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The underlying purpose of Connecticut personal injury law is to compensate individuals who sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. To make the injured person whole again. Personal injuries can vary widely, and often include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, soft tissue injuries, or even simple bumps and bruises.
An individual can sustain personal injuries in a variety of accidents, from car and truck accidents to boating accidents to slip and falls. In any case, the personal injury plaintiff must prove that the at-fault party or parties acted unreasonably in causing the injuries and damages. The Connecticut personal injury process primarily involves the following
Connecticut Personal Injury Process
- Filing an insurance claim
- Attempting to negotiate a fair settlement offer
- Filing a lawsuit with the court
- Litigating the court case
- Settlement negotiations during the lawsuit
- Trying the case to a verdict
If you or someone you love were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Personal injury cases can be long and complex, therefore, you’ll need a skilled, experienced litigation attorney to guide you. Connecticut personal injury attorney Lawyer A. Twillie II can help streamline the personal injury process for you and bring your case to a favorable resolution via settlement, alternative dispute resolution or, if necessary, trial.
Filing a Claim for Personal Injuries
Before filing a lawsuit in a Connecticut personal injury case, the victim usually files a claim with the insurance company. For example, if you are involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you would most likely negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company first.
Filing a claim for personal injuries places the at-fault driver’s insurance company on notice of a potential lawsuit. Once a claim is filed and the injured plaintiff finishes all medical treatment and physical therapy, the plaintiff’s attorney will then make a request for all medical records and bills from the plaintiff’s various treatment providers.
In car accident cases, if the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured at the time of the accident, the personal injury plaintiff may file an uninsured—or underinsured—motorist claim against her own insurance company.
After you have finished treatment for all of the injuries you sustained in your accident, and once all treatment medical records and bills have been received, a Connecticut personal injury attorney will assemble a settlement demand package and send it to the claims adjuster who handles the case for the insurance company. In addition to the demand package, the attorney will send a that states an initial monetary demand for settlement. For serious personal injury cases, the attorney may make a demand for the insurance policy’s limits. Nevertheless, the personal injury attorney will most likely ask for more money than what the client actually deserves to leave room for negotiation. An initial settlement demand package will also include copies of all pertinent medical bills, medical records, and lost wage documentation.
Negotiating a Personal Injury Settlement
Assuming the at-fault insurance company accepts liability in a personal injury case, the adjuster will review the injured plaintiff’s settlement demand package. Victims can expect an initial settlement offer shortly thereafter. The purpose of an initial settlement offer is to get open the negotiation discussions. You should never accept an insurance adjuster’s initial settlement offer (unless the case offer is for policy limits), since these offers are routinely low.
After the adjuster makes an initial settlement offer, the plaintiff’s attorney may make a counter-demand lower than the initial demand. These negotiations between the plaintiff’s attorney and the insurance adjuster typically go back and forth until the parties reach an agreement to settle—or the parties reach an impasse. Settlement negotiations can last for a few weeks or for many months. The length of time usually depends on the nature of the injuries sustained and the complexity of the personal injury case.
Filing a lawsuit and litigating a personal injury case in Connecticut
If the insurance company and the injured plaintiff cannot agree to settle a personal injury claim, then the injured plaintiff can file and litigate a lawsuit in the Connecticut court system.
Filing a lawsuit in the Connecticut state court system begins with drafting a summons and complaint. In short, the summons tells the parties when and which courthouse they must appear at. Next, the complaint explains how the accident occurred, the injuries plaintiff sustained, and how those injuries have impacted the plaintiff.
Just because a plaintiff’s attorney files a lawsuit in the court system does not necessarily mean that the case will ultimately go to court. As a matter of fact, on average, about 90 to 95 percent of Connecticut personal injury cases are never tried and are typically resolved out of court via settlement.
Personal Injury Jury Trials in Connecticut
If the parties decide to proceed to a jury trial, keep in mind that Connecticut jury trials can be long and tedious. The decision to settle a case or take it to trial is intensely personal. A Connecticut personal injury attorney will help you weigh the pros and cons of going to trial and can assist you with making your decision.
The primary components of a Connecticut civil jury trial include the following: pretrial conferences, motions and depositions, jury selection, opening statements, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, closing arguments, recitation of the appropriate jury instructions, jury deliberations, and jury verdict.
To get started with your personal injury accident claim, call me at (844) 438-5252 or send me an email today. Get a proven and dedicated Connecticut Personal Injury lawyer on your side. Your consultation is Free, and since we work on a contingency fee basis, you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. If you can’t come to me, I will come to you.