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Connecticut, unlike many states, does not require any specific monetary or physical damage before a person can bring a lawsuit against the operator of another automobile.

However, as with any legal claims there are issues that need to be addressed before bringing a lawsuit. Most lawyers and insurance companies refer to those two issues as "liability" and "damages." These are the two most important factors in assessing your case. The person bringing a claim must show that the other party was negligent in the operation of their motor vehicle; negligence is generally defined as a "failure to use reasonable care". The person must also show that that they have sustained serious damages and injuries.

Showing liability is the most difficult, yet most important part of any claim. In Connecticut, you must show a judge or jury that the operator of the other motor vehicle was more negligent ( at fault) than you. In other words, if you are found more than fifty percent (50%) negligent, you will not recover any losses in your action. Negligence is a very tricky subject. More often than not, a case may be determined simply on the basis of your theory of the accident against that of the other driver. In this instance, you will need a capable and experienced attorney who understands how to prepare your case for trial. Although many automobile cases result in some pre-trial settlement, a competent attorney will prepare every case as though he or she expects the matter to end up before a judge or jury. This type of strategy will ultimately guarantee a successful recovery for the client whether or not the matter is ultimately resolved by a court.

In addition, you will need to prove that you have sustained serious damages. There are generally two types of losses recoverable in a court of law: personal injury and property damage. Regarding personal injuries, much of the analysis focuses around your medical diagnosis following the accident. An attorney will typically request an affidavit from a doctor or present your medical records in order to prove that you have sustained injuries. Most often, either your treating physician or an independent medical expert will likely be required to testify regarding your injuries before a court. In this instance, an experienced and competent attorney is once again paramount. Although many doctors seek to provide testimony at trial to the best of their ability, ninety percent of their effectiveness depends upon proper preparation. And in order to be properly prepared, every medical professional must be counseled by your attorney prior to entering the courtroom. This is where your attorney will "make or break" your case.

Auto Claims in Connecticut

Connecticut auto accident lawsuits are based on allegations of negligence. Simply described, negligence is the failure of another to use due care in the operation of the motor vehicle with whom you had an accident. Typically, in cases where serious injury has resulted, a plaintiff will have claims for pain and suffering, which is defined above; negligent and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress; and loss of consortium.

In order to successfully state a claim for negligent infliction of emotional, a plaintiff must show more than just the subjective experience of mental distress, grief, anger or humiliation; the plaintiff must prove through objective evidence that he or she has been harmed. In other words, the court will require the plaintiff to show that he or she sought treatment from a medical expert. Courts will not allow a plaintiff to simply appear in court and allege that he or she has experienced this type of damage. You must have received medical treatment or produce a medical expert that confirms that you have indeed suffered some type of mental anguish.

To prevail on a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant intended to inflict emotional distress, or knew or should have known that emotional distress was the likely result of his conduct; that the defendant's conduct was extreme and outrageous and beyond all possible bounds of decency; that the defendant's actions were the cause of plaintiff's distress; and that the emotional distress suffered by plaintiff was severe and of such a nature that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it.

This is a very difficult allegation to prove. It typically requires a showing that the defendant's operation of the vehicle at the time of the accident was either intentional or in such a reckless manner, that he or she should have known that the accident would result.

A plaintiff may also have a claim for loss of consortium in instances where a family member or spouse is severely injured or dies as the result of an automobile accident. Loss of consortium may be proven in the spousal arena by showing that the relationship, both physically and emotionally, has been damaged as a result of the accident. In the familial arena, parents of a child or an adult child who is dependent on his parents for support may have a claim for loss of consortium where the child has been seriously injured against any person who is legally responsible for causing such injury.

Finally, a plaintiff may have a claim for wrongful death against the operator of a motor vehicle where said person has operated his or her vehicle negligently causing an accident which results in the death of another. This claim must be asserted on behalf of the executor of the decedent's estate. Typically, this claim is asserted in instances in which the defendant has been criminally convicted of Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") of alcohol. Once again, you will need an attorney to ensure that you have properly asserted all the claims upon which you are entitled to recovery. You should always seek advice and counsel of a competent attorney prior to initiating any type of legal proceedings against another.

Limitations on Claims

In Connecticut, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for your injuries. Nevertheless, you should contact your attorney immediately in order to begin building your case.

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