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Personal Injury Practice Areas
Car Accidents
Truck Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Pedestrian Injuries
Slip & Fall Cases
Dog Bite Injuries
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death
Veterans Disability
Social Security Disability
Products Liability
157 Main Street, Reading, MA 01867

Frequently Asked Questions (Personal Injury):

  1. Do I have a case?

This is a question that only a qualified personal injury attorney can answer after having first discussed with you, in detail, all of the legally significant facts surrounding the accident.  Call us today to discuss your case and we will immediately let you know if your case is viable! We offer a free initial consultation and there is never a fee unless we are successful in getting you money! 

  1. How much is my case worth?

Any attorney who quotes you a dollar amount during your first meeting does not know what he or she is doing and should not be handling your case!  The value of your case cannot be properly determined until you have finished all of your medical treatment and your treating physician has provided your attorney with a solid diagnosis and prognosis based upon the diagnostic testing and his or her treatment of you.  It is only at that point, and not a minute sooner, that your attorney can properly apprise you as to what the true value of your case is. 

  1. How much is your attorney fee?

Like most personal injury lawyers, we offer a free initial consultation and we do not charge a fee unless we are successful.  These days, however, the "standard" 1/3 rd attorney fee is no longer standard.  Many injury attorneys today charge more if they have to do more work on your case (i.e.: 40% fee if a lawsuit needs to be filed; 45% fee if the case goes to trial).  Many even charge you for such routine things as mailing costs, photocopying costs and the processing of your medical bills and lost wages.  Our fee will NEVER exceed 1/3 rd of the gross settlement or award and we will never nickel and dime you!

  1. Do you advance the costs associated with my case or do I need to pay those as they are incurred?

Inevitably, costs are incurred in the prosecution of all personal injury cases.  Nearly every doctor and hospital charges a fee to provide your attorney with a copy of your accident related medical records and bills.  Furthermore, if a lawsuit must be filed in your case then additional costs will be incurred such as filing fees, sheriff's fees, stenographers fees and the like.  Some firms require you to pay these costs out-of-pocket as they are incurred.  Our office, however, advances these costs on your behalf so that you do not need to continuously send us money to pay for them.  These costs will simply be deducted from your settlement at the conclusion of your case. And unlike most firms, if in the off chance we do not procure a monetary settlement or award on your behalf, then we will absorb the costs and you will not be charged for them.

  1. How long will it take to process my case?

This largely depends on how long you receive medical treatment for your accident related injuries.  Only upon conclusion of your medical treatment can we properly evaluate your case and submit a demand to the defendant's insurance company.  Once the demand has been sent, it typically takes the defendant's insurance company anywhere from 3 - 6 weeks to evaluate your claim and respond with a settlement offer. Thereafter, both sides will engage in settlement negotiations until the insurance company reaches a point where it will no longer increase its offer. 

  1. Will there be a lawsuit?

Although most cases settle without the need to file a lawsuit, there are two situations where a lawsuit is warranted.  The first situation arises when the defendant claims that he or she was not legally at fault.  If this situation arises, then a lawsuit must be filed in order to have a judge or jury determine if the defendant was at fault and, if so, how much money you should be awarded.  The second situation arises when the defendant's insurance company admits to being at fault but offers an amount that does not properly reflects the true value of your case.  If this situation arises, then a lawsuit must be filed to have a judge or jury decide just how much money you should be awarded.  Please note, however, that even if a lawsuit must be filed usually even those cases settle before trial.  

  1. Should I talk to the insurance company before consulting with an injury attorney? 

No!  You are not legally obligated to talk to the defendant's insurance company and, as such, you should NEVER do so!   Although you are contractually obligated under your motor vehicle insurance policy to assist your own insurance company in the prosecution of your claim, you should NEVER talk to them or correspond with them directly either before first retaining a qualified personal injury attorney to protect your interests. Despite advertisements to the contrary, no insurance company has your best interests at heart, only their bottom line!

Frequently Asked Questions (Workers' Compensation):

  1. What is Workers' Compensation?

Established under M.G.L. Chapter 152, Compensation is a benefit that must be provided to workers by employers that pays injured workers or their families benefits to include such as weekly disability payments, medical bill coverage, and vocational re-training.  

  1.  How do I know if am I entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits?

Generally speaking, if you are injured while working within the scope of your employment for your employer then you are eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits.  Please call us today to discuss your case and we will let you know for sure!

  1. Does Workers' Compensation pay me for pain and suffering?

No.  Unlike personal injuries cases, Workers' Compensation will only pay you disability benefits for when you are unable to work.  It also pays your reasonable and necessary, accident related medical bills.  In some cases an injured worker will be also entitled to additional benefits for loss of function and disfigurement.  That being said, however, if you are hurt on the job as a result of the negligence of a third party, that is someone other than your employer or fellow employee, you may have a separate cause of action against that third party which would also entitle you to pain and suffering.  Please call our office for a full examination of your case!

  1. If I'm not working, how do I pay my attorney?

We will never charge you an attorney fee unless we are successful in procuring a lump sum settlement of your rights to receive future disability benefits.  In the event that we are successful in procuring such a settlement, Massachusetts' law mandates that our fee cannot exceed 20% of the lump sum settlement amount.

  1. How does my attorney get paid if I do not lump sum settle my rights to receive future disability benefits?

If your employer's Workers' Compensation insurance company terminates or reduces your disability benefits and we are successful in convincing the Judge that such action on their part was erroneous, then the insurance company, not you, pays our fee.

  1. If my work injury was not caused by one traumatic incident but rather by repetitive actions over a period of time, am I still entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits?
Yes.  Although inquiries that occur at a specific time and place are much easier to prove, Massachusetts law does also recognize work injuries caused by the "repetitive" or "overuse" of a particular body part such as carpel tunnel syndrome.  Please call our office for a full explanation.

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Address: 157 Main Street Reading, MA 01867 Phone: (781) 942-0087 Fax: (781) 942-1667