One frequent question we get is "who decides a car accident case."  Another related question is how is a case decided?  For now we will answer the first one.

In Connecticut, both the plaintiff and the defendant have the right to a jury trial.  In Southeastern, Connecticut, that means a jury trial in the Courthouse in New London.  Therefore, when a case can’t be settled it will be tried before a jury unless both parties agree to have a trial before a judge, or an arbitrator.  But for many reasons, most truck and car crash cases get settled before the case ends up going to trial.  So in that sense, the case is decided by you, the plaintiff, if you believe the defendant’s offer is reasonable under the circumstances. 

If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured due to the fault of some other party, and you have questions about who will decide your case, contact us and we will be glad to answer your quesitons.  Contact The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut, 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.


Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut