New Haven Slip and Fall Lawyers
Justice for the Injured
If you or your loved one sustained severe injuries in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut, it is critical that you quickly seek legal representation. You may be entitled to compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Slip and fall accidents frequently occur in a variety of public and private settings all over the New Haven area. Property owners in Connecticut have a legal obligation to provide a specific duty of care to a person depending on whether the person is classified as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
In many cases, property owners and their insurance companies will claim that slip and fall accident victims were at fault for their injuries to avoid responsibility. Without an attorney’s help, you may feel pressured to accept a settlement that is far lower than you deserve. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will stand up for you and fight to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Our firm will work tirelessly to make sure that a negligent property owner is held accountable for your injuries. To learn more about how our New Haven slip and fall attorneys can help your case, call us today at (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.
Do I Need A Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer?
When you hire an attorney to handle your slip and fall case, they will be able to conduct a thorough independent investigation of your accident to secure necessary evidence and identify all possible liable parties. The attorney will have a much better understanding of what your case is worth and likely recover more compensation than an insurance company will offer you without legal counsel.
Another significant advantage of having a lawyer is that they can deal with insurance companies on your behalf. Following a slip and fall accident, you should avoid saying anything to any insurer until you have legal representation. Insurance agents employ tactics to trick victims into incriminating themselves during recorded conversations, which can prevent you from recovering some or all of your rightful compensation.
Some insurance companies may offer victims proposed settlements, but you should know that these proposals are usually well short of what most victims are entitled to. Do not think that you are obligated to accept a settlement out of fear that it might be your only chance to obtain compensation.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is dedicated to personal injury law, including slip and fall accidents. Our founder, Jonathan Perkins, has been practicing law in Connecticut for three decades. As a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the state courts of Connecticut and New York, he knows what it takes to win personal injury cases in Connecticut.
Our firm’s record of success includes $617,500 recovered for a 58-year-old man who fell on some steps going to work. We also obtained $450,000 for a 56-year-old painter who had a slip and fall accident off a ladder, breaking his left elbow, hip, ankle, and heel and injuring his neck. We have won millions for our clients over the years, which is why we have been awarded honors such as the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our clients are our number one priority. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless and until we win you compensation. We also offer free case evaluations so that you can explore your legal options without making any commitments. Furthermore, we can come to meet with you in your home or the hospital if you are unable to visit our office.
How Do You Prove a Slip and Fall Case?
A slip and fall accident can occur on virtually any kind of property in New Haven, public or private. When an accident is the result of a property owner’s negligence, the property owner can be liable for a victim’s injuries. You can pursue these damages via a premises liability claim.
Property owners owe different duties of care to visitors depending on whether they are licensees, invitees, or trespassers. To prove a premises liability claim, you must show that the property owner violated the duty of care they owed to you, that their violation directly led to your injuries, and that your injuries caused significant damages.
A lawyer can help gather all the necessary evidence to prove all of these aspects, which may include witness testimony, photographs or surveillance footage from the accident site, medical records, and more. They can then negotiate with insurance agents to recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, property damage, disability, pain and suffering, and any other expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Premises liability claims like slip and fall accidents tend to be very complicated, and most victims do not know much about the legal process. Some of the questions we hear most often at our office are listed below.
What is the difference between an invitee, licensee, and trespasser?
An invitee is a person who is on a property with the expressed or implied invitation of a property owner and is owed the highest duty of care, usually for the financial gain of the property owner. A licensee is a person who is allowed to be on the property with the permission of the property owner, usually for their own purposes. A trespasser is a person who is unlawfully on another person’s property and is typically owed no duty of care. An exception is allowed for children trespassers, who may not recognize the dangers of specific hazards such as swimming pools.
What happens if I was partially to blame for my slip and fall accident?
Under Connecticut General Statute § 52-572h(b), you may still recover damages for an accident you were partially responsible for as long as you were less than 50% at fault. Economic or noneconomic damages awarded in a negligence action, however, will be diminished in proportion to your percentage of negligence. This means that a person who is awarded $100,000 in a slip and fall accident case but is found to have been 20 percent at fault will have their award reduced by $20,000 and would ultimately receive $80,000.
What kind of damages can be recovered in a slip and fall accident?
If your case goes to trial, a jury may award you compensatory damages that are typically some combination of economic and noneconomic damages that apply to your case. Common economic damages include medical bills, lost income, and property damage, while noneconomic damages may include awards for pain and suffering, disfigurement, or loss of consortium. In very rare cases where the defendant’s actions were especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.
Contact a New Haven Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Today
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a slip and fall accident in Connecticut? Make sure that you contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers before speaking to anybody else about your accident.
Our firm can fight to help you recover all of the compensation you need and deserve. Our New Haven injury lawyers can review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (203) 397-1283 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.