Slip and Fall Injury Law – Massachusetts

Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, property owners are expected to keep their properties safe. A property can be dangerous for many reasons: the construction might be shoddy, maintenance may be poor, or the property is cluttered. These kinds of conditions can lead to slipping, tripping, falling, or having something fall onto a person.

If a customer, tenant, or visitor is at a property and receives an injury due to unsafe conditions, this person may be entitled to compensation. This is generally termed a “slip and fall” injury and needs a personal injury attorney to represent the injured person against the property owner.

There is a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. In Massachusetts, this limitation is 3 years. Basically, this means that a person has 3 years from the date of the injury to file a claim.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you’ll definitely want to retain the services of an attorney. However, before you say yes to an attorney, it’s necessary to do more research than simply looking in the Yellow Pages or doing a Google search. Here are some things that you’ll need to know before selecting an attorney to represent you in your claim.

  1. Initial consultations are usually free. A good attorney should be willing to discuss the facts of your case with you and let you know if they believe you have a case against the owner. Most will do this without charge.
  2. Most lawyers limit their practices to certain types of law. Make sure that the attorney you choose is experienced in personal injury claims.
  3. Beware of ambulance chasers. These are illegal in many states. If you suffer an injury and get a call or a mailing from an attorney immediately afterward, use caution. Check with friends and family or online reviews before choosing a lawyer.
  4. You don’t always have to file a lawsuit.Many slip and fall claims can be settled out of court. A good personal injury lawyer can often get the case information to the company’s insurance without having to file a lawsuit. This is often the fastest and least expensive option.
  5. If you hire a lawyer, he or she will expect to be paid for their services. Most will work on a contingency fee. This means that the lawyer does not get paid until you do. Be sure you understand the fee up front before you hire one.
  6. Expenses are not included in the contingency fee.       If a lawyer has to pay someone else to work on your case, he incurs expenses. Most lawyers pay the expenses for you and then bill you at the end of the case.
  7. If your case is successful, you may have to pay back your health insurance company. Most lawyers will work with the insurance company to see that you get the best settlement possible.
  8. Beware of lawyers claiming quick settlements or fast cash. Personal injury cases almost always take a lot of time. Your lawyer should be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take.
  9. There are no guarantees. If a lawyer says that he will guarantee your case, you might not want to hire him. A good lawyer will give you an honest opinion of the chances of your case.

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, you may have a case of personal injury and be due compensation. Before hiring an attorney, make sure to do your own research. Read online reviews and talk to friends and family. Beware of any lawyers that make claims that seem too good to be true.

Sources:

https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/9-things-to-know-before-you-hire-a-personal-injury-lawyer

 

What To Do If You Have Been In an Auto Accident in Lowell Massachusetts

Once an auto accident happens, your entire world can be thrown off-kilter. Getting back on your feet afterward can take months, and there are some people who never get back to where they were. So what can you do to minimize the damage? Here are some important things to do as soon as you’re involved in an accident.

1. Assist the other driver and get medical care for the injured

Your first duty is to make sure everyone who needs medical attention gets it. Never run from a crash, ever. That will jeopardize your chances of getting any compensation. You could also receive additional charges and criminal penalties for running.

2. Trade information

While you’re waiting for the paramedics and the police, exchange information with the other driver. You’ll need the name of the driver, their contact information, and their insurance information. If at all possible, get this before the paramedics take you and your loved ones to the hospital. You may be able to obtain this information from the police if you were the one that was injured since they will be required to take it for their reporting.

3. Document as much as you can

You will need to give a statement to the insurance company about what happened. This statement will be much stronger if you can back it up with documentation. If you can, take photos of the crash scene and have the doctor write out a clear explanation of your injuries. If you had passengers, take statements from them about their perspective. But don’t talk with the insurance company yet…

4. Contact a personal injury lawyer

A local personal injury lawyer will know how to frame your request tothe insurance company so you can get the best initial offer. They may also point you to additional sources of documentation you may wish to include. The initial consultation for lawyers is free, so you have nothing to lose by going to them for advice.

5. When Must An Accident Report Be Filed ?

“ M.G.L.( Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, Section 26 requires a person who was operating a motor vehicle involved in a crash in which (i) any person was killed or (ii) injured or (iii) in which there was damage in excess of $1,000 to any one vehicle or other property, to complete and file a Crash Operator Report with the Registrar within five (5) days after such crash (unless the person is physically incapable of doing so due to incapacity). The person completing the report must also send a copy of the report to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where the crash occurred. If the operator is incapacitated but is not the vehicle’s owner, the owner is required to file the crash report within the five (5) days based on his/her knowledge and information obtained about the crash. The Registrar may require the owner or operator to supplement the report and he/she can revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this legal requirement. A police department is required to accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in a crash in which another person unlawfully left the scene even if damage to the vehicle does not exceed $1,000*
*Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report

6. No insurance?

The good news is that Massachusetts has one of the lowest percentages of uninsured drivers in the country and as a “no-fault” state each driver or his insurance pays for your injuries and damages and those of any passengers. You are required to have bodily injury by an uninsured auto and damage to someone else’s property. Coverage amounts will vary. You may also have additional uninsured motorist coverage limits on your policy for added protection.

7. More questions?

Please call the Law Office of Jeffrey A Young 978-654-6670 or visit our website www.lowellmainjurylawyer.com