When accidents happen, injuries occur. Injuries can be severe enough for victims to miss work or pay a hefty amount for medical treatment. Worse yet, injuries can be permanent, significantly reducing quality of life.
To offset any burden arising from an accident, victims will need to seek compensation. To get compensation, they must file a personal injury claim. The personal injury claim process in Connecticut is long and challenging, fraught with complications and unexpected delays.
Trying to make a personal injury claim alone is an uphill battle. This is why injured parties need experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers to provide them with legal counsel and representation.
We offer these and more at Jonathan Perkins Personal Injury Lawyers. Our personal injury lawyers advocate for our clients’ rights as citizens of Connecticut, navigating the complexities of each case to get them the results they deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
As personal injury lawyers in Connecticut, we have won compensation for our injured clients for many years. Totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, the compensation we have recovered for our clients is from claims in the following personal injury areas:
- Personal injury
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Nursing home abuse and negligence
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Dog bite
- Workers’ compensation
- Defective product injury or third-party liability
- Insurance bad faith
- Class action
For years, we have carved a reputation for winning settlements and trials involving all of the above-mentioned personal injury cases. Specializing in these, our lawyers have garnered numerous accolades for the firm, including being one of the 10 best attorneys for 2021.
Call us now and experience legal representation that never backs down and gets you what you are due!
What Is the Process for a Connecticut Personal Injury Case?
After you have been injured in an accident, what you need is compensation for your injuries. Between the moment of your injury and receiving compensation, there is a process.
In Connecticut, the process for a personal injury claim can vary depending on the cause of injury. Nonetheless, every claim will proceed in this order:
1. The Injury
The process begins after your injury has been recorded. The records may be from police reports or the medical findings following your initial treatment. During this time, you may be in a compromised state, depending on the severity of your injury. Many of our clients only consider filing a claim while they are recovering or even after their recovery.
2. Determining Who is Liable
The next step is determining or establishing liability. That means, showing who was responsible for the incident which caused injury. This is a crucial step because liability is a key element in any personal injury case. Only after liability has been established can a personal injury claim be made.
Comparative negligence or the part you may have played in your injuries may also impact your claim. Hence, you will need a lawyer as soon as you can call one.
3. Filing of the Personal Injury Claim
Once liable parties have been identified, it is time to file a personal injury claim. The injury claim needs to include at least the following pieces of information:
- The amount of money you paid for your medical treatment
- Your losses in your wages
- The total amount for damage to property
Establishing the set dollar value of the above-mentioned can be confusing, given Connecticut’s laws. Our personal injury lawyers can calculate the correct amount to demand for you and usually resolve your claim without having to file suit.
4. If the Liable Party Agrees, Mediation and Settlement
Most liable parties will be amenable to settling matters without a trial. A personal injury attorney can demand and negotiate for an amount that gets you compensation for your injuries and damages.
While most personal injury cases terminate at a settlement, trials are always a possibility. If the opposite party disagrees with a settlement, matters can escalate.
During a trial, the cases of both sides will be heard in court. At this point, there is very little you can do to affect the outcome of the proceedings. This is especially the case if you are representing yourself. Should matters escalate to this extent, a personal injury lawyer’s legal counsel and representation will almost always tip the scales in your favor much more than you can.
5 Common Questions We Get Asked
Many clients come to us in a state of trepidation. This is normal. Because we understand what our clients go through, we are always open to answering questions.
In our experience, we are often asked one of these five questions:
1. “How Much Will Your Legal Services Cost?”
We will start you off with good news. Upfront, you do not need to pay a single cent. If we take your case, we accept it on a contingency basis, which means that any payments to us are collectible contingent upon the settlement money recovered. In other words, we do not get paid unless we win you a settlement or compensation.
The state also has laws about how much we can collect from your settlement. For instance, if you win $300,000, we can collect 33 1/3% of that amount as payment. This would amount to $100,000.00.
Filing for personal injury compensation comes with several fees. We shoulder these fees for you until we recover a settlement or compensation. The money we collect will reimburse us for the money we paid on your behalf. If we don’t collect for you, we do not get paid any fee and do not get paid back the costs we spent.
Regardless of the collectible amount, we always operate transparently. A written agreement with you will be prepared to detail the terms and conditions of payment and how much we can receive and you will approve all of that, to the cent, at settlement.
2. “How Long Will a Personal Injury Claim Take?”
The length of a personal injury claim can vary. The longest it can take is several years. However, this is an extremely long time which is often the result of adamant disputes with the opposite party. It is also usually what happens when a personal injury claim goes to trial, which we prevent.
Connecticut has a Statute of Limitations for personal injury cases. The Statute of Limitations is two years from the date of the injury. In other words, we ensure that your claim is either settled or a suit is filed before it goes beyond the two-year period.
Within the two years, we do everything to ensure that your personal injury claim moves along. On your behalf, we investigate facts and evidence. We also discuss settlements with the opposite party’s insurance provider and legal counsel.
Circumstances that can draw out the proceedings of your claim can include:
- How long it takes you to receive treatment for your injuries
- The insurer’s appraisal of your expenses
- Whether or not both parties agree on an amicable settlement
- The evaluation process of pertinent documents (e.g., police reports, medical reports, witness testimonies)
- The deposition process
- Whether or not the case goes to trial
One thing is for sure — we work swiftly and surely to guarantee the best possible outcome in your personal injury claim.
3. “Will There Be a Trial?”
You will be relieved to know that most personal injury cases do not go to trial. Regardless of who is liable, nobody wants a personal injury case to drag on longer than it has to. For this reason, legal counsel on both sides of a personal injury claim aim to settle the matter outside the courtroom.
In most cases, a settlement is offered to you. Sometimes, the settlement will be enough to cover your losses and pain and suffering. At times, it might not. Insurance providers on the opposite side can issue a lowball offer that barely covers your surgery or therapy.
In such a scenario, you can reject an offer. Unless the other side plays ball, the case can go to court.
The possibility of a trial always exists. If your personal injury claim goes to trial, we do not back down, fighting for every bit of compensation that is due to you.
4. “How Much Will I Get?”
The amount you receive as compensation will depend on several considerations.
First, your losses and damages will determine the amount that you receive. For example, if you had to pay $4,000 for medical treatments, this should be paid back.
Losses can also be wage losses, especially if your injuries prevent you from working. You, along with your personal injury lawyers, can demand this as well.
“Pain and suffering,” will also comprise part of your compensation.Due to the subjective nature of the pain experience, setting a dollar amount will not be straightforward. Luckily, our personal injury lawyers are experts at determining your compensation for pain and suffering.
Another determinant of your compensation is your role in your injuries. Connecticut is a comparative negligence state. Comparative negligence holds that your compensation may be lesser if you were partly to blame for the injuries you sustained.
This is where your personal injury lawyers come in. We can help prove that your injuries result from the accident for which the other person holds liability.
In short, whatever amount you receive from your personal injury settlement will the total of the following:
- Your losses
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
5. “Do I Need a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer?”
The short answer to this question is “yes.”
The courts in Connecticut will recognize your rights to self-representation. Nonetheless, going about your personal injury claim alone is going to be an uphill battle.
First of all, insurance providers on the opposite side will not take your attempts at compensation lightly. They will exhaust every option to ensure that they do not compensate you for your injuries. Insurance providers will also have their legal counsel maximize their chances of not paying you or paying you as little as possible.
Also, the costs of pursuing a personal injury claim in Connecticut can be great. Even if you are not liable for an accident that caused your injuries, your personal injury compensation is not automatic. Going about your claim alone might cost you more than what you might recover if you were to win compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers not only shoulder the burden of navigating the legal process of your claim, but we also shoulder the fees incurred from pursuing a personal injury claim. We only get paid when you win compensation either by a settlement or after a trial.
In short, you need a personal injury lawyer to maximize your chances of winning. You also need one to make the process of your personal injury claim less stressful.
Why Hire Jonathan Perkins Personal Injury Lawyers?
Going about a personal injury claim will pit you against the legal counsel of your injurer and the insurance provider. Without a personal injury lawyer, your fight for a successful personal injury recovery claim is very limited.
Experienced personal injury lawyers in your corner can tip the scales in your favor in the following ways:
Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers Can Advocate for Your Rights
Amid a legal battle which you fight alone, you can easily lose sight of your rights. When this occurs, the opposing side backed by their team of lawyers will try to take advantage of you. As a result, your chances of winning a settlement or any amount of compensation will decrease dramatically.
In addition, not knowing what you are entitled to is not a ground for a mistrial in Connecticut. In the eyes of the courts, your decision to represent yourself waives your right to legal counsel. In other words, the courts will assume that you know enough to represent yourself.
The personal injury lawyers in our firm are experts when it comes to client rights. Our lawyers know your rights enough to protect them before, during and after the proceedings.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Establish Liability
Connecticut’s laws on liability can be complex for the average person. Going about your claim alone, you are bound to overlook some of the nuances of establishing liability. Ignoring some of the legal details will likely lead to a failed personal injury claim.
The most common pain point for many clients is determining who is liable for an accident. This is especially true for car crash injuries involving more than one car. This can also be the case for premises liability cases where the opposite side invokes comparative negligence.
Having personal injury lawyers from our firm on your side will help determine liability in your favor. Upon establishing liability, our lawyers can help you build a better case, maximizing your chances of a successful personal injury claim.
Perkins Lawyers Can Navigate and Take Advantage of Technicalities
You need expert personal injury lawyers who can navigate the complexities of the law and legal process in the state. The ability of your attorneys to capitalize on every technicalities possible can make or break your personal injury claim.
Even if you may be liable for an incident, personal injury lawyers can still help you. Personal injury lawyers can determine the role the other person had in his or her injuries. By invoking comparative negligence on your behalf, you may still be able to recover compensation.
Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Complete Your Case Faster
There is a common misconception going around that personal injury victims have a lot of time to make a personal injury claim. Then again, this depends on what is meant by “a lot.” Contrary to popular belief, personal injury claims are subject to the state’s Statute of Limitations.
Connecticut’s Statute of Limitations for personal injuries is two years from the date of the accident.
At a glance, two years can seem like a long time. However, bear in mind that there is the matter of determining liability before filing a claim. Once the claim for personal injury compensation has been filed, the opposite side can delay proceedings. The opposition can do this with its team of lawyers along with its insurance provider.
Gathering evidence and using the information it provides to paint a picture of your pain and suffering will also take time. This is especially true if you go about seeking compensation on your own.
With personal injury lawyers acting as your counsel, you can you can be sure that your claim is properly filed before the expiration of the Statute of Limitations. Hire a personal injury lawyer to move your case along within the timeframe provided in Connecticut.
Our Experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Avoid a Trial
Trials can be drawn out. They can be exhausting and are financially draining. Alone, you can multiply the stress of a trial by a factor of 10. Add this to the fact that you will be recovering from a serious injury, and you will understand how DIY-ing your claim is not a good idea.
A trial is always a possibility with any personal injury claim. However, it does not have to be the case. Winning compensation through a settlement where both sides agree not to take things to court is considerably quicker and less expensive.
The personal injury lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have won compensation for clients both in court and out of it many thousands of times and most of our cases never have to be resolved in court.
Hire our personal injury lawyers for a stress-free claim that will likely not result in a trial.
Experience the Power of Perkins and Get What is Due to You
You do not need to go into the personal injury claim process alone. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers are in your corner and fight for your rights and compensation.
If you have been injured in Connecticut, we are here to listen. Contact us now and schedule a free consultation with us.
Justice for your personal injury case begins as soon as you enter our doors. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we place your interests at the heart of what we do.