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Accidents happen, but many times those accidents are preventable. If you were injured because someone else failed to exercise reasonable care, it is important that you get the financial coverage you need for the damage the other party caused. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Barrett, our Waterbury personal injury lawyer can help you build a strong case in support of your interests, helping you hold the other party accountable while obtaining what you need to recover. Let our team help you build a strong case in support of your interests.
Fighting for Your Best Outcome
If an injury is caused because someone else didn’t take care to behave safely, you may be entitled to damages. Our firm has over a decade of experience helping clients understand what to fight for and how to do it.
You may be able to seek damages if you were injured due to a:
- Slip and fall accident
- Work safety hazard
- Auto accident
- Commercial truck operator
- Medical malpractice accident
These are just a few of the possible cases we can handle at the Law Offices of Michael T. Barrett. Call for a free consultation to learn what to do next.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Connecticut?
When filing a personal injury case, make sure that you’re within the statute of limitations of two years. If you come forward after the two years, your case will most likely be dismissed, so file your claim as soon as possible.
Can You Sue for Pain and Suffering in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you can not sue for pain and suffering as part of workers’ compensation claims. Pain and suffering is considered to be a part of "noneconomic damages" which can also include disfigurement, physical pain and suffering, permanent impairment or loss of function, and more. Even though you are not allowed to sue for pain and suffering in workers' compensation claim, you are allowed to receive disfigurement and scarring benefits in certain cases. Connecticut does have disfigurement and scarring benefits in certain instances, equivalent to the employee's weekly Temporary Total (TT) Disability benefit rate. If your pain and suffering damages are the result of someone else's doing, you will be able to recover even if you were as much as 50% at fault for your injuries. Because of Connecticut's modified comparative negligence in the form of the 51% Bar Rule, as long as the victim's fault was not more than the fault of the perpetrator, you can receive compensation from the injuries.
Are Car Accidents Considered a Personal Injury?
Car accidents can be considered a personal injury case. Since car accidents can cause harm due to the actions of others, the person who caused the harm can be held accountable through a personal injury claim. People usually seek financial compensation to pay for bills, medical expenses, and other expenses that have been incurred due to the accident.
Building an Effective Personal Injury Case in CT
After an accident, one of the first calls you could receive will be a settlement offer from the other party’s insurance carrier. For most cases, the other party in the lawsuit will be the legal representatives of the insurance company, and they are used to fighting against people just like you. It is important that you not only stand strong in support of your interests, but that you also hold firm to the amounts you need to get better.
In order to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, you will need to:
- Document the extent of your injuries
- Prove that the other party was at fault for those injuries
- Show that they failed to uphold their responsibilities
- Explain how that failure led to your injuries
- Avoid being blamed in any way for the accident
Because Connecticut has comparative and contributory negligence laws, it is important that you not allow the insurance companies to convince you that this was also your fault. The Law Offices of Michael T. Barrett can help you build a strong case that maintains your innocence in the accident.
Why Hire a Personal Injury or Car Accident Lawyer in Waterbury, CT?
A personal injury or car accident lawyer in Waterbury, CT, will be able to evaluate any potential claims you may have against those responsible for causing your accident. This includes researching applicable laws, assessing liability, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and more. They can also help you understand how much compensation might be available in your particular case — something that is often difficult to estimate on your own.
In addition, a personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights throughout the process by ensuring that all paperwork is properly filled out and deadlines are met. They can also provide invaluable guidance on how to handle interactions with insurance companies, which often take advantage of those who don’t have professional legal representation.
Finally, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with insurers and litigate in court if necessary to ensure you receive the fair compensation you deserve. From initial consultation through any potential trial, our skilled accident lawyer in Waterbury, CT, will be available to provide valuable advice, answer questions, and advocate for your best interests every step of the way.
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