Needham is one of the most historic cities in Massachusetts and is home to such landmarks as the Mary Eddy Baker Historical Site and the Frederick Law Olmstead Historic Site. Despite its beauty, car accidents and other serious personal injuries happen all too often.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Injuries sustained in a car accident can permanently affect your quality of life. You may become partially or fully disabled, unable to work, and have thousands of dollars’ worth of medical expenses to pay due to another person’s negligence or willful recklessness. Unfortunately, car accident cases often become one driver’s word against another. As an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney, Mr. Kelly works with crash reconstruction specialists, doctors, psychologists, public safety experts, and other professionals to prove that your injuries happened exactly as you state.
If you win the lawsuit, you may receive compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning power, and reduced standard of living. You may also receive additional compensation for punitive damages if the judge decides that the other driver’s behavior was especially dangerous.
Premises liability occurs when you sustain significant injuries due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accidents are a common reason that people file a personal injury lawsuit. In this situation, Mr. Kelly proves how the accident was avoidable if the person or group responsible had used reasonable precaution. For example, assume you broke your leg falling on a wet floor at Trader Joe’s or Roche Bros in Needham. You would have an excellent case if no one put up a sign warning you of the danger.
To win a medical malpractice claim, the burden of proof is on you as the plaintiff to prove the following:
- The existence of a doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor owed you a certain standard of care
- The doctor failed to provide that standard of care
- You were injured as a direct result of his or her incompetence
The act of malpractice could have occurred at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital or one of the many clinics in town.
Even when employers accept liability in workers’ compensation cases, the results are often less than satisfactory for the injured worker. Your employer may dictate which doctor you see, deny certain claims, or pay an inadequate amount to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. Some employers may even intimidate workers so they never file a claim. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, permanent total disability, or permanent partial disability depending on your situation.
In addition to weekly payments equaling up to two-thirds of your salary, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other benefits. Massachusetts sets minimum and maximum weekly benefits for workers’ compensation that that changes annually. For 2018, the figures are $276.88 and $1,383.81.
Professional negligence is a breach of the normal duty of care expected between a person acting in a professional capacity and his or her client. While medical malpractice is the most widely known type of professional negligence, it also occurs with lawyers, mental health workers, builders, architects, and other professionals whose actions caused physical or emotional distress. Potential compensation includes medical or therapy expenses, lost wages, and recognition of the diminished quality of life.