Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby
Personal Injury Attorney
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer

Just because you were injured in a car accident does not mean that you will be compensated for your losses. To recover compensation, you have to prove both negligence and damages. Without a lawyer's help, that can be difficult to do. Massive insurance companies have teams of lawyers working for them. You should have someone working for you.

I am Christopher Duby, a personal injury attorney in North Haven, Connecticut. I represent people who have been injured in auto accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, dog bites and other types of cases involving negligence.

Free 1/2 hour consultation. Call today- 203-234-2888 or complete our simple contact form.

 
 
   

Christopher Duby- Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer

Connecticut is a comparative negligence state. This means you can recover compensation for your damages as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault. Types of damages include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, any degree of permanent disability, the future harm resulting from your injuries and loss of enjoyment of life.

Damages must be documented, often through the use of expert witnesses such as doctors and economists. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury such as brain damage or spinal cord injury, a life-care planner can estimate the cost of your care over your lifetime. If expert witnesses are needed to prove your case, our law firm will advance those expenses. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we are paid attorney's fees only if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

The Behavior of the Other Driver

The behavior of the other driver can be a factor in your case. If the other driver had been drinking, a jury may award punitive damages. Juries may also award additional compensation if the at-fault driver was rude.

An example of rude behavior would be where a driver does not ask how you are after a car crash, does not offer to get help or only seems concerned about the effect the accident may have on his or her insurance. While rude behavior may not be illegal, it can make an impression on a jury.

Preventing Accidents

It is obvious but important to remember. The best way to keep from needing my help is to avoid an accident altogether. Keep within the posted speed limit and wear your seatbelt. Never drink and drive. Avoid using a cell phone, Ipod or other device while driving. Keep your car in good condition and make sure children are buckled up. Avoid hanging things from the rearview mirror.

Low Speed Cases

Insurance companies have made millions of dollars over the years telling juries that you can't get hurt in a low speed collision. The argument, as it goes, is that a "bump" of 8 or 10 mph could not hurt anyone in the car since, in some instances, the car wasn't even dented.

And this argument has been effective over the years. To the layperson, it makes sense. Only it isn't really true. Cars today are designed to save lives during high speed crashes, not protect the passengers in low speed collisions.

As a consequence of this new design, most of the energy generated by a low speed collision is not absorbed by the metal of the car, but by the bodies of the passengers. Unfortunately, the weakest parts of our bodies absorb this impact: our necks, lower backs and shoulders.

The small muscles in these areas are stretched and strained and may never return to their original form.

So do not think that just because someone hit you and it was not at top speed that you could not have been hurt. And once you have been hurt, you have one chance to get the help you need. Do not miss the chance without speaking to an attorney who can and will protect your rights.

Rear End Collisions

Most people think that if you get hit from behind that the other person is automatically at fault. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even though you were hit from behind, an insurance company may still seek to blame you for some, part or all of the accident. If they are successful, you may lose your case.

"Rear-enders" are not automatic. They require the same effort, diligence and hard work as any legal matter. You still need to prepare, take the time to know your case in and out and compile all the evidence.

Your Insurance Coverage

It is common for people to fear that their insurance company will "drop them" if they file a claim due to injuries from a car accident. This concern has to be put in its proper perspective. Car insurance is just like health insurance in many ways. You pay premiums for it and use it when needed.

You would never think to avoid using your health insurance because your rates will increase merely because you went to a doctor. You paid for your car insurance in case there was an accident. Why not get the benefits that you paid for?

What should you say after an accident?

You should never discuss fault with the other driver. However, you should be polite and offer assistance if you are not too badly injured. If the other driver's insurance company contacts you, do not answer any questions and refer them to your lawyer. The only insurance company you should talk to after an accident is your own and even then, talk to a lawyer first.

Free Attorney Consultation

To discuss your case with Connecticut lawyer Christopher Duby, call 203-234-2888 24 hours a day or complete our simple contact form.

My philosophy as a lawyer is simple:

  • Put the client first
  • Respond to phone calls
  • Schedule a free initial consultation no matter what your case is about

The Law Office of Christopher Duby LLC is located at 22 Broadway, North Haven, CT 06473. View Google Map and directions.

Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby represents clients in New Haven County, Hartford County, Fairfield County and Middlesex County in Connecticut, including the communities of New Haven, Hamden, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Madison, Milford, West Haven, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, Guilford, North Branford, Woodbridge, Bethany, Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, Orange, Shelton, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Middlefield, Portland, Durham, Prospect, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown, Middlebury, Woodbury, Southbury, Southington.