Many people think they have the right to sue after they experience something unpleasant, but that isn’t always true. Connecticut has rules regarding when an individual can hold another person or a business financially and legally responsible for their actions.
Before you threaten to sue the other party or otherwise invest time and energy in a personal injury claim, it’s typically smart to make sure that you can bring a civil lawsuit against the other party. Evaluating the situation can help you decide if you have a legitimate personal injury claim that might be worth pursuing in the civil courts.
Do you have verifiable losses?
You can’t just claim that someone broke the law and demand financial compensation. You have to demonstrate through financial documentation or medical records that you have suffered verifiable losses.
Personal injury claims can result from either financial losses or injury to your body. In both cases, you will need to have documentation that corroborates your claim that the situation resulted in financial consequences. Verifiable losses might include expenses caused by damage to your property, medical bills, lost income after an injury or lost future income if you have permanent medical consequences that will limit the work you can do.
Another person or business must have played a role in your injury
Just getting hurt or suffering massive property damage isn’t enough to bring a lawsuit against someone. You will have to show that they contributed to or caused the outcome. Cellphone records that show someone texted at the wheel before a crash or photographs of an improperly maintained business facility could help show that someone’s actions or inaction played a role in your financial loss.
You have to take action in a timely manner
If you have provable financial losses that resulted from someone’s behavior, you could still lose out on your right to compensation if you don’t act quickly.
Under Connecticut Law, most personal injury claims will have to get filed within two years of the event leading to the claim. In some cases involving tort, it may be possible to bring a claim for up to three years afterward. However, no personal injury claim will likely move forward if it has been more than three years since the incident occurred.
The sooner you start gathering evidence, the easier it will be for you to stand up for yourself and ask for compensation when someone does or doesn’t do something that negatively impacts your life.