Injured, Didn't Get Treated? A Claim Can Still Succeed RCKK LawPersonal Injury Attorney Chris Sica recently settled a motor vehicle crash claim for $250,000 on the eve of a trial – and the positive outcome had a twist that’s more common than many realize: The injured plaintiff didn’t seek treatment for four months after the crash.

Attorney Sica’s client was a physical laborer, and the defense argued that his back injuries resulted from his job and weight gain.

“We disproved that claim with experts,” said Attorney Sica, a Partner with Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner.

“Victims of car, truck, and motorcycle crashes should seek treatment and document their injuries, but ‘real life’ factors often intervene,” Attorney Sica explained. “In cases where assessment and treatment are delayed, it can be more difficult to prove a client’s injuries were a direct result of the crash. Fortunately, our Personal Injury team has a lot of experience with how to handle such situations, not only in connection with motor vehicle crashes but also for any type of injury case.”

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Injured in Connecticut? Time Is Critical for Best Results

While seeking immediate medical attention after a car crash seems like the correct and obvious step, people hesitate for many reasons, including:

  • Fear of being stuck with all the medical bills
  • Feeling a sense of responsibility, even partial, and hesitant to ‘make a fuss’
  • A false sense that injuries are minor and will simply go away
  • Lack of awareness that injuries can be masked or latent, setting up potentially more severe problems if not assessed and treated

Delayed injuries are a related but different factor that often play a role in crash claims.

These injuries are not immediately apparent – therefore someone might not be aware they need medical treatment – and may take up to weeks to develop, which makes it important to be vigilant about monitoring aches, pains, and any changes in your normal health status after a crash.

Seeking appropriate medical treatment and obtaining full documentation of injuries so they can be tied directly to the crash or other type of personal injury is the key to a successful car or truck crash claim.

In building a case to secure the outcome and compensation you deserve, we will document these important factors:

  • Extent of your injuries
  • The cost of medical care and ancillary treatment
  • The impact of the crash and your injuries, including such issues as lost wages, ability to work, future earnings, and emotional distress

In the same way that those who are injured in a crash can be deterred from seeking medical attention based on feeling responsible to some degree, injured parties often hesitate to pursue legal action.

Those who feel partially responsible for what happened often don’t realize they can still win damages under Connecticut’s modified comparative negligence law.

Attorney Sica had a client who was blamed by Waterbury Police for a crash involving a cruiser, but he was able to show that the officer “without warning, commenced a right-hand turn, directly into the plaintiff’s vehicle.”

The case went to trial in Waterbury Superior Court, where a jury found Attorney Sica’s argument persuasive and assigned 74 percent of the negligence for the crash to the Waterbury police officer. That verdict resulted in $46,335 in economic and non-economic damages being awarded by the jury.

If you have been injured in a crash, it’s important to contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney like Attorney Sica and Partner Alan Rome as soon as possible.

Contact us online or call our Hartford office at (860) 232-3000, At Rome Clifford Katz & Koerner we offer a free consultation to assess your case.

About Attorney Sica

Partner Christopher Sica focuses his practice on protecting the rights of those who are injured. This includes Personal InjuryWrongful DeathWorkers’ Compensation and Malpractice cases. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, securing victories for his clients.

He won a 2023 New Leaders in the Law award as part of the New England Legal Awards and was named to the 2022 Super Lawyers list in the Rising Stars category, marking the fifth consecutive year he has been honored in the Personal Injury General: Plaintiff category. He also has been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

See his profile page to learn more, or contact Attorney Sica directly by email at csica@rckklaw.com, or by phone at (860) 232-3000.

About Attorney Rome

In addition to Personal Injury, Attorney Rome’s practice includes general Litigation, Family Law, and criminal matters. He has extensive litigation experience in all areas, including Workers’ Compensation.

To learn more, see his profile page. He may be reached by email at arome@rckklaw.com, or by phone at 860-232-3000.

About RCKK Law

Rome, Clifford Katz & Koerner is a Hartford-based law firm whose attorneys collectively have more than 100 years of experience in a wide variety of legal areas. Whether you are dealing with a motor vehicle accident, a Workers’ Compensation injury, a Family Law matter, or a business concern, our skilled lawyers will aggressively advocate on your behalf. We represent individuals and businesses in Connecticut and throughout the New England states.