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Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Explains the Problems with Representing Yourself!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut car accident victims need to be assisted as soon as possible after their Connecticut motor vehicle accident case by an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer. Contact us today to get your very important questions answered so our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys can provide you with the valuable information you need to determine how you would like to proceed with your important case. We have decades of experience in representing Connecticut injury victims. We take Connecticut car accident cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to develop your case. We are only paid a fee and are repaid our costs if and when we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will owe us know no legal fees. We take all of the financial risk in representing you so you can concentrate on getting better.


Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com to view a wealth of our free information which is provided to you so you can educate yourself about what you need to do and what you should not be doing after your serious Connecticut car accident case. You can download any one of our number of free books, you can watch any one of our over 100 educational videos, you can read any one of our over 100 articles on a variety of accident and injury topics, you can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut accident attorneys and injury lawyers to get your questions answered right away or you can schedule a free office consultation where we will review the facts of your case with you in detail and specifically advise you as to what you need to be doing.


You should have a lot of questions about how you should be proceeding with your Connecticut car accident case. There are many decisions that you will need to make and if you do not know what you are doing you could very well make a decision that could literally and up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. It makes no sense whatsoever for you to attempt to represent yourself without first consulting with an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer and injury attorney. Not every Connecticut car accident case requires you to hire a CT personal injury lawyer or accident attorney but every Connecticut car accident case requires that you get the advice of an experienced CT injury and accident lawyer. It makes no sense whatsoever for you to attempt to represent yourself, in an area which you probably have little or no experience in, and then find out that you have made a mistake which has severely compromise the value of your claim.


Our Connecticut injury lawyers in accident attorneys are happy to provide you with free information and advice. You can then make a decision as to whether or not you wish to hire a CT accident lawyer to help you with your case. Insurance industry studies have shown that people who are represented by experienced an Connecticut accident lawyer will end up recovering more money, after they pay their Connecticut injury attorney, that if they represented themselves in their Connecticut car accident case. Do not delay, get this free valuable information today.


Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been involved in a seriously injured in a Connecticut car accident case one of the things that you can do to help your Connecticut personal injury lawyer add value of to your case is to create a photographic record of all accident related issues.The insurance company of the at fault party will want to be provided with copies of the CT police accident report, all of your medical records, all of your medical reports, therapy bills, therapy notes, lost wage information, and information about how this accident has had an impact upon your life.

We have all heard the saying, that a picture is worth 1,000 words. This is especially true in the development of your personal injury case. It is one thing to try and explain in words what your motor vehicle looked like after the accident, what the accident scene look like, the bruises or other visible injuries that you sustained, or any one of a number of other visual problems that has resulted from this accident but it is something else to provide the insurance adjuster of the at fault party with photographs that detail the evidence of the severity of the crash, and the nature and extent of the injuries of the accident victim.

This is one of the many reasons why it is important that you involve an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer and accident attorney in your case at the earliest possible moment. Many of the pictures that need to be taken, that may very well increase the value of your case, should be photographed as close to the time of the accident as possible. For example, the point of impact might be apparent from the broken glass, dirt and sand that has fallen from your vehicle, or other debris that falls in the roadway. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the accident site will change. Your injuries will also improve over time which includes your physical appearance. Therefore it is quite helpful to take photographs of your physical injuries as close to the time of the accident as possible.

We have written the book on personal injury law in the State of Connecticut. Please go to our website which is located at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” This comprehensive book will tell you what to do, what not to do, how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker, how to properly develop your loss of income claim, and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your case. 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. We will be happy to answer your questions over the telephone or you can schedule a free, no obligation, in office consultation where we will review the facts of your case with you in detail and then advise you as to what you should be doing.

We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you owe us know legal fees unless and until we collect money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the cost to properly develop your case. You will also owe us no costs unless and until we recover money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will owe us know legal fees and no cost. We assume all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on getting better. Don’t make a mistake in trying to handle your own case as it may end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. Don’t delay get this very valuable information today. Don’t harm your CT accident case by proceeding without the advice of experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer.

Red Light Cameras: Lifesaver or Flawed Solution? Should the CT Legislature Pass a Law Allowing For the Installation of Red Light Cameras?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Motor vehicles that ran red lights injured a total of 113,000 people in 2009. Of those injuries 676 were fatal.  Of these fatal accidents, 46% were occupants of the other vehicle, 12% were passengers in the vehicle running the red light, 6% were pedestrians or cyclists and 36% were the drivers of the vehicle running the red light.  In addition, 11% of people killed in red light running accidents were motorcyclists, 10% of those drivers were teenagers. 22% of drivers in fatal red light crashes were
unlicensed and 25% had blood alcohol content over the legal limit of .08%.

This week, the Connecticut Legislature will consider a law regarding red light cameras. Basically, red light cameras are cameras that capture images of vehicles, including the license plate numbers, at intersections while the light in that direction is red. The result is that anybody who runs the light, makes an illegal right hand turn or performs some other traffic violation, will receive a ticket in the mail. The new law would not require towns to use red light cameras, but would give them the option to do so.

As is the case with most controversial issues, there is strong support and opposition as it relates to the installation of red light cameras.

One side of the debate claims police cannot be everywhere at once. Certainty of enforcement is the only thing the cameras truly provide. It is obvious to almost any driver that red light violations will decrease if the certainty of enforcement is higher. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) found that the occurrence of crashes, especially those that resulted in injury, dropped dramatically.  In Oxnard, CA, where cameras were installed in 1997, a 29% reduction in accidents has been documented, including a 68% reduction in front-to-side accidents that resulted in injury. This was with only 11 of 125 intersections being equipped with cameras.

In another study, the IIHS compared statistics from fourteen cities that did not have cameras between 1992 and 1996, and then did have them from 2004 through 2008. The IIHS found that the combined per capita rate of fatal red-light-crashes fell 35%. As fatal crash rates fell 14% across the board over that time period, the IIHS estimates that a 24% decrease in fatal red light crashes can be associated with installation of red light cameras. The IIHS estimates that this saved 159 lives between 2004 and 2008.

The other side of the argument cites studies that have contradictory findings. The National Motorist Association found that many cities of differing sizes across the country had increased accidents at red-light-camera intersections. In Los Angeles, 20 of 32 such intersections saw increased accident rates, some tripling their accident rate. In Washington, D.C. accidents increased 107%, in Portland, OR by 140%, in Philadelphia by 10 to 21%. Smaller towns also saw increases including 83% in Fort Collins, CO, 14 to 30% in Corpus Christi, TX and even as high as 800% increase in rear end collisions in Oceanside, CA.  Some cited statistics indicate the bulk of these accidents resulted in rear end collisions caused by a driver stopping suddenly to avoid going through a red light.

Currently, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington allow the use of roadway cameras. The IIHS claims that two-thirds of the 89% of drivers that are aware of red light cameras favor their use.

Where do you stand? Do you support red light cameras and if so where and under what circumstances?

Collecting Money in Your CT Accident Case When The At Fault Driver Has Little or No Insurance

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Imagine if someone in your family were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident or suffered a wrongful death, and the responsible driver was un-insurance or had minimum limits of insurance coverage. The fact that your loved one was seriously injured would be devastating. Finding out that there is little or no insurance to properly compensate that person for their injuries would be catastrophic.

In Connecticut, drivers are only required to carry minimum limits of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage of $20,000 per injured party in each accident up to a total of $40,000 for all injured parties in the same accident.

In this present economy where people are always looking for ways to save money, people when they obtain motor vehicle insurance, generally look no further than what the premium will be in order to determine what type of liability coverage to buy. Therefore, a great number of people purchase the minimum limits of liability coverage. Even worse is the fact that many people choose to operate a motor vehicle without any insurance coverage at all.

So how can you can protect yourself and your family, if you’re involved in an accident who where you are seriously injured, and the other driver who caused the accident, either doesn’t have any insurance or who has insufficient liability coverage to compensate you adequately for your injuries? You can purchase, as part of your own insurance coverage, uninsured /underinsured motorist protection on your own motor vehicle insurance policy.

This type of insurance coverage called uninsured or underinsurance—UM/UIM, as it is frequently called—pays for injuries to you, your passengers, and family members who are injured by another driver who is at fault but who doesn’t carry any liability coverage (an uninsured motorist, or UM) or doesn’t have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for all of your losses (an underinsured motorist, or UIM).

This relatively inexpensive insurance coverage is like buying insurance coverage on all other drivers on the road. You should immediately speak with your insurance agent about greatly increasing your UM/UIM insurance coverage.

There are two basic types of UM/UIM coverage: straight coverage and conversion coverage. Straight UM/UIM coverage allows you to access this coverage only if your UIM coverage is greater than the insurance coverage carried by the at-fault driver. Conversion coverage allows you to access your UIM coverage regardless of the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage. It is strongly recommended that you purchase high limits of conversion UM/UIM insurance.

We strongly recommend that you carry at least $500,000 of UM/ UIM conversion coverage, if not more. You should have UM/UIM limits equal to your liability insurance coverage, and you should never reduce your UM/UIM limits below your liability limits. Again, you may be surprised to learn how little this additional coverage will cost you.

You should also obtain an umbrella or excess liability policy of at least $1,000,000, if not more.

It is important that you speak with your insurance agent as soon as possible so you can review and increase your coverage so that you and your family are properly protected. A serious accident and life altering injuries affect your physical, mental and emotional health but could also bankrupt and/or ruin you financially. Make sure you take the needed steps to safeguard your family’s financial health.

Our firm has decades of experience in representing seriously injured parties and their families and have a great deal of experience in handling underinsured and un-insured motorist cases. Contact us today to a FREE consultation. We will even provide you with our FREE book at no obligation. Call us at 888.842.8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com.

Drunk Driving: Declining or Evolving? A New Look At Statistics from the CDC and NHSC

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Over the past decade, huge strides have been taken by Federal, State and Municipal governments to prevent drunk driving. Beyond spending money on police officers and new detection techniques, the government is investing money into research, so that they can identify and lessen the causes and occurrences of drunk driving.

Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a new federal report.

The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants. “One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC statistics are based on a 2010 national telephone survey of about 210,000 U.S. adults. The respondents were kept anonymous. Nearly 1 in 50 said they’d driven drunk at least once in the previous month. That equates to about 4 million Americans driving drunk last year. About 60 percent said they drove drunk just once, but some said they did it daily.

That led to a CDC estimate of more than 112 million episodes of drunk driving in 2010. That’s more than 300,000 incidents a day.

CDC officials lamented that finding; still, it was the lowest estimate since the survey question was first asked in 1993, and down significantly from the 161 million incidents in the peak year of 2006. Young men ages 21 to 34 were the biggest problem, accounting for just 11 percent of the U.S. population but 32 percent of the drunken driving incidents. The overwhelming majority of drunk driving incidents involve people who had at least four or five drinks in a short period of time. But binge drinking has not been on the decline, other health research suggests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also noted signs of an apparent recent decline in drunk driving. According to that agency’s latest data, the number of people killed in U.S. crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers dropped from 11,711 in 2008 to 10,839 in 2009. “While the nation has made great strides in reducing drunk driving over the years, it continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads — claiming a life every 48 minutes,” added David Strickland, the agency’s administrator, in a prepared statement.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve evidence and your case. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate. Get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” today by calling toll free at (888) 842-8466 or by visiting us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on healing.

Get Answers to Your Stamford Connecticut Speeding Accident Worries

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When you are seriously injured in a Stamford  Connecticu sppedng accident you have so many questions. Do you speak to the insurance company of the at fault driver? How do you investigate the Stamford Connecticut speeding accident? Who will interview the witnesses? How are all of your bills going to be paid? Who will pay you while you are out of work?

These are all important questions that need immediate answers. Don’t delay in getting the answers you need. Call us today.

Establishing a violation of Connecticut case law or common law or a Connecticut General Statute or statutory laws can prove determining fault in a Connencticut motor vehicle accident. How people are to operate a motor vehicle are set forth in article 14 of the general statutes. One such section might you able to prove a violation of could be speeding , which states:

Sec. 14-219. Speeding. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle (1) upon any highway, road or any parking area for ten cars or more, at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any occupant of such motor vehicle, but not the life of any other person than such an occupant; or (2) at a rate of speed greater than fifty-five miles per hour upon any highway other than a highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; (3) at a rate of speed greater than sixty-five miles per hour upon any highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; or (4) if such person is under eighteen years of age, upon any highway or road for which a speed limit of less than sixty-five miles per hour has been established in accordance with subsection (a) of section 14-218a, at a rate of speed twenty miles per hour or more above such speed limit.

Our Stamford Connecticut speeding accident and injury lawyers answer client calls and emails promptly so you can get answers to your important Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions. You can rest assured that your case will get the attention it deserves. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate.  Also, many answers to your Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions can be answered by downloading copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. You can also call us free at (888) 842-8466 or visit us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on getting better.

We Can Relieve Your Bridgeport CT Car Accident Concerns

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case you experience a great deal of pain, you are tremendously concerned about what to do and you are scared and anxious about how you will be properly compensated for your losses. These concerns are very common and very real. We are here to help you through this very difficult time.

The first issue that must be proven in a personal injury case is
liability. In other words, you must first show that someone else cause or is responsible for the accident which result in the injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff. One way that you can establish liability is by proving first that the defendant violated one of the Connecticut General Statues related to fault. One of the statutory sections you might be able to prove was violated by the defendant is:

Sec. 14-222. Reckless driving. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state, or any road of any specially chartered municipal association or of any district organized under the provisions of chapter 105, a purpose of which is the construction and maintenance of roads and sidewalks, or in any parking area for ten cars or more or upon any private road on which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-218a or upon any school property recklessly, having regard to the width, traffic and use of such highway, road, school property or parking area, the intersection of streets and the weather conditions. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any person other than the operator of such motor vehicle, or the operation, downgrade, upon any highway, of any motor vehicle with a commercial registration with the clutch or gears disengaged, or the operation knowingly of a motor vehicle with defective mechanism, shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at a rate of speed greater than eighty-five miles per hour shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section.

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case, you need to take a number of steps to strengthen the value of your claim and there are a number of things you could do to harm your case. Find out what to do and what not to do by ordering our FREE comprehensive book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or order it online at www.hcwlaw.com. By properly developing your Bridgeport CT Car Accident case from the start, you can increase the amount of money you can get for your injuries.

Avoiding Accidents While Driving on Black Ice: How New and Inexperienced Drivers Can Be Better Prepared To Drive On Icy Roadways

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A common cause of winter motor vehicle accidents is a condition known as “black ice.” Black ice is a coating or a glaze that forms on roadway surfaces, sidewalks and driveways generally due to freezing rain or because of the melting and refreezing of snow or ice. It is commonly called black ice because it is clear and looks like the black surface which it covers.

Black ice forms without creating bubbles or the white sheen that is seen on most ice covered surfaces. Black ice is very dangerous because it is very hard to detect until you are right on top of it. Black ice usually forms when the temperature is just around the freezing point. Black ice can also form on roadways due to the heat of the tires which causes the ice to melt and then refreeze.

Black ice can be especially dangerous to the new or inexperienced driver so it is important to review a number of safety tips to help avoid these winter driving accidents.

An important consideration is to understand when and where black ice forms. Generally, black ice will form in the early morning hours or at night when the temperature drops or when the sun is not out to warm the roads. It can also be commonly found on roads that do not get much sunshine because the sun is blocked by trees or other objects. It can also be found more frequently on surfaces that are less traveled upon.

These slippery surfaces are more common on overpasses and bridges because cold air is able to pass over and under these roadways causing them to freeze faster. The roads located under bridges and overpasses also tend to freeze quicker because they are shielded from the sun. So if you are driving during these times or on these types of roadways be especially careful and always be prepared for the possibility of encountering black ice.

Although black ice is clear, so it can be very difficult to see under most driving situations, it can be easier to see under certain lighting conditions or if you are looking for it. Most times, black ice is very smooth and very glossy so the roadway without black ice will appear a dull black color. If the roadway looks shiny then you are probably about to drive over black ice. Another indication is if you suddenly see cars sliding, skidding or swerving for no apparent reason then black ice is probably present on the road. Although you will not always be able to detect black ice it is helpful to be on the lookout for it and to constantly assess the roadways you are on and what lies ahead.

One of the best ways to prepare a newly licensed or inexperienced driver to  for these driving conditions is to practice driving on ice, in a controlled and safe environment, like a large empty parking lot, with an experienced driver. Practice braking and steering on ice to get a feel for how the vehicle reacts. Allow the new driver to get a feeling of how the car reacts and practice safe and defensive driving techniques. Be sure to teach, review and practice a number of safety tips such as:

  1. In driving on black ice it is best not to panic or hit the brakes and do not turn suddenly to one side or the other. Generally, you should do as little as possible and just allow the vehicle to safely pass over the slippery surface;
  2.  If you feel the back of your vehicle sliding out to the left or right, gently and slowly turn the steering wheel in the same direction. If you try and turn your vehicle in the opposite direction then you run the very real risk of spinning out of control and getting into an accident;
  3. Once you realize you are about to go over or on black ice take your foot off of the gas pedal and keep your steering wheel, whenever possible, in the same direction it is in when you entered the icy surface;
  4. If you are driving a vehicle with a standard transmission, and it is safe to do so, downshift as the lower gears will give you more control;
  5. If you are able to steer to an area that is not covered in black ice or is sanded, and it is safe to do so, slowly go to that area;
  6.  Realize that black ice is patchy so you should hopefully find better traction shortly;
  7. If you skid and are going to go off of the road try and steer towards something that will cause the least amount of damage possible like an empty area; and
  8. After you have had your black ice encounter stay calm and if you must continue driving do so very cautiously. Flash your lights to warn oncoming traffic of the hazard they are about to encounter.

You can also do several things to reduce your risk of getting into an accident if you should encounter black ice:

  1. Do not drive, whenever possible, in conditions that are especially dangerous;
  2. Make sure your vehicle is functioning properly including having the proper tires and tread depth;
  3. Travel with your lights on so you can more easily spot black ice and be more visible to other vehicles;
  4. Drive slowly and keep a safe distance apart from other vehicles;
  5. Do not have any distractions about or around you; and
  6. Make sure your windshield is cleared so you can properly see outside your vehicle.

Using these safety tips and techniques can help you to prevent a winter driving accident and can save you, your family members or others on the road from suffering a serious injury or even death.

You’ve Been in an Accident. You are Injured. Do you need a lawyer? What will the lawyer cost? How do you pick a lawyer? What if….?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

People who are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or some other type of CT accident generally have questions about their case that are commonly asked of  lawyers. Generally speaking, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in any type of an accident so you can have your rights explained to you and so you can be advised as to what you should do and just as importantly, learn what you should not be doing. If you do not need the services of a lawyer then a reputable and experienced accident lawyer can tell you how you should proceed with your case. Often times, an injured party will first speak with an insurance adjuster who will attempt to greatly compromise the injured person’s case by pointing out potential liability problems, will down play the injuries or will try to convince the injured party that they do not need  the services of a lawyer. It is very important that you first speak with a lawyer so you do not make any critical mistakes in the handling of your claim that can otherwise greatly reduce the value of your case.

Another question that is frequently asked is how much the lawyer will charge to give advice to the injured party. At Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP we never charge for an initial consultation for any injured party. If we decide to take your case then it will be handled on a contingency fee basis which means we are not paid unless we collect money for you. We also understand that many injured people do not have the money to pay for expert opinions, investigative work, medical records and reports and other expenses which need to be paid to develop the case which is why our firm advances all costs. Those costs are repaid to us at the conclusion of your case out of your recovery. If there is no recovery then you will not owe us for our costs and you will not owe us any legal fees. There is no financial risk for you as our firm takes all of that responsibility so you can concentrate on getting better.

If you cannot leave the hospital, a rehabilitative care facility, your home or some other location then we can meet with you. One of our attorneys can drive to a location selected by you so you can tell our attorney the facts of your case so we can determine how we can best help you. If we decide to take your case we can get started on our investigation immediately and will keep you updated as to our progress. We are very accessible and can be reached at our office, via email and on our cell phones after hours and on weekends if you need immediate answers.

Many times people want to know if they will have to go to court and the answer is statistically; no. Most cases settle without the need to go to trial. In many instances, this will be determined by how well your case is investigated and developed, the strength of your case, your injuries and damages, the experience and reputation of your lawyer or law firm and a number of other factors. You will have many questions as you proceed with your recovery and need to get prompt answers to your important questions. We pride ourselves on being very communicative and responsive. We realize this is a very difficult time made worse by physical pain, economic pressures and fear related to uncertainty. We have been doing this for decades and we know what to do and will be there every step of the way to guide you through this process.

We are sometimes contacted by injured people who are unhappy with their current lawyer or who want to switch lawyers and we are asked if this can be done. This answer is; yes, of course. An injured victim of an accident is free to discharge their current lawyer and hire a new lawyer at any step of the case. If our firm decides to take your case where you were represented by another lawyer, we will have you sign a retainer agreement with our firm and we will then deal directly with your old lawyer to get you file transferred over to our office. You will not have to have any further contact with your prior lawyer. Any fee owed to your old lawyer will be paid by our firm without you having to pay any more money than you would have paid your old firm if you left your file there. In other words, if you later hire our firm it will not cost you any extra money than if you kept your old firm.

If you are looking to hire a lawyer and want to get a sense of who might be a good fit for you then you should do some or all of the following: if the firm offers a free book on injury law, get it and read it (our firm offers such a free book); read the lawyers bio; see what awards or recognition the lawyer or firm received; are any of the lawyers  published authors who have received awards (one of our lawyers is a bestselling author); call the firm and speak with one of the lawyers you are interested in hiring and ask all of your questions; schedule a free consultation and get a feel for whether or not this is someone that you want to work with; and conduct whatever other due diligence you deem appropriate.

The most important thing to remember is to contact an attorney as soon as possible so you are protected. So before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork, get a copy of our free book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims.”  The book, the call and the consultation are all free. Call us at (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com.


Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

What is my Connecticut accident or injury case worth? This is one of the first questions we are asked at a new client interview by someone who has been recently injured through the fault of another. Recently, there are a number of attorneys who claim to be able to have you input numbers into an injury case evaluator to advise you of the value of your case. If someone claims to be able to tell you the value of your case, right after you have been injured, I would not consider hiring them.

I saw such an evaluation tool online that promised to tell the injured party the value of their case.  I knew what they were going to do in advance but was curious to see how they would go about it. I inputted data about an accident including what happened, the current hospital and medical bills and the injuries sustained. I answered all of the questions asked.  I received an email response indicating that the attorney, who was on the west coast, wanted to talk to me about my CT accident case.

I responded to the lawyer, via email, that I just wanted to get the value of the case. I was told he needed more information and wanted to speak with me. I emailed him back and asked what else he needed. He responded with additional information that was not previously requested. I responded again with the missing data and asked for the value of the case. I received yet another email indicating that evaluating a case was a complicated situation and that he needed to speak with me. I responded via email that he promised to tell me the value of the case but still had not done so.

I then received another email stating that I needed to speak with this certain attorney in CT who was very highly regarded and would be able to answer my questions. I emailed him back and stated that my only question was what the case was worth. This west coast attorney concluded by stating that I needed to speak with this CT attorney. I knew when I first emailed that lawyer, requesting an evaluation, that I could not and would not be given one because there are far too many variables that are missing at the beginning of a case to give any type of meaningful evaluation of the case’s value.

So if you are injured in an accident one of your first questions should be what can I be doing to help increase the value of my case rather than what is my case worth. Our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” will tell you what you can be doing to increase the value of your injury case. We even have a chapter entitled “What is my Case Worth” that tells you what factors go into determining the ultimate value of your case.

So if you want free practical answers to your questions and no nonsense advice on what you should be doing, get our book emailed to you today by visiting www.hcwlaw.com. You can also call us at 888.842.8466 or fill out our online form and we can call you. We will even travel to meet with you if you want. The book, the call and the advice are all free. We will even advance all of your costs and only get paid if we collect money for you. Contact us today.