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Personal Injury

Fighting Back

A personal injury claim can be tough on many levels – but great personal injury lawyers can make the process better!

A not-so-fun fact: 2020 saw 24.5 ER visits and 39.5 million doctor visits due to accidental injuries.

If you were injured by one of those accidents, you might be at the point where you are thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Personal injury cases come in all shapes and sizes. Slip and falls, food poisoning, medical malpractice, dog bites, even reputation damage – these kinds of situations and more can be draining and painful physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

Aaron Jainchill and Bill Beckert, principals at Jainchill & Beckert, Attorneys-at-Law, have walked countless clients through the litigation of a personal injury case. As Connecticut-based personal injury lawyers, they are often sought out for their expertise. Their reputation as the best personal injury lawyers in the area is well-documented – you can hear from a few of their previous clients here.

If you are searching for guidance or have questions about a personal injury claim, you’re not alone. We rounded up some of the top questions asked about personal injury, accident lawyers, and the kind of personal injury law firm you should be looking for, and we hope this helps you as you begin the process.

What is a personal injury case?

According to Merriam-Webster, a personal injury is “an injury to one’s body, mind, or emotions.” That’s a pretty broad definition to be sure. Specifically, the American Bar Association says, “Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else's act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.”

If you believe you have a personal injury case based on these definitions, Attorney Beckert says it’s critical to get in touch with a lawyer with experience handling these kinds of cases. “Not every lawyer is qualified to handle personal injury cases. And among those who are qualified, not all will personally see to it that you are treated with the compassion and honesty you need. Our personal injury clients are hurting. The hurt might be physical, mental or emotional – any or all parts of the human condition may be involved. And we are personally invested in the well-being and success of each person we work with.”

How do I know if I have a case?

If you’ve been injured and the injury wasn’t solely your fault, it is always worth consulting with a personal injury attorney. “Many times, people call us not knowing what to expect, or even knowing if they have a case,” commented Beckert. “We find that, if they’re committed enough to make the phone call or fill out the form on our website, they probably have a case. And if they don’t, we let them know that too.”

Is there any way to figure out how much compensation I should get if I file a lawsuit?

Every case is different, so there’s no hard and fast rule. “The amount of compensation we look for depends largely on the situation, the emotional, physical or financial harm, your own personal involvement in the injury (if there was any), and many other factors,” Jainchill counseled. “But after learning about your story and really looking into what happened, we will give you our honest assessment of what your case is worth. It’s worth remembering that the folks who come to Jainchill & Beckert will always speak to one of us, and that’s very important as we construct your case.”

If I’m partially at fault, can I still file a personal injury lawsuit?

Cases vary, but usually, you will still have a case if you were injured. According to Attorney Jainchill, “There are situations, especially in the case of car accidents, where both parties may hold some of the fault. If you were injured, and we believe we can prove the percentage of fault, we will most likely encourage you to go ahead with your case. You don’t want to suffer financially in addition to the other injuries you may have sustained. That’s something we can help you with.”

Attorney Beckert said that Jainchill & Beckert relishes the challenges of personal injury cases – especially those that are complex. “I am especially engaged and challenged by cases that are hard … cases where it's not necessarily clear how someone was at fault for your injury. We have to learn about what happened, take the time to understand the circumstances of the events that led you to our office. You suffered an injury, you're scared, you believe someone else was at fault, but it's not crystal clear. So we help figure those things out and we're successful more often than not.”

How long does a typical case take?

“There’s really no ‘typical’ case,” Attorney Beckert told us. “It depends on the degree of injury and any legal issues involved. “We can usually tell within 3 to 6 months how long a case will take. Some are definitely easier than others”. As a legal team experienced in personal injury law, we can give you an idea after we get your story and begin discovery, but even a seemingly straightforward case can see twists and turns that really lengthen the process.”

Regardless of how long the case takes, the most important thing to remember is that a good lawyer will be frequently in contact with you throughout the duration of your case, no matter how long the process lasts. “Whether it’s weeks or years, Aaron and I stay closely connected with our clients. We think of it as, ‘How would I communicate with a family member?’ And that’s how we communicate with the people who trust us. We believe they have the right to be updated regularly, and we take that obligation seriously.”

Why is it important to talk to a principal? Can’t a paralegal or legal assistant help me?

Many law firms have huge staffs and huge budgets. And many of those law firms have great reputations and high success rates. But Attorney Jainchill points to one important difference between the firms with recognizable names and a smaller firm like Jainchill & Beckert. “The difference we have is that we – Bill and I – really get to know the people who come through our doors. Our names are on our building – we are personally invested in your outcome and your success. And you will always work with one of us directly.”

Attorney Beckert agrees. “We make sure our clients know that we are easily accessible to them. At that moment when a question arises, we’re just a text or a phone call away. Our staff is great and very helpful and compassionate, but we get to know our clients – and because of the relationships we form, we are driven to get results. We truly fight for every client.”

What if I am offered a settlement before hiring an Attorney? Should I take it?

Personal injury cases are often solved through a settlement – that is, the person at fault agrees to compensate you either fully or for an agreed-upon amount, and you agree to drop your claim or lawsuit. If you are offered a settlement for less than the full amount you are seeking, should you take it?. You should always consider consulting an attorney before agreeing to settle. Once your case is settled you cannot go back and ask for more.

It’s also important to know the background of the lawyers who will be involved in your case. Do they have a high success rate? Do they take the time to really listen and get to know you and the details of your case? “Bill and I take your case, and your success, personally,” Attorney Jainchill reiterated, “and we’re well known for helping our clients to receive the compensation that is due them. In fact, we often exceed what they’re hoping for!”

Why do I need a lawyer? If the case is pretty straightforward, can I represent myself?

A personal injury claim can put your life on hold. And you may feel like you have the time, basic knowledge of the law and details of your situation (who knows what happened better than you, right?) to go up against an individual, business or corporation that has contributed to or caused your injury. Representing yourself is a legal option, but there are other things you should be doing – like recovering from injuries and resuming your life.

“An experienced lawyer has some tools that the average person wouldn’t have, and can use those tools to fight for you,” said Attorney Beckert. “Some of the things that will help us negotiate for you are photos and videos, police reports, witness statements, hospital and medical records, and of course, lots of other pieces of evidence that strengthen your story,” offered Jainchill. “When you sit down with us the first time, we’ll talk about what you have to bolster your case, and we’ll work directly with you to prepare as completely as possible for your case.” Added Beckert, “We want you to get back to your life the way it was before you filed your lawsuit, so we will never recommend a settlement that shortchanges you.”

He continued, “We know what needs to be proven for you to win your case. We understand deadlines and the rules here in Connecticut about filing important information. We will also work closely with you to figure out what compensation you’re entitled to, given the specifics of your case. Is pain and suffering involved, and if so, how do you assign a cost to that suffering? Will a lifetime of care or therapy be required? Will your life or health be permanently changed because of the trauma of what you’ve been through? These pieces of the puzzle can be incredibly complex. When we represent you, we lift the burden of learning about law, and then having to practice it in a courtroom.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about options following an injury, or you’re already searching for the best personal injury lawyer in CT, Jainchill & Beckert is a great resource. We invite you to learn more about us, hear from our clients or fill out our form and set up a free consultation with us. Or get in touch with us at (860) 383-6719 – we’re ready to fight for you, to guide you, and to get you beyond your injury.

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