Connecticut is a beautiful state that has its fair share of outdoor fun and games. All of these activities can unfortunately lead to a host of personal injuries and accidents. Maybe it's you who's been hurt, or perhaps it was a family member or friend. Whatever the case, if you need information for your personal injury case, Enjuris has answers for you.
Connecticut Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Connecticut statutes online
This is where you’ll find Connecticut's revised statutes. This has information regarding how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury claims, and other relevant information.
In Connecticut, you have two years to bring both a personal injury claim and a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the entire lawsuit has to be completed in two years; that just means the paperwork must have been filed with the court before two years are up.
The first consultation for a personal injury attorney is usually free of charge. (Keep in mind that other legal areas, such as IP law or real estate law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that their office will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus expenses.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something different.
These are some important Supreme Court cases that came out of Connecticut in the past century:
Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965): In this landmark case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution implied a fundamental right to privacy. It invalidated a Connecticut law that prohibited the use of contraceptives by stating the law intruded on "the right to marital privacy."
Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940): This was a religious freedom case in which two Jehovah's Witnesses solicited two Roman Catholics and played a record for them that had an anti-Catholic song called "Enemies." They felt this was their religious duty, as their goal in life was to spread the word according to their religion. The Catholics were extremely upset about this, and the Jehovah's Witnesses were arrested for soliciting without a permit. This conviction was overturned, as they were peacefully demonstrating and their expression of religious belief was protected by the First Amendment.
Sheff v. O'Neill, HHD-X07-CV89-4026240-S: For more than 20 years, schools in the Hartford area have been attempting to desegregate. This comes decades after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision that made desegregation in public schools the law of the land. Connecticut's Democratic governor claims that the state is under no obligation to offer more students seats in desegregated schools and that the focus needs to shift to neighborhood schools instead. The Connecticut Supreme Court left the issue of desegregating to the governor, even though parents and civil rights advocates successfully sued the state.
Data and statistics
Here is some intriguing data about the state of Connecticut.
There are a lot issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. And if you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.