Over the years, our lawyers have worked on numerous different personal injury cases, such as:
- Car accidents. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury, causing tens of thousands of injuries and deaths per year. When a car crash occurs, understanding Massachusetts’ fault laws, determining liability for an accident, and knowing how to best pursue the claims process can all be confusing. Let our lawyers handle the process while you focus on your health and life.
- Truck accidents. In the blink of an eye, a truck crash can result in a completely totaled passenger vehicle and a vehicle occupant who is left with life-changing or fatal injuries. We can help you to determine fault in a truck accident, file a claim against the trucking company and other negligent parties, and negotiate your case to seek full compensation.
- Motorcycle accidents. A motorcyclist has few protections in the event of a crash – no seatbelt, no airbag, and not protective vehicle structure. It’s no wonder so many motorcycle accidents are fatal, and why riders who survive motorcycle crashes often are left with permanent disabilities.
- Bicycle accidents. Like a motorcyclist, a bicyclist also has almost no protection. If a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle traveling at a high speed, the cyclist may be thrown from their bike and suffer injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal injuries, bone fracture injuries, and more.
- Pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the country, a fact that everyone should be concerned about. Many injured pedestrians are unable to ever return to the quality of life that they maintained prior to the accident, making receiving a fair settlement of the utmost importance.
- Workplace accident. Workplace accidents are common, but when they occur, most workers need a workers’ compensation lawyer to navigate the claims process. Sometimes, a workplace injury also warrants a third-party liability claim, in which case the skill and experience of a personal injury lawyer can prove very valuable.
- Slip and falls. Slips, trips, and falls, both in the workplace as well as on private or public property, are a leading cause of injury, resulting in bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, and more. These cases typically fall under the umbrella of premises liability claims.
- Dog bites. While dogs may be fun and furry, they can also be dangerous and unpredictable, sometimes biting or attacking without warning. If you have been bitten by a dog in Massachusetts, you deserve to be compensated, and may be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for your harm.
- Premises liability. Property owners and occupiers in Massachusetts have a duty to maintain their properties in a condition that is reasonably safe and free from any hazards that could cause harm to someone who enters the property. When this duty is breached, and a hazard that a property owner knew of or should have known of causes harm to a person who is lawfully on the property, the property owner could be held liable for any damages that result.
- Wrongful death. There are few things more devastating than losing a loved one in a preventable, sudden accident, such as a traffic accident, drowning accident, workplace accident, or other accident. If you have lost a family member as a result of another party’s wrongful act or neglect, you may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim for damages.
Types of Damages You Could Recover in a Personal Injury Claim
An injury or the death of a loved one may result in a wide array of damages and losses that are suffered by an individual, a family, or both. An injured person deserves to be compensated for these damages in full, and therefore has the right to seek compensation for their losses from the at-fault party.
Types of damages you may be able to recover in a personal injury claim include:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are those losses that you can readily calculate and that are financial. For example, the costs of medical expenses, travel to and from medical appointments, therapy, medical equipment, lost wages, property damage expenses, and more are all economic damages that could be recoverable in a personal injury claim.
- Noneconomic damages. Damages don’t always involve money, and it can feel impossible to put a price on the value of a party’s noneconomic losses, such as the value of their pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Because there is no other way to compensate a person for these losses but through monetary compensation, a plaintiff in a personal injury claim may seek compensation for the full value of their noneconomic losses in addition to the full value of their economic losses.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages that are meant to punish the defendant for their egregiously wrongful behavior rather than compensate the victim for harm that they have suffered. They may be available only when it is established that the defendant acted with gross negligence or malicious intent in cases involving wrongful death in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Following an injury in Massachusetts, there is a limited amount of time to act if you wish to pursue compensation for your injuries. The statute of limitations caps the amount of time that you have to file a claim after being injured. It is essentially a deadline for bringing a personal injury case.
In Massachusetts, that time limit is three years from the date of injury, according to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260 Section 2a. While there are a few narrow exceptions to the three-year limit – for example, in cases where the injury is discovered at a later date –most of the time, a court will not hear a case that is filed after the statute of limitations has expired.
How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help With Your Case
Being injured and not knowing what will happen next is scary. The lawyers at Brooks Law want to provide you with the support and guidance that you need. Ways in which we can aid you after you have suffered a serious injury include:
- Investigating your case. You may need to present many types of evidence in order to recover the amount of compensation that you deserve. We open an independent investigation into your accident immediately after it occurs, taking photos, reviewing police reports, traveling to the scene, sending spoliation of evidence letters, and more.
- Talking to eyewitnesses. The statement of an eyewitness could have a positive effect on your case if the witness agrees that the party against whom you are filing a suit caused your injury. We can talk to eyewitnesses and record their statements, which could be used to bolster your claim.
- Hiring experts. Rather than relying on our skill set alone, we often hire various experts to work on our clients’ claims, including accident reconstruction experts, forensic experts, forensic accountants, medical experts, and more.
- Organizing your medical documents. Organizing your medical records and calculating your damages can be difficult, especially if you are still recovering from your injuries and figuring out how to manage your life after the accident. We have a dedicated staff who can handle all of this on your behalf, and who will be by your side to build your claim and keep all documents and evidence safe.
- Filing your claim and issuing a demand letter. Once we have determined the value of your claim, the next step will be issuing a demand letter to the insurer requesting compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that the majority of personal injury cases never make it to court. Instead they are processed by an insurance company, which will often settle the case.
- Reviewing and negotiating your settlement. Once a settlement offer is made, our lawyers will review it thoroughly to determine whether it is fair. If not, we can reject it on your behalf and enter further negotiations.
- Filing a lawsuit. Finally, if a settlement and compromise cannot be reached, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit. Our lawyers have trial experience, and are prepared to go to court for you.
Throughout the entire process, we will be available to answer any questions you have and serve as a source of information.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights after an Accident
There are a few things that you can do after an accident to protect your right to your full recovery amount. These include:
- Always report the accident to the appropriate party, such as the police, a store manager, etc.
- Always seek medical care, even if at first you don’t think your injuries are serious.
- Gather as much evidence at the scene of the accident as you can.
- Report your accident to your insurer as soon as possible.
- Do not delay in initiating the claims process.
- Hire a lawyer.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Our lawyers represent clients suffering from the following types of catastrophic injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries. A TBI can affect thinking, cognition, emotion, and sensation, and may leave a person permanently disabled. TBIs vary in severity, and may demand different treatments and lifestyle accommodations.
- Spinal cord injuries. One of the most devastating types of injuries is a spinal cord injury, which results in partial or total paralysis of the body from the site of injury downwards. Currently, there is no cure for this injury.
- Broken bones. While some broken bone injuries may heal in a matter of weeks, others may be more complicated and affect a person for years.
- Burns. Burn injuries aren’t just painful, but also disabling and disfiguring, too. Burn injuries can even be fatal in the most severe of cases.
- Amputations. Losing a limb is shattering. When a person loses a limb, they may feel as though their entire life has just fallen apart. This injury type can preclude a person from engaging in their favorite activities for years, if not for life.
- Back and neck injuries. Back and neck injuries, such as fractures and spinal cord injuries, can be painful, disabling, and affect a person long-term.
- Internal organ damage. Damage to the internal organs can be life-threatening, and demands immediate medical care. If care is not received, an affected individual could suffer long-term harm or even death.
Talk to a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Don’t wait a moment longer to schedule your free case consultation with a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer from our law firm. At Brooks Law, we are dedicated to our clients, and we will work hard for you.
We always work on a contingency fee basis in personal injury cases, which means that you only have to pay for our services if and when we recover compensation for you. Please reach out to us today by phone or online to learn more in a free and confidential claim review.