Catastrophic Injuries

Q: As a result of my serious injury, I am out of work and bills are piling up. Should we try to settle my case right away?

Money pressures are common for victims of serious personal injuries, and understandably may create the desire to settle the case as soon as possible. Insurance companies understand this fact and are all too willing to take advantage of the plaintiff's financial distress. Remember that your personal injury court case is your only chance to receive fair compensation for your injuries caused by another's negligence. If you settle too soon, you will receive only a fraction of what your case is worth. Except in very unusual cases, obtaining a good settlement usually requires that discovery be completed and a trial date either obtained or expected in the forseeable future. At that point, if the case is strong and your attorney is prepared to go to trial, the insurance company knows that it may lose more by failing to settle than by settling fairly. There are companies that will advance money to personal injury victims while they await a settlement or verdict, in return for a very high return on the loan. I generally advise my clients to stay far away from these companies. For most victims of serious personal injury, the best approach for money problems is to work with creditors to obtain reductions in amounts owed, forgiveness of interest, or extensions of time - and wait until your attorney can obtain full value for your case.

Catastropic personal injury attorney

Q: What do you mean by a catastrophic personal injury case?

A: By a catastrophic personal injury case, I mean any case in which the carelessness of a corporation or another person caused death or what I term, "life-altering injuries." These may include serious brain damage, head injury that affects the ability to work, learn, or conduct daily tasks, paralysis, loss of a limb, and any injury that permanently impairs the quality of life in a significant way.

Q: Of course, a catastrophic personal injury case is different than more minor personal injury cases because of the serious nature of catastrophic injuries. Other than the difference in the scale of the injuries, how is a catastrophic case different from your point of view as an attorney?

A: The major difference, as might be expected, is the enormous commitment of time and money necessary to properly prepare a catastrophic injury case. Intense investigation of the facts need to be undertaken, and appropriate medical, economic, rehabilitation, and other experts, will need to be retained.

Q: How much is my catastrophic personal injury case worth?

A: The amount of money that can be recovered in a serious personal injury case depends on many factors, some objective and some subjective. To learn more about how a personal injury case is valued, follow the link and read my article on this web site, titled, How do I know what my catastrophic personal injury case is worth?

Q: Will you tell me what my case is worth at our first meeting?

A: No. The value of your personal injury case depends on a number of factors, some of which are objective, such as lost earnings, and some subjective, such as the likelihood of winning the case at trial. Assessment of a case's value evolves with preparation. If I accept your case, however, it means that my initial assessment is that your case is a valid one that should be pursued. And since I concentrate on cases involving wrongful death and life-altering injuries, my acceptance of your case means that I believe it has a good chance of bringing a significant recovery.

Q: How do you decide which cases to accept?

A: We have a three-part screening process. All calls are screened first over the telephone in a conversation between the caller and an attorney. A brief telephone conversation enables us to determine if your case is one we may be able to accept. if the case is a non-medical malpractice case, we then meet with the client and usually know after the first meeting if the case is appropriate for our office. In medical malpractice cases, the second stage is to obtain medical records and review them in-house. If we believe that the case may have merit, we have the records reviewed by an appropriate medical professional. If the medical expert agrees with our in-house assessment, then we accept the case.

Q: Will your services cost me anything?

A: There is never any charge to you on medical malpractice and personal injury cases unless we win or settle your case.

Q: If you win or settle my case, how will I know how much the attorneys fee will be?

A: On all personal injury cases, the law firm and client sign a written fee agreement, written in plain English, describing the percentage of any recovery that the law firm will earn. For Massachusetts medical malpractice cases, the attorneys fees are governed by statute.

Q: How long will my case take?

A: Most cases are resolved within three years. In many instances, we have been successful in considerably less time.

Q: How will I know what is happening with my case?

A: We routinely send our clients copies of important documents and we periodically update them on developments by telephone or in person. Inquiries from our clients are always welcome. Bookmark and Share

Q: Will my case have to go to trial?

A: As a result of our careful case selection and thorough preparation, most of our cases settle before trial. we are always ready to take any case that we accept to trial if the insurance company will not offer a fair settlement.

Q: Do you accept cases outside of Massachusetts?

A: Yes. If the case involves catastrophic injuries, we are able to take cases from any state