Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Fighting for the Injured in Stamford, Connecticut
If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, it makes good sense to hire a personal injury attorney and legal team that has significant experience specializing in personal injury cases. Moreover, if you live in Stamford or suffered injuries resulting from a car accident, it is important to hire legal counsel familiar with the area and the appropriate court. A Stamford Car Accident Attorney at Berkowitz Hanna and our legal staff are well-versed in not only personal injury law but also the car accident process and procedure. We understand the medical and legal issues that are critical to a successful case. We know what insurance companies and the courts demand to see in order to offer appropriate settlement awards or court verdicts.
Stamford is a great city and a wonderful place to live. Unfortunately, car accidents happen here each and every year. Many people are injured and some die in these accidents. And, the sad reality is that many of these car accidents are completely preventable. That is not to say that dangerous weather and traffic conditions do not result in any car accidents – because they certainly do. However, the negligence of others causes many unnecessary accidents. Unsafe driving practices result in way too many Stamford car accidents. When those accidents result in injuries to innocent victims, we are here to help them recover the compensation they deserve.
Injuries you sustain now and in the future
In addition to minor injuries, the injuries sustained in any type of car accident may be terrible, permanent, and life-changing. If you or a loved one were in a Stamford car accident, chances are that you suffered bumps, bruises, and scrapes. Other short-term injuries include burns, broken bones, ligament damage, whiplash, and soft-tissue damages.
However, it is very important not to ignore the long-term injuries which you know – or may not know – that you could later face, including the following:
- Nerve damage
- Paralysis and/or immobility of any part of the body
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Persistent nausea and other gastrointestinal disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
Immediate and lingering injuries can cause issues now and years from now. We have seen this happen with many of our clients. That is why we work with medical experts to help you get the treatment you need now as well as to evaluate your injuries and provide guidance as to what you may face in the future.
These “minor” and major injuries must be taken into consideration when you and your legal team negotiate your case with the insurance company and/or litigate your case before the court. A skilled, reputable legal team will factor in your current and potential future injuries, and will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Do not let those who negligently caused your injuries off the hook. Instead, let us hold them accountable for their actions. The attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna have a long history of experience practicing personal injury law – particularly in representing individuals injured in Stamford car accidents.
Let Berkowitz Hanna help you in the short term and the long term
If you were injured in a car accident due to the fault of someone else, your first and foremost concern is likely doing whatever it takes to recover physically and mentally from your injuries. A complete recovery is the ultimate goal, particularly so that you can return to your life and your work. And, you want to do this as quickly as possible. You probably want the ordeal to just be over, and you may be tempted to accept the first settlement offer presented to you by the negligent driver’s insurance company. It is very important to resist the impulse to do this or to express to the insurance company that you want a quick resolution of your case. You do not want the insurance company to offer you a lowball settlement offer because they sense you are willing to just “get it over with.”
Rather, let the Stamford car accident attorneys and the entire legal team at Berkowitz Hanna go to work on your behalf. Let us communicate directly with the defendant’s insurance company. When companies know you are represented by legal counsel – particularly a qualified, reputable, successful law firm such as Berkowitz Hanna – they know better than to take shortcuts and offer the bare minimum. The insurance company representatives understand that they must come to the table and offer a fair and reasonable settlement amount, or risk heading to court.
Determination of Liability
Our Stamford car accident Lawyers know that in order to pursue the appropriate claims for your injuries, we must identify the cause of the accident and all of the responsible parties. There may be more than one defendant and, depending on the facts, we may be able to name a defendant driver’s employer, bartender, etc.
There are many reasons that car accidents in Stamford occur. Some are caused by dangerous road or weather conditions. Some are caused by no fault of anyone. However, a huge number of car accidents are completely avoidable and simply result from someone’s negligence. Therefore, we look to find the exact cause of the accident. Here is a list of the most common types of car accidents occurring in Stamford:
- Unsafe driving given the traffic and/or weather conditions
- Drunk driving
- Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs
- Driving while under the influence of over-the-counter or legally prescribed drugs with adverse side-effects, such as drowsiness and lightheadedness
- Driving while distracted
- Cell phone usage
- Goofing off
- Talking with others in the car
- Playing with the radio or GPS
- Failure to yield to other vehicles
- Failure to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
- Failure to yield to pedestrians
- Drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel
- Failure to follow the rules of the road
- Road rage
- Inexperience (particularly on the part of young drivers)
- Inability to see well while driving at night
We have the resources to determine just how your accident happened.
Because our Stamford car accident attorneys are tough negotiators and skilled, thoroughly prepared successful litigators, our reputation often provides a significant incentive to defendants and their insurance companies to offer favorable settlements before we ever need to go to trial.
If I was injured in a hit and run, I heard that I must file a claim under my own insurance policy. How do I do this?
If you are injured in a car accident whereby the defendant has no or inadequate insurance coverage to cover your claims, you likely will bring a claim against your own automobile insurance policy. This is referred to as underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage (often known as UM coverage); it is a very important element in your protection against negligent drivers. In the case of a hit and run, you must follow the same procedure. Essentially, if you are unable to identify the negligent driver who caused your accident, you must tap into your own UM coverage. The amount that your UM coverage will pay is determined by the terms set forth in your policy.
In these circumstances where you must rely on your own insurance coverage to pay for your damages, beware of adjusters. Even though you pay for your coverage and are the customer of your insurance company, the company can quickly turn into your adversary. The company wants to provide the minimum payout it can offer. Adjusters often try to undervalue your claim – particularly if you are not represented by competent legal counsel.
Your case is too important to go at it alone. Do not risk facing unscrupulous insurance company attorneys and representatives who wish to pay as little as possible as quickly as possible. At Berkowitz Hanna, we are very experienced in UM motorist claims and can help you deal with insurance companies so that you are not at a disadvantage.
Contact us Today
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a Stamford medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, bariatric surgery malpractice, and car accident, it is essential to obtain the services of a skilled, reputable car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna have decades of experience practicing personal injury law. We have an amazing track record in successfully obtaining favorable settlement awards and verdicts on behalf of our clients, including those injured in Stamford car accidents. Our familiarity with many local and nationwide insurance companies and their representatives allows our reputation to speak for itself. We are widely regarded as successful and serious negotiators, and this carries significant weight.
The Berkowitz Hanna legal team possesses the requisite skills necessary to obtain the highest recovery or verdict possible. Contact us one of our skilled and proven Stamford Car Accident Attorney today by completing our online form or by calling us at 203-487-5728 to find out how we can help your case.