The gathering and presentation of evidence by your attorney is directly related to his success in settling your case or prevailing at trial.  Preparation is indispensable and must begin with the first meeting with a client.

The Maddox Law Firm has tried

  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Personal Contract Disputes
  • Business Contract Disputes
  • Local Counsel Services
  • Wrongful Death

and other civil matters to both juries and judges.

An Experienced Civil Litigation Attorney Can Help You Avoid Trial

It is this experience, and the experience in preparing cases, that enable The Maddox Law Firm to also successfully negotiate highly favorable settlements in many cases.  Dogged studying of the facts of a case, including educating oneself on the various subjects that may apply to a client’s case, are hallmarks of an outstanding lawyer.

Whether a client’s case involves injury, business interference, or other wrongful conduct, at The Maddox Law Firm, we immerse ourselves in the facts and learning that are necessary to prevail for our client.


The gathering and presentation of evidence by your attorney is directly related to his success in settling your case or prevailing at trial. Preparation is indispensable and must begin with the first meeting with a client.

The Maddox Law Firm has tried personal injury claims, contract and business disputes and other civil matters to both juries and judges. However, it is this experience, and his experience in preparing cases, that enable The Maddox Law Firm to also successfully negotiate highly favorable settlements in many cases. Dogged studying of the facts of a case including educating himself n the various subjects that may apply to a client’s case are hallmarks of an outstanding lawyer.

Whether a client’s case involves injury, business interference, or other wrongful conduct, At The Maddox Law Firm, we immerse ourselves in the facts and learning that are necessary to prevail for our client.


Some Basic Facts About Connecticut Lawsuits

Often, when disagreements can’t be resolved out of court, clients are compelled to start a lawsuit. The Connecticut and U.S. Constitutions guarantee our access to the courts, including our right to sue and to defend in court. Connecticut civil procedure is intended to protect both plaintiffs’ rights to sue and seek redress in our courts as well as defendants’ rights to be informed of claims against them and defend against those claims. Due Process requires that anyone who is being sued must notified in accordance with Connecticut law and given sufficient time within which to respond to a lawsuit.

Whether a lawsuit can be started is also controlled by statutes of limitation; these are laws that dictate the time period during which a lawsuit can be commenced. If a lawsuit is not commenced within the statute of limitation, unless there is a specific exception, the lawsuit will not be permitted. Statutes of limitations control when a negligence action such as for personal injury may be brought in Connecticut, (generally 2 years), intentional torts such as assault, (3 years), as well as such lawsuits as may arise from breach of contract, business interference and many other claims. An attorney such as Matthew Maddox, who is experienced in starting and managing lawsuits, will be able to advise you about statutes of limitation and Connecticut civil procedure regarding lawsuits.

A lawsuit is started in Connecticut by serving a summons and complaint upon the defendant or defendants. The summons will have a Return Date. This is the date that starts all of the procedural deadlines and filing requirements after the commencement of the lawsuit. An Appearance will be required by the parties to the lawsuit. This is a form that informs the court regarding the name, contact information and juris number of the attorney, if a party retains an attorney. If a party represents him or herself, the appearance will be “pro se” and will simply contain the party’s address, telephone number and other contact information so that documents filed in the lawsuit will be delivered accordingly.

Connecticut civil procedure imposes specific deadlines concerning the next steps for filing documents, such as an answer to a complaint, special defenses, requests to revise and a wide range of other pleadings. The number of potential pleadings and their content are far to broad to list here, but it is important to understand civil lawsuits in Connecticut can be very complicated and require strategic management on multiple levels. An experienced civil litigation and trial law firm such as the Maddox Law Firm knows what pleadings may be necessary in your lawsuit, what they should contain and when to file them.

The Discovery Process

Connecticut lawsuits involve a substantial exchange of information between the parties and their attorneys. This exchange of information is called “Discovery”. In a personal injury lawsuit, that information will include a wide variety of documents including but not limited to healthcare records, including laboratory results, medical reports and emergency room reports. Business disputes require a substantial exchange of documents as well; these may include contracts, emails, letters, bank statements, accounting reports, sales and cost reports, revenue reports and accounting memoranda.

Photographs of incident scenes, injuries, property damage, video recordings, audio recordings and other relevant physical evidence will also be exchanged during the discovery phase of a lawsuit. Each side will answer questions called interrogatories, which in many cases are standard questions approved by the judges of the Superior Court. The interrogatories will be accompanied by Production of Document requests. Connecticut law requires that compliance with interrogatories and production requests be completed within thirty days, subject to requests for extension of time.

Depositions

You should also expect that during the discovery phase of a lawsuit, parties to the lawsuit and witnesses will be required to undergo depositions. Depositions are the sworn testimony of individuals who respond to questions posed by attorneys in the presence of a licensed court reporter. As with every aspect of discovery, depositions require intelligent, thorough preparation. Depositions not only provide a way to obtain information directly from a plaintiff, defendant or witness, but I also allow an experienced civil litigation lawyer to evaluate a person’s credibility and how that person may fair in front of a jury. Ultimately, all of the procedures and discovery conducted in a Connecticut lawsuit are done against the anticipation of a possible trial. This is why havinglawyers who are experienced in the trial of a civil lawsuit, such as The Maddox Law Firm, is so important during pretrial procedure and discovery. Your lawyer has to know what happens in trials in order to know how to take the fullest possible advantage of the pleadings, discovery and investigation that leads up to trial.

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