You have been injured through the fault of another. The liability is clear and there is no question that the other party was negligent and is responsible for your injuries and damages. You have mounting medical bills. You are experiencing a loss of income. Your motor vehicle has been damaged or destroyed. You are in a great deal of pain. You will incur additional medical expenses and losses of your income. You are angry, upset, frustrated, scared, and confused. You may be wondering the following:
- What should I be doing?
- What should I do not be doing?
- How can I get better quicker?
- How can I dramatically improve the success of your case?
- How can I increase the amount of money that you can get for your injury claim?
This five-step guide will help put you on the road to recovery both physically and financially.
1. Consult with an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer ASAP
You might think that you can handle your own claim. You might possess a certain level of formal education or professional experience and as a result, you will have the needed tools to go toe to toe with the insurance adjuster.
The problem is, you don't know what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. You see, if you make a mistake in the early stages of your case you could literally end up costing yourself tens of thousands of dollars or even possibly destroying your case altogether.
It's a no-brainer…rule #1 is to speak with an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
2. Speak with someone who specializes in personal injury law.
Chances are you wouldn't take your Ferrari to your neighborhood gas station to have it repaired. Instead, you would most likely bring it to the dealership where they specialize in working on Ferraris. Likewise, you wouldn't go to your primary care doctor to operate on your broken leg but rather you would go to an orthopedic surgeon.
You should not go to your relative who is a divorce lawyer or your friend from school who practices bankruptcy law to handle your important Connecticut personal injury case. You should find an attorney who specializes and only practices in the area of Connecticut personal injury law.
3. Hire an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney.
If you have been seriously injured through the fault of another you should not attempt to handle your own injury case. Sure it appears that you could handle your case on your own. How complicated could it possibly be? Why pay a lawyer to do something you could do on your own? These are all valid questions but an Insurance Institute study has found that people who were represented by lawyers ended up with more money in their pocket- after paying the lawyer and costs involved with their case- than did people that represented themselves.
Think of it this way, if you had a toothache and your tooth needs to be pulled you could do that on your own. You could save the money that you would otherwise have to pay to an oral surgeon and you could end up with the same result of having your tooth extracted. Few people, if any, would consider yanking out their own tooth. This is because there is a certain level of expertise and experience that is needed to perform such a complicated task. The same is true with your Connecticut injury case.
4. Select an attorney who has been peer-reviewed.
What attorney you choose to represent you is an important decision and you should not do so without determining whether or not this attorney has been peer-reviewed and has received various awards. Is this attorney AV rated by Martindale, one of the oldest lawyer rating systems in the country? Are they ranked superb by AVVO, its highest rating? What other awards or recognition has this attorney received that would provide you with some level of comfort in knowing that this is a highly regarded attorney?
5. Don't wait!
In addition to the statute of limitations periods and notice requirements that have shorter requirements, the longer you wait the more difficult it could be to properly develop your case. Are there witnesses that need to be interviewed? Is there evidence that might change or disappear? Does a private investigator need to be hired to check into the facts of your case? What other time-sensitive issues are there that you might not be aware of that require immediate attention? You should not speak with the adjuster who works for the company that insures the person that caused your accident, as this is one of the best ways to greatly reduce the value of your case.
Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. In other words, you do not have to pay any money out of your own pocket to hire our experienced Connecticut accident attorneys.
Contact us as soon as possible to get all of your questions answered and before you make a mistake that could either destroy your case or cost you tens of thousands of dollars.