At Polito & Harrington, the health and well-being of our clients, employees and the community remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus and following the guidance of local, state and federal authorities. We will be conducting all non- essential meetings via video or teleconference and remain available to service our clients’ legal needs. Essential meetings in the office will be conducted in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.Although the closure of courts and other cancellations are likely to occur, we remain fully committed to continuing to provide our clients with the same level of service and attention to their legal needs that they have come to expect from Polito & Harrington. We are also open and accepting new cases and referrals. We continue to remain available by email (info@politolaw.com) and via our office phone number (860-447-3300) should you or anyone you know needs to reach us.

Wishing everyone good health,
~ The lawyers and staff of Polito & Harrington

What Questions Should I Ask a Car Accident Attorney?

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As many as 50 million people a year suffer from injuries related to car accidents. In Connecticut, just under 300 people per year die in fatal automobile crashes.

If you’re one of these individuals, you may need to hire a lawyer in order to rectify the damages and reclaim money owed to you. However, you may be completely new to hiring an attorney and may wish to know what questions to ask a great car accident attorney once you’ve hired them.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the questions you should ask your Connecticut attorney to ensure you’re on the same page. These questions will also help clarify the process for you, demystifying the process a little bit.

Read on for more information.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for My Injuries?

Many states have something called a statute of limitations. This means that you must take legal action within a certain time frame, or you will no longer be allowed to do so.

Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible is your best move. But the two of you also need to be clear on the statute of limitations. You should also be clear so that you know what exactly it is you’re fighting for. You may find that the statute of limitations has run out for certain injuries, but not for others.

Being clear on this will help you understand the process and set your expectations accordingly.

How Much of a Settlement Can I Expect to Get?

You need to speak to your lawyer about what type of realistic settlement you can expect to get from your injuries.

While lawyers are not psychic, nor can they guarantee an outcome of any sort, those experienced with car accident cases will be able to help you estimate a realistic settlement.

There are dozens of factors that go into what a case is worth however and those factors often take time to develop. Patience is key in getting your just compensation.

Can We Recoup Future Medical Expenses as Related to the Car Accident?

Depending on the severity of your accident, you may need to cover future medical bills relating to it.

For some people, treatment for the accident may be ongoing or require lifetime support. This could be in the form of reconstructive surgery, ongoing rehabilitation, or in-home careers and aides.

A great car accident attorney is apprised of this and will be able to help you collect enough money to help with all future expenses. They will understand how to calculate future costs going forward, and work with the courts to ensure you receive a fair sum.

Can You Help Me If I Am Permanently Disabled From the Accident?

In some cases, an accident may be so severe that the individual who suffered it will be unable to work. This may mean that they will be on permanent disability, or they may wish to secure disability for the foreseeable future.

It is critical to have a good lawyer who understands all aspects of a disability claim, as well as making a disability claim if needed.

How Long Will the Case Take to Complete?

Those who are new to the law may find that cases seem to drag on for much longer than necessary. Insurance companies will do this intentionally in some instances. It can feel time-consuming and frustrating. Having an experienced car accident lawyer who will move your case forward aggressively will help to mitigate those tactics.

People who are unfamiliar with the law may see cases open and shut in the media and on television shows and wonder why theirs are not completed in the same timely fashion. Keeping a realistic timescale will reduce frustration.

How Much Will the Case Cost and What Are Your Billing Practices?

As car accident attorneys we work on a contingency basis which means we do not get paid until there is a recovery for you and only if there is a recovery for you. All consultations are free of charge and you owe us nothing until we recover money for you.

How Can I Ensure Things Go Smoothly?

All cases are different, and things may not always run a smooth course. However, ensuring your lawyer has everything they need from you, and cooperating with them, helps ensure that things go smoothly.

Turn in all evidence your lawyer needs in a timely manner and attend any appointments asked of you. This will help avoid frustration and the dragging on of issues longer than necessary.

Hiring a Great Car Accident Attorney

There are many car accident attorneys in Connecticut, but few great car accident attorneys. We run a professional and honest practice with a track record of excellence.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Connecticut and you’d like to start the process of making a claim, give us a call today. We’re here to help you get what you deserve so that you can thrive in your life beyond the accident.

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