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Posted by Lauren Beck | Mar 13, 2024 | 0 Comments


As a resident of Stratford, Connecticut you are likely familiar with the charm of our town. However, amidst beauty lies a hazard that can turn a leisurely stroll into a painful experience: potholes.  These seemingly innocuous road imperfections can lead to serious injuries when least expected. As a personal injury attorney I handle cases involving pothole-related accidents, I have seen firsthand the impact these incidents can have on individuals and families.  In this blog, we will explore the legal aspects of pothole injuries and what steps you can take if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.


Pothole injuries can range from minor bruises to severe fractures, depending on the circumstances of the accident.  Common injuries include sprains, strains, broken bones and head injuries. It is essential to seek medical attention immediately after a pothole accident, even if your injuries seem minor. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but also creates documentation of your injuries, which can be crucial if you decide to pursue legal action.


Determining liability in pothole accidents can be complex. In many cases, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway may be held accountable for injuries caused by the neglected road maintenance. However, proving liability requires establishing that the entity knew or should have known about the potholes existence and failed to take appropriate action to repair it within a reasonable time frame. Also, the government entity must be placed on notice of the potential claim.  With towns and cities in Connecticut it is a 90 day notice requirement.  With the State of Connecticut there is also a 90 day notice requirement. 


If you have been injured in a pothole accident, it is essential to take the following steps to protect your rights:

  1. Seek medical attention: Your health and safety should always be your top priority.
  2. Document the scene: Take photographs of the pothole and your accident.
  3. Report the incident: Notify the appropriate authorities such as the local public works.
  4. Preserve evidence: Keep records of medical treatment, expenses related to your injuries, and any communication with insurance companies or government agencies.
  5. Consult with a personal injury attorney like me: An experienced attorney can assess your case and advise you on the best course of action.


Pothole injuries can have devastating consequences, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone. If you have been injured in a pothole accident in Stratford or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to reach out to me for help.  Together, we can work towards achieving justice and securing the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Stay safe on the roads and remember I am here to support you every step of the way.   

About the Author

Lauren Beck

PERSONAL INFORMATION I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut.  I have studied ballet, jazz and dancing since I was 3 years old and pursued this hobby with great passion. As a  dance enthusiast, I very much enjoy the visual arts as well,  including watercolor p...


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