Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney
- The Proner & Proner Difference
- How can Proner & Proner help me with my Connecticut personal injury claim?
- Personal Injury Cases We Handle
- How is liability determined in a Connecticut personal injury case?
- How much is my Connecticut personal injury case worth?
- What if I am partially to blame for the accident?
- How much does a Connecticut personal injury lawyer cost?
- When should I contact a Connecticut personal injury attorney?
Accidental injuries are a leading cause of death and hospitalization throughout the United States and Connecticut. Accidents are almost always preventable and are too often caused by the negligence of others.
The talented and dedicated attorneys at Proner & Proner believe injury victims should not have to pay for the carelessness of others. We are committed to holding those accountable who negligently injure others.
The Proner & Proner Difference
Proner & Proner is a family-owned law firm with a compassionate, client-centered approach established by A. Stanley Proner in 1958. Mr. Proner’s son, Mitchell Proner, has continued in the tradition started by his father and is recognized nationally and internationally for his skillful advocacy and strong ethics.
Every Proner & Proner client is treated like family and assigned a team of lawyers, paralegals, and support staff. Clients have access to their attorneys 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receive Mitchell Proner’s personal cell phone number.
Our passionate advocacy has yielded the following results for our clients:
- $15 million for a woman in a sports accident
- $2 million for an injured worker in New York
- $3.3 million for an undocumented construction worker
- $5.1 million for a motorcycle rider hit by a vehicle
Mitchell Proner understands how it feels to be injured, having sustained serious injuries himself in a motorcycle accident after being hit by a taxi. He sustained multiple broken bones, including seven in his back.
How can Proner & Proner help me with my Connecticut personal injury claim?
When you have been severely injured, you are often forced to go against an insurance company that has multiple advantages. Insurance companies have multiple years of experience working against injury victims who lack legal representation while failing to disclose that their position is adversarial.
When you hire Proner & Proner, you have the power of the entire law firm serving your best interests. Our law firm’s reputation precedes us, and insurance companies know that their interests are best served by promptly offering you a fair and reasonable settlement.
With the legal team at Proner & Proner on your side, you can count on us to handle the following details of your case while you focus on your recovery:
- Deal with the insurance company
- Retrieve medical records
- Investigate the true causes of your accident
- Identify all liable parties
- Seek maximum compensation
- Take advantage of multiple avenues to expedite your claim
What Our Clients Say
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Personal Injury Cases We Handle
You will need a firm with attorneys that specialize in your case type. Our legal team includes attorneys with experience in the practice areas below.
How is liability determined in a Connecticut personal injury case?
Liability is determined by proving which party was negligent. In some cases, multiple parties may be negligent. Negligence is defined as a failure to act in a manner consistent with the conduct of a reasonable person. To prove negligence, you must show the following:
- The defendant had a duty of care.
- The defendant breached the duty of care.
- An injury occurred that would not otherwise have occurred.
- The duty of care is the proximate cause of the injury.
The following parties may be liable for an automobile accident:
- The other driver
- A government entity
- A vehicle manufacturer
- A vehicle parts manufacturer
- An auto mechanic
- The owner of the vehicle
- An employer or trucking company
If the driver of a vehicle is not the owner, the owner may be vicariously liable. Vicarious liability is often applicable to truck accident cases. Vicarious liability may also apply in cases where the driver was carrying out duties assigned by an employer.
Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
When an injury occurs on the job, workers’ compensation insurance most often compensates the victim. Other liable parties may include the following:
- Property owners
- Product manufacturers
- Premises owners
Slips and Falls
If you slip and fall on public or private property, the owner of the property may be liable, whether the owner is a government entity, business, or homeowner.
However, falling on someone else’s property does not automatically impute liability. A property owner is only liable if you can prove that the property owner failed to mitigate a hazardous condition.
How much is my Connecticut personal injury case worth?
Wrongful death occurs when death ensues as a result of the deliberate or negligent acts or omissions of others. According to Connecticut law, an executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of the deceased. Proceeds are distributed according to probate law.
Slips and falls are a leading cause of injury and can occur in the workplace, in public, or while visiting a business or residence. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their premises are free of hazardous conditions, such as the following:
- Parking lots with potholes
- Stairs and steps with broken or missing handrails
- Sidewalks with uneven pavement
- Poorly maintained entrances and exits
- Wet floors
The construction industry is rife with hazards and the natural consequence is that fatal and non-fatal accidents are common. Common construction accidents include:
- Slips and falls, especially from heights
- Being struck by objects
- Being crushed by falling objects
- Becoming stuck between objects
Car accidents are among the most common causes of personal injury claims. Despite their commonality, injuries from a car accident can be devastating and permanent and may include:
- Permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Multiple broken bones
- Organ damage
- Permanent disfigurement
- Severe burns
- Loss of limbs
Car accidents often occur when the other driver engages in the following:
- Distracted or inattentive driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to follow traffic controls
- Drinking and driving
- Driving while drowsy
Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be even more devastating than car accidents because commercial trucks are significantly larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. The result is a heightened impact.
For example, being rear-ended by a passenger vehicle may result in neck injuries or minor injuries. Being rear-ended by a truck can result in the impacted vehicle being pushed into traffic or crushed by the truck. The result can be deadly. Common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Tire blowouts
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Drowsy truck drivers
- Inexperienced truck drivers
- Brake failures on trucks
Motorcycle riders face heightened risks of catastrophic injuries in an accident due to their smaller size and inherent lack of crash protection. Motorcycle riders have a legal right to use the roadways, and vehicle drivers are obligated to watch for them. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers turning left in front of motorcycles
- Distracted and inattentive drivers
- Drivers failing to yield
- Roadway defects
- Defective motorcycle parts
Mitchell Proner is one of the most experienced motorcycle accident attorneys in the world. He lectures attorney groups throughout the United States and Canada, has chaired the Motorcycle Litigation Group for the American Trial Lawyers Association, and has litigated motorcycle cases in more than 20 jurisdictions.
Medical malpractice occurs when an injury results from a health care provider’s failure to provide a reasonable standard of care. Medical malpractice can be committed by any medical facility or care provider while carrying out medical duties. Potentially liable parties may include the following:
- Care facilities
Every case is unique, and calculating case value requires an in-depth knowledge of the facts of your case. Factors that influence compensation include the following:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of medical treatments
- The financial impact of your injuries
- The available insurance coverage
- The collectible assets of the liable parties
- The type of case
While many states limit damages, there are no such limits on compensation in Connecticut.
Economic damages are the monetary losses that can be verified. These damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Medical devices
- The cost of domestic services
- Missed time at work
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
Non-economic damages are the non-quantifiable losses caused by your injuries, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of society
Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are not awarded for the purpose of compensating victims. They are awarded for the purpose of punishing a defendant whose conduct was especially egregious and to deter others from similar conduct.
- Wage replacement in the amount of 75 percent of your after-tax wages prior to the accident
- Free medical care
- Resumption of benefits in the event of relapse or recurrence
- Discretionary benefits awarded by an administrative law judge
- Job retraining
You may choose your own physician, but depending on the coverage elected by your employer, your choice of physicians may be limited to those in your employer’s plan network.
To access these benefits, you will need to report the accident and injuries to your employer immediately after your accident. Involving an attorney as soon as possible will ensure you recover the full benefits to which you are entitled.
What if I am partially to blame for the accident?
Being partially to blame for an accident in Connecticut does not prevent you from recovering compensation as long as your share of the blame is not more than 50 percent.
However, your share of the blame will be deducted from the compensation you receive. For example, if your damages are $100,000 and you are 25 percent responsible, you will recover $75,000.
It is common for the insurance company or even the investigating law enforcement agency to assign blame incorrectly. Before you accept the blame initially assigned to you, consider a FREE consultation at Proner & Proner. Our analysis may reduce your degree of fault and increase your case value.
How much does a Connecticut personal injury lawyer cost?
Proner & Proner charges a contingency fee, which will be disclosed to you up front based on your case. A contingency fee arrangement as opposed to an upfront retainer removes barriers so that injured victims can access the same high-caliber legal representation previously only available to large companies.
When should I contact a Connecticut personal injury attorney?
Like all states, Connecticut limits the time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit, and a significant amount of investigatory work and preparation will be required before your case can be filed. In addition, your attorney will need access to witnesses before they forget important details and to evidence before it disappears.
With the world-class legal team at Proner & Proner on your side, you can rest assured that your case will be handled expeditiously and with the tireless advocacy of attorneys who truly care about your outcome. Don’t let the statute of limitations run out. Book a consultation with a Connecticut personal injury attorney today.
In The Press
Even though the firm has successfully represented clients from five continents and over 30 jurisdictions, Proner & Proner serves New York personal injury clients in all five boroughs from our office in Midtown Manhattan.