Ask a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer: How Soon Do I Need to File a Personal Injury Case?
After you have suffered a personal injury in Connecticut, it is easy to feel that the world is crashing down around you. You might be struggling financially, experiencing physical pain, or suffering emotionally. You know you need a personal injury lawyer, but you do not know the right time to make that call. AHC Injury Law is here to offer clarity and peace of mind during this trying time.
Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer: How Soon Do I Need to File a Personal Injury Case?
It is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Every state imposes a time limit, known as a statute of limitations, within which a personal injury lawsuit must be filed in Court. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Connecticut can be as short as one year, and the statute may begin to run as soon as you are injured. Moreover, there are certain Notice of Claim requirements in Connecticut that must be complied with or you cannot file a lawsuit. Therefore, because you do not have a lot of time within which to file appropriate Notices or lawsuits, you should speak with an experience lawyer as soon as possible after an injury.
Details to Know
In general, there are three issues that are the foundation of a personal injury claim: liability, causation, and damages. The first issue pertains to whether a Defendant was at fault for the incident. The second issue pertains to whether the Defendant’s conduct was a legal cause of your injuries and damages. The third issue pertains to damages; in particular, the extent of them. Your lawyer will calculate your losses based on concrete figures (called economic damages) like medical bills and lost income. Your attorney will also consider your pain and suffering and reduction of activities, known as non-economic damages.
A Lack of Knowledge Can Harm Your Case
Without a lawyer by your side, you could inadvertently harm your case such that you reduce your chances of fair compensation. To illustrate, you might be speaking with the other person’s insurance adjuster and making statements that can be used against you, including saying:
- You’re fine
- You’re not sure if you are going to see a doctor
- You’re willing to give an official statement right now
It is best to let a lawyer handle these conversations. A well-trained and experienced professional can communicate with insurance adjusters at their level while moving your case forward – not hindering it.
Reasons to Make the Call Sooner Than Later
Contacting a personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later allows the lawyer to begin investigating your case while the evidence is still fresh. Your recollection of the events that led to your personal injury and the statements of witnesses are more accurate in the days and weeks immediately following the event. Waiting to contact an attorney can distort your memory and give the opposing party reason to question your honesty.
A personal injury can leave you feeling helpless, especially if you are unable to work. The bills continue to mount and you have injuries to tend to. Our team can relieve much of the burden you’re experiencing while fighting for your rights and fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by contacting AHC Injury Law.