We Know What It’s Like
Any time you are injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another, your life can be turned upside down – the injuries can limit your ability to work, you may not be able to get out of your bed or leave the hospital room, the insurance company may be putting pressure on you to resolve your case – all of these things and many more can dramatically impact your life.
At the Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC, located in New Britain, Connecticut, we have dedicated over twenty years to representing individuals and their families who have been injured as a result of negligence. We understand how difficult a time this can be. Our lawyers and staff will fight for you and do everything we can to make sure you obtain justice. People who act negligently and carelessly – whether talking on their cell phone while driving, not maintaining their premises, or are simply too busy to care – should be held accountable. Terrible injury can happen to anyone of us at any time because of a defective product, dog attack, car accident, truck accident, slip and fall accident, premise liability, industrial accident, medical malpractice, construction accident, industrial accident, or any number of horrible scenarios.
When You Are Injured, You Need Someone to Stick Up for You.
Our attorneys have handled all of these types of cases and have worked with experts in every type of case imaginable. We expect to recover the maximum for all of our clients and have the tools and expertise to bring in large verdicts. Whatever your injury might be, we have the skill, resources, experience and commitment to aggressively fight for you. Not so surprisingly, that recipe can result in very favorable settlements. In fact, we regularly take in new clients who have fired other attorneys because the lawyer told them to settle for a figure the client just did not think was right.
In many of these cases, we have obtained settlements for the client that exceeded the other attorney’s best figure by 25%-450%! In one recent case, our client had been represented by one of the most prominent television lawyers in Connecticut. That office told our client to accept $12,000.00 to settle her case. We obtained a second opinion from a local orthopedic doctor which favorably changed the case. It settled with six months of the client hiring us for $68,000.00.
Time Is Not On Your Side
Any time you are injured as a result of an accident or negligence, time is not on your side. Promptly hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial. A lawyer can investigate, evaluate and assess your case. Every day you wait is a day that potential evidence could disappear. This evidence, such as accident scene pictures, can make or break your case. The time to photograph injuries and damage and to obtain witness statements is as soon as possible following an accident. Delay of even one week can result in the loss of crucial evidence.
You also face legal deadlines. Any delay could hamper the ability to meet these requirements. If you fail to satisfy anyone of them, you may be barred from pursuing your case. The best way to guarantee you meet these legal deadlines is to immediately contact an attorney.
There is never a reason to delay contacting a personal injury lawyer to ask if you have a case. Our consultation for any injury case is always free. Consultations can take place over the phone or via email or in person at your home or in a hospital, if needed.
Statute of Limitations & Notice Requirements
In all cases, there are limitations placed on your ability to bring a claim. The most common are the statute of limitations and notice requirements. If you do not meet the strict requirements of either of these, you will be barred from bringing your claim. The best way to ensure that you meet these requirements is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. In general, you must bring a claim for negligence within two years of the injury. See Connecticut General Statute § 52-584. In cases where a person dies, the claim must be brought within two years of the death and not more than five years from the accident causing the death. See Connecticut General Statute § 52-555. Even though you have two years to bring your claim, you should not delay a single day!
In addition, certain claims are subject to notice requirements. For example, any claim against a municipality or the State of Connecticut is subject to severe notice restrictions. These notice requirements must include certain information and be filed within a strict time period. If all of the requirements are not met, you will be prevented from bringing your claim. For example, to pursue a claim against a municipality for a defective roadway, proper notice must be given within 90 days of the incident. Similarly, to sue a bar or tavern for overseeing alcohol to a patron who causes a drunk driving accident, notice must be given within 180 days.
Philosophy of Our Firm – Insurance Carriers Must Pay When They Play
The insurance carrier will not offer fair and just compensation for your losses without being able to envision a bad outcome at trial. Every possible method of exerting pressure must be employed and all harms and losses have to be properly evaluated for compelling presentation to a claims adjustor or to a jury. When all of the harms and losses suffered by the injured party are known and presented to the insurance carrier, a settlement demand is made.
This is a realistic and fair figure designed to entice the insurance company to pay up. Often, we provide published settlements and verdicts from similar cases to support the demand. However, each case is so unique that verdicts and settlements from other cases offer limited guidance. When the insurance carrier wants to delay by offering unfair low figures, the only prudent thing to do is to increase the demand. This takes care of the time value of money being lost to the injured party and negates the time value savings the insurance carrier is attempting to enjoy.
In addition, there are significant financial outlays needed to push a case though litigation. The expense associated with depositions of witnesses can cost several dollars per page of transcript. Medical experts charge anywhere from $250.00 to $1,000.00 per hour of their time spent in a deposition or at trial. These expenses also offer justification for increasing the settlement demand.
If you do not like to be pushed around and agree that big companies must pay fair value for all provable harms and losses, we can help.
If you have more questions, you should check out our FAQ Page. For even more detailed information on specific topics see our Blog. Our personal injury lawyers handle cases throughout the entire state of Connecticut including Hartford, Waterbury, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, Bridgeport and the surrounding towns. Regardless of your injury or where you are located, we will aggressively fight for you. In the pursuit of justice, the Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC has recovered millions of dollars for our clients through negotiated settlements, binding arbitrations and trials. See our Results page.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to carelessness or negligence, call one of our personal injury lawyers at 860-827-0880 for a free consultation.
Make sure your rights are protected! If you cannot leave your home or medical facility, we will come to you. Do not wait to contact one of our Connecticut injury lawyers.