West Hartford Personal Injury Attorney
Handling Personal Injury Claims in West Hartford
Serious West Hartford Personal Injury Representation for Serious Injuries
Accidents can happen anywhere, even in a small town like West Hartford. Our community has experienced car accidents on Interstate 84 and premises liability accidents at fast food joints like Chick-fil-A or educational institutions like the University of St. Joseph. Whenever someone has injured you in an accident, we can help. Our legal team specializes in seeking full compensation for our West Hartford personal injury clients.
Broad Personal Injury Experience
Personal injury cases typically involve accidents where a person suffers a bodily injury because of any of the following:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Dog attacks
- Premises liability accidents
- Violent attacks caused by negligent security
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Fires or electrocution
In most of these cases, someone was not being as careful as they should have been, and our client gets hurt as a result. For example, a driver could be distracted or intoxicated and crash into a victim. Or a property owner could fail to keep the premises safe, leading to a fall or other injury.
Compensation for Personal Injury CasesAccidents leave our clients in considerable pain and often unable to return to work. They suffer considerable financial loss, as well as non-financial losses like depression, anxiety, or social withdrawal. When done right, a personal injury should compensate our client for these losses. Damages for Economic Loss Accidents cost our clients money out of their own pocket. These economic losses include medical care, rehabilitation, property damage, and lost income or wages. If you can assign a dollar amount to what you have lost, then these losses are considered “economic” in nature. Damages for Non-Economic Loss Connecticut law goes even further and allows injured victims to receive money to “make up” for certain non-financial losses, such as physical pain, emotional distress, suffering, inconvenience, disfigurement or scarring, or disability. These types of intangible losses are harder to calculate in financial terms than lost wages. Still, our clients can often receive damages for them. Limitations on Damages Your compensation could be reduced by several factors. One is your own fault. Connecticut lets accident victims receive compensation so long as they are not more than 50% to blame for the wreck. But if they contributed in any way, their compensation is reduced by their percentage of fault. So if you are 40% at fault, you will receive 40% less in compensation than you otherwise would. Another limitation is the insurance or assets the defendant has. Someone with no income or assets will be unable to pay compensation—even if they are responsible for your injuries. Even a defendant with insurance might not have a policy that can cover all your losses. Our lawyer strives to find all available sources of money for his clients.
Car Accident Causes & Common Injuries
Getting in a car accident is always a scary and frustrating experience. Even with low speed collisions there can be lasting effects. Common injuries can include everything from whiplash and back injuries to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Common Car Accident Causes
The road can be a dangerous place with hazardous weather conditions, distracted driving, reckless drivers, drunk driving, people with bad vision, and even vehicle defects. Steps to avoid these situations are definitely within an individual’s control and should be adhered to to protect safety and personal property.
Unfortunately we live in a world where everyone seems to be busy behind the wheel, doing everything but driving their vehicle. Automotive accidents are caused every day by people putting on makeup, reading, playing with their smartphones, grooming, and even eating.
There’s simply no excuse for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s incredibly dangerous and has claimed countless lives. With rideshare apps, taxis, friends and family to call, it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure they are in the right frame of mind to be behind the wheel.
Common Types of Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is car accidents. These occur when there’s a blow to the head and damage to the brain. Every year about 90,000 people end up with long-term disability from these accidents, while another 50,000 people die from them.
Paralysis & Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the super highway for all communication between the brain and your body. A car crash can torque your spin and end up causing long term harm where many are left with partial or total paralysis.
Our bodies simply are not designed to take the strain of the forces experienced during an automotive collision. Back injuries are a very common outcome from car accidents. Many times it isn’t immediately apparent how much the back has been damaged from a collision. Long term pain and in some cases disability are results of these accidents.
Dog Bites & Severity Levels
There are over 90 million dogs in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Association. The majority are wonderful pets and are well cared for and trained. However not all of them are, which leads to aggressive dogs who cause serious injuries. While most dog bites don’t require medical attention, there are plenty of instances where they cause serious injury or even death.
Dog Bite Severity
A level 1 bite is the least severe. It is defined as aggressive behavior but there’s no direct contact between the person’s skin and the dog’s teeth. This is often a dog who just wants to scare someone away, but not actually bite them.
In a level two bite the dog’s teeth do touch the person’s skin, but there isn’t any puncture. This is an example of a dog who is slightly more aggressive, and is demonstrating that it doesn’t want that person in its area.
In a level 3 bite the person who’s been bit will have between 1 and 4 tooth punctures from a single bite. The punctures cannot be deeper than half of the dog’s canine teeth. A dog biting with this intensity represents a real danger to people and other animals.
Like a level 3 bite the victim will have 1 to 4 puncture wounds from the dog’s teeth, but in a level 4, the puncture depth will be more than the dog’s canine teeth length. Often it will also involve the dog thrashing its head from side to side which will cause bruising and more damage. This is a level of aggression that means the dog should not be around people or other animals until evaluated by a professional.
At a level 5 bite there are multiple level 4 bites, and/or there have been multiple attacks. These dogs are not safe to be around other living creatures. This is a situation where most animal behavior specialists will recommend euthanasia, as the dog poses a serious danger to people and other animals.
A level 6 bite is tragic and is defined as when the bite causes the fatality of a person or another animal. Clearly this is a dog who no longer can be around anything living. The only option here is typically to put it down.
Speak with a West Hartford Personal Injury Lawyer
At Tehrani Law Group, we have the experience our clients need when they suffer a burn, fracture, back injury, concussion, or other serious injury following an accident. There are many deadlines victims must meet, and we use our experience for our clients’ benefit. To learn more about your chances of bringing a successful claim or lawsuit, please reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.