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Attorney Hastings Instructs Lawyers Throughout the Country on How to Get Larger Settlement Offers from Insurance Carriers

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Richard P. Hastings, a personal injury attorney with the Connecticut-based firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, recently co-chaired a presentation to lawyers throughout the country entitled “Leveraging Colossus in Auto Accident Claim Recovery: Guidance for Counsel,” for Strafford Publications of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Hastings was invited to participate in this webinar because of his experience in understanding insurance adjuster software and helping to maximize settlement offers in personal injury claims. Attorney Hastings instructed lawyers on how to maximize settlement offers when dealing with insurance adjusters who are using Colossus or some other type of computer software program in evaluating accident and injury claims.

Attorney Hastings was joined by Dr. Matthew DeGaetano, Program Director and Founder of the Personal Injury Institute of Dallas, Texas and Don J. Cervone, Sr. former insurance company claims specialist. Mr. Hastings and Mr. Cervone co-authored Adjuster Secrets: Attorney and Adjuster Tips and Techniques that Guarantee Larger Settlements. Mr. Hastings has co-authored two other books which went to number one and on Amazon.com‘s best-selling list for the insurance category and number one on the international category respectively. He has also written 11 other books on topics involving accident and injury cases and he has also published hundreds of articles and videos on numerous topics involving accident and injury law.

Attorney Hastings has been named a New England Super Lawyer, a Connecticut Super Lawyer, he is rated AV by Martindale its highest rating and is a member of its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been named a top attorney and best lawyer by numerous publications and is rated Superb (10/10) by AVVO an online consumer lawyer rating service. He has also been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Hastings Cohan and Walsh, LLP has offices throughout the state of Connecticut and can be reached by calling a toll-free number at 888-842-8466 or by visiting their website at www.HCWLAW.com

Stamford CT Car Accident Case – How Do I Get Free Advice?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been injured in a Stamford CT car accident case one of the issues that will need to be proven is liability. In other words, a determination will have to be made to see who caused the accident. Clients often times will want to know how we go about proving liability. There are many issues that will need to be investigated in a Stamford CT car accident case to determine who is at fault. Sometimes clients feel like this is a very easy thing to prove but many times there are a number of complications that make this determination somewhat difficult.

Basically stated, the plaintiff, or person injured, has the burden of proving that the other party was negligent. Negligence is a very broad area of the law that deals with a great number of types and causes of actions. Negligence involves the failure of one to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the same circumstances. If a person causes a motor vehicle accident one issue that would have to be determined is whether or not the person who caused the accident was negligent. In other words, did that person do something that a reasonably prudent person would not have done such as engaging in reckless driving or running a red light. Negligence involves a breach of that duty that one person owes to another whereby damages are incurred by one party as a result of the breach of duty on the other party.

Insurance companies and their lawyers will look to discredit plaintiffs or will try and find ways to attempt to blame the injured party for causing, or failing to avoid, the accident. The insurance adjuster might try and show that the injured party was traveling over the posted speed limit or failed to take evasive action to avoid the accident or that they were temporarily distracted and did not react in time. If the insurance adjuster is successful in reducing the fault of their insured then they will be in a position where they will offer less money to the injured party because of the fact that there is contributory negligence on the part of the injured party.

To the extent that this information seems somewhat confusing, it is meant to be. Insurance companies try and make these cases as difficult as possible in an effort to pay you as little money as they can. If you attempt to represent yourself, without first getting the advice of an experienced Connecticut accident attorney or injury lawyer, then you run the very real risk of greatly compromising the value of your claim. It is extremely important that you contact an experienced Connecticut injury attorney or accident lawyer as soon as possible.

We are happy to provide injured parties and their families with free legal advice. If you visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com you can download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut injury lawyers or accident attorneys. We will be happy to review the facts of your case with you either on the telephone or in our office. We will advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. You can even fill out our brief online form and we will contact you and advise you as to what you should be doing. So before you hire a lawyer speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork order a copy of our free book and give us a call. The information is freely and can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars

HOW TO RESOLVE YOUR CT ACCIDENT AND INJURY CASE WITHOUT A TRIAL‏

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured in some type of an accident in Connecticut and you are looking to revolve your CT accident and injury case prior to trial one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods of doing this is through a process called alternative dispute resolution or ADR. This type of the procedure usually involves a disinterested third party who is either agreed to mediate the case between the plaintiff and the defendant or in a judicial setting, is a judge.

It is a good idea to explore the option of engaging in alternative dispute resolution with your attorney. The key to having a productive ADR session is to make sure that you are fully prepared to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case so that you will not be caught off guard or appear vulnerable. It is also a good idea to insist that the claims adjuster or person with the authority to pay the claim, be present at the meeting. Not only does the attorney who represents the plaintiff have to be fully prepared but the client also needs to be completely familiar with the facts of the case, his/her medical treatment, any pre-existing injuries, and be in a position to fully describe how this accident and the resulting injuries have affected your life.

It is important to hire an experienced Connecticut accident attorney and injury lawyer who is well-versed in the proper development of a CT accident and injury case so that you have many options available to you in which to attempt to settle the case so as to save you the time and expense of a trial. Even if your case does not settle through an alternative dispute resolution session you generally speaking will have received an increase offer from the insurance company and you will be fully familiar with all of the defenses that the at fault party’s insurance company is going to assert at trial.

Our Connecticut injury lawyers and accident attorneys have been helping injured parties and their families for decades. One of our attorneys has specialized training in advanced negotiation through the Harvard Law School. One of our attorneys also has mediation training through the Harvard Law School. This training and experience is invaluable in helping to move each client’s case closer to a resolution. Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com to download a free copy of our book. You can also contact us toll free and speak directly with one of our accident and injury lawyers and get your questions answered immediately. You can also set up an in office interview so we can review the facts of your case with you in detail and advise you as to what you should be doing. You can also fill out our brief online form and tell us about your case. We will then contact you. We can be reached at 888-842-8466. We are here to help you so please contact us immediately.

The Worst News We Have to Give Our CT Accident Clients

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

One of the worst calls we get after someone has been injured in some type of CT accident or Connecticut injury accident is that we have to tell that person that they have done something very wrong that has really harmed their case or that by waiting they do not have a case.  Injured people or their family members sometimes contact our office weeks or even months, after their CT motorcycle, car, truck or other motor vehicle accident case, asking if we could represent them. Unfortunately, in some cases these people have done things to negatively affect or destroy their case. They have unknowingly done something, or not done something, which has created major problems for their case because they waited to contact an attorney.

One such  CT accident of case might involve a  State Highway Defect Case, under CT General Statute Section § 13a-144. This statute applies to highways, bridges or sidewalks. There is a statute that provides that a person who is injured by means of any defective highway that is the duty of the state commissioner of transportation to keep in repair may recover damages from the state. The statute states that an action can only be brought against the commissioner of transportation because of a defective highway if the plaintiff provides written notice of the injury and a general description of the injury, including the cause, the time and the place of its occurrence. The notice must be given in writing to the commissioner within ninety days of the event.

If an injured party has a claim under this statute and does not provide the State with the proper notice then any chance of recovering money damages might be lost regardless of how negligent or reckless the State was or how serious the injuries are and the damages suffered.

Don’t delay contacting an experienced CT personal injury attorney or Connecticut accident lawyer. Your failure to act right away could damage your case and may create a situation where your case cannot be properly investigated. Download our FREE  ebook  ”The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims ” right now and learn how to increase the value of your case. Call us toll free at (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com. Don’t wait, as it may be too late!

Connecticut Accident Sends Four to Yale New Haven Hospital

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Police responded to a one-car crash around 11:41 PM last Thursday night, January 24, 2013.

A vehicle was traveling north on Saw Mill Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the woods. Police and Fire personnel came upon the vehicle containing 4 injured individuals, all of whom were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital.

The driver and two of the passengers of this Connecticut accident are being treated for serious injuries. Sadly, the fourth passenger, Michelle Noble, 23, of Madison, CT was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. She had succumbed to her injuries.

Even when an accident involves only one vehicle, a passenger of that vehicle may have a claim for personal injuries against the driver. The case will have many factors to weigh. Ultimately, an injured party will need the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Our Connecticut accident and injury lawyers answer client calls and emails promptly so you can get answers to your important 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. 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 Connecticut accident case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on healing.

Fatal SUV Roll Over Accident in Waterbury CT

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Fatal SUV Roll Over Accident in Waterbury CT Leaves One Dead and Two Injured- A fatal accident in Waterbury CT has left one person dead and two more injured. The accident occurred when an SUV hit a utility pole and rolled over several times. The accident happened on Meadow Street just before midnight Monday, January 21, 2013.

The back seat passenger, who’s name is not currently being released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and a front seat passenger are being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital. Police say excessive speed appears to be the primary cause of the crash.

Read more on this fatal Waterbury SUV accident

If you are a loved one is injured as a passenger in a vehicle due to the negligence or recklessness of the driver, you need to have your rights explained to you. The car accident case needs to be investigated immediately before evidence disappears or the accident site changes. Witnesses may need to be interviewed or physical evidence examined. Don’t delay, contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com and tell us about your case online or call us toll free at (888) 842-8466.

Fatal Train Accident in Redding CT Leaves 21-year-old Man Dead and Three Young Adults Injured

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Fatal Train Accident in Redding CT Leaves 21-year-old Man Dead and Three Young Adults Injured- A devastating accident occurred when a southbound Metro-North work train struck a gray Subaru Outback Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at about 1:20 pm at an ungated crossing near the West Redding, CT Station.

Wayne Balack, 21, of Danbury, CT, a passenger in the vehicle, was killed, and three others critically injured. The three other occupants of the vehicle were Danbury residents Jausheema Perkins, 19, who was driving the car, and two passengers, Fakeem Morning, 19, and James Redmond.

Balack was transported to Danbury Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Perkins was taken to Danbury Hospital for treatment of head injuries. Morning and Redmond were brought to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., where their condition was listed as critical.

Now, local residents are calling for the installation of a gate at the crossing, where one had been removed due to constant malfunctions. Read more on this movement here.

MTA spokesman Sam Zambuto said the warning lights at the crossing were operating correctly at the time of the accident.

The Other Person Caused Your CT Car Accident But You Also Got a Ticket. How Does This Affect Your Ability To Collect Money Damages?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

You are involved in a CT car accident that was caused by the other driver. The police are called to the scene and the officer gives both you and the other driver a ticket. You are outraged and now wonder how this will affect your ability to collect money damages from the person’s insurance company that is responsible for your injuries. We are contacted by people who have experienced this situation who ask us to help them. The CT Car Accident Attorneys at Hastings, Cohan and Walsh, LLP have decades of experience in assisting accident and injury victims in cases such as these.  Please contact us for a free case evaluation today!

The answer to the question of how this will impact your ability to collect money damages is; it depends! Is the ticket for a non-moving violation such as an expired registration or is it for a motor vehicle violation such as passing on the right? The ultimate issue becomes who is at fault for the accident or if there is joint fault what is your percentage of fault. Every case is fact specific which means that no two cases are alike but have different facts and circumstances that need to be investigated.

The first thing you need to do after the accident, assuming that you have already told the police officer why the other party was at fault, have taken pictures of the accident site and the vehicles, gotten the names and contact information of all witnesses and obtained medical treatment, is to not say anything to anyone about your accident but first contact an experienced CT car accident lawyer to review the facts of your case and have your rights explained to you.

The is especially true once you are contacted by the other person’s insurance company. You should NEVER speak with the adjuster unless and until you first get your rights explained to you by an experienced CT accident attorney. There are a great number of things that must be done to properly develop your case. Our firm has decades of experience in representing seriously injured people and families who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death action and we know what to do and can counsel you so you do not make any mistakes that could seriously harm your case.

Our firm’s Connecticut accident and injury lawyers answer client calls and emails promptly so you can get answers to your important 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.

So before you hire a lawyer, 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 getting better.

Fatal North Haven CT Accident Leaves Male Driver Dead and Female Passenger Seriously Injured

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Fatal North Haven CT Accident Leaves Male Driver Dead and Female Passenger Seriously Injured- A crash happened in North Haven around 10 p.m. on the southbound side of the Interstate Highway 91 on Sunday night. The driver, 24-year-old David Cooley, of North Haven, was killed. His passenger, Paige Camera, 24, of Meriden, is in critical condition. Cooley was driving the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier that belonged to Camera in the left lane when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree off the right side of I-91. North Haven firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove Cooley and Camera from the wreckage of the automobile. Neither Cooley nor Camera were wearing their seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both occupants of this North Haven CT accident were transported by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital. At the hospital, Cooley was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash. Camera was listed in critical condition and placed on life support.

After you are injured in a North Haven CT Accident case, it is important that you get accurate and prompt legal advice. This is especially true if you are injured by the negligence of another. You need answers to your important questions. What if the negligent driver was somebody you know? What if they were driving your car? What if you weren’t wearing your seat belt? You have questions, we have the answers. Do not speak to anyone from the insurance company, do not hire an attorney and do not sign any papers until you read our free book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims”. Don’t delay. Get the information you need today.

 

What to do if YOU are Seriously Injured in a Fairfield County CT Accident Case‏

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been seriously injured in any type of Fairfield County CT Accident or injury case you can easily become completely overwhelmed. What should you do? What should you not do? Have you done anything to harm your case? Who will pay your bills? What doctors should you see? How will this case be investigated? What CT accident attorney or injury lawyer should you call? Contact us today so we can get you a FREE copy of our book “The Crash Course On Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” so you can get all of your questions answered.

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

You need to find out what to do and have your rights explained to you immediately. The call is free, the advice is free, our consultations are free and our book is FREE. What would you wait to get this important information? Contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com , tell us about your case online, answer a few questions via our Live Chat on our web site and we will call you or call us toll free at (888) 842-8466 to get a FREE copy of our book.

We will explain exactly what to do. Do you know there is one thing people should never do so why wait until you make this mistake ( and most people do make this very serious mistake)? We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis and we advance all costs of investigation. You pay us only if we collect money for you. We also have a 30 Day, No Cost, No Fee Guarantee which you can view on our website.

You have questions, we have the answers. Do not speak to anyone from the insurance company, do not hire a Fairfield County CT Accident attorney and do not sign any papers until you read our free book. Don’t delay. Get the information you need today. Call us at (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com.