As Fairfield Car Accident Lawyers, we have represented hundreds of people who were injured in motor vehicle accidents. While most of those cases have settled short of trial, some have not. We have taken dozens of car accident cases to jury verdict where the insurance company did not offer our client a fair sum of money. Overwhelmingly, those verdicts were in favor of our clients.
A person generally has two years from the date of a car accident to file a lawsuit for their injuries. However, that is not always the case. For example, in Connecticut, if the accident was caused by the negligence of a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance worker, the lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident. In addition, written notice of the intention to bring the claim must be filed within six months. There are other exceptions to the two-year general rule.
Much work by us is needed to achieve maximum settlement value. We know that there are two parts to every car accident case – liability and damages. We work as Fairfield County Car Accident Lawyers to develop each of those aspects of your case.
As for liability, is there some aggravating factor that we can use to increase your recovery? Connecticut has a statute which allows us to double or triple your recovery if we can prove that the defendant was reckless in causing your car accident. There are several ways we try to prove that recklessness to increase your recovery. The most obvious is if the other person was driving under the influence. But there are other ways as well. Was the person travelling unreasonably fast considering the area? Was the person driving on the wrong side of the road? Was the person passing in a no passing zone? Was the person driving the wrong way on a one-way street? These are all ways we can use the liability part of your case to increase your recovery.
We also develop the second part of your case – damages – to increase your recovery. We use the testimony and medical records of your providers to prove your injury. We can also retain independent experts that we work with as Fairfield Car Accident Lawyers such as physicians, economists, and life care planners to fully develop and prove the extent of your damages. We also work with your friends and family to demonstrate to the jury the activities you engaged in before the accident and how those are now limited. Was there a particular hobby or activity that you loved to do before your car accident that you can no longer do now? We need to make sure that the jury understands that.
We need to identify all possible sources of recovery. In Connecticut, the law only requires drivers to have insurance in the amount of $25,000/$50,000. We know that sum very likely may not be sufficient to compensate you for your injuries. So, as soon as we are hired as your Fairfield County Car Accident Lawyers, we look for other sources of recovery. For example, was the vehicle being operated as a family car and can we hold the owner of the car responsible as well as the driver? Was the car operated in the scope of the driver’s employment thus making the employer responsible? As your lawyers, Robinson Mahoney pursues all sources of recovery.
We also look to see whether we can recover money for your injuries from your own insurance company. Every policy issued in Connecticut has Uninsured Motorist Protection. Depending on the coverage you have purchased, we may be able to pursue a claim for you there as well.
We are Car Accident Lawyers, but more importantly we are Trial Lawyers. We have taken many cases to jury verdict where the insurance company did not treat our client fairly. We are ready to do that for you. Call us for more information.