Frequently Asked Questions
A case's worth is based on five areas, assuming that the liability issue is straightforward. These areas include:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
There is no concrete formula for determining a case's value. However, based on our experience with past cases in Connecticut, we may be able to estimate the value of your case once we have gathered all medical records and have an idea as to whether your physical and mental state has improved or worsened from the date of injury. The following factors will be also considered: the severity of your injuries; the details of your accident; your degree of fault; your employment history; your ability to work; and your life expectancy. The manner in which you obtain medical treatment, your lifestyle, and your litigation history will be considered.
Almost anything may be asked at a deposition unless the purpose of the questions is to harass the party or the information is privileged. Questions that may be asked during a deposition may include the following:
- What types of illnesses and injuries have you suffered from during the course of your life?
- Have you previously been involved in any other lawsuits or legal claims (i.e. workers compensation)?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident?
- Did you file an insurance claim?
- What is the nature of your injury?
- What is your job history?
- How has your injury affected your life?
- When was the date of your last treatment?
Our attorneys can help you prepare for your deposition by reviewing documents with you, such as police reports or medical records. We will also prepare you with mock questions that may be asked during the deposition and will be there during the questioning to guide you and make objections.
Many drivers believe they have full coverage, but are not insured under certain circumstances. In many cases, our clients often find that even though they believe they have “full coverage,” they do not have underinsured or uninsured coverage, which will cover you in the event of an accident where the other party cannot compensate you for all of your injuries. You should contact your insurance company and discuss what coverage you have, and, if necessary, contact us immediately if you believe your insurance company is trying to avoid paying a valid claim.
Sometimes your own insurance company may not want to satisfactorily compensate you for your injuries with the underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage that you purchased. In that case, we will work with you to force them to pay a higher amount.
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