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WHAT IS MY CT ACCIDENT OR INJURY CASE WORTH?

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.

Head Injuries: Post Concussion Syndrome and other Symptoms

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been involved in a high impact motor vehicle accident or if you have experienced a sudden acceleration or deceleration of your head then you may have suffered a  post concussion syndrome. A PCS is a form of a traumatic brain injury that can cause lifelong disabilities and pain and suffering years after the time the head injury occurred. After a motor vehicle crash the injured party should be aware of a number of initial symptoms that may start to bother the victim. The problems could include, but not be limited to: varying degrees and locations of headaches, feeling very fatigued, short term memory problems or difficulty in concentrating, feelings of being out of sorts or not one’s self, impatience or irritability.

Head injury symptoms should be properly monitored by the injured party and reported to the doctor at the earliest possible moment. It is highly recommended that you should seek a referral to a specialist who deals and treats patients with concussions and other forms of a traumatic brain injury. Generally, a diagnosis of this type is made if the effects of the concussion or traumatic brain injury have lasted for several weeks to a number of months after the injury occurred. It is important to note that these symptoms can occur immediately after the accident or may be delayed until days or weeks after the accident.

If you have suffered a high impact accident or have received any type of head injury, regardless of whether or not your head stuck an object, you should immediately consult with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer so you can be properly advised as to what to do. These types of cases are unique and without receiving the proper advice you might unknowingly do something that could seriously jeopardize your case.

You could be entitled to substantial money damages as a result of a TBI claim which could include money for past and future medical expenses, past and future rehabilitative care, vocational retraining, past and future loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of life’s enjoyment, and a spousal loss of consortium claim. Our experienced team of injury lawyers have been representing injured parties and their families, including traumatic brain injury victims, for decades.

So before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork, contact us to get a FREE copy of our book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims.” Our very informative book will provide you with practical advice on how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your case. You have enough to worry about in dealing with your medical care. Let us worry about everything else. We are here to answer your questions. Visit us at www.hcwlaw.com or call us toll free at 888.842.8466. We will even come to your home or other convenient location you choose.

Connecticut Car, Truck, Motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut car, truck, motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents can leave victims with very serious and sometimes fatal results. Our experienced team of personal injury and accident lawyers and wrongful death attorneys can get to work on your case right away to immediately investigate the facts of your case including the causes of the accident, determine what parties are responsible for your injuries, find out what insurance coverages are available and develop alternate theories of liability all in an effort to help maximize the amount of money we can recover for you. We are here to answer your questions and to fully explain your rights to you.  So before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork, order a copy of our FREE book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims.”

 

Our award winning firm can help you with any type of motor vehicle accident including but not limited to:

  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Teen Driver Accidents
  • Elderly Driving Accidents
  • Snow and Ice Accidents
  • Failure to Stop at Stop Lights or Stop Sign Accidents
  • Pedestrians Hit by Cars
  • Bicyclists Hit by Motor Vehicles
  • Motorcyclists Hit by Cars
  • Failure To Yield Right of Way Accidents
  • Multiple Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Rear End Collisions
  • Accidents Involving Racing Drivers
  • Uninsured Motorist Accidents
  • Underinsured Motorist Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Highway Accidents
  • Defective Roadway Accidents
  • Road Rage Accidents
  • Left Hand Turn Accidents
  • Reckless Driving Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Defective Equipment Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Texting Accidents
  • Cell Phone Accidents
  • Driver Fatigue Accidents
  • Improper Licensing or No License Accidents
  • Improper Lane Change Accidents
  • Accidents Involving Drug Usage
  • Parking Lot Accidents
  • Accidents Involving Vehicles Backing Up
  • All Other Types and Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

 

No matter what type of accident you have or what injuries you sustain we can help you to maximize the amount of money you can recover for your case. If you delay in contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer you could harm your case by not getting much needed information which might otherwise not be available. Contact us today by filling out our online form, calling us toll free or by scheduling an appointment to see us, we will even travel to meet with you. Tell us about your case so we can explain your rights to you and tell you what to do and advise you what not to do. Our consultations are always free. The call is free. We handle all accident and injury cases under a contingency fee agreement where we are not paid unless we collect money for you. We also advance all costs of investigating and developing your case. We never ask you for money. All fees and costs are paid after we collect money for you. If there is no recovery you owe us no fees and no costs. You have no financial risk in hiring us. You concentrate on getting better. Let us handle everything else! Visit us at www.hcwlaw.com or call us toll free at 888.842.8466.

CT Motorcycle Accidents: Law, Cases, & Potentially Responsible Parties

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

CT motorcycle accidents occur often in Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Fairfield, and throughout Connecticut roads . While many accidents are simple “fender benders,” others may result in substantial property damage and serious injury or even death. Although motorcyclists are often stereotyped as reckless and fast drivers, it is negligent automobile drivers who cause most motorbike accidents. An injured victim of a motorcycle accident can seek damages from the responsible party for the injuries, damages and pain suffered as a result of the accident. The victim must show that the defendant was negligent and responsible for the injuries and other damages that were sustained. A motorcycle accident lawsuit must also be filed before the expiration of applicable statutes of limitation which varies from state to state. The victim can seek compensation for related medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, partial or permanent disability, psychological suffering, and property damage.

Some motorcycle accidents can be so severe that they result in death. Each state has its own law on fatal accidents and wrongful death claims. Although independent of each other, these laws share some common features. If a death is caused by a motorcycle accident, there will losses associated with the wrongful death including medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering of the deceased, future financial support to the heirs, loss of love, society, and companionship.

For a wrongful death claim to arise from a fatal motorcycle accident, the accident must have been caused by another person who has acted negligently. The must be a wrongful act or an act of negligence in the part of the other person. Other responsible parties could include: the motorcycle manufacturer; or the maker of any part of the motorcycle; or other vehicle involved in the accident. The person or party responsible must have adequate insurance or assets to provide the basis of a recoverable legal claim.

There are different laws that apply to a motorcycle accident cases depending on the circumstances of the accident and the jurisdiction in which the accident took place. Sometimes the other driver or person might not be responsible for the wrongful death from the fatal accident. The cause of the accident will determine the type of wrongful death case, and the responsible party. It could have been caused due to a defect in the motorcycle’s manufacturing or design. For instance, the breaks fail to work when applied. In such cases, the law of product liability will apply. In certain cases, you can seek damages for wrongful death from the designer or manufacturer. Sometimes, the mechanic who did not repair the vehicle property can be held liable if the improper repairing is a factor which caused the accident. Even poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads and similar problems can be the cause of a fatal accident. The Government agencies responsible for the roads and highways can be liable for damages in such cases. However, there are special rules that apply to lawsuits against government entities which can have very short notice provisions which must be met in order to have a viable claim.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is recommended that you seek legal advice immediately.

Before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to get our FREE copy of our book The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut. Don’t delay, order it today!

CT Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Motor Vehicle Accident Law & Attorneys

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

You might be involved in a motor vehicle accident in Connecticut at some point, so it is important to find out what you should and should not be doing to help develop your personal injury case.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there were 6,024,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents in 2007. There were 2,491,000 people injured on those accidents. These figures demonstrate the odds are one day you may be involved in a motor vehicle accident. After the motor vehicle accident has occurred, the first thing to think about is safety. You want to prevent another vehicle becoming involved in the collision.

If it is a minor accident, it may be wise to move your vehicle out of traffic flow. If you cannot move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and place warning cones or triangles behind and in front of your vehicle. Dependent on the location of the accident, determine whether it is safer to remain in your vehicle with your seat belt on or to stand away from traffic hazards.

Safety is a priority and good judgment is required. It is imperative you keep calm after a motor vehicle accident. This will protect you in the event you suffer personal injuries and need the assistance of witnesses and others in pursuing compensation. All drivers should have a crash kit in their vehicle. Items to include in your crash kit are a cellphone, hazard cones or triangles, pen and paper and digital camera. This article details information you should obtain after an accident and would be helpful to keep in your crash kit.

After you have ensured the safety of yourself and others, you should do the following:

1) Take photographs of the accident scene. The pictures should show the relative position of the vehicles involved, together with damage to those vehicles.

2) Note the location of the motor vehicle accident. Write down the intersection or closest address, time of day and date.

3) Exchange information with the other driver(s). List the names of the owner and driver of the other vehicle(s). Include their address, driver’s license number, telephone number, year and make of their vehicle, license plate number, whether they were wearing their seatbelt or suffered any injuries. If there are other occupants in the vehicle, obtain their names, addresses, telephone numbers, whether they were wearing seatbelts or suffered injuries.

4) If the police attend the accident scene, obtain the name of the investigating officer, law enforcement agency name and case number. Also indicate if any citations were issued and to whom.

5) Document the road conditions. Were the roads wet, dry, icy? Were your headlights on? Did the other vehicle have their headlights on? Were the brake lights functioning on your vehicle? Did the other vehicle have working brake lights? Was your turn signal on? Was the other vehicle’s turn signal blinking?

6) Detail your actions and the other driver’s actions just prior to the motor vehicle accident. Indicate the speed you were traveling, the estimated speed of the other driver and the posted speed limit. Describe any evasive actions you took to avoid the accident, as well as maneuvers by the other driver to avoid the accident. If there are traffic controls at the motor vehicle accident site, specify what the controls were, the traffic signal color, if applicable, and who had the right of way.

7) Get the full names of any witnesses to the motor vehicle accident. Be sure to include their complete address and telephone number.

A motor vehicle accident is traumatic. Being fully prepared beforehand will help eliminate some stress and ensure that you are in the best position possible to begin the process of obtain compensation for damages to your vehicle and injuries suffered.

Before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to get our FREE copy of our book The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut. Don’t delay, order it today!