Politics Has Always Played a Role When It Comes to Personal Injury/Accident Law in Connecticut
Connecticut has unique personal injury and accident laws on the books compared to most any other state in the United States, which is pretty standard across the board.
Different states treat these issues differently, different rules, regulations, and pieces of legislation being passed to govern how personal injury issues and accidents are handled within the borders of this state.
Interestingly enough, however, some of the biggest differences in Connecticut when it comes to this field of law have to do with the state government (as well as state government agencies, including law enforcement agencies) and political games that change things up a little bit should you be involved in a personal injury issue or automobile accident caused by or involving government property/representatives.
Below we do our best to cover the basics of these differences so that you better understand exactly what you are getting into should you find yourself or a loved one injured in the state of Connecticut.
Let’s dig right in!
Connecticut has a statute of limitations for all automobile injury claims
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the state of Connecticut, you are going to have exactly 24 months with which to file a personal injury claim.
If you do not file for your personal injury claim within that 24-month block of time (which begins the moment that you have been involved in the accident) you’ll no longer be able to file for these kinds of legal proceedings in any court in the state of Connecticut.
You’ll still be able to collect any payouts from your insurance company or the insurance company of the guilty party, but you won’t be able to move forward with recourse or receive recommence through the legal system of Connecticut if your application for this kind of proceeding hasn’t been initiated in that block of time.
This may seem like a generous window that the state of Connecticut offers, but remember that not all automobile accidents are going to manifest themselves immediately. It can take quite a while for underlying issues and symptoms to become major problems, and some automobile accident related injuries – like whiplash, for example – can become a chronic issue over time.
Be sure that you reach out to a professional personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident to make sure that all of your bases are covered.
If your claim will be filed against a government entity the statute of limitations changes
If you have been involved in an automobile accident that has a governmental agency or body involved in any way whatsoever, your statute of limitations to file your personal injury claim is going to shrink dramatically.
Whether you are hit by a city bus, construction vehicles working for a local municipality, or have been plowed into by an off-duty police officer you need to make sure that you file your personal injury claim ASAP. Different government agencies have different statutes of limitation attached to them and you’ll need to move forward quickly to make sure that all of your rights are reserved, and the responsible parties are brought to justice.