Milford, MA Car Accident Lawyer

If you were hit by a car, you should be entitled to compensation.  Our lawyers help victims and their families fight for damages to get their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages paid, including pain and suffering.

Do not try to fight this case on your own.  Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these kinds of cases throughout Massachusetts, and we know the kinds of things insurance companies do to try to shut down these claims and dodge liability.

For a free case review, call the Law Office of John J. Sheehan today for a free case assessment at (617) 925-6407.

How to Handle a Car Accident Injury Case in Milford, MA

When you get hurt in a car accident, your injuries should be the focus of your case.  Of course, you will have also suffered property damage in the form of vehicle damage and any other damage to your clothes, phones or laptops in the car with you, and any cargo broken or destroyed inside your car.  We can claim damages for those costs as well, but our focus will be on claiming compensation for your medical care, your lost earnings related to your injury, and any pain and suffering you faced.

At the beginning of your case, it might be best to file an insurance claim.  These cases can often include compensation for pain and suffering as long as you suffered at least $2,000 in other damages and you had serious injuries.  If the insurance company will cover your medical bills and lost wages along with this pain and suffering, your case can be settled with insurance, and our lawyers can help you negotiate for the full value of your case.

However, most insurance companies are not willing to cooperate and settle for the full value so easily.  Instead, we may need to file your case as a lawsuit, where we can put evidence before a neutral judge and a jury to get you the damages you need.  As long as the case is in the insurance system, the insurance company is the one to make decisions.  If we can put your case before neutral parties, they might more easily rule in your favor and award you the damages you need.

Even if your case goes to court, it does not need to go to trial in every case.  Our car accident lawyers understand that most – i.e., 98-99% – of all personal injury cases ultimately settle without going to trial.  If filing your case in court spurs the negotiations needed to settle with insurance, that is often the best way to resolve a claim.  We can guide you and help you understand when settlement is appropriate in your case and, if necessary, take the case to trial.

Common Injuries in Car Accidents in Milford, MA

Car accidents can result in many different types of injuries with varying degrees of seriousness.  If your injuries are mild, they might not keep you from working for more than a few days, but even mild injuries can result in expenses for medical treatment and lost time at work.  If your injury is more severe, it could result in expensive care costs and long-term absence from work or even permanent disability that prevents you from working ever again.  In these cases, your damages are much higher, but any case involving any of the following injuries is worth discussing with an attorney:

Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises

If you suffered bruises or cuts in a crash – even just small cuts from broken glass – you might have what could be classified as only “mild” injuries.  Even so, a handful of mild injuries might still need medical care, and you should not have to pay for those costs.  With more serious accidents, larger cuts and lacerations might require emergency medical care, and you could miss time at work while your injuries heal.  Some might even result in permanent scarring, which can result in pain and suffering damages, especially when it comes to facial scars.

Broken Bones

Broken bones might be described as “moderate” injuries in that many require something simple like a cast or splint and only require the medical care of putting it on and taking it back off in four to six weeks.  However, there will also be costs associated with X-rays.  If your fracture is more serious, it could require surgery and implants to help set and repair the break.  In many broken bone cases, people are left out of work for a few weeks, especially if they have a broken rib or have broken a weight-bearing bone in their leg or hip and cannot get around.

In many serious cases of skull fractures and spinal fractures, these injuries could be incredibly severe and worth thousands of dollars in damages.

Head Injuries

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious injuries.  If these injuries come with internal bleeding, you could suffer very serious injuries requiring intensive medical care and long-term recovery, resulting in quite expensive damages.

Neck, Back, and Spinal Injuries

Injuries to the neck and back could result in spinal cord injuries.  Any damage to the spinal cord could result in partial or total paralysis below the point of injury, equating to numbness, pins-and-needles sensations, or complete loss of feeling and motion.  In some cases, these can be repaired, but not always.

Even without complete damage to the spinal cord, damage to the bones, soft tissue, and tendons in the back and neck could leave you with intense pain and discomfort.  For example, whiplash injuries are quite common in low-speed and rear-end collisions, turning what looks like an otherwise “mild” car crash into a long-term injury that means periodic time away from work and intense bouts of pain and discomfort.

Call Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you were hurt in a car crash, call the car accident lawyers at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan at (617) 925-6407 for a free evaluation of your potential case.