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Boston, MA Personal Injury Claim FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Massachusetts Personal Injury Accident Cases ("FAQ")
Understanding a Massachusetts Personal Injury Accident Case
Massachusetts Personal Injury Law Questions & Answers
1. What is a Massachusetts personal injury claim?
A Massachusetts personal injury claim involves an injury to a person that can be shown to be the result of another individual’s or entity’s wrongdoing, negligence or intentional act. The injury can be physical or psychological.
2. How do I know if my personal injury claim is a good one?
Most importantly, you need to consult with our experienced team of Boston personal injury attorneys. Please contact us today at (617) 787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. With a Boston, MA personal injury lawyer to help you, most cases settle without any need to go to court. In order for your claim to be a good one, our Boston injury lawyers must prove that another party is responsible for your injuries, whether through an intentional act or negligence.
An intentional act which causes you injury is pretty self-explanatory. Negligence, on the other hand, is a little more complicated.
There are four elements to proving negligence:
To prove that a party has been negligent, our Boston personal injury attorneys must first prove that the party responsible for your injuries had a duty to you, and that they breached that duty and caused your injuries.
For example, the driver of a Massachusetts motor vehicle has a duty to exercise reasonable care while driving that motor vehicle. If the driver fails to exercise reasonable care, by not abiding by the rules of the road, and causes an auto accident, that person was negligent and is responsible for your damages.
3. How can I determine the value of my Massachusetts personal injury claim?
Determining the value of your Massachusetts personal injury claim is complicated for many reasons, and is usually not possible at the beginning of the case. One reason is because insurance companies often dispute that their insured is responsible for your injuries, or they claim that their insured is only partially responsible.
Another factor in determining the value of your Massachusetts personal injury case is the amount of available insurance coverage or assets. Sometimes a case can be worth a large amount of money, but there is only a limited amount of insurance coverage or assets available to pay for your damages. However, you should know that even if you believe that there is a small amount, or no amount, of available insurance coverage or assets, you should still contact one of our Boston personal injury lawyers at our Boston law firm right away, because there are often ways of finding additional coverage, whether it is through the State or another entity.
4. At what point should I contact a Boston personal injury attorney?
You should always contact an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney as soon as you think you might have a personal injury claim, because there are time sensitive matters that need to be taken care of in order to maintain the maximum value of your case. In addition, if you wait to contact a Boston, Mass personal injury lawyer, you may unintentionally do something that hurts your case.
5. Do I really need a personal injury lawyer?
There is the occasional person who, against our advice, tries to go about settling their own Massachusetts personal injury claim. More often than not, that person ends up asking us to represent them before they reach a settlement. This happens because, among other reasons, the insurance company does not take them seriously. Insurance companies know that our Boston, MA personal injury attorneys are well aware of the law, that we have a very good idea how much your case is worth, and that we know how to make the insurance company pay you fairly. Without an experienced Boston, MA personal injury lawyer, there is no threat of a lawsuit against the insurance company, and thus the insurance company will make every attempt to settle your claim for as little money as possible.
For example, you may think that a $5,000.00 offer from a Massachusetts insurance company to settle your Massachusetts personal injury claim is a good one, when the true value of your case is $25,000.00 or more. Those who do settle their own claims tend to settle for only a fraction of what our expert Boston personal injury lawyers typically would settle their claims for.
6. How much will a Boston personal injury attorney cost me?
There is no direct out-of-pocket cost to you if you want our Boston, Mass personal injury attorneys to represent you on your Massachusetts personal injury case. Our office receives a one-third contingent fee on the money we recover for your injuries. So we only get paid, if you get paid. We also charge for our out-of-pocket costs, such as paying fees for obtaining medical records and bills or paying the Sheriff’s Department to serve documents. However, these fees usually accumulate to only a small amount in comparison to the total settlement.
7. Is there a time limit in order to make a claim for personal injuries?
Yes. Every state, including Massachusetts, has what is called a Statute of Limitations. This Statute sets forth how much time you have to file a Massachusetts lawsuit or settle your Massachusetts personal injury claim. If you wait too long, you will not be able to pursue your case at all.
8. Should I talk to the other person’s insurance company if they contact me?
No. You should not talk to another person’s insurance company if you are contacted. In talking to the insurance company, you may unintentionally hurt your case. You should only speak with our Boston, MA personal injury lawyers and we will contact the insurance company on your behalf. All correspondence will thereafter go through us.
9. How long will it take to get money from the insurance company?
This question is as hard to answer as the value of your personal injury/accident claim. There are many factors that come into play as to when the insurance company will pay. An insurance company may take the position that their insured is not responsible for your injuries until trial, and then decide to make a decent offer, which could take years, or the case could settle in two months after gathering your evidence. It depends on all of the facts surrounding your personal injury case and the position that the insurance company takes.
10. How will my medical bills get paid?
If you are injured, and it is somebody else’s fault, chances are that most, if not all, of your medical bills will be paid by the various insurances that are involved. However, in most cases, insurance companies don’t seek out the bills that they are responsible for, and you could end up footing the bill. It is extremely helpful to you to have our Boston personal injury lawyer specialists make sure that the parties responsible for paying your medical bills do so in a timely fashion, so that your credit is not damaged and you are not left responsible for paying the bills.
Our Boston, MA personal injury law firm handles all types of Massachusetts personal injury claims and cases. Our expert Boston attorneys also practice in numerous other areas of Massachusetts law, including Massachusetts real estate law; Massachusetts criminal law; Massachusetts wills, trusts and estate planning; Massachusetts family law; Massachusetts landlord/tenant disputes; Massachusetts OUI/DWI and other motor vehicle offenses; Massachusetts commercial litigation; Massachusetts general civil litigation; Massachusetts corporate/commercial law; Massachusetts civil rights law; Massachusetts employment law; Massachusetts sexual harassment claims; Massachusetts labor law; Massachusetts worker's compensation claims; and Massachusetts social security and disability claims.
With respect to our law office’s personal injury practice, victims of Massachusetts personal injury accidents may be entitled to a myriad of damages, depending on the particular facts and circumstances of their accident and the severity of their injuries. Compensation typically comes in the form of medical expense reimbursement, lost wages, lost future earnings, recovery of other expenses, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
The injuries that Massachusetts personal injury victims suffer vary greatly in terms of severity. These injuries can lead to temporary health problems, such as neck or back pain, but in more unfortunate circumstances, the injuries can be catastrophic and life-changing, such as accident injuries that result in permanent disability. The Boston, MA personal injury attorneys at our Boston, MA law firm consult with a number of medical experts and professionals in other fields, in order to ensure that your Massachusetts injuries are accurately assessed and understood. A correct evaluation of the extent of your injuries is critical in order for you to recover the fair and just compensation to which you are entitled.
The attorneys at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm strongly believe that it is our duty to provide outstanding, high quality legal representation for every one of our Massachusetts clients. Our clients are also always provided with exceptional client service. Our Boston, MA attorneys make it a priority to promptly respond to client inquiries and to keep our Massachusetts clients fully informed of the status of their cases. Clients are copied on all correspondence, and no action is taken on behalf of a client unless the issue has been thoroughly discussed with the client beforehand and a mutual agreement has been reached.
If you have suffered a Massachusetts personal injury, please contact our highly skilled, expert Boston, Massachusetts personal injury attorneys today at 617-787-3700 or email us at email@example.com. Call today!
If you have any questions about your Massachusetts personal injury claim, or the amount of money your case may be worth, CONTACT OUR BOSTON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IMMEDIATELY at (617) 787-3700 FOR A FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION.
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