Personal Injury Lawyer in Hartford
When a personal injury is caused by the negligence of another, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. However, you cannot recover compensation unless you can prove the other party is liable.
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Proving liability can be complicated, which is why you may want help from a reputable Hartford personal injury lawyer. An attorney can manage the legal process on your behalf, allowing you to focus on what is most important – your health and safety. The attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have received numerous awards and accolades. Partner Mike D'Amico was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® for 2019 and 2015. D'Amico has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2013 for personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. Our accomplished attorneys can review your situation in a free, no obligation legal consultation. If you decide to move forward and pursue a lawsuit in Hartford, you will not be charged legal fees unless you are compensated.
Our Hartford personal injury lawyers take cases throughout the city of Hartford, involving a variety of injuries and accidents. Schedule a consultation today to find if we can help you.
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Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases
It is always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. There are many reasons for this:
- The longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget important details about the accident. These details could make or break your chances of recovering compensation and holding the at-fault party liable.
- The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner he or she can go to work for you, pursuing the compensation you deserve. If you wait days or weeks, you could have to wait that much longer to receive compensation.
Another very important reason to contact an attorney right away is that we have a limited amount of time to pursue a case on your behalf. Connecticut has a statute of limitations, which sets a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, you lose the right to do so.
If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, you lose the right to do so.
Connecticut's personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date when an injury was suffered, discovered or should have been discovered by exercising reasonable care. There are situations when the victim is not aware he or she has grounds for a claim when the accident occurs. This is why the statute says you have two years from when the injury should have been discovered by exercising reasonable care.
Personal injury lawsuits in Connecticut are also governed by a statute of repose. Under this statute, lawsuits cannot be filed more than three years from the date of the incident that caused your injury. This applies no matter when you discover you have grounds for a lawsuit.
Determining how much time you have to file a lawsuit can be very difficult on your own. This is why you could benefit from working with a Hartford personal injury attorney.
Advantages of Having a Lawyer
There are many other advantages of working with an attorney, besides the fact he or she will have detailed knowledge of the statute of limitations. For example, an attorney can:
Determine the Fair Value of Your Case
Unfortunately, personal injury victims often do not know the full value of their claim. This is why insurance companies like to contact victims right away and offer a settlement in hopes that they will accept it. These settlement offers usually provide much less compensation than victims deserve.
If you are represented by one of our Hartford personal injury lawyers, he or she will determine an accurate valuation of your claim. We want you to be compensated for all the damages you have suffered, not just medical bills, but also lost wages and pain and suffering. We will carefully analyze medical records and your account of how your injuries affect you on a daily basis.
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
We understand it can be intimidating to negotiate with an insurance company on your own. Adjusters are trained to encourage you to accept what they are offering, even if it is unfair.
Our attorneys have many years of combined experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. After filing your claim, we can take over, handling all communications with the insurance company. We will defend your best interests and will not accept lowball settlement offers. We are prepared to go back and forth with the insurance company to recover what you deserve.
Our personal injury lawyers in Hartford are prepared to file a lawsuit if the insurance process is unsuccessful. We do not want you to end up with less compensation that you deserve.
Conduct a Thorough Investigation
Injury victims are often unfamiliar with all the details of a personal injury case. They may not know what they need to prove to obtain compensation and where to look.
Fortunately, if you have a personal injury attorney, he or she can handle the investigation. The trusted attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have many years of experience investigating personal injuries and know what to look for. There are many steps we will take to investigate, including:
- Visiting the scene to take pictures and take note of the factors involved in your accident
- Searching for and obtaining available video footage
- Interviewing witnesses to determine what they saw
- Reviewing medical records to determine all the effects of your injuries
- Consulting medical experts and accident reconstruction experts to determine the effects of your injuries and the factors involved in your accident
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Types of Personal Injury Cases
The attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi handle many different types of personal injury cases, including cases involving:
- Truck accidents – This includes many different types of accidents involving large trucks and traditional passenger vehicles, including rear-end crashes, underride accidents, rollovers and jackknife crashes. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact a Hartford truck accident lawyer.
- Nursing home negligence – If an elder loved one was abused at a nursing home, the facility or staff members could potentially be held liable.
- Motorcycle accidents – These are some of the most dangerous motor vehicle accidents because riders lack the protections of a traditional passenger vehicle.
- Car crashes – If you suffered an injury in a car accident, one of our Hartford car accident lawyers may be able to obtain compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
- Medical malpractice – Medical malpractice can result in lifelong injuries that require continued treatment and management. The negligent medical professionals who caused these injuries should be held accountable.
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What to do After Suffering a Personal Injury
When a personal injury occurs, your first priority is your health and safety. You should immediately seek medical treatment to stabilize your injuries and start treating them.
Another reason to immediately seek medical treatment is that it helps connect your injuries to the accident. The treating doctor will note the cause of your injuries in your medical records, which will serve as invaluable evidence in your personal injury claim.
Waiting to seek treatment causes insurance companies and attorneys for the at-fault party to get suspicious. They may try to say your injuries were caused by something other than the accident.
This goes to show that your actions after a personal injury can have a major impact on your personal injury claim. This is why you should be careful what you do when an injury occurs. Some of the other steps you can take to help your situation include:
Before you leave the scene, try to collect evidence, such as pictures. Pull out your smartphone and take a lot of pictures of your injuries and the scene. Be sure to capture anything you think could be important, including property damage and hazards or obstacles that contributed to your injury.
Take a few moments to write down what you remember about the accident, including what happened before you were hurt and what happened afterward.
If you are able to prove another party is liable for your injuries, you may be able to obtain compensation. However, you need to make sure to keep records of the damages you suffered. This will help ensure you are adequately compensated.
Keep receipts from any medical treatment you receive. Take notes on the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience. You should also keep records of the hours you miss at work because you are receiving treatment for your injury.
These records will help your Hartford personal injury lawyer obtain all the compensation you deserve.
If you stop treatment, you could be putting your personal injury claim in jeopardy. This is why you should always follow all the doctor's orders. If you stop doing what the doctor says, the insurance company may be able to deny your claim. If you are filing a lawsuit, the other side may have an easier time securing a favorable ruling.
If the doctor refers you to a specialist, make an appointment and see that person. If you are prescribed medication, you should take it. If you are instructed to avoid certain activities, make sure to avoid them.
Contacting an Attorney
Handling a personal injury claim on your own is very difficult. You will be battling insurance companies and attorneys for the other side who are out for their best interests.
This is why you could benefit from having an advocate on your side. The other side has people fighting for his or her best interests. An attorney can manage every aspect of the legal process and continually fight for your best interests. A lawyer can also instruct you on how to help him or her recover the fair compensation you deserve. This can help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes after a personal injury because you are unsure of what to do.
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Compensation for a Personal Injury
Our attorneys may be able to obtain compensation for a variety of damages caused by your injuries, including:
One of the main forms of compensation after an accident is medical expenses. This includes all the bills you incurred from your treatment, such as bills for:
- Staying in the hospital
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Future medical costs
- Doctor office visits
- Medical testing
Injury victims often miss time at work because they are physically unable to work or they are receiving treatment. It may be difficult to obtain compensation for missed time at work unless you pursue a personal injury claim.
Our personal injury lawyers in Hartford can explain how to properly document lost wages so we can pursue the full value of these damages.
This often occurs in a car accident, resulting in expensive repair bills. If this happens, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your repair costs. Without this compensation, you may have trouble paying for the necessary repairs, which will leave you without a vehicle to go to work and earn money to support yourself and your family.
Make sure to keep copies of receipts for repairs bills or estimates when your personal property is damaged. This will help our attorneys pursue the full value of these damages.
Pain and Suffering
There are some damages that do not have receipts. There is no defined economic value for these damages. This can include the physical pain you experience from your injury, along with any emotional effects, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and depression.
Your personal injury attorney in Hartford may recommend keeping a daily journal to document the physical and emotional effects of your injuries. This will help us to determine an accurate value of those damages. We know personal injuries affect victims in many ways that might not show up in medical records or receipts for repairing your personal property or records from your employer about lost wages.
If you suffered a personal injury caused by negligence, contact us today to learn how we can determine the full value of your damages. We know compensation can help victims begin to move forward after an accident.
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How to Prove Negligence
The key to your personal injury claim is proving another party was negligent, making them liable for your injuries and the resulting damages.
There are four basic elements of negligence – you must establish each one to obtain compensation for your claim:
- Duty of care – You must show that another party owed you a duty to act the way a reasonable person would if he or she was in a similar situation. The duty of care depends on the situation. For example, drivers have a duty of care to safely operate their vehicles to prevent other drivers from getting injured.
- Breach of duty of care – You must show that the duty of care was breached in some way. This can happen due to the actions of the other party or the lack of action of the other party. For example, maybe another driver did not stop at a red light.
- Link to your injuries – Your Hartford personal injury lawyer also needs to show a link between the breach of the duty of care and your injuries. This means you need to prove your injuries would not have occurred unless there was a breach of the duty of care. Proving this link can be one of the most difficult aspects of proving negligence.
- Existence of damages – You need to show that your injuries resulted in damages. If there are no damages, there is no basis for a claim. Damages could include things like medical bills and lost wages.
You may have played some role in your injury. This does not mean the other party is blameless or has no liability. However, your role in your injury could affect your ability to obtain fair compensation.
This is because of Connecticut's comparative negligence law. Under this law, if you are more than 50 percent responsible for your injury, you are barred from recovering any compensation, even if another party played a role in your injury.
However, if you are 50 percent or less responsible, your total compensation award will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility. This means a $100,000 award would become $80,000 if you are found to be 20 percent responsible.
This law is applied to lawsuits, but insurance companies often use it as well. Insurance companies are looking for any rationale for paying you less compensation than you deserve.
Our Hartford personal injury lawyers can do a comprehensive investigation to determine if you played a role in your injury. If you are partially at-fault, we will work to build a strong case as we try to ensure you are not assigned more fault than you deserve.
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Contact a Hartford Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Legal Options
When you suffer a personal injury, you should explore your legal options. You may be able to obtain compensation for the effects of your injury on your life, physically, financially and emotionally.
A Hartford personal injury attorney from our firm can review your situation in a free, no obligation legal consultation to determine your options. He or she may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.
If we represent you, you will not be charged any costs or fees unless you are compensated at the end of the legal process.
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