Car Accident Attorney in Hartford, Connecticut
I have been handling car accidents and motorcycle accidents since 1993. I have handled countless cases. It is my role to guide you through the process from getting your car or motorcycle fixed, to getting your medical treatment, to settling your case.
While car accidents can happen very quickly, often it feels like time has stopped and you experience it in slow motion. A car accident can be very traumatic, and you relive it over and over.
If you have recently been in a car accident, it is important to take the following steps as soon as possible:
Get the name and contact information for witnesses
Get medical help as soon as possible
Don't speak to the other person's insurance company until you talk to a lawyer
Take pictures of your bruising or any marks on your body and the damage to your vehicle, if significant.
Reach out to me at Rosenthal Law Firm, LLC for advice on how to navigate the aftermath of a car accident. From my office in Hartford, Connecticut, I proudly serve clients statewide, including those in New Britain, Waterbury, Bristol, and Bloomfield. Contact me today for a free consultation.
After a Car Accident
Your attorney may want to get a written statement from a witness and may want to get photos of any bruising on your body, and any damage to your vehicle. When you are injured in a car accident, you have a responsibility to cooperate with your own insurance company, but you have no obligation to talk to the other person's insurance company. It is usually better that you don't talk to them.
In getting your car fixed, I usually like to go through the other person's insurance. Sometimes the other insurance company won't approve any repairs until they get a copy of the police accident report and speak to their driver. When it costs more to repair your car than what the car is worth (often with older vehicles), the insurance company will declare your vehicle a “total loss” (this is called “totaling your car”). Then the insurance company will value your car based on the NADA value averaged with a local source.
Reaching a Settlement
There are many factors that go into a car accident case settlement. The most important factor usually is the medical treatment. The doctors' reports are critical; they include what the doctors say about the severity of your injury, the need for future treatment, whether you have a permanent injury, the length of your treatment, the cost of your treatment. It is important that before you settle your case that you have explored all your medical options. Once you settle, if you discover a new medical problem you won't be able to get more money from the insurance company.
When you are getting your medical treatment it is best to treat consistently. Gaps of time between appointments can hurt your case. If treatment with one doctor isn't improving your situation, let that doctor know. If you still don't improve, there are often many medical options available to you. You should discuss this with your doctor and lawyer. Skipping treatment or not scheduling treatment is not the best approach.
It is important to keep track of time missed from work. Lost wages are something that I take note of and work to get you reimbursed for from the insurance company.
There are many factors that go into deciding what your settlement is going to be - how the accident happened, your medical treatment, your lost wages, and the injuries' impact on your life. In some cases, it may be necessary for your attorney to use an expert such as an engineer or economist to convince the insurance company on some issue in the case.
An Experienced Advocate
I work hand-in-hand with clients to understand how the accident has affected them and to guide them through the recovery and settlement process. I give most clients my mobile phone number, and I can respond to texts or calls after hours or on weekends. Your case won't be pushed off to a secretary or junior attorney.
At Rosenthal Law Firm, LLC, I have been successfully handling motor vehicle accident cases since 1993 and have guided countless clients through the process from accident, to recovery, to settlement. Contact my office in Hartford today if you were in a car accident in Connecticut. I represent clients in New Britain, Waterbury, Bristol, Bloomfield, and across the state.