Personal Injury Law
People who suffer losses because of the negligent conduct of a person or business often require assistance and guidance in dealing with their property damage, medical expenses, their lost income and permanent injuries. Have been hurt in an accident caused by another person or business often seek guidance to determine whether they may be compensated for their medical expenses and other losses. The Connecticut personal injury lawyers at Owens, Schine & Nicola, P.C. have provided diligent legal representation to accident victims since 1928. From our offices in Trumbull, New Britain, and Norwalk, we assist through the process of settlement negotiations and litigation, keeping their specific objectives at the forefront of our minds. Catastrophic injuries include burns, spinal cord and brain injuries, multiple bone break injuries (such as a trampoline park injury) and wrongful death. Our litigation attorneys are experienced in all areas of personal injury law, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, and injuries caused by defective products.Pursuing Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim
Under Connecticut law, negligence arises when an individual, business, and other entity fails to act or acts carelessly and thereby cause injuries to a person. They are generally referred to as the Defendant. To succeed in a personal injury claim based on negligence, an individual must establish that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, the defendant failed to conform to that duty, the individual’s injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions or inactions, and the individual incurred damages. The relevant duty of care is based on the relationship between the parties. For example, health care providers are held to the specific standard of care in their profession, while property or businesses are required to take reasonable precautions to inspect their property, address any hazards that they discover and to make their property safe for individuals.
Many personal injury claims arise out of car accidents caused by negligent drivers. In these situations, the injured party must show that another party was the cause of those injuries. This may involve introducing testimony from an eyewitness who observed how the defendant was being inattentive, driving recklessly, speeding, going through a stop sign or violating a State Statute. The issuance of a ticket or warning or showing the presence of alcohol or drugs in the defendant’s system, are other examples of proof of negligence. in addition to showing that the defendant was driving negligently, a personal injury attorney in Connecticut must also establish that the defendant’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, which proof is normally provided through your testimony and medical testimony. Moreover, even if you were partially responsible for a collision, under Connecticut law, you may still be able to recover damages as long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault. Damages in these cases will be in proportion to each party’s percentage of fault.
Damages in Connecticut personal injury cases are not capped by statutory limits. Damages may be economic or non-economic in nature. Compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity, for instance, are economic damages, while awards for pain and suffering, disfigurement, permanent injuries, emotional distress and other intangible losses are non-economic. In general, a personal injury case must be filed in court within two years of the date of the accident, or it may be barred as untimely, although there are some exceptions. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can provide further information to address your specific case.Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Connecticut Accident
At Owens, Schine & Nicola, we are prepared to evaluate and analyze your case and help you understand the legal options that are available to you. Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys advocate on behalf of people who have been involved in a wide range of accidents. We also can assist people who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice by a hospital, nursing home, a doctor or another health care provider. We offer free consultations at our offices in Trumbull, Fairfield, and Norwalk. To schedule your appointment, call Owens, Schine & Nicola at (203) 375-0600 or contact us online.