The moment an injury occurs most people are primarily concerned with getting a doctor or getting the immediate problem solved. They do not think about the future and what they might need to do in order to pursue a personal injury suit in the future. Even if you do not believe you will take action there are a few things that you should do to help farther down the road if you decide to file suit during your two year time frame.
|Connecticut Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disfigurement or disability, future earning ability, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court|
|Contributory Negligence||modified comparative negligence: If the plaintiff's own negligence is found more than 50% at fault, no damages may be awarded. Otherwise, damages awarded are reduced by proportion of injured party's own negligence.|
For most of us, memory is sketchy at best. No matter how young you are and regardless of how old you are, your memory will play tricks on you even in the best situations. Since situations surrounding an injury are often the worst, and most stressful, situations it is important that you document everything that you can for later reference.
As soon as you are able to think clearly, or speak clearly, write down everything that occurred before, during, and directly after the accident. If you are unable to write have a friend or family member write down your words. Include the names of every person that was present at the time of the injury. If possible include their contact numbers and even addresses.
Write down the names of anyone you remember talking to. This includes police officers, casual witnesses, and even company representatives. Always get the names of insurance representatives or workers compensation representatives when you talk to them. Also record the dates and times of any phone conversation to avoid forgetting this important information at a later date.
Hold onto anything that might be proof of your injury. This includes photographs taking of injuries or of the damaged property. After car accidents attempt to take pictures of the damaged vehicle, any belongings that were damaged and even keep your clothing. This can all help prove your case at a later date in a Connecticut court.
Do not attempt to deal with companies yourself if you do not have to. Any statements you make could later be used against you so seek legal or professional advice before communicating with anyone. Connecticut recommends notifying individuals that you plan to file claim against before you do it and before doing this discuss things with a lawyer and attempt to find representation. Having a lawyer to advise you and protect your best interests will help you in the long run.
For more specific information about your case, contact a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer.