Waterbury Personal Injury Attorneys
A sudden injury can turn your life upside down. Medical care can place a heavy burden on you and your family, even with adequate health insurance. Lost wages, expensive co-pays, and high deductibles can lead to deep debts. A personal injury claim gives you a chance to recoup some of these sudden expenses, allowing you to take your life back after being injured.
Personal injury law involves harm caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct. The party who caused the injury is typically responsible for the cost of treatment and other damages. These damages are paid to the victim through a settlement or judgment reached through a court trial.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases have many different variables depending on circumstance. Though each case is unique, there are some types of cases that are more common. Some of these include:
- Vehicular Accidents: Reckless drivers, over-worked truckers, drunk drivers, and distracted drivers are a danger on every roadway. Accidents involving cars and other vehicles can lead to catastrophic injuries like spinal damage and traumatic brain injury, but Connecticut’s comparative negligence laws can make it a struggle to get the damages you’re entitled to.
- Premises Liability: Premises liability claims involve an injury on someone else’s property. Common occurrences include slip and fall injuries, negligent security, and parking lot accidents. For a successful premises liability case, there must be a legal duty for the owner of the premises to protect their guests from harm.
- Work Injuries: OSHA violations, construction accidents, and exposure to dangerous toxins are some scenarios that lead to injury of an employee.
- Product Liability: Product liability cases encompass many different products. While toys and appliances are common examples, some of the worst product failures come from vehicles, medical equipment, machinery, and medication. These cases involve a defective or overall unsafe product that lead to injury.
- Animal Attacks: In Connecticut, owners are held strictly liable for dog bites and animal attacks with few exceptions.
- Medical Malpractice: Medical providers sometimes breach the acceptable standard of care, leading to birth injuries, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, medication mistakes, or surgical errors.
Personal Injury Lawsuit Steps
The process of a personal injury claim can be a long and confusing one. Although each case is unique, there are some basic stages that most cases follow:
- Medical Treatment: Your first step after an injury is to receive immediate medical treatment. It’s also important to continue to continue receiving treatment if needed, and to keep your medical documentation for your lawyer.
- Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer: Your lawyer will review your records, talk to witnesses, gather evidence, and provide expert opinions to assist in your case.
- Demand Letter: Your lawyer will draft a demand letter outlining why you’re entitled to compensation. Some cases end in a settlement at this stage before going to court, but otherwise your lawyer will then file a complaint.
- Filing: Filing a complaint is the starting point of a personal injury lawsuit. It provides the court with the basics of the case, including the parties involved, the legal claims, and what proof there is to support those claims.
- Discovery: Both legal teams will be involved in the process of discovery, which primarily involves assessing evidence and filing motions.
- Trial or Settlement: The case will either be settled or go to trial. Most cases result in a settlement before trial is reached, but when that’s not possible, a judge and/or jury will have the final say in what the injured party is entitled to.
How Much Is my Personal Injury Case Worth?
When calculating damages, Connecticut personal injury law takes both economic and non-economic damages into account.
- Economic damages: include things in which there’s a fixed and provable value – medical bills, debts brought on by injury, loss of wages or earning capacity, and legal fees
- Non-economic damages: are determined by the court and include pain and suffering, punitive damages, and loss of consortium.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal injury cases can be complicated. Having an experienced attorney fighting your case for you gives you time to focus on what’s important – getting better. The Waterbury personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC have the knowledge and experience to represent your case. Call 203-720-6278 for a free legal consultation.