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The Connecticut Personal Injury Claims Process

If you have been injured in an accident, you are probably aware that you have a right to claim compensation from the negligent parties who contributed to your injury. But how do you pursue that claim? What is involved in the personal injury claims process? How long does it take?

At the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our attorneys have the answers to all of these questions and more. We will guide you through the entire process, keeping you well informed of your case's progress and what to expect next. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 203-864-4427.

The Claims Process

The Connecticut personal injury claims process varies from case to case. Some people will be able to reach a favorable settlement quickly, while others will need to resolve the issue at trial. Some may need to go through the appeals process to achieve or defend a favorable verdict. The difference depends on the individual circumstances of the case, as well as the motivations and goals of the parties involved.

1. Meet With An Attorney

Following an injury, it is important that you meet with an attorney to discuss the next steps. The actions you take at this stage of the process can have sweeping effects on the future of your case, so it is best to move forward with the advice of an experienced professional.

Many law firms, including ours, offer free initial consultations where injured victims can learn whether they have a strong case and get an idea of how much they should expect in a settlement.

2. Initial Filings

Personal injury cases can require a great deal of paperwork. These documents include the complaint and the summons, as well as answers to any counterclaims or third-party complaints. Your attorney can handle these issues on your behalf.

3. Discovery

Throughout the personal injury claims process, both parties will be thoroughly investigating the incident to determine who was at fault and why. Your doctor visits will also be very important, as your medical recovery will be a determining factor in the amount of compensation you will be entitled to.

Discovery is the part of the process in which both sides reveal the results of their investigations to each other. This enables both sides to be as prepared as possible for negotiating a settlement or defending their interests at trial.

4. Settlement

Many personal injury claims are resolved by negotiating a settlement. A settlement allows both sides to quickly end the legal action on terms that are suitable for both parties. Your attorney will help you negotiate for a settlement that works in your best interests.

Settlements are often favorable to both sides, as they enable both plaintiff and defendant to avoid the risk and expense associated with a time-consuming trial. If you are unable to reach an appropriate settlement with the insurance company, however, a trial is your best opportunity to obtain the compensation you deserve.

5. Trial

The goal of a civil trial is to prove to a jury that the other party's negligence contributed to your injuries, and to obtain compensation for the losses you have suffered. Trials are complex and challenging; it is best to move forward only with the assistance of a skilled personal injury lawyer.

6. Appeals

After a trial is complete, either side may appeal the verdict. The purpose of these appeals is not to "redo" the trial, but to point out any procedural mistakes or misapplications of the law that may have led to an incorrect verdict. The party that loses the appeal may have the opportunity to appeal again to a higher court.

Get Help From An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, our personal injury attorneys are ready to guide you through the process. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call 203-864-4427. Our law firm serves clients in Bridgeport, Stratford, Shelton, Stamford and the surrounding areas.