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Connecticut personal injury lawyer explains one of the biggest mistakes you can make after your accident!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Our office recently received a telephone call from a woman who had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Connecticut and was looking to have our CT personal injury lawyers represent her. She advised me that she was a passenger in a vehicle that hit another car head on. She advised me that she sustained a number of injuries not the least of which was a concussion that continue to affect her memory and cause her frequent headaches. She was also experiencing panic attacks and was having a great deal of difficulty in driving as a passenger in a car. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a number of accident related problems. By all accounts, this would seem like a case that might interest most CT accident lawyers.

 

I asked her when the accident occurred and she advised me that it happened 14 months ago. I asked her why she waited until this point in time to contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer and she told me that she was dealing with the insurance adjuster directly and at the adjuster advised her that the two of them would be able to work out resolving the case without her having to hire a lawyer. She told me that the adjuster was very nice and would check in with her from time to time to see how she was doing. The last time the insurance adjuster called her, which was shortly before she contacted our Connecticut personal injury lawyers, the adjuster told her that she should be completing her treatment and that he was in a position to make her an offer for the pain and suffering which she endured. She, quite naturally, was excited to learn that she would be able to settle this case without having to hire a lawyer. Despite all of the problems that she experienced and the pain and suffering that she endured the insurance adjuster told her that her case was only worth $1000. She was outraged and then contacted our Connecticut personal injury lawyers.

 

There are several concerns that a Connecticut accident lawyer might have about this case. The first thing is that this individual had only seen her family doctor on three or four occasions during the past 14 months. She had never been to see an orthopedic doctor despite the fact that she was having problems with her neck, shoulders, spine and back. She had never received any physical therapy. She had never been to a neurologist to receive any type of treatment related to her concussion, her headaches, and her memory problems. She had never gotten any type of counseling for her panic attacks and the challenges that she was experiencing while riding in a car. The medical treatment that she received was very, very limited and very, very sporadic. In other words, she had not done herself a service in getting the proper care and treatment for her injuries and all the while the insurance adjuster of the person that caused this accident was assuring her that she could settle this case without having to consult with a lawyer.

 

I advise people who have been involved in an accident that not every person that is injured in a Connecticut accident case needs to hire a lawyer, but every person who was been involved in a Connecticut motor vehicle accident case needs to consult with a lawyer. The decision to hire or not hire a personal injury lawyer is entirely up to the client. It would be foolhardy for the injured party to attempt to represent him self or herself with out getting the proper advice as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

 

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers provide plenty of free information to injured parties and their families regarding what they should be doing, what they should not be doing, how they can develop their lost wage claim, what they can be doing to get better quickly, and how they can get more money for their personal injury case. You can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a copy of our free Conn accident law book. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and either speak with one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and get your questions answered over the telephone or schedule a free consultation where we are happy to meet with you and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. Do not make the mistake that this lady made in attempting to deal directly with the insurance adjuster. Get this valuable free information from our experience Connecticut injury lawyers in accident attorneys before you make a very crucial mistake that could completely undermine your case.

Update: CT Train Accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The Bridgeport, CT train accident has injured a significant number of people that have been treated at area hospitals. We were contacted this week by at least one individual that was on the train heading from Grand Central terminal to New Haven and another individual who was on the train coming from New Haven headed to Grand Central terminal. There appears to be a lot of conflicting information about exactly what happened at this juncture.

The individual who was on the New Haven train headed to Grand Central terminal indicated that the other train had already derailed and that people were getting off of that train while her train was still in motion. She indicated that the conductor of her train was evidently unable to stop in time and at which point her train crashed into the other train. The individual who was on the Grand Central to New Haven train indicated that she felt a very violent initial impact, which was then followed by a subsequent impact.
There are conflicting reports as to exactly what happened in this CT Train Accident and we are still in the early investigative stages of this CT Train accident case. We would appreciate hearing from any witnesses or passengers who were ivolved in the CT train accident so we can get a better idea as to what happened. The official investigation will probably take a significant amount of time so we would appreciate obtaining as much information as possible to determine what happened in advance of this official report.
We can be contacted either by email which can be found at www.HCWLAW.com or by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466. We appreciate whatever assistance you might be able to provide to us and we hope for the speedy recovery of all of those who were injured in this CT Train Accident.

Hartford Injury Attorney Explains How to Get More Money for Your Connecticut Accident Case

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

We are contacted by people who have been involved in a Hartford Connecticut car accident case and one of the questions that the injured party has is, what should they be doing to properly develop their case. Our Hartford injury attorneys  advise clients on a regular basis as to what they should be doing and what they should not be doing as it relates to their important Connecticut injury case. We are happy to speak with Connecticut injury victims over the telephone, or meet with them in our office, and provide these individuals with free legal advice so they know what they should be doing. There are so many things that a person who was been involved in a Hartford Connecticut car accident case should be doing right away but let’s just review a few of those things.

It is vitally important that you do not speak with the insurance adjuster of the at fault party until you have first gotten the advice of an experienced Hartford Connecticut accident attorney. One of the things that might be told to you, by an experienced Hartford Connecticut injury attorney, is that you should write a detailed narrative of the accident. It is important that you write a detailed description of exactly what happened on the day and especially at the time of the accident. This description would include some very specific specific information as to answer all of the questions regarding the who, what, why, where, and how the event occurred, including any other questions that could be possibly asked of you. You should include in your detailed description times, places, people, the place where you are going and why you were going there, how the accident occurred, what parts of your body hit what objects inside of the vehicle, what injuries you sustained, what medical care and treatment you received, what was done for you and by whom, what you were told, etc.

This information will be very helpful to your Hartford Connecticut injury attorney in helping to get a better understanding as to specifically what happened in your case. It would also be helpful if you took detailed pictures of your vehicle, the accident site, any conditions that caused or contributed to your accident, skid marks, the location of the vehicles, and any and all other information which would be of help to understand and get a better feel for the accident site and what happened. You should also try and get the names and contact information of any and all witnesses so that they can be contacted by your Hartford Connecticut injury lawyer.

In order to get a better understanding of what you should be doing and what you should not be doing our Hartford Connecticut injury attorneys have written the book on Connecticut injury law. Visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” You can also call and speak with one of our Connecticut injury lawyers at 888-842-8466. If you would prefer, you can also schedule a free, in office, consultation where our Connecticut injury lawyer will discuss the facts of your case with you in detail and will give you specific instructions as to what you should be doing. The book is free, the call is free and our advice is free. There is no real reason not to get this valuable free information immediately before you make a mistake and harm the value of your Hartford Connecticut injury case. Do not delay contact us today.

Hartford Injury Lawyer Explains How Accident Cases Are Evaluated

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

What are some of the things that that an insurance adjuster looks at when attempting to evaluate your Hartford Connecticut car accident case? An experienced Hartford injury lawyer will know how to properly develop your accident case so it can be presented to the insurance adjuster of the at fault party to help maximize the value of your claim. It makes a great deal of sense to consult with an experienced Hartford accident attorney at the earliest possible moment so you can learn what you need to be doing and what you should not be doing. If you proceed without getting the advice of an experienced Hartford injury attorney then you run the very real risk of doing something to harm the value of your case.

So what will the insurance adjuster of the at fault party look at in trying to place a value on your Hartford Connecticut car accident case? Generally speaking, this process will not take place until such time as you have reached maximum medical improvement. In other words, you must be at a point where your doctor will discharge you because you are as well as you are going to be. This means that you will either be in the same condition that you were in one second before your accident or that you will have some type of a ratable disability that your Hartford accident attorney will get from your treating physician and or physicians.

There are a great number of issues present in evaluating a Connecticut injury case which could include some or all of the following: the liability or fault of the parties involved; the type and extent of the injuries suffered by the victim; the medical treatment received for the injuries; the recuperative period; past and future medical bills; past and future lost wages; whether or not the injuries are permanent in nature and the extent of the permanency; any scarring; whether future treatment is recommended or needed; the nature and cost of future medical treatment; the future convalescent period; how the injuries have affected the injured party; how the injuries can expect to affect the person in the future; the age of the injured party; and a great number of other issues that need to be investigated and developed.

Our Hartford Connecticut accident lawyers have written the book on CT personal injury claims and provide this book to Connecticut accident victims for free. Visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims.” This book will provide you with a lot of valuable information so you can learn how a Connecticut personal injury case is developed and presented to the insurance adjuster. Find out what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. Most importantly, find out what you can be doing to assist your Hartford injury lawyer in getting you more money for your Connecticut accident case.

If you have questions that need to be answered right away please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Hartford Connecticut accident attorneys. You can even schedule a free in office consultation with one of our Hartford Connecticut injury lawyers so we can review the facts of your case with you and provide you with valuable free information. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and are only paid a fee if we recover money damages for you. We also advance the cost to develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us if we collect money damages for you. We want you to concentrate on getting better so we take all of the financial risk in representing you in your important Connecticut accident case. So before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any paperwork contact us immediately so we can answer your important questions.

Do’s and Don’ts Following a CT Car Crash

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

The Do’s and Don’ts Following a CT Car Crash

All CT car crashes, even small ones, can have far reaching consequences. Because of these consequences, knowing what you should do and what not to do after a car accident is incredibly important. It will be the steps you take after your accident that have the biggest impact on your ability to collect proper compensation, particularly in instances where serious injury has occurred.

What to Do

On the scene of the accident:

  • Contact 911 and cooperate with all emergency personnel
  • Get the name, insurance information, contact information, and vehicle information from all involved drivers
  • Get the name and contact information of any witnesses
  • Take pictures of the accident from multiple angles
  • Contact your insurance company

Immediately following an accident:

  • See your doctor for a thorough examination
  • Contact a New Haven personal injury attorney at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh

 

What Not to Do

Do not, under any circumstances, admit or suggest your fault in an accident. Not to the police, not to EMTs, not to the other driver, witnesses, or your insurance company. Whatever you do, do not admit fault.

Do not fail to contact your own doctor for a thorough examination. There are many injuries that can take weeks or months to begin showing symptoms. You need to have these injuries diagnosed as soon as possible to increase your chances of a full recovery.

Do not fail to contact our office to obtain legal representation and do not accept an insurance offer before you have spoken with us. Insurance companies will try to minimize your settlement.Only with our help can you get the full compensation you deserve.

If you have been involved in a car accident in or around Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Georgetown, Hamden, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield, or Stamford, Connecticut, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today.

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Elderly Pedestrian Struck by SUV in Fairfield

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A gentleman in his 80s was struck by an SUV on Greenfield Street in Fairfield Friday night at around 9 pm. The accident happened in the vicinity of Liana’s Trattoria, Fairfield Police reported.

The driver of the SUV was being questioned after the accident police reported.

The elderly pedestrian was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport with the seriousness of his injuries not being known.

The SUV was reported traveling about 30 miles per hour when it hit the man, according to emergency medical personnel.

The accident is still under investigation.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Elderly-man-struck-by-SUV-in-Fairfield-3586822.php#ixzz1vy5YjtWy

Cincinnati, OH Personal Injury and Auto Accident Lawyer Helping Injured Victims from Connecticut

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

As a Connecticut accident attorney and personal injury lawyer who has been practicing for decades, you get the opportunity to meet some very highly regarded accident and injury lawyers throughout the U.S. One such highly regarded  injury lawyer is Anthony Castelli from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have spoken with Tony about a number of legal issues and find him to be very intelligent, highly experienced and very concerned about the welfare of his clients. I have even co-authored a book with Attorney Castelli who has a excellent grasp of exactly what he needs to do to protect his clients’ rights and to help maximize the value of his clients’ cases.

 

I know that if any of my clients are on business, traveling through or are on vacation in Ohio and are injured in some type of car accident, truck wreck, motorcycle crash or any other type of accident then I can immediately call and speak with Tony and get him to work to protect our injured client.  Tony and I can work together as a team to properly develop your injury case and to stay in constant contact with one another while working diligently to help maximize the value of your case. I am extremely confident in Tony’s abilities because he has the same philosophy and work ethic that I have. He will not rest until he has gotten his client the desired result.

So if you are a CT resident and are injured in some type of accident in any other state, you can contact me and briefly explain the facts of your case to me and I will immediately locate one of the best lawyers in the area and state where you were injured to handle your important accident case. I can handle all of the legal matters for you so you can be confident that you will be in the hands of a highly regarded lawyer from the state in which you were injured. All you will need to do is to concentrate on getting better. You will not have to worry about going through the process of finding an experienced lawyer in another state as you can use my decades of experience and network of national contacts to help you in your time of need. Call me as soon as the need arises regardless of where you were injured. Either call us at our toll free number (888) 842-8466 or visit us at www.hcwlaw.com. You will be glad you did.

Dan Goldstein; The Internet Marketing Expert- Page 1 Solutions

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Last week, as part of our ongoing quest to provide more and better consumer content to accident and injury victims, Attorneys Richard Hastings and Patrick Walsh met with the President of Page 1 Solutions, Dan Goldstein, who had flown in from his corporate office in Colorado. Dan, who is trained as a lawyer, had an interesting career path that took him from, among other places, the private practice of law to heading a number of internet marketing and development companies. One company of his, Page 1 Solutions provides website design, development and optimization services to professionals including lawyers and doctors.

Dan is a visionary who is constantly thinking outside of the box in how to help his clients develop better websites that are more easily searchable and rank highly, usually on Page 1, of Google. Dan’s strategies are highly effective as we have ranked on Page 1 for a great number of search terms. Dan’s message is a simple one to rank highly and convert more leads to clients. It is to provide the searching consumer with answers to the most often asked questions in a format the is easy to find and understand. In other words quality content, content, content. This of course is the easy answer to a difficult question and the follow up question is how are you more readily found?

Dan explained that consumers are very savvy and look for topical answers to their questions that many times they want immediately. Because people look for and process information very differently there are a number of ways that you can present this information. Blog posts are a great way to provide consumers with the most asked questions that accident victims have historically asked along with the answers to those questions. Your web site should also have a lot of rich content that will allow a consumer one place to go to get answers to their frequently asked questions. Still others will want to watch a video that answers their question which means producing and posting more video on You Tube and other video posting sites.

Dan also told us about some of the other interesting ways that he plans to help his clients provide richer content to consumers that will help to convert more leads to clients. One strategy he is pursuing involves offering law firms the ability to develop attorney.us subdomain websites.  Our firm, in an effort to expand our presence in the Bridgeport, CT community, has worked in optimizing one of these sub domain websites - http://bridgeportaccident.attorney.us - with Dan’s help and counsel. This sub domain website is fully optimizable and we can add and edit pages and blogs as well as add images and videos whenever we want. Although the site has only been online for a few weeks, it is amazingly on Page 1 of Google, in a highly competitive marketplace. This fact establishes the great results that Dan and his team can deliver.

We also discussed ways that we can further educate consumers about what to do, challenges other accident victims have faced and how they handled them. Dan is in the process of developing another forum where consumers can go and share their experiences with others in a support group type forum. This idea will allow those that are very anxious about their situation and the uncertainty of the future to get answers and comfort from others that have been there. This is truly a win/win situation.

Dan is a very impressive businessman who truly sees the big picture. Despite the fact that he provides a very valuable service to professionals- oh, did I mention what a terrific job he is doing for Hastings, Cohan & Walsh- his greatest asset is that he really cares about people. If you speak with him for just several minutes you will immediately get the sense that it is all about you and not all about Dan. He is very successful because he puts the interests of others over his in how he does business. After all if you help enough people get what they want out of life they will help you get what you want as well.

If you were ever thinking about hiring someone to help you develop a web site, redesign a web site or do search engine optimization, you need to call Dan and his team or visit their web site at www.Page1solutions.com. You’ll be glad you did and tell him we told you to call him!

Putting the Brakes on Holiday Accidents and Injuries: Understanding and Avoiding The Common Causes of Holiday Accidents

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

As we gather with family and friends this holiday season we should be mindful of the fact that this time of the year is the worst season for accidents. We all want to spend time with those we care for but want to be as safe as possible so it would be helpful to review some of the most common causes of holiday accidents and review how we can avoid these injuries.

Ironically, holiday parties are one of the biggest causes of motor vehicle accidents at this time of the year. Far too often free flowing alcohol and excessive consumption can combine to result in a recipe for disaster. As a party host we have a legal responsibility to make sure that those who overindulge do not drive off from our parties while intoxicated. If you are hosting a holiday party you must be vigilant in monitoring your party guests and insure their safety and those who are on the road by making sure that they do not leave your party intoxicated and get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Holiday decorations are also a cause of a number of deaths and injuries. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that holiday decorating accidents result in over 1,200 people going to the hospital each year. Many people try and outdo their neighbors in home decorating. Climbing up on ladders and going up on the roof are two common tasks that sometimes result in falls that cause serious injury or death. Another decorating activity that causes injury is the plugging in of endless strings of lights in extension cords that are over loaded or are not water proof which are placed outside or in using indoor lights outside both of which can either shock someone or start a fire.

Another thing that we often do during the holiday season is to burn candles as a way of adding ambiance to our homes. Scented candles can add a nice aroma and produce pleasant lighting that make our homes seem more warm and inviting. Unfortunately,  candle related house fires are a common mishap during this time of the year and claim 166 lives, cause more than 12,000 injuries and cost almost a half a billion dollars in property damage. Therefore it is important that you not leave burning candles unattended, keep them away from flammable items, make sure they are on stable, heat resistant surfaces, make sure they are blown out before retiring for the night and have a functioning fire extinguisher in your home.

Many holiday plants including holly berries, mistletoe and Christmas cactus are poisonous if swallowed so be sure to keep them away from pets and small children. Additionally, poinsettias can also make humans and pets seriously ill so be sure to keep them in a less accessible place.

Lastly, when families gather we often gravitate, at some point, to outdoor winter activities such as sledding, skiing, skating and hiking. Slip and falls, collisions and other traumatic accidents occur which result in head injuries and broken bones. Make sure that you wear safety protection, watch for others and be careful while on slippery or other dangerous surfaces.

Be careful and have a safe and joyous holiday season!

CT Snow and Ice Accident and Injury Cases

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been hospitalized as a result of an accident that occurred as a result of snow and ice either in a car or because you slipped and fell then you need immediate legal representation. Snow and ice cases present unique fact patterns and situations that require immediate investigation. What was the cause of your slip and fall? What caused the other car to skid out of control? How long was this condition present? What notice did the at fault party have of this condition? Had this happened before at or near the same location? What was the weather like before this accident? What other parties could be liable? These and other issues need to be investigated.

In Connecticut, winter weather mean lots of snow and ice, including black ice, that creates problems for people driving on the roads, walking on sidewalks or in parking lots, shopping at stores, visiting businesses, going to see friends or relatives and trying to move about outdoors. Snow and ice conditions can create dangerous situations for pedestrians who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents or for motorists who are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Property owners and those that have the care, custody and control of a property have a responsibility to reasonably protect those that are on their property and may be held liable for the injuries and damages that result from an accident that occurs on snow or ice due to their substandard care or negligence. In certain cases, the contractor who was responsible for removing the snow and ice hazard may also be held liable for an injured party’s damages resulting from their negligence. Our firm has decades of experience in representing people who have been injured in snow and ice accidents as well as other types of premises liability and other accidents. We know how to determine who is responsible for your injuries and how to get you compensated for your losses.

One of the issues that might come up in your CT  snow and ice case is foreseeable risk. The CT jury instructions state as follows:

To prove that an injury is a reasonably foreseeable consequence of negligent
conduct, a plaintiff need not prove that the defendant actually foresaw or
should have foreseen the extent of the harm suffered or the manner in which
it occurred. Instead, the plaintiff must prove that it is a harm of the
same general nature as that which a reasonably prudent person in the
defendant’s position should have anticipated, in view of what the defendant
knew or should have known at the time of the negligent conduct.

It is important to keep in mind that insurance companies have a team of experts working hard looking for ways to pay you the least amount of money possible for your case. You can help them in paying you as little money as possible every time you speak to the insurance company or insurance adjuster. You have to realize that the insurance company representative is not your friend and is not looking to help you. Their job is to save the insurance company money. So do not speak with them and do not agree to give a recorded statement but instead. Don’t forget that anything you say can and will be used against you.  So before you hire an attorney, speak to an insurance company representative or sign anything get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims” or call us right away and speak to one of our lawyers at (888) CT-LAW 00.