Personal injury law firms usually operate under one of two models: 1) high volume with hundreds of cases handled by a lot of paralegals and secretaries; or 2) low volume with a very small number of hand-picked cases where you work closely with your attorney.
Our firm operates under the second model. We hand-pick a very small number of cases and clients each year, so that we can devote the time and effort to get maximum results.
Before choosing an accident attorney, make sure that your case isn’t going to be just one in hundreds of others being handled by that law firm.
Not every case needs to be handled by a lawyer. If you only had damage to your car or your property in an accident, you most likely won’t need a lawyer to handle your property damage claim. If your injuries are minor and you missed very little time from work, then hiring a personal injury lawyer may not be necessary because you might be able to settle your case yourself and put more money in your pocket. Having a personal injury lawyer doesn’t always “add value” to minor accident cases. If you have any questions as to whether you need a lawyer, then you can submit it here to have it considered.
Most personal injury cases are paid by insurance. However, you usually won’t know the amount of insurance at first. In Massachusetts there is a law that allows you to request the amount of insurance that covers a claim. It is one of the first things that we do for our clients when we take on a case.
Yes. In Massachusetts a dog owner is responsible if their dog bites or hurts someone in any way. There are certainly some exceptions to this rule, but in most cases they don’t apply. You should know that there’s no “free bite rule” in Massachusetts. The “free bite rule” means that a dog gets “one free bite” before its owner will be responsible. That doesn’t apply here in Massachusetts.
To learn more about your rights if you’ve been bitten by a dog get our FREE book, Bitten! Your Guide to Massachusetts Dog Bite Law, Injuries & Claims by clicking here.
Generally, you have 3 years from the date of an accident to file a case in Massachusetts. There are exceptions though. So in all instances we encourage injured persons to speak with an experienced attorney about the specifics of their case because the longer they wait important information or evidence can be lost. For example, the vehicles involved in the accident could be fixed. The intersection where the accident happened could be changed by the city or town. Witnesses could disappear. The best course of action is to have your case reviewed as soon as possible. Cases are NOT like wine – they generally do not get better as they age.
Yes and no. You’re obligated to speak to your own insurance company because you have a duty to cooperate with them in order to get your coverage. But, you’re not required to speak to the insurance company for the person who hurt you.
Every insurance company’s goal is to pay the least amount possible on every claim; never lose sight of that basic premise. So, we encourage all clients not to talk to any insurance company or sign any forms without first consulting an experienced accident lawyer.
Basically there are 2 ways: 1) if you have auto or truck insurance in place at the time, then you have Personal Injury Protection coverage which pays up to a certain amount of your medical bills depending on your policy amounts; or, 2) if you have private health insurance, your health insurer may be required to pay your medical bills too.
Medical bill coverage issues are somewhat complicated and you have to be sure to co-ordinate them. To get more information about PIP coverage in Massachusetts get a FREE copy of our book – Massachusetts Auto Accidents: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Massachusetts Consumers Make When Buying Car Insurance.
People ask us this question all the time. Our answer is always the same – run fast and far from any lawyer who tells you exactly what your “case is worth” because they’re not telling you the truth.
The method for determining the value of your case is based on how a jury would decide it. Since no one can predict how a particular jury would rule on your specific case, then several factors must be considered: all the evidence and facts of your case; who is at fault; how severe are your injuries; how much are your medical bills and lost wages; the county in Massachusetts in which the case is pending; even what type of witness you make when testifying.
Good lawyers have a general idea of a value range of a potential case based on a review of all these factors and their past experience with other cases like yours. All good trial lawyers, the ones worth hiring, know that there are too many variables to predict an outcome at the beginning of your case.
People who’ve been hurt in accidents ask us all the time whether they have a “good case.” What they’re really asking is “do I have a case that an attorney will take on?”
Not every person who’s been hurt in an accident has a “good case.” Just because there’s been an accident doesn’t mean you even have a case. There are two parts to every “good case”: first, somebody else must be at fault or responsible for the accident; and, second, you suffered significant injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, permanent injuries, burns, scars, lacerations or someone lost their life in the accident. Ultimately, you should have your claim considered by an experienced accident attorney to evaluate whether you have a “good case.”
Although there is no “official” definition of the term, “road rage” generally refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injure or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, aggressive drivers can “react negatively and uses their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes ‘road rage’ a serious issue of traffic safety – the safety of yourself and others.”
Experts say that aggressive driving behaviors can be triggered by a variety of causes. Some are provoked by the actions of another driver; others are set off by roadway congestion. But, most are caused by the drivers’ own moods and reactions when they get behind the wheel.
While aggressive driving doesn’t always lead to incidents of assault or death, there’s no question that it can lead to more incidents of Massachusetts car and motorcycle accidents.