After someone has been involved in some type of an accident in Connecticut, or has been injured by the fault of another, one of the most common questions we are asked is: do I have a case? The answer to this question can be rather straightforward or could be quite complicated depending upon the circumstances. It is important to note that each case is different and is driven by the particular facts of the case. In other words, it is necessary for a Connecticut personal injury lawyer to review the facts of your case to make a determination as to whether or not there is liability, what parties might be liable, and to determine whether or not there is insurance coverage to compensate the injured party for their damages.
What does a Connecticut accident lawyer look at in order to determine if the injured party has a case? The first issue that must be looked into is that of liability. In other words, what did the other party do wrong or what did the other party not do that they should have done. In certain cases, such as a dog bite case, there may be strict liability which means that you do not have to show that the other party was negligent, or did something wrong. In order to win an accident or injury case in Connecticut, the injured party or their attorney, must show that the other person was more than 50% at fault. If the injured party is more than 50% at fault then they cannot recover any money damages. If the injured party is found to be at fault then their compensation will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if the injured party is awarded $100,000 and is found to be 20% liable then the award would be reduced to $80,000.
There are many ways that a Connecticut injury attorney can go about determining liability. If it is a motor vehicle accident then the police report will be reviewed. If it is a slip and fall or trip and fall case, photographs can be reviewed, witnesses can be interviewed, video tape can be reviewed, municipal records can be examined and we can have our private investigator go about doing extensive research on different theories of liability. There can also be situations where more than just one person can be held accountable for your injuries and damages. For example, if you are injured by a drunk driver and the drunk driver was over served at a restaurant or bar then there could be additional liability on the part of the restaurant or bar for over serving the individual that caused your injuries and damages.
The point you should keep in mind is that this can be a fairly complicated undertaking and should be investigated at the earliest possible moment. Pictures may have to be taken. Witnesses may have to be interviewed. Investigative work might have to be conducted. The longer you wait the more difficult it may be in order to properly develop the liability portion of your CT accident or injury claim. It is therefore very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney at the earliest possible moment so that you can get a better understanding as to how you can go about collecting money damages for your case and protecting your interest.
Our Connecticut accident lawyers represent injured parties on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. You do not have to come up with any money out of your pocket to hire our Connecticut injury lawyers to represent you. If there is no recovery, you will owe no legal fees and no costs. Any legal fees and costs will only be paid once our lawyers collect money damages for you. Contact us today before you make a mistake in attempting to handle your own Connecticut accident or injury case.