Questions & Answers on Personal Injury
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Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?
Many of the cases that we handle are resolved before they ever even make it to trial. However, we are prepared for every scenario and we are highly capable of taking your case successfully through trial.
What Do I Say if the Insurance Company Contacts Me Requesting a Formal Recorded Statement?We suggest that you do not answer any questions or make any statements about your case until you have spoken with your Hartford injury lawyer. You could end up disclosing something about your case that could limit your ability to recover restitution.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s First Settlement?One thing that is important to keep in mind is that insurance companies are businesses and they work to maximize their profit and minimize the amount of payouts to the injured. Every insurance adjustor is looking to pay you the lowest possible amount to appease you and close your case as quickly as they can. Our personal injury law firm can help ensure that you are getting the total amount of compensation that you are legally entitled to and nothing less.
If I Am Handed a Release Form Should I Sign It?Always speak with your personal injury lawyer before signing any legal document. The release form could be asking that you relinquish your right to seek any future compensation. In that case you would not want to sign it, especially if you are not certain of the full extent of your injuries and the costs associated with them.
What Constitutes Negligence in a Personal Injury Case?
In order to prove that someone was careless or negligent, you must show that they failed to exercise reasonable care and consideration for the safety of others. If they acted in a way that no reasonable person would, then they could be considered at fault for the accident. If you can prove negligence, then that person could be held liable to pay for the financial and non-financial damages.
How Long Do I Have to File My Injury Lawsuit?With every case we suggest speaking with an experienced injury lawyer immediately following your accident. This is so that no time is lost and all the evidence can be preserved. You also want to make sure you file your lawsuit before the legal statute of limitations is up. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file the lawsuit within this allotted period of time you could be denied compensation for your injuries.
How Long Could My Lawsuit Take To Conclude?This depends on how many parties are involved and whether or not it needs to go to trial. Lawsuits that can be resolved outside of trial could conclude in a matter of months while others could take a few years.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
This question is one of the harder ones to answer because every case is different and people sustain injuries on different levels of severity. The insurance companies look to see how severe your injuries are and if you were partially at fault for the accident. When seeking compensation from the insurance companies there are five main areas to look into in order to determine how much your case is worth. Those main areas include:
- Lost Income
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Past Medical Expenses
- Future Medical Expenses