What Does Personal Injury Compensation Cover?
Personal injury compensation benefits generally cover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future life care expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Survivor benefits
- Funeral costs
Determining Eligibility 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 three years, so it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to start your claim.
Why You Need an Attorney
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 Quincy personal injury lawyers at Powers & Caccavale are ready to help you.