Most car accidents happen quickly and without much warning, resulting in an inconvenient, challenging and expensive experience. From minor fender benders to more serious collisions, a car wreck can impact your life as well as your wallet.
While a monetary settlement won’t undo the pain and suffering endured after an auto wreck, it is important to understand how car accident compensation can be beneficial to you and your family’s needs.
Or, if you are ready to speak to a professional, contact the attorneys at The Flood Law Firm today by calling (860) 346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We know from personal experience how difficult this time can be, and we want to help you move forward with your life. Let us be your advocates throughout help you resolve this situation and put this matter behind you.
Compensation for Accident Injuries
It goes without saying how destructive a car accident can be; both property damage and personal injury can occur.
Following a wreck, you may not want to immediately consider filing a claim. However, if you wish to be compensated for the damages that transpired due to the collision, then time is of the essence. Further, if the car accident took place due to someone else’s negligent or careless actions, the guilty party should be held liable. You may have questions or need assistance, and we can advise on specifics related to your case and Connecticut traffic laws.
According to the National Safety Council, the first half of 2016 saw a total of 138 road fatalities in the State of Connecticut – a 45 percent increase from the previous year during the same time frame.
Types of Car Accident Compensation
Depending on the details of your specific case, there are different types of car accident compensation categories to pursue, such as:
Property damage may be recoverable, but only if your property was damaged as a direct result of the accident. Your property can include several items such as your vehicle, personal belongings or anything else damaged because of the wreck.
If the accident is severe enough, you may need to be taken to the emergency room, where injuries could be discovered that you sustained during the crash. Injuries can be minor, such as cuts, scratches or bruises. However, in some circumstances, your injuries may be more serious and expensive. If you spend time in the hospital or require surgery, medical expenses can add up quickly. You may be due compensation for any medical needs connected to the crash.
Pain and Suffering
If you endure injuries from the accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for any mental or physical pain and suffering acquired from the wreck. You may also be able to pursue compensation for both past and future pain and suffering associated with the accident, such as recurring headaches, anxiety or nightmares.
Depending on the injury sustained from the car accident and your line of work, your injuries or recovery may keep you from being able to properly do your job. If this happens, you could be eligible for compensation to accommodate for missed or lost wages.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If the injury is severe enough – and permanent – you may no longer be able to effectively do your job. If this happens, you may be awarded for loss of earning capacity, as you will no longer be able to earn the amount of income you are used to, thus potentially affecting your quality of life.
If you sustained any of the damages or injuries listed above, you may be eligible for car accident compensation. However, there are specific factors that could affect your settlement.
Factors That Affect Car Accident Compensation
If you plan to file a car accident compensation claim, there are a few things you should know that could change the outcome of your case.
Visit a Doctor For A Checkup
First and foremost, seek medical attention immediately following the wreck. Some injuries may take a day or two to surface, meaning you could be hurt without realizing it. As such, it is recommended that you visit the emergency room or at least make an appointment with your family physician.
Tips To Help Your Case
Once you have verified your safety after the accident, keep these tips in mind:
- DO take photos of the accident (including the vehicles involved, the road, injuries and entire scene)
- DO exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle (i.e. name, phone number, license plate, insurance details)
- DO call the police and make an official report
- DO keep track of your hospital/doctor visits, as well as any work you have missed due to the injury
- DO speak with a car accident attorney
- DON’T admit fault at the scene of the wreck
- DON’T discuss details of the accident with anyone other than the police, your insurance company and your attorney
- DON’T agree to sign anything until the document has been reviewed (preferably by an experienced attorney)
- DON’T get rid of any items that could be construed as evidence (i.e. car parts, broken belongings or damaged clothing)
- DON’T agree to any type of settlement without first speaking to a car accident attorney
File Your Claim On Time
When it comes to filing a claim, timing is important. Connecticut State law affirms you have a limited time of two years to file a claim after an accident. That means you have two exact years from the date the accident occurred to file a claim, after which you will not be able to pursue legal action for the crash. If your time limit is approaching, you must act fast as filing a claim does take some time.
Filing a claim for car accident compensation can often be confusing, which is why it is recommended that you speak with an attorney to learn what your best options are.
The attorneys at The Flood Law Firm have decades of combined experience, as well as, the skills, knowledge, and experience to fight for your rights. To view some of our previously successful cases, visit this page.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, we offer our deepest apologies. No matter how minor or severe the collision turned out to be, there is nothing easy or convenient about an automobile wreck.
Though a monetary settlement cannot undo the pain and suffering you have had to endure following this unfair experience, you may be eligible for compensation, which could assist with various expenses and damages. The person(s) responsible for your inconvenience should be held accountable for their actions.
Contact the attorneys at The Flood Law Firm today by calling (860) 346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. From collecting medical records to making phone calls on your behalf, we will handle all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on yourself and your healing. We want to help you move on with your life – let us be your advocates!