Boston Personal Injury Lawyer

An accident can be a major setback in your life.  If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, fell on someone else’s sidewalk, was injured in a construction accident, or faced injuries from a dangerous product, you could be looking at expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that make it hard to move forward.

The Boston personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan represent injury victims and work to get them the compensation they need for all of these expenses and more.  For help with your injury case, contact our lawyers today at (617) 925-6407 to set up a free legal consultation where you can go over the facts of what happened to you and learn more about how you might be able to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit.

Getting Financial Compensation for an Injury in Boston

If you were hurt in an accident, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit to seek relief.  The medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that result from an accident are often too much to handle, and accident victims could be unable to get back to work to cover these expenses.  Besides, if someone else was responsible for your injuries, you should never have to pay for the harm that they caused.

In some cases, insurance might be available to help cover your expenses.  For instance, car insurance companies often pay for injuries after a crash, and homeowners insurance might pay for an accident that happened at someone’s house or on a slippery sidewalk.  What these insurance companies often avoid telling you is that you could be entitled to additional damages beyond what they pay.  Many insurance companies survive by paying low settlements or refusing to pay at all after an injury.  These companies also tend to pay only a percentage of the full damages, and they almost never pay damages for things like pain and suffering and other “noneconomic damages” when people file insurance claims.

In many cases, the best path to recovery is a lawsuit.  Filing a lawsuit can be far more complex and involves rules of court procedure, statutes of limitations, and other rules that you have to follow.  That is why it is important to work with an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer like those at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan.  Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these kinds of cases and helping injury victims get the money they need to move forward after a serious injury.

Are There Limits (Damage Caps) to How Much You Can Recover for an Injury in Boston?

A plaintiff is compensated when a fair settlement is reached or when a jury rules that the plaintiff is entitled to a monetary award. The amount of compensation may depend on the extent of the injury, the amount of medical bills, and the victim’s past and future lost wages.

Some states place a limit, also known as a cap, on the amount of compensation victims can receive for their injuries in civil court. However, in most injury cases, Massachusetts does not. According to state law, the only caps that exist are those for medical malpractice claims.

If the plaintiff’s catastrophic injury arises from medical malpractice, a $500,000 non-economic damage cap applies in most cases, as per Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. 231 § 60H. An exception to this rule is if the plaintiff can show he or she suffered the following:

  • An extensive or permanent loss or impairment of a bodily function
  • Substantial disfigurement
  • Other unusual circumstances in which applying the cap would deprive the plaintiff of just compensation

Individuals looking to pursue damages should consult with a knowledgeable Boston catastrophic injury lawyer to learn more about what types of damages and the amount of compensation they may be entitled to.

Types of Injury Cases Our Boston Personal Injury Attorneys Handle

It can be difficult to know if a lawyer practices the type of law you need help with.  At the Law Office of John J. Sheehan, we can help people with most types of injury cases, from car accidents to slip and falls to serious work injuries.  Some of the most common cases we handle are discussed below, but our Boston personal injury lawyers also handle other types of injury cases as well.

Car Accidents

If you were hurt in a car crash, your injuries could be quite severe.  Even low-speed car accidents could involve serious injuries like whiplash that can leave you with permanent symptoms and discomfort.  Talk to a lawyer about what your case could be worth instead of trying to settle your case with the insurance companies.

Truck Accidents

While these could fall under the category of “car accidents,” truck accidents often involve a more aggressive approach because you have to deal not only with the driver and the insurance companies, but also the trucking company.  Many trucking companies seek to protect their drivers with high-power legal teams while at the same time putting drivers at risk with overloaded trucks, overworked drivers, worn-out tires, and other dangerous business practices that lead to trucking accidents.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Icy sidewalks are a common feature in Boston, as are other potential dangers on other peoples’ property, like spills in grocery stores, uneven stairs, or other hazards that could cause you to slip or trip.  Slip and falls are some of the most common injury cases out there, and they can cause surprisingly severe head and back injuries in many cases.  Talk to our Boston personal injury lawyer if you were hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.

Workplace Injuries

The workplace can be a very risky place.  Even for office workers, injuries from lifting boxes or repetitive stress from typing can be very real risks.  For other workers, loading and unloading injuries, working with heavy machinery, or working in unsafe environments can cause a risk of very serious injury.  In any workplace, there is also the risk of workplace violence or assault.  Talk to one of our Boston personal injury lawyers if you were hurt on the job.

Our Attorneys Regularly Handle Serious Injury Claims

A catastrophic injury can be life-altering. Some recovery may occur but limit the lifestyle you had prior to the injury. Your injuries may require regular medical care for the rest of your life, physical therapy, and adaptive equipment.

In the context of a personal injury case, a catastrophic injury is defined as one that permanently prevents victims from performing any gainful work. This means they are no longer able to financially support themselves or their family. Their ability to care for their family in other ways may be impacted as well.

Several types of accidents or circumstances can cause a catastrophic injury, such as car crashes, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, intentional acts of violence, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries. Injuries classified as catastrophic include:

  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Severe or multiple fractures
  • Organ damage

How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit for Injuries in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases that gives injury victims 3 years from the date of injury to file their case in court.  For most cases, this is long enough to take the measure of your injuries, collect evidence, and file the case.  In many cases, you should do this far sooner than 3 years after the accident.  Talk to our Boston personal injury lawyers today to make sure you file your case on time.

Call Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you need the help of an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer.  The attorneys at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan fight for injury victims and work to get them payments for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to their injuries.  For a free legal consultation, contact our attorneys today at (617) 925-6407.