New Haven Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you been severely injured in an accident?
No one is prepared for the physical pain and suffering from a serious injury, let alone the huge financial burden from steep medical bills and lost wages due to missed time at work.
However, if your injuries are the result of another party's negligence, a New Haven personal injury lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for your damages. The injury attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi are dedicated to helping injury victims obtain the financial compensation they need to manage their expenses and attempt to move forward with their lives. We offer a contingency fee plan, which means you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Partner Mike A. D'Amico is the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association for the 2016/2017 term. He is also a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – less than one percent of U.S. trial lawyers qualify for membership. You do not have to come to our office to review your claim, simply call, fill out a free case evaluation form or live chat.
Call us today at (866) 848-7077 to learn more about your legal options.
What to do if You Have Been in an Accident
When people are involved in an accident or other catastrophic situation, they are often unsure of what to do next or who to call. D'Amico & Pettinicchi's New Haven personal injury lawyers recommend taking the following steps to protect your rights and improve your chances of obtaining compensation through a personal injury claim:
- Seek medical attention right away – This is the most important thing to do after an accident. While you may not be aware of all of the injuries you have suffered, a qualified medical professional will be. This person can help stabilize your injuries to prevent them from worsening and provide the treatment you need to help you recover. There are many hospitals in New Haven, including Yale New Haven Hospital, which has multiple campuses.
- Obtain documentation of your treatment – Before you leave the hospital, obtain copies of medical records documenting your injuries and the treatments received. This will be crucial evidence in any insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits filed in the future.
- Follow your doctor's orders – Disobeying the doctor could result in further injury or worsening of existing injuries. Disobeying the doctor could also hurt your chances of obtaining compensation from the insurance company.
- File reports with the proper authorities – This could include the New Haven Police Department, state or federal agencies or a property manager if the accident occurred on private property.
- Contact your insurance company – If the accident is covered by insurance, or you have reason to believe it should be, contact them to start the claims process. However, stick to the facts and avoid giving your opinions about your injuries or the accident. You could inadvertently hurt your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
- Contact our accident lawyers – We can deal with the insurance company, authorities and other entities on your behalf to protect your rights and help recover all of the compensation you deserve. Our New Haven personal injury lawyers will conduct an extensive investigation of your accident, including obtaining medical documentation, interviewing witnesses, consulting medical experts and researching relevant laws and statutes.
Our New Haven personal injury lawyers have obtained millions in compensation for victims of negligence, including a $6.7 million jury verdict for a 35-year-old woman who sustained severe injuries after her car was hit by a tractor trailer.
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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a New Haven Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you contact our injury attorneys, you are entitled to a free, no obligation legal consultation. At a consultation, we will discuss what happened, review your legal rights and your options for recovering damages from the responsible party.
If our attorneys decide to take your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we achieve a favorable result, either through a settlement or jury verdict.
Do I Have to go to Trial?
Many people are afraid to contact a lawyer after an accident because they think they will have to go through a trial. Fortunately, most personal injury cases settle out of court, as this resolves the claim faster and avoids the additional cost of going to court.
However, our attorneys will not accept an offer for less compensation than you deserve, and this could mean we have to go to trial to achieve a fair settlement. Our New Haven personal injury lawyers are prepared to handle every aspect of the trial to offer you the best chance of achieving justice.
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How Much Time do I Have to File a Claim?
Every state has a statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing personal injury claims. Once the deadline passes, you will not be able to file a claim and attempt to recover compensation.
In Connecticut, the statute of limitations is two years from the date you suffered an injury or when you became aware or should have been aware of your injuries. Depending on your situation, you may have to file an initial claim within 90 days of the accident.
If you are filing a claim against a city or county, there is a six-month deadline for filing. If you are filing a claim against the state, you must do so within one year.
These deadlines are the reason why it is crucial to contact an injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
D'Amico & Pettinicchi's accident lawyers can evaluate your claim quickly, determine when the statute of limitations ends and ensure your claim is filed on time.
Our New Haven personal injury lawyers are ready to help you. Call (866) 848-7077.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury law covers a wide range of situations where people were injured due to another party's negligent behavior. Our accident attorneys are prepared to handle claims arising from the following situations:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck crashes
- Dog bites or attacks
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian vs. car accidents
- Wrongful death
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries at the hospital
Our New Haven personal injury lawyers are well-versed on Connecticut laws, statutes and legal precedents on these accidents, and we know how to apply them to the specifics of your claim. If we take your case, we will focus on your best interests throughout the legal process as we work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
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Types of Injuries
Accidents and other unexpected situations can cause many severe, possibly life-altering injuries, such as:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe bruising
- Head injuries
- Burn injuries
- Lost limbs
- Internal bleeding
- Life-threatening infections
- Sprains and strains
Contact our New Haven personal injury lawyers today at (866) 848-7077.
Compensation from a Personal Injury Claim
Severe injuries from an accident can create significant financial hardship in the form of medical expenses to treat and manage the injury and lost wages because you are unable to work for a period of time.
Fortunately, if the injury was caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be able to file a claim to obtain compensation to cover the damages you have suffered. Connecticut allows victims to pursue the following forms of compensation:
- Bills for hospital visits and doctors’ appointments
- Physical therapy
- Property replacement
- Lost wages
- Transportation to and from doctors’ appointments
- Future lost wages
- Attorney's fees
- Emotional suffering
- Physical pain
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of emotional support
Connecticut does not have a cap on economic or non-economic damages in any type of personal injury case.
However, the state only allows punitive damages in medical malpractice claims. You can recover this form of compensation only if a court finds that the defendant's actions were particularly malicious or intentional. These damages are meant to punish the defendant and discourage other people from engaging in similar conduct.
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While Connecticut does not cap most damages in personal injury cases, our state does have a modified comparative fault rule that could reduce your damages award.
The comparative fault rule is applied in situations where the plaintiff bears some responsibility for the accident. Courts will calculate your percentage of fault and reduce your damages by that amount.
For example, if a court determines you are 20 percent at fault and you are asking for $10,000, it would be reduced by 20 percent, or $2,000.
The comparative fault rule works this way until you reach 50 percent fault. If you are 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, you will not receive any damages.
This rule most often comes up in the courtroom, however, insurance companies may use it when negotiating compensation.
You need an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer at your side to ensure the comparative fault rule is applied correctly and you are not assigned a higher percentage of fault than you deserve.
The personal injury attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi are well-versed on Connecticut's comparative fault rule and other personal injury laws and statutes. We know how to apply them to your case to give you the best chance of recovering all of the compensation you deserve.
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Contact Our New Haven Personal Injury Lawyers Today
An unexpected accident can cause injuries that affect you for a long time, sometimes the rest of your life. One of the truly sad parts about many of these situations is that they were caused by another person's careless or intentional actions and could have been prevented.
If you believe your accident was caused by someone else, you may have a personal injury case. Our New Haven personal injury lawyers can guide you through every step of the legal process, protecting your best interests.
It costs nothing to contact us for a free case evaluation to find out if you have a case. If you do, we will begin a thorough investigation designed to build the strongest case possible. We will not charge you a dime for our services unless we obtain the compensation you are entitled.
Find out how we can help you by calling (866) 848-7077 right now.