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If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you know all too well the negative consequences that can come with your injuries. You’re stuck with hefty medical bills, cannot work, and may be suffering great deals of pain. Should you have to pay for these medical bills if the injury wasn’t your fault? What if you have a family to support but can no longer work due to your injuries? This is where personal injury compensation comes in. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary benefits.
Personal injury compensation benefits generally cover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future life care expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Survivor benefits
- Funeral costs
What exactly is a personal injury case?
Personal injury cases are legal disputes in which you suffer an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. This “someone else” can be a company, a single person, a business, etc. There are generally two ways in which personal injury cases are resolved:
- In this case, you file a civil complaint against the person, company, or business that has caused your injury, alleging that they acted recklessly or carelessly.
- Another way to resolve your case is through negotiations from both sides. Usually, the person or company involved in the dispute, their insurers, and lawyers from both sides all come together to reach a monetary settlement outside of the court.
Am I eligible for personal injury benefits?
In Massachusetts, in order to be eligible to collect damages, you must show that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care. This can be based on your relationship with the defendant (e.g. doctor, patient), or can be based on certain situations (e.g. operating motor vehicles safely).
- The defendant breached this duty.
- Because of (1) and (2), you were injured.
- You suffered damages that can be compensated.
It’s also important to keep in mind the statute of limitations for you injury, which means the period of time in which you can longer file a lawsuit against the defendant. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for personal injury is 3 years so it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to start your claim.
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury claim can be a tricky process on your own. Often, insurance companies have teams of lawyers working to minimize the benefits owed to you. Because of this, hiring your own personal injury lawyer can give you the means to fight back and get you the justice you deserve. With our years of experience and determination to maximize your benefits, our lawyers at Powers & Caccavale are ready to help you.