Some car accidents are minor. The at-fault party’s insurance policy might cover the damages, or the person might decide to pay out of pocket. When these cases are resolved amicably, everyone involved can get on with his or her own life without much fuss.
According to Massachusetts law, you must report any accident in which a person was injured or killed. You should also document crashes that result in $1000 in property damage. Unfortunately, many people realize too late that what seems to be a minor collision at first can soon turn into a nightmare.
If you or a loved one experienced a car accident in Massachusetts, you might be wondering whether you qualify for compensation. Fill out a contact form, and we will let you know if you are eligible within 2 hours. This handy guide will also show what the attorneys of Kiley Law Group do to help our clients resolve legal issues.
The Importance of Gathering Evidence
Being right is not enough to secure a favorable outcome in a legal claim. You need to prove the truth. Car accident lawyers compile information to build a solid foundation for your case.
Our legal team has the experience and resources to secure:
- Police reports: Police officers document relevant details at the scene of the accident in an official statement that your lawyer can obtain and use to establish the facts of the collision
- Witness statements: Eyewitnesses of an accident can provide invaluable, objective testimony of how the accident happened
- Medical records: Reports written by physicians help reduce the hassles of getting reimbursed for diagnosis and treatment of accident-related injuries
- Proof of income: You can recover wages you lost from work absences during your treatment and rehabilitation only if you prove your income with documents like direct deposit records, tax forms, and letters from your employer
- Vehicle damage estimates: Estimates ensure that you know the real value of your claim so you do not fall prey to low-ball offers for repairs from insurers
- Video footage: Some businesses, homes, and intersections use CCTV and other recording devices to capture security footage that might show your accident
When dealing with legal matters, timing is essential. Insurers require auto accident victims (or their representatives) to submit claims and provide documentation before specific deadlines. A single late item could lead to a delayed payout or even a rejected claim.
Why take the chance? A car accident lawyer with Kiley Law Group can ensure you meet your obligations on time.
The Power of Legal Knowledge
One poor decision could spell the difference between getting maximum compensation and getting nothing. Massachusetts law is not easy to understand, but our well-educated lawyers have years of experience. We can help you understand your legal options so you can make the most of your rights.
You can also trust our record of success. We can let you apply our knowledge of past cases to give you reliable advice. During your free initial consultation, feel free to ask the questions weighing on your mind, such as:
- What is my case worth?
- What can I do to improve my chances?
- Can I settle my case out of court, or will I need to go to trial?
- What if the at-fault party refuses to admit liability?
With Kiley Law Group giving you the information you need, you can equip yourself with knowledge based on 40 years of practice. Schedule your free initial consultation by clicking the chat icon at the bottom of your screen.
Insist on Justice
Justice, in principle, is simple. If someone’s negligence causes harm to a second party, he or she is liable for the resulting losses. In reality, justice is often fleeting and challenging to obtain.
First, the at-fault party might refuse to cooperate. To avoid responsibility, he or she might lie about what happened the day of the accident.
In other cases, insurance companies become a roadblock to fair compensation. In an effort to pad their profit margins, insurers could attempt to minimize how much they pay in claims.
Lawyers can communicate directly with insurers, insisting they fulfill their legal obligations. An attorney might use certain strategies to maximize your settlement, such as:
- Demand letters: A formal document requesting action (e.g. compensation) to settle an issue, usually including a deadline and consequences if conditions are not met
- Negotiations: A discussion or written agreement aimed at reaching a satisfactory outcome for the wronged party
- Trials: A formal examination of evidence in a court of law to seek legal remedy for a personal injury
If your case must go that far, our personal injury attorneys can represent you in court. Yet, most disputes never have to go to trial. Getting lawyers is often enough for anyone taking advantage of you to understand that you are not an easy target.
At Kiley Law Group, we make sure you never have to trust an insurer’s word. Our capable attorneys can investigate your claim and review car insurance settlements. Then, you can accept or reject their offers, confident that you have the law on your side.
Learn What Compensation You Are Due
Financial compensation can be awarded as a recompense for your accident-related losses, injuries, pain, and suffering. Every client’s situation is different, but often, compensation for motor vehicle collisions covers:
- Immediate medical costs: Ambulance services, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, surgeries, medical equipment, prescription drugs
- Future medical expenses: Follow-up care, additional operations, home health aides, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, transportation to and from appointments
- Lost wages: Actual wages that would have been earned if the injury had not occurred, reimbursement for vacation time, personal days, or leaves of absence
- Loss of earning potential: Funds to compensate for the reduction of a person’s ability to make money as a result of injury, permanent disability, or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering: Financial acknowledgment of mental, emotional, and physical discomfort, stress, depression, and loss of life enjoyment due to the trauma
- Wrongful death damages: Compensation for the monetary losses resulting from a close relative’s preventable death (e.g. medical care, funeral costs, loss of financial support, increased household expenditures)
- Punitive damages: In rare cases of gross negligence, recklessness, or malicious wrongdoing, punitive awards punish someone for causing wrongful death
One of the most vital duties of a car accident lawyer is to help clients get what they deserve. The Kiley Law Group legal team can explain how you too can get what you need, at no cost to you, in a free consultation without any obligation.
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Car accident attorneys know insurance companies’ tactics and how to defend your rights. Many people believe they can handle matters independently but soon realize that the legal world is far too complex and time-restricted. On top of that, dealing with injuries and stress can make any situation more difficult.
We wish car accident victims to recover without worrying about medical debt and legal filing deadlines. Yet, from the moment you get into a crash, a rush against the clock begins.
Massachusetts requires that all personal injury cases be filed within a specific time window, the statute of limitations. Once the time runs out, you cannot claim monetary damages for your medical bills and other accident expenses. It would be a shame to miss out on money you deserve.
Our No Fee Guarantee assures that you will not need to pay anything until we win. So, there is no reason to hesitate. Call today to schedule your risk-free consultation, and learn what Kiley Law Group can do for you.