A personal injury accident occurs when one person becomes injured as a result of another party’s negligence. When this happens, the injured party may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is a civil action that exists to hold the negligent party responsible for the injuries they caused as a result of their behavior. There are cases in which people may hesitate to bring a lawsuit against another party for a long period of time after an accident. This may be out of fear that they cannot the legal fees that are associated with the lawsuit. Other times, it can also be because they do not wish to cause any further trouble. This is sometimes seen if the claim would be filed against a relative or a friend.
However, many people do not realize that a personal injury attorney is paid on a contingency basis. This means the attorney is only paid in the event that they recover an award for the injured party. In addition to this, the payment is typically taken out of the award that is recovered instead of the person’s own expenses.
Connecticut’s Statute of Limitations
If someone is injured in a personal injury accident and wants to pursue a lawsuit, it is important that they do not wait long to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations to file for a lawsuit. A statute of limitations is a deadline that a person is given and is required to meet in order to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. In the state of Connecticut, injured parties have a two-year statute of limitations on a personal injury case to file a lawsuit.
If an individual fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year time limit, the state of Connecticut may not allow them to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Notice of Claim Requirements
There is a different process in place for those who are injured because of the negligence of a municipality. When this happens, the injured party is required to file a Notice of Claim if they wish to pursue a lawsuit. This notifies a municipality that the injured party plans to bring a lawsuit against them. In Connecticut, a person has one year from when the injury is sustained or discovered to file a claim. A personal injury attorney can be beneficial for individuals during this time to help navigate their case.
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If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact The Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman today.
Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to set up a free initial consultation for matters, related to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.