Hartford Personal Injury Lawyer

Experienced Attorneys for Serious Injuries

Personal Injury Attorneys in Hartford, Middleton, New Haven

We Have The Experience and Resources You Need to Maximize Your Recovery

Aeton Law Partner’s serious injury attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. Our injury attorneys take pride in accepting those cases involving the most serious injuries.

Fortunately, regardless of whether it is a wrongful death or complex injury case, or a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, you pay no expenses or fees to us out of pocket. Connecticut laws allow personal injury attorneys to accept contingency fees in personal injury cases. We only collect a fee if we recover money for you.

Allow us to put the experience of our team, our resources, and our commitment to work for you.

Meet the Managing Partner of our Personal Injury Practice.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Personal Injury

A personal injury case involves two parties: the injured person (plaintiff) and any other party that has caused the injuries (Defendant or Defendants). The plaintiff is the individual that was injured as a result of the negligent actions of the defendant. Those that are found guilty will be held legally responsible for the damages that have occurred. There is a multitude of factors involved, all of which will pertain to the negligent actions of the defendant.

Auto Accidents

After a motor vehicle accident, the police will investigate and typically find one party at fault. We have seen many circumstances where the police investigation is incomplete, unfair, or just wrong. We typically interview all the witnesses to an accident even if the police already have done so. What we find are many details left out and sometimes a completely different story.

Wrongful Death

In Connecticut, claims against those that have caused a death are unlike any other type of personal injury case. These types of cases are unique and require a Connecticut personal injury attorney to have experience dealing with the complexity of a “death case.”

Traumatic Brain Injury

Any trauma to the head can lead to a life altering, and sometimes permanent, brain injury. A person may experience head trauma due to involvement in a motor vehicle crash, an assault, a construction accident, an athletic injury, or a slip and fall on ice.

Defective Products

People are injured or killed by defective products every day in the United States. When a consumer purchases an item, the expectation is that the product will be safe and fit for its intended use and safe for individuals and their families.

Dog Bites

Under Connecticut’s statutory law, dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by a dog bite. The dog bite statute also covers situations where a dog caused injuries from knocking you down or jumping on you.

Motorcycle Accidents

Crashes involving motorcycles represent some of the most complicated accidents to investigate and settle. If you have suffered personal injuries while riding a motorcycle in Connecticut, then contact our personal injury attorneys at Aeton Law Partners.

Truck Accidents

Accidents involving commercial vehicles are typically devastating. A commercial vehicle is a vehicle with a gross weight rating over 10,000 pounds. This includes tractor trailer trucks, tanker trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and coach buses.

Pedestrian Accidents

Those pedestrians most vulnerable to being struck by a motor vehicle are adults aged 60 and older and children under the age of 15. In Connecticut, pedestrians in a cross-walk have the right of way to motor vehicles. Despite this law, pedestrians in Connecticut are struck by motor vehicles every day.

Hit and Run

A driver involved in an accident can suffer injuries and property damage of varying degrees. The issues that arise after an accident are complicated and burdensome for an accident victim who is likely trying to pay medical bills and repair or replace damaged property.

Slip and Fall

In Connecticut, the issue of responsibility for a fall is not necessarily who owns the property. Instead, the law requires the person in control of the property to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe manner. This might be a tenant or store owner and not the owner of the property. For example, the law requires the means of entrance and exits to stores to be reasonably safe.


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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CONNECTICUT INJURY CLAIMS

One of the more complicated concepts in Connecticut personal injury law are time limitations called statutes of limitations and statutes of repose. In other words, if you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of negligence, like auto accidents or medical malpractice, how long do you have until you must file a lawsuit?

Generally, the statute of limitations is the amount of time an injured person in Connecticut must bring a lawsuit. It depends on a few factors, including the type of claim, and sometimes when the injured person discovered the injury.

There are also other limitation periods called statutes of repose and notice periods. Learn more about some of Connecticut’s statutes of limitations, statutes of repose, and notice provisions that apply to injury claims.


Do’s and Don’ts for Your Personal Injury Claim

Negligence Under Connecticut Law and Damages for Personal Injury

“Personal Injury” means any damage or medical injuries you have received as a result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness. Negligence is defined under Connecticut’s common law. It is a statewide law. In other words, a personal injury claim for negligence in New Haven involves the same law and rules for accident claims for negligence in Middletown or Hartford.

Connecticut law requires members of the public to act as a reasonably prudent person, and when one breaches this duty that person may be liable for any personal injuries or property damage that another person sustains as a result. If injuries were “foreseeable” from someone’s unreasonable conduct, they may be held responsible for negligence. Negligence claims allow injured persons to seek fair, just, and reasonable damages. This includes damages for medical bills, lost wages, impairment of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. The law also allows recovery for permanent injuries or a change in the activities of daily living.

An accident can happen anywhere: a slip and fall at a grocery store, a motor vehicle accident on your local road, or while a pedestrian walks on a sidewalk. If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence, then you may seek the help of a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of insurance claims and help you get compensation for your injuries.

FREE CASE EVALUATION

N. Kane Bennett

Partner

Neyah Kane Bennett is the managing partner of Aeton Law Partners LLP. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. In 2014-2020, he was awarded the Super Lawyer designation for business litigation.  He authored the business torts section of a book for ALM on the topic of civil discovery in Connecticut. He recently published “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes.” The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to mid-sized business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut.

Attorney Bennett’s practice at Aeton includes representation of individuals and businesses in a range of trial and transactional matters, such as business, employment, commercial law, technology, and complex personal injury. In addition, he provides general counsel services to individuals and businesses related to litigation, contracts, technology, employment matters, and risk management issues throughout Connecticut. He also regularly handles cases in Massachusetts and other states.

Litigation and Trial Experience

Attorney Bennett tried his first jury trial case on the day he passed the bar exam more than 20 years ago. He has been in and out of courtrooms ever since on all types of cases throughout Connecticut and in multiple states. He started his career as a prosecutor in a jurisdiction with significant levels of serious crime. He received training in trial practice and investigative tactics from senior trial attorneys both locally and nationally. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict and questioned hundreds of witnesses under oath in court proceedings.

Attorney Bennett moved on from his job as a prosecutor to join one of Connecticut’s largest litigation and trial firms. There, he gained extensive training and experience in civil litigation working alongside and under the supervision of notable veteran attorneys. After several years of practice and reaching the status of Partner, Attorney Bennett moved on to form his own law firm, Aeton Law Partners.

Attorney Bennett has represented several companies and business owners in matters involving breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits, employment claims, shareholder rights and protection of trade secrets. He has handled litigation and trial matters involving financial investors, minority and majority shareholders, dissolution proceedings, and shareholder disputes. He has acquired significant case handling experience in the area of shareholder rights, including both the defense and prosecution of claims for shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, and dissolution. He has also represented nurses, physicians, and other health care practitioners in all types of disputes concerning ownership rights and business matters as well as cases with employers involving compensation, termination, and medical staff privileges.

Transactional Experience and General Counsel Services

Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice was developed after many successful results in business litigation and employment matters. Attorney Bennett’s business, employment and commercial litigation cases frequently resulted in settlements or business deals that required transactional work. His clients started to ask him to serve as outside general counsel on all transactional and litigation matters to include negotiating employment agreements, general terms of service, master services agreements, corporate governance, technology purchases, and risk management. Today, Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice includes general counsel services for small to mid-sized businesses, negotiation and drafting of all types of business and employment contracts, and purchase and sale agreements and other sale and acquisition documents.

Law Firm Management and Technology

Early in his career, Attorney Bennett started to adopt new legal technologies to increase his service level to clients. He has continued to stay on the leading edge in the use of legal technology.  Aeton Law Partners was one of the first firms to use only digital files and cloud based practice management. He also published a column for the Connecticut Law Tribune on various technology platforms to help attorneys deploy better methods of law firm practice and management.

Industry Knowledge and Publications

Attorney Bennett is the author of the recently published book “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from 10 Years of Business Disputes.”  The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to midsize business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut. Attorney Bennett also has been featured on video or quoted in the news media on his own cases or for opinions on other legal matters.

Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Cum laude
    • Honors: Law Review
  • University of Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Published Works and Seminars

  • How to Bullet Proof Your Business – Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes (2019)
  • Co-Author of the Business Torts section of CT Civil Discovery Form, CT Law Tribune (2012)
  • Head in the Clouds: The Ethical and Practical Considerations for Attorneys in Cloud Computing (2013)
  • Dare to Go Digital: How a 21st Century Law Firm Can Increase Productivity and Profits by Smart Use of Technology, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Design and Management of the Lean Law Firm, CT Bar Association Small Firm Management Section (2011)
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements: Where Are We Now and How Are Firms Changing to Implement AFA’s, New England Legal Marketing Association (2011)
  • Firm Future, Practice Management and Legal Technology, The Warren Group (2010)
  • Find It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute (2010)
  • Flash Forward or Lost: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law, and What’s Next? Connecticut Bar Foundation (2010)
  • Commercial Litigation Roundtable, Managing Litigation, Council on Litigation Management (2010)
  • The Business of Law: Does It Have to Be Profits v. Ethics? A Discussion of Alternative Fees. New Jersey Institute for Legal Education (October 2010)
  • Technology Basics for Solos and Small Firms, New Haven County Bar Association (2009)
  • Don’t Get Caught Operating Without A License, For the Defense (DRI 2008)
  • Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium, Connecticut Chapter, (DRI 2007)
  • Speech Recognition Software More Reliable Than Ever, CT Law Tribune (2007)
  • A Better Option for Viewing Transcripts Electronically, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • Sore Thumbs Up to Lawyer Mobility, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • When is it Timely to Bring a Third-Party Indemnification Action in a Product Liability Case, The Defense, Journal of Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (2005)
  • Low Digital Prices Facilitate Video Depositions, CT Law Tribune (2005)

Community Involvement

Attorney Bennett is a proud contributor of various groups including the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.