Middletown Personal Injury Attorneys
Why File a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?
When you are injured and another person, company, or entity is to blame, you have the right to take legal action. An unexpected accident or injury can leave you facing significant physical, financial, and emotional hardships, but by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can seek monetary compensation for these losses. While nothing can undo the trauma you have been through, a fair settlement or verdict can provide you and your family with the resources you need to heal.
Navigating the personal injury litigation process is difficult on your own, but with the right legal team on your side, you can have confidence knowing that your rights will be protected. Since 1955, RisCassi & Davis, P.C. has been fighting on behalf of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Connecticut. Our Middletown personal injury lawyers are here to provide the answers you need and the advocacy you deserve.
On This Page:
- Cases We Handle
- Types of Damages You Can Recover
- How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
- How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
- Do All Personal Injury Claims Go To Court?
- Get a Free Consultation
Types of Cases We Handle
Our firm is nationally recognized for our successes in all areas of personal injury law. To date, our attorneys have recovered more than half a billion dollars in compensation in a variety of complex cases.
We are proud to represent clients in personal injury cases involving:
- Auto Accidents: Including collisions involving cars, motorcycles, drunk drivers, hit-and-runs, bicyclists, pedestrians, large trucks, uninsured/underinsured motorists, and more
- Additional Vehicle Accidents: Including aviation accidents, boating accidents, train and ship accidents, police chase crashes, rideshare accidents, and more
- Medical Malpractice: Including anesthesia errors, birth injuries, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis, hospital malpractice, surgical errors, and more
- Premises Liability: Including slip and falls and trip and falls, animal attacks and dog bites, swimming pool and drowning accidents, school injuries, and more
- Product Liability: Including auto defects, defective drugs and medical devices, faulty machinery, defective work equipment and tools, children’s products, household items, and more
- Workplace Accidents: Including cases involving both workers’ compensation and third-party work injury claims
- Wrongful Death: Including cases arising from negligence, wrongful conduct, strict liability, and intentional misconduct/criminal acts
We also represent victims of sexual abuse who have suffered physical, emotional, and financial injuries due to the unlawful and unconscionable acts of others.
What Types of Damages Can You Receive in a Personal Injury Claim?
When someone else—whether it is another person, a business or corporation, or some other entity—acts negligently or wrongfully, innocent people can be seriously hurt. The law allows victims to file personal injury claims/lawsuits against at-fault parties to not only hold them accountable but also to recover financial compensation for their resulting damages.
In legal terms, “damages” are any economic or non-economic losses a person or party suffers due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful acts of others.
Examples of common damages include:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Hospitalization and ambulance fees
- Surgery, rehabilitation, and other treatments
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Lost future and expected earnings
- Lost earning capacity due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, etc.
- Counseling services and/or therapy
- In-home assistance and care costs
- Home modifications and other miscellaneous expenses
In some cases, it may even be possible to recover punitive (or “exemplary”) damages. Unlike the compensatory damages outlined above, punitive damages are not tied to specific losses suffered by the victim. Instead, they are intended to punish the defendant when they are found to have acted extremely negligently or with willful/wanton disregard for others. Punitive damages are relatively rare, but may be available in cases involving the wrongful death of an individual due to violence, cases involving egregiously negligent drunk driving, and similar instances.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you are facing mounting medical bills, even as you are out of work recovering from your injuries, the thought of hiring a personal injury lawyer—and the costs associated with doing so—can feel overwhelming. However, countless reports have shown that people who work with lawyers recover significantly higher settlements than those who attempt file personal injury claims on their own. And, if the insurance company refuses to play fair and tries to undervalue or deny your claim, your attorney can prepare your case for court and represent you at trial.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we understand how stressful this time is for you and your family. When you choose our firm, it costs nothing upfront to hire a personal injury lawyer. Because we offer contingency fees, you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses. Instead, we front the costs associated with litigating your case and only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you. These fees are paid via a percentage of your total recovery. This means that if we do not secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not pay us a dime.
How Long Do You Have To Raise a Personal Injury Claim?
In Connecticut, you are allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit for up to 2 years after the date of your accident. After two years have passed, the statute of limitations has expired and you will no longer be able to bring a claim against the responsible party (General Statutes of Connecticut section 52-584). There are several exceptions to this rule, but in order to determine whether or not you qualify for these exceptions you should first speak with a professional injury attorney about your case.
Do All Personal Injury Claims Go To Court?
No. In fact, the majority of personal injury cases are settled without even having to go to the trial phase. This is because it's usually in both party's best interests to settle outside of court. Not only is it less expensive, but it also allows the claim to be resolved more quickly. If we are able to resolve your claim without going to court and we believe that it is in your best interests we will certainly do so. However, if we are not able to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company prior to going to trial, we are prepared to take your claim to court and fight for your rights before a judge or jury.
Request a Free Consultation Today
If you were injured or if someone you love tragically died due to another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, do not hesitate to reach out to our Middletown personal injury lawyers to discuss your rights and options during a free consultation. In Connecticut, you only have two years from the date of the accident/injury to file a personal injury lawsuit—the sooner we can begin investigating and building your case, the better.
Our team will meet with you to discuss the specifics of your situation at no cost. We are happy to meet you in our office or at your home and can conduct consultations by phone if needed. We proudly serve clients in and around Middlesex County, as well as the entire state of Connecticut.
$12.6 Million Wrongful Death
Injury and death damages as a result of an explosion at the Kleen Energy plant.
$11 Million Truck Accident
Collision with commercial delivery truck results in brain injury.
$9 Million Paralyzed Worker
$9,000,000 settlement for a paralyzed construction worker.
$8.1 Million Medical Malpractice
Improperly performed biopsy lead to wrongful death.
$7.5 Million Automobile Accident
Nursing student who was rendered a paraplegic as the result of a motor vehicle accident.