Each day, thousands of people across Connecticut are injured in accidents. In most cases, no one is at fault, and it was just bad luck. But if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover money for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. These types of claims are most often resolved through a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, if the insurer refuses to offer you a fair settlement, a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer will fight for your right to fair compensation.
Attorney Tiana V. Hercules of the Sills Law Firm represents injury victims who have been hurt in all types of accidents, from car crashes to truck accidents to slip and falls to pedestrian accidents. She offers free initial consultations and never charges a fee for personal injury cases unless she recovers money for you. Reach out today to schedule an appointment with a Connecticut personal injury lawyer.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
In Connecticut, personal injury cases are usually based on a theory of negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that is defined as the violation of the legal duty that one person owes to another. For example, a driver might be considered negligent if they cause an accident while texting and driving (in violation of Connecticut distracted driving laws). Similarly, a property owner who failed to fix a known hazard on their property (like broken tiles) could be considered negligent in a slip and fall case.
If you suffered an injury because of something that someone else did – or failed to do – then you might be able to file a personal injury claim against them. In most cases, your claim will be resolved through negotiations with the other party’s insurance company.
After an accident, you might be approached by an adjuster for the insurance company. While you may be tempted to give a statement or accept a settlement, this is usually a bad idea. Insurance companies don’t have your best interests at heart. Instead, they are trying to maximize their profits, which often involves underpaying legitimate claims.
Before you talk to the insurance company or sign any paperwork, reach out to our law firm to schedule a consultation with Tiana V. Hercules. She will listen to your story and advise you on your options for pursuing a claim against the at-fault party.
What Is My Case Worth?
The value of a personal injury depends on factors such as the nature of your injuries, whether you are expected to recover, and the limits of the at-fault party’s insurance policy. As a general rule, if you suffered a catastrophic injury, your case will be worth more than if you had a relatively minor injury. The value of your case will depend on the underlying facts of your claim.
In a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to three types of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages compensate you for financial losses, such as lost wages, reduced earning capacity, medical bills, future medical treatment, and property damage. Non-economic damages are meant to cover intangible losses, like emotional distress, scarring, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
By contrast, punitive damages do not compensate an injury victim for a loss. They are designed to punish a wrongdoer who acted intentionally or recklessly, as opposed to negligently. For example, punitive damages may be awarded in a drunk driving case, but not in a car accident that involved ordinary negligence.
During a free initial consultation, a Connecticut personal injury lawyer will give you a ballpark estimate of what your case is worth. This number may change as your case proceeds. The best way to make sure that you get maximum compensation for your injuries is to work with an experienced attorney.
Hurt in an Accident? Reach Out Today.
After an accident, you may be dealing with trauma, ongoing medical treatment, and mounting bills. The thought of going through the legal process may be overwhelming to you. Our law firm is here to help.
Attorney Tiana V. Hercules will take on the insurance company for you, fighting to get you the money that you deserve. She is a fierce advocate for injury victims. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation with a Connecticut personal injury lawyer, call the Sills Law Firm at 860-524-8118 or fill out our online contact form.