Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to All of Your Personal Injury Questions

In the wake of sustaining a devastating injury, you may feel lost and unsure of what to do next. Our firm understands how difficult of a time you may be facing, and for this reason, we have made it our goal to educate accident victims of their rights. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding personal injury law, but for any additional information about your case, we advise you to schedule a free consultation with an attorney from our firm. Regardless of the severity of the injuries that you have sustained, the experienced lawyers at McCoy & McCoy are well equipped to successfully handle any type of personal injury case.

What types of personal injury law do you practice?
At our firm, we handle all types of personal injury claims, including anything from premises liability to wrongful death. Regardless of the severity of the injuries that you have sustained, the experienced lawyers at our firm are well equipped to successfully handle any type of personal injury case that you may now be facing. Whether you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or have become the victim of medical malpractice, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the attention that it deserves when you enlist the help of McCoy & McCoy.

What expenses does compensation cover?
When you have been wrongfully injured, you may be able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic costs, including past, present and future medical bills, prescriptions, wheelchairs and other health aids, adaptive equipment for your home or car, lost wages and benefits, decreased enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and mental distress. Families of deceased victims may also claim compensation for funeral costs. Essentially, as a wrongfully injured victim, you may be able to recover damages for any sort of financial, physical and/or emotional trauma that you have been forced to endure.

How much experience does your firm have?
For more than 40 years, our personal injury law firm has represented thousands of clients throughout Connecticut who have been seriously injured due to auto accidents, work accidents, slip and fall accidents and cases of wrongful death. We have successfully tried numerous cases and have helped thousands of victims collect damages to pay for their medical bills and injury-associated costs. In addition, the National Board of Trial Advocacy has distinguished Attorney Frank McCoy as a certified specialist in civil trial advocacy. When you are looking for a firm with an extensive background of success and decades of experience, you can rest assured that McCoy & McCoy can offer just that.

How much does the initial consultation cost?
We offer all potential clients a free preliminary consultation regarding their case. During this consultation we will discuss the circumstances of the accident that has caused you to sustain an injury and subsequently review all viable ways in which to proceed. If you are unsure of whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim to pursue, we highly advise that you take advantage of a case evaluation with an attorney from our firm. In doing so, it can be discerned whether or not it is realistic to pursue a lawsuit.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury case?

Each state has implemented a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, meaning that a wrongfully injured victim is only allotted a certain amount of time in which to pursue compensation. Different types of cases have different deadlines, and those deadlines can be different-sometimes dramatically different-- depending on who you are thinking about suing. In the state of Connecticut, an individual has two years from the date of injury to pursue legal action against the responsible party. However, it is extremely important that during those two years certain procedures are followed for a successful outcome. In regards to medical malpractice claims, one has three years to take action from the date that the injury was sustained, as well.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault or because someone else was acting negligently, you may be wondering whether or not you have the grounds to file a personal injury claim. Under personal injury law, the first element of proving liability is showing that the guilty individual owed the victim a duty of care. This is true in many different cases as doctors owe their patients a duty of care, drivers owe other people on the road a duty of care, and property owners owe those on their premises a duty of care. If they failed to uphold this duty and that failure can be linked to injury towards the victim, they could have a strong case. As each case is unique, it is important that you allow a legal representative to examine your case.

Do I need an attorney?

Yes! The insurance company is not your friend! Insurance companies are businesses and, as such, do not have your best interests at heart. Insurance companies have teams of experts, lawyers, paralegals, claim adjustors, etc. that are trained to minimize or outright deny your claim. In addition, the rules and regulations governing personal injury laws in Connecticut can be difficult to navigate, but with the assistance of an attorney from McCoy & McCoy, you may be able to receive the compensation that you deserve.

Will I have to go to court for my case?
Although we aim to settle our clients cases outside of court in a timely manner, you still may have to go to court for your case. If your claim does end up in front of a judge, it is important to remember that you are not alone. When you obtain the representation of McCoy & McCoy, you can rest assured that we will be right beside you, fighting for your compensation.

Do I need to see a doctor?
It is important that you seek a doctor's medical attention after an accident that you were involved in that resulted in injury. Even minor injuries can have onset symptoms and can lead to serious complications down the road. The sooner you can retain the medical records, the sooner we can begin setting up a claim for you.