Our attorneys are always on call for the people of Revere. Our group dedicates itself to serving and assisting our clients who have suffered a personal injury. For about 30 years, we have represented clients across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We strive to ensure that our clients receive fair, compassionate, and vigorous representation.
- 1 What is a Personal Injury?
- 2 Example of a Personal Injury Accident
- 3 Personal Injury Cases in Revere, MA
- 4 What Types of Injuries Occur due to Personal Injury Accidents?
- 5 What Factors are Used to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney?
- 6 What are Damages?
- 7 What Might Cause Decreased Compensation?
- 8 How Does Your Attorney Get Paid?
- 9 What Happens in a Personal Injury Case?
- 10 1-800-Law-Guys
What is a Personal Injury?
In legal-speak, a personal injury occurs when someone receives injuries due to the negligence of another party. The other party could be a business, a manufacturer, a city, a county, a driver, a family’s pet, a doctor, an organization, or any other entity that caused an accident which injured you.
The types of cases most generally associated with personal injury include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Dog-bite injuries
- Boating accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents, and more
Example of a Personal Injury Accident
Just for explanation purposes, let us say you are walking down Winthrop Ave., near City Hall and a bicyclist runs into you, and you fall to the ground. Luckily Massachusetts General Hospital Healthcare Center is nearby at 300 Ocean Ave., so you call 911 to get help for what seems to be significant injuries.
Once you reach the clinic, the doctors say you have a fracture in your tibia bone, and you will need stitches in both your hands.
(According to Science Daily, bicycle accidents have skyrocketed because of the popularity of using bicycles. Medical costs have climbed by $789 million a year.)
You will be in the hospital a few days, so who will pay for your medical bills? Who was at fault for your injuries? What is your next step?
These issues are what personal injury is all about, and this is why your Revere, MA, Personal Injury Lawyer wants to set up a free consultation appointment to discuss your case. If you cannot come to them, they will come to you.
Personal Injury Cases in Revere, MA
These recent personal injury cases in Revere are indicative of how common these types of accidents are:
A female pedestrian was critically injured in Revere due to a hit and run crash. The vehicle was on Revere Beach Parkway October 22, 2018, and the accident took place directly across from the Revere Police Station. The SUV was located shortly after the crash.
Two construction workers fell two stories on March 21, 2018, while working on a structure for Harvard University. The accident occurred when a temporary stair scaffolding fell. The workers were at the site of the Harvard Science and Engineering Complex, scheduled to open in 2020. Rescuers had concerns that the workers might have suffered neck and back injuries.
On April 6, 2018, a Massachusetts police officer was harmed during a SWAT training accident. A 37 mm projectile launcher exploded in the officer’s hand, causing the loss of part of a finger. The officer worked for the Middleboro police team. This type of launcher is no longer used at this time.
What Types of Injuries Occur due to Personal Injury Accidents?
Unfortunately, we have seen a wide variety of injuries caused by negligence on the part of another person, a manufacturer, or other parties. Some of these injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spine injuries
- Facial trauma
- Broken bones
- Fractured Bones
- Neck trauma
- Nerve injury
- Long-term disabilities
Whether harmed by a product, another person, faulty manufacturing procedures, or any other person or institution, we are here to help.
What Factors are Used to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney?
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find attorneys who are trusted, experienced, and who have a positive track record. Another way to get an idea of the caliber of the law team you want to represent you is to look at the cases they have handled and how much they have positively impacted their clients.
When we took on the case of a pedestrian who was involved in a vehicle crash, our client suffered broken bone injuries. Our team accessed three insurance policies to increase our client’s recovery. A settlement was arrived upon in the amount of $145,000.
While driving her family in her vehicle, a vehicle coming in the opposite direction crossed the center line and struck her automobile head-on. The fracture to her wrist, a result of the accident, lessened her ability to accomplish her work as a writer. Our $100,000 settlement amount allowed her to have surgery to repair her wrist, we also argued in favor of an award of the policy limits for both her medical bills and her pain and suffering.
A client was crossing the street when struck by a vehicle and suffered broken bone injuries. Our negotiations released the driver’s $100,000 insurance policy. After a lawsuit, we secured the drive’s entire insurance policy plus an added $17,000 which was paid by the driver directly.
What are Damages?
As a result of your accident, you may find that issues have arisen from injuries, hospital stays, or other issues due to no fault of your own. Problems that consistently occur because of a personal injury case can include:
- Medical costs
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (legal-speak for loss of companionship or relationship with family or spouse)
- Wrongful death
There are two elemental types of damages. Economic damages are compensations for verifiable monetary losses, such as hospital bills, loss of earning ability, the cost of a damaged vehicle or other property, and so on. Non-economic damages are compensation for the inconvenience of being injured, the emotional distress that comes with being injured, losing the enjoyment of life, and other similar issues.
Punitive damages are for punishment of the party at fault. The penalty is meant to deter reckless behavior and intentional malice.
What Might Cause Decreased Compensation?
As already stated, the party who was negligent and caused the accident to happen is responsible for paying whatever compensation is due to the victim. In Massachusetts, personal injury laws include the following parameters:
- A three-year deadline (in legal-speak “statute of limitations”) for filing a lawsuit
- A change in the three-year deadline starting date if the victim suffered an injury that was not detectable until after the accident.
- A two-year deadline for filing a formal claim for injuries against a city, county, or state governmental agency
- A three-year deadline to file a lawsuit
- Reduced damages if the victim shares less than 50 percent the fault (comparative fault rule)
- Eliminated damages if the victim shares 50 percent or more of the blame
- Massachusetts is a no-fault state (in this state, vehicle owners are required to have bodily injury to others coverage of $20,000 a person, 440,000 per accident; personal injury protection [PIP] of $8,000 per person, per accident; bodily injury coverage caused by an uninsured auto owner of $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident; and damage to another person’s property, $5,000 per accident)
- Working with insurance companies after an accident can be difficult and go on for an extended time
How Does Your Attorney Get Paid?
Revere, MA, Personal Injury Lawyers work on what is called a contingency fee. That means they only obtain payment for their services when they have negotiated a settlement or obtained a jury verdict. No lawyer fees exchange if they do not win your case.
What Happens in a Personal Injury Case?
Once you have consulted with our attorneys, we will decide whether you have a viable case and will investigate and collect supporting evidence. Our team can calculate the physical, monetary, and emotional losses you have experienced due to your injuries. We then analyze our options for getting you the compensation you deserve. If an insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, we will fight aggressively by way of filing a lawsuit in the Massachusetts court system.
The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.
Once we take your case, we will be available to you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have and to address your concerns. Our team is highly skilled and has an excellent track record for dealing with insurance companies, insurance adjusters, and legal forms. We like for our clients to focus on getting well and being with their families. Let us handle the legal issues. Contact us today.