Personal Injury in Connecticut
If you've been injured in an accident, been found at fault in an accident where others were injured―either your passengers or people outside your vehicle―or you have been sued as the result of an accident for an amount in excess of your insurance limit, you should consult with an attorney.
Doing the research necessary to obtain good legal representation can be daunting, but it is critical. While the final decision is up to you, we have provided some basic information to help you find an attorney, as well as some tips on what to do in the event of an accident.
If someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it can be proven in court that the injury was caused by someone else's negligence, there might be cause for a legal case. To prove negligence, the situation must meet the following criteria:
- There must be a duty owed by the person who caused the injury.
- The person at fault must have failed to carry out that duty.
- The injured person must have suffered damages.
- The other person's failure must have caused the injury.
You could be sued for any of the following if found negligent and responsible for an accident that caused injury and/or property damage:
- Past, current, and future estimated medical expenses
- Time lost from work, including time spent going to medical appointments or therapy
- Any property that was damaged
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores while the injured party cannot do them
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and interference with family relationships
- A change in future earning ability due to the injury
- Any other costs that were a direct result of the injury
If more than one person is negligent in an accident, each is responsible for a proportional amount of the total damages.
Most of the time, motor vehicle accidents are going to be no big deal. You and the other driver will exchange insurance information, and everything will be settled by your insurance companies. However, there are going to be times when it's clear right away that major damage or injuries have occurred and that there is potential for a future legal case.
When you are involved in such an accident, you should:
- Write down everything you can remember about how the accident/injury occurred, including the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential witnesses, police officers, and insurance company representatives with whom you speak after the accident.
- Do not make any statements, written or verbal, to insurance company adjusters or representatives until you talk to a lawyer. Never admit fault to anyone.
- Take steps to protect any evidence, such as your wrecked car, photographs of an accident or injury scene, clothing, damaged personal belongings, etc., because you may need these things to enter as evidence.
You need to consult with a lawyer in any of the following situations:
- When there is a dispute over who is at fault in an accident
- If you, a passenger, or anyone in another vehicle was seriously injured
- If the other motorist was uninsured or clearly underinsured
- If your insurance company turns your case over to a lawyer