Frequently Asked Questions
Answers About Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut
Serious accidents usually occur unexpectedly, changing your life in the blink of an eye. If you were injured by someone else’s negligence or misconduct, it is important that you hold them responsible and seek the compensation you deserve. To help you understand the legal ramifications of a personal injury case and to empower you, we have listed answers to commonly asked questions below:
What should I do immediately after my car accident?
The first thing you should do is make sure that you are not in a position where you could be hit by another vehicle. You should tell the police officer why the other party was at fault. It is recommended that, if possible, you take as many pictures as you can at the accident from a variety of different angles so that the extent of the damage will be captured as well the positioning of the vehicles will be memorialized and you will be able to document any other pieces of evidence that could help your potential case.
If injured, you should make sure that you are either taken to the emergency room of the local hospital by ambulance or obtain a ride there immediately after the accident. Make sure to tell the doctor about all the aches and pains you are experiencing resulting from the accident. Provide the doctor with a medical history that indicates any prior injuries that could have been made worse following the accident.
It is important to contact an experienced Connecticut accident lawyer as soon as possible so you can have your rights explained to you and find out what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. Most importantly, do not speak to the insurance adjuster of the at-fault party or give any recorded statement.
How do you pay a Connecticut personal injury attorney?
Many people think that they cannot afford to hire a Connecticut personal injury attorney because they do not have any money. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means that the attorneys do not get paid unless they recover compensation on your behalf.
Most Connecticut personal injury attorneys will also advance the costs to develop your case so you will not have to come up with any money out of your pocket. If there is no recovery then you will owe no costs and no fees to the attorney. This type of financial arrangement allows personal injury lawyers to level the playing field so that people with little or no money can hire an experienced accident lawyer to represent them.
We understand that it is an important decision when hiring an attorney. We provide new clients with a no cost, no fee, 30 day guarantee. If you hire us to represent you for your case then within the first 30 days of signing the retainer agreement you can discharge us for any reason. You will owe us no legal fees and you will not have to repay us any costs, which we expended on your behalf.
How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?
As a general rule, the more serious your injuries are, the longer it will take to resolve your personal injury claim. The length of time that it will take to resolve your personal injury case will be determined upon the amount of time that you will have to treat with your doctor, or doctors, until you reach what is referred to as maximum medical improvement or that point in time when you are going to be as well as possible.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Connecticut?
The State of Connecticut limits the amount of time in which you have to file a lawsuit for injuries to a person or property caused by negligence, misconduct or malpractice. The limitation is set forth in, among other places, the Connecticut General Statutes Section 52-584 and provides that you have two years from the date of the accident in which to commence suit. This statute could be extended, in certain circumstances, for up to an additional year.
It is important to point out that certain claims, mostly involving local, state or federal entities, have much shorter periods of time in which you must file the appropriate statutory notice which could be as early as several months after the accident or injury. The important thing to note is that you should not wait before contacting an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney so that you do not miss the appropriate notice filing or statute of limitations deadline.
Can I switch attorneys for my accident or injury case?
Yes, you can switch attorneys for your accident or injury case at any time. Sometimes clients who are represented by other attorneys contact us and they are looking to hire a new attorney. We would be happy to sit down and meet with any injured party who is looking to switch lawyers to review their situation.
If an injured party wants to switch attorneys they will not have to pay any more money than they would have had to pay the previous lawyer. The previous lawyer and our firm are required to work out the eventual fee, or arbitrate the issue, based upon a large number of factors such as: the amount of time each firm spends on the file, the work performed, etc.
How much money can I get for my accident case?
This is one of the first questions that a potential new client will want answered. It will not be possible for any personal injury lawyer to answer that question at the initial client interview. There are a number of different factors that will determine the value of your case such as, but not limited to: your injuries/disabilities, treatment, ongoing treatment and damages. There is a lot of information that needs to be obtained over time in order to determine the value of your case. If you meet with a Connecticut personal injury attorney that tells you the value of your case at the initial client interview then you should consider hiring a different attorney.
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