A person who suffers injuries in an accident might assume that they bear responsibility for any cost, expense or loss associated with their injury or the accident. However, if another person is at fault for the accident then that person can be held liable for some or all of the various expenses and losses you suffer as a result. Those expenses can include medical, lost wages or damage to your vehicle.
If you suffered a serious injury in an accident leading to financial, physical, or emotional harm, then under Connecticut Law you may bring a claim or lawsuit for damages in order to be compensated for that harm.
Attorney George W. Ganim, a Bridgeport personal injury lawyer, can review your case and provide assistance in the event you wish to proceed with a claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Bridgeport
Any legal action for personal injury in Connecticut on the basis of negligence, reckless conduct or medical malpractice, per Title 52 of the General Statutes of Connecticut, must file their claim within two years of the date on which the injury occurred. If the injured party does not discover their losses until later, the two-year timeline begins on the date of discovery; however, an individual cannot make a claim or file a lawsuit if more than three years passed since the date of their accident.
Attorney George W. Ganim, Jr., a local accident attorney, can review your case and help determine the appropriate timeline to file a claim or lawsuit.
Personal injury claims in the State of Connecticut may arise under a range of circumstances, such as:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Birth Injuries
- Drunk Driver Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Defective Products
- Workplace accidents
- Trip & Fall Accidents
- Domestic abuse
- Criminal violence
Attorney Ganim has successfully represented clients in all of those areas of injury claims.
Comparative Negligence in Accidents
Connecticut Law allows a person injured in an accident to recover damages even if that person shares fault for the accident. This is called “comparative negligence.” In cases that involve comparative negligence, a judge or jury assesses the fault of all parties involved and assigns a percentage share of fault to each person. Under modified comparative fault, a plaintiff who is 50 percent or less at fault for the accident may collect damages from other parties after their own share of liability is subtracted from the total damages.
For example, if the amount of total damages is $10,000 and the injured person (plaintiff) bringing the lawsuit is determined to be 30 percent negligent for the accident then their award is reduced by 30 percent. Thus, the injured person would collect just $7,000. If the jury determines that the injured person is 51 percent or more to blame for their accident, they cannot recover anything.
If you are wondering if your contribution to the accident will impact any damage award you may be entitled, then you need the help of a knowledgeable Bridgeport personal injury attorney.
Experienced Bridgeport Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering serious injuries in an accident can be scary and overwhelming. Fortunately, our team of Bridgeport personal injury lawyers can help you get back on your feet during this challenging time. With our help, you could take legal action against the person who caused your injuries and pursue fair compensation. To discuss your case with a dedicated legal professional, call Attorney George W. Ganim, Jr. of Bridgeport, Connecticut today for a free consultation.