The primary purpose of Connecticut personal injury law is to provide injured accident victims with monetary compensation for the injuries and damages they sustain as a result of another person’s carelessness or negligence. An individual may sustain personal injuries in many ways, such as in car accidents, truck accidents, boating accidents, and slips and falls.
If you sustained serious injuries in one of these types of accidents, time may be of the essence in your case, and you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney may assist you with filing a claim against the at-fault party, negotiating a settlement offer with the insurance company, filing a lawsuit in the Connecticut court system, litigating your case, pursuing alternative dispute resolution, or if necessary, taking your case to trial.
If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident that someone else caused, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., may pursue monetary compensation on your behalf. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators and can help to streamline the process for you.
Every state has a statute of limitations that essentially sets forth the deadline for filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit following an accident. In Connecticut, absent extenuating circumstances, that time period is two years. In other words, if you do not file a claim or lawsuit for personal injuries resulting from an accident within two years of the accident date, you may forever lose the right to file a lawsuit or otherwise pursue monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.
Before ever filing a lawsuit, you, the injured accident victim, will typically need to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Filing a claim for personal injuries places the at-fault driver’s insurance company on notice of a potential lawsuit. Once you file your claim and complete all medical treatments and physical therapy, your attorney can then forward all of your medical records and bills—along with a settlement demand—to the insurance company’s adjuster.
If you sustained serious personal injuries in your accident, your attorney may make a demand for the at-fault party’s limits of insurance. In every case, the initial settlement demand prepared by your attorney will always be for more than what the case is actually worth.
Assuming the at-fault party accepts responsibility for your accident, the insurance company’s adjuster will probably make an initial settlement offer. The purpose of an initial settlement offer is to get the case moving. However, these initial offers are almost always low—and not worth accepting. Your attorney and the insurance company will then go back and forth to try and reach a favorable resolution in your case. These settlement negotiations can last for many weeks—or even months—until your attorney and the insurance company reach a settlement or the parties come to an impasse.
If you, your attorney, and the insurance company’s adjuster cannot agree to settle your personal injury claim favorably, you will likely need to file a lawsuit. However, this does not necessarily mean that your case will go to trial. In fact, most personal injury cases resolve themselves long before the trial date. A personal injury attorney can help you decide whether to accept a pending settlement offer or roll the dice, so to speak, and take your case to trial.
If you sustained serious injuries in an accident that someone else’s negligence caused, time may be of the essence in your case. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., may help you recover monetary compensation.