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Did you know that if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the accident? Normally, insurance companies will take care of medical bills and expenses, but what if insurance doesn’t cover the full amount? What if your injuries will have a permanent effect on your life?
Whether you’ve been injured in a minor car accident, or have severe, life-long injuries from a serious collision, our Quincy car accident lawyers at Powers & Caccavale are here to help you.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident or injured as a pedestrian, it can be a very overwhelming and frightening experience.
If you should ever find yourself involved in a vehicle accident, follow these steps to make sure you stay safe and have the best possible chances of receiving maximum compensation:
- Contact policy or emergency services immediately after the accident
- Gather information about the vehicles involved, such as the name, address, and phone number of the drivers
- Gather contact information from witnesses
- Notify the police of any traffic violations the drivers may have committed
- Get medical attention as soon as possible
- Notify your insurance company of the accident
- Gather evidence, such as photographs, location of the accident, and injuries you have suffered
- Contact a trusted lawyer
When to Contact a Lawyer After Being in a Car Accident
If you've been seriously injured in a car accident contacting an attorney should be a top priority. A skilled and experienced Quincy car accident attorney can help protect your rights and secure the compensation you may be entitled to. Generally, you should reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The initial stages following a collision can be chaotic, with medical appointments, insurance claims, and potential police investigations taking up much of your time.
By involving a car accident lawyer early on, you ensure that someone with experience in personal injury law can guide you through the process, helping you avoid common pitfalls and ensuring you don't inadvertently compromise your case. At Powers & Caccavale, our legal team can assist you in gathering evidence, dealing with insurance companies, and determining the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Don't wait to get help.
Common Car Accident Injuries
If you are in a car accident, whether it's minor or severe, there is a likely chance you can suffer an injury. There are the more obvious physical injuries, but what about internal injuries? Knowing what sort of injuries you can suffer from can help you keep an eye out for the signs. Here are some of the most common injuries:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Back/spinal cord injuries
What Compensation Is Available in Car Accident Claims?
In car accident personal injury cases, there are generally two categories for compensation available: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
- Damage to your reputation
- Worsening of past injuries
Who Will Pay Your Medical Bills?
In Massachusetts, a portion of your car accident medical bills will be paid by what is known as Personal Injury Insurance (PIP). This means that your motor vehicle insurance company will pay for the first $2,000 in medical bills.
If you were a pedestrian or bicyclist involved in the accident, the first $2,000 in medical bills will be paid by the company insuring the car that injured you. Your health insurance company should pay for the rest of your medical bills. If you do not have health insurance, you may be able to receive up to $8,000 in PIP coverage.
What About Lost Wages?
If your car accident injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may be entitled to receive up to 75% of your lost wages under PIP. It’s important to know that PIP only pays out up to $8,000, which includes medical bills and lost wages.
Eligibility for Pain & Suffering Compensation
If you have more than $2,000 in medical bills and the car accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for additional compensation know as bodily injury compensation.
In the state of Massachusetts, you will only be eligible for this compensation if your medical bills exceed $2,000 or if your injury:
Speaking with an experienced car accident lawyer in Quincy can help you determine whether you have a personal injury claim to pursue and if so, how much you can expect to receive in your individual case.
How Is Negligence Determined After a Car Accident?
A finding of negligence in a car accident case can be based on:
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Texting/talking on a cell phone while driving
- Careless driving
- Driving under the influence
- School bus accidents
Any other violation of law can be grounds for finding negligence.
Can You File a Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Since most insurance settlements state specifically that the amount agreed upon will be the only compensation given out to the injury victim, once you agree to a settlement it’s usually difficult to recover any additional compensation. If you have already signed an agreement, call our firm today to learn from our attorneys what options you may have.
Why Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
Even if you qualify to file a personal injury claim after your car accident it can be difficult to recover the full amount of compensation you deserve without a qualified car accident attorney on your side.
The biggest reason for this is the fact that insurance companies are mainly concerned with saving their company money not ensuring you have what you need in order to recover well from your injuries.
Our firm is experienced in car accident law and knows the ins and outs of what to expect during your claims process. Contact us today, we are ready to help you!
Contact Powers & Caccavale Today
The Quincy car accident lawyers at Powers & Caccavale are experienced in dealing with car accident personal injury claims. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
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