New Britain Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. However, it is important to understand your rights during the claims process to help ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have recovered more than $75,000,000 for our clients.
Filing a personal injury claim can be difficult, especially if you do not have experience handling insurance companies or lack knowledge of Connecticut’s negligence laws. To alleviate some of the difficulties that follow after an accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with a trusted New Britain personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim. At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we have more than 25 years of experience helping accident victims bring personal injury claims against people, corporations and entities that caused others harm due to their carelessness or negligence. Our attorneys have recovered more than $75,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our clients and will pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. We take cases from all over New Britain, which is the eighth largest city in the state.
As experienced personal injury lawyers in New Britain, we have the skills and knowledge you need to recover compensation from an insurance company. Partner Mike D’Amico holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013.
We will help you determine if you have a case against the party you believe caused your injury during a free, no obligation consultation. All of D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s New Britain personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and will represent your claim for no upfront cost. We only require payment if we help you recover compensation.
Call (866) 848-7077 to discuss your personal injury claim with a qualified attorney.
How a New Britain Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
All too often, accident victims decide to handle the personal injury claims process on their own. Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with personal injury claims and how to interact with an insurance company. This may result in you being denied the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you are entitled to compensation after being injured in an accident, it may be in your best interest to contact a reputable personal injury lawyer in New Britain to discuss your claim. An attorney can greatly benefit you during the claims process. This includes:
Investigating Your Accident
When you hire an attorney, one of the first things he or she will do is investigate your claim and the accident that caused your injury. This comprehensive investigation is a crucial step to establishing that the other person, corporation or entity involved in your accident is liable for the resulting injuries and damages you suffered.
Our New Britain personal injury lawyers are prepared to take several steps to investigate your claim such as:
- Taking pictures of the accident scene
- Obtaining video footage of your accident, if available
- Collecting medical records that detail your injury
- Requesting copies of the police/ accident report
- Consulting medical experts who can provide insight and understanding about the injuries you suffered and how they may affect your life
- Interviewing witnesses who may have seen your accident
Communicating with the Insurance Company
One of the most difficult aspects of a personal injury claim is working with an insurance company to recover compensation. During the claims process, accident victims often find it difficult to reach a fair settlement with an insurer.
Our personal injury attorneys in New Britain have several decades of combined legal experience and understand how to negotiate with insurers to recover fair compensation for your personal injury claim. We are qualified to handle many types of accidents caused by negligence and will help you build a case that supports your claim.
Determining the True Value of Your Claim
Another benefit of hiring an attorney to represent your personal injury claim is that he or she will know how to estimate the true amount of compensation you may be entitled to pursue.
Knowing the true value of your personal injury claim can be very helpful during the claims process. Insurers take advantage of accident victims by refusing to pay them the compensation they deserve for their injuries and financial losses. This may include offering a low amount of compensation as an initial settlement. An attorney will evaluate the damages you have suffered since being injured in an accident and accurately inform you of your claim’s value.
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we understand that you may be facing many challenges after being injured in an accident. For this reason, we try to make the claims process as simple as possible for you so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. All of our New Britain personal injury attorneys are qualified to handle your claim, and we will devote our skills and resources to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
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What Our Attorneys Look for in a Personal Injury Claim
During your free, no obligation consultation, a qualified New Britain personal injury lawyer will review your claim and the circumstances behind your accident to determine if you have a case against the at-fault party.
Typically, there are four elements our attorneys look for to determine if you may be entitled to compensation after an accident:
Duty of Care
When reviewing your claim, the first thing a New Britain personal injury attorney will try to identify is if the at-fault party owed you a duty of care to ensure your safety. This means the other party involved in your accident was legally obligated to act in a certain manner to try to ensure your safety.
For example, motorists have an obligation to drive in a way that avoids causing an auto accident. This includes following all traffic laws and being reasonably cautious.
Breach of Duty
Once we have determined the other party owed you a duty of care, we will need to prove that a breach of duty occurred. In a personal injury claim, a breach of duty means the at-fault party’s failure to act in a reasonably prudent manner resulted in an accident or the victim suffering an injury.
This may occur, for example, in an auto accident when the at-fault driver failed to operate his or her vehicle in a reasonably prudent manner. This can include engaging in distractions while driving, such as texting or using a cell phone, or driving recklessly by speeding.
Next, we will determine if there is a causal link between your injuries and the at-fault party’s negligence. We will examine the at-fault party’s actions to determine if he or she directly, or indirectly, caused the accident that resulted in your injury.
However, causation can be difficult to prove. Our attorneys may use expert medical witnesses and the help of an accident reconstruction specialist to prove your injuries occurred in the accident caused by the other party.
The final element that must be present in your claim is that you suffered measurable damages as a result of the at-fault party’s actions. Measurable damages include things like medical expenses, loss of income, or other forms of financial losses that you suffered after the accident.
If our New Britain personal injury lawyers determine that you have a case against the at-fault party involved in your accident, we will not hesitate to pursue every legal option available to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out if you have a case.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Our personal injury attorneys in New Britain are qualified to handle claims involving a variety of accidents caused by negligence, including:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premises liability
- Defective product injuries
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Wrongful death
If you believe you may be entitled to compensation after suffering an injury in an accident, it is important to consult with a skilled attorney to discuss filing a personal injury claim. Your lawyer will understand how to proceed with building a case against the at-fault party and will help you determine your legal options to recovering the justice and compensation you need.
Contact our personal injury lawyers in New Britain today.
Compensation for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Suffering an injury during an accident can have a devastating impact on your life in several ways. This includes your health, earning capacity and ability to maintain the lifestyle and take part in the hobbies you enjoyed before the accident.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for:
During an accident, victims may suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Often, this results in costly medical bills that many people cannot immediately afford to pay.
However, our New Britain personal injury lawyers will help you pursue compensation for your medical expenses, including:
- Past and future medical treatment related to your injury
- Transportation to the hospital after the accident
- Visits with doctors, surgeons and medical specialists to examine and diagnose your injury
- Blood tests
- Medical imaging tests
- Medical assistive equipment, such as a wheelchair
- Modifications to your home or vehicle
- Cost of a caregiver
Our attorneys are prepared to gather any evidence you need to determine the cost of your medical treatment that you received in New Britain. This includes medical facilities such as The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain General Campus.
Lost Wages and Income
If you suffered a serious injury during an accident, you may be prevented from working while you are physically recovering. You may also miss time from work when you attend doctors’ appointments or undergo medical treatment or rehabilitation.
Suffering a loss of income after an accident can place a serious burden on your life and affect your ability to financially support your loved ones. However, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for all of the income you lost due to your injury.
Our attorneys will inform you of how to document the wages you lost as a result of being injured in an accident. This includes providing past pay checks detailing your income before suffering an injury, as well as a letter from your current employer describing the amount of time you have been absent from work after the accident.
Loss of Earning Capacity
All too often, accident victims suffer an injury that they may never completely recover from. Unfortunately, this may prevent the victim from continuing to perform the job he or she previously held before the accident. Likewise, your injury may cause you to reduce the number of hours you work or take on less responsibilities, resulting in less income.
In this situation, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for loss of earning capacity. However, a New Britain personal injury lawyer will consider several factors to determine the amount of compensation you may pursue, such as:
- The average income you earned before the accident
- Your total work experience accumulated throughout your life
- The skills you acquired to perform your job
- Your age and physical ability to perform your job
Pain and Suffering
Often, many accident victims experienced prolonged effects due to their injuries, including physical pain and mental suffering.
To recover compensation for the pain and suffering you experience after an accident, you will need to thoroughly document how your injury has affected your life. This may include keeping a daily journal where you describe your pain and suffering.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Our attorneys may also be able to pursue compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life you have experienced since being injured in an accident.
Loss of enjoyment of life refers to the physical and mental limitations you have experienced due to your injury. This may include being unable to participate in physical hobbies or activities you previously enjoyed before you were injured. It may also refer to losing your ability to function independently and perform simple daily tasks.
Unfortunately, many accident victims suffer serious mental and psychological effects after an accident. Damages for emotional distress are compensation for any psychological harm you have experienced as a result of the accident, such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Loss of Companionship
One of the most difficult results of suffering an injury in an accident is the effect it may have on your relationships with your loved ones. For example, your injury may have affected the relationship you had with your spouse or partner before the accident.
However, it can be difficult to prove that your injury has significantly affected your personal life. Our attorneys will likely need the testimony of your family, friends and loved ones to provide details of how your life has changed as a result of your injury.
To find out if you are entitled to compensation, call (866) 848-7077.
Comparative Negligence in Connecticut
In some cases, the personal injury victim may have also been partially responsible for causing the accident that resulted in his or her injury. In this situation, Connecticut uses the law of comparative negligence to determine the amount of compensation you may receive for your personal injury claim.
Under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-572h, you can still recover compensation after an accident as long as you are no more than 50 percent at fault for it. However, the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced by the degree of fault you are assigned.
For example, if you were found to be speeding before you were injured in a car accident, you may be assigned 20 percent of the fault for the accident. If you have filed a $100,000 personal injury claim, the maximum amount of compensation you can receive will be reduced to $80,000.
Due to the significant impact comparative negligence can have on your personal injury claim, it may be in your best interest to consult with a qualified attorney who can help prevent you from being assigned an unfair amount of blame after the accident.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you have been injured in an accident, you should keep in mind that there may be several deadlines you must follow to receive compensation for your injury.
In Connecticut, you have a two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person, corporation or entity responsible for causing your injury, according to CT. Gen. Stat. § 52-584. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
Although two years may seem like enough time, you should not hesitate to pursue legal action. Your New Britain personal injury lawyer will need time to build a case on your behalf. This includes obtaining evidence that supports your claim, such as video footage of your accident, police records and your medical information. Furthermore, witnesses’ memories may fade within two years, and important details of the accident will be lost forever.
If you are unable to bring your personal injury lawsuit within the two-year statute of limitations, your case will likely be dismissed and you will no longer be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Call (866) 848-7077 for qualified legal help with your claim.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in New Britain Today
If you believe you suffered an injury due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s personal injury lawyers in New Britain to discuss your claim during a free, no obligation consultation. We will help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault party and understand the legal options that may be available to you.
All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation on your behalf. You will not be charged upfront legal fees if we represent your claim.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form to get started.