If you have been involved in some type of Connecticut accident that resulted in an injury, there are a great number of factors that will affect the value of your case. First and foremost, liability will be one of the most significant factors in your accident case.
Liability & Contributory Negligence
If you are more than 50% at fault for the accident because of your contributory negligence, then despite how significantly injured you are, you will not be able to recover a single dime. If you are 50% or less at fault, the value of your case will be reduced by your percentage of negligence. So, for example, if your case is worth $100,000 and you are found to be 20% at fault then your case would be worth $80,000.
Significance of Injury
If you have been injured in a car, motorcycle, truck, slip and fall or trip and fall, dog bite, crosswalk, or another type of accident case in Connecticut one of the next things that will affect the value of your case is the significance of your injury. As you would expect, the more significant your injury is the greater your case will be worth, with all things being equal.
One issue that a Connecticut accident lawyer will want to discuss with you after you have been involved in some type of an accident is what types of injuries and damages have you sustained because of this accident. Most Connecticut accident attorneys will shy away from a case where an individual was involved in an accident but does not have any type of quantifiable injury, significant accident-related medical bills & lost wages, or any one of a number of other issues regarding a particular case.
Many years ago, our firm was contacted by an individual whose foot was run over while crossing a street. He did not go to the hospital, did not receive any medical care or treatment, and did not have any problems with his foot. Despite these facts, this individual wanted to commence a personal injury case against the responsible party without any evidence that would support his claim. To obtain the maximum value of your case, your lawyers must have evidence that will help build it.
If you have a back injury and your x-ray, CAT scan or MRI does not show any objective findings and all of your complaints are subjective in nature (which means that the doctor only knows about this injury as a result of what you tell them), then this case could be worth significantly less money than a situation where you fractured a bone and had open reduction internal fixation surgery with the implantation of surgical hardware.
Sometimes people would like a CT personal injury lawyer to consider the fact that the injured party could have died or that they are lucky to be alive. While those things might be true, they do not amount to much in the way of money damages unless these factors create verifiable psychological injuries or physical injuries as there must be some type of quantifiable injury.
Speak to an Expert
One of the best ways that you can determine whether you have a case that might interest a Connecticut personal injury attorney is to contact them and discuss the details of the accident. Not every Connecticut accident case would benefit from utilizing the services of a personal injury lawyer but every individual who has been involved in some type of an accident should consult with a Connecticut accident and injury lawyer to find out what they need to be doing and what they should not be doing.
If you attempt to represent yourself without first getting the advice of an experienced injury lawyer, you run the very real risk of greatly reducing the value of your case since you could make a mistake that could have a severely negative impact on it.
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