Common Questions About Personal Injury Claims
Q: How long do I have to file a claim?
A: In Connecticut, an injury claim must be brought within two years from the date of the injury. However, we recommend getting started as soon as possible to maximize the compensation available to you and build the strongest case for the court.
Q: Will I have to go to court?
A: Most personal injury cases settle before trial, which makes court appearances unnecessary. However, if the responsible party does not agree to an acceptable settlement, litigation may become necessary. We keep clients informed of settlement progress and the likelihood of trial so they can make informed decisions about their chosen course of action.
Q: What if I think I may have been partially responsible for the accident?
A: It is difficult to ascertain exactly what happened in an injury case without a thorough investigation. For this reason, we encourage people who think they may have played a role in causing the accident to retain an attorney. Your lawyer can help you determine what happened and identify other parties that had some responsibility.
Even if you are found to have some fault for the accident, Connecticut law may allow you to recover compensation. Connecticut uses a “modified comparative fault” rule, which means that parties who are less than 50 percent responsible for causing an accident may be able to recover damages.
Q: How much is my injury case worth?
A: It is impossible to predict the outcome in a personal injury case; be wary of anyone who promises a certain result or dollar amount. However, experienced attorneys can evaluate a case based on the circumstances and provide an educated estimated range. The compensation available depends on many factors, including the severity of the injuries, the expenses you have incurred and the conduct of the defendant.
Q: Do I need to work with an attorney, or can I work directly with my insurance company?
A: There is no law that requires you to have legal counsel after an accident or injury. However, retaining a lawyer can make a tremendous difference in the success of your claim – and how much compensation you are able to secure. Learn more about the benefits of working with an attorney.
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These answers provide general information, but it is wise to speak with an attorney if you have questions about a specific accident or injury. Your first consultation is always free, and we only collect attorney fees if we succeed in recovering compensation for you. To learn more about your rights and begin protecting them, please contact us online or call 860-881-2719 (866-697-2576 toll free).