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Personal injuries can happen at any moment and have the power to alter your life forever. No matter how it was caused, if you or a loved one is injured because of another’s negligent or careless act, you may be entitled to compensation.  We invite you to contact our office, by calling (203) 265-2035, to schedule a free consultation if you have a personal injury case you wish to discuss with a skilled lawyer.

Why Choose Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. for New Haven Personal Injury Cases?

  • Our firm is widely regarded for both our excellence and dedication to our clients.
  • We ensure that our clients understand what legal options and potential outcomes are available to them, before formulating an approach to their case.
  • Our team has over a century of combined legal experience.
  • We will not hesitate to take your case to court if necessary and will fight for you.

Types of Personal Injury Cases in New Haven

There is a wide variety of personal injury claims we handle in New Haven and throughout Connecticut, including:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Millions of people are in motor vehicle accidents every year, which results in property damage, injuries, and sometimes fatalities. In 2018 alone, there were nearly two million injury-causing collisions. A few common reasons for why so many occur, include recklessness, speeding, texting while driving, driver distraction, drunk driving, and aggressive driving.

Medical Malpractice

A negligent or careless act by a physician, nurse, or hospital, may cause severe injuries. There are many distinct types of medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, surgical errors, medication errors, birth injuries, and more. Medical practice cases are often complicated and require the knowledge of an attorney.

Workplace Injury

Generally, employees cannot bring a personal injury lawsuit against their employer when injured while working. The wounded worker must instead file a workers’ compensation claim, which Connecticut companies are required to provide in case employees are injured. The benefits will vary based upon the severity of the injuries and ability to work.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Tragically, elder loved ones often fall victim to abuse or neglect at the hands of the staff at their nursing home or assisted-living facility. The nursing home or facility may be liable when incidents of abuse or injury occur, due to:

  • Staff member intentionally abusing residents.
  • Medical neglect, such as failing to provide necessary medication or treatment.
  • Improper training of staff.
  • Negligent hiring of staff, such as failing to perform background checks.
  • Failing to oversee and properly monitor staff.
  • Failing to provide adequate security.
  • Not providing for daily necessities, such as food and water.
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards.
  • Unnecessarily restraining residents or keeping them confined.

Products Liability

Companies may be liable for injuries caused by a product that is defective in its design, or the manufacturing or distribution of the item. Consumers are owed a duty to be kept safe. Products that are inherently dangerous, must provide ample warnings.

Premises Liability

Property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. Hazardous conditions which cause injuries, may make them responsible for damages. Claims of property owner negligence are commonly linked to slip-and-fall accidents.

Dog Bites

Dogs have the ability to cause serious personal injuries when they attack and are particularly dangerous for children and seniors. Owners are responsible for any injuries their dogs cause in Connecticut.

Wrongful Death

When accidents are severe enough that they result in fatal personal injuries, loved ones have the ability to recover compensation. However, Connecticut law only allows for the deceased’s estate executor or administrator to file suit.

What Are Common Injuries?

Personal injury accidents such as vehicle collisions and slip and falls can result in a variety of serious personal injuries. At Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., we believe injured victims should not have to pay for their medical bills and other associated expenses if they did not cause the injury in question. Our attorneys help clients with many different types of injury cases. In our years of experience, we have represented clients with dozens of different injuries. Contact us after any type of injury diagnosis if you believe another person or party should be liable.

  • Broken bones
  • Pulled, sprained or strained muscles
  • Dislocations
  • Severe burns
  • Lacerations
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Internal organ damage
  • Loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death

The costs associated with a personal injury will depend on the diagnosis and injury severity. A catastrophic injury, such as a brain injury, will generally result in higher costs than a less serious injury. With a catastrophic injury, a defendant in New Haven may owe you substantial compensation for past and future losses. Discuss your injury type in detail with our attorneys today. Bring in copies of your medical records, if possible, for a more thorough case review.

Who Is Liable in a New Haven Personal Injury Claim?

Most personal injury claims in New Haven rely on whether or not someone else’s negligence caused the injuries and losses in question. In Connecticut, a negligent party will be financially responsible for the losses he or she caused. Negligence is a breach of the duty of care; an act or omission that a reasonable person would not have committed in the same circumstances. When someone is careless, reckless or wanton and this injures someone else, the at-fault party will be responsible for paying damages. This could be many different parties depending on the circumstances of the case.

  • A motor vehicle driver in a car accident claim.
  • A product manufacturer in a defective product claim.
  • An employer in a workplace injury claim.
  • A property owner in a premises liability claim.
  • A pet owner in a dog bite injury claim.
  • A doctor in a medical malpractice claim.

Some personal injury cases in New Haven name multiple defendants. After a harmful car accident, for example, you may have a case against the driver who struck you as well as the City of New Haven for a malfunctioning traffic light. Multiple defendants can increase the chances of recovering full compensation for your losses. The best way to understand who might be liable for your damages is through an in-depth consultation with an attorney. A lawyer will evaluate the evidence available to determine who to hold accountable.

What Is the Statute of Limitations in New Haven Personal Injury Claims?

A statute of limitations is a law limiting the amount of time someone has to bring a claim. It keeps the justice system just by requiring plaintiffs to act promptly when they have claims. Connecticut places statutes of limitations on both criminal and civil cases. If you wish to bring a personal injury claim against a party in New Haven, you have no more than two years from the date of your accident to do so. This is the statute of limitations in Connecticut on most personal injury claims.

You may have more than two years to file if your injuries were not apparent until a date after that of the accident. If medical malpractice led to a retained foreign object you did not discover until years later, for example, the statute of limitations on your claim will not begin until the date of injury discovery. You may also have more or less time to file if you are bringing a case against the government in New Haven, have a case involving an injured minor or have a case involving criminal charges against the defendant. Speak to a lawyer from Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. as soon as possible to avoid missing your claim’s statute of limitations.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Obtaining compensation for a personal injury is not a simple matter. Insurance companies are in business to earn a profit, which means minimizing payouts on claims to improve their bottom line. In an effort to do so, insurers employ adjusters and lawyers to protect their interests. It is important for you to be represented by an experienced lawyer to ensure your right to full compensation if protected. Choosing the right counsel will level the playing field and impact the negotiation and settlement process, as an insurance company will consider whether or not your attorney has the necessary experience and advocacy skill to successfully take your case to trial.

Let Us Advocate for You

When misfortune or tragedy strikes and you suffer physical harm, we can help you pursue the compensation you need for your unique losses. You may be eligible to recover payment for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, and more. Call us today at (203) 265-2035 to have your case evaluated for free, or reach us online.

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