If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you need vigorous legal representation to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your losses. Without a forceful advocate on your side, you run the risk of accepting a settlement that will fall short of meeting all your financial needs after a motor vehicle accident.
When you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, your losses can extend far beyond your physical injuries. You may be unable to work. Even if you have short-term or long-term disability insurance, it may not be enough to pay your bills. Your insurance coverage may be insufficient to cover all of your medical expenses. You may need extensive rehabilitation or long-term care.
Our job is to thoroughly research your case, work with medical and financial experts to build a strong and complete picture of your current and future financial needs, and present your case in the best possible light. With every step we take, our goal is to obtain the highest possible settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.
We represent car accident victims throughout the state of Connecticut. Several of the attorneys at our law firm are AV Preeminent or Distinguished peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, and our attorneys have more than 150 years’ combined experience representing victims of injury accidents.
We have a record of success with all types of motor vehicle accident claims.Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., recently resolved a car accident case on behalf of a client who was injured in an accident involving her car and a street sweeper vehicle. The lawsuit settled at mediation for $2.1 million.
We represent people who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
Additional information about legal claims based on motor vehicle accidents is available on the following page of this website: What to Do After a Car Accident.
At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all Motor Vehicle Accidents cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.
In the case of any motor vehicle accident you need to stop and get the following information:
Under Connecticut state law, the police in the town in which the accident occurred have to be notified for any accident involving:
Because of the potential for injuries with delayed symptoms later, any accident over 10 mph should be reported. Dial 911 to reach the local dispatcher, even if no one needs hospital transport.
Connecticut has an at-fault insurance system, meaning that insurance companies have to determine who is to blame for the accident. They have ways of making you admit things. Before you talk to them, a consultation with an attorney can only help you.
It is vitally important that you seek medical attention after an auto collision, even if you don’t think you were injured. Some injuries to muscles and tendons, internal organs, or the brain do not show up for days or even weeks later. A visit to your doctor will help you to either be sure you are not hurt or to have any injuries you did sustain treated properly before they become worse.
Medical documentation also becomes extremely important in a personal injury claim. Going to the doctor promptly establishes a connection between the accident and the injury, and medical records of follow-up treatments support your claim for monetary damages.
Get whatever information you can from them. Before you speak to your insurance company, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney. You probably have uninsured motorist coverage, which is separate from your liability coverage. You probably also have underinsured motorist coverage, which pays the difference if the other driver’s policy does not cover all of your losses. However, your insurance provider may try to deny the claim or limit the payout. This is another reason to get a lawyer involved early.
Get what information you can and report any hit-and-run accident to the local police. Your case will be a lot like an uninsured motorist claim, but the other driver fleeing makes it more difficult. It is very important that consult with an attorney in this case.
If your accident is property damage only, your claim may be quick and straightforward. If you or a family member was injured, it can take months to resolve the claim, depending on the severity of injuries and whether you can return to work.
The most common mistake is to accept a quick settlement offer from the insurance adjuster. This is usually a “lowball” offer that does not reflect the true value of your case. You want to be sure that are fully recovered (or as healed as you are going to be) first. Your eventual settlement should reflect all medical bills, including future medical care you may need, as well as lost time from work, any lasting disability, and your pain and suffering.