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Attorneys Guiding and Empowering Connecticut Residents in Challenging Times

Accidents are common throughout Connecticut, and while some might be considered minor, many cause significant injuries and damages. If you were injured in an accident, you may have options for protecting your interests. The skilled Plainville and Bristol personal injury lawyers of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, regularly represent parties in accident cases in Plainville, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Britain, and throughout the state. If you retain our services, we will work tirelessly to help you assert your legal rights. We also assist people with workers’ compensation claims, criminal cases, real estate transactions, and other claims or causes that require litigation in the areas of real estate, probate, and business.

Personal Injury

Personal injuries are typically caused by accidents brought on by someone’s careless act. Common causes of personal injury include car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and accidents caused by dangerous products. Generally, lawsuits seeking damages for personal injury assert that the defendant’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s harm. A plaintiff bringing a negligence claim must establish that the defendant had a duty to act with reasonable care, the duty was breached, and the plaintiff suffered damages that were proximately caused by the breach. A dedicated personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and help you develop your potential claims.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle collisions are common in Connecticut and are one of the leading causes of personal injury. If you were harmed in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to recover damages via a civil lawsuit if you are able to establish liability. Damages recoverable include the cost of any medical treatment, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. In many instances, the defendant will try to avoid paying damages by arguing that you were liable for the accident. Under Connecticut law, however, even if a plaintiff is deemed liable for an accident, he or she can still be awarded damages, as long as his or her fault does not exceed fifty percent. Our Plainville and Bristol personal injury attorneys can help you contest any arguments that you contributed to your own damages.

Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime can be a harrowing experience, but the fact that you are facing criminal charges does not mean you will be found guilty. Rather, the State is required to prove each element of the alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt, and if it cannot, it should not be able to obtain a conviction. Criminal defendants do not have to present any evidence or meet any burden of proof. In some cases, though, if the State can prove the defendant committed the alleged acts, it may be prudent for the defendant to set forth an affirmative defense to show that his or her acts were justified under the circumstances. In other circumstances, the defendant may decide to have a trial before a Judge or Jury.

DUI

A DUI conviction can alter your rights and reputation, and it is crucial for anyone faced with DUI charges to assess what defenses may be available to avoid a conviction. Pursuant to Connecticut law, anyone who operates a vehicle with an elevated blood alcohol content or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be charged with a DUI. Most DUI arrests arise out of traffic stops. If the police did not have reasonable suspicion that a person is committing a crime or violating a traffic law prior to effectuating a stop, however, the stop may be illegal, and any evidence obtained during the stop may be inadmissible.

Workers’ Compensation

Under Connecticut law, if an employee is injured at work, he or she may be entitled to benefits from his or her employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. There are strict deadlines employees must comply with in filing claims, however, and if they fail to meet these deadlines, they may waive the right to recover. Additionally, employers often try to deny claims by arguing that an employee’s injury did not occur in the course and scope of his or her work, or by asserting that a person is an independent contractor, not an employee. An employee who presents a successful claim may be granted benefits for wage loss and medical expenses. In addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits, our personal injury lawyers can help Plainville and Bristol residents pursue third-party claims based on work injuries when appropriate.

Real Estate

Real estate transactions are often fast-paced and complicated, and it is prudent for anyone considering buying or selling real estate to engage an attorney to safeguard their rights. An attorney can assist in checking the title of any property, drafting contracts to include critical terms and provisions, and negotiating prices and rates with the hopes of avoiding litigation in the future. If the cause for litigation arises, however, it is wise to retain an attorney who possesses the skills to seek a just and efficient resolution.

Probate and Wills

Although end-of-life decisions can be a difficult topic, it is prudent for all people to engage in estate planning to protect their rights and the rights of their loved ones. Wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and the appointment of health care agents are powerful tools to make sure your wishes are followed. We are happy to consult with you about these matters, to ensure that your plans are realized after you’re gone. But if you have to administer a loved one’s estate, or if the plans left behind by a love one were unclear, or if someone is challenging those plans, an experienced litigator can be of help.

Business Litigation

Business transactions often result in disputes, and if these disputes cannot be resolved, the parties may require court intervention. In many instances, business litigation involves a breach of contract claim. A party seeking damages due to breach of contract must show the existence of a contract, its essential terms, and the manner in which it was breached. Other claims often set forth in lawsuits arising out of business transactions include fraud, intentional interference with a contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Consult a Dedicated Lawyer to Protect Your Interests

The need for legal counsel can arise unexpectedly, and people throughout Connecticut who are contending with injuries, the death of a loved one, or criminal charges are often unsure of where to turn for advice or assistance. The dedicated attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, have more than 60 years of combined experience handling a variety of matters in Connecticut, and are eager to assist you with your legal needs. Our personal injury attorneys regularly represent Plainville and Bristol residents who have been injured in accidents, as well as victims in the surrounding communities. We assist people with criminal matters, workers’ compensation claims, and real estate, probate, and business matters as well. We represent parties in Plainville, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Britain, and throughout Connecticut. Our office is located in Plainville, and you can reach us at (860) 351-5254 or through our online form to set up a free meeting to discuss how we can assist you.

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