New Haven Personal Injury Lawyers
Many injury victims and their family members are left reeling after an accident, not knowing their rights, their options or where to turn to pursue justice. You deserve to have strong advocates in your corner who will fight to obtain optimal results in both compensation and accountability for the harm you have suffered.
At Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, our experienced New Haven personal injury attorneys can help you. They have more than 150 combined years of experience maximizing compensation for injury victims.
We welcome the full spectrum of claims, including:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Car and truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous and defective products
- Medical negligence
- Workplace injuries
- Recreational accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Other premises liability accidents
- Wrongful deaths
Our attorneys’ track record includes multimillion-dollar recoveries for victims and their families. As capable negotiators, they secure many high settlements without ever going to court. If necessary, though, our lawyers are also successful litigators who have won awards from courts throughout Connecticut.
How Our New Haven Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You
Meaningful results require more than merely navigating red tape and pushing paperwork. With a strong command of Connecticut injury law, our attorneys know how to investigate, prepare and present an individualized case to maximize the goals and best interests of each community member they serve.
Our lawyers’ commitment to excellence has earned them numerous honors and awards. One of our attorneys is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell, while others have earned Distinguished ratings by Martindale-Hubbell.
What truly differentiates us, though, is how much our lawyers care about our clients. When you work with our attorneys, they will get to know you personally and stand strong to give you and your family a voice in the process. They know the challenges that you are facing. Our team does the hard work that is necessary to help you overcome them.
How Much Does A New Haven Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Many people are deterred from hiring an attorney because they fear that the price is unaffordable. We believe that every victim of another person’s or party’s negligence deserves high-quality yet affordable legal representation. That is why our team of Connecticut personal injury attorneys works on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge any fees upfront. If we recover compensation for your damages, then we charge a small percentage of the recovery. If we do not recover anything, then you do not have to pay us anything. This allows you to have a reputable legal team on your side without straining your finances.
How Much Is My New Haven Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Every claim is worth a different amount. The amount that you can recover, if any, depends on a variety of complex and interwoven circumstances. These can include:
- The body part injured
- The severity of your injury
- Whether your injury affects your ability to work
- Whether your injury causes long-lasting pain
- How much your injury interferes with your life
- Whether your injury affects your enjoyment of life
- Whether you have an attorney to handle your claim
Insurance companies very rarely offer the full value of what you truly deserve after an accident. They are for-profit companies and want to minimize the money they expend. You should consult a personal injury lawyer who understands how to calculate the value of your claim. An accurate valuation is key to recovering maximum compensation for your damages. Our team has helped numerous clients by accurately calculating the value of their damages and holding insurance providers accountable.
What If The Accident Was Partially My Fault?
Even if you are partly at fault for an accident, hope is not lost to recover compensation. Connecticut uses a modified comparative negligence law. Comparative negligence means that you can still receive compensation if you share fault for an injury. However, with modified comparative negligence, you do not have the right to recover compensation if you are 51% or more at fault for the accident. If you are less than 51% at fault for an accident, then your financial settlement or award will be reduced proportionate to your share of the fault. For example, let’s say that you were 20% at fault in a car accident and the other driver was 80% at fault. This means that you could recover up to 80% of the value of your damages. If you believe that you have some share of fault for an accident, then your next step should be to contact a personal injury attorney. Our team has worked with many clients who had some share of fault. We work to maximize your compensation by reducing the amount of fault that the insurance company or court pins on you.
How Long Do I Have To File An Accident Claim In Connecticut?
Many states set statutes of limitations on personal injury claims, and Connecticut is no different. Connecticut has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in court. You must file your lawsuit within two years of the date that you suffered your injury. If you do not, you lose the right to seek compensation for your damages through a civil claim.
That is why it is critical to work with a personal injury lawyer. We work quickly, as we understand the laws thoroughly and have handled thousands of prior claims. Please do not waste any time. Researching information online can only get you so far. Often, it only leads to feeling more overwhelmed. Allow us to help you instead; get in touch with us directly.
What Types Of Damages Can I Claim After A Car Accident In Connecticut?
Damages are the legal term for the remedy that an injured party seeks in a legal claim. Often, damages are a monetary award. The court awards damages if it finds that the defendant has breached a duty of care that it owed the plaintiff. In a personal injury case, this means that the court awards damages because the defendant caused the victim an injury that resulted in compensable damages. Some examples of damages in personal injury claims include:
- Emergency room bills
- Doctor’s appointment bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Not every case involves all of the aforementioned damages. Your claim needs to have only one type of damage to be actionable. You might also have damages that you do not yet realize exist, for example, the cost of future medical care or the need for vocational training so that you can earn the same wage that you did before your accident. Consult a personal injury attorney like ours to learn more about the damages you might be able to recover.
How To Deal With Insurance After An Accident In New Haven
When dealing with an insurance company, the most important thing to remember is not to admit fault. Unfortunately, insurance claims representatives have tactics to get you to inadvertently admit fault, even if you had no fault at all for the accident.
Many survivors of personal injury accidents realize quickly that insurance companies do not put policyholders first; they put profits first. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations that will do nearly anything to avoid paying a claim. Some common tactics that insurance providers use include refusing to give you prompt communication, drastically underestimating the value of your claim, failing to pay your claim in a timely manner and claiming you did not send certain documentation. These are all examples of insurance bad faith. Insurance bad faith is when an insurance company uses unreasonable tactics to avoid paying or to underpay a claim.
Before speaking with any insurance company representatives, you should seek the counsel of an attorney. Your personal injury attorney will have dealt with insurance companies thousands of times. We know how to communicate with them in a prompt and direct manner. We know how to demonstrate that you sent in materials that they deny having. We give you peace of mind as you handle your physical recovery, instead of having to call or email insurance providers.
Get Answers In A Free Consultation With A Lawyer
Choosing an attorney with so many other things demanding your time is not easy. We invite you to call 203-896-4631 to arrange your free consultation. You may also reach out online by sending us an email. At Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, we serve clients throughout Connecticut and New Haven County, including, but not limited to North Haven, Hamden, Wallingford, New Haven, Meriden, Waterbury and the surrounding areas.
Deeply Committed To The People Of New Haven County
Our lawyers have deep ties to the New Haven community. As a result, they draw on their substantial experience to represent our neighbors with integrity. Our law office is located in North Haven, which is in close proximity to Interstate 91 and U.S. Highway 5. If you are driving to visit us in person, you can use these directions:
- From Bradley International Airport:
- Follow Route 20/Bradley Airport Connector to the freeway
- Merge onto Interstate 91 (going south)
- Follow I-91 S for 43 miles
- Take Exit 12 and turn left onto Washington Avenue
- Stay on Washington Avenue for 1 mile
- Turn right onto Broadway for about two blocks and our building will be on the left
You have several good options if you are looking for a place to eat before or after meeting with our attorneys. Some dining suggestions near our law office include:
- Ludal’s Italian Restaurant
Italian favorites in a contemporary venue with a large bar. Located at 28-30 Broadway in North Haven (across the street from our office).
- Bellini’s Restaurant
Fine dining Italian cuisine and pizza; a neighborhood favorite. Located at 2 Broadway in North Haven (walking distance from our office).
- Sally’s Apizza
Iconic pizzeria has been serving up slices since 1938. Located at 237 Wooster Street in New Haven.
- Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Casual pizza chain serving coal-fired pizza, beer and wine. Located at 157 Wooster Street in New Haven.
During your visit, you can also visit some of the many attractions near us, such as:
- Yale Peabody Museum
Featuring the famous Great Hall of Dinosaurs. Located at 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven.
- Sleeping Giant State Park
1.5-mile scenic trail and observation tower. Located eight miles north of New Haven.
- East Rock Park
Gardens, recreation, historic structures and a paved hiking road to the top. Located at 41 Cold Spring Street in New Haven.
- PEZ Visitor Center
A museum dedicated to classic candy and dispensers. Located at 35 Prindle Hill Road in Orange, Connecticut.
If you are unable to visit our office, our attorneys will come to you anywhere in Connecticut to explain your options. They look forward to meeting you.
Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC
37 Broadway, 1st Floor
North Haven, CT 06473
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.