Frequently Asked Questions
If you get injured in an accident, you may have questions about what to expect with injury claims. Our personal injury lawyers in Connecticut can answer all of your personal injury legal questions.
Spinella and Associates' personal injury attorneys and lawyers have more than 30 years of experience in litigation regarding personal injury cases in the state of Connecticut. Spinella and Associates lead attorney, Paul Spinella, will fight for your best interests.
Attorney Spinella understands the impact a severe injury can have. Physical, emotional, and financial damages can happen from any accident. Attorney Spinella will work with you to help you understand what your injury may be worth.
A personal injury lawyer provides you with legal services when you get hurt because of someone else's negligence thus causing the personal injury. Commonly referred to as a personal injury attorney, this lawyer specializes in tort law. This area of law covers injuries or losses caused by a single person or an organization.
Personal injury cases can involve injuries can be physical, such as through a car accident or they can also be emotional injuries or psychological injuries. In some cases like in a car accident, the victim can sustain physical, emotional and psychological injuries. Individuals, groups, companies, and the government can all be responsible for cause a personal injury.
A personal injury lawyer will represent you and look out for your best interests. These specialized attorneys know what your case is worth. And, by working with one, you have a greater chance of receiving a fair legal settlement.
If you are injured because of the negligence or direct actions of a person or, contact a personal injury attorney like the lawyers at Spinella and Associates located in Hartford Connecticut. With a free personal injury case consultation, an attorney will accurately determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.
Some of the reasons you may want to work with a personal injury attorney include:
A personal injury attorney can help you with many different cases. Always consult an attorney to see if you have a valid claim.
The personal injury attorneys at Spinella and Associates have experience handling complex cases. Some of the cases we have successfully represented include:
More than anything, a personal injury lawyer evaluates your case. Since more than 90% of personal injury cases settle, your lawyer needs to know what a reasonable jury verdict would be for your case. This is based on a lawyers’ experience trying cases. At Spinella and Associates, we have been trying cases for over 40 years, with many seven figure verdicts and settlements.
Your personal injury attorney will represent you during a civil case. The attorney advocates for you and your claim and helps you recover financial losses caused by injuries.
Your civil case is important to you, and you should find an attorney who you trust. When you need a personal injury attorney, consider:
During a consultation with an attorney, be sure to ask questions. You want to make sure you have like values and can understand each other.
Spinella and Associates can help you with many different cases. Some of the cases our personal injury lawyers have helped with include:
When you begin working with a personal injury lawyer, you should expect your attorney to:
The cost of a personal injury lawyer depends on many factors, including the complexity of the case. Most personal injury lawyers in Connecticut will take a percentage of any settlement. An attorney may keep a total of expenses as the case progresses and take the total out of the settlement. This is the best deal there is in the law for a client: no hourly fee. If we don’t win you pay nothing.
To better understand the costs, schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney. You can discuss fees and payments at the consultation.
It is well within your rights to file a personal injury claim on your behalf. If you understand the legal process, it might be an option to consider.
But, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer before deciding. Many things factor into the complexity of a personal injury claim. For example, if you received significant injuries or the injuries aren't clear cut, an attorney can help. Always consult with an attorney before deciding.
In Connecticut, you have two years to file a claim from the date you received your injuries. If you miss the deadline, the court will not hear your case.
Because each case is different, it is hard to estimate when you will receive your settlement. Many factors go into how long a settlement will take, including:
Your personal injury attorney will work with you and explain the process. Talk to them about your specific case.
A release of all claims is a form you sign before getting a settlement. It clears the liable party of all claims against them. For example, let's say you were in a car accident caused by another person. Their insurance company would ask you to sign the release before they pay out the money.
It's very important to sign it only if you know all of the damages. That's why a personal injury attorney is important. The attorney will help you understand the full extent of damages.
Under Connecticut law, the court can lower your settlement by the percentage of fault you share in an accident. For example, let's say you and another driver have a car accident. Through investigation, the police determine the other driver is 75% at fault. That means you are 25% at fault. If you claim damages, the court can reduce the amount by 25%.
Also, Connecticut has a 51% bar rule. This rule means claimants found to be 51% or more at fault cannot claim damages.