I Was Injured In A Car Accident. Will An Attorney Take A Fee On The Property Damage Settlement?

We can’t answer for what other attorneys may do.

At McKeen Law Firm, LLC we never take a fee on a property damage settlement for a car wreck.

When folks get hurt by someone choosing to violate safety rules, our job is to help get them back on their feet as soon as possible. For many folks, a car is a lifeline to get to their jobs and school.

When a car is totaled, folks need a new vehicle as soon as possible.  We’re here to help make sure the insurance company promptly pays you full value for your loss. And when we do so, we hand the whole check over to you.

When your car needs to be fixed that money needs to go to fixing it.

Some other attorneys may see this differently and charge a fee. Not us. Not now. Not ever.

There is no charge for a consultation and never a fee unless we recover for you.

Injured in a car accident? Need Help. Contact Connecticut Attorneys at McKeen Law Firm, LLC. The CT Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame Recently Recognized McKeen Law Firm, LLC for its outstanding results. We can help. Call us (860) 471-8333 or contact us using the form below.

Top Ten Books For Your Personal Injury Trial Practice

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Blackhats need not apply. Password protecting this one. Too good to post without a password.

I’m going to be shifting more content behind a wall over the coming weeks and months. There are posts that I’ve been meaning to write for years that are suitable for a more limited audience.

Please email me at ryan@mckeenlawfirm.com if you are interested in reading this post. I will provide you with the password on three conditions: (1) you swear that you exclusively represent plaintiffs; (2) you are an attorney; and (3) you promise not to share this list.

Starting A Law Firm? Buy More of These 3 Things

When starting a law firm, you’ll face challenges large and small. This post focuses on 3 overcoming of the smaller challenges. Spending your money in these 3 areas can save you money, time, and embarrassment.

1.  Toner. Our office is paper-less. However, we still print things. You will too. Toner can be very expensive. Not having toner can be more expensive. You’ll never know when they will run out (even with your printer and computer monitoring toner levels). Safe bet is they will run out when you most need it. Always keep 2 additional toner cartridges on site.

2. Stamps. Like toner you’re likely to run out at exactly the wrong time. Getting a postage machine can be very expensive. And at the outset is probably not the best use of your funds. Get a Stamps.com account. Order postage labels in advance (get plenty of them). Never worry about running out of postage or having to go to the post office when your pressed for time again.

3. Memory. Invest in thy hard drive. Last year, I had to sell my Macbook Air and buy a new one. There was nothing wrong with my Macbook Air. It worked fine. What happened is my hard drive filled up.  Law is a data intensive line of work. When I started out, I purchased the Macbook air with the smallest hard drive. 18 months later it was completely inadequate. Your practice will grow make sure your hard drive can grow along with it.

These are 3 of the smaller lessons that I’ve learned in starting my own practice. Especially when you’re starting out, its hard to figure out where to spend money. Buy extra toner, postage labels from Stamps.com, and more memory. You won’t ever regret doing so.

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I Was Injured. Will The Insurance Company Use Private Investigators To Follow Me?

For many folks the incident that caused an injury is just the start. The start of many more injuries to come. Chapter 1 of the Blackhat Bible for Defending Personal Injury cases is to keep adding insult to injury.

Whatever insurance company is representing the person who injures you is doing whatever they can to prevent you from recovering for the harms and losses that you’ve suffered. Make no mistake about it – they’re out to get you.

One of their “go to” tactics is to hire a private investigator to stalk you. They’ll pay some goon squad to video tape you grocery shopping.

The primary reason insurance companies do this is to intimidate someone their insured has injured into settling their claim for less than fair value. Frankly, it’s bullshit.

At McKeen Law Firm, we arm our clients against the goon squad. Here are some simple tips:

1. Talk with your neighbors. Ask them to report any unusual vehicles in your neighborhood. If they see something ask them to say something – call the police.

2. If you think you are being watched call the police. If at all possible get the vehicle’s license plates.

3. When it’s safe to do so – turn your cell phone’s video camera on and film the goons.

4. Immediately notify your lawyer that you are being followed.

5. They’re doing this to scare you. Being stalked is no joke. Consider going to counseling to address these fears.

Don’t let them intimidate you. That’s all they want. They want you to lose sleep thinking there’s someone in the bushes at your family picnic. That’s because insurance companies aren’t above putting a goon in those very bushes.

We’ve got more ideas on how to deal with this kind of stalking that we’re not going to share on this site. Too good to post. Don’t want the blackhats getting ahold of them. We know how to judo the goons.

It’s not fair. It’s not right. We know how to turn the tables on insurance companies.


Protecting Connecticut’s Children: Pass Senate Bill 1028 And Toll Statutes of Limitations For Minors

Connecticut has the terrible distinction of being the only State in the country that does not toll statute of limitations for minors. This is shameful. We shouldn’t lag every other state in protecting the rights of injured children.

In CT most claims must be brought within two years of the date the claim arose. For example if someone is in a car accident on January 1, 2015 that person has until January 1st of 2017 to file suit. Failing to file suite within the statute of limitations is in most cases an absolute bar to the claim.

Minors in CT cannot bring suit on their own. Any claims must be brought through their parent or guardian.

Under existing CT law if a minor (16 or younger) suffers injuries as a result of someone choosing to violate safety rules and his parents don’t bring suit he will never have the ability to seek compensation for the harms and losses he has suffered.

We know for a variety of reasons including shame and self preservation that minors may not immediately report harms and losses caused to them by a person bent on creating mayhem.

Senate Bill 1028 seeks to bring CT in line with beacons of more progressive states like Mississippi by tolling statutes of limitations for negligence until the child reaches the age of 19 or no more than 8 years from “the date the act or omission complained of.”

Connecticut Legislators should pass Senate Bill 1028. Providing folks with the opportunity to hold those who injure minors accountable for their actions makes us all safer. Accountability protects CT’s children and is good for us all.

When those who cause harms to children aren’t held accountable the costs shift on to the rest of us. Passing this bill is the right thing to do.

Injured? Get Transformative Justice

McKeen Law Firm, LLC tries to be a force for positive change and to making our community safer.

McKeen Law Firm, LLC, is committed to making our community safer not only through litigation that holds wrongdoers accountable, but through legislative and other advocacy action that helps to correct unsafe conditions and prevent injuries on a pro bono basis.

We’ve advocated in criminal courts on behalf of victims. Making sure our clients views are heard by the State.

Our experience representing folks injured by folks choosing to violate safety rules are usually seeking more than compensation for their harms and losses. They are seeking to make sure someone else isn’t harmed the way they or their loved one was.

From your initial consultation and throughout our representation of you we will work with you for transformative justice. Justice that extends beyond holding wrongdoers accountable for mayhem and makes the community safer.

We are uniquely situated to help our clients in this respect. Allison McKeen drafted legislation for Connecticut’s General Assembly for 6 years.

Please contact us if we can help you. There is no additional fee for these services. It’s part of our commitment to our community and our clients.

Contact us if you are injured and would like to discuss how we can deploy transformative justice on your behalf. Call us at (860) 471-8333 or contact us using the form below for a no charge consultation. 

Ryan McKeen Honored By CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame

The CT Law Tribune announced its 2015 Personal Injury Hall of Fame Inductees.

The CT Law Tribune named 13 firms to its Personal Injury Hall of Fame. McKeen Law Firm is one of the firms being honored by the Law Tribune. McKeen Law Firm was a finalist for the Motorcyclist category, having achieved one of the highest settlements or verdicts in a wrongful death action in a motorcycle case.

Last year, the Law Tribune debuted its Personal Injury Hall of Fame awards. The intent was to honor some of the highest dollar—and highest profile—personal injury cases in Connecticut. CT Law Tribune

More than anything I’m thankful for the support of wonderful clients. Without their faith in me this wouldn’t have happened. I was fortunate to be able to work on a case that provided me with the opportunity to seek counsel from some of the finest trial lawyers in the state and country.

I’m fortunate to have worked with fantastic experts. And to have had Brennen Maki by my side as we prepared to try the case. Brennen is a first rate lawyer.

We are looking to grow our personal injury practice in 2015. You can read the article about the case here. The article features an unflattering picture of me from 2010.

If we can help please contact us using the form below or call us 24/7 at 860-471-8333 for a free case consultation.

Starting a Law Firm…How Much Should I Spend On Web Marketing?

This post is written for folks starting a firm on a tight budget. That’s more folks. If you have a trust fund, a massive existing client base, or like to light money on fire – please stop reading this post.


We live in the age of Uber and Amazon delivering goods within one hour. The web has transformed life.

Think getting a piece of this pie is essential to your new firm? As of right now it’s not.

Web advertising can be very expensive. It has to be to either get in front of the audience you want to be in front of or for market saturation. There are lawyers out there in whatever area who can and will outspend you. Money talks.

My advice is to build your web presence over time. It is very important. I’ve done a lot online. I rely on the internet for roughly 15% of my new business. Perhaps I’m doing it wrong but I don’t think so – I’ll get into this in another post.

The first thing you should do is learn WordPress. Head over to WordPress.com, buy your domain, some hosting, and pick out a theme. The total cost for a professional theme, a year of hosting, and domain registration will run you approximately $250.

From there, get to work. WordPress is fairly easy to use but be prepared for a lot of trial and error. Every six months or so I spend a full day tweaking my sites. Sometimes the improvements are small and other times they are substantial.

In addition to this site, I have created www.mckeenlawfirm.com and more recently www.ctrealestatelawfirm.com.  Both sites were done by me without technical or graphical assistance.

The first rule of starting a practice is to: Keep. Overhead. Low.

Don’t be a voice in the crowd. Don’t dump thousands of dollars into online marketing and a website. Focus on networking, building client base, doing good work, and generating revenue. As you grow, re-invest in infrastructure including an expanded web presence.

Using A Smart Watch in Your Law Practice

Apple’s Watch is going to be a hit. A big hit.

You see, smart watches are old news to us Android fans. I’ve been using a Moto 360 for 5 months.  I love it.

Moto 360
Moto 360

The first thing about a smart watch is that it is a complimentary device. It replaces nothing. It will not replace your smart phone. It’s usefulness is extremely limited. For almost every task, your phone is going to be your go-to device.

For most of the day, my Moto 360 has a blank screen. This is fine. There’s no need to display something I’m not looking at.

If a smart watch isn’t going to replace your phone, why get one?

The answer is that it is a fantastic complimentary device. I don’t receive all messages on my watch. I receive priority messages from contacts. Listserv chatter can wait. My wife telling me I have to pick up a sick kid from school – can’t.

Parts of my week are spent in meetings, in court, and at depositions. Places and times where it would be rude to check my phone. I won’t take my phone out of my suit pocket in court. But I will glance at my watch.

The ability to quickly respond to messages with voice from one’s wrist is really useful.

I also regularly set reminders using my watch. Things like “remind me to send a check to so and so when I get to work”. When I walk into my office the watch vibrates slightly and reminds me to cut the check.

It’s also useful for traveling. It regularly alerts me to traffic accidents or heavy traffic and suggests alternate routes. It also alerts me as to when I need to leave to be at a destination in time.

At the airport it tells me my gate, whether or not my flight is on time, and the weather in the city I’m going to.

The downside is that you are always connected. You receive that message from a client instantly. You really feel like you’re always on.

If you’re considering a smart watch you should understand it is a complimentary device. It is cool. It can be useful. But by and large it is a luxury item as opposed to the necessity that has become the smart phone.

If you’re on a tight budget, I wouldn’t buy one. If you’ve had a good month and you’re a gadget guy or gal – buy one.