right to recover money damages. Call us at (888) 842-8466 or order the book at www.hcwlaw.com.

 

Our Waterbury, Connecticut slip and fall injury lawyers and accident attorneys are available to answer your questions either on the telephone or in person. You can call and schedule a free, no obligation, in office consultation where we will be happy to review the facts of your case with you in detail and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. If you are unable to travel then we will make arrangements to meet with you at some convenient location which you designate. You can also fill out our brief online form and give us some information about your case and we will then contact you.

 

Our Waterbury slip and fall accident attorneys take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to properly develop your case. We are only repaid our costs and earn a fee if we are successful in collecting money damages for you. In the event that there is no recovery, then you will owe us know legal fees and you will not have to repay our costs. We take all of the financial burden in representing you in your water very slip and fall accident case so you can concentrate on getting better as quickly as possible. We are here to help you so please give us a call at the earliest possible moment.