FAQs: Personal Injury
How Much Can I Expect To Recover For My Personal Injury Case?
As every case differs, the amount of recovery is often dependent upon the facts of the case. However, when trying your case in court or negotiating for a settlement of your matter, courts take into account:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of replacement services and other expenses
Verdicts or settlements sometimes are reduced when you as the injured party were also partially at fault for the accident. Juries and judges will need to take into consideration the manner of the accident and the severity of the injuries. When determining wage loss and loss of earning capacity, courts will look at your occupation and determine the amount of past wages lost and whether injuries will prevent you from earning the same amount of wages in the future. And in many instances your injuries will prevent you from providing the same level of care for your family that you were able to provide before the accident. In such instances, you may seek compensation for replacement services needed to continue providing your family this same level of care.
How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Personal Injury Case?
At Richard Connors, Attorney at Law, I always act in accordance with your wishes and needs. While it generally will be in your own best interest to resolve your personal injury matter quickly, I will do everything in my power to avoid settling your matter quickly if to do so will not be beneficial to you. While most personal injury matters in Massachusetts are resolved in a matter of months, more complex cases can go on for much longer than that. I always strive to work closely with you and keep you apprised as to the progress of your case.
Should I Speak To An Attorney After Being Injured?
Yes. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and explain to you the personal injury process that courts apply. A personal injury attorney can be your advocate and put your interests first.
How Long Should I Wait To Speak To An Attorney Following An Accident?
Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a lawsuit, so it is therefore in your best interest to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. The failure to file a lawsuit within a certain period of time may mean the applicable statute of limitations will end preventing you from filing an action. However, there are other reasons for speaking to a lawyer in a timely manner. Sometimes, evidence disappears if there is a failure to take action quickly. Also, witnesses tend to forget the exact details of what occurred as time goes by. It is always good to have a professional on your side who understands how to preserve evidence and testimony, and who is looking out for your best interests.
How Much Out-Of-Pocket Expense Will I Have To Pay When Pursuing A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
At Richard Connors, Attorney at Law, I will charge you no fee or out-of-pocket costs unless my firm recovers compensation for you in your personal injury case. I charge on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases I handle. Typically, I will request one-third of that recovery. However, it is important to remember that individuals retaining attorneys receive, on average, significantly more compensation than those that are unrepresented.
Will I Have To Testify In My Personal Injury Case?
A consultation with your attorney will best provide you with answers regarding this question. There are instances where your testimony is necessary. In many instances, this includes providing a deposition where the attorneys for other parties will ask you a series of questions related to your accident. If your case does actually go to trial, you will likely have to take the stand in front of a judge or jury. On the other hand, there are instances where the party at fault will wish to settle your case without asking you to testify at a deposition or at trial. This all is dependent upon the type of case.