Establishing a successful Connecticut personal injury claim does not mean simply proving that the other party was negligent. To recover compensation in a case, a plaintiff also has to prove their damages. Damages in personal injury claims refer to the amount of compensation a plaintiff should recover for their losses and injuries. By awarding damages, courts attempt to compensate a plaintiff for their loss to the extent it is possible to do so.
In order to recover damages, a plaintiff must show causation between their injury and the physical effects of the accident. This means that a plaintiff must prove that their injuries are not due to a pre-existing physical or mental condition. If a case is being tried before a jury, the jury will ultimately decide which damages are appropriate. A plaintiff is entitled to damages caused by a defendant, even if the plaintiff’s damages are more severe than would be expected due to some unusual aspect of the plaintiff’s health condition.
In personal injury claims, there are both general damages and special damages. General damages are those that necessarily and directly result from the injury. Special damages are those that are the natural consequences of the conduct but are not the necessary result of it. If a plaintiff claims special damages, the plaintiff must specify them in the complaint. Damages may include medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among other things.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Bridgeport
At around 7 p.m. on a recent Sunday night, a motorcycle crashed into another vehicle in Bridgeport, resulting in the death of a passenger on the motorcycle. According to one news report, the motorcyclist braked when he saw a car slowly making a left turn ahead, but he was unable to stop in time and crashed into the side of the car.
A police spokesperson told reporters that both the motorcycle’s driver and the passenger were thrown off the bike, and one of their helmets came off and was located on the side of the road. The passenger was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead soon afterward. The passenger was 20 years old. The motorcycle driver suffered a bilateral brain-bleed and right wrist fracture but was in stable condition. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
Have You Been Injured?
If you have been injured in a Connecticut car accident, contact Brickley Law as soon as possible. We represent individuals in New Canaan and the surrounding areas in Connecticut personal injury cases. Brickley Law understands the laws concerning your case and is prepared to offer you knowledgeable assistance. By partnering with an experienced local attorney, you can be certain that your legal rights will be vigorously protected. Call Brickley Law today at (203) 599-3600 to schedule your free consultation.
See Additional Blog Posts:
Driverless Cars Present New Legal Questions in Connecticut and Across the Country, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, April 11, 2018.
Establishing Liability Following a Connecticut Drunk Driving Accident, Connecticut Injury Lawyer Blog, April 25, 2018.