How Much Will a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?

If you or a loved is injured in a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall, or some other type of accident due to the fault of another, you will need a personal injury attorney to represent your best interests in seeking compensation from the liable parties. You may ask yourself: How Much Will a Personal Injury Attorney Cost? The short answer is, nothing.

At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC, we offer free consultations with no obligations. Meet with us and allow us to review your case at no cost to you. If you are dissatisfied with our abilities, there is no obligation of having us represent you.

If you do decide to accept our representation of your personal injury claim, we will advance all costs, which will be repaid to us from the recovery, if any. If we are unable to recover compensation for your personal injury case, we cover the fees and you owe us nothing.

We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we take a portion of the recovery as controlled by Connecticut law and outlined in our Contingency Fee Retainer Agreement. If we are unable to recover compensation for your personal injury case, you do not owe us any money for our legal services.

Bottom line, there is no out of pocket expense to you for our representation in a personal injury matter. We take on all the risk, so that you can focus on recovering physically as fast as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Connecticut

Due to the nature of an impact between a motor vehicle and a human being, the injuries resulting from pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are usually serious. In the most severe cases, the trauma caused to a human body from being hit by a motor vehicle can prove to be fatal. While the causes of a pedestrian motor vehicle accident are diverse, one thing is certain; the statistics show that fatal pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in Connecticut.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, regularly releases studies of traffic statistics, including a breakdown by state. The study shows that between 2007 and 2011 the average number of pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut was over thirty five per year. The pedestrian fatalities in accidents account, on average, for 13% of annual roadway fatalities. Pedestrian fatalities were highest in 2008, numbering 47, when they made up 16% of the years roadway fatalities. The following table contains a complete breakdown by year.

Year Total Fatalities % of Total Fatalities
2007 32 11%
2008 47 16%
2009 26 12%
2010 46 14%
2011 26 12%
Total 177  
Average 35.4 13%

If you have been injured in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, or if a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, you need to hire a Connecticut personal injury attorney to help you seek compensation from the liable parties. We can help identify the negligence or recklessness, if any, that led to the accident which cause injury to your or your family member. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Fatal Drunk Driver Accidents in Connecticut

Drunk driving is one of the most common forms of reckless behavior that leads to motor vehicle accidents. Drunk driver accidents are also more severe in nature, as shown by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration statistics relating to driver BAC in fatal motor vehicle accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles.

The number of drunk driver related accident fatalities, when compared to the total number of accident fatalities, yields a percentage of fatalities caused by drunk driving. The USDOT NHSA makes available statistics from 2007 through 2011 for the State of Connecticut.

Year Total Fatalities Drunk Driver Fatalities Fatality Percentage
2007 296 111 38%
2008 302 95 31%
2009 224 97 43%
2010 320 119 37%
2011 220 92 42%
Total 1362 514 37.7%

Over the course of 5 years from 2007 to 2011, almost 38% of fatal car accidents were due to drunk drivers. When compared to the rest of the United States, the percentage of Connecticut fatalities due to drunk driving is well above the national average for all years except 2008, where the Connecticut and National percentages were both 31%. When compared to the lowest drunk driver fatality % state, the Connecticut percentage is almost double.

While the theories and explanations for why the Connecticut drunk driver accident fatality percentage is where it is are varied, one thing is for sure: a great deal of Connecticut motor vehicle accident fatalities are due to drunk driving.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driver caused motor vehicle accident, you need to seek medical attention, and then seek help from a Connecticut personal injury attorney. Police reports, pictures and other evidence need to be collected as soon as possible. Contact us immediately after your injuries have been stabilized. Let us worry about getting your bills paid and getting you compensated for damaged property and injury to your body so that you can focus on getting better sooner.

Do I Need an Attorney to Handle My Personal Injury Case?

What Does A Personal Injury Attorney Do?

If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident or other type of roadway collision, you will want compensation from the liable party for your damaged property and injured body. You will wonder; How do I go about seeking compensation? Do I need an attorney to handle my personal injury case?

If an injured person attempts to handle their claim on their own, they are at a huge disadvantage. They will be battling against the at fault person’s insurance company, and the insurance company representative will be an insurance adjuster or attorney who is a trained professional. Their job, Monday to Friday, Nine to Five, is to make sure the insurance company pays you as little as possible for your losses and injuries. They take classes, attend seminars and training, and have scripts, systems and computer software at their disposal. The insurance adjuster will use multiple dirty tricks once they know you are not a legal professional:

  • Try to put blame on you;
  • Ask you to make a recorded statement, to use against you later;
  • Ask you questions like “How are you?” to get you to answer “Fine.” or “OK.”;
  • Imply you must settle your bodily injury claim to get your vehicle repaired or replaced;
  • Offer you less on your claim since you may not know the approximate value.

You need to have a professional representing your best interests! Your personal injury attorney can make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. A personal injury attorney can:

  • Make sure that the insurance company is using the proper comparative negligence law as it relates in Connecticut;
  • Can make statements to the insurance company on your behalf;
  • Can acquire the police accident report;
  • Can compile medical records and bills and present them to the insurance company in the light most favorable to you;
  • Settle your property claim to get your vehicle repaired or replaced;
  • Offer letters of protection to medical providers, stopping collection calls and getting you medical care that could otherwise not be available to you; and
  • Determine an approximate value for your case once you are finished treating.

If you have been injured in a car accident, pedestrian accident or other type of roadway accident, a slip and fall or other injury on some ones property, or in any type of accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you will want to have a personal injury attorney represent you. The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC can make sure you get proper and adequate compensation for you damaged property and injured body. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Do I Do If I Can’t Pay My Accident Related Medical Bills?

Ambulance costs. Emergency Room visits. Hospital stays. Surgery. Long Term Recovery. General Physician visits. Medical Specialists for every part of the body. If you are injured in a car accident or some other type of roadway collision, you will have medical bills that quickly stack up. The more severe your injuries are the longer you will be out of work and the higher the total bills will get. You will start asking yourself, What Do I Do If I Can’t Pay My Accident Related Medical Bills?

The first option is to have your bills submitted to your health insurance company. They should pick up the expenses, but you will have to pay your deductible. It is possible that your health insurance company denies the claims depending on your level of coverage. It may also be necessary for you to see medical specialists such as neurologists or ophthalmologists, either for further treatment or to attain a disability rating. If your health insurance company does not see this as medically necessary, they will not pay for the medical visits.

This is where a personal injury attorney can help you get some peace of mind. If a personal injury attorney accepts your case, they can send a letter of protection to your medical providers. The letter of protection states that when your personal injury claim is resolved, the attorney takes it upon them self to pay the medical provider for services reasonably rendered on injuries sustained in the accident leading to the personal injury claim. The doctor does not have to accept the letter protection, but many do, and your personal injury attorney can help you find medical providers that will accept a letter of protection.

Clients need to keep in mind that the letter of protection is limited in scope to injuries that arose out of the accident leading to the personal injury claim and the services rendered must be reasonable in amount and cost.

The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC represents clients injured in personal injury claims and offers our clients letters of protection so that their worries can be alleviated. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, pedestrian accident or any type of road way accident in Connecticut, contact us today.

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Will?

Once you realize that you need a will to dispose of your assets in the way you seem fit, you will ask yourself “Do I need a lawyer for a will?”. You may be considering using an online legal aid website, or even just writing down your wishes yourself. There are two big reasons you need a wills attorney to help write your will: planning and enforceability.

The first reason you need an attorney to help write your will is planning. The attorney can guide you to making a proper and exhaustive list of your property for inclusion in the will. They can counsel you to identifying the list of family members, friends, and organizations that you wish to provide for after your death. Finally, they can assist with decided how you should go about using your assets and property to provide your desired level of support for each individual or institution.

The second reason you need an attorney to help you write a will is enforceability. Connecticut has it’s own precise laws about will enforceability.Missing one of the strict requirements, for example number of witness and even color of signing ink, can make the entire will unenforceable. Further, there are certain things your are forbidden by law from being in your will. Attempting to do certain forbidden things with your property will either get your wishes nullified, or could even make the entire will unenforceable.

If you want to make a thorough and exhaustive plan and be sure that your wishes are honored, you should seek the help of a wills attorney.

Do I Need a Will?

Especially when they become young parents it is common for people to ask, “Do I need a Will?“.

First, you need to understand what happens if you die without a will. If you die without a will, it is called dying intestate. In that case, Connecticut Intestacy statutes take over, which comprise parts of §45a in the Connecticut General Statutes. These Statutes are long and complicated and depending on factors such as marriage status and number of children, the State regulates how your property is distributed. If you have no family and no will, your property escheats, or goes directly to the State of Connecticut.

Having a will lets you control your legacy. For young parents, it is a great way for them to outline a support structure, and even custody arrangements, for their children. For older adults, it is the right way to dispose of a lifetime of property and provide for their loved ones. For those without family, it allows for you to provide for foundations are charities you deem to be deserving. In a will, you can:

  • Stipulate who gets what amount of money
  • Create trusts for the long term support of family members
  • Give personal property to friends and family
  • Provide funding to charities and foundations
  • Set up care procedures for beloved pets
  • Provide for creation of foundations and scholarships
  • Cut people out

While there are some regulations that limit what you can do in your will, the possibilities for disposing of your personal property are plentiful.

 

How much is my personal injury case worth?

A common question asked by those recently injured in accidents is “How much is my personal injury case worth?“. Clients expect a personal injury attorney to use their knowledge and experience to come up with an estimate for them. However, past results do not guarantee future results.

A personal injury attorney can not know how much a personal injury case is worth at the beginning stages of the personal injury process. There are simply too many factors at that point:

  • How long will you be treating?
  • How long will you be out of work?
  • Will your treatment end in full recovery?

Even once your losses are certain, there are factors such as limits on insurance liability and comparative negligence that can make parts of your losses non-recoverable.

You should not pick your attorney by whoever gives you the highest estimate on your injury. You should pick your attorney by their level of ability and your comfort level with them.