At The Rotatori Law Firm, we have more than 50 years of legal knowledge. We understand that going through a personal injury accident can be a very confusing and overwhelming time. For this reason, we are here to answer frequently asked questions about the process and our firm. If you don't see the answers you are looking for, please feel free to contact us at any time.
What if I can't afford an attorney?
Unlike some law firms, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that you don't pay a single fee unless we win your case. Our fee is simply a set percentage of your final recovery, which means we will never charge more than your claim is worth. We do this not only to help you endure this difficult time, but to also motivate ourselves to secure the best possible settlement or verdict for your case. This also means you can trust that we won't drag out your case or prolong the process in order to milk you for more money. When you work with us, you get upfront and honest service.
How can I tell if I have a claim?
While every case is different, there is one crucial factor that identifies a personal injury case: one party's responsibility for an individual's physical injury or emotional suffering. To have a claim, you must be able to prove, to a certain extent, another person's liability for the resulting injury or suffering that you or a loved one is experiencing. This essentially means you must be able to show that the other party acted in a way that was negligent, reckless, or intentional. Even if there is a certain amount of negligence on your behalf, the state of Connecticut views it as a comparative negligence claim, only reducing your claim by the percentage of your fault. Talking with an injury attorney will help you assess how strong your claim is.
Should I settle with an insurance adjuster?
No. Insurance companies are not your friend, nor are they are on your side. Their main goal is to settle your case for the least amount of money as possible, as quickly as they can. Even though it may seem like a decent or fair offer, it is likely far below the amount of money you deserve for your injuries and suffering (especially if you need long-term care). It is crucial that you do not accept any offers or sign any papers from an insurance company prior to consulting with an attorney.
Do I have to file a case right away?
While the simple answer is no, it is important to realize that there is limited time for you to bring a personal injury case forward. You will not be able to file a claim after a certain amount of time has passed due to the "statutes of limitations", making it extremely frustrating if you were to miss this cutoff. For this reason, it is crucial that you act as soon as possible by retaining a lawyer to review your case.
I lost a family member in an accident. Can I file a claim on their behalf?
Losing a loved can be an extremely difficult trial, especially if their death was caused by the reckless actions of another person. Under personal injury law, you are able to bring forward a claim on their behalf. This is known as a wrongful death case. While we understand that there is no level of restitution that could atone for the loss of your loved one, we are here to help you pursue the compensation and justice their legacy deserves.
Will the other insurance company pay for my medical bills?
Unfortunately, you will be required to pay for your own medical bills until a settlement is reached. This means that even if you are a victim of a personal injury accident, you may have to pay out of pocket for your own health care expenses until a verdict or settlement has been made official. For this reason, it is important that you keep an organized record of all medical expenses and other costs related to your accident claim. Each time you visit a doctor or health care facility, you should ask for a bill. It is also helpful if you save all prescription receipts, therapy bills, and other associated bills.
I can't work after my accident. Will I be compensated for this?
There are a wide range of damages that can be included in a settlement or verdict, including lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Whether or not you are awarded these types of damages will depend on the extent of your injuries. If your injuries are so severe that they prevent you from working long-term, you may be entitled to even more compensation. You and your attorney will need to establish that the injury caused by the other party is the cause of your lost wages or earning capacity.
Can you determine how much my claim is worth?
While we may be able to present you with a very general estimate of case results similar to your claim, we can't come up with any exact numbers. This is because every injury claim is very different. Your settlement or verdict will depend on a variety of factors, including medical expenses, lost salary, and the severity of your injuries. Another factor that may play a part is the party or parties involved. If you are facing a large corporation, they may choose to settle out of court, making it a case by case situation. When you meet with us, we will make sure you understand the general value of claim similar to yours so that you can determine if you are ready to move forward with a claim.