Frequently Asked Questions
Answers About Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut
Serious accidents usually occur unexpectedly, changing your life in the blink of an eye. If you were injured by someone else’s negligence or misconduct, it is important that you hold them responsible and seek the compensation you deserve. To help you understand the legal ramifications of a personal injury case and to empower you, we have listed answers to commonly asked questions below. For time-sensitive questions, please complete the free evaluation form.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
If you are like many other individuals, you do not anticipate needing a lawyer in life. However, if you were seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else’s mistake, it’s important that you obtain qualified legal representation. A skilled personal injury lawyer in Connecticut can understand complicated laws surrounding accident cases. They will know what details to look for, what questions to ask, and how to structure your case so that the judge listens. If you are unsure whether you need a lawyer, come in for a free consultation and we can help review your situation.
How soon after I am injured must I file my lawsuit?
Every state has certain time limits—called statutes of limitations or statutes of repose—that governs the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Connecticut, you may have as little as two years to file a lawsuit arising out of an accident. There are also a number of notice requirements that must be met within a much shorter period of time. If you miss the deadline filing a lawsuit, your claim can be dismissed. Consequently, it is important to talk with us as soon as possible after you receive or discover an injury.
Should I retain an attorney to assist me in resolving my accident or injury claim?
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complicated procedure for filing and presenting a lawsuit. They have a better understanding of the law and how it applies to your case. Research shows that injury victims who hired an attorney recovered more compensation than those who represented themselves. Having a lawyer on your side not only helps you with the legal procedure, but it also allows you space to heal and recover.
Why should I hire Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP?
Our personal injury lawyers are passionate about what we do, and what we do makes a difference in the lives of our clients. We are concerned for our client’s well-being. We want our clients to receive the medical care they deserve and recover physically and emotionally from their injuries. While our clients get to focus on themselves, we concentrate on obtaining them compensation to help them move forward. We have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients. We obtain meaningful and sometimes unimaginable monetary recoveries for our clients, with a minimum of wasted time, effort, stress and worry on the part of our clients.
I have been injured, what will it cost to hire you?
Our Ridgefield personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee. This means that you do not have to pay unless we win your case. You are responsible for case costs incurred, which are usually covered by the recovered compensation. If we don’t win your case, you owe nothing to our firm.
What is “negligence”?
The critical issue in many personal injury cases is just how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act in the situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person.” Whether a given person has met the “reasonable person” standard is often a matter that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument at trial.
What if I can’t prove that someone’s negligence caused my injury? Is there another basis for liability?
Negligence is not the only grounds for liability. Certain individuals or companies may be held “strictly liable” for certain activities that harm others, even if they have not acted negligently or with wrongful intent. On the grounds of strict liability, a person injured by a defective or unexpectedly dangerous product, or by a dog bite, for instance, may recover compensation for the injury without showing that the responsible party was actually negligent.
How do you charge for other legal services?
For most matters, Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP bills for its services at standard hourly rates based on the amount of time spent on the matter by professionals. Our hourly rates are reviewed on a periodic basis. In other matters, such as the drafting of simple leases, real estate transactions, certain criminal and motor vehicle matters, preparation of simple wills and powers of attorney, and the formation of business entities, a flat fee billing will be implemented.
Do you offer a free consultation?
Yes, we offer an initial consultation for which we do not charge. The purpose of this initial consultation is to review the facts of your case, give you an indication of whether the case is one that we might be interested in handling, and to discuss the financial arrangements for our representation.
Do You Have Multiple Offices?
Yes, we have 10 Connecticut offices available for appointments. Our main office is in Ridgefield, CT. All other office locations are satellite offices and are available by appointment only.
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