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Fair Settlement for a car accident
Being involved in a car accident can be a very scary and devastating experience. Not only can it be physically and emotionally painful, but it can also take a toll on your financial well-being. Filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance can often be the only way for you to get compensation. But what exactly is a fair settlement for a car accident in Connecticut? What can you do to ensure you receive the full compensation you need to recover from the accident?

Each Car Accident Is Different

Every car accident is different, and the amount of compensation can vary greatly depending on the unique circumstances of every case.

dog bite injury
Dog bite injuries are very common.  According to the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), over 4 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Connecticut, like most states, has laws that cover injuries caused by dogs. In this state, individuals who are injured by a dog can file a claim against the dog owner, or the person in control of the dog, in order to obtain compensation for injuries.

Read on to learn the first steps you should take if you have been attacked and injured by a dog:

Report the Incident to the Police

Summer is here, and boaters across Connecticut are taking advantage of the state’s beautiful lakes and coastlines. Unfortunately, the rising popularity of recreational boating also means that there is an uptick in the number of boating accidents and fatalities. Some of the common causes of these accidents include operator negligence, poorly maintained boats, excessive speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and a lack of proper safety measures. 

Every boating accident is different, and recreational boat injury claims can be quite complicated. If you have been injured in a boating incident, here are four reasons to hire an experienced boating accident lawyer in Connecticut

1. You May Be Dealing With Serious Injuries

passenger in car accident
If you are a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident, you might be wondering what your legal rights are, including whether you are eligible for compensation for injuries you sustained. 

The short answer is yes—however, there are several questions that need answering:

  • Who was at fault in causing the collision?

fatal car accident
Finding out that a loved one was involved in a fatal accident is devastating. Learning that the death was due to the fault of someone else can leave you overwhelmed, angry, and unsure of how to move forward. While nothing can truly replace the loss of a loved one, pursuing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver is the best way to seek compensation for your loss. Read on to find out how best to proceed in such circumstances.

Understand Your Rights under Connecticut Law 

Connecticut law permits a loved one of a deceased person to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court.  Generally, such a claim must be filed within two years from the date of the incident. 

product liability case
Although manufacturers are legally obligated to ensure that the products they sell are safe, there are situations in which design defects, manufacturing problems, or dishonest marketing practices result in dangerous products being released to the consumer market.

If a defective product has caused you to sustain personal injuries, you can seek justice and compensation for the damages you have suffered; this includes medical bills, lost wages, physical suffering, and emotional pain and suffering.

Here are five things you should do if you were injured by a defective or unsafe product:

boating accident causes
Boaters are enthusiastically heading to the waterways in these summer months. Connecticut, with its beautiful lakes and coastline, is a very popular boating destination. Unfortunately, with the increased number of boats in the water, boating accidents and fatalities occur all too frequently.  To reduce the number of recreational boating fatalities, it’s important to understand the causes of these accidents:

Lack of Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)

Boaters are required by law to wear PFDs while operating any vessel less than 26 feet long. Too many people ignore this rule and choose not to wear them. In fact, 71% of people involved in boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket at the time. It’s crucial for all boaters, new and experienced, to have a proper understanding of boating safety and to follow basic precautions to help minimize the number of boating fatalities in the future.

Personal injury claims are never easy, whether they arise from a car accident, a fall, or some other mishap. When your injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, it may be time to consider hiring a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury attorney. But where do you start? Trying to choose the right legal representation for your personal injury case can seem challenging and overwhelming. Before making your decision, here are some important questions you should ask, as well as the answers you can expect from Hirsch Andrade. 

1. What are your fees? 

Hirsch Andrade accepts cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that Hirsch Andrade does not get paid unless l you receive a settlement or verdict. The fee is a percentage determined by Connecticut state statute of the overall recovered amount.

Personal injury claims can go beyond property damage and physical injuries. Emotional distress is another type of damage that may be evaluated within your claim.

Can emotional distress be considered a personal injury? In short, yes. The long answer, however, can be a little more complicated. Emotional damages can be caused by the stress from the accident, or mental anguish caused by the changes in a victim’s life from the physical injuries. In this article, we will cover what you need to know about emotional distress, how it impacts personal injury cases, and how you can seek compensation. 

What Is Emotional Distress?

There are a few scenarios where there may not be a police report after an accident. For example, the accident could have occurred on private property. Or, it could be an accident in which the involved drivers simply didn’t know they needed to report the accident.

If you are in a car accident and do not have a police report, you may still be able to seek compensation.

How Important Is a Police Report? 

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