At the Kiley Law Group, our personal injury legal team understands that injured victims have countless questions concerning their injuries, legal options and hope for recovery. Below are answers to the many questions you may have regarding your injuries during the many stages of your personal injury case.
Q: Do I have a claim?
A: Personal injury claims can be created when a person is injured in an incident by a person or group that acts negligently or recklessly, often while violating the law in some manner. If you were hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s actions or even targeted by violence, you may have a personal injury claim.
Common personal injury accidents include auto accidents, slip-and-falls, dog bites, medical malpractice and being harmed by a defective product. It may be obvious that your incident allows for a personal injury claim, or you may not be fully aware of whether it qualifies. Speaking with an attorney and collecting evidence concerning the incident will help you to better determine if you have a claim.
Q: What should I do now?
A: Once you believe that you have a claim, do not wait to begin taking action. The sooner you start to form a case, the better your chances are of success. Get in touch with an attorney and decide on a course of action for your case. Additionally, collect evidence from the scene of the incident, get in touch with people who witnessed your injury and undergo a medical examination if you have not done so already.
All of these pieces combined can create a strong and successful case that proves who injured you, how you were injured and what compensation you should receive. Knowing what to collect, how to present the evidence and how to deal with at-fault parties and their insurance providers is one of the many perks of working with a skilled attorney.
Q: How will I pay my medical bills?
A: One of the most difficult losses that results from a serious injury is the cost of medical care. If you have been injured by someone else or an organization, you can hold them responsible for the incident and the injuries you have suffered. Success in your case means that you will receive compensation, which pays for many different types of losses, including past and future medical bills.
The cost of hospital stays, surgeries, medical evaluations, medication, rehabilitation and any other medical care that resulted from the injuries or illnesses caused by the at-fault party can be paid for by your compensation. Get in touch with an attorney at the Kiley Law Group to better understand what may be eligible for compensation in your case and how much you will need in order to properly cope with your losses.
Q: Who will pay for my lost wages?
A: A personal injury case will seek compensation from the at-fault party for all losses that came from an injury. That includes any lost wages that resulted from being temporarily unable to work or unable to work ever again due to permanent disabilities. Proving how much you lost and how your ability to work has been impacted can result in full and fair compensation.
In the event that you were injured while on the job, you can seek workers’ compensation benefits, which include the wages you have lost while unable to work. This will be paid by your employer and his or her insurance provider, easing the hardship of not being able to support yourself due to injury or illness.
With the help of an attorney, you can understand who should be held responsible, whether there are multiple at-fault parties and what you will need to do to prove fault successfully.
Q: Should I talk to the insurance company?
A: In the aftermath of an accident, it is important that you get in contact with the insurance company of the person who harmed you as well as your own provider in order to establish a claim and make sure that the incident is recorded.
However, be aware that insurance companies and their representatives are focused on limiting or completely eliminating any sort of payments that they must give to you. As such, they will try to disprove your claim or get you to agree to a specific amount of compensation, which is likely far below what you truly deserve. If you agree, you will be unable to pursue more compensation in the future. Knowing what you should and should not say to an insurance company and what steps should be taken in order to have a successful claim is crucial to your success and recovery.
Getting in touch with an experienced attorney will help you better understand your case and make the right choices.
Q: How long will my case take?
A: The answer is not as simple as it may seem. It all depends on the various factors involved in your case and whether it will need to go to trial. Collecting your evidence and presenting your case may take some time, leading up to negotiations in order to properly craft a successful claim, investigate the case, collect medical reviews, and process paperwork.
If negotiations in your claim do not result in a settlement, your case may need to go to trial. This will extend the length of your case, but it may be the only way to receive full and fair compensation, since many insurance companies will fight to prevent paying needed compensation.
An experienced attorney will work with you every step of the way, preparing for any defenses presented by insurance providers, and knowing what to do far in advance. You can also be prepared for how long your unique case will take so that you can still cope with your losses and recover to the best of your abilities until you receive needed compensation.
Q: What constitutes a premises liability case in Massachusetts?
A: Premises liability refers to the responsibility of the owner of a piece of land or occupants of a property (such as a business, restaurant, etc.) when a person is injured or killed on that property due to negligence.
The idea behind a premises liability case is to protect innocent victims after they have been injured due to negligence and allow them to seek compensation for their injuries from the person who was responsible for maintaining the safety of that area.
For example, if a patron walked into a restaurant and slipped on an unmarked, just-mopped floor, causing injury, under premises liability they would be able to sue the restaurant’s owner in civil court to receive compensation for their medical bills and other related costs such as missed wages (if their injury prevented them for going to work or resulted in permanent disability).
Other Examples of Premises Liability
- Inadequate security at ATMs or malls that resulted in muggings or assault
- Injuries that result from poorly maintained equipment
- Injuries from falling objects
- Injuries that result from improper signage
Any business that operates at a physical location is expected to provide a safe environment for their employees, customers, vendors and other visitors to the location. When they are negligent in providing that basic safety and people are injured as a result, they are responsible for those injuries.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or other premises liability issue, contact a personal injury/premises liability attorney right away. The Kiley Law Group, located in Andover, Massachusetts takes time when speaking with you about your case and works with you on a contingent fee basis so there are NO FEES unless our trained personal injury lawyers wins your case. Call now for a FREE evaluation of your case – (888) 979-9323.
Q: What is my personal injury case worth?
A: This is a question that clients often ask at their initial consultation. At this point in the process it is a question that is impossible to answer. Personal injury cases are complex by nature and require substantial analysis to evaluate. It is impossible for an attorney to give you a value until he or she has had a chance to examine every aspect of your case including its strengths and weaknesses. You also have to reach a medical end in regard to your accident related injuries. Experts are often necessary to evaluate clients with more serious or complex injuries. Be wary of an attorney who tells you what your case is worth or guarantees a specific result at your initial consultation.
For answers to any questions that you didn’t find here, call the legal team at the Kiley Law Group at (888) 979-9323 for a no-cost consultation on your personal injury case. With our help, you can have the legal representation you need for success and the compensation you need in recovery.