Connecticut Personal Injury Law Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, P.C. have more than four decades of insight in the personal injury litigation field. We take great pride in their knowledge of the legal system and their ability to maximize your damage award.
When you are injured through someone else’s negligence, we will help you with skilled legal assistance, extensive knowledge of the law and our commitment to giving you peace of mind. We will:
- Explain your rights so that you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.
- Describe in detail our expectations, from length of the process to a potential outcome.
- Investigate every aspect of your case and explain what we must prove to make a recovery.
- Develop strategies to achieve our goals for compensation.
- Analyze settlement offers to ensure they are fair and include all past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and damage amounts related to compensation for your pain and suffering.
- If negotiations fail to achieve our desired result, we will take personal injury cases to court and relentlessly pursue compensation.
Our firm has an exemplary record of achieving our clients’ goals at the negotiation table as well as through litigation. You will benefit from our extensive experience in a wide range of injury claims, including, but not limited to:
- Amusement park accidents
- Auto accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective product injuries and products liability
- Animal attacks (i.e. dog bites)
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Fires or explosions
- Food poisoning
- Injuries from defective products, equipment, and drugs
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle or bike accidents
- Nursing home neglect
- Pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Three-wheeler, four-wheeler, and ATV accidents
- Truck, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, and semi-truck accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
How We Will Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
Following a personal injury case, there are three types of compensation that you may qualify for. The first type of compensation is known as economic damages and includes expenses that can more easily be calculated such as lost wages, current, and future medical bills, and property damages. Another form of compensation is known as non-economic damages and is compensation for factors that are much harder to calculate. Some examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress (including the development of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder–PTSD)
- Temporary or permanent disfigurements
- A reduced or loss of quality in life including low self-esteem, relationship problems, a loss of reputation, etc.
Lastly, there are punitive damages. While economic and non-economic damages are designed to help make a victim whole, punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant and deter them from committing any future actions. Punitive damages can also be a way to deter similar cases from happening in the future from other parties. Although punitive damages are rarer than economic and non-economic, there’s a chance that your case may call for punitive damages as well. A lawyer can help determine if this is the case.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
You may be worried about the cost of a personal injury lawyer. While some lawyers do charge an hourly fee and/or a retainer fee for personal injury cases, in many cases a lawyer may work off of a contingency fee. What this means is that your attorney will handle all upfront costs such as court and filing fees and will instead be paid a percentage of the final settlement or court award. Although this percentage can sometimes be 30 percent or more, the advantage of a contingency fee means you won’t have to worry about any initial attorney fees. Additionally, you will only have to pay if your lawyer wins your case.
How Long Will My Case Take?
There are no set time-frames for personal injury cases and they may be resolved in as little as a couple of months or maybe dragged out to take a couple of years. Ultimately, there are a few factors that affect the time frame such as the severity of the injuries sustained (with more serious injuries causing the case to take longer) the other party’s willingness to negotiate, the court and judge’s availability, and how long it takes to gather evidence. Another factor is whether or not the case ends up making it to court.
Many personal injury cases are often settled out before they reach court as both parties would prefer not to deal with the amount of time and expenses it takes to take a trial to the court. However, if offered a settlement from the insurance company, it’s better to consult with your attorney to determine if the settlement is realistic enough to cover all your current and future expenses.
If you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s carelessness, you may want to speak with Shelton, CT and Bridgeport, CT personal injury law attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation. An attorney from Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, P.C. can help you file a timely claim against the negligent parties.
Should I Take Photos of the Accident Scene?
Yes, if you are physically able to do so, taking photos of the accident scene is helpful. For example, if you were in a car accident, take photos of the vehicles involved in the accident, traffic signs and skid marks on the road. If you were in a slip and fall accident, you may want to take photos of the dangerous conditions that caused the accident, such as a milk spill at a grocery store.
If you sustained visible injuries, like bruises or cuts, you should take photos of those too as soon as possible.
Personal Injury | Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Necessary to See a Doctor If I Feel Okay?
Yes. Some people may get an adrenaline rush after an accident and not feel any pain. However, that does not mean that they are not hurt. They may start to experience symptoms days or weeks after the accident. That is why Shelton and Bridgeport personal injury law attorneys would advise you to always seek immediate medical care after an accident. A doctor will give you a full assessment and diagnose your injuries. He or she will then advise you on the proper treatment plan. If you wait too long to seek treatment, your injuries could worsen.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you plan to file a personal injury claim, you must be aware of the statute of limitations in your state. In Connecticut, the deadline to file a personal injury claim is two years after the accident. After that deadline has surpassed, you will no longer be eligible to receive compensation. To avoid losing out on the compensation you deserve, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
What Should I Bring to My First Consultation with a Lawyer?
Before your meeting with a personal injury attorney, you will want to gather any documents that pertain to your case. These may include medical bills, police reports, medical records and witness contact information. The more information you can give your attorney to go on, the better.
Should I Just Accept the Insurance Company’s First Offer?
It can be tempting to accept the insurance company’s first settlement offer. However, you must understand that the insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. They may try to offer you the lowest settlement possible. Before accepting a settlement offer, discuss it with your attorney.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you should schedule a consultation with Shelton, CT and Bridgeport, CT personal injury law attorneys from Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, P.C. today to talk about your case in detail.
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