Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Insurance Company May:

1. Tell you that you don’t need a lawyer.

2. Ask you to sign documents that you don’t understand.

3. Tell you that you don’t have a case.

Auto accidents have become a daily occurrence on the roads and highways of America. Victims of car accidents that are the result of another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to damages for personal injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and property damage. There may be a time limit to when you can file your claim, so it is imperative that victims of car accidents in Massachusetts contact our lawyers as soon as possible.

Even though victims who suffer injuries in accidents caused by other drivers may be able to recover compensation through personal injury claims, many victims of car accidents are so shaken after the incident that they do not take the time to gather evidence or document the specifics of the accident. It is important to remain coherent so that you can organize your thoughts and make strong mental notes of the accident scene. There are certain things victims of car accidents in Massachusetts can do to strengthen their case, including:

    • Gather names and addresses of the other driver(s) and passengers
    • Gather names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the car accident. If someone saw the accident, make sure you get their name and telephone number.
    • Gather insurance information, including the name of the insurance company and policy number. It is important to call you insurance company right after the accident. Do not wait more than 24 hours.
    • Always call the police so a report will be made. When the police arrive, tell the officer what happened. The other driver may try to spin the facts differently so you need to be heard.
    • Document damages to your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you. Take photographs of the scene and any traffic signals or signs that are there. Try to use a camera rather than a cell phone, if possible.
    • Document any injuries sustained as a result of the car accident, including head injury, lacerations or bruises to the body.
    • NEVER admit fault after an accident, especially to the police.
    • DO NOT tell the police you are okay after the crash. Many times soft tissue injuries exhibit none or very few symptoms but ususally get worse later on. Also bear in mind that the excitement and confusion of the accident may mask any symptoms or stiffness that you may be having.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • If you think you may be injured, seek treatment as soon as possible. Delays may lead the insurance company to claim that you were not really hurt in the accident. Think carefully before you relate your symptoms to your healthcare provider. Sometimes only the major area of immediate pain is related to the health care provider and other minor injuries become problematic later bu were not mentioned at first.

If an accident has changed your life, we can and will seek justice for you and your family and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled and will fight hard for your legal rights.

Just Remember: insurance adjusters are trained to gather information that is detrimental to your claim, settle the case for as little as possible, and with as many delays as they can.

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Workers’ Compensation

Workers Compensation

If you, or someone you know has been injured at work, the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Statute provides specific benefits to the injured party – regardless of who is at fault.

Benefits

If you are unable to earn your pre-injury wages for five days or more due to your work injury, you are entitled to weekly benefits. The amount of benefits is based on the extent of disability.

If you are totally disabled as a result of your work injury, you are entitled to a weekly benefit of 60% of your pre-injury wages. If the same total disability is found to be permanent, you would be eligible for a weekly benefit of 66.67% of the pre-injury wage. Many employees have their claim denied initially by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. If this happens, do not lose hope. Contact us to evaluate your case.

The Massachusetts workers’ compensation statute gives you the right to obtain medical treatment from a physician of your choosing. All workers’ compensation benefit payments are not taxable. If you have other tax concerns, we will be glad to discuss these with you. For additional information concerning our tax services please visit us at http://www.getmemyrefundnow.com

Workers Compensation

Other Potential Claims

Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, you may be entitled to benefits for scarring, loss of function and disfigurement. In addition, you may be eligible to receive vocational retraining if you are at an end medical result and you have restrictions which prevent you from returning to your prior position. You have the right to be reimbursed by the workers’ compensation insurance company for expenses relating to your medical treatment. For example, out pocket expenses for prescriptions, parking while at doctor’s appointments and mileage to and from the doctor’s office are a few examples. If a third party is found to be responsible for your work injuries, you may be able to recover for pain and suffering as a result of that third party’s negligence. The good news is that we handle these claims in tandem with workers’ compensation cases.

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The Divorce Process: What to Expect and Timeframe

The Divorce Process

1. It is always a good idea at the outset to start exploring the possibility of settlement with a mediator or some other neutral party. If the parties can agree on the terms of the divorce, a joint petition can be filed which can cut back on a lot of the expense and headaches associated with getting a divorce.

2. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot resolve the issues, the divorce will go into litigation. This means that a request for divorce (the complaint) is filed in a Massachusetts court by one of the spouses (the plaintiff). After filing, the papers are then served with a summons upon the other spouse (the defendant) by a sheriff, constable or other process server. In Massachusetts, the complaint can be filed in whichever county either of the parties live. When a party lives out of state, most states provide that they cannot file for a divorce there until they have established residency. This usually means they have to have lived there for at least a year.

3. The defendant must answer the complaint in writing within twenty days. Once the suit is filed, and an answer is received, the case enters the pretrial period, which may last several months. It is important to know, however, that the parties may agree upon mutual settlement at any time during this period, in which case the case does not go to trial.

4. During the pretrial or discovery period, each side prepares its arguments and collects all pertinent facts and documents. Each spouse also has the right to review the other spouse’s information. Discovery may include interrogatories (questions which the other side must answer in writing under oath), depositions (oral questioning outside the courtroom) and requests for documents such as financial records. You can expect to hear from your lawyer if she requires documentation from you, or if there is a scheduled court date. Parties to a divorce are required to attend all court hearings with their legal counsel so make sure you are able to clear your calendar when the time comes.

The Divorce law

5. Motions: The attorneys may present requests (motions) to the judge, who may or may not grant them. For example, they may request postponement of a court date or ask for certain information to be provided by the other spouse.

6. If custody is an issue, the court, in its discretion, may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), in charge of determining the best outcome for the children. The GAL will conduct an investigation that includes interviewing the parents and often the children, and will then issue a recommendation regarding child custody and visitation.

7. Trial: the large majority of cases are settled out of court. If this is not achieved, a trial will take place before a judge (without a jury). Each party presents his or her case and evidence to support it, which may include testimony by witnesses. After hearing all evidence, the judge will study the case and issue a decision, usually several days later.

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