Suffering a serious injury can leave a person with dozens of questions about their future, their ability to care for themself and pay their medical bills, and their recovery. Amongst these questions may be thoughts of filing a personal injury claim or hiring a lawyer, but also uncertainty about what steps to take next. Our Revere personal injury lawyers know what you’re going through, and want to provide you with the accurate, qualified answers you’re looking for. Here are five frequently asked questions about the personal injury claims process in Revere that we often hear–
- Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have been harmed due to another’s fault, then you may have a personal injury claim. The basics elements of a personal injury claim that you will need to prove in order to be successful in recovering compensation are:
- Duty of care;
- Breach of duty of care;
- Causation; and
Essentially, you must prove that the at-fault party acted in a negligent manner, and that their negligence was the direct cause of your injuries.
- Is There Another Way?
The first thing that you should know when asking this question is that filing a personal injury claim does not necessarily equate with litigation; in fact, the majority of personal injury claims are settled in negotiations out of court. That being said, unless the at-fault party offers to give you a large sum of money to compensate you for your harm in a non-legal setting out of the goodness of their heart, then filing a Revere personal injury claim will likely be the only way to recoup the compensation you deserve.
- How Much Is My Claim Worth?
The value of a person’s claim varies on a case-by-case basis. Your claim will be assessed based on the extent of economic and noneconomic damages you have suffered. The more serious your injuries, the more your claim will likely be worth.
Keep in mind that the types and amounts of insurance policies available, as well as your own degree of fault, will also have an effect on the value of your claim.
- Do I Have Time to Think About it?
While you can take a week or two to think about whether or not you want to pursue damages, our law firm recommends acting as soon as possible after an accident. First, acting quickly helps to ensure that evidence relevant to your claim is preserved. Second, by acting quickly, you guarantee that you are filing your claim within the statute of limitations in Massachusetts, which is three years.
- Do I Need to Hire a Revere Personal Injury Lawyer?
There is no legal requirement to work with a lawyer, but doing so almost always improve the outcome of a plaintiff’s case. At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our Revere personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you’ll never face any out-of-pocket fees. What’s more, a consultation is offered free of charge.
To learn more about the personal injury claims process or schedule a free consultation, please send us a message or call us directly at 781-284-2900.