Injuries are a fact of life. Standing on their own, there is nothing to do when injuries occur but survive, adapt, or mourn if we've lost a loved one.
When an injury is caused by the wrongful act of another, however, our civil justice system requires the wrongdoer to accept responsibility for the injury.
The role of attorneys is to make the system work as it should, hold the wrongdoer responsible and get the person who was injured the compensation that justice requires.
The process is not simple and it is not short. It is intended to accomplish a single objective: right the wrong to the extent possible.
When you are looking for the compensation you are entitled to, you want an attorney who can make the system work for you, not an attorney who will surrender to the demands of insurance companies. There are times that we've lost a case, but there's never been a time that we refused to fight.
There are "personal injury" attorneys who will tell you right up front that they will do whatever it takes to represent you, so long as they don't have to try the case. Just as the doctors you choose are important in treating your injuries, the attorneys you choose are important in dealing with the legal issues associated with the incident. Your attorney has to be willing and able to do what is necessary. Hiring a lawyer who refuses to try a case is like having a doctor who faints at the sight of blood. They can be quite good, to a point.
The Law Offices of Gregory Allen treats each case as a trial from the moment we are retained. Although many cases are resolved short of trial, "on the courthouse steps," we are prepared to take our cases to trial if that is the best course of action. We know it, our clients know it, and after 30 years of trials across the state, our opposition knows it.
If you have suffered from an injury that was caused by someone else, we can provide you with the legal guidance you need. If you are trying to decide if you should file a legal claim, we will meet with you to review the details of your case and help you determine if you have a valid claim. Your initial consultation is complimentary.
Our personal injury experience covers a wide range of injuries caused by auto, bicycle, boating and motorcycle accidents, slips and falls, liquor liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home injuries, paralysis and wrongful death.
Our approach to your case will cover a lot more than just what happens in court. We will guide you through the entire process, starting with a review of your case and an explanation of the steps and actions you need to take to preserve the evidence for your claim.
Although we are always prepared to take a case to trial, many cases can be resolved without going to court. There are alternatives to going before a jury. If your claim can't be settled on its own, arbitration or mediation might be an appropriate way to resolve your claim. We will discuss these options with you and decide together what the best course of action is for your case.
If litigation is required, we will make the process as understandable and comfortable as possible. No matter what course of action you decide to pursue, you can rely on our attorneys to fight for you and aggressively protect your rights.
We know that being involved in a lawsuit can be a time of stress and uncertainty. We understand how important it is to have confidence in the firm that is representing you and to be working with people you can feel comfortable with. We have a professional and friendly legal staff that is dedicated to serving our clients. Our attorneys are aggressive, skilled, experienced and compassionate. Our entire Firm is committed to serving our clients with the single-mindedness that everyone deserves the right to outstanding legal counsel. We will provide you with the best legal representation possible and help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Below are some frequently asked questions that we have prepared to help you decide if you need an attorney to represent you.
You may have a personal injury case if you have been injured through no fault of your own. There are many factors that can effect whether or not you have a valid claim, and you will need the aid of an attorney to evaluate them. If you were injured in a car accident in which you were a passenger or another driver was found at fault for the accident, you may have a personal injury case. Note that you may have a valid personal injury claim even if the investigating police officer found you partially or fully responsible for the accident. You also may have a personal injury case if you were injured due to a defect or dangerous condition on someone else’s property. If you are not sure if you have a case, you should consult with an attorney.
In Connecticut, you generally have two years from the date of the incident to bring a suit in the State of Connecticut for injuries arising out of the operation of a motor vehicle, dog bite or dangerous or defective property.
In Rhode Island, you generally have three years from the date of the incident to bring suit for a personal injury or dog bite.
You have one year to bring suit against a liquor establishment for serving an intoxicated individual who caused you harm under the Connecticut DRAM Shop statute. Note that the Dram Act has a number of other requirements, including written notice, which must be completed in much less than a year, sometimes in as little as 120 days from the date of the incident.
You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after you think you might have a valid claim. Several types of claims require you to file notices within a certain timeframe in order to protect your right to bring a claim, such as claims against liquor establishments and municipal or state governments.
Once you have a lawyer, you can also direct any correspondence and phone calls regarding your claim to your lawyer. When you first meet your lawyer, you should bring any documentation or photos you have about the incident itself, a list of the doctors you have treated with since the incident, and information on any insurance that you carry. If you are not sure what to bring, you should call your lawyer prior to the meeting. You don't have to worry about copies of your medical records initially. Your lawyer will likely have you complete a HIPPA authorization form allowing him or her to collect a complete set of your medical records.
All you need to file a lawsuit in the State of Connecticut is a complaint outlining the facts of your claim(s) and a summons identifying the parties (Plaintiffs and Defendants) in your case. Your attorney will prepare these documents for you.
Being sued can be very traumatic, but it is not a reason to panic. However, you must respond to the lawsuit in a timely manner. Court timelines will start to run regardless of whether you do anything or not.
You will want to contact your insurance agent immediately. If you are being sued over a car accident, you will want to contact the insurer you had on the date of the accident, not your current insurer. You likely have insurance coverage even if you are currently uninsured but were insured at the time of the accident. If you have insurance coverage, your insurer will hire counsel to defend you in that lawsuit. However, you will either have to defend yourself or hire your own attorney if all your insurance carriers deny your claim for coverage.