Suffering serious injuries in a catastrophic accident in Connecticut can leave victims facing permanent disabilities, income losses, and mounting medical bills. When a serious injury is caused by the negligence of an individual or company, the victim has several recovery options available for pursuing compensation. Negligence victims may be entitled to full compensation for their economic and non-economic injuries.
Who can recover compensation after an accident?
Connecticut uses a modified comparative fault rule. Under this law, victims may recover compensation for their injuries after a serious accident if they are 50% or less at fault. This means that you can recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for your accident as long as you were not more responsible for causing the accident than the defendant. However, your damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault held by you. For example, if a jury finds that you were 10% at fault, the damages you are awarded will be reduced by 10% to account for it.
Damages in an accident
Connecticut does not place a cap on damages in a personal injury claim. However, the damages that might be available to you may be limited by other factors. If the at-fault driver was underinsured or uninsured, you might file a claim with your insurance company’s UM/UIM policy to recover compensation up to the policy limits. There may be other sources of recovery available to you as well. The types of damages that might be recoverable will vary, depending on the circumstances and facts. Some of the types of damages that might be recovered include the following:
• Past medical expenses and future anticipated costs of treating your injuries
• Past wage losses and future anticipated income losses
• Property losses
• Future reduction in your ability to earn an income
• Physical pain and suffering
• Emotional distress/psychological trauma
• Reduction of your ability to enjoy life
Following a serious car accident, your personal injury attorney might talk to you about your accident and your options for recovering damages. By filing a personal injury claim within the limitation period, you might preserve your right to recover full compensation for your losses.