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When you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you deserve a legal advocate looking out for your interests, not just the insurance company looking out for their own. That is exactly what the Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Berman & Russo do.
Car accidents are physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming. While most medical interventions are financially costly, others, depending on the extent of your injuries, can affect you for years to come, sometimes for the rest of your life. You may not be able to work while you are healing. Some injuries may affect your future ability to work altogether. Under personal injury laws, you may be entitled to compensation for all these damages and more.
When you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, that person should be held responsible. Our experienced CT car accident lawyers understand what you are entitled to under Connecticut law and how to place a value on your claim to ensure that you are fairly compensated for everything you are entitled to.
Clients tell us all the time – it’s not just about the money. It’s about being listened to and treated fairly. In our experience, the most compassionate care we can give you is personal service, clear answers, and timely results.
But you also need a firm that is willing to go the distance on your behalf. At Berman & Russo, that is exactly what we do. When you have been injured in a car accident in Connecticut, let us put our years of experience in your corner.
What Should You Do If You’re In A Car Accident?
- Call the police
- If you’re physically able, record any details about the scene of the accident and take photos or videos on your smartphone from every possible angle, including who was present, what caused the accident, and what speed you think the drivers were going.
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Get contact and insurance information from any of the participants in the accident and contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
- Don’t move your car
- Get prompt medical attention and record all emergency and doctor’s visits, what was said, and what treatment was provided.
- Keep all bills and receipts from your medical care, auto repairs, and out-of-pocket expenses as they relate to the accident or your treatment.
- Email or Call us, and let us handle the rest for you.
What Are Compensable Damages?
Insurance claims arise out of the damages that injured individuals face after an injury accident. You deserve compensation if you suffer losses and inconveniences due to another party’s negligence, such as another motorist. The amount you request depends upon the types and severity of your compensable damages. These damages can be divided into two categories; economic and non-economic. Both categories can include past and future damages you will suffer from injuries.
Economic damages represent your financial losses. The most common economic damages in rideshare accidents are medical expenses and lost wages. Other economic damages include property damage and legal and travel expenses.
Non-economic damages are less concrete and, as such, more difficult to value. They don’t have an already assigned price tag. Your non-economic damages might include the following:
Who Is Liable For Car Accident Injuries?
Generally, the vehicle driver that hit you is liable for your injuries. Sometimes other parties can also be liable. For example, if a traffic light malfunctioned, the municipality responsible for maintaining it could have some liability. If another driver rear-ended the driver who hit you, they might also be liable. Commercial drivers and the companies they work for can sometimes be liable.
When you hire a Connecticut car accident attorney, they can complete a full investigation into how your accident happened and who might have caused it. If more than one party is liable, they can pursue claims against all of them. This will help maximize your compensation.
The following negligent behaviors can make a driver liable for your injuries:
- Not stopping correctly at a stop sign
- Ignoring the traffic lights
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
- Impaired driving
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Other reckless driving behaviors
Will My Car Accident Case Go To Trial?
Most auto accident cases settle at some point before going to trial. At Berman & Russo, we do our best to work out a full and fair settlement before going to trial. Our legal and ethical duty is to present you with any settlement offers we receive from the insurance company. It’s your choice as to whether you want to accept those offers. We can provide sound advice about what your case is worth and if the settlement offers you receive are fair in light of your injuries and damages.
Often, a settlement is preferable over litigation for the injured and at-fault parties. This is because settlement arrangements give both sides more control over the case outcome. It’s risky for both sides to let a jury decide the claim’s fate. A settlement can also help a claim end sooner, allowing injured people to have the money they need to pay their bills and make up for their lost wages sooner. Litigating a case can be time-consuming and expensive, motivating all involved parties to negotiate a settlement instead of going to trial.