Five Frequently Asked Questions in Personal Injury Cases

Do I have a case?

One of the first questions that comes to mind after someone has been injured in an accident is, “do I have a case?”  In some cases, it can be difficult to determine right away who the at-fault party is and whether a third-party acted negligently or recklessly such that they will be found legally liable.

While it is impossible to say with 100% certainty whether one has a viable legal claim for injuries, generally speaking our civil law provides that one who is injured (or certain surviving family members) have a legal claim for any harms & losses suffered as a result of negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of a third-party.

Because these cases are very fact-specific, it is best to always speak with a Massachusetts personal injury attorney about any potential claim.

Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?

It is no secret that insurance companies are in business to make money and the way they do it is by collecting premiums and minimizing payouts which maximizes their profits. Insurance companies do not want to pay you and will do everything possible to keep that from happening, or at least, pay you as little as possible. It is in your best interest to get a qualified personal injury attorney involved so that he/she can fully evaluate the claim and make sure your interests are protected.

How much is my case worth?

It is difficult to make any generalizations about what a case is worth. This is due to the  fact that the value of a case is dependent on so many factors. That being said, the law allows recovery for a broad range of situations including recovery for existing medicals bills, future medical care and expenses, loss of future earning capacity due to injury, pain & suffering, emotional distress, and more.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Generally, claims for personal injuries (otherwise known as “Tort” claims) must be brought against the at-fault party within three (3) years of the date of the injury. Like so many other areas of the law, there are exceptions. If you have been injured in an accident, it is best to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney early-on so that you can understand your rights and so that you can take the necessary steps to protect them.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

When accidents occur, it is not uncommon for an insurance company to ask you to make a recorded statement. It is never a good idea to give a voluntary statement before you’ve had an opportunity to consult with an attorney and there are specific reasons for this. First, insurance adjusters are trained to ask certain questions, some of which may be intended to discretely insulate them and/or their insured from liability for the accident that caused your injuries. If there is anything said during the statement that is damaging to your case, you can be assured it will be used later on during litigation.

If you have been injured in Massachusetts, or you would like to speak with an attorney about your rights, contact our firm for a no-risk, free initial consultation. Call us toll free at 888-682-9194 or 781-331-3811.

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