What Kind of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?


Personal injury lawyers handle cases that involve harm caused by the wrongful acts of others. This falls under the category known as tort law, cases being fought in civil court, not criminal. Common types of personal injury cases include car wrecks, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.

Personal injury law is intended to protect the rights of people who are reeling from the effects of an accident or other harm, enabling them to justice in the form of financial compensation. This could help reimburse you for medical expenses and other losses and provide funds to cover your pain and suffering.

At Gould Injury Law, we work hard to pursue outstanding and fast results for our clients. Our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers cover a wide range of practice areas. Let’s explore them together.

Car Accidents

In 2022, there were nearly 25,000 crashes that resulted in injuries in Connecticut. Sometimes people are fortunate enough to get away with minor injuries that heal relatively quickly. Yet, a number of cases end in serious, life-changing injuries or even death.

You could choose to go it alone and work with the at-fault party’s insurance company to get a settlement. However, insurance companies may not respond fast, and you are very unlikely to get a fair settlement that truly reflects the impact of your accident.

Personal injury lawyers can help car accident victims get fast and fair results. If they take on your case, they will:

  • Investigate: Thoroughly investigate your car accident, accessing police reports, video recordings, photographic evidence, eyewitness statements, and other evidence
  • Medical impact: Assess your medical records to understand the impact of your injuries
  • Find at-fault parties: Identify the liable party/parties
  • Build a strong case: Includes proving liability and assessing your economic and non-economic losses
  • Negotiation: Play hardball with the at-fault party/parties in pursuit of fair compensation
  • Go to trial: Fight the case in court if negotiations are unsuccessful

Car accidents can be complex, especially when several vehicles are involved. Additionally, each state has its own laws governing personal injury cases. Calculating a fair settlement may also take a lot of research, especially if your injuries have caused long-term disabilities. Yet, it is critical to work through this process as fast as possible so you are not waiting longer than necessary for the compensation you need.

Therefore, working with a Connecticut personal injury attorney with the experience and skills to correctly assess your case and fight for the best possible settlement on your behalf is important.

At Gould Injury Law, we have repeatedly achieved six-figure settlements for our clients in car accident cases, and we always push for faster payouts.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Many fall accidents may seem to be nobody’s fault. However, when negligence or recklessness leads to injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.

Some common scenarios that lead to claims include:

  • Broken or uneven pavement
  • Debris or spills
  • Poor lighting
  • Worn or damaged floor coverings
  • Potholes

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious complications, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic head injuries, and even death.

If your accident happened on someone else’s property, you have every right to explore your legal options and file a personal injury claim. Usually, the more serious the injury, the higher the amount of compensation you may achieve.

The personal injury lawyers at Gould Injury Law have helped slip and fall victims win substantial settlements and fast. In one case, we fought for and achieved a payout of $177,750 for a client who broke her ankle at a marina clubhouse. We pride ourselves on pushing hard for fast settlements that reflect the losses our clients have suffered.

Motorcycle Accidents

There is nothing quite like the feeling of a powerful bike and the open road. Connecticut is full of scenic routes that many agree are best explored on two wheels. The problem is that motorcycles bring their own particular risks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were 4 times more likely to be injured in collisions and 24 times more likely to die than car occupants, per mile traveled, in 2021.

Motorcycle personal injury claims can be complex, and the injuries catastrophic. Motorcycles offer far less protection to their riders than cars and other vehicles. Motorcyclists are also more vulnerable to other road users’ reckless or negligent actions.

For example, a Gould Injury Law client named Harry was knocked off his motorcycle when a careless driver pulled out of a side street. His injuries included a shattered pelvis and internal injuries, among others. We fought hard and achieved a $1.5 million settlement for Harry, allowing him to carry on despite no longer working.

After a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to talk to a personal injury attorney immediately to get the process started faster. Choose an attorney who understands the intricacies of motorcycle accidents and is not afraid to play hardball with the insurance company to get justice.

Dog Bite Injuries

Statistics may show that Connecticut is a state of cat rather than dog lovers. That said, there are still over half a million pet pooches out there, and some of them are less than safe to be around.

Getting bitten by a dog is more than just a terrifying experience. When man’s best friend turns on you, its bites can cause serious injuries. Some have suffered nerve damage, scarring, and severe pain. In serious cases, especially involving children, the results can be life-changing or even deadly.

In most cases, Connecticut law holds the dog’s owner or keeper responsible for the dog bites and injuries they cause. This is a strict liability statute, meaning the plaintiff doesn’t have to prove the owner knew the dog was vicious or that he or she was negligent.

However, using this statute isn’t always the best route to take for compensation. Depending on the exact circumstances of your case, a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer may advise pursuing a claim as a regular negligence case.

Either way, when you have a Gould Injury Law personal injury lawyer on your side, you know he or she will fight for fast and fair compensation for you.

Medical Malpractice

When we consult a doctor for a diagnosis, take medication prescribed for us, or go under the knife, we place our full confidence in medical professionals. We expect them to uphold the highest standards at all times and do all they can to protect our health, not harm it.

Tragically, medical malpractice causes injuries, suffering, and even fatalities across the nation each year. This includes defective drugs, wrong diagnoses, and surgical errors.

Naturally, Connecticut law sets a high bar for proving medical malpractice cases. That’s why you need the guidance of personal injury lawyers who know this area of tort law.

Medical malpractice attorneys must prove:

  • What the standard of treatment should have been
  • How the treatment received deviated from the required standard of care
  • How the deviation caused your injury

It’s essential to work with personal injury attorneys who understand and have successful experience in fighting medical negligence cases. They will gather evidence and may work with medical expert witnesses to advise them on standard procedures and what went wrong in your case.

Your personal injury lawyer will also assess the full impact of the medical malpractice. This gives him or her the ammunition needed to aggressively fight for the compensation you need to get your life back on track. It’s vital to act fast, because the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims is only 2 years.

Nursing Home Abuse

Deciding to entrust a beloved parent or other family member to the care of a nursing home is heartrending enough. To discover later that he or she has been the victim of abuse is utterly heartbreaking.

Once you have ensured your loved one’s safety, your next call should be to a personal injury lawyer. He or she will listen to your situation with sensitivity and compassion. Once a law firm agrees to take on your case, they will handle it as though they were fighting for their own family member.

Personal injury lawyers can pursue compensation for the following types of nursing home injuries and more:

  • Physical abuse: When caregivers treat seniors roughly or deliberately cause them physical harm
  • Emotional abuse: Neglect, humiliation, and threats can cause huge psychological damage to elderly people
  • Financial abuse: When caregivers unlawfully access funds belonging to your loved one

At Gould Injury Law, we take nursing home abuse cases very seriously. However, it’s important to talk to one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. Under Connecticut law, you must file a nursing home abuse lawsuit within 2-3 years of the injuries occurring or being discovered. The earlier you get legal advice, the faster your loved one may receive compensation.

Truck Accidents

After car wrecks, truck collisions are one of the most common forms of motor vehicle accidents personal injury lawyers handle. Truck accidents can be particularly devastating. They’re the heaviest vehicles on the road and are able to inflict very severe injuries.

Personal injury attorneys handle such cases and are skilled at tracking down the responsible parties as fast as possible. This can be especially tricky in truck accident cases, because several people or entities could bear partial responsibility.

The liable parties could be:

  • The truck driver
  • The business using the truck
  • The truck owner
  • The local municipality responsible for maintaining the road
  • Other vehicles on the road

Truck drivers may face additional pressures, such as long hours and tight deadlines. Trucks may not be maintained as well as they should be, which could also contribute to accidents. Experienced truck accident attorneys know the right records to request to establish exactly what caused your accident to happen.

Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side can give you the confidence to pursue the damages you need to restart your life and look forward to a more secure future.

Workers’ Compensation

Getting injured at work can throw up a lot of conflicting emotions. Of course, you need to get justice and take care of yourself and your family. At the same time, the thought of pursuing a personal injury case against your employer can be extremely stressful.

Workers’ compensation benefits are there to protect you in this situation. However, workplace injury lawyers work fast to try to ensure you get the funds to which you are entitled and do not miss out on valuable support.

Personal injury lawyers know the ins and outs of the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act. They can fight in your corner to pursue benefits such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Compensation for lost future earnings if you can no longer work

Sadly, when it comes to paying us what we deserve, employers do not always come through for us. That’s why hiring a personal injury lawyer gives you a better chance of getting the settlement you deserve as fast as possible.

Wrongful Death Cases

Personal injury lawyers are not just there to defend the rights of accident survivors. They can also pursue justice for the family of those whose accident or injuries caused them to lose their lives. These deaths may occur due to any of the circumstances mentioned above and more.

In tort law, a wrongful death refers to deaths that occurred due to another person’s negligent, reckless, or intentional acts. Wrongful death actions are separate from any criminal actions that may be taken in connection with your loved one’s death. They allow the family to seek compensation for the financial and emotional harm the death has caused them.

In Connecticut, the law allows families to seek doubled or tripled damages in a wrongful death lawsuit if certain traffic violations were committed. To ensure that you do not miss out on your rights and fight for every penny you deserve after your loved one’s passing, work with an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Gould Injury Law – The Right Personal Injury Lawyers For You

Personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of cases. In addition to the types mentioned above, they also handle product liability, defamation and libel, assault and battery, boating and aviation accidents, and more.

Whatever the nature of your personal injury case, you can trust the team at Gould Injury Law. If there’s one word to describe our team, it’s fast. We are tough and committed and do not believe our clients should have to wait years for justice. That’s why we use all the resources at our disposal to fight for fast and fair results.

Are you ready to find out if you have a case? Think fast and call 888-WIN-FAST for a free consultation. Alternatively, fill out our online form, and we will be in touch fast.