At 1-800-Law-Guys, our experienced personal injury lawyers will determine the most effective legal strategy to pursue compensation for accident victims. Among the legal terms that often apply to personal injury cases are:
An individual or business is negligent if it fails to exercise reasonable care and its actions cause harm to others. A negligent act may be unintentional. But you may still have a right to hold the at-fault party liable if you were injured as a result of the negligent act. Motorists, homeowners and businesses typically have liability insurance that covers injuries or wrongful deaths caused by negligence.
Strict liability is a legal doctrine that applies typically to cases involving dangerous products and defective prescription drugs. A manufacturer, seller or distributor of a dangerous product may be held liable for the injuries caused regardless of whether the manufacturer took steps to prevent product defect.
Massachusetts applies the legal doctrine of comparative negligence in personal injury accidents. If you were partly at fault in an accident that caused your injury, you may still seek compensation. But any award received would be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
Some personal injuries are caused by malicious or intentional conduct such as violent attacks. Punitive damages may be awarded in some wrongful death cases to punish outrageous conduct.
Accident victims may be awarded compensation, known as damages, if they have suffered personal injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death as a result of the negligence of another individual or business.
Massachusetts’ law entitles individuals who sustain injuries caused by the fault of others to seek compensation for medical treatment, estimated future costs of medical care, damage to property such as a wrecked car as well as reimbursement of lost income and reduced earning capacity.
Amputation—The loss of an arm, leg, hand or foot is a life-changing event that has both a physical and psychological impact. You may require extensive medical care, rehabilitation and need a prosthetic device. Whether you have lost a limb in a motor vehicle accident or a workplace accident, you should discuss your legal options with an experienced injury lawyer.
Back injury / spine injury—Many back injuries including whiplash and spinal fractures lead to time off work, multiple surgeries, loss of function and chronic pain. If you have sustained a back injury in a car accident, fall, or other accident, speak with a back injury lawyer about your rights to seek compensation to cover your medical bills and other losses.
Broken bones and fractures—Broken bones and fractures are common injuries in car crashes, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents in Boston. If you have suffered a broken bone due to another’s disregard for safety, our energetic attorneys at Kelly & Soto Law can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, loss of income and other expenses. Find out about filing a claim for compensation for broken bones.
Burn injuries—Injuries involving third degree burns may require a lengthy hospital stay and recovery period as well cosmetic surgery to address scarring and disfigurement. If your burn injury was caused by someone else’s disregard for safety, click on burn injury lawyers to learn how Kelly & Soto can help you recover.
Animal bites—Dog bites may cause serious trauma and fatal injuries. Children who are drawn to pet animals may not recognize a dog’s agitation represent nearly half of victims of dog attacks. Dog bites to the face may leave scarring and require extensive surgery.
Facial injuries—Injuries to the face including lacerations, damaged check bones, broken teeth, bruising and broken noses are among the most common injuries that people suffer in car accidents and motorcycle crashes.
Food borne illness and allergies—Food poisoning from contaminated or mishandled food products often affects groups of people. Food borne illnesses can cause serious health problems, and even be deadly in some cases. If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning and you suspect contaminated food as a culprit, our skilled attorneys may be able to trace the food product to your illness. In some cases, the food may have been recalled.
Fractured sternum—Trauma to the chest causes a fractured sternum injury, also known as a fractured breastbone. Drivers and passengers in car accidents are susceptible to suffering a fractured sternum if the force of the collision throws them forward and causes their chest to hit the steering wheel, dashboard or seat belt. A person who suffers a fall may also sustain a fractured sternum.
Herniated disc—Many people sustain herniated discs in car crashes and falls, but do not recognize the injury until days or weeks later. A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured disk, can cause chronic pain and leave an accident victim unable to work. Herniated discs may occur in any area of the spinal column from the neck to the lower back.
Knee injuries—A slip and fall accident, a car crash or a workplace accident can cause significant damage to cartilage, ligaments or the knee cap itself. Injuries to the knee can cause a loss of mobility and require knee replacement surgery. If you suspect someone else’s negligence caused your knee injury, contact a Boston injury lawyer who can review the details of the accident and explain your legal options for seeking compensation.
Neck injuries—The violent impact of a car collision often causes neck injuries, including whiplash and neck sprains, pinched nerves and herniated discs in the cervical vertebrae. If you have sustained a neck injury as a result of a car accident, fall or workplace accident caused by another’s carelessness, talk to the Boston neck injury attorneys about your rights to seek compensation.
Nerve injury—Nerve injuries can occur from trauma in a variety of accidents including car accidents, falls and construction accidents. The injuries may involve the neck, back or spinal cord and cause intense pain or weakness in the arms or legs. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by overactive nerves.
Permanent scarring—Permanent scarring may cause social embarrassment. If the scarring was caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, cosmetic surgery, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Disfigurement—If your injury left you with a disfiguring scar in a prominent location, it may cause anguish and psychological issues. You may undergo costly cosmetic surgery to address the disfigurement. If your injury was caused by negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Shoulder injury—Common shoulder injuries include torn rotator cuffs, torn labrum injuries, shoulder strains and sprains, shoulder fractures and dislocated shoulders. If you have sustained a shoulder injury due to another’s negligence, you should consult an experienced attorney about your legal options.
Brain injury—The treatment of traumatic brain injuries may include lengthy hospital stays, extensive rehabilitation and surgery to ease pressure caused by swelling inside the skull. The brain injury attorneys at Kelly & Soto Law represent victims of brain injuries caused by the negligence of others and are dedicated to seeking maximum compensation to help with your recovery.