We understand that being in a car accident can be a devastating, life-changing experience and we’re here to help. Our lawyers have more than 60 combined years of experience representing seriously injured victims of car, motorcycle, and truck accidents.
Below is a list of the most common questions we receive from people who are thinking about filing a car accident lawsuit. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for below, please call us and we will be happy to speak with you in a free, private phone call to review your potential case.
This will depend on a number of factors since each person’s situation is different. It’s important that you speak with an attorney to understand what your case might be worth rather than getting an estimate from a car accident “calculator” on a law firm website. Only an attorney can give you a reliable estimate once the facts have been understood.
Compensation for a car accident can depend on:
No, it is very important that you do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company.
They may seem friendly over the phone, but they are not interested in helping you. Please understand the other driver’s insurance company’s sole interest is limiting their liability and what they might have to pay you. We strongly suggest that you avoid speaking with the other party’s insurance company until you have first spoken with a lawyer.
Hiring a car wreck lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your losses and protect your interests. This gives your collision lawyer valuable time to build your case, gather time-sensitive evidence, dispatch investigators, and collect all the pieces so that you receive the maximum compensation under Connecticut’s auto accident laws.
Not only does hiring an automobile accident lawyer immediately improve your chances of a favorable outcome, but there is also a time limit for you to file a car accident claim known as the statute of limitations. Connecticut gives you two years from the date of the accident to file a car accident lawsuit, however, this time frame may vary depending on the details surrounding your case. Due to nuances in the law that can affect the time limit, we encourage speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can likely provide an accurate understanding of Connecticut’s statute of limitations during a consultation
Note: Simply speaking with a lawyer is not the same as hiring one. Free consultations are offered by most car crash attorney law firms. The sooner you partner with a qualified attorney, the faster you will be on your way to recovery with the financial help you deserve.
No, you do not need to be located in the same city or state as your car crash attorney.
Our firm represents people throughout Connecticut with four office locations, however, this includes drivers who may be passing through from New York or Massachusetts and other neighboring states, as well as tourists who have been injured while visiting Connecticut from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.
You are still welcome to call our law firm if you have a question. After all, we are counselors at law, or otherwise here to help counsel the best decision to make on your behalf, which includes helping you find the right attorney if you have been seriously injured.
Yes! Remember that your job right now is to heal, rest, and follow your doctor’s orders, so it is our pleasure to visit clients at their homes or even in the hospital. This gives us a chance to listen to your story firsthand and answer any questions you may have.
In plain English, it only costs you if your lawyer wins a recovery on your behalf. You may have heard law some firms say, “we don’t get paid unless we win.” This is because legal fees are on a contingency basis. The thousands spent on investigations, court appearances, filing fees, expert witnesses, etc. are at no cost to you unless we win your case.
Most firms do not openly discuss their fees, but we understand this is an important matter when considering hiring a lawyer. At The Flood Law Firm, our fee is generally 33% of the recovery amount up to $300,000. On amounts beyond $300,000, our fees reduce on a sliding scale and continue to decrease as the settlement or verdict recovered increases. We welcome any questions regarding our fees, upfront costs, and how if we do not win your case you do not owe us a penny!
This is a great question. Here are a few ways an attorney can help:
If you have questions and prefer to speak with someone over the phone, the team at The Flood Law Firm is available.
Abraham Lincoln once said “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time.”
A settlement is what happens when the insurance company and your attorney are able to reach an agreement for what you are owed. This helps you as the client to be paid quickly and begin moving on with your life. However, when no agreement is reached or an insurance company refuses to properly compensate you, this is when we will discuss taking your car accident case to court for a trial. We have the skills and financial backing to do this and fight for what you deserve, and we are proud of our winning track record.
Together, our goal is to get you the maximum compensation as quickly as possible.
Yes. When hiring a lawyer, one of the most important qualities to consider is their trial experience. Trial experience proves to the insurance company that we will fight all the way on your behalf. A law firm’s experience in the courtroom can actually encourage an insurance company to settle quickly and fairly.
While on this topic, we want to clarify that we are experienced trial attorneys who have been litigating serious car accident cases for a combined 35 years. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients when an insurance company offered $0 or just flat-out denied a client’s claim.
Many don’t imagine that what seems like a simple fender bender could turn into a lawsuit. But when the insurance company does not compensate you fairly, it can become a problem.
The legal process can be daunting and time-consuming. Organizing and submitting documents, communicating with the other driver’s insurance company and their lawyers can quickly become overwhelming. Insurance companies may pressure you to settle quickly or raise a factor to dismiss or deny your claim in full!
Studies have shown that victims of car accidents and serious injuries who hire a lawyer receive on average 40% more for their claim than when not hiring a lawyer.
To be clear, you do not have to hire a lawyer. However, it is wise to. Hiring an attorney releases the burden of a lawsuit into the hands of an experienced litigator. Our law firm will do all the work while your only job is to heal.
This is our favorite question! Sure, we have experience, jury trial victories, an outstanding team, and the winning results to show for it. If you have done your research, you will find that many law firms may say the same thing. But at the end of the day, consider hiring us for our unflinching confidence to resolve cases when the odds seem stacked against them. Consider hiring us for our tenacity. We became lawyers because we stand up to bullies and believe that fairness sometimes requires a fight. Consider hiring us because other lawyers and their families have hired us to represent them in difficult cases when a loved one was hurt or injured.
As lawyers and active members of the community, we have a personal interest in our clients’ well-being and won’t allow them to be pressured by anyone to settle for less than what they are owed. You didn’t ask for this to happen and you didn’t start the fight, but you can rest assured we will help you resolve it.
“This firm is the real deal. Top firm for personal injury litigation. The Flood Law Firm has a solid reputation for trying jury cases against insurance companies, rather than just taking what’s offered. Since insurance companies know that The Flood Law Firm will see the case to the end, there is a greater likelihood that the case will settle for what it is worth. Highly recommend this firm.”
– Frank S.
“Brian Flood represented me in a highly contested case against an Allstate insured. He and his staff are 100% accessible. The result he obtained was close to 7 times Allstate’s last offer and even in the final phase, Brian, himself, fought on my behalf, for every cent possible. Brian is a tremendously gifted advocate. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a personal injury attorney.”
*Actual photos not used to protect client privacy.
The Flood Law Firm’s founders, Brian and Chris Flood, are recognized in and out of the courthouse. They have been nominated by their peers into prestigious organizations for their passionate representation on behalf of people who were hurt or lost their lives because of another’s negligence.
A few of our honors include:
We are a simple phone call away. If you have been involved in a car, motorcycle, truck or other serious accident, please call The Flood Law Firm at (877) 987-9529. You may also reach us by filling out this form and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Firm founders Chris Flood (L) and Brian Flood (R).