After someone has been involved in some type of an accident or has been injured in some way, through the fault of another, we are typically contacted by the injured party and one of the first questions they want answered is what is my case worse. If you do a search on line as to how to determine the value of your case you will find a number of websites that have an injury settlement calculator.
If you go on to a website that has an injury settlement calculator on it and type all of the information that is requested in order to determine the value of your case, you will not be told what your case is worth, but rather you will be put into some database where an attorney who advertises with that company will contact you. I know because I have done this exercise to see what type of a result I would be told. After I was contacted by an attorney I would ask them what my case is worth and not one of them was willing to tell me that because the value could not yet be calculated.
In order to determine the value of your accident or injury case an experienced CT personal injury lawyer will have to look at a number of different issues, including but not limited to the following:
Liability-The first issue that needs to be investigated is who is at fault for causing your injuries and damages. This might seems straightforward to many people. For example, if you are rear ended then you might immediately assume that the car that hit you is liable for your injuries and damages. This might be more complicated if the car behind you was struck by someone else or if there is a roadway defect or if there was a sudden emergency or if there are other extenuating circumstances.
There are other situations which become much more complicated that might involve a slip and fall case or a trip and fall case or a motor vehicle accident case. There might be multiple individuals who could be responsible for your injuries and damages. There might be a dram shop case involving someone who was sold liquor to an intoxicated individual who later causes your injuries and damages. In a slip and fall or trip and fall case there might be liability on the part of the owner of the property or the tenant or some contractor who was responsible for maintaining the property. It is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut accident lawyer at the earliest possible moment so that a proper investigation could be conducted into the facts of your case to determine who might be liable for your injuries and damages.
Damages- After the liability issue is investigated and determined the next issue is what are your damages. There are a great number of types of damages which include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are damages that you can calculate to the penny which could include your past and future medical bills, your past and future lost wages, any and all therapy or psychological bills, your out-of-pocket expenses and any other monies which you had to spend as a result of your accident related injuries.
You are also entitled to receive compensation for your noneconomic damages which are much more difficult to calculate. These damages could include such things as the amount of pain you endured, how long you suffered and how it affected you, loss of your life's activities which you either do differently or do not do at all as a result of your accident, any scars that you received, psychological or emotional damages, any permanent disability that you received, and and a host of other damages that you could be entitled to as a result of your accident.
If you are involved in an accident or have been injured in some way and you contact a CT accident attorney very early on in your case and that attorney will tell you the value of your case I would suggest that you not use that individual. There is far too much information that needs to be gathered, your case needs to be properly developed, and insurance coverage issues need to be investigated before any competent Connecticut accident lawyer can intelligently discuss the value of your case.
If you have been injured through the fault of another please contact our Connecticut injury attorneys so that you can have your rights explained to you over the phone. Will you even provide you with a free package of information which contained several books that we have written, and other information which will help you to get a better understanding as to what needs to be done to properly develop your Connecticut injury case so you can maximize the amount of money that you're able to obtain. We will even be happy to meet with you either in our office or at some other place which you designate, such as the hospital, without any cost or obligation.
We are happy to provide you with this information at no cost or obligation. Additionally, we take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case which means you do not have to come up with any money out of your own pocket unless and until we resolve your case. If there is no recovery that you will owe no legal fees or no costs. Contact us before you make a mistake that could literally end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.