Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Answers to your legal questions from qualified, experienced attorneys
We understand that finding yourself suddenly involved in the legal process can be confusing. The Hartford attorneys at Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC are here to help. We’ve put together a collection of the most common questions asked of us by our clients. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t find the answer to your question here.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee is how attorneys are paid for most personal injury cases. Rather than bill hourly for our services, instead we charge a percentage of your winnings or settlement after your case is resolved. What this means for you is that attorney fees and other related expenses don’t apply unless you secure a successful outcome for your case. You owe us nothing unless you receive a favorable result!
How do I know if have a claim?
Every case is unique, but there is one common factor that unites every injury case – one party’s actions are directly responsible for another individual’s injuries or losses. In order to have a valid claim, you must be able to prove the other party acted in a reckless, intentional, or negligent manner that caused your damages and losses. Our attorneys can help assess the strength of your claim.
Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
No. You should expect that, soon after an accident, the insurance company will be quick to offer you a settlement. However, just because a claims adjuster offers you one doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to accept it. Many companies attempt to offer a lower settlement in the hopes you’ll accept it and give up your right to legal action. With the help of a skilled attorney, you may be able to negotiate for a much higher amount of compensation.
Do I have to pay taxes on my personal injury settlement?
Generally, damages received for compensation for things like personal injuries are excluded from taxable income. However, if part of your settlement is for lost wages or issues not related to the injury (like punitive damages), those items may be taxable. We recommend consulting with your tax advisor on these issues. You can read up on current IRS regulations regarding personal injury settlements here.
What is my case worth?
This is one of the most difficult and complex questions to answer, because every case is different. A variety of factors determine the amount of compensation for which the victim of an injury or wrongful death may be eligible. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost income, and property damage. You may also be entitled to compensation for damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.
I was in an accident. What should I do?
The first thing anyone should do after being involved in an accident, whether a car accident, premises liability, or other type of claim, is get immediate medical attention for your injuries. In order to have the strongest case, you need full documentation of your injuries and the accident. Our personal injury attorneys can work with you to secure police reports and other important statements.
How long do I have after an accident to file an injury claim?
Here in CT, you have two years to file a suit for a personal injury claim. If you miss this deadline, you can give up your chance to seek compensation for your injuries and/or losses. This is why it’s so important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
Will I have to go to trial?
It depends. Often, our attorney can work to negotiate a favorable settlement without having to go to trial. However, if the insurance company refuses to provide the compensation you deserve, we are not afraid to go to court to seek the compensation you’re owed. We have the skill, the knowledge, and the resources to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
What should I bring to my first meeting with my Hartford attorney?
You can make your first meeting with our lawyers count by bringing every document that could be relevant to your case. This can include copies of police reports, medical documents and bills, insurance statements, and any photos you may have of the accident scene and your injuries. With more initial information you can give your attorney, he or she can give you a more accurate determination of whether your case may be successful. However, if you don’t have these documents at the time of your meeting, we can obtain them later.
Hartford attorneys with decades of combined experience
The legal advocates at Barry, Barall & Spinella, LLC are dedicated to protecting your rights – as efficiently and as effectively as possible. We dedicate ourselves to your case, working tirelessly for the best possible outcome. Let us guide you through the process with strategy and skill. Talk to us today. We’re located minutes off I-384 in Manchester. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers in Hartford or Manchester, please call 860-649-4400 or fill out our contact form.