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CT accident attorneys discuss most frequently asked questions after an accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Many times our CT accident attorneys and injury lawyers are contacted by
people who have been injured through the fault of another and are looking to
get answers to the great many questions which they have before them. The
bulk of these people have never been injured in an accident and experience a
number of negative emotions that run the gamut from being angry to being
very anxious to being confused and very scared. Our CT accident attorneys
and injury lawyers have decades of experience in helping to guide accident
and injury victims through the jungle of uncertainty which faces individuals
and their families that are injured to the fault of another.

The questions which we are asked by Connecticut accident victims are varied
but generally deal with the same issues. If it is a motor vehicle accident,
the injured party will want to know who was going to repair their vehicle,
can they get a rental car, if their vehicle is a total loss what is the
value of their vehicle, when will they get their money, what if they have to
pay off the loan, can they keep their vehicle even if it is a total loss,
what upgrades are they entitled to that have been made to their vehicle, and
a number of other pressing questions that deal with the property damage
aspect of their case. Sometimes people will also have other items of value
which are destroyed in the accident which were either inside the body of the
vehicle or located inside of the trunk of the vehicle. Our CT accident
attorneys are able to assist you with the property damage aspect of your
case and we do not charge a fee for the service.

The more pressing questions usually deal with a person’s medical situation
and the injuries that they sustained in the subject accident. The questions
which we are asked about their medical situation generally involve issues
such as what type of doctor should I be seeing, what happens if I don’t have
insurance, will the insurance company of the at fault party pay my medical
bills as I treat with my doctors, should I see one type of a doctor over
another type of a doctor, should I return to the emergency room if I’m
experiencing pain, should I go to my family doctor for treatment, suppose I
have pre-existing injuries how will that affect my case, how long will it
take me to get better, when can I attempt to resolve my case so I can get
paid for all of my accident related expenses, and a host of other questions.

There are also a great number of questions that we are asked regarding a
person’s loss of income which could include, will I be paid my lost wages
each week that I’m out of work, who is to determine whether or not I can go
back to work, if I use sick time can I recoup those days, if I use vacation
time can I be compensated for this time, if I use personal time can I be
repaid for this loss of time that I had to use because I was unable to work
as a result of my accident, if I am self-employed and how is my loss of
income calculated, and a host of other questions regarding lost income.

Perhaps the most frequently asked questions involve the value of an injured
party’s case. CT accident victims often times want to know the answer to the
question; what is my case worth? We tell accident and injury victims that it
is not possible to accurately advise a client as to the value of their case
at or near the time of the accident. We explain that, generally speaking,
the value of an accident victims personal injury case cannot be calculated
until that person has reached what is called maximum medical improvement or
that condition whereby the person is as well as they are going to be. The
damages that a person can likely obtain for their Connecticut accident and
injury case, depending upon the circumstances, could include: past medical
bills; future medical bills; past surgical expenses; future surgical
expenses; past rehabilitative care; future rehabilitative care; past loss of
income; future loss of income; damages for pain; damages for suffering;
damages for loss of life’s activities; damages for permanent injuries;
damages for scars; psychological injuries; physical therapy; occupational
therapy; retraining for a new career or occupation; and other injuries and
damages depending upon a person’s situation.

If you have been seriously injured in some type of an accident in
Connecticut which was caused by the fault of another, then you should have a
number of very important questions that need immediate answers. Please call
our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our CT accident
attorneys to get your questions answered over the telephone or schedule a
free consultation where we will be happy to meet with you, either in our
office or some other location which you designate, to specifically review
the facts of your case with you. You can also visit our website at
www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut accident law and
injury book. So before you hire a lawyer speak to an insurance adjuster or
sign any paperwork contact our experienced Connecticut accident lawyers and
injury attorneys to get your questions answered right away.

Why should I hire the Connecticut injury lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Why should I hire the Connecticut injury lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP?

If you have been seriously injured in some type of Connecticut accident case that it is important that you research and higher a highly regarded Connecticut personal injury lawyer or law firm. Our firm’s attorneys, individually or collectively, and have been practicing for multiple decades, have been nationally recognized for the work that we perform, are independently rated as being among the best at what they do, have written many books on Connecticut personal injury law, have produced over 100 videos, have written numerous articles, have instructed other injury lawyer across the country in how to get more money for their clients’ cases and are genuinely concerned about the well-being of our clients.

 

One of the first questions that you might have is how do you know if you need the services of a CT accident lawyer or injury attorney. You will probably need our services if you have been seriously injured or wronged in some way, as a result of an accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, a slip and fall or trip and fall, a dog bite, a sports injury, a car, truck, motorcycle, hit and run, drunk driver, pedestrian, crosswalk, uninsured or underinsured motorist case, bicycle, or some other type of accident. We provide free consultations to explore the facts of your case and advise you as to your legal rights.

 

Another question that might come to mind is why should I hire an attorney to assist me in resolving my accident case or injury claim. The answer is quite simple; more money for you is the primary reason! An insurance industry research institution studied personal injury claims handled by the injured person alone versus those that were handled by attorneys. The study revealed that those represented by attorneys had a higher net recovery for the client (in other words more money in the injured party’s pocket after paying their lawyers fees and costs) than those parties who proceeded without the representation of an attorney.

 

Our experienced CT personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys provide you with the advantage of representation by skilled professionals whose experience and insight enable you to equal the playing field when dealing with insurance companies and major corporations to help maximize the amount of money that you can recover for your CT accident and injury case. Having our firm involved in your case, and representing your interests, allows you to focus on recovering from your injuries while we handle holding the accountable party responsible for your injuries and damages.

 

Many people will want to understand what it would cost to hire our firm of Connecticut accident lawyers and injury attorneys to represent them in their personal injury case. We represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. In other words you pay attorney’s fees only if we recover money damages for you and you pay no fees if we recover no money for you. We also advance the cost to develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us if we recover money damages for you. Therefore, you will only owe us money for legal fees and our costs if we recover money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will owe no legal fees and no costs. We also provide a 30 day, guarantee that is set forth on our website which can be found at www.HCWLAW.com so you can be comfortable with the choice that you have made in hiring our CT accident lawyers and injury attorneys.

 

Our Connecticut injury lawyers and accident attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP , offer free consultations. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our CT accident lawyers and get your questions answered over the telephone. You can also schedule a free consultation where one of our CT injury attorneys will be happy to meet with you either in our office or at some other convenient location which you designate if you have difficulty in traveling. You can also visit our website and provide us with some brief information about your case and we will then contact you to advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. You can also visit our website and download a free copy of our Connecticut accident and injury law book. You can also view any one of our over 100 articles or videos that answer a number of the most frequently asked questions about your Connecticut accident case.

 

Not every Connecticut accident case requires that you hire a lawyer but every accident case in CT should require you to consult with an experienced CT personal injury lawyer so that you can determine what you should be doing and what you should not be doing so that you can help to maximize the amount of money that you are able to get for your Connecticut personal injury case. We are happy to provide you with this free information so contact us today.

Can I Fire my Connecticut Accident Lawyer and Higher Another Attorney?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Can I Fire my Connecticut Accident Lawyer and Higher Another Attorney?

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys have been contacted by people who have been injured in some type of an accident, or as a result of medical malpractice, because they are not happy with their current lawyer and want to know if they can fire that individual and hire another attorney. One of the biggest complaints that we hear about a client’s unhappiness with their current lawyer is the fact that they are not able to get in touch with that individual, their calls go unanswered, and they have important questions that they need to get answers to but are unable to do so. Still other people feel that their attorney is not properly representing them, has not sufficiently answered all of their questions or appears to be too busy to properly handle their file.  Some of these people just hired their accident attorney while others have had this injury lawyer representing them for many, many months.

 

The short answer to the question of whether or not you can fire your current Connecticut accident lawyer or injury attorney is quite simple; yes! You have the ability to fire your current Connecticut accident attorney and injury lawyer any time you are unhappy with the services or advice that you are receiving. If you are unhappy with your CT accident attorney and are unable to resolve the differences that you experience with that person or if you have just reached the point where you no longer want to work with this injury lawyer then you can contact another Connecticut personal injury lawyer and accident attorney to see if that attorney or law firm would be interested in representing you.

 

If we are interested in representing you in your Connecticut accident or injury case, even though you are currently using another lawyer, we will notify your prior lawyer of the fact that you no longer wish to have that individual represent you. We will advise that lawyer that their services are being terminated. We will request a copy of your file from that Connecticut accident injury attorney and accident lawyer and you will not have to pay any more money to our firm then you would have to pay to the original lawyer. In other words, you would only pay a legal fee once we were able to receive money damages for you. The fee you would pay to our firm would be the same fee that you would pay to the original law firm because our law firm would have to work out the fee split with the prior accident and injury lawyer.

 

Our firm’s CT personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers have decades of experience in representing injured parties and their families. We are very accessible. We return telephone calls on a timely basis. We even provide new clients with our 30 day, no cost, no fee, guarantee the terms of which are set forth on our website which can be found at www.HCWLAW.com. Hiring a CT personal injury lawyer is an important decision and we want to make sure that you have made the right decision in hiring our law firm. Please visit our website and download any one of our number of books which we have written on Connecticut accident and injury law. Call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut accident lawyers and injury attorneys to get your questions answered over the phone or schedule a free, no obligation, consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys to get your questions answered in detail.

 

Please contact us at your earliest convenience to see how we might be able to assist you. If you are unhappy with your current Connecticut accident lawyer or injury attorney then we might be able to assist you in taking over your file. Contact us today to see how we might be able to help you with your important CT personal injury case.

Attorneys Richard P. Hastings and Timothy Hollister are Interviewed by WFSB on Teen Driver Safety

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorneys Richard P. Hastings and Timothy Hollister are Interviewed by WFSB on Teen Driver Safety

 

Attorney Richard P Hastings, a personal injury lawyer with the Connecticut law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP and Attorney Timothy Hollister, a land-use lawyer with Shipman and Goodwin in Hartford were interviewed by Kim Lucey of Channel 3 WFSB on teen driver safety.

 

Both Attorney Hastings and Attorney Hollister are on the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Teen Safe Driving Committee which is developing proposed national models for safer teen driving. Tim Hollister spoke about his son Reid, who died in a motor vehicle accident, which experience spawned his book “Not So Fast”. He also stressed the fact that this was the single greatest cause of death for individuals from 16 to 21.

 

Richard Hastings spoke about the parent driver agreement which was drafted by the committee and can be downloaded by visiting www.CT.gov/teendriveragreement. He also discussed the importance of parents being good role models for their teen drivers because teens are more likely to be involved in an accident if their parents engage in bad driving behavior and the fact that parents need to be constantly involved in monitor their teen’s driving behavior.

 

Tim Hollister’s book can be found at www.nsfteendriving.com and additional information on teen driver safety can be found at www.ct.gov/teendriving.com

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Driving accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. What if parents could be provided with a tool that could help to cut down on the number of accidents that occur – would it be used? Parent teen driving agreements are a proven way to review what is expected of your teen driver in the operation of your motor vehicle which will help to reduce the risk of your teen driver being involved in a car crash. A properly drafted agreement will spell out the safety risks, what is expected of your team in driving your motor vehicle, and what will happen if the team violates his or her obligation. So where can you get such an agreement?

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and CT accident attorneys have drafted a parent teen driver agreement which can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. This teen driving agreement will allow you to sit down and have a thorough discussion with your new teen driver about the rules of the road, what you expect of them in operating your motor vehicle, and most importantly what will happen if they violate any of these rules of the road. It is important that your teen understand how important a responsibility it is in operating a motor vehicle and how your car could turn into a dangerous projectile that could end the life of anyone in an instant.

Medical research has shown us that teen driving is especially dangerous because the human brain does not fully develop until the age of approximately 25 years. This fact will reduce a teens ability to accurately assess risk and danger or control impulsive behavior. Additionally, teen driver training will not overcome this condition. Parents should also note that just because their teen has passed a driver training course and has obtained a motor vehicle drivers license this does not mean that the teen is a safe driver. It is merely a starting point for you to be actively involved in this important learning process.

Parents must impress upon their teen the fact that failure to follow driving laws which would include speeding, reckless driving, alcohol or drug use while operating a vehicle, not using seat belts, becoming distracted while driving, illegally transporting passengers, or violating any other laws could cause injury, death, damage to property and can result in criminal and civil penalties. As part of the teen driving agreements the parent must understand that they will take an active role in this process and will promise to be a good role model to their driving teen. It is important that the parent obey all traffic laws, wear their seatbelt, never drink and drive, and not engage in distracted driving.

By utilizing this very simple educational tool, parents can help to reduce the risk of their child being involved in a serious accident which could either cause injury or death to their child or to another. This is too important an issue to leave unresolved and not discussed. By reviewing this agreement with your new teen driver, all of the important terms and conditions of this very serious undertaking should be understood by the new teen driver. Additionally, your new teen driver will understand all of the penalties for violating any of the rules or regulations of the road which you as a parent must strictly enforce.

To the extent that your teen driver has been injured to the fault of another, or if anyone in your family or any of your friends, have been injured in a a motor vehicle accident, it is very important that you get the advice of a highly experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer or CT accident attorney at the earliest possible moment. You can also download free books, watch videos, or read a number of articles by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers to get your questions answered right away or to schedule a free in office consultation.

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Richard P. Hastings, a CT personal injury lawyer with the offices of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, was recently asked to testify at the Connecticut General Assembly, Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, as an expert in uninsured and underinsured motorist law.

He was asked to testify as to raised Bill # 5364, An Act Requiring Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage to be Optional and Concerning Underinsured Motorist Conversion Coverage. The stated purpose of the bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than compulsory and to require insurers that write automobile liability insurance in the state to provide UIM conversion coverage to uninsured’s at no cost if such insurer failed to offer, or disclose the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from insured who declines such coverage.

Attorney Hastings testified in opposition to the provision that would make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory. Attorney Hastings indicated that this act could potentially benefit insurance companies while creating dire economic consequences for people who were injured in accidents by people who either have no insurance or insignificant limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party
for their damages. Attorney Hastings went on to report that according to a recent Insurance Research Council study, almost 10% of people that operate motor vehicles in Connecticut do not have any insurance at all.

Attorney Hastings then testified in support of the provision that would require insurance companies to provide UIM conversion coverage to an insured, at no cost, if the insurance company did not comply with the requirements of our underinsured motorist conversion coverage statute which is located at 38a-336a. Currently this statute requires insurance companies to provide a description of coverage, the premium cost and the availability of such coverage which is to be provided to the insured in a conspicuous manner on the informed consent form specified in Connecticut General Statutes section 38a-336. Further, the insured would have to sign the aforesaid form to the extent that conversion coverage was not elected. The current statute does not provide for a penalty for the insurance company’s failure to comply.

Attorney Hastings further testified that it was important that the committee understand the importance of protecting its citizens from negligent drivers who either do not have any insurance or do not have enough insurance to properly compensate the injured party for their damages. It was also important that the General Assembly enact legislation which provides a penalty for a requirement of the statute were currently one does not exist.

Attorney Hastings has written 14 books, including a book on Connecticut insurance law, his firm has produced over 150 educational videos on a variety of accident and injury topics, he was a syndicated legal columnist, he is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune, he is a New England Super Lawyer, he is AV rated by Martindale, its highest rating, and is listed in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and he has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers.

Attorney Hastings can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com.

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Attorney Richard Hastings of the law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP recently testified before the Connecticut General Assembly’s insurance and real estate committee regarding raised Bill number 5364. The bill, entitled ”an act requiring uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to be optional and concerning UIM conversion coverage.” Mr. Hastings was asked to testify before this committee as a result of his experience in the areas of uninsured and underinsured motorist law in Connecticut.

The purpose of the proposed bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory and to require that insurance companies that write motor vehicle liability insurance policies in Connecticut provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to uninsured at no cost if the insurance company fails to offer, or disclosed of the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from an insured who declines such coverage. The testimony was given at the legislative office building in Hartford.

Attorney Hastings indicated that CT currently requires that any motor vehicle liability insurance policy must include uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage. The purpose behind this mandatory coverage is to protect those who purchased insurance coverage in the event they are injured by negligent driver who either has no insurance coverage whatsoever or does not have sufficient limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party. Attorney Hastings advised the committee that a recent insurance Institute study indicated that 9.5% of all drivers on Connecticut roadways do not have any insurance coverage at all and to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory would be incredibly bad idea as it could have a very negative effect upon an injured party’s ability to obtain timely medical care and treatment and provide for the repayment of any liens that result from this care and treatment.

Attorney Hastings also testified in favor of the amendment which would require that insurance companies provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to an insured pursuant to Connecticut Gen. statute 38a – 336a which requires an insurance company to obtain a written consent form signed by the insured if that party does not wish to have underinsured motorist conversion coverage. Currently there is no penalty in the statute for an insurance company’s noncompliance with this requirement.

Mr. Hastings has recently completed a book on Connecticut insurance law. Additionally, Attorney Hastings has written 14 other books, he was a syndicated legal columnist, has helped to produce over 150 educational
videos on accident and injury law in Connecticut and is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune. He is a New England Super Lawyer, is AV rated by Martindale, and has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in
Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers. He can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com

Avoiding Winter Driving Accidents in Connecticut on Snow and Ice

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

 

Avoiding Winter Driving Accidents in Connecticut on Snow and Ice

A recent statistic indicated that in early February of this year we have already had 150% of the snowfall in an average winter season in Connecticut. It seems like we are getting a winter storm every week to 10 days with no relief in sight. It is difficult enough driving when snow is falling but with the accumulations that we have received new fallen snow lands on snow and ice which is already present making things especially slippery. It is therefore helpful to review some winter driving tips and techniques so as to avoid serious injury and accidents while driving on our Connecticut roadways.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the conditions on the roadways can change in an instant. You could encounter black ice, which by its very nature is almost invisible until you are right upon it, or you could drive over a portion of the roadway where there is accumulations of snow and ice making driving that much more treacherous. So one of the first important tips is to be on guard while driving and to reduce the number of distractions, including the radio, when driving in these dangerous situations. Because the roadways can become very slippery without you even knowing it, it is very important that you leave a significant amount of space between your vehicle and the vehicle driving in front of you. This will certainly cut down the chances of you being involved in an accident as you will have additional time to stop.

In addition to allowing more space between you and the car in front of you, it is also important that you slow down the rate of speed at which you were traveling and try and operate your vehicle at a constant and safe speed. If you drive at a constant, slower speed, then you will reduce the risk of your tires spinning out of control and making your driving experience that much more dangerous. If the driving is slippery you should use lower gears when operating your motor vehicle especially on hills. It is also important that you not use cruise control because it can create additional problems for you while operating your motor vehicle in slippery or dangerous driving situations.

If you have an older motor vehicle that does not have anti-lock brakes than is important that you not slam on the brakes because you will not be able to steer your motor vehicle. You need to pump your brakes so as to allow the steering wheel to be able to turn during conditions where the roads are especially slippery. You should also drive with your low beams on and not use your high beams as they will reflect off the snow and ice and make your driving visibility less clear. It is also a good idea to listen to the conditions around you so that you can hear approaching traffic, you can tell if you are traveling on snow and ice, and to hear any warnings that might be present.

This is the time of the year that we are contacted by a number of individuals who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of slippery road conditions. Some of these people have been hit from behind, while others have been hit from the side because of the other party making a left-hand turn when there is not enough time or room to do so and yet other people have had the other driver cross over the double yellow line and hit them head on in their lane of traffic. In addition to utilizing good driving tips and techniques is also important that you be a defensive driver to watch out from the other people that are on the roadways.

If you have been injured in a winter driving accident that has been caused by the fault of another, please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our CT accident and injury book. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers  and accident attorneys. Above all, be safe!

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Provides Free Books and Advice to Dog Bite Victims

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Almost 5,000,000 people, each year, are bitten by dogs in this country. It has been estimated that dog bite injury cases account for over one third of all home insurance liability claims made in any given year. Because insurance companies have had to pay out significant amounts of money in dog bite injury claims, some insurance companies have banned covering particularly aggressive dog breeds from coverage. If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, then you need the assistance of an experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to explain your rights to you so you can better understand what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

One particular class of individuals that suffers a number of dog bite injuries is mailmen, mail carriers or postal workers. Because these hard-working individuals have to deliver mail to individual residences, sometimes an individual’s dog will either get out of their house, break free from their leash, or will be roaming freely and will then bite anyone on their property. You should understand that Connecticut has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the part of the owner or keeper of the dog, unless the person bitten was either trespassing, tormenting or teasing the dog. In other words, you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner of the dog was not exercising reasonable care in watching their dog.

Dog bite injury claims are unique for a number of reasons not the least of which is the fact that there is an increased risk for developing an infection and in many cases there are issues involving scarring and cosmetic surgery opinions. Many times people think that they should speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog so that they can get their case moving along so that their medical bills can be paid, so that they can get their lost income, and so that they are able to be compensated for their injuries and damages as soon as possible. Many people think that they can handle these cases on their own because if they do not have to hire a lawyer then they will end up more with more money in their pocket because they will not have to pay legal fees. However, insurance industry studies have shown that injured parties, represented by attorneys, on average, will end up with more money in their pocket after paying their lawyer than they do if they represent themselves.

It is important that you level the playing field when dealing with professionals who are looking to pay you the least amount of money possible who represent the insurance companies. At the very least, you need to have your rights explained to you by the experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer before you do anything that could ultimately harm your case. Our Connecticut dog attack attorneys are happy to speak with you or meet with you in person to explain your rights to you so that you can understand what you need to do and what you should not be doing. You can get this valuable free information in a number of different ways.

The first thing you can do is to visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers on the phone and get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free, in office consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut dog attack attorneys to have your case reviewed with you and get your questions answered in a face-to-face meeting. You can also fill out our brief online form and one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to contact you and advise you as to what you should be doing. Do not make the mistake of speaking directly with the insurance adjuster and potentially harming your case. Get this valuable free information today from one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers.

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Cases-What Should I Do First?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Unfortunately, we are contacted on a regular basis by people who have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut. One of the questions that they need answered immediately is what should they be doing first. It is important to understand that there are a number of things that you should be doing and there are also a number of things you should not be doing after you’ve been involved in a dog bite incident. Because of our experience in dealing with Connecticut dog bite injury victims, we have written the book on dog bite injury law in the state of Connecticut and are happy to answer questions that dog bite injury victims have.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important that you contact the police or dog warden and get the proper medical attention and care. The dog warden will conduct an investigation of your case, will determine whether the dog has had its shots, and depending upon the circumstances of the case, will make sure that the dog is quarantined after the bite and will find out all of the needed information and prepare of a report. Many times people who have been bitten by a dog will not obtain medical attention immediately after the attack. If your skin has been broken by the dog’s teeth or you have been scratched then it is very important that you get to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

One of the very real risks that you have is getting an infection by virtue of the dogs teeth, and saliva, getting underneath the surface of your skin. We have represented dog bite injury victims where there have been serious infections that have resulted from the dog bite itself. The dog warden will also determine whether or not the biting dog has had its rabies shots because if that information cannot be confirmed then your doctor will suggest that you have the shots to reduce the risk of your getting rabies.

Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute, that holds the owner or keeper of the dog strictly liable for your injuries and damages, with few limited exceptions, which means that you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent in how you were bitten. Many times, the owner or keeper of the dog will have home owners or tenants insurance that will cover your injuries and damages that have resulted from the biting dog. There are a number of issues that need to be investigated and developed which, depending upon the circumstances, could include involving a plastic surgeon.

Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers have decades of experience in representing dog bite injury victims in Connecticut. You can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. This valuable free resource will advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. It will also tell you how you can get better medical care, how you can get quicker, and how you can help your Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer get you more money for your case. There are a number of things that need to be done very early on in your case so it is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorney at the earliest possible moment please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorneys immediately. Do not delay and wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Make sure you do this before you speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog!